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Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 08/30/13 to 09/02/13

The end of summer is here but there is still so much to do and see in Delaware! Beyond the beautiful sandy beaches in Delaware, there are tons of great events and things to do!

Travel tip: While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Events:
Take a sail on the Kalmar Nyckel
Sails and deck tours will be occurring through September 2nd. 
Climb aboard and set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, a tall ship replica. Sails can be booked online and please note that the Kalmar Nyckel is docked at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal. 

Zip across Lums Pond State Park with Go Ape!
Recurring daily
$55/adults and $25-35/children
Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Go Ape! at Lums Pond have five individual sections within the course including rope ladders, exciting crossings with Double Stirrups, and stunning views. 

Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
Saturday, August 31, 2013
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Visit historic Lewes and shop local with over 35 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts.

106th Arden Fair and Antiques Market
Saturday, August 31, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Music, games, food, art exhibit, folk dancing demos, potions, crafts, childrens games and many vendors in Arden + books and plants for sale. Stroll through the antiques market for a small fee or enjoy live music in the grove.

Tour the Old Dominon Fordham Brewery 
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. 
Admission is $5
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.

Catch a Wilmington Blue Rocks Game + Fireworks
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Begins at 6:05 p.m.
Watch as the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Winston-Salem Dash with an exciting fireworks display after the game. 

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra & Morgan State University Choir perform at Freeman Stage with a fireworks finale
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend with a beautiful collaboration of music performed by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir. Enjoy music from Opera to Broadway as these two organizations delight with selections from La Bohème as well as Broadway favorites. The concert will end with a fantastic fireworks finale! Come early to this audience favorite evening! Free for all. Please bring your own chairs.

Music Along the Bank at Winterhur Museum, Garden and Library
Sunday, September 1, 2013
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Delight in live bluegrass music along Clenny Run Bank. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy some of our finest regional musicians. The Museum Store and Cottage Café will be open for light fare, wine, beer and other beverages. Admission is free to members or included with admission to Winterthur. 

2013 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral
Monday, September 2, 2013
Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Bid farewell to the summer season at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral taking place on the Bethany Beach boardwalk with a procession and live music around the bandstand. 

Bonus trip ideas: 
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do   

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 2:13 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Alternate Delaware beach travel routes

Traveling to the Delaware beach area? Here are some tips for alternate travel routes!

Traveling to Delaware:

Mid mornings and early afternoons are peak traffic times due to vacation rental check ins including Saturday mornings between 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. We suggest arriving to the beach area Thursday night or late Friday night, if possible. 

• Heading into Rehoboth Beach? Try Exit 1B vs. Exit 1A. Just keep on Route 1, over the bridge and take a right at exit 1B, which loops around and takes you to the Rehoboth Avenue and south side-streets the “back way.”

• When you’re heading all the way south to Fenwick Island or the Bethany Beach area, try taking U.S. 113, which swings west of the beach. Keep your eye out for Del. 54 east, which will take you right into Fenwick Island.

• Be aware that the main interchange between I-95 and U.S. 1 is under construction, causing occasional backups. Once the work is complete, however, this interchange will give travelers a swift and easy way to switch from the interstate to the main beach route.

• For a relaxing, fairly traffic-free drive from the north, take Del. 9 starting in New Castle, following it all the way to Dover, where you can hook up with U.S. 113.

• To go around I-95, take U.S. 13 south as an alternate, whether you’re coming off the Delaware Memorial Bridge on I-295, or heading south on I-495 (look for the U.S. 13 exit signs on either road). U.S. 13 then connects with the main beach route (U.S. 1) after a drive of a few miles.

• From the areas of Pennsylvania west of Philadelphia (e.g., Main Line, Downingtown, Coatesville, Valley Forge, Media), your best bet for a worry-free route to I-95 (and thus to U.S. 1) is U.S. 202 south to Del. 141 south, which connects with the interstate in Newport.

• If you’re heading east from the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area, Route 404 is a main route but check a map or online mapping service before heading to the beach area. There are several alternate routes travelers can take after US 50.

Traveling home from Delaware:
Sunday mornings are peak travel times. We suggest leaving Sunday morning before noon or after 8:00 p.m. Expect travel delays heading north between Milford and Dover and Smyrna to Middletown (for an alternate route with less traffic between Smyrna and Middletown take the Rt.9 exit at the Dover Air Force Base and follow Rt.9 up to New Castle). 

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 11:30 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 08/23/13 to 08/25/13

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. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram. 

