The 4th Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) designed to celebrate the sea while helping the community prepare for potential coastal emergencies.
Throughout the weekend, attendees can watch live sand-sculpting by local artist George Zaiser, a professional artist and educator. He is also the owner and operator of Bottle Branch Studio, which specializes in watercolor and sand sculpture.
The Poseidon Festival kicks off on Friday, May 24, on the bandstand with a tribute to Jimmy Buffett by Parrotbeach.
The festival continues Saturday, May 25 At 10:30 a.m., the Nature Center will host mermaid activities and a book signing by Nancy Sakaduski, author of “The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.” Kids are being encouraged to dress as their favorite sea creature to get a prize.
Later at the bandstand, Saturday’s events feature pirate shows and mermaid encounters, including a live mermaid tank and costume contest in search of Mr. and/or Ms. Poseidon.
From 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the bandstand plaza, there will be an emergency-responder meet-and-greet with local experts on how to prepare for a potential coastal emergency. Attendees can take a mini-tour of the Town’s Mobile Command Center. Lifeguards, police officers and emergency personnel will be on hand to discuss ocean safety and distribute helpful handouts.
The day will highlight trop-rock performances by Sons of Pirates at 3 and 4:30 p.m. and the Chris Sacks Band at 7:30 p.m. on the bandstand stage.
On Sunday, May 26, at 1 p.m., the bandstand will host the second annual Bethany Beach Hermit Crab Derby. Attendees can choose a crab to race or just watch the fun play out in this event run by the National Crab Racing Association and backed by Florida Marine Research.
In between heats, Festival goers can take part in a hands-on Marine Science Camp taught by marine biologists/environmentalists. Activities will explore dolphins, sharks, rays and coral reefs. There will also be a Scavenger Hunt on the beach at 3:15 p.m., with a craft made from recycled treasures.
RELYance Skim Camp will teach skimboard basics on the beach off Garfield Parkway at 5:30 p.m. (They will provide boards.) The U.S. Navy Band Country Current will finish out the day with a performance of country and bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, the group regularly performs in support of active-duty sailors.
On Monday, May 27, VFW Post 7234 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. on the bandstand, open to the public.
The festival concludes with an “Aloha Summer!” luau show that will offer a journey through the Polynesian islands to set the stage for another summer season in the town of Bethany Beach.
For detailed information and updates, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com under Activities, Poseidon Festival.