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Top Spring Events in Delaware 2015

Take your pick: The Colonial charms of Old Dover Days; seaside fun at the Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival; or experiencing world-class bird-watching.

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 historic and outdoor celebrations. Take your pick of festival fun here:

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 3, 2015.

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 9-12, 2015.

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 25, 2015.

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 25, 2015.

Dover 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 1-3, 2015.

Delaware birdingDelaware Bird-A-Thon
If you’ve never had a chance to experience the world-class bird-watching available at Delaware’s coastal wildlife preserves, this event is a great way to check it out (and possibly win some prizes). Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. May 3-11, 2015.

Wilmington Flower Market
This annual rite of spring -- always held on Mother's Day Weekend -- is beloved for its selection of native plants and artisanal crafts, its carnival rides and food, and the live music that ties it all together. May 7-9, 2015.

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 13-17, 2015.

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. May 23, 2015

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival
There's a soothing old-world charm (along with enough Italian food to please an army) at this week-long celebration in a Wilmington's charming Little Italy. Kids will love the amusement rides; mom and dad will be tempted to join in the nonstop dancing, singing and eating. June 7-14, 2015.

Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go
As Delaware’s premier craft brewer, Dogfish Head has built its reputation on a unique brand of comforting, comfortable quirkiness, an attitude typified by its annual Analog-A-Go-Go, billed as an “annual vinyl swap and cask beer fest.” Held at both the Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the fest includes live music, artisans and vendors, a vinyl swap shop, and of course, beer. June 12-13, 2015.

Old New CastleSeparation Day in Old New Castle
This annual event marks two momentous occasions in Delaware’s history, both of which occurred in 1776 – on the same day that year, Delaware declared itself independent, or “separated,” from both Britain and Pennsylvania. These days, that brave move is marked with craft beer, food trucks, Colonial games and music, an arts and crafts festival, amusement rides and even a wrestling demo or two. June 12-13, 2015.

June Jam
Billed as “Delaware’s best outdoor concert," the June Jam's annual shindig in Houston has included such national acts as Kansas, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, and Cheap Trick, along with fun and games for the kids, and vendors to satisfy almost any need. June 13, 2015.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
In tribute to the Wilmington man who was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival routinely features top musicians, and always offers free admission. June 17-20, 2015.

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 27-28, 2015.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 12:34 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 16 to January 18, 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.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sundays
It’s a brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

“Jack and the Beanstalk” at the Delaware Children’s Theatre
Saturday and Sunday
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! Or should we say, fun? Hero Jack climbs the enchanted beanstalk and tangles with a giant in this charming musical. But, of course, Jack prevails using cunning and smarts. Directed by Tom Marshall.

Healthy Cooking Class at Nage
Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Nage Bistro in Rehoboth on Saturday, January 17 when they explore Healthy Cooking. You never knew healthy could taste so good! The chefs at Nage can show you how to infuse healthy dishes with great flavor. The price of the class is $55 per person and will be immediately followed by a special lunch with the instructor. Register at http://www.nagerb.com/cooking-classes.html.

Open Cockpit Day at Air Mobility Command Museum
Saturday, January 17, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host open cockpit day where at least 10 historic airplanes will be open for touring. Free admission.

Invention Convention: “Lights and Lasers” at Hagley Museum
Saturday, January 17, 2015
10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Have a great invention idea? Get the family together at the Hagley Museum and Library for a day of fun and science. Build inventions using everyday household items. For details contact 302-658-2400.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Tour begins at 1:00 p.m.
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.

Sunday Hike Series at Delaware Seashore State Park: Bridge Walk and Coin Beach Hike
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
It’s back in popular demand! This Sunday’s hike features Bridge Walk and “Coin Beach.”
For information, call 302-227-6991.

Wildlife Drive at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Monday, January 19, 2015
½ hour before sunrise – ½ hour after sunset
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the entrance fee for Wildlife Drive will be waived to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This time of year expect to see large numbers of snow geese, a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles, hawks, and great blue herons.

