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Day 3 at Firefly Music Festival: Bittersweet end to the weekend in Delaware

Firefly Music FestivalAs the sun peaked through the clouds, Sunday became a bittersweet end to the inaugural Firefly Music Festival weekend in Delaware. The gates opened and it was once again a great pilgrimage of what Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums described as a crowd of “real music lovers.”

No matter where you were in the Woodlands, every one you met instantly went from being a stranger to a close friend. From the older yet young at heart couple, that came just for the experience and left with new music favorites to the group from Canada that “are going to stop and watch the sunrise on the beach before leaving Delaware,” we had the opportunity to share some time with people from all walks of life, most of which this was their first of many visits to our state. 

The schedule for day three was jam packed again but luckily, when one set ended you could hear the other bands echo through the woodlands. Even the artists were enjoying the festival; you could spot several of the headliners out in the crowd taking in the sights and sounds of their fellow musicians or some tasty brews from Delaware’s very own Dogfish Head Brewery.

Firefly Music FestivalThe Black Keys blew everyone away with their stellar performance and as the lights dimmed on their stage, the first Firefly Music Festival in Delaware came to a close. The huge crowd dispersed but, not without some final goodbyes as they walked under the now iconic banner and yelled into the Woodlands, “I love Firefly…Delaware rocks…see you next year!”

Congratulations to the Firefly Music Festival and the Dover International Speedway on a successful first year. Make sure to go to www.visitdelaware.com to plan trip ideas for next year!


posted on: Monday, Jul 23, 2012 2:39 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Day 2 at Firefly Music Festival: Put your hands up Delaware

Firefly Music FestivalMichael Franti said it best “everyone deserves music!” It’s hard to believe the Firefly Music Festival crowd could grow even bigger but day two proved that it could. Stage areas were filled with fans during sets by Grouplove, Cake, Modest Mouse, The Killers and much more!

We ventured out during day two to experience more of Firefly. Every where you walked there was still music echoing through the Woodlands and little touches like kites in the trees or artists painting as the day goes on, that have made this an enchanting experience.

We spoke to a few band members and a group visiting from the West Coast, and over and over again people are saying, “this is the Woodstock of our generation, we will be back next year and so will more of our friends.” You can’t help but agree, take in the sights and sounds of our backyard in Delaware and think this is one of the moments that you remember where you were when Firefly started and now people will say Delaware!

Firefly Music FestivalSuggestions for day 3:
Definitely, check out the Hammock Hangout and although, the brewery is the huge hit with this crowd, make sure to stop by the Vineyard too. The hot air balloon rides behind the stage during the Killers was the perfect touch to end the night but lines are shorter to catch a quick ride when sets are playing.

Hope to see you in the Woodlands today!


posted on: Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 10:50 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Day 1 at Firefly Music Festival: Let’s hear it Delaware!

Firefly Music FestivalAs streams of people flowed into The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware for the Firefly Music Festival, everywhere you turned there was something new and exciting to experience. From the moment, you walked under the Firefly welcome banner, it’s as if you are transported into a realm of great music in your own backyard!

Rain or shine this crowd was here for what a fellow-festival goer said was something that “Delaware has never seen before.” People from all ages gathered around to hear sets from Ok go, John Legend, Silversun Pickups, Jack White and much more!

Dogfish Head Brewery Firefly AleWe met people from Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, who couldn’t believe that within a few hours drive to Delaware that were able to witness music history! Even the lead singer of Ok Go, gave kudos to Delaware for being the First State.

The Brewery was one of the most popular tents with delicious and one-of-a-kind locally brewed Dogfish Head beer, including the Firefly Ale. The group of guys behind us in line from Washington D.C. said “Dogfish is our favorite, we haven’t been able to find Namaste for a few weeks and now here it is, while we listen to some of the best bands in the nation.”

So, Day 1 is now complete. Tomorrow will bring new bands, friends and memories.

Firefly Music FestivalSuggestions for our Firefly comrades:
Remember to bring your own or purchase a Firefly water canister.
Pack your bag with ponchos, bug spray and a phone charger.
Check out the brewery and try some new brews!
Take tons of pics and use the #Fireflylive tag.

Special thanks to the staff and volunteers for a great day. See ya tomorrow!


posted on: Friday, Jul 20, 2012 12:31 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Things to do in Delaware during the Delaware State Fair and Firefly Music Festival

As you get ready to pack for your trip to the Delaware State Fair or Firefly Music Festival in Delaware next week, here are some ideas to make the most of your trip! For information about how to travel to Delaware, visit http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/maps-transportation.

Restaurant 55Dinning suggestions around the event areas:
Abbotts Grill – located in Milford. American cuisine and bar
Cool Springs Fish Bar and Restaurant – located in Dover. Seafood cuisine
McGlynns Pub and Restaurant – located in Dover. American and Irish cuisine
Restaurant 55 – located in Dover. Casual dining with rotating tap selection
Sheridan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant – located in Smyrna. Traditional Irish fare and American cuisine   

If you’re not staying in Dover, we suggest the following restaurants:
Beach area:
Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats - The official beer of the Firefly Music Festival. If you loved their Firefly Ale, you must visit the brewpub
Henlopen City Oyster House – located in Rehoboth Beach. Seafood cuisine with taps selection
Summer House – located in Rehoboth Beach. American cuisine

Harry's Seafood GrillWilmington area:
Harry’s Seafood Grill – located near I-95 in Wilmington. Seafood cuisine and worldwide selection of wine
Iron Hill Brewery on the Wilmington Riverfront – American cuisine and locally brewed beers

For additional Delaware restaurant listings, go to http://www.visitdelaware.com/visitors/restaurants.

For travelers planning to stay a few extra days, here are some suggestions for things to do in Delaware:

• Sample local brews and wines along the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. Download your passport ahead of time and earn your chance to receive a limited edition wine glass or beer mug.

Delaware Beach• Visit Delaware’s award-winning beaches, after all of the rocking out at Firefly and fun times at the Fair, you can pull up a beach chair and just enjoy the views!

• Stock up on the latest fashions and take advantage of Delaware’s tax-free shopping before you leave! Great way to buy more for less.

• For the outdoorsy folks, visit one of Delaware’s beautiful State Parks for a round of disc golf, kayaking or hiking. Or you can embark on treasure hunt with the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Still can’t decide what to do? Use our online Travel Guide while you’re visiting or ask us on social media for suggestions! We hope you have a great trip to Delaware.


posted on: Monday, Jul 16, 2012 9:29 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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