Memorial Day Week

The Poseidon Festival is a way for the community to celebrate the sea while learning about ways to prepare for potential coastal emergencies. 
The Town of Bethany Beach will host a variety of ocean-inspired entertainment and theme nights at the Bandstand
while addressing potential emergency-related concerns and distributing Emergency Preparedness booklets. 


Poseidon Festival

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Saturday, May 27: Caribbean Carnival Kick Off

At Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway):   ​
​10:30 Book signing by author Nancy Sakaduski, author of “The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay”. She will also make mermaid crowns with the families (while supplies last). Anyone who dresses like their favorite sea creature will get a prize. There will be a Mermaid Scavenger Hunt and Mermaid scratch art too.​​

​At Bandstand:
​5:00 Island Fusion (Steel Drum duo) Island Fusion – Since 1978, husband and wife team Nancy and Jody have been performing multi-genre covers and originals in true island style. They’ve played their steel drum fusion of music from the Bahamas and Montreal to local venues.                                                          
​6:00 Nancy will host an interactive Drum Circle

​​​7:30 Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra: Comprised of experienced pannists from Trinidad and Tobago, the TNT Baltimore Steel Orchestra brings the music of the islands to you when you don't have time to go to the islands. 

Limbo contest, Conga line, sand art of sea creatures

​◦“What to do in an Emergency” - meet and greet with Town lifeguards, police and fire personnel, and officials from the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.  Check out the Town Mobile Command Center and water rescue vehicles. 


Sunday, May 28th Patriotic Night:

At Bandstand​
​6:00 Tables:  •Sand art of patriotic pictures; Navy tattoos
​ • “What to do in an Emergency” The Town’s Mobile Command Center and emergency personnel will again be on site.​

​​7:30 U.S. Navy Cruisers Band - The group takes its name from the Navy's versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship – the Cruiser – and the band lives up to its namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz & standards, rhythm & blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material.

Tuesday, May 30th Pirate Night:

​At Bandstand:
​6:00 a troupe of roving pirates from Pyrates of the Coast will present a humorous, interactive show on water safety wrapped around a theme of pirate history vs. Hollywood. All are encouraged to dress in pirate attire for the Pirate Costume Contest. The group will stick around for photos and to judge the contest. 

​​On Beach:
​7:30 enjoy a special preview of the movie “Hook” on the beach off Garfield Parkway.

Make your own Pirate Hat; •Come dressed as a pirate and participate in the Pirate Costume Contest – judged by Pyrates.​​

Wednesday, May 31st:  Mermaid Night

​​6:00 on the beach, RELYance Skim Camp will demonstrate skim boarding basics, etiquette, and safety.

​7:00 a mermaid parade takes over the Bandstand Plaza​- no contest, just come dressed as a mermaid and take part in the fun.  Line up at the boardwalk in front of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites.

​​7:30 Sons of Pirates plays your favorite yacht rock tunes. Often billed as a Jimmy Buffett tribute, this beach party band also plays hits by Bob Marley, Zac Brown, and more. Get ready to dance and have some fun audience participation!


Thursday, June 1st:  Jimmy Buffett Finale

Key West comes to Bethany Beach with  Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band Parrotbeach on the Bandstand stage.  One of the few full time Buffett bands, members hail from Florida to Virginia, Hawaii to New York, giving their sound a variation of musical influences. Whether you're a Parrothead or just a beach lover, PARROTBEACH will have you singing, laughing, and dancing. Come to the party dressed in your best Buffett outfit for a finale that will close out our Poseidon Festival in true Parrot Head style! Jimmy Buffett Night - 7:30 p.m.

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