Downtown Newark’s Restaurant Week
Monday, January 19, 2015 – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Various Times
For one week only, Downtown Newark will host a culinary celebration highlighting its fabulous restaurants and their offerings -- diverse enough to please any palate, and at prices to suit any purse! Say hello to a new restaurant, or come back to an old favorite. Everyone can eat downtown!

Winter Weekday Guided Tours of Hagley Museum and Library
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Mondays - Fridays
Take a two-hour guided tour of Hagley’s 235-acre site, which includes stops at Eleutherian Mills, the First Office of the DuPont Company, a restored nineteenth-century machine shop, and restored workers’ community.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt 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.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015 10:39 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 9 to January 11, 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.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sundays
It’s a brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront! It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Grand Rapids Drive vs. the Delaware 87ers
Friday, January 9, 2015

Begins at 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.

“Heroes” of the Green tour

Saturday, January 10, 2015

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tours begin at the top of the hour

First State Heritage Park will host a “Dover’s Heroes of the Revolution” walking tour every hour on the hour. Starting at the John Bell House.

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Open from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and tour begins at 1:00 p.m.
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.

Lantern Tour of Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, January 10, 2015
5:00pm – 6:30pm
Tour the Gun Battery by lantern light and experience how soldiers defended our coast during World War II. Pre-registration is required by calling 302-645-6852. It is $5 per person, cash only.

Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. the Delaware 87ers
Saturday, January 10, 2015

Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.

Sunday Hike at Thompson Island Nature Preserve, Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, January 11, 2015
1 p.m.
Back by popular demand! Every Sunday during January and February, hike a trail at Delaware Seashore State Park with a park naturalist. This is a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery. Today, the hike will be at Thompson Island Nature Preserve. Pre-registration required. For information, meeting locations, and pre-registration, call (302) 227-6991 by 3 p.m. on the day prior to each hike. $4 per person.

Great Musical Families performance
Sunday, January 11, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Witness a sensational concert, featuring baritone Jonathan Lasch and his wife, soprano Caitlyn Lynch, two of the finest American vocalists, as they perform a selection of music ranging from opera arias to art songs to a selection of Broadway musical songs. Reservations are required.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt 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.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 9, 2015 3:55 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware January 2 to January 4, 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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey – Last few days of the exhibit!
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The countdown begins for the premiere of Downton Abbey’s 5th season. The costumes of previous seasons are on display now, for a limited time. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Although it’s a news year, it’s not too late to experience a Victorian Christmas! This exhibit at the Hagley Museum is full of festive decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Historic Houses of Odessa's Holiday Celebration
Recurring weekly till January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays – Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sundays
Take a winter stroll through Odessa’s tree-lined streets and admire its 18th and 19th century historic homes, which are all decorated for the holidays. For information of house tours, call (302) 378-4119.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Start off the new year with by experiencing the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical holiday tour of Winterthur. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Holiday Art Market - Newark
Recurs daily till January 3, 2015
11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Fridays & Sundays; 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Saturdays
Come shop at the annual Holiday Art Market! Ten artists will have booths set up in the exhibition gallery with a variety of fine art, crafts, and jewelry for sale, all perfect for holiday gift-giving. All sales will benefit the artists and the NAA.

Trains and the Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Friday, January 2 – Saturday, January 3, 2015
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Trains and planes, oh my! Kids of all ages will enjoy the museum’s 5th annual large scale train exhibit, which showcases locomotives over 36" long and 40 pounds. And while you are at the museum you can fly one of its flight simulators for free. Contact the museum for details.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Recurring daily till February 28, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Fridays; 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Saturdays; 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Sundays
It’s a brand new winter attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Erie Bayhawks vs. the Delaware 87ers at the Bob Carpenter Center
Friday, January 2, 2015
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country.

Civil-War-era folk music at the Old State House in Dover
Friday, January 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Kick back and enjoy the music from the Civil-War-era. This event is presented in partnership with the Delaware Friends of Folk. Call 302-744-5055 for details.

First Saturday of January at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, January 3, 2015,
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Experience the rich history of Delaware at the “First Saturday” at First State Heritage Park. Special programs and tours are free of charge!  Walk through the historic rooms of Legislative Hall and stop by the official residence of Delaware’s Governor. These are just some of the many free things to do Saturday, January 2nd. For more information on the various free programs, contact First State Heritage Park for details.

