45th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

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The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 45th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, to be held on Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Celebrating its 45th year, this annual event, located in downtown Bethany Beach, hosts over 100 juried artists to showcase and sell their work. The featured artists bring unique creations representing a variety of different mediums including paintings, photography, woodwork, metalwork, clay, baskets, and jewelry.

The festival weekend will begin on Friday, September 8th at the Meet the Artists Reception hosted by Gallery One. Sponsored by Comcast, enjoy an evening of light fare with the 15 talented partner artists of Gallery One located at 32 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean View from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Wine tastings will be offered by Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery. This is an RSVP-only event. All registered attendees will qualify to win an original Mary Bode Byrd painting.

Supported by Taylor Bank, the commemorative Arts Festival event on Saturday, September 9th will feature fun for the whole family. The day will include a Children’s Area, by Freeman Arts Pavilion’s Art Access Initiative.  Patrons are invited to stop by this children’s craft area by the basketball courts at the Christian Conference Center and Town of Bethany Beach’s playground to be a part of the art. Shoppers can also enjoy a live radio broadcast Dana McDonald from 9:00 am – 12:00pm on Hollywood Street.

Throughout the duration of the event, there will be a silent auction, featuring works of art generously donated by the festival’s artists. Local businesses are also welcome to donate to the silent auction and should contact [email protected] for more information. All proceeds from the silent auction will support the arts programs of local elementary schools in the Quiet Resorts Region.

From 1:00pm – 4:00pm on Saturday, September 9th, Beach Liquors is sponsoring a ticketed Wine & Cheese Tasting event hosted at Harvest Tide Steakhouse event space, located in the heart of the festival at 98 Garfield Pkwy., 2nd Floor in Bethany Beach. Over 60 different wines in 12 tastings will be featured. Tickets are available for $30 at thequiestresorts.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local elementary school art programs.

Event Sponsors include Southern Delaware Tourism; Supporting Sponsor – Taylor Bank; Transportation Sponsor – Renewal by Andersen; Media Sponsors – Coastal Point, Forever Media-The Wave, Today Media Group; Volunteer & Artists Sponsor: Heather’s Home Works; Signature Sponsors – Beach Liquors, Comcast, Freeman Arts Pavilion, Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery; Parkwood Entrance Sponsor – McKee Builders; Festival Sponsor – Creative Concepts; Silent Auction Sponsor – Jayne’s Reliable; Shopping Bag Sponsors – Berkshire Hathaway, The Evergreene Companies, Vacasa DE; and Communication Sponsor – Delmarva Two-Way Radio.

All guests are encouraged to shop not only the festival but local businesses, as well as explore the area’s many local art galleries. A business directory can be requested or found on thequietresorts.com to plan a fun-filled weekend.  For more information on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, visit BethanyBeachArtsFestival.com or call (302) 539-2100.