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.

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.

Sea glass artisans,  jewelers, authors and crafters from all over the country will travel to Wilmington to showcase their beautiful handcrafted wares.   As always, 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!

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. 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.  More details to follow on other lectures.

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.

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 enter the contest throughout the day on Sunday and the Shard of the Year Contest winner announcements close out the festival on Sunday afternoon.   (Must be present on Sunday to enter and win)

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

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.

The North American Sea Glass Association is pleased to announce our North American Sea Glass Festival media sponsor Delaware Today, providing everything you need to know about dining, arts, entertainment, health and more in Delaware and surrounding area.

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.