January Merchants Attic in Rehoboth Beach
Saturday, January 3, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Plan to shop at the State's Largest Indoor Garage Sale! Merchants' Attic will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall, 229 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE. The doors will open promptly at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. Vendors will include Alley Oop, Holland Jewelers, Gifts By The Sea, Attic Fanatic, Alleyway Antiques, and more! There is no admission fee; however donations for the benefit of the Chamber Event Fund are welcome. For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at (302) 227 – 6446.

Full Moon Hayride & Campfire at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, January 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy an exhilarating evening riding through the fields and forest while gazing at the moon. Then warm yourself by the fire to tales of moon mythology. Please pre-register by calling (302) 284-4299 at least one day in advance.

Sunday Hike Series at Delaware Seashore State Park
Sunday, January 4, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand!  Every Sunday during January and February, hike a trail at Delaware Seashore State Park with a park naturalist.  This is a great way to get out, warm up your muscles in the cold weather, and enjoy the winter scenery.  Pre-registration required.  For information, meeting locations, and pre-registration, call (302) 227-6991 by 3 p.m. on the day prior to each hike. $4 per person.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt 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.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 2, 2015 10:02 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware December 26 to December 28, 2014

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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last month you have a chance to get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 30, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Slam Dunk to the Beach
December 27 - 29, 2014
Times vary
The state’s foremost showcase of national high school basketball talent will return to the Delaware beaches, as the Delaware Sports Commission relaunches the iconic Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament. The rejuvenated tournament is set to tip off Dec. 27-29, 2014 at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Friday and Saturday
Friday - 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Satuday - 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It’s a brand new holiday attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of winter fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

Trains and the Planes at the Air Mobility Command Museum
Recurring weekly till January 3rd
Friday - Sunday
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
If you love trains, you can’t miss the 5th annual large scale model train layout inside the main hangar. Kids of all ages will enjoy these garden scale locomotives that are over 36" long and can weigh upwards of 40 pounds. Before planning trip, make sure you check the museum’s holiday hours.

Guided Tours at First Heritage State Park
Friday, December 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Take-in the rich history of Delaware at First State Heritage Park! You will be able to either take self-guided or guided tours at the following sites: Biggs Museum, First State Heritage Park Welcome Center, John Bell House, Johnson Victrola Museum, and The Old State House. On Friday-Sunday, Legislative Hall will be closed and Sunday the John Bell House will be closed.

Birdwalk at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, December 27, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Bring your eyes, ears and a comfortable pair of hiking boots. Our expert birder from the Museum of Natural History will lead the group and provide tips and advice to all interested birders.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. the Delaware 87ers
Game begins at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of pro basketball at a Delaware 87ers game, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers battling rivals from around the country. Conveniently located and affordably priced, 87ers games tip off regularly at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center, just of the Interstate 95 exit and close to shopping, dining and more. Parking is always free -- and be sure to check out the Kids Zone.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt 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.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 9:58 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware December 19 to December 21, 2014

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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last month you have a chance to get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 31, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Discover Battery 519 at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, December 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Learn how Battery 519 operated and see the progress being made to turn the battery into a world-class WWII museum! For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Pre-registration required by calling 302-645-6852.
$5 per person, cash only.

Handmade for the Holidays at John Dickinson Plantation
Saturday, December 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bring the kids out to enjoy a fun program! Learn how to make plaster holiday ornaments at the historic John Dickinson Plantation.

Outdoor Ice Skating at the Wilmington Riverfront
Saturday, December 19, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It’s a brand new holiday attraction at the Wilmington Riverfront!  It’s tons of winter fun for the entire family! Ice skating rink admission is $7 for adults and $5 for 12 years old and under.  Call 302-425-4890 for more information.

The Nutcracker performed by the Mid-Atlantic Ballet Studio
Saturday, December 20, 2014
12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The Mid-Atlantic Ballet is pleased to present the holiday classic, The Nutcracker at Mitchell Hall Theater at the University of Delaware.

