Poseidon Festival


You’re invited to the 

3rd Annual Poseidon Festival

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25– 28, 2018


Enjoy 4 fun-filled days of island-inspired edutainment designed to celebrate the sea while helping you prepare for potential coastal emergencies. 

Friday, May 25th on the Bandstand

6:00 p.m.:  The Bullbuckers  

Listen to the SKA/reggae stylings of The Bullbuckers.  Inspired by boss tunes, Irie vibes, soul, and rock and roll, this band combines American and Caribbean music to craft an award-winning sound that's distinctly their own.


Dusk:  Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Men Tell No Tales

Stick around for our first movie of the season.  Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain.  Rated PG-13

Saturday, May 26th

10:30 a.m. at the Nature Center 

Participate in Mermaid activities and a book signing by Nancy Sakaduski, author of The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.  Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite sea creature to get a prize.  

5:30 – 9:00p.m. at the Bandstand Horseshoe 

Emergency Meet and Greet

Local experts will help you prepare for a potential coastal emergency. Take a mini tour of the Town’s Mobile Command Center and water-rescue vehicles. Lifeguards, police officers, and firemen will be on hand to discuss ocean safety and distribute helpful handouts.

On the Bandstand

6:00 Trinidad North

Trinidad North's founder studied the building of drums under the legendary "Grandfather of the Steel Drum," Ellie Mannette. He then went on to build and develop school steel drum programs throughout the USA.  Since 1989 Trinidad North has performed its steel music worldwide in Trinidad, Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands, New Zealand and Israel.  

7:30 Parrotbeach

Key West comes to Bethany Beach with Parrotbeach, one of the few full time Jimmy Buffett tribute bands.  Whether you're a Parrothead or just a beach lover, Parrotbeach will have you singing, laughing, and dancing in the aisles.  Come to the party dressed in your best Buffett outfit for added fun.   

Sunday. May 27th 

1:00 p.m. on the Bandstand Plaza

Bethany Beach Hermit Crab Derby

Don't miss this inaugural race for kids of all ages.  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.  

7:30 The U.S. Navy Cruisers Band on the Bandstand

This group offers something for everyone.  It takes its name from the Navy's versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship - the Cruiser - and lives up to its namesake by playing genres of music ranging from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary, and pop as well as original material.


Monday, May 28th on the Bandstand   

11:00 a.m. Memorial Day Service                                            

All are welcome to attend this ceremony conducted by The VFW Post 7234.  

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Island Fusion                                              

Steel drum duo Island Fusion will close the festival.  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.  Join an impromptu limbo contest or conga line as we set the stage for another exciting summer season in the Town of Bethany Beach!  

All events are weather dependent.  Stay tuned to this page for entertainment updates and weather-related cancellations.