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Weekend events and things to do around Delaware April 18 to April 20, 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.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Focusing on two Delawareans who played important roles in this illegal and clandestine enterprise-Samuel D. Burris and Thomas Garrett-the exhibit explores the actions of a number of brave people who made principled decisions to follow their consciences rather than what they viewed as the unjust laws of the state and nation.

Costumes of Downton AbbeyCostumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Friday - Sunday
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets for the exhibit are required.

Great Delaware Kite Festival
Friday, April 18, 2014
Entrants can register on the field beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Competitions take place approximately from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
This popular annual event is free and open to all ages and all levels of kite-flying ability. For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites and there is space to practice before the competitions. Additionally, there will also be food vendors, face painting and community organizations set up around the field.

"Anything Goes" at New Candlelight Theatre
Friday and Saturday
6:00 p.m.
It's de-lightful, it's de-lovely, it's Anything Goes! Nothing says "classic" like Cole porter's captivating musical set on the high seas. This unforgettable score includes timeless hits such as You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You, Easy to Love, It's DeLovely, and, of course, Anything Goes. Join us on the top deck for this high spirited, toe tapping Tony Award Winning Musical with original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse.

Indian River Life saving StationVoices of the past at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, April 18, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Take a step back in time and experience the Indian River Life-Saving Station and its crew as it was at the turn of the century.

Wildflower Walk at Brandywine Creek State Park
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Discover the variety of wildflowers blooming in the Tulip Tree Nature Preserve. To register, call 302-655-5740. Cost: $3 per person.

Auburn Heights Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 19, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bring an Easter basket and join the hunt for more than 2,500 eggs hidden around the mansion. Enjoy rides aboard the Auburn Valley Railroad, meet the Easter bunny, check out the electric trains and antique autos in the Marshall Steam Museum, and sample fresh steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper. This event requires pre-registration by phone or online.

Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday and Sunday
12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Easter Bunny hops aboard the train for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland, and all kids will get a special treat. Bring your camera and have the Easter Bunny pose for a picture with your child.

Harvest Ridge WineryHarvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Bicycle Tour on the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 19, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join Tina Watson for an eight-mile bike ride on the Refuge. The group will make several stops for bird identification and to discuss wildlife management techniques. Bicycle should have hybrid tires. Don't forget your helmet and check the air in your tires! Meet at the Visitor Center.

"Campfire Circle: Night Sounds" at Cape Henlopen State Park Amphitheater
Saturday, April 19, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join in stories and activities to learn about nocturnal animals and how they communicate at night. Bring marshmallows and sticks for roasting after the program! For ages 5 and up with an adult. Meet at the campground amphitheater.

Bonus trip ideas:

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 1:42 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware April 11 to April 13, 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.

Old State House Dover DelawareAn Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Focusing on two Delawareans who played important roles in this illegal and clandestine enterprise-Samuel D. Burris and Thomas Garrett.

Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST
Friday - Sunday
Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this 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.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Friday - Sunday
“Costumes of Downton Abbey” is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets for the exhibit are required.

5th Annual Lewes Tulip Festival
Friday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of spring with over 10,000 tulips blooming in downtown Lewes, plus lots of themed events and entertainment happening all weekend!

"Anything Goes" at New Candlelight Theatre
Friday - Saturday
6:00 p.m.
It's de-lightful, it's de-lovely, it's Anything Goes! Nothing says "classic" like Cole porter's captivating musical set on the high seas. This unforgettable score includes timeless hits such as You're the Top, I Get a Kick Out of You, Easy to Love, It's DeLovely, and, of course, Anything Goes. Join us on the top deck for this high spirited, toe tapping Tony Award Winning Musical with original book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse.

Harry's Seafood Grill WilmingtonCity Restaurant Week - Wilmington, Delaware
Friday - Saturday
Wilmington's fine dining scene is dominated by owner-operators. In other words, there is not a chain restaurant in the bunch. The result is a menu of 17 restaurants to select from, offering everything from Thai to Chilean to Italian. Better yet, you get to sample the creative cuisine of these fine dining spots with prix-fixe prices of $15 for lunch and $35 for dinner. Reservations are strongly suggested. Contact the restaurant directly to make your reservation.

Ain't Misbehavin' performed at the Delaware Theatre Company
Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00 p.m.
The 1978 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, follow Thomas “Fats” Waller’s journey in this musical tribute to popular 1920’s and ‘30’s black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Five performers encapsulate this era of pride, creativity and cultural awareness, all while inviting us into this sometimes zany, sometimes, sexy, always jazzy world.