The Nutcracker performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wilmington’s Holiday Tradition—the Nutcracker at the Grand—with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Wilmington Children's Chorus.

Wilmington Ballet Academy performs The Nutcracker at the DuPont Theatre
Saturday, December 20, 2014
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Wilmington's very own annual Christmas tradition at the DuPont Theatre since 1967. The complete Nutcracker experience with a full orchestra and chorus, world class Principal Dancers from New York City Ballet, 85 dancers, an enchanting snow scene, and a one-horse open sleigh.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt 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.

 

posted on: Friday, Dec 19, 2014 2:06 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

10 cool new things in Delaware for 2015

With 2014 barely in the rear-view mirror, 2015 is already showing signs of being a tempting year for Delaware as a great vacation destination. Aside from the annual crop of trendy new shops and eateries (especially in and around the beaches), Delaware is gaining some new attractions and events that are decidedly buzz-worthy, ranging from two new country music festivals to trampoline parks popping up all over.

After polling the trend-watchers and sifting through the press releases, we've identified the top new attractions and events in Delaware to keep an eye out for in 2015. Take a look, take your pick, and take a moment to check out how easy and affordable it is to take your next vacation in Delaware.

Delaware Junction FestivalCountry Music Festivals galore
This could be the year Delaware becomes the music festival capital of the East Coast. First, Firefly lit up the scene, and now the state is about to add two new music festivals, both packed with top country acts, and both well-suited to an extended on-site camping trip. First to debut will be the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, June 26-28 at Dover International Speedway’s Woodlands. Headliners include Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, along with a slew of supporting acts. In summer, the new Delaware Junction Country Music Festival is set to premier Aug. 14-16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, and judging from the buzz so far, it looks to be one of the top tickets of the summer. This year’s headliners include Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith. Plans call for a two-stage setup -- one for bigger acts, and one for “up-and-comers” -- and there will be on-site camping available. Keep watch at www.livenation.com for details on ticket prices and the lineup.

New Cinemark at Christiana Mall
One of the best reasons to visit Delaware is the tax-free shopping, and one of the best spots for that is Christiana Mall, which is adding to its ever-expanding lineup of high-end stores with a 12-screen, 50,000-square-foot Cinemark Christiana. One of the screens has Cinemark XD ("Extreme Digital") technology, meaning a wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor screen. All theaters have 4K digital projection with RealD 3-D capability. With the mall just a quick exit off Interstate 95, it’s truly a perfect destination for a dinner, movie and some shopping on some idle weekend this year.

Uber rolls in to Wilmington
Travelers to Wilmington may be able to forget about catching a cab -- the ride-sharing service Uber may be coming soon. The trendy and popular service is reportedly “highly considering” starting service in the state’s largest city -- home to great museums, top restaurants and a lively Riverfront entertainment district. Wilmington’s mayor said he’s “99 percent sure” that the service will come to the city, and expects things to get rolling in early 2015. With Uber, travelers Riders use a smartphone app to seek out independent drivers/cars, then arrange to “share the ride” to a common destination.

Year of the Trampoline Parks
Things got hopping last year in Wilmington and Newark, where two trampoline parks -- Stratosphere and Launch -- opened to much fanfare. In early 2015, another park – called Skyzone – is set to open in the Newark area. Keep an ear out for developments at Skyzone.com/Newark. In the meantime, you can check out Stratosphere, loctated in Wilmington, or Launch, in Newark.

Bourbon and Burgers (and Other Fine Spirits) - ImageGet ready for the Beach Bum
When it comes to artisanal beer, wine and spirits, Delaware’s quickly becoming a go-to state, especially with the recent expansion of the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail. There’s been word recently that Delaware’s hand-crafted beverage market is about to get even bigger. Toward the end of 2014, a new outfit called Beach Bum Distilling began working its way through the approval process, and aims to set up shop inside an old farm building at the corner of Nassau Road and New Road outside of Lewes, one of the state’s best beach towns. Keep an eye on Beach Bum’s Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/BeachBumDistilling.

Firefly Music Festival Economic Impact News Release Photo 1Firefly Music Festival -- on TV!
In 2015, there are more reasons than ever to go to Firefly Music Festival in Dover -- you might end up on national/global TV. In late 2014, AXS TV announced that it would be televising 15 hours of music live from the four-day festival on the grounds of Dover Motor Speedway. Set for June 18-21, Firefly is quickly becoming one of the top outdoor music festivals in the country, and is certainly the East Coast’s premier event, featuring top indie, alternative and rock acts.

New restaurants at beach
For many people, a big share of the Delaware beaches’ allure is created by the edgy, funky, fun restaurants that fill beach towns such as Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany. So it’s natural that there is always a good amount of giddy anticipation before beach season starts as foodies discover what new restaurants are opening, and which existing restaurants have new chefs, new concepts -- or both. The 2015 summer season will be another years of pleasant surprises, it seems, judging by the lineup of new restaurants and food destinations heading our way:

· Taco Reho is a new food truck that’s scheduled to set up shop next to Liquid Board Shop in Rehoboth Beach. Check them out at www.facebook.com/tacorehotruck.
· Lula Brazil isn’t quite new, but look for this fresh Brazilian face to create some buzz this summer in Rehoboth.
· The Cellar Door at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach touts “Southern comfort food,” and the kitchen’s Creole and Cajun tastes seem sure to be embraced by this saucy town, especially since it seems that live music will be on the menu.  

More tasty treats
Not all great food at the Delaware beaches must be served at a table. There are great doughnut shops, unforgettable french fry stands, and shockingly good ice cream stands. This coming year, keep watch for a few more goodies in the beach area. One is a new line of gourmet soda from the restaurant empire of the late Matt Haley, who started such beach favorites as Bluecoast Seafood Grill, Catch 54 and Papa Grande’s. Flavors include Lemon Berry, Strawberry Basil Chili and Black & White (cracked black pepper with white balsamic vinegar, bay leaves and palm sugar). According to local bloggers, the sodas will be available at all sodelconcepts.com restaurants, and at select retailers: Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna and La Fia in Wilmington, and Seacrets, Waterman’s Seafood Company, Rosenfeld’s Deli and Sunset Grille.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 11:08 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Get started now on your 2015 Delaware beach vacation

Summer may seem a long way off, but look at it this way: The sooner you start thinking about the beach, the less you’ll be preoccupied by winter’s harsh reality. The more you imagine yourself lying in the sand, the more you’ll be able to convince yourself that the snow will eventually melt, the days will eventually grow toasty, and summer will resume its rightful place in the world.

Bethany Beach DelawareThinking about a Delaware beach vacation during the year’s frigid months also has financial benefits: Travelers who plan their beach vacations in the dead of winter often snag the best deals on prime lodging and prime weeks, and also avoid the inevitable problem of dwindling supplies as the height of the summer season approaches.

Fortunately, VisitDelaware.com offers a wide assortment of travel planning tools and tips for your next Delaware beach vacation. So grab a mug of hot chocolate, get in the right frame of mind, and start exploring today:

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with all of the activities, entertainment, dining and outdoor adventures that Delaware’s beautiful beaches offer. The Delaware Beach Vacation overview page is a good place to start, or check out the list of Top Delaware Beach Destinations.

Delaware Beach vacation rentalStep 2: The VisitDelaware.com website offers tons of tools for Finding a Beach Rental, or Booking a Beach Hotel Room. Remember to consider the money-saving option that lots of families choose to cut costs on their Delaware beach vacations – rent a larger beach house, and split the costs that come with communal living. For an even more afforable trip, consider staying at one of southern Delaware’s Family-friendly Camgrounds.

Step 3: If you plan on having the kids (or even the dog) along on your vacation in Delaware, be sure to scroll through the helpful online guides to Pet-Friendly Attractions at the Delaware Beaches and Kid-Friendly Activities at the Delaware Beaches.

Step 4: Sometimes, the best advice is a fellow traveler’s advice. Be sure to read the reviews, check out the comments – or ask a question yourself – on Delaware’s TripAdvisor Forum.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014 10:52 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware December 5 to December 7, 2014

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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Last month you have a chance to get a behind-the scenes look at the fashions of the hit show “Downton Abbey”. Forty historically inspired costumes are on display now. For tickets to this exquisite exhibit, call 800-448-3883.

Holidays at Hagley
Recurring daily till January 6, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Go back in time and enjoy the holidays, as the du Pont’s would have in the 1800’s. The exhibit is full of holiday decorations and du Pont family traditions. For tickets, call 302-658-2400.

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours
Recurring weekly on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays till December 31, 2014
9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas at Nemours Mansion and Gardens. The world-renowned home is a great holiday outing for the entire family. More than 100 rooms are decorated with Christmas trees, garlands and hand-painted ornaments. The mansion holiday tours are sure to take your breath away. For details, call 302-651-6912.

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team
Recurring daily till December 31, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Mondays – Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. on Saturdays
Priceless antiquities stolen by ruthless grave robbers are now on display in Delaware. More than 100 pieces of recovered Italian art and artifacts, dating back from 2,700 years ago, are on exhibit at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. For more information, contact 1-800-37-GRAND.

Yuletide at Winterthur
Recurring daily till January 4, 2015
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ever wonder what it’s like to celebrate the holidays as one of America’s wealthiest families?
This is your chance to experience the grandeur of the du Pont’s. Get a magical tour of Winterthur, where they gathered every year to celebrate Christmas. Admission prices vary. Call 800-448-3883 for more information.

Cider Fest at Fifer Orchards Farm
Recurring weekly on Saturdays till December 13, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Create special winter memories at Cider Fest. There’ll be lots of hot apple cider, holiday hayrides and s’mores by the fire. And they’re all free! It’s also a great opportunity to get your fresh cut Christmas Tree and Wreaths. Contact Fifer Orchards Farm at 302-697-2141.

Holiday Stroll in Downtown Milford
Friday, December 5, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come downtown to enjoy live entertainment throughout the streets, horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. To top it all off, Santa & Mrs. Claus is inviting everyone to their Milford vacation home! Kids, this is your opportunity to get a picture with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas. Each child gets a special gift too. For more information, call 302-839-1180.

Winterfest In Newark
Friday, December 5, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Holiday entertainment, roasting chestnuts, caroling, tree lighting and much more will fill this wonderful evening of fun for the whole family!  Dress warmly! Rain date is December 6th. Call 302-366-7060.

Delaware 87ers vs. Canton Charge at the Bob Carpenter Center
Friday, December 5, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fast-paced excitement and buzz of our local pro-basketball team Delaware 87ers, which features the top minor league prospects of the Philadelphia 76ers. Today they battle rivals from Ohio, the Canton Charge. Tip off is at Newark's Bob Carpenter Center. Parking is free. Call 302-504-7587 for tickets.

First Saturday of December at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, December 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
If you love history, you’ll enjoy this! Every first Saturday of each month, take advantage of the free programs and guided tours of Legislative Hall, the Old State House, John Bell House, Kent County Courthouse and the Governor’s Mansion. Relive the days of the prohibition and the Underground Railroad. If you want to learn more about Delaware’s rich history, call 302-739-9194 for more details about the programs.

Christmas in Odessa
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. In addition to the house tour, they have many special events, which are included in the ticket price.

Christmas Tour of Lewes
Saturday. December 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Christmas Tour of Lewes is part of Christmas Weekend in Lewes. This self-guided tour shows off the town’s historic houses decorated for the season. Several area organizations have special lunches and activities. Tickets are $20-$25. Children under 12 are free. For more information, call 302-645-7670.

Santa Claus Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Recurring weekly on Saturdays and Sundays till December 21, 2014
12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
All aboard on the Santa Claus Express! The Jolly Old Elf himself plans on riding the train with you. Get a chance to meet him in person. Sweet treats will be handed out to children of all ages! Ticket prices vary from $16-$18. Children (under 2) are free. For more information, call 302-998-1930.

A Farmer’s Christmas at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
Saturday, December 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come see a real wood worker and a blacksmith hard at work. Watch as someone makes a rag rug before your eyes on the largest loom you've ever seen! Listen to carolers in our St. Thomas Church and watch a live woodstove cooking demonstration in a real summer kitchen.

