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Top Summer Events in Delaware

Summer’s the season for celebration in Delaware, whether you favor sun-baked fun on a breezy beach, the sounds of top-name bands jamming under the stars, or the funky fun of our state’s offbeat, food-fueled festivals. From the shores of Rehoboth Beach to the Pirate Sails aboard our state’s Tall Ship, there’s something for everyone in this Top 10 list of Delaware’s Summer events.

Firefly Music Festival DelawareFirefly Music Festival
It took just a couple of years and an avalanche of top-notch acts to make Firefly one of the premier Indie rock festivals in the nation. This year, fans are tuning up for the Foo Fighters, Outkast, Weezer, Imagine Dragons and more. June 19-22, 2014.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
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. June 28-29, 2014.

Fourth of July celebrations
Fireworks are just part of the celebration at locations up and down the state. For something different, check out the Colonial charms of the Independence Day Program in Dover; the Cape May-Lewes Ferry’s Special Fireworks Cruise; or the Red, White + Zoo event at Brandywine Zoo. July 4, 2014.

Delaware State Fair
Summertime in Kent County can mean only one thing: A glorious amalgam of deep-fried treats, live music, rodeos, demolition derbies, and the very best in Delaware livestock and agriculture: the Delaware State Fair. Held annually at the 300-acre Harrington State Fairgrounds, this 10-day Delaware tradition dates back to 1920. Concerts have included the likes of Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Tammy Wynette, Travis Tritt and Bill Cosby -- this year, Lady Antebellum is part of the lineup! The Midway Slots and Simulcast, Harrington Raceway and The Centre Ice Rink are also nearby. July 17-26, 2014.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest
Get your inner architect moving – or just watch the fun at Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach’s popular Sandcastle Contest, which inevitably inspires some fanciful creations, and usually includes a few sessions on sculpting technique. Aug. 2, 2014.

Kalmar NyckelKalmar Nyckel Pirate Festival
This is the chance to get your “arrrrrr” on and experience life as an 18th century pirate aboard Delaware’s Tall Ship, the Kalmar Nyckel. “Pirate crews” will share stories about the history of piracy on the Delaware River, and guests are treated to a Pirate Parade, Costume Contest, crafts and activities. (late June)

Arden Fair
The quaint, cottage-filled village of Arden comes alive with arts & crafts, music, antiques and more every summer. Grab a beer and a sandwich and enjoy the bands, or catch the popular used book sale. Aug. 30, 2014.

Riverfront Blues Festival
Things get real cool and real hot all in the same weekend at the outdoor Riverfront Blues Festival, a three-day lineup of national performers playing by the banks of the Christina River. (early August)

Taste of Rehoboth
Enjoy live cooking demonstrations and food samples from some of this stellar dining town’s top chefs and restaurants. Includes wine pairings, Dogfish Head beer, live music, live & silent auctions. Open to all ages. (late August)

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
Billed as “Delaware’s largest family picnic,” the Ice Cream Fest attracts thousands to the grounds of an old Gothic Revival mansion at Rockwood to hear bluegrass, sample treats from area dairies, restaurants and craft breweries, and keep the kids occupied with fun and games. June 28-29, 2014.


posted on: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 4:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Spring Events in Delaware

Partly a farewell to winter and partly a prelude to the state’s beach-centric summer, springtime in Delaware is a coming-out party of sorts, filled with outdoor celebrations and even a few high-RPM thrills. Take your pick of festival fun here:

Dover DaysDover Days Festival
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware’s Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring’s charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover’s Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation’s newest National Monument. May 2-4, 2014

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Celebrate two of the state’s iconic natural wonders – and enjoy the food, music and games – at the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in historic Milton, featuring arts & crafts, boat rides and canoe trips, and nature walks at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. (late May)

NASCAR racing at the Monster Mile
Dover International Speedway hosts exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup Series action twice annually on the fastest one-mile oval racetrack in the world. When the biggest names in the sport aren’t zipping around the track, you can. Suit up with the team at Monster Racing and get behind the wheel of a genuine stock car while taking on the famous Monster Mile. May 30-June 1, 2014.

Great Delaware Kite FestivalGreat Delaware Kite Festival
Enjoy the spectacle of kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze high above the natural splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park, where food vendors and activities for kids make it a perfect family outing. April 18, 2014.

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Spring Sidewalk Sale
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. May 16-18, 2014.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
This five-day celebration of life's finer pleasures consist of dozens of events at special locations throughout the state, including stately hotels, intimate restaurants, and even historic properties, from Wilmington south to the beaches. May 14-18, 2014.

Bug & Bud Festival
Get a true taste of this artsy little town and enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors at the Bug & Bud Festival, a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree. There’s entertainment throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade, “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, children’s games and more. April 26, 2014.