3 Palms EggStravaganZoo
Saturday, April 12, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Come out & join us for a fun filled day of Easter joy! The Easter Bunny has planned a special egg hunt for the kids, which will be an all day, ongoing event. Followed by hands on fun with everyone’s Easter favorites: baby chicks & ducks, sheep, bunny rabbit, mini pigs/goats & more! Finally, enjoy a glass of homemade iced tea, relax on one of our many benches or swings, and just enjoy Spring! Don’t forget your camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! Easter Egg Hunt: $2.00 per child General Zoo Admission: Donation to benefit the animals!

Auburn Heights EASTER EGG HUNT - ImageAuburn Heights Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday - Sunday
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bring an Easter basket and join the hunt for more than 2,500 eggs hidden around the mansion. Enjoy rides aboard the Auburn Valley Railroad, meet the Easter bunny, check out the electric trains and antique autos in the Marshall Steam Museum, and sample fresh steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper. This event requires pre-registration by phone or online.

Easter Bunny Express on the Wilmington and Western Railroad
Saturday - Sunday
Train departs at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The Easter Bunny hops aboard the Wilmington and Western Railroad for a 1½-hour round-trip ride to Ashland, and all kids will get a special treat. Bring your camera and have the Easter Bunny pose for a picture with your child. Departure times are 12:30 and 2:30 pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made on their website.

Brandywine Creek’s Annual Kite Day
Saturday, April 12, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day at this annual event by enjoying the weather, music, and making and flying your own kite! Call to reserve your kite kit.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday - Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Trap Pond State ParkSpring Youth Fishing Tournament at Trap Pond State Park
Sunday, April 13, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
This event is open to ages 15 and under. Proper catch and release methods will be stressed and prizes will be available in a number of different categories. Bring your own tackle and bait, or borrow ours. These free programs will meet at the boathouse. Registration and instruction begins at 8:00 a.m., first cast for the tournament is 9:00 a.m.

Youth Day at Delaware Stadium
Sunday, April 13, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a pregame Fun Zone from 12-1 p.m. featuring interactive games and inflatables. All kids who bring an "A" on their report card are able to purchase $1 tickets to the lacrosse game. Offer valid on game day only.  Be sure to stick around for postgame autographs with the entire team! Autographs will take place immediately following the game on the concourse.

Bonus trip ideas:

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 2:54 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware April 4 to April 6, 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.

Ain't Misbehavin' performed at the Delaware Theatre Company
Friday - Sunday
Performance times vary
The 1978 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, follow Thomas “Fats” Waller’s journey in this musical tribute to popular 1920’s and ‘30’s black musicians of the Harlem Renaissance. Five performers encapsulate this era of pride, creativity and cultural awareness, all while inviting us into this sometimes zany, sometimes, sexy, always jazzy world.

"Camelot" at Clear Space Theatre Company
Friday - Sunday
7:00 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 3:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Join King Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot in one of the most beautiful musicals of all time, with classics like "If Ever I Would Leave You", "How To Handle a Woman" and the title song "Camelot" in their all-new production at Clear Space Theatre Company.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur
Recurring daily
Timed tickets for the exhibit are required
Costumes of Downton Abbey® is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century.

Delaware 87ers vs. Springfield
Friday and Saturday
Games start at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Springfield. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Art on the Town (Wilmington)
Friday, April 4, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during extended gallery hours. Held on the first Friday of the month, Art on the Town is free and open to the public.

Newark's Annual Wine and Dine Downtown
Saturday, April 5, 2014
This culinary and wine extravaganza will feature a dazzling array of tasty delights prepared by the chefs of downtown Newark’s very own restaurants, complemented by fine wines from around the world. Participating restaurants select wines to feature and choose a menu to showcase the restaurant’s culinary abilities. To participate, pick up a glass at any participating restaurant and pay as you go. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age with proper I.D. to participate in wine tastings.

Introduction to Surf Fishing at Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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 an adult. Pre-registration required.

Colonists' Day 2014 at New Sweden Centre (Kalmar Nyckel)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a family day of living history including colonial re-enactors, exhibitors, entertainers, vendors, historical organizations, genealogical societies, food and a procession at the New Sweden Centre at Kalmar Nyckel.

Colonist's Day at Old Swedes Church
Saturday, April 5, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 375th founding of the New Sweden colony with a day of festivities featuring colonial period artisan demonstrations, fiddlers, performance by the Imagination Players, "Sven Skute: The Scapegoat of New Sweden", more than thirty exhibitors, Swedish food, crafts and games, activities for all ages. Cafe Gelato will be serving gelato and sandwiches from noon to 3:00 p.m.