Holiday Hayrides at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, December 6, 2014
3:00 p.m.-4:30pm
Celebrate the holidays in the great outdoors! Learn about mistletoe, holly, ground pine, partridge-berry and other plants that are a sight to behold in the winter. Tickets are $7 per adult, $4 per child under 12. For more details, call 302-875-5153.

Jingle Bell Hayride at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, December 6, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a festive, old-fashioned hayride around the park followed by s'mores and hot cocoa at the campfire. Admission is $8. Call 302-577-3534 for more information.

Seaford Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 6, 2014
7:00 p.m.
It’s recognized as the largest Christmas Parade in Delmarva! The parade route begins at Nylon Blvd and Pennsylvania Avenue. After winding around High and Market Streets, it ends at Seaford Middle School. Bring a chair or a blanket (or both!) for a cheery, enchanting evening. Call (302) 629-9173 for details.

Sankta Lucia Celebration at Old Swedes (Holy Trinity) Church
Sunday, December 7, 2014
1:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional celebration of the Feast Day of Sankta Lucia, a holiday that is still marked by light and music in Sweden today. The Delaware Swedish Colonial Society sponsors the annual December celebration of Sankta Lucia at Old Swedes Church. Following the ceremony, there will be Swedish refreshments and tours of the Hendrickson House Museum, decorated for a Swedish Christmas. Admission is free. Call 302-652-5629 for additional information.

Marshall Steam Museum Old-Fashioned Holiday
Recurring weekly on Sundays till December 14, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Get into the Yuletide spirit at Marshall Steam Museum. The "Old-Fashioned Holiday" event will feature holiday readings, a special photo exhibit called "Snow Travelers", Victorian and train-inspired holiday crafts and activities and much more! Call 302-239-2385 for more event information.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Embark on treasure hunt 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.

 

posted on: Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 10:21 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

New Year’s Eve Events in Delaware 2014

New Year's EveCelebrate 2015 in Delaware with friends, family or that special someone at one of these exciting New Year's Eve events. Scroll through Delaware hotel options + traveler reviews and book your getaway online!

New Year’s Eve 2-night package at Boardwalk Plaza
December 30, 2014 - January 2, 2015
Ring in the New Year with your special someone.  Take advantage of a two night package deal that includes champagne, dinner, live music, dancing and breakfast or brunch. The package is only good for Tuesday-Thursday or Wednesday-Friday. For more information, call 1- 800-33-BEACH.

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
December 31, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Ring in the New Year on the wild side! Countdown to noon and celebrate the coming of 2015.  There will be sparkling cider, lots of games and activities for kids of all ages! Call (302) 571-7747 for more information.

New Year's Rockin' Noon at The Delaware Children’s Museum
December 31, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Let the countdown begin! Ring in 2015 at the Delaware Children’s Museum with a special New Year's Eve countdown celebration that won't conflict with your kid's bedtime. Grab a bag of confetti, craft your own sparkly "New Year's Eve Noisemaker," and help us countdown to 12PM with a rockin' dance party. When the clock strikes 12-noon, brace yourself for a shower of confetti and a colorful start to a wonderful new year. For details, call (302) 654-2340.

New Year’s Eve at Summer House in Rehoboth Beach
December 31, 2014
Dinner: 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.; Live Entertainment 9:30 p.m. -1:00 a.m.
The Summer House is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Dinner reservations are available.
The party kicks off at 9:30 p.m. with live music and dancing. There will be champagne toast at midnight and best of all, no cover charge! Call 302-227-3895.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at The Hilton Wilmington/Christiana
December 31, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Party the night away with live music, spectacular food and a 5-hour open bar! Admission also includes overnight accommodations and a breakfast buffet for two. You get all this for $399/couple. For more reservations and info, call 302-454-1500.

Starburst Gayla New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Light up the New Year in Rehoboth! Plan for a full evening of dinner and dance. Dinner will be buffet-style. Admission includes an open bar and beverages are for the entire evening, which will cap off with a champagne toast at midnight, and a dessert and coffee buffet. Proceeds from the Starburst Gayla will benefit CAMP Rehoboth—serving the local LGBT community for 24 years—as well as the Cancer Support Community Delaware. Tickets are $100 per person for dinner. For details, call 302-227-5620.