R2Hop2 Beer and Music festival
From keg tosses to sumo wrestling, the R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival puts the emphasis on happy indulgences, including craft beers on tap and live bands on stage. April 26, 2014

Newark's Wine & Dine Downtown
Visitors love Newark for its college-town feel and for its diverse and affordable culinary options, both of which will be the highlight of this year’s Wine and Dine Downtown. Held at a variety of restaurants in the city, the event keeps its focus on the perfect pairing of fine wines with creative food. April 5, 2014.

Winterthur Point to PointWinterthur Point-to-Point
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. May 4, 2014.

Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST
Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this four-day event features first-rate national entertainment, informative workshops, exquisite food, and the best beach vibe around. Added attractions include golf outings, walking tours, craft fair and dances. April 10-13, 2014.

Maritime Day Celebration
See why lovely little Lewes is at its heart a seafaring village at Maritime Day, a celebration of the region’s maritime heritage including displays and exhibitions, vessel tours and other fun activities. May 17, 2014.


posted on: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 2:35 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

New Year's Eve Events and Deals in Delaware 2013

Ring in the New Year in Delaware! Celebrate with friends, family or that special someone at one of these exciting events. Search for hotels using our Travelocity booking engine and stay tuned for deals on events and hotels to be posted later this year!

Events – Please check back during late fall for additions to this list!

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
December 31, 2013
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the countdown to noon and celebrate the coming of 2013 with a sparkling cider toast. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. at the gate and then you’ll party with the animals. Pre-registration is recommended. Call for prices and reservations at (302) 571-7747.

New Year with 16 Mile Taphouse
Dinner seatings at 5:00 p.m.,7:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.
Spend the evening at the new 16 Mile Taphouse in Newark. Enjoy one of the three dinner seatings with bar specials throughout the evening and a champagne toast at midnight.

Heritage Shores New Year's Eve Celebration
7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Entertainment provided by the Glass Onion Band. Entry includes 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and dinner plus, champagne toast at midnight and party favors. Prices vary from $75 - 90. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

New Year's Eve with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the Grand
7:30 p.m. (Champagne reception in the baby grand lobby from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Maestro David Amado leads an evening of music and song inspired by the legendary waltzes and timeless music of old Vienna. Party favors and champagne at intermission for all guests. Prices vary based on seat selection.

"Fuzzy Ball" New Year's Eve Party at Mispillion River Brewing
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Ring in the New Year with an exciting party at Milford's new brewery, Mispillion River Brewing, featuring the Fuzzy Snakefoot Band.

New Year's Eve at the Altantic Sands Ballroom (Rehoboth Beach)
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Celebrate New Years at the best rockin' party in Rehoboth Beach with live music, dancing, champagne and party favors. The event will feature "The Real Geniuses" from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy an incredible menu. Book reservations now. Prices: $99/per person; $198/couple; $900 for table of ten.

New Year's Eve Bash at Fire & Ice Lounge (Dover Downs Hotel and Casino)
December 31, 2013
8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.)
Enjoy live entertainment, hors d'ouevres and a champagne toast at midnight. Prices vary based on seating location from $25/person; $75/couple.

New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet
December 31, 2013
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Show begins at 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate at the World Café Live at the Queen with live entertainment, a full service bar and delicious food. Reservations are highly recommended. 

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder
December 31, 2013
Begins at 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: Buy early and save 
Celebrate New Years with Love Seed Mama Jump, Blue Label, DJ Hector and DJ 2Knutz.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum
December 31, 2013
10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Admission: $85 general admission/ $75 Museum members
Ring in an artful new year at the Museum with champagne, delicious food, an open bar and special holiday cocktail, music, and art!  You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant holiday party. Ticket price includes Valet Parking. 

New Years Eve at Summer House in Rehoboth Beach
December 31, 2013
Dinner reservations are available.
New Years Eve party includes a balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. Plus, party favors, video/light show, DJ DKing and two bars.

New Years Eve Black & White Party at Abbotts Grill
Dance the night away to music by DJ Petch in the pub plus, enjoy a midnight champagne toast, dinner specials, party favors and complimentary "After the Ball" breakfast buffet. 

Harrington Raceway & Casino New Year's Eve Celebration
Reservations are required. Please call 302-398-4920 Ext. 5426
Dinner includes a carved tenderloin, seafood Alfredo and much more! Enjoy music by "The Main Event" and a glass of champagne along with party favors. Two drinks per person and gratuity is included. $89.95/couple.

Overfalls Anchor Drop in Lewes
December 31, 2013
11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Don your best party hat and raise your glass to 2013 on the Lightship Overfalls toots it horn to welcome in the New Year!! (weather permitting).

First Day Hike in the Delaware State Parks
January 1, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Start the New Year off right with a hike at one of the beautiful Delaware State Parks. 


posted on: Friday, Oct 4, 2013 2:37 PM
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

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

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


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

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