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About the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand FAQ’s

What is the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand?

The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is a music and entertainment venue located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series takes place every year from mid-June through Labor Day Weekend and has been providing FREE entertainment for Rehoboth Beach and its visitors since 1963! Each year, over 40 bands are selected to perform in an open-air concert venue just steps from the beach. The goal of the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is to provide entertainment through music, movies, variety acts, and other local, regional, and national performances.

The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is not just a venue for entertainment, it is also a cultural and historical landmark. The Bandstand is a source of pride for the community and has been a staple of Rehoboth Beach for decades. Thousands of visitors and residents have fond memories of attending concerts and events at the Bandstand and it continues to be a popular destination for generations of families.

Whether you are a local resident or a visiting tourist, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a fun and memorable experience in Rehoboth Beach.

When do the performances run?

The Summer Concert Series typically spans from mid-June to Labor Day, with a handful of exceptions for festivals and local events that are not directly related to the series and occur before or after these dates.

How long do the performances run/What time do the performances run?

The majority of performances in the series have a duration of approximately 75 minutes. The starting time for all acts is 8pm, with most concluding around 9:15pm, though some may run as late as 9:30pm. Any deviations from this schedule will be indicated on the schedule.

Why are there no performances on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday?

The performances at the bandstand occur only on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, as part of an effort to maintain a consistent schedule and allocate funds towards higher-quality shows on these select dates. By limiting the performances to three days a week, we can afford to book acts that require a greater financial investment and create a more enjoyable experience for our visitors.

How much does it cost to attend/Where do I buy tickets?

Performances are sponsored by the City of Rehoboth Beach and do not require advanced tickets. All performances are FREE to the general public to enjoy throughout the summer months!

How do I get to the bandstand (directions)?

The bandstand is located at the end of Rehoboth Avenue, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. For GPS purposes, please use:

1 Rehoboth Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Rules and Procedure FAQ’s

What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place?

Given the current restrictions, we recognize the importance of assisting the State of Delaware as well as the Division of Public Health and will work to ensure the safety of the performers, audience, general workers, and contractors attending our performances.

In order to properly provide a safe and enjoyable venue for everyone involved in our performances, the City of Rehoboth Beach has posted a list of COVID-19 protocols on our rules page.

Is smoking allowed around the bandstand area?

The City of Rehoboth Beach smoking ban went into effect on May 15, 2014. The smoking ban includes the beach (except for up to 20 areas on the beach designated as smoking permitted areas which will be clearly marked), the Boardwalk, the Bandstand Plaza, City parks, and the street ends adjoining the Boardwalk. Signage is in place to delineate the designated smoking areas. For more information regarding this ordinance, please visit the City of Rehoboth website here:

How do I find out if a performances is canceled?

Notifications regarding cancellations of performances will primarily be posted on our social media accounts. In the event of a cancellation, there will not be an outgoing message on the bandstand information phone line. We aim to make decisions regarding cancellations as late as possible while ensuring safety of all parties involved. Additionally, a prominent graphic indicating the cancellation will be displayed on the front page of our website, depending on the timing of the cancellation and our ability to update the website in a timely manner.

Why do we cancel performances because of weather?

We strive to cancel performances as late in the day as possible to provide ample time for performers to communicate the cancellation to all involved parties and to avoid unnecessary travel. While we make every effort to anticipate weather conditions, it can be challenging to predict with complete accuracy. Even if weather improves by showtime, we consider various factors such as wet seating areas, slippery and unsafe surfaces near the stage, and the risk of electric shock when making the final decision.

It is important to note that our ability to predict weather conditions can change as weather patterns shift, and we require a minimum of four hours of dry weather to allow for setup, performance, and breakdown—not just dry conditions at 8pm.

Are there any rain dates for missed performances?

There are no rain dates available.

General FAQ’s

What is the real name of the bandstand?

The bandstand was originally named the “Rehoboth Beach Veterans Memorial Bandstand.”  While the site still remains dedicated to veterans, the concerts and performances are not specifically catered towards military groups. However, you will find numerous military groups still featured in many Summer Concert Series performances.

What is the history of the bandstand?

For a detailed history of the bandstand, please click here.

Why aren’t there speakers facing the ocean?

There are several reasons why we do not have permanent speakers facing the ocean. Firstly, it is challenging to monitor the sound quality from the back of the bandstand. Secondly, we aim to ensure that the bandstand is an enjoyable concert venue for the audience without disrupting the daily activities of nearby businesses. By having the sound spread throughout the entire block, it could hinder the operations of the many walk-up windows in the area. Thirdly, we take great pride in the appearance of the bandstand and want the audience to have the best possible view of the performances. Lastly, having the performers face all directions would make it difficult to determine the best angle to face the audience, as facing towards the seats yields the best results. Therefore, it is crucial for the performers to know which direction to face when setting up for the shows.

Is there any parking for patrons to the bandstand?

Regrettably, there is no dedicated parking area for patrons of the bandstand due to its location in the center of town along the main avenue. Nevertheless, there are many places within a short walking distance from various streets in Rehoboth Beach.

Performers, on the other hand, may park in the two indentions designated for drop-offs and deliveries on either side of the bandstand. These spots can accommodate up to 6 cars on each side and are available for performance parking after 6pm daily. However, in the event of overflow, regularly assigned metered parking spots throughout town must be utilized.

Booking the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand FAQ’s

Can the Rehoboth Bandstand be used for weddings or private events?

At this time, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand is not available for private events of any kind.

When do you start booking?

Booking for the bandstand can occur at any time of the year. While some performers may be booked right away, others may only be booked shortly before the summer months. The timing of the booking is influenced by several factors, such as available dates, budgetary considerations, and weather contingencies.

Who do I contact to perform on the bandstand?

We are ONLY accepting Electronic Press Kits (EPK’s, websites with music samples, etc.). Please ensure all necessary information listed on our Performer Information page is included when sending correspondence. You may submit your application online by writing to: [email protected]

Please do NOT use our contact form in order to submit your applications.

Or, if you need additional correspondence, you may write to:

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
c/o City of Rehoboth Beach
229 Rehoboth Avenue
PO Box 1163
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

How do performers get paid, and what’s a normal price?

Performers at the bandstand may be compensated by the City of Rehoboth Beach. Since each event is sponsored by the city and comes from its operating budget, there is no set price for performers. Each group has different requirements and accommodations, so it is recommended that those requesting to perform also provide an estimated compensation that would enable their group to perform on the desired dates and times.

What are the cutoff times/rain policies?

The usual cutoff time for performances is 2pm, but it may be adjusted closer to the scheduled performance as needed. This allows performers who are traveling from outside the area to have sufficient time to cancel their travel plans and arrangements if necessary. The latest schedule information will always be available on this website or on our social media.

What type of performances do you allow?

We strive to offer a diverse range of entertainment at the bandstand, encompassing various genres such as jazz, military, blues, soul, rock, classic rock, orchestra, concert band, choir, performing arts, comedy, children’s shows, and more. We welcome all forms of entertainment that are suitable for an outdoor venue and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.

What types of performances do you not allow?

The City of Rehoboth Beach recognizes that certain performances that may be suitable for private events may not be appropriate for our public venue. Therefore, every act that is selected is carefully evaluated to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all members of the audience.

What is the minimum age for performing?

There is no specific minimum age requirement for performers, but for safety purposes, an adult must sponsor the event and be present at all times to supervise the performers on and off stage.

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand