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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware July 24 to July 26, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents “The Taming of the Shrew”
July 17 - August 2, 2015
Wednesday - Saturday begins at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday begins at 6:00 p.m.
Bring your blanket or chair, pack a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare outdoors at Rockwood Park with performances of "The Taming of the Shrew." Tickets are available for purchase online.

Delaware State Fair
July 23, 2015 - August 1, 2015
Experience dynamic entertainers, thrilling carnival rides, and great exhibits on agriculture in Delaware. The 2015 concert line-up includes Josh Turner, News Kids on the Block, Little Big Town and much more!

"Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery" Exhibit
Recurring till October 3, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come discover the history behind brewing in Delaware including a look at the past 20 off-centered year of Dogfish Head Brewery. The exhibit is located in Lewes.

Evening Pontoon Boat Tours at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, July 24, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Discover the scenic surroundings of Trap Pond State Park as you paddle alongside Baldcypress Trees. Reservations are required.

Summer Concert Series at the Bethany Beach Bandstand
Friday - Sunday
Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Come enjoy live entertainment at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. This weekends lineup includes a performane by the US Naval Academy Electric Bridgade, a Reggae/Ska performance and a John Denver/James Taylor tribute.

Lantern Dover of Dover
Friday, July 24, 2015
8:30 p.m.
Join historical interpreters from the First State Heritage Park dressed in colonial attire as they relate the stories of historic Dover. The Dover’s public square was the site of markets and fairs, suffragists and abolitionists, soldiers and slaves, lawmakers and law breakers. Tour space is limited; please call (302) 739-9194 to reserve your lantern. Meet at the John Bell House, 43 The Green.

7th Annual Seafood and Arts Festival at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, July 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This festival spotlights local artists and features a variety of seafood dishes in a family atmosphere with fun for everyone!

Newark Food and Brew Festival
Saturday, July 25, 2015
2:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
The 12th annual Newark Food & Brew Festival features craft and imported beers, creative cuisine, live music and sidewalk performers. This event showcases more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with food from 17 of downtown Newark’s finest restaurants.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Performance at the Freeman Stage
Saturday, July 25, 2015
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Celebrate Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's 22nd anniversary of their arrival into the music scence. With their swing and big band style, come experience this high-energy nine-piece ensemble.

Wild West Robbery - Wilmington & Western Railroad
Sunday, July 26, 2015
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Can the Wild West gang seize the train and outsmart the sheriff to steal the railroad's payroll? It may come down to an old-fashioned shoot-out to decide who keeps it. This is a 2-hour round-trip to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, which includes a half-hour layover at the Picnic Grove. Departures at 12:30 & 3:00 p.m.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Jul 24, 2015 7:58 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware July 17, 2015 to July 19, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival presents “The Taming of the Shrew”
July 17 - August 2, 2015
Wednesday - Saturday begins at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday begins at 6:00 p.m.
Bring your blanket or chair, pack a picnic and enjoy Shakespeare outdoors at Rockwood Park with performances of "The Taming of the Shrew." Tickets are available for purchase online.

Seussical the Musical performed by Clear Space Theatre Company
July 10 - August 10
Join your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Getrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and Jojo—a little boy with a big imagination Seussical the Musical. Performed in Rehoboth Beach by the Clear Space Theatre Company.

"Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery" Exhibit
Recurring till October 3, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Come discover the history behind brewing in Delaware including a look at the past 20 off-centered year of Dogfish Head Brewery. The exhibit is located in Lewes.

Evening Pontoon Boat Tours at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, July 17, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Discover the scenic surroundings of Trap Pond State Park as you paddle alongside Baldcypress Trees. Reservations are required.

Summer Concert Series at the Bethany Beach Bandstand
Friday - Sunday
Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Come enjoy live entertainment at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. This weekends lineup includes big band and rock music plus, a Stevie Wonder tribute.

Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
Saturday, July 18, 2015
8:00 a.m. - Noon
Visit Historic Lewes and shop local with dozens of 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.

5th Annual Maritime Heritage Festival at the Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, July 19, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Spend the day with the family and enjoy storytelling, a breeches buoy reenactment, crafts, tours, face painting, food, and live music!

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Jul 17, 2015 1:32 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Cool ways to beat the heat in Delaware

In Delaware, summer is the season for celebration. The beach towns all beckon with sunny temptations, and festivals filled with music, food and fun seem to be happening every weekend.

Still, it’s nice from time to time to cool things down a notch. It makes summer seem all the more special when you just get out of the sun and chill– with an ice cream cone in a shady spot on the boardwalk, or maybe a jet-skiing session on the bay.

Here is a round-up of Delaware’s favorite ways to get cool (and be cool) this summer:

Kite Boarding DelawareWater (and watersports): For thousands of Delaware vacationers, summer wouldn’t be summer without some time on the water. Along the Delaware coast, that means taking your pick of watersports – whether it’s kayaking, jet-skiing, water-skiing, skimboard lessons or even stand-up paddleboarding. Visit Coastal Kayak, DelMarVa Board Sport Adventures, and Alley-Oop Skimboard for rentals and lessons.

In the state’s shady ponds and streams, travelers love taking a lazy trip by canoe or kayak – pick your own adventure, or take a look at Delaware’s Top 5 Waterway Adventures. And at the Delaware waterparks that lie along the Atlantic Coast, summer’s welcome swelter comes Shoppingdrenched with fun – top attractions include Jungle Jim’s River Safari Water Park, Killens Pond State Park, Thunder Lagoon Water Park, and Midway Speedway Park.

Shopping: Sometimes, the best refuge from the sun is an air-conditioned store, especially when it’s tax-free. In Northern Delaware, experience the upscale shops of Christiana Mall. Near the beaches, the Tanger Outlet Centers are known for their brand-name deals. And on the main shopping streets of Rehoboth Beach and Newark, boutiques are the best bet for a fabulous find.

Couple dining RehobothCool Tastes: There’s nothing like the cool refuge of a trendy and tasty restaurant on a summer evening. When it comes to top restaurants in Delaware, Rehoboth Beach undoubtedly has some of the coolest – scroll thorough a list of Delaware Restaurants for more, or take a look at the Top 10 Delaware Restaurants that Win Yelp Raves. Some of the top restaurants in Delaware can also be found along the easy-to-follow Delaware Culinary Trail.

… And Cool Brews: No trip to Delaware is complete without a few sips of the state’s artisanal craft beers – especially those made by the nationally revered Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton and its restaurant in Rehoboth, Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats. For a complete guide to Delaware’s top-thirst quenchers, travel the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Delaware Ice CreamHomemade Ice Cream: Delaware’s home-made ice cream stores are a bit of a secret (and somewhat guilty) pleasure for travelers, but we have the inside story. Check out flavors you won’t find anywhere else at these “hotspots” for icy fun including The Ice Cream Store, King's and UDairy.

 

posted on: Monday, Jul 13, 2015 11:53 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware June 12, 2015 to June 14, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Delaware By Hand: Masters 2015 Exhibition at the Biggs Museum of American Art
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This is the last weekend to see artwork from individuals who entered the 2015 Masterworks Competition. The artists were selected by the organization Delaware By Hand and the Biggs Museum and are deemed masters of their craft. 

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth
Recurs every Friday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $49 per person
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s 3-hour Eating Rehoboth 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. Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues.

Separation Day Celebration in Historic New Castle
Friday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. & Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Enjoy a weekend full of fun, food, games and live entertainment. Festivities also include living history demonstrations and a parade. Please visit their website for a schedule of events.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival 2015 in Wilmington
Friday: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday: 2:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 - $15.00; Under 14 and over age 61: FREE!
Enjoy old world charm at the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. There will be authentic Italian food and amusement rides, along with non-stop dancing, singing and eating.

Delaware Leap Frog Bicycle Tour in Central and Southern Delaware
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Check in: 7:00 a.m.
Admission: $20 until June 6th by mail; $25 thereafter.
Leap from pond- to-pond in central and southern Delaware. Enjoy one of two rides: the 1/2 metric century (50k or 32 miles) or the full metric century (100k or about 63 miles). The course is mostly flat and offers a unique look at the beautiful ponds of central and lower Delaware. Helmets are required.

Historic Lewes Farmers' Market
Saturday, June 13, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market you can shop among dozens of local vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts will be on hand to share with visitors tips of their trade.

Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go in Milton
Saturday, June 13, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $5-$25
Vinyl, live music, cask beer, artisans of all kinds! Enjoy a weekend filled with crafted cask beer to satisfy your taste buds while listening to some analog music and perusing through hand crafted and curated goods.

37th Annual June Jam
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Begins at 12:00 p.m.
Admission: $35
Come rock out at June Jam with a lineup including Kansas, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, and Cheap Trick, along with fun and games for the kids.

Milford Brewgrass Festival
Sunday, June 14, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Admission: $100 – VIP, $30 – pre-registered, $40 at the door, $5 for designated driver
Make the first-ever DMI Brewgrass Festival presented by Mispillion River Brewing your first stop on your music festival tour this summer! This inaugural event will offer live bluegrass music, food to purchase, and beer tastings from local Delaware & Maryland breweries.

Rockford Tower Afternoons at Rockford Park
Sunday, June 14, 2015
1:00p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Enjoy views of the City of Wilmington and the surrounding countryside from the top of Rockford Tower. Note: Tower may close if there is inclement weather.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Jun 12, 2015 8:49 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware June 5, 2015 to June 7, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & The Art of Everyday Life Exhibit at Winterthur
Recurring weekly till January 3, 2016
Museum Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Admission: Included in regular admission and free for members
Explore the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, and pottery, in this exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions from the estate of legendary collector and scholar Frederick S. Weiser.

Beer, Wine and Spirits Weekend
Friday, June 5, 2015 - Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time Varies by location
Admission: $20
Visit, tour and taste some of Delaware’s best libations. Spend a weekend traveling the state sampling the beer, wine and spirits from local producers!

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth
Recurs every Friday and Sundays till October 30, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $49 per person
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s 3-hour Eating Rehoboth culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues. Reservations are required.

Greek Festival in Wilmington
Friday & Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission: FREE
Start the summer off by celebrating the 40th Annual Greek Festival. This year’s event will be like being in a Greek village with the aromas of authentic cuisines, the sounds of ethnic music and the entertainment of Greek dancers. OPA! (Check the Greek Festival’s website and social media for Saturday’s scheduling changes).

Hagley Museum Walking Tour
Recurring every Saturday and Sunday
11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Admission: Free - $14
Learn about gunpowder production, waterpower, Brandywine Valley geology, the stories of immigrant worker, and Hagley’s gardens.

Dover's First Fridays
Friday, June 5, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Start your weekend off on a shopping spree in Downtown Dover. Take advantage of tax-free specials every First Friday of the month. There will also be musicians and live entertainment each month.

Historic Lewes Farmers' Market
Saturday, June 6, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
At the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market you can shop among dozens of local vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts will be on hand to share tips of their trade.

Boats, Buttons, Beans & Beer Walking Tour in Milton
Saturday, June 6, 2015
9:30 a.m.
Admission: $5 Cash for non-Milton Historical Society members
Discover historic Milton and find out why boats, buttons, beans and beer all play roles in Milton's history! The walking tour of the town begins at the "Dogfish shield" sign (entrance to Dogfish Head Brewery) and lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting in Greenville
Recurring every Saturday
Open 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Tours start at 1:00 p.m.
Admission: $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Children's Day at Wilmington & Western Railroad
Sunday, June 7, 2015
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $14; Seniors (60+) $13; Children (2-12) $12; Children under 2 FREE
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip train ride up the Red Clay Valley to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, where you'll enjoy a ½-hour layover to have a picnic or simply admire the natural surroundings. One child rides FREE with each accompanying full-priced adult ticket.

Boating Through History at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, June 6, 2015
2:00 p.m.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 under 12
Learn about the history of Trap Pond, which became one of Delaware’s first state park in 1951. Explore the area on a pontoon boat and discover its natural inhabitants. Call ahead to reserve a spot.

Restaurant Week in Downtown Rehoboth
Sunday, June 7 - 12, 2015
Time Varies by location
Enjoy delicious 3-course prix-fixe meals ($25, $35 or $45) at participating restaurants in downtown Rehoboth Beach! This is the perfect time to try innovative foods at reduced prices.

St. Anthony's Italian Festival 2015 in Wilmington
Sunday, June 7 - 14, 2105
2:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Admission: $5.00 - $15.00; Under 14 and over age 61: FREE!
Experience old-world charm at this year’s St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. It’s a day full of non-stop dancing, singing and eating.

Free admission to the Delaware Art Museum
Recurring every Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Admission to the museum is free to visitors on Sundays. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Jun 5, 2015 10:06 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Memorial Day Weekend in Delaware 2015 - Travel tips and Events

Start the summer season off right with Delaware travel ideas & tips for enjoying fun in the sun! While you’re having fun, share your travel photos on Pinterest and Instagram by following VisitDelaware and tagging your posts with #Delagram.

Trip Ideas:
Rehoboth Beach∙ Each Delaware beach has its own style and character! Pick your flavor of fun.

∙ Search for Delaware restaurants, hotels and attractions online with helpful Tripadvisor and Yelp Reviews.

∙ Find Delaware deals including discounts at attractions, hotels and on vacation rentals.

∙ Planning a Memorial Day BBQ? Serve up some local flavor by offering local wine, beer and spirits from the locations on the Delaware Beer, Wine and Sprits Trail.

Delaware Steamed Crabs∙ Summer in Delaware means its time for delicious steamed crabs. Learn how to pick and eat a steamed crab from a Delaware waterman!

∙ Paddle, hike and bike your way along the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

∙ Spend some time with your fur-family members! Get tips on pet-friendly beach destinations in Delaware.

Beach Travel Tips:
∙ The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a 90-minute scenic ride for travelers visiting the Delaware beaches from northern locations such as; New Jersey and New York. Vehicle and foot passengers can purchase tickets online or at the ferry terminal. If you’re a vehicle passenger, it is highly recommended to make a reservation.

Jolly Trolley∙ The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Service begins Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The summer schedule offers daily service from 8:00 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. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned, equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights.  

∙ From tips on when it is best to travel to parking information, plan ahead with these handy Delaware beach travel tips.

Memorial Day Weekend Events:
Lums Pond State ParkCamping Weekend at Lums Pond State Park
May 22 - 25, 2015

Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Saturdays
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Lewes Historic Society

11th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Saturday, May 23, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, May 23, 2015
10:00 a.m.

Jungle Jim’s Water Park - Open for Summer season
May 23, - 25
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Viking Golf Water Park FenwickViking Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark - Open for Summer season
Open Daily
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Opening weekend for Killens Pond Water Park
Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Tuesday, May 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth
Sunday, May 24, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

posted on: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 3:21 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Summer Concerts in Delaware

When summer arrives, the stage is set in Delaware for some long, freewheeling weekends featuring some of the nation’s top music acts. Savvy music fans from across the East Coast know that Delaware is one of the best destinations for music festivals, thanks to its convenient location in the Mid-Atlantic, its low-cost, tax-free status.

Most of Delaware’s top music festivals also offer a camping option, and all are within quick drive of the state’s beach resorts, should you decide to turn your music pilgrimage into an extended summer break.

Firefly Music Festival StageFirst up in June is the four-day Firefly Music Festival, which in a few short years has become one of the nation’s top showcases of indie rock and other genres, from old-school to modern music’s cutting edge. Year after year, the headliners include the world’s can’t-miss superstars, from the Foo Fighters to Jack Black to Paul McCartney.

Soon after Firefly winds down at The Woodlands, the scene gets buzzing again. The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival features top acts over several days in Wilmington. Back at The Woodlands, Firefly is followed up by the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which delivers three days of performances by country music’s top superstars.

Be Vincent Van Gogh - ImageIn July, the Delaware State Fair keeps things hopping with a dependably star-studded lineup. More country music gets under way in August at the Delaware Junction Festival, where headliners such as Toby Keith and Jason Aldean have headed the lineup.

And throughout the summer, Freeman Stage at Bayside and the bandstands in Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach offer regular concerts that are a perfect side trip for folks vacationing at the Delaware beaches.

 

posted on: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:22 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware May 15, 2015 to May 17, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach
May 15 – 17, 2015
Shop tax-free and find great savings at the annual Spring Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
May 13 – 17, 2015
The MidAtlantic Food + Wine Feast is a world-class, four-day festival designed for connoisseurs of fine wines and spirits, and adventurous cuisine. Experience exceptional cuisine of world-class chefs, meet accomplished winemakers, sip and savor extraordinary wines including 100 point wines as well as collect rare and fine wines offered for bid at a live auction.