Heritage Shores New Year's Eve Celebration
December 31, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Get your party hats and chill the champagne! Enjoy the New Year with live entertainment by the Glass Onion Band. Entry includes a 5-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and a champagne toast at midnight with party favors. Prices range from $75 - $90. Reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information, call 888-622-1777.

Masquerade New Year's Eve Party at The Atlantic Sands Ballroom
December 31, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Celebrate 2015 in the grandest style! Enjoy a delicious dinner with Viennese desserts and coffee bar. Your admission also includes a delicious dinner of the grandest style, a 5-Hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, masquerade masks & party favors and live entertainment. Tickets are $99 per person and $198 per couple. Overnight packages for 2 begin at $275. Call 800-422-0600 for more information.

New Year’s Eve at Dogfish Head Brewery
December 31, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Say goodbye to 2014 and toast to the New Year with the folks at Dogfish Head Brewery.
Your admission ticket includes all-you-care-to-eat food stations throughout the restaurant,  complimentary beverages, including an exclusive brews and cocktails, a build your own Randall Jr. bar, live music, complimentary party favors and finally, a goodnight goodie bag with DFH swag! Tickets are $125 per guest and can be purchased by calling 302-226-BREW.

New Years Eve DelawareNew Year’s Eve at Firestone Roasting House on the Riverfront
December 31, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
There’s no better way to celebrate the New Year than at Firestone. Tickets are $65 per person and include live music, an open bar, dinner buffet, complimentary valet and special discounted rooms at the Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Wilmington. Call 302-658-6626 for tickets.

New Year’s Eve at Mango’s Ocean Front in Bethany Beach
December 31, 2014
8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Ring in the New Year at the beach! Enjoy a seafood dinner, drinks and live music by the Island Boys. Tickets are $89. Call 302-537-6621.

New Year's Eve Bash at Fire & Ice Lounge (Dover Downs Hotel and Casino)
December 31, 2014
Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
The party kicks off with live entertainment from the band The Groove Squad. There will be a champagne toast, party favors, and a cash bar with drink specials. Prices start at $25/person. For VIP seating and group rate, call 800–711–5882.

New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet
December 31, 2014
Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Show begins at 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year at the World Café Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Enjoy a delicious dinner and live music. Prices vary from $40 - $57. Reservations are highly recommended.  Call 302-994-1400.

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder
December 31, 2014
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Celebrate New Year’s at the best rockin' party at Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. Live entertainment includes Love Seed Mama Jump, Blue Label, DJ Hector and DJ 2Knutz. Tickets range from $60 -$100. For more information, call 302-227-3888.

Swanky New (Vintage) Year’s Party at Harvest Ridge Winery
December 31, 2014
9:00p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Immerse yourself in the feel and culture of the roaring 20’s. This swanky event will be filled with music of that era, as well as 20s-themed food. Admission is $85/person and $60 for designated drivers. Tickets get you access to the speakeasy, all you can eat food, and an open bar, and a sparkling wine toast at midnight. Call 302-343-9437.

New Year’s Eve Anchor Drop at Lightship Overfalls
11:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Ring in the new year at the anchor drops at the historic Lightship Overfalls in Lewes! Call 302-644-8050 for more details.

News Year’s Eve Ball Drop at Dewey Beach
December 31, 2014
11:45 p.m.
Move over Times Square! Delaware has its own version of the ball drop. Gather with friends and family on New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach, as we celebrate the New Year. For more information, contact 302-228-3701.

First Day Hike in the Delaware State Parks
January 1, 2015
Begin the New Year on the right foot! Take in the beautiful scenery and local wildlife with a brisk winter walk or hike at a Delaware State Park. Times vary. It is free with paid park admission.

3rd Annual Dewey Dunk & New Year’s Bonfire at Dewey Beach
January 1, 2015
11:30 a.m.
Start off the New Year in a bathing suit or bikini. Brave the freezing ocean waters at this year’s Dewey Dunk. Admission is $25 and starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 302-228-3701.

 

posted on: Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 4:02 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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