Eating Rehoboth – Culinary Tour
Every Friday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$45/person
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. 

Science after Dark: Jaws
Friday, August 23, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The Delaware Museum of Natural History offers a unique experience for those that are 21 and over to explore the science behind sharks while enjoying beer and wine. 

Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
Saturday, August 24, 2013
8:00 a.m. – Noon
Visit historic Lewes and shop local with over 35 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts.

Bargains on the Broadkill
Saturday, August 24, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The Annual Bargains on the Broadkill summer festival is an event for all ages. It features over 40 vendors of arts and crafts,jewelry, goodies and food. Also the Great Duck Race offers many cash prizes to the top 25 winners.

Take a pirate sail on the Kalmar Nyckel docked at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal
Saturday, August 24, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Ahoy mateys! Climb aboard for a fun pirate adventure on the Kalmar Nyckel, a tall ship replica, docked at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal. 

Wilmington Burger Battle
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
This outdoor, rain-or-shine Battle pits restaurants from northern Delaware (and beyond) against each other in competition for the titles of Best Burger, Best Alternative Burger, and People's Choice Burger. The ticket price covers all the burgers you can sample, beer from Twin Lakes Brewing Co. (for adults), soft drinks and music.

3rd annual Brew Festival at Dover Downs
Saturday, August 24, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 3rd Annual Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, August 24 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Rollins Center. Microbreweries from the Mid-Atlantic region will be featured, including Dogfish Brewery, Evil Genius Beer, Fordham Brewery, 3rd Wave Brewing, Evolution Brewery, Twin Lakes Brewery, Lancaster Brewing Co., Yards Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, Tall Tales Brewing Company and 16 Mile. Live entertainment, food and games will be provided. General Admission $25/Designated Driver $15. 

Bonus trip ideas: 
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do  

 

posted on: Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 4:12 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Labor Day Beach Vacation – Delaware Travel Tips

Last chance! Get some beach time before summer fades away. Visiting Delaware for a Labor Day vacation? Use the below travel tips to plan ahead and make this the best vacation ever!

Search on your phone for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions including Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews at http://m.visitdelaware.com.

Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions and hotels at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/coupons-special-offers.

Delaware Steamed Crabs Show off at your next crab fest! Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman (no more hammering shells)! Find Delaware crab house locations at http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/delaware-crab-houses.

Serve up some local flavor by offering local wine and beer from the locations on the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail.

Download the DelDOT App for traffic information on either the Android or iPhone for free. On the app, click the traffic map icon and choose the traffic or advisories filter to view current traffic information. If you’re on a desktop computer, you can view an interactive traffic map at http://www.deldot.gov/traffic/map.ejs.

For an alternate route to the beach, try the Route 9 scenic byway. Learn more at about Delaware’s scenic byways at http://www.visitdelaware.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/scenic-drives.

Delaware Beach area tips:

If you are visiting Rehoboth Beach, create a ParkMobile account ahead time to pay for parking.

Learn more about Delaware Beaches including things to do in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Dewey at http://www.visitdelaware.com/beaches.

Please check with the individual beach towns or chambers of commerce for details about parking, pets on the beach, beach rules and regulations, etc.

The Cape Henlopen State Park and Towers Beach (Towers Road - Rehoboth Beach) have convenient bathhouses with showers for beach lovers to use. But, get there early to grab a good parking spot!

Cape May Lewes Ferry The Cape May Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beach area. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger reservations are highly recommended.

The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The Jolly Trolley will be running through Labor Day weekend on the following schedule: Saturdays & Sundays (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.); Weekdays (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.). Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach areas. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned and equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates through Labor Day weekend and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights. For more information, go to http://www.dartfirststate.com/index.shtml.

Most importantly, have tons of fun!! Share your travel photos with us on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 4:21 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Events Around Delaware for the Weekend of 08/16/13 to 08/18/13

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. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Eating Rehoboth – Culinary Tour
Every Friday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
$45/person
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.

Hagley’s Creek Kids: Innovation and Power
Recurring until August 17, 2013
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bring the kids out to discover the unique innovations incorporated into the Hagley Powder Yards! Explore how turbines harness waterpower, why roll mills were constructed so unusually, and other sources of power utilized by the DuPont Company.

Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Show
Recurring until August 18, 2013
Saturdays (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sundays (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
More than a hundred artists working in a variety of media set up shop and sell their creations at this annual art extravaganza set on a shaded and picturesque campus in Rehoboth Beach. A great day for browsing, buying or just strolling from tent to tent while enjoying the food and music.

