Some fun events to dive into this weekend in Delaware, from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
1. Surfer Blood will feel right at home this weekend, chilling at the beach and serving up hot plates of their tasty indie-rock tunes.
The Florida band recently finished recording their fifth album that’s slated for release in early 2020. Meanwhile, Surfer Blood dropped a teaser EP named “Hourly Haunts,” featuring six brand-new songs that won’t be on their fifth album.
The limited-edition vinyl record for “Hourly Haunts” will only be for sale at live shows. But the music can be heard via streaming platforms like Amazon.com.
Surfer Blood will make a splash on stage at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, from 10 to 11:30 p.m., Saturday. COST free. INFO dogfish.com or 226-BREW.
2. The 112th Arden Fair aims to pleasantly overwhelm you with hordes of vendors and live music throughout the day.
The event is rain or shine, though it’s rarely rained there. Yet it’s still a good idea to keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for good measure.
The whimsy Arden Fair will feature over 100 handmade crafts and jewelry at Holistic Expo at the Buzz Ware Village Center (with a $2 admission fee). There will also be an antiques market with 50 vendors (with a small admission fee) and live music in the Shady Grove area. Shady Grove you’ll have food options such as meatball sandwiches.
Additionally, guests will enjoy Shakespeare Gild children’s games, pony rides (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and more.
The Arden Fair kicks off at the Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. COST Free admission, but select areas will require a fee. INFO ardenclub.org or 475-3126.
3. You can bring your own chair and enjoy what some might consider the ultimate Motown experience with Masters of Soul.
The program celebrates classic songs that defined Motown and soul music.
Performances feature fully choreographed and stylish costumes. The 10-person cast is comprised of female lead vocalists (three) and male lead vocalists (three), backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who've been touring together for decades.
Masters of Soul will put you in a musical time-machine at The Freeman Stage, 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville at 7 p.m., Saturday. COST $20; free for ages 12 or younger. INFO freemanstage.org or 436-3015.
4. Jason Ager wears multiple hats. He’s a college professor who specializes in German literature, a father and singer-songwriter who cooks up rock and r&b music.
But you’ll get to spend a lot of time with the singer-songwriter version of him this weekend. His third album is titled “Porchlight.”
Ager will kickoff Labor Day weekend at Mispillion River Brewing, 255 Mullet Run St., Milford from 8 to 10 p.m., Friday. COST Free. INFO mispillionriverbrewing.com or 491-6623.