Poseidon Festival

Thank you for making our 2019 Poseidon Festival a success.  Save the date for next year: 

May 22nd - 25th, 2020.  


Poseidon on Display

11 am Daily

Throughout the event, watch local artist George Zaiser create a sand sculpture that captures the essence of our Poseidon Festival. Carving begins at 11 am daily until completion.



Fri, May 24, 7:30 pm

They’re back for a third year in a row! Whether you're a Jimmy Buffett fan or just a beach lover, a show with PARROTBEACH will have you singing, laughing, and dancing in the aisles. Come to the party dressed in your best Buffett outfit for added fun!


Pirates on the Plaza

Sat, May 25, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Get up close and personal with Captain Cortez and his troupe of plunderers as they lure you into the Golden Age of Piracy. See live sword demonstrations and learn about the ways of pirate life in exciting swashbuckling shows throughout the day. Come dressed as a pirate or mermaid for your chance to win prizes in our costume contest and be crowned Mr. & Ms. Poseidon. There will be plenty of photo opportunities.



Live Mermaid Tank

Sat., May 25, Noon – 6 pm

See a live mermaid on display in her very own tank! Watch interactive mermaid performances throughout the day including live cracking of pearl oysters to be given to the first 50 guests.


Sons of Pirates

Sat, May 25, 3:00 & 4:30 pm

Sometimes billed as a Jimmy Buffett tribute act, this beach party band also plays hits by Bob Marley, Zac Brown, and more. Be ready for dancing & fun participation!


Emergency Meet & Greet

Sat, May 25, 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Learn from the local experts how to prepare for a potential coastal emergency. Meet and greet our Town lifeguards, police, and fire personnel. See the Town Mobile Command Center and water rescue vehicles up close.

Chris Sacks Band

Chris Sacks Band

Sat, May 25, 7:30 pm

This band is best defined as a swirling mixture of red-blooded American music blended with the blue seawaters of the Caribbean. Captain Quint fans will know Chris as a former member. He has since opened for national acts such as Michael Ray, Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis and Mo Pitney.

Crab Derby

Hermit Crab Derby

Sun, May 26, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Choose a crab, name it, and have fun competing in this race run by the National Crab Racing Association and backed by Florida Marine Research.


Marine Science Camp

Sun, May 26, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

Gain an appreciation for our marine life and environment in a fun open-classroom setting by the sea. This award-winning program will explore sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles, and coral reefs through interactive hands-on activities.

Skim Board Basics

Skim Board Basics

Sun, May 26, 5:30 pm

RELYance Skim Camp will demonstrate basic skim boarding tips, etiquette, and safety on the beach off Garfield Parkway. Boards will be provided.


U.S. Navy Country Current

Sun, May 26, 7:30 pm

Nationally renowned for its versatility and "eye-popping" musicianship, Country Current performs a blend of modern country music and bluegrass. This ensemble performs regularly for the president, vice-president, the secretary of the Navy, the chief of naval operations, and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform in support of our active-duty sailors.


Aloha Summer Luau Show

Mon, May 27, 1 pm

Say Aloha to summer in this Poseidon Festival finale. We’ll take you on an enchanting journey through the Polynesian islands complete with pulsating drums and exotic dancers performing a revue of dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and New Zealand. You’ll even learn how to dance the hula.


Book Signings

Saturday, May 25

10:30 am - Visit the Nature Center for a book signing by Nancy Sakaduski, author of The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay. Also, make a mermaid crown (while supplies last). Dress like your favorite seacreature to get a prize. There will be a Mermaid Scavenger Hunt and mermaid scratch art too. 

7:00 pm - Bethany Beach Books - Book signing by author Mary Kay Andrews, author of "Sunset Beach".