First Saturdays in the First State
Saturday, April 5, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate First Saturdays in the First State. Enjoy walking tours, new exhibits and historical interpreters guiding you through First State Heritage Park.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Sunday and Saturday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Dead Poets Society Festival Weekend
Saturday - Sunday
5:30 p.m. - Midnight (Saturday), 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Let's celebrate 25 years since the movie 'Dead Poets Society' was filmed here in Middletown.
Saturday will host a full evening of wine and cheese, auction baskets, screening of the movie and a dance party in the Gibby. Sunday will hold a matinee screening at 3:00 p.m.

Spring Bird Walk with John and Becky Hargrove at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, April 6, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join the Hargroves' for a Spring bird walk. Walk a couple of trails and ride along the wildlife drive looking for early migrating warblers and waders, resident songbirds, birds of prey, and waterfowl. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Bonus trip ideas:

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

 

posted on: Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 2:20 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware March 21 to March 23, 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® at Winterthur Museum
March 21, 2014 – March 23, 2014
“Costumes of Downton Abbey” is an original exhibition of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets for the exhibit are required.

Sunset Hike at Burton Island – Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, March 21, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Delaware Seashore State Park invites the public to the Burton Island Sunset Hike. This guided hike will take participants through one of the park's most picturesque areas to take in the sights as the sun sets over the Indian River Bay. Pre-registration is required.

Delaware 87ers vs Maine + Chuck Wicks post-game concert
Friday, March 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Maine. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now. Plus, enjoy a post-game concert with Delaware’s very own country music star, Chuck Wicks.

Wilmington & Western Railroad's Hockessin Art Festival
Saturday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Saturday); 11:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Each year, over 25 artists display and sell limited edition prints, original watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, sculptures and carvings. While at the Art Festival, take a break from shopping by riding the "Festival Express." Our vintage 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad railcar will depart from outside the Festival for a 40 minute round-trip through the towns of Yorklyn and Ashland. Departure times are every hour on the hour from 11-3 Saturday and 12-3 Sunday. No advance ticket sales.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday - Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Star Party: Spring Sky – Delaware Museum of Natural History
Saturday, March 22, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Join astronomer Greg Lee (Delaware Astronomical Society) and his assistants to learn about the sky above us this time of year. An informational program is followed by telescope viewing of the night sky.

Delaware 87ers vs Canton
Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Canton. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Sampler Sundays at Hagley Museum
Sunday, March 23, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
On Sundays in February and March, visitors can get a taste of Hagley for only $5. They will get to discover – the beautiful Brandywine, the historic powder yards, the first du Pont family home in America, the worker’s world, and the Belin House Organic Café. Guests can chose to experience the powder yard and the worker community or take a guided tour of the du Pont residence. Tours of the residence will be in small groups, and guests will be given timed tickets for their tour.

Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge Tour
Sunday, March 23, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join volunteer, Ray Cullom, for a tour of the Refuge. Walk a trail, identify birds, and learn about the different habitats and how they are managed for wildlife.

Bonus trip ideas:

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 3:37 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware March 14 to March 16, 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.

An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware – at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday,
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Focusing on two Delawareans who played important roles in this illegal and clandestine enterprise-Samuel D. Burris and Thomas Garrett.

Costumes of Downton Abbey® exhibit at Winterthur Museum and Garden
Friday – Sunday
Museum and Garden is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Time tickets are required for the exhibit
Costumes of Downton Abbey is an original exhibiton of exquisite designs from the award-winning television series. Approximately 35 historically accurate costumes from the television show will be displayed with photographs and vignettes inspired by the fictional program and by real life at Winterthur. Visitors will have a chance to step into and experience the world of Downton Abbey® and the contrasting world of Winterthur founder Henry Francis du Pont and his contemporaries in the first half of the 20th century. Timed tickets are required for the exhibit.

Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival
Friday - Sunday,
5:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Friday), 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. (Saturday), 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Sunday)
3 day indoor bluegrass festival held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. 30 bands on two stages.

Delaware 87ers vs Ft. Wayne
Friday, March 14, 2014
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Ft. Wayne. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Go Green at the Delaware Museum of Natural History
Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Follow that St. Patrick’s Day rainbow to the Delaware Museum of Natural History, where we’ll be exploring the science of four-leaf clovers, snakes, and potatoes! Is it possible to find a four-leaf clover? Are there any snakes in Ireland? What kinds of experiments can you do with a potato? Come join us to find out!

Women of the Green Walking Tour at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m.
Learn about contributions made by women to the history of The Green in Dover. Tours are led by historical interpreters in period dress and begin every hour at the John Bell House.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Forest hayrides at Trap Pond State Park
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Begins at 3:00 p.m.
Tour the forest and fields of Trap Pond State Park in a rustic hay wagon, then relax by the campfire and enjoy hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Pre-registration is required by calling the park office. Price is $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

4th Annual Toasting the Town: "St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl" in Downtown Milford
Saturday, March 15, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
This year's Pub Crawl will feature six local businesses and five local restaurants and pubs. Each business will feature a sampling of a unique drink or food and celebrate the holiday with a twist that reflects their specific business.

Solas: Shamrock City performs at The Grand - Wilmington
Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Irish Central describes Solas as "magical and harmonious." The Irish-American band, whose name means light in Gaelic, has recorded ten albums and toured extensively under the leadership of mandolin and banjo player Seamus Egan. For anyone who associates Irish music solely with pubs, green beer and March, be prepared to have your mind firmly changed!

Sampler Sundays at Hagley Museum
Sunday, March 16, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
On Sundays in February and March, visitors can get a taste of Hagley for only $5. Visit the beautiful Brandywine, the historic powder yards, the first du Pont family home in America, the worker’s world, and the Belin House Organic Café. Guests can chose to experience the powder yard and the worker community or take a guided tour of the du Pont residence. Tours of the residence will be in small groups, and guests will be given timed tickets for their tour.

16 Mile Taphouse Monthly Beer Event
Sunday, March 16, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Every month 16 Mile Brews and it will be infused 4 or 5 different ways. Meet Brewery VIP's and be the first to try the latest brews.

Bonus trip ideas:

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 Wine and Ale Trail.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 4:26 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Jan 31 to Feb 2, 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.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Dominion Brewing
Friday - Saturday
Friday hours - 4:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.; Saturday hours - 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain.

“The Odd Couple” performed by Clear Space Theatre
Friday, January 31, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Unger and Madison are at it again! That’s Florence Unger and Olive Madison in an updated version of the original Broadway and television hit. Join the girls for son-stop laughter as Olive’s disaster area of a life is turned upside-down by the arrival of recently-separated neat freak Florence.

First State Heritage Park’s First Saturday Celebrates "African-American History Month"
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Begins at 9:00 a.m.
Walking tours of The Green begin hourly at the John Bell House and will be focused on "Tales of Slavery and Freedom" which features the experience of the African-American in Delaware in the years before the Civil War. Taking a look at more modern history, the Johnson Victrola Museum presents "Remembering Rosedale Beach" at 2:00 p.m. which explores the history of a popular waterfront in Sussex County run by, and for, people of color that featured noted performers such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. Besides the above-mentioned activities, the First State Heritage Park has a lot more to offer that will interest everyone celebrating the African American History Month in the state of Delaware.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday - Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

"Aladdin" performed at the Delaware Children's Museum
Sunday and Saturday, February 1, 2014 – February 2, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Set in ancient China, this magic carpet ride of a show follows a poor boy, lovely princess and a genie who head off on a wondrous adventure that will delight children of all ages.

"Delaware 87ers vs Springfield"
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Catch all of the Delaware 87ers action as they take on Springfield. Games are held at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Delaware 87ers are an official NBA D-league affiliate team for the Philadelphia 76ers. Purchase tickets online now.

Don McLean at The Grand
Saturday, February 1, 2014
8:00 p.m.
Don McLean is one of America's most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits "American Pie" and "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)". Enjoy this deep and compassionate musician live at The Grand Opera.

Sampler Sundays at Hagley Museum
Sunday, February 2, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
For only $5, guests will discover just a sample much of what Hagley Museum has to offer – the beautiful Brandywine, the historic powder yards, the first du Pont family home in America, the worker’s world, and the Belin House Organic Café. Guests can chose to experience the powder yard and the worker community or take a guided tour of the du Pont residence. Tours of the residence will be in small groups, and guests will be given timed tickets for their tour.

Delaware Seashore State Park Winter Hike
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Begins at 1:00 p.m.
Hike a rail at Delaware Seashore State Park accompanied by a park naturalist. Pre-registration is required.

Bonus trip ideas:

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale 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.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, Jan 31, 2014 2:27 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Top Summer Events in Delaware

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

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

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty and desire, sea glass is revered for its rarity and charm by artists worldwide. Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other coastal artisans, and learn the finer points of collecting and identifying these sea-tossed gems. June 28-29, 2014.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Top Spring Events in Delaware

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

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

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

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

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

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Spring Sidewalk Sale
Long known as a place for bargains in a state that already boasts a tax-free shopping advantage, Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors dive even deeper into discount mode every spring and fall. This is the right time to visit the resorts’ many shops, ranging from the three Tanger Outlet centers to the unique art galleries that line Rehoboth’s quaint avenues. May 16-18, 2014.

