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Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 04/26/13 to 04/28/13

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com.

Wilmington’s Restaurant Week
April 22 – 27, 2013
Wilmington's City Restaurant Week features two-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $35. This is a great opportunity to visit amazing downtown restaurants at extremely affordable prices. Visit their website for location and menu information.

Delmarva Birding Weekend
April 25 – 28, 2013
The Delmarva Birding Weekend is one of the most popular birdwatching events in the entire mid-Atlantic region. Participants can take part in a number of excursions during the daytime, nighttime, aboard a boat, or even while canoeing or kayaking.

Wilmington Blue Rocks Game + Fireworks
Friday, April 26, 2013
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Catch all of the action as the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Winston-Salem Dash then, enjoy an exciting fireworks display after the game.

Annual Bug & Bud Festival
Saturday, April 27, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join the fun at the Annual Bug & Bud Festival along the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic downtown Milford, Delaware. Festival highlights are the traditional ladybug walking parade with prizes for best “ladybug” and “tree” costumes, musical entertainment throughout the day as well as more than 100 arts & crafts vendors!

R2Hop2 at Fordham and Old Dominion Brewery
Saturday, April 27, 2013
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fordham and Dominion Brewing will hold R2Hop2, an annual beer festival at their brewery in Dover, Delaware. Visitors can taste featured brews, enjoy live bands, local artisans and even take their turn in a keg toss competition.

Nage Spring Food and Wine Festival
Sunday, April 28, 2013
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The Food & Wine Festival at Nage will feature over 50 select wines from around the World, Food by the Chefs of Nage Rehoboth, Wine & Food Pairing Station, Blind Wine Tastings, Create-Your-Own-Blend Table, and a Silent Auction. Plus, a battle of the Chefs!

9th Annual Wildflower Celebration at Mount Cuba Center
Sunday, April 28, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Stroll the scenic gardens at your leisure during this fun and festive celebration of spring! Enjoy live music, discovery stations, and activities for the whole family. See a raptor demonstration and watch birds take flight. Families can participate in activities geared for all ages from potting plants to scavenger hunts that will take them through the garden.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail


posted on: Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013 12:05 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware Spring Festivals: A great way to discover our secrets

In Delaware, festivals are just as essential to spring as blossoms and bluebirds. Coming as they do on the fading gusts of winter, Delaware spring festivals serve to validate, year after year, this state’s perennially sunny disposition and its people’s inclination to celebrate together. 

Delaware festivals are a great way for visitors discover Delaware’s one-of-a-kind personality and heritage, expressed through the colonial-accented atmosphere of Dover Days; the DuPont-family legacy that pervades the Winterthur Point-to-Point races; or the coastal breezes that touch the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival. 

Go to just one, or come to them all – Delaware festivals show our secrets so well.

Dover Days Festival
Dover DaysMay 3-5
A blend of old and new, arts and crafts, food and fun, Dover Days has a little bit of everything that’s sure to please everyone, right in the historic heart of the state’s capital. Where else can you see 300 children in colonial garb dancing around the maypole on Dover's historic Green; dive into treats served up by more than 40 food vendors; and experience such varied exhibits as a car show, historic wartime encampments, and a pet parade?

Winterthur Point-to-Point
Winterthur Point to PointMay 5
Frequently imitated but never matched, these annual steeplechase horse races echo the state’s well-heeled heritage as home to the DuPont family and their regal estates. Staged on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of this one-time DuPont mansion, the Point to Point is renowned as a place to see-and-be-seen amid extravagant “tailgate” buffets and lavishly stocked hospitality tents. The horse racing is just an added bonus.

30th annual Spring Sidewalk Sale
Rehoboth Dewey Sidewalk SaleMay 17-19
Long known as a place for bargains in a state that already boasts a tax-free shopping advantage, Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors dive even deeper into discount mode every spring and fall. This is the right time to visit the resorts’ many shops, ranging from the three Tanger Outlet centers to the unique art galleries that line Rehoboth’s quaint avenues.

Rehoboth Restaurant Week
June 2-8
Rehoboth Restaurant WeekAsk any of the Washington, D.C. , professionals who flock to Rehoboth Beach each year why they love this town, and they’ll likely sum it up in two words: The food. Home to some of the best fine-dining destinations in the mid-Atlantic, Rehoboth Beach struts its culinary stuff each year at this time, featuring three-course dinners marked down to $20-$30, and some lunch specials at $10-$15. A perfect time to explore one of the state’s star attractions.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Mid Atlantic Sea Glass FestivalJune 22-23
Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty and desire, sea glass is revered for its rarity and charm by artists worldwide. Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other coastal artisans, and learn the finer points of collecting and identifying these sea-tossed gems.


posted on: Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 9:16 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Firefly 2013: Bigger, better and tastier

It’s a common refrain from folks who have just experienced Firefly, the three-day music festival in central Delaware that's becoming one of the nation’s premier rock events:

“Is it too early to get tickets for next year?” 

Firefly Music Festival 2013Once they’ve been to the Firefly Music Festival, it becomes an annual ritual for its many fans, partly because of the stellar lineup – the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty are headliners this year – and partly because of the free-wheeling and fun atmosphere that pervades this 87-acre site situated centrally on the Mid-Atlantic coast. 