Tour the Pinta and Nina – Riverfront Wilmington
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tour replicas of the Columbus' ships Pinta and Nina docked at the Riverfront Wilmington. Self guided tours are available from 9am-6om. The admisison is $8 and free to children 4 and under.

Venture Outdoors Fest
May 15 – 17, 2015
Choose an adventure and explore Delaware this weekend. Registration is required.

Wilmington Grand Prix
May 15 – 17, 2015
Named among the Top 10 criterium bike races in the country by USA Cycling, the Wilmington Grand Prix is an international cycling event that includes a free six-block street festival, a parade, a bucket-list recreational ride through a dozen world-class cultural attractions, sidewalk cafes, and a variety of free family rides and attractions.

Lantern Tour of The Dover Green
Friday, May 15, 2015
Begins at 8:00 p.m.
Hear tales of the most infamous resident of Dover’s jail, devastating fires that threatened the town, poisonings, tragic love, and the auctioning of slaves on the steps of the Old State House. Space is limited so please call 302-739-9194 for reservations. $5 per person…

Opening of "Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery" Exhibit
May 15, 2015
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Join guest speakers Sam Calagione and John Medkeff for a special Speaker Series program that will introduce The Lewes Historical Society's 2015 exhibit, "Brewing in Delaware & 20 Off-Centered Years of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery."

Spring family exploration series at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 16, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Families will explore the Refuge and learn more about the habitats of Bombay Hook and the animals that live there. The group will go to the Delaware Bay beach to study and look for shorebirds and horseshoe crabs. Call to register, 302-653-9345.

A Day in Old New Castle
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A Day in Old New Castle is in its 91st year! It is the longest-running garden tour in the United States. View up to 18 historic homes.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-tours at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Naturalists and trained instructors lead you on an eco-tour of lower Delaware Bay. The two-hour trip on sit-on-top kayaks are designed for beginner paddlers, but can be strenuous depending on weather conditions. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water and sunscreen, and be prepared to get wet. Secure shoes are required - no flip-flops. For ages 8 and older; children ages 8 to 13 must be in a tandem with an adult. All children under 18 must be with an adult. Limit 10. Preregistration required by calling
(302) 645-6852.

Historic Autos at Winterthur
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Step back in time to see elegant automobiles of the country-estate era. Enjoy a series of displays of magnificent historic automobiles on select Saturdays in May. Weather permitting.

Maritime Day 2015 at the Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate America's proud Maritime history! This free event includes: Water Cannon Demonstrations, Engine Room and Bridge Tours of the Ferry, Remembrance Ceremony for Fallen Sailors, and Maritime Displays. Use the code MARITIME when booking.

Strawberry Festival at Fifer Orchards
Saturday, May 16, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a day on the farm with live music, hayrides, pony rides, delicious food and You Pick Strawberries.

Open House Tour at Auburn Heights Preserve
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Mansion tours begin at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Museum tours begin at 2:00 p.m.
Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum. The Marshall Steam Museum houses the world's largest collection of operating steam cars.

Kalmar Nyckel Day Sails
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, the re-creation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware. While aboard, take a tour of the Christina River, with views of the Riverfront, the Delaware Estuary and Watershed and Wilmington. Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel.

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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. Reservations are required.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, May 15, 2015 11:48 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware May 1 , 2015 to May 3, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Dover Days Festival
Friday, May 1, 2015 – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Times Varies
Admission: Free
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 is held at one of the sites of the nation's newest National Monument.

Lewes Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale in Historic Lewes
Friday, May 1, 2015 – Sunday, May 3, 2015
10:00 a.m.
Admission: Free
If you love a great deal and rare finds, Lewes’ annual Spring Sidewalk Sale is the place to be, where local downtown merchants show-off their wares and services.

“Unraveling Stories” Exhibition at the Hagley Museum
Recurring every Friday – Sunday till July 26, 2015
Museum Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: Included in regular admission and free for members
Explore the stories of science and experimentation while you learn about the du Pont family’s gunpowder works on the Brandywine. In conjunction with the exhibit, there will be guided tours on Saturday, May 2nd. Call to make reservations.

Open House Tour at Auburn Heights Preserve
Friday, May 1, 2015
Mansion Tours begin at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.; Museum tours begin at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $8 for the mansion or museum, $14 for both
Tour the Auburn Heights Mansion and the Marshall Steam Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of operating steam cars.

