What a busy month! Here is your handy-dandy guide to all of October's good times and fun events on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Delaware.
Secrets of the Eastern Shore presents a Month of Fun Days!

Sweet old schooners

Two tall-ship festivals on the horizon:

• The Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous is Oct. 24-25. Details.
• The Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown is Oct. 29-Nov. 1. Details.

The March of freedom

In one of the oldest and coolest traditions on the Eastern Shore, the descendants of Uncle Nace Hopkins (c.1831-1900) parade through the heart of little Trappe in an annual celebration marking the end of slavery. The first such parade was held back in 1867. The 2015 edition will be Sat., Oct. 10. Scroll down a bit here for details.

oyster fests!

Tis the season for bivalve bashes--over on the Secrets website I have put together a page of fall oyster parties, from up in Rock Hall to down on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, where it seems most every little town has an oyster fest coming up.

Click here to see the list.

Dog Days

• Dewey Beach has one weekend this month for Golden Retrievers (Oct. 2-4) and another for Greyhounds (Oct. 8-11).
• The Pooch Palooza is coming up on Oct. 3 at Frontiertown. Details.
• The Halloween pet parade in Ocean City is set for Oct. 17. Details.

Music: Rocktober and More on the Shore

• The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain comes to Easton on Tue., Oct. 6. Details.
ª Boogie-woogie queen Deanna Bogart is in Chestertown on Fri., Oct. 9. Details.
• The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore of Virginia goes Afro-Caribbean with Orquesta Tropakiimba on Sat., Oct. 10. Details. 
• Cimarron plays Colombian joropo music at Salisbury University on Mon., Oct. 13. Details.
• On Wed., Oct. 14 at Salisbury University, a ragtime band will perform live to "The Freshman," a silent movie starring the great Buster Keaton. Details.
• Rehoboth is chock full of jazz come mid-month, with the Jazz Festival and the True Blue concert series.
• There are Octoberfest celebrations in Salisbury on Wed., Oct. 14, and in Berlin on Sat., Oct. 17.
• There is an Irish dance weekend in Rehoboth Oct. 16-18. Details.
• A slew of bands perform at Island Bay Day in Grasonville on Sat., Oct. 17. Details. 
• The Broadkill Banjos & Seafood fest in Milton is Sat., Oct. 17. Details.
• Classical music is center stage at Washington College's Eastern Shore Guitar Festival on Oct. 23-25.
• Homegrown music is the focus of the LoDel Music & Arts event in Georgetown (Del.) on Sat., Oct. 24. Details.

Go Back in Time

Have you ever wanted to make stone tools the way  the ancient Indians used to do? Here's your chance!

wildfowl expo

Decoy lovers will descend on Salisbury for the annual Ward Wildfowl Festival on Sat., Oct. 10. There is an extra reason to go this year: They will be opening a gallery dedicated to the memory of the recently departed Henry Fleckenstein. RIP, Henry! Details.

The Best Fests

• The Harry Potter Festival in Chestertown is Oct. 2-3.
• The Hurlock Fall Fest is Oct. 2-3.
• There is an Ironfest Block Party in Cambridge on Oct. 3.
• The Celtic Festival at Furnacetown is coming up Oct. 3-4.
• The Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville, Del. is Oct. 9-10.
• The Nanticoke River Jamboree is Sat., Oct. 10 in Vienna.
• The annual Fall Into St. Michaels festivities are Oct. 24-25.
• Kids will love the Sailwinds Kite Festival in Cambridge on Oct. 25.

Pumpkin Patch

In the middle of a pumpkin patch in little Reids Grove (near Vienna), they will be showing "It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on the big screen on Friday, Oct. 9, and here are the details.

october's libation celebrations

Wine Fest on the Beach in Ocean CityWinefest on the Beach in Ocean City is Oct. 2-3.
• The Chesapeake Bay Wine Fest on Kent Island is Sat., Oct. 3.
• Triple Creek Winery in Cordova has a Wine and Craft Festival on Sun., Oct. 4.
• Fordham & Dominion Brewing in Dover will be serving up lots of local brews during the fun Cheesetoberfest bash on Sat., Oct. 10.
• Simpatico in St. Michaels has its annual Italian Food & Wine Fest on Sat., Oct. 10.
• The Good Beer Festival at Pemberton Hall in Salisbury is Oct. 10-11.
• The Southern Delaware Wine, Food, and Music Fest is Sat., Oct. 17.
• The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival is in Dover on Sat., Oct. 17.
• The Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury is Oct. 17-18.
• The Shore Craft Beer Festival in Ocean City is Sat., Oct. 24.

inbox alert

If all goes according to plan, there will be two Month of Fundays coming your way  in October--with the second one delivering the scoop on all of the Halloween fun planned for our area! Until then ... happy wandering! 

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