In one corner, there’s the wildly popular TOMS Style Your Sole center, newly expanded for 2013, promising to “hook you up with the coolest pair of shoes you can dream up.” Customers who buy a pair on-site get the chance to work with their expert artists to customize their “one-of-a-kind kicks.” In another section, campers and their more-pampered brethren, the “Glampers,” create their homes-away-from-home in a woodsy setting.

Hammock Hangout Firefly Music FestivalYes, it’s the music – always the music – that brings tens of thousands to the Firefly Music Festival, but it’s also the attractions, the abundance of offbeat diversions, that keeps them coming back. Just take a look at this year’s special features: 

-- Last year’s shady refuge for the weary – the “Hammock Hangouts” – are back and bigger than ever.

--Another returning feature is The Arcade, where free access to vintage electronic games gives festival-goers a chance to while away their time between acts.

--Once the sun sets, check out The Pathway, a forest clearing filled with light shows and video displays, guaranteed to “put your neighborhood Christmas-lighting enthusiast to shame.” 

Dogfish Head Brewery Firefly Music Festival--Even hard-core festival die-hards have to eat (and maybe imbibe), and there’s plenty to satisfy here, including brews from Delaware’s legendary Dogfish Head Brewery, vino at The Vineyard wine garden, and plenty of expanded dining options this year. 

Of course, all this diversionary glitter is merely a sideshow to the music, which this year’s Firefly Music Festival delivers some of the edgiest indie talent in the world, including: 

Vampire Weekend
Foster the People
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Passion Pit
Kendrick Lamar
Grizzly Bear
Alabama Shakes
The Avett Brothers
Edward Sharpe
The Magnetic Zeros
Public Enemy
The Walkmen
Dan Deacon
Toro y Moi
Action Bronson
Azealia Banks
Wild Belle


posted on: Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 9:56 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Tune in for spring and summer sounds

The Firefly Music Festival is far from the only must-see music event that will get Delaware visitors moving this year. Spring and summer bring an array of offerings from the top of the state to the bottom, ranging from rock to jazz to funk, in venues both large and small.

Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz FestivalFor a fun (and free) week of smooth, sophisticated listening, Wilmington’s DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is the place to be June 19-22. For a more intimate (and frequently frenetic) experience, head south to Delaware’s laid-back beach towns, where national acts are a regular treat each summer.

In typical Delaware style, this year’s beach lineup features a who’s-who of well-known acts, all playing in settings that promise up-close-and-awe-struck experience. The scene is especially intense at Dewey Beach’s legendary music destination, the Bottle & Cork, where fans can catch Kevin Bacon and The Bacon Brothers (May 30); George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (June 21-22); Kellie Pickler (July 25); and Shooter Jennings (July 30).

Things get country-fied in a big way starting in June, when the Harrington Raceway and Casino hosts the Rascal Flatts (June 1) followed by the Delaware State Fair hosting its annual slate of Nashville’s best, including Luke Bryan (July 18), Trace Adkins (July 21) and Dierks Bentley (July 23), along with Christian Rock performers MercyMe (July 19), singer Victoria Justice (July 20), and comedian Jeff Dunham (July 23).

Freeman Stage at BaysideTucked along the coast in Fenwick Island, the Freeman Stage at Bayside brings a summer-long onslaught of marquee acts, including Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group (July 10); Sheryl Crow (July 14); Darius Rucker (Aug. 8); Michael McDonald (Aug. 10); and Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (Aug. 13).

Farther north in Wilmington (a quick trip from Baltimore and Philly), music fans are fortunate to have both the Grand Opera House and the World Cafe Live at the Queen, both cozy venues that boast a name-dropping summer lineup. At the Grand, Melissa Etheridge rolls into town on June 26; and at the Queen, there’s a steady stream of classic acts, including The English Beat and the Bullbuckers (May 3) and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (May 7).

And the music plays on: On July 18, Wilmington’s Ladybug Music Festival showcases some of the region’s top female musicians; and on Aug. 2-4, the city hosts its annual outdoor Riverfront Blues Festival, situated by the banks of the Christina River just a quick trip from some of Wilmington’s hippest new restaurants and activities.


posted on: Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 9:27 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 04/12/13 to 04/14/13

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware this weekend! While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com.

Wilmington Blue Rocks Game + Fireworks
Friday, April 12, 2013
Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
Catch all of the action as the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Frederick Keys then, enjoy an exciting fireworks display after the game.

South Pacific performed at the Delaware Theater Company
April 10 – May 5, 2013
Show times vary
Spend an enchanted evening at the Delaware Theater Company while enjoying the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic “South Pacific.”

Lewes Tulip Festival
April 11 – 13, 2013
The fourth annual Lewes Tulip Festival is blossoming on April 11 - 13, 2013. Enjoy more than 10,000 tulip bulbs in the City’s parks and public spaces. There will also be vendors, activities and other fun things to do.

Dewey Beach Popfest at the Rusty Rudder
April 12 – 13, 2013
The Dewey Beach popfest features power pop, Britpop and Pop Punk bands on 4 stages at the beach with no cover!!

Brewery tour at Fordham and Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, April 13, 2013
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, five samples, and a pint glass to take home. Sample signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout.

Free tours of the Old State House
Sunday, April 13, 2013
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Discover the history behind Delaware’s first permanent capitol building completed in 1791 on Dover’s historic green.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail


posted on: Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 11:48 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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