Macaroon Afternoon Tea at the Green Room in the Hotel du Pont
Recurring every Friday – Sunday till May 31, 2015
3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $30
Honoring the Hotel du Pont’s popular macaroons, this daily afternoon tea will include additional Parisian macaroons in various flavors during the dessert course.

Pop Up Beer Garden at Winterthur
Friday, May 1, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free (Visitors pay for food and drinks)
Spend your Friday evening with friends at Winterthur’s Pop Up Beer Garden. It’s a great place to listen to live music; enjoy local craft beers and sink your teeth into some Pennsylvania German inspired foods.

Dover's First Fridays
Friday, May 1, 2015
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Shop tax-free in local stores along W. Loockerman Street, State Street, and Governors Avenue in downtown Dover. There will be free kids activities in the Plaza on Loockerman, as well as live music and lots of fun!

Evening Pontoon Boat Tours at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, May 1, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 under 12
Take a leisurely evening pontoon boat tour of Bald Cypress Swamp in Trap Pond State Park. Spot nocturnal inhabitants and learn more about the swamp’s most famous resident, the bald cypress tree.

"Bach and Rach" at The Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Friday, May 1, 2015
7:30 pm
Admission: $60
Enjoy an elegant evening full of lively classical music by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Expect a night full of enchanting performances of Bach's moving canons and sonatas; Anton Webern’s romantic Passacaglia; and Rachmaninoff's passionate 2nd Symphony. Contact the Delaware Symphony Orchestra for tickets.

Old Methodist Cemetery Lantern Tour in Dover
Friday, May 1, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
Take a guided tour through a historic Dover cemetery by lantern light. Travel among ornate grave markers to hear of interesting and even bizarre traditions from Dover’s past.

Delaware Bird-A-Thon
Recurring daily starting Saturday, May 2, 2015 till May 10, 2015
Time Varies
Admission: Donation
Experience world-class bird-watching along Delaware’s coastline. The fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. For the latest information, go to the website or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/debirdathon

20th Annual British Motorcar Show in Lewes
Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Lewes British Motorcar Show "The British are coming...Again!" will welcome a wide array of classic British vehicles. This year’s featured marques are the Rolls-Royce and Bentley. While you are browsing the beautiful and stylish British cars, view Lewes’ historic houses, museums and gardens.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Recurring every Saturday
Open 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Tours start at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, May 2, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person
Learn everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. You must have a fishing license and FIN number, and be at least 10; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

World Labyrinth Day at the Delaware Art Museum
Saturday, May 2, 2015
1:00 pm
Admission: Free
World Labyrinth Day is a day designated to bring people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace. Join the Delaware Art Museum as they “Walk as one at 1!”

Family Campouts at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, May 2, 2015 -  Sunday, May 3, 2015
Saturday, 4:00 p.m. – Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Admission: $60 per family (up to 5 people)
Learn how to camp in the great outdoors with other novice outdoor adventurers. This family-friendly event will teach you how to set up camp, pitch a tent, start a fire, and cook outdoors. Participants will have the opportunity to set up camp in the Life-Saving Station courtyard, just steps from the beach. After dinner, enjoy a guided lantern tour of the museum and a campfire on the beach, complete with s'mores and stargazing! Pre-registration required.

Dover Days Vintage Baseball Game - Diamond State Base Ball Club
Sunday, May 3, 2015
The Diamond State Base Ball Club is Delaware's amateur 19th Century vintage baseball team. Experience an afternoon of old time ball & family fun. Bring a chair or blanket and witness history in the making. Go to the website for the game schedule.

Dogfish Head & Point-to-Point
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Times: 10:30am
Admission: $100
Join Dogfish Head and friends at their exclusive Point-to-Point Hospitality Tent along the rail. Along with VIP parking, you'll find a wide selection of off-centered ales and spirits with carefully selected food pairings. Only 200 tickets are available – so reserve spot today.

Winterthur Point-to-Point
Sunday, May 3, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free - $50
The annual steeplechase horse races is 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.

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth
Sunday, May 3, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $49.00/person
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s 3-hour Eating Rehoboth culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Tours also include specialty food shops and outdoor venues.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 10:40 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware April 24 to April 26, 2015

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. 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.