Zip line at Lums Pond State Park by Go Ape
Ongoing
The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware. $55/adults; $25-35/kids. Reservations are required.

Cherish the Ladies performance at the Freeman Stage
Friday, August 16, 2013
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
A blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, Cherish the Ladies is a traditional Irish music group.

Take a sail on the Kalmar Nyckel docked at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal
Friday, August 16, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Kalmar Nyckel, a gorgeous tall ship replica, will be docked at the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal through September 2nd offering 2 ½ hour public sails and deck tours.

Run or Dye 5K in Dover
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Run or Dye is the most colorful 5K ever! No matter your age or fitness level...whether you're a triathlete or this is your first couch-to-5K...Run or Dye is your color-blasted, tye-dyed 5K event. 

Brewery tour at Fordham Old Dominion Brewing
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Tours begin at 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.

P.O.W. Weekend at Fort Delaware State Park
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Begins at 12:30 p.m.
Step back into 1864 on this special weekend featuring visiting living history and reenactment groups. Park interpreters and volunteers combine to portray people who lived, worked, or were imprisoned at Fort Delaware.

Bonus trip ideas:
Delaware Culinary Trail
Delaware Geocaching Trail
Delaware History Trail
Delaware Wine and Ale Trail
Top things to do

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 10:34 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Black Friday Tax-Free Shopping Hours and Locations in Delaware 2013

Shop tax-free in Delaware during Black Friday and the holiday shopping season to find great deals on electronics, name-brand clothing and specialty items. 

Microsoft Store Delaware• The Christiana Mall located off I-95 in northern Delaware includes stores such as; Apple, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Anthropologie, Target, etc. Store openings begin Thursday, November 28th at 8:00 p.m. Hours and times vary based on the specific store locations. 

• The Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach will be open for 23 hours straight with their annual Moonlight Madness Sale! Beginning Thanksgiving night at 10:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. on Black Friday. They offer stores such as; Sony, Bose, kate spade, J.Crew, Tommy Bahama, etc. Find exclusive after Thanksgiving sales throughout the entire holiday weekend. 

• The Concord Mall located in northern Delaware includes stores such as; Best Buy, Sears, Boscov’s, Macy’s, H&M, etc. Stores within the Concord Mall will be open from Midnight - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29th. Department store and restaurant hours may vary.

• The Dover Mall is located in Central Delaware off of Route 1 and includes stores such as; a new Dick’s Sporting Goods, Old Navy, Sears, Boscov’s, JcPenney, Macy’s, etc. A Best Buy, Delaware holiday shoppingTarget and Sam’s Club are within a 10-minute driving distance. Stores within the Dover Mall will begin opening at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 28th and will remain open till Friday, November 29th at 10:00 p.m. Department store hours may vary.

• Delaware offers many charming boutiques especially in the historic downtown communities. Celebrate Small Business Saturday on November 30th while tax-free shopping. Click here to view listings of shopping locations and please call ahead of time to check their holiday shopping hours.

Trip ideas and travel resources:

Sign up for deal alerts on BlackFriday.com

Search through hotel listings and book online

Dine out in Delaware

Upcoming Delaware holiday events

Take a girls getaway

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 3:39 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Plan your Black Friday Excursion

Black Friday is the most exciting shopping day of the year - nothing compares to planning, dashing, parking, shopping and the checkout experiences. Here in Delaware we try to make the experience a bit easier on your pocketbook because everything is tax-free. So while the other components of the Black Friday experience elsewhere might be the same – you will have more money to spend by shopping in Delaware. Other states may charge up to 6 to 8% in fees and sales tax, which quickly adds up when you are shopping.

Here are some tips for planning a Black Friday excursion in Delaware:

Christiana Mall Black FridayFrom North to South - Start either at the Concord Mall, which is, right over the Pennsylvania line or Christiana Mall, which is located off 95. Before heading out, do some research on the products you are searching for and the stores you are targeting. Then, decide which Mall or store fits your needs. Both malls will be open super early! Of course, parking and access will be sluggish during the first couple of hours but that is all part of the Black Friday experience. Don’t worry there is enough tax-free shopping to get around!

After hitting up Concord or Christiana, you can make your way downstate to the Dover Mall and Tanger Outlets.

From South to North (Or from the West) - Tanger Outlets Rehoboth Beach is the place to go! Over 150 brand name outlets plus, deals and discounts that happen all through the night beginning at 10:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Make sure to check their website before shopping for extra deals. Here is a big travel tip: in the Seaside outlets (on the north bound side) there is additional parking in the back of the center!