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

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

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

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

Winterthur Point to PointWinterthur Point-to-Point
Frequently imitated but never matched, these annual steeplechase horse races echo the state’s well-heeled heritage as home to the DuPont family and their regal estates. Staged on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of this one-time DuPont mansion, the Point to Point is renowned as a place to see-and-be-seen amid extravagant “tailgate” buffets and lavishly stocked hospitality tents. The horse racing is just an added bonus. May 4, 2014.

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

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

 

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

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Jan 17 to Jan 19, 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.

Brewery Tour at Fordham and Dominion Brewing Co.
Friday and Saturday
Tour times vary
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain.

"Downton Abbey" lunch in The Green Room
Friday - Sunday
Enjoy a specialty themed Downton Abbey Lunch in the Green Room, appropriately priced at $19.12, the year that the show was originally set.

Dennis Miller at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Friday, January 17, 2014
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Five-time Emmy award winner, TV/film actor, writer/producer, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Dennis Miller is listed as 21st on Comedy Central's 100 greatest standup comedians of all time.

Invention Convention at Hagley Museum
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Children and their families discover how things work through exploration, innovation, and creativity. Families work together to build inventions using everyday household items, and take apart electronics and gadgets to see how they are made. Children explore scientific principles at our hands-on science fair. Admission, including supplies, is $5 for children 4-14, $7 for adults, and free for Hagley members and children 3 and under. Use Hagley’s Buck Road East entrance off Route 100 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Tales of Slavery and Freedom Walking Tour at First State Heritage Park
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Begins at 10:00 a.m. (Tours begin every hour and last 45 minutes)
Visitors will be led by historical interpreters dressed in period attire to hear about Delaware’s position as a border state during the Civil War era. Tours will meet at the John Bell House.

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Lantern Tour at Delaware Seashore State Park – Indian River Lifesaving Station
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Take a guided lantern tour of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum. You’ll learn about shipwrecks and will venture over the dune to patrol the beach.

Sunrise to Sunset at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Monday, January 20, 2014
The 12-mile wildlife drive will be open from sunrise to sunset and offer opportunities for families to view wildlife in natural settings and to walk 5 short walking trails. This time of year expect to see large numbers of snow geese, a variety of waterfowl, bald eagles, hawks, and great blue herons. The entrance fee will be waived to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Bonus trip ideas:

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale 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.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 1:42 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware Jan 10 to Jan 12, 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.

"Forging Faith, Building Freedom" exhibit at the Delaware History Museum
Friday and Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Friday), 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
A special new exhibition in the Delaware History Museum, "Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980," celebrating two important anniversaries. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 27 through summer 2014.

Green Room"Downton Abbey" lunch in The Green Room
Friday - Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a specialty themed Downton Abbey Lunch in the Green Room, appropriately priced at $19.12, the year that the show was originally set.

“An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware” exhibit at First State Heritage Park
Friday - Sunday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Friday), 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Sunday)
The exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.

Brewery Tour at Fordham/Dominion Brewing Company
Friday, January 10, 2014
4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain.

Harvest Ridge WineryHarvest Ridge Winery - Pairing Wine and Cheeses
Saturday, January 11, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Harvest Ridge Winery is pairing our 5 wines with 5 cheeses produced by the local creamery, Chapel's Country Creamery, out of Easton. Join us for a tour of our tank room and production facility with our wine maker, Milan. Following your tour, spend the afternoon with us, learning the methods of pairing our white, red and sweet wines with the carefully selected cheeses, while taking in the views of our sleeping vineyards from our cozy event space. Bring a friend or loved one to escape the cabin fever that January brings, or caravan out and bring enough to fill a table! Seating is limited, reservations encouraged.

"Downton Abbey" Dinner in The Green Room
Saturday, January 11, 2014
6:00 p.m.
The Green Room will host a four-course Downton Abbey Dinner, on January 11, with live entertainment and white-glove service to help set the tone. Special guests Tom Savage (Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library), Maggie Lidz (Estate Historian), and Nat Caccamo and Amy Marks Delaney (Exhibition Designers) will be in attendance to share details regarding Winterthur's upcoming exhibition, "Costumes of Downtown Abbey", which opens March 1, 2014. Dinner is $100 per person, inclusive of gratuity, wine pairings, and valet parking.

Bonus trip ideas:

Sip your way along the Delaware Wine and Ale 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.

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 2:41 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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