2017 Festival

The 12th Annual North American Sea Glass Festival will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017  and Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware along the revitalized Christana River waterfront.

The North American Sea Glass Festival is the premier sea glass event in the country celebrating the history and beauty of sea glass.    The event will be held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Admission is $7.00 per day, Children Under 12 Free.

Admission available at the door or purchase your tickets online here.  (Online pre-paid ticket holders will have a dedicated online ticket line.)

Sea glass artisans,  jewelers, authors and crafters from all over the country will travel to Wilmington to showcase their beautiful handcrafted wares both Saturday and Sunday and the 2017 North American Sea Glass Festival will have much to offer the whole family and this year we are expanding our children’s education area to include a treasure hunt!

Prized sea glass collections from all over the world will be on display in the Collectors area, where attendees can speak to the collectors to learn more about their travels and collections.  The Shard Identification experts will help attendees learn more about their sea glass, pottery and other beach combing finds, so don’t forget to bring your beachcombing treasures!


The North American Sea Glass Association (NASGA) invites you to the premiere of our short film documentary “Sea Glass Around the World” at the North American Sea Glass Festival, which will be shown throughout the course of the weekend of September 23 and 24, 2017 in Wilmington, Delaware.
The 15-minute documentary film highlights beachcombers in the U.S. and around the world, from Japan to Australia, Greece to Croatia to Scotland and a variety of other beaches worldwide, including a history of mudlarking on the Thames in London from author Ted Sandling of London in Fragments. Join us for this exciting beachcomb around the globe!

On Saturday, the festival will feature expert lecture presentations on the history and collection of genuine sea glass. The 2017 North American Sea Glass Festival will feature “Sea Glass Around the World” and our lectures will reflect that theme.

A life-long beachcomber, Dr. Deacon Ritterbush (aka Dr. Beachcomb) is an award winning author (A Beachcomber’s Odyssey) and founder of the annual International Beachcombing Conferences. She lectures throughout North America on sea glass, pottery shards and the archaeology of beachcombing.

Dr. Beachcomb will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 NASGA Sea Glass Festival will focus on fishing floats from the east and west, including their practical and spiritual aspects as well as the amazing sea glass shards resulting from their breakage.

With the ever increasing fake tumbled glass entering the marketplace, it is very important for the North American Sea Glass Association and our 2017 festival to include an educational lecture on the topic.   This year Richard LaMotte and Mary McCarthy will join their knowledge and expertise to speak about the subject during their “Genuine versus Artificial”  presentation.   They will follow with a question and answer session from the audience.

Connor O’Brien will have a presentation about his travels to Morocco and will showcase his wide collection of Moroccan pottery.   Connor is a 2017 college graduate from Maine and has a passion for beachcombing.  Check out the Festival Lecture page for more details!

On Sunday, the highly anticipated Shard of the Year Contest will offer opportunities to enter authentic beach finds to win cash prizes (and major bragging rights).   Attendees can purchase their entry cards all day and can enter the contest on Sunday only. The Shard of the Year Contest winner announcements close out the festival on Sunday afternoon.   (Must be present on Sunday to enter and win)

Admission fee per day, $7.00 per person, Children Under 12 Free.    

Purchase your tickets online here

The North American Sea Glass Association makes an annual donation to 501c3 non-profit charities who share NASGA’s mission in assisting in the work of education, protecting and restoring waterways and coastlines.   Each year we analyze local organizations residing in the state where the North American Sea Glass Festival is held to chose the one we feel fits our mission.

This year the Delaware Nature Society’s DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, Delaware will be the recipient of the donation.  Located on the edge of the 212-acre Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, the DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) is the city’s most unique and natural place where the city, river, and marsh meet. It is free and open to the public year-round featuring a 10-acre ornamental garden, a quarter-mile pond loop through a freshwater, tidal marsh and a four-story environmental center with panoramic views.

The DuPont Environmental Education Center is located next to the Chase Center on the Riverfront in the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is 212 acres of tidal marsh adjoining the Christina River and is home to Bald Eagles, beavers, dragonflies, turtles, butterflies, wild rice, hibiscus, and other plants and wildlife.   Visit the DuPont Environmental Education Center while you are attending the North American Sea Glass Festival and find out more about their programs and enjoy Delaware’s nature up close.


The Chase Center on the Riverfront is located on the revitalized Wilmington Riverfront along the winding Christina River, halfway between New York City and Washington D.C.   There are several hotels in the area, including the Westin, which is connected to the Chase Center on the Riverfront.

Chase Center on the Riverfront Address:
815 Justison Street  Wilmington, DE 19801

The Wilmington Riverfront is a thriving destination offering tax-free shopping, a variety of great restaurants, brewery, art museum, DuPont Environmental Center and other local attractions.

Conveniently accessible from I-95 and I-495, visitors have direct access via car, Amtrak, or by bus. Parking at the Chase Center on the Riverfront is free.  For Directions* to the Chase Center or for a Map. *Note that some GPS systems have not updated their maps to reflect the revised traffic patterns of the Riverfront and may still have our old address 800 S. Madison Street.

For more information on Wilmington and the Greater Brandywine Valley.

Media Sponsors:

The North American Sea Glass Association is pleased to announce our North American Sea Glass Festival media sponsors:

Delaware Today, providing everything you need to know about dining, arts, entertainment, health and more in Delaware. For more than 50 years, Delaware Today has been the lifestyle authority in the First State. The publication boasts various awards for thoughtful commentary and stunning full-color design. As the state’s premier magazine, Delaware Today helps readers make informed decisions to enhance their lives. Delaware Today also publishes Delaware/Main Line Bride twice annually, 302 Health twice annually and The Ultimate Guide to Delaware.

 What’s Up Magazine & Media What’s Up? Annapolis, What’s Up? Eastern Shore, and What’s Up? West County publications, the one-stop local entertainment guide for activities, sports, restaurants, special events and lifestyle in and around Maryland. Covers Anne Arundel County, Greater Chesapeake region and the Eastern Shore.

Interested in Volunteering during the North American Sea Glass Festival?  Interested in displaying your collection in our Collectors area?  Please email Roxann at festival@seaglassassociation.org.