Once you’ve completed your Tanger Outlets adventure, you can head up north to the Dover, Christiana and Concord Malls to pick up additional items on your list.

Microsoft Store DelawareFor electronics and large ticket items: Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy always have great deals and special hours on Black Friday as you travel north to south or vice versa you will find locations throughout the state. Don’t forget, the Christiana Mall is home to a Microsoft and Apple Store and the Tanger Outlets has a Sony and Bose store location.

Need a little caffeine jolt to the morning? All of the shopping locations have on-site and nearby dining for coffee, breakfast, lunch and dinner if you plan on shopping all day! Local favorites include: Einstein Bros Bagels (northern locations), Brew Ha Ha!, Notting Hill Coffee (Lewes), Dolce (Milford), Espresso n’ Ice (Dover) and of course, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and all of your favorites are throughout the state!

Black Friday DelawareTips from expert Black Friday shoppers:
-- To avoid crowds and still enjoy the deals, start your shopping around 2:00 a.m.

-- If you have smart phone download the store apps for coupons right on your phone.

-- Tanger Outlets has a mobile app you can use all year long for bargains!

The bottom line is for phenomenal deals and great fun - SHOP DELAWARE! And if you are ready for more shopping after Black Friday then, visit our boutiques and small business throughout the state for Small Business Saturday!

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 3:32 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware Museums: Get transported back in time

Marvel at the engineering of historic planes, trains and automobiles while touring Delaware museums dedicated to preserving the history of military aircrafts, vintage locomotives and steam powered engines.

Air Mobility Command Museum-- The Air Mobility Command Museum, standing proudly alongside the long runways and giant C-5 Galaxy transport jets of Dover Air Force Base, is the kind of place that gets history buffs’ blood pumping, and puts airplane aficionados into a state of sweaty anticipation.

Nowhere else in the nation can visitors climb aboard classic military transport aircraft, or stand in the decommissioned control tower of one of the nation’s busiest Air Force bases. At the Air Mobility Command Museum, military history fans can witness the drama of the Berlin Airlift, tour Air Force Two or learn about the potentially perilous art of aerial refueling.

As the only museum dedicated to airlift and air-refueling history, the Air Mobility Command Museum is a uniquely far-reaching look into a side of military life rarely seen by civilians. Some of the largest and most iconic transports aircraft in history stand on static display come to life with veteran aircraft personnel giving guided tours of the museum’s exhibits.

The Air Mobility Command Museum is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

-- Meandering peacefully along the banks of the Red Clay Creek through the heart of New Castle County, the vintage locomotives of the Wilmington & Western Railroad offer a journey into the nation’s past, when steam-powered trains were crucial to carrying passengers and products from town to town.

Wilmington and Western RailroadToday, the old trains chug along a 10-mile section of the old rail line as it passes through the rolling hills and leafy valleys, ending its journey at a shaded grove where passengers can disembark for a picnic lunch.

The railroad is run from the historic Greenbank Station, which began service back in the last half of the 19th century. Next door to the station, visitors can also explore the Greenbank Mill, a living history museum with tours and programs that tell a fascinating tale of America’s Industrial Revolution.

The Wilmington & Western Railroad runs throughout the year and offers several themed special events including a Santa Claus Express and Autumn Leaf Special. Please visit their website for a schedules and to purchase tickets.

-- Tucked away in a leafy, picturesque corner of New Castle County, Auburn Heights Preserve looks more like the country estate of a successful businessman from generations past (which it is). Step onto the shaded grounds, however, and a rich world of history unfolds.

On these quiet acres is the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley Steamers, those chuffing early automotive classics. Kids will be thrilled to ride aboard the 1/8-size steam trains of Auburn Heights Preserve Marshall Steam Museumthe Auburn Valley Railroad, while the grownups may decide to take a tour the Auburn Heights mansion, home to three generations of the Marshall family.

Inside the Marshall Steam Museum, displays of electric trains and vintage music machines keep the sense of discovery alive. All around the mansion lies the Auburn Heights Preserve, Delaware’s newest State Park site, encompassing nearly 200 acres of protected land adjacent to the Red Clay Creek and including the original family mill buildings.

The Marshall Steam Museum and Auburn Heights Mansion is open for tours on the first Friday and Saturday of each month (April – November). Please note that reservations are required. Public Steamin’ Days are held the first Sunday of each month (June – November) which include family-fun activities.