Delmarva Birding Weekend
Friday April 24, 2015 – Sunday, April 25, 2015
Various Times
Admission: Varies
The 20th Annual Delmarva Birding Weekend celebrates the spring migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors. The Weekend combines boat trips, paddling treks, and expeditions by foot.

Wilmington's 11th Annual City Restaurant Week
Friday, April 24, 2015 & Saturday, April 25, 2015
Various Times
Admission: $15-$35
Dine at 19 different Wilmington restaurants this weekend! It's a Foodie's Paradise! Try everything from Thai to Chilean to Italian. Dinners will be prix-fixe menus. Two-course lunches are $15 per person and three-course dinners will be $35. Visit the restaurant week website for more information.

A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & The Art of Everyday Life exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring weekly every Friday-Sunday till January 3, 2016
Museum Hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Admission: Included in regular admission and free for members
Explore the unique world of the Pennsylvania Germans and their colorful folk art, including decorated manuscripts (fraktur), textiles, and pottery, in this exhibition highlighting recent acquisitions from the estate of legendary collector and scholar Frederick S. Weiser.

Historic Dover Walking Tours at First State Heritage Park
Recurring weekly every Friday and Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Delve into the rich history of Dover, Delaware with a historic walking tour that starts at the John Bell House. Contact 302-739-9194 for details. 

Spring Blossom Afternoon Tea at the Green Room in the Hotel du Pont
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Sunday, April 26, 2015
Seatings: 3:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $30
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this fresh take on a favorite afternoon ritual, featuring blooming delicious scones and pastries, with a seasonal selection of savory sandwiches and of course our classic high tea service.

Pop Up Beer Garden at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Friday April 24, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Free Admission. Visitors will pay for food and drinks.
Come listen to live music on the Visitors Center Patio and enjoy local craft beers and Pennsylvania German inspired foods in a relaxed atmosphere. No reservations needed!

Evening Pontoon Boat Tours at Trap Pond State Park
Friday, April 24, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $6 adults; $3 under 12
Experience Trap Pond State Park's Bald Cypress Swamp on a guided pontoon boat tour of Trap Pond. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

12th Annual Bug & Bud Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Get a true taste of this artsy and historic downtown. Enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors at the Annual Bug & Bud Festival, a celebration of two of Milford's most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree. There's entertainment for the whole family throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade, "ladybug decorated" paddle boat rides, children's games and more. Rain or Shine and free of charge.

Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Admission: $25 per person
Have you always wanted to try surf fishing but weren't sure how to get started? If so, this program is for you. Everything from fish identification to proper casting techniques will be covered in this 3-hour program. Rods, reels, and bait are provided. You must have a fishing license and FIN number, and be at least 10; under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration required. Please call (302) 227-6991 to register.

Earth Day Celebration: Party for the Planet at the Brandywine Zoo
Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Free with paid admission to the zoo
Be part of the annual Party for the Planet to learn about what you can do to make every day Earth Day. Stop by a learning station, meet live animals, and learn about your ‘Carbon Footprint' in this fun, educational day!

4th Annual R2Hop2 Beer & Music Festival
Saturday, April 25, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $25 General Admission and $15 Designated Driver
The 4th Annual R2Hop2 Beer & Music Festival is an event that is fun for the whole family. Locally made soda will be provided for the kids and craft beer for the grownups. There will be five bands, rock climbing wall and a moon bounce.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Recurring every Saturday
Open 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Tours start at 1:00 p.m.
Admission $22
Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions.

Sunset Kayak at Lums Pond State Park
Saturday, April 25, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $20 per person
Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. The event is suitable for beginner paddlers because instruction will be provided. The rain date is the following day. Meet at the Boathouse in Area 2. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

10th Annual Wildflower Celebration at Mt. Cuba Center
Sunday, April 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Enjoy a stunning display of spring ephemerals during this annual celebration of the season. Stroll through our native gardens at the peak of their glory. Enjoy gardening demonstration, family programming, live music and delicious food. The first 1,000 visitors receive a free native plant.

Free admission to the Delaware Art Museum
Sunday, April 26, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Admission to the museum is free to all visitors every Sunday. The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle.

Tour of the Refuge at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, April 26, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Phone: 302-653-9345
Tour the Refuge with a guide and find out how the Refuge is managed for wildlife, visit different habitats, and walk a trail. The tour begins at the Visitor Center.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.

Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 9:13 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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