Travel tips:
3 museums in one day? Take your time and enjoy the sights by booking an overnight stay online.

Discover why the First State is considered the historical crossroads of our great nation on the Delaware History Trail. Download a passport and earn a limited-edition book about Delaware history at http://www.visitdelaware.com/delaware-history-trail.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 11:49 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Delaware Fall Festivals

Summer is high season for Delaware’s beautiful Atlantic beaches, but fall is when those sun-drenched shorebirds get in the mood for some fun (and decidedly funky) festival action.

Punkin ChunkinSome of Delaware’s best festivals take their cue from the season itself, featuring autumn’s bounty or focusing on the season’s spooky spirit. Others seem to sense that with the winter’s cold seclusion fast approaching, it’s time to let loose one last time.

But the best of the Delaware fests are a tad off center, whether it’s the madcap rivalries of Punkin Chunkin or the tuneful irreverence of Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

Through the fall, the fun plays on: At the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, kids and adults alike embrace their inner child with costumes and games. At Wilmington’s Fringe Festival, artists of all creative disciplines get an opportunity to explore the outer edges of their craft. And at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, old-country German food and fun draw thousands each day.

For more information about the events and festivals below, please visit our Events Calendar.

Amish Country Bike TourSeptember
Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral 2
Nanticoke Indian Powwow 7-8
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival 7
Brandywine Festival of the Arts 7-8
Amish Country Bike Tour 7
Brews By the Bay 14
Hagley Car Show 15
Delaware Pride Festival 15
Fifer Orchards Fall Festival 16-31
Dewey Beach Music Conference and Festival 19-21
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest 20-22
Millbilly Country Festival 21
Hogs & Hops BBQ Festival 21-22
Fall Beach Party in Dewey Beach 21
Auburn Heights Invitational Car Show 28
Taste of Newark 29

October
Annual Rehoboth Fall Sidewalk Sale 4-6
Lewes Boast the Coast Maritime Festival 5
Lewes Coast Day 6
Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival 11-12
Vendemmia da Vinci Festival 13
Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers FestivalRehoboth Beach Jazz festival 17-20
Hagley Craft Fair 19-20
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival 19
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival 20
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival 25-27
Sea Witch Skim & Surf Festival 26
Fringe Wilmington Festival Oct. 30-Nov. 3

November
Punkin Chunkin 1-3
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 6-10

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 10:49 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Embrace the beauty of Delaware City

Visit Delaware City for a weekend, and there's a good chance you may not ever want to leave. This historic riverside town packs a lot of love into one accessible, affordable package: You'll enjoy Delaware City's small-town charm, but appreciate its dash of grown-up fun. Vacationers will marvel at the natural beauty of its wildlife sanctuaries, and be amazed how it's all within easy reach of such creature comforts as dining and shopping.

In Delaware City, travelers can take their pick of pleasurable pursuits:

Delaware City-- History: Just a half-mile ferry ride from the Delaware City docks stands the looming granite-and-brick fortress of Fort Delaware, located midstream in the Delaware River on Pea Patch Island. Known as the Alcatraz of the East Coast, Fort Delaware once housed Confederate prisoners during the Civil War, and costumed state park interpreters keep things lively with an ever-changing array of historical programs (you may even see a ghost or two!).

-- Nature: Take a quick hike to the north end of Pea Patch Island, and travelers will be in what the Audubon Society calls a bird sanctuary of "continental significance," complete with a nature trail and an observation tower. This oasis of natural beauty is home to the largest "heronry" on the East Coast north of Florida, hosting nine species of wading birds, including the Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. Immediately south of Delaware City, near the base of the Reedy Point Bridge, amateur dinosaur hunters can dig up fossils deposited 65 to 85 million years ago.

Delaware Steamed Crabs-- Fun and Food: When the explorations are through, savvy travelers head to such hangouts as Crabby Dicks seafood restaurant on Delaware City's lovely main street to enjoy such Delaware-style classics as crabcakes and even crab pasta. Take a short post-dinner stroll to enjoy some antique shopping, or maybe some ice-cream slurping, along a main street that's framed by views of a quiet park and the mighty river.

-- Water, water everywhere: As a riverside port town situated alongside the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Delaware City is all about the waterways and the bounty they bring. The Delaware City Marina offers slips, a ship's store, a gift shop and a full array of marine services. Visitors can get a true taste of that maritime charm at such restaurants as Kathy's Crab House or Wiso's, where the salty crustaceans are available tableside or for pickup.

 

posted on: Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 9:05 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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