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Big Barrel Country Music Festival Travel Tips

Plan your travel strategy
Drivers heading to the Big Barrel Country Music Festival should keep their eyes out for electronic signs at primary exits and along the route to the festival, and follow their directions. The most important tool for avoiding traffic problems is awareness. Before approaching Dover itself, be sure to monitor traffic conditions via the DelDOT app, DelDOT’s traffic radio station (WTMC 1380-AM; also accessible through the app); or Traffic Webcams. The app features real-time alerts about delays and accidents, allowing fans to choose alternate routes in time to avoid tie-ups.

Here’s some general travel tips for the Big Barrel Country Music Festival once you get close to Dover:

Traffic from the north on Delaware 1 will take Exit 104 onto U.S. 13 southbound. Take U.S. 13 to Leipsic Road (DE Road 88) and follow signs to Daily Festival (day trippers) parking and Camper/RV check-in.

Traffic from the south on Delaware 1 will take Exit 95 to Bay Road, then onto U.S. Route 13, then make a right turn on Leipsic Road (DE Road 88) and follow signs to Daily Festival parking and Camper/RV check-in.

Check-in for campers and RVs with reservations will begin at noon on Thursday.

If an incident (or heavy traffic) creates problems at Exit 104, traffic will be routed south to Exit 95, allowing motorists to approach the festival from the south on U.S. 13. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to stay clear of U.S. 13, unless directed by organizers.

For the many travelers who use Del. 1 to reach the Delaware beaches, it’s also a good idea to be aware of peak Big Barrel Country Music Festival arrival times and plan accordingly by checking the DelDOT app and Traffic Cams. If you’re a beach-goer who typically returns home on Sundays, be aware that that day is also when many fans will be heading home – it’s better to leave early in the day rather than late Sunday night.

 

posted on: Friday, Jun 26, 2015 8:06 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Celebrate July 4th in Delaware - Fireworks and Event Schedule 2015

Come celebrate July 4th in Delaware. Here is a list of fireworks displays in for 2015!

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Fireworks Cruise
Friday, July 3, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Admission: $30/adult; $15/child (under age 12 including infants)
Catch a spectacular fireworks display from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Aboard the ferry, you will get perfect view of this year’s fireworks extravaganza.  The cruise departs Lewes at 7:15 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-643-3779.

Lewes' Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
The City of Lewes continues its long tradition of hosting old-fashioned games for children and the Lewes Fourth of July Boat Parade, which will wind down the Lewes - Rehoboth canal to Fisherman's Wharf. As part of the holiday festivities, there will also be the Doo-Dah Parade. The day is full of fun and exciting things to do for the whole family! (Please note there are no fireworks at this celebration).

Dover FireworksDover 4th of July - A Celebration of Independence in the Capital of the First State
July 4, 2015
Events from 9:00 a.m. - dusk
Fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Historic tours, food & more take place in historic Dover on July 4th, including an outdoor concert packed with patriotic tunes on Legislative Mall. Fireworks will blast off above Legislative Hall at dusk.

Independence Day Celebration at Bethany Beach
July 4, 2015
Parade: 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk
Admission: Free
Enjoy an old fashioned 4th of July parade with floats, bikes and marching bands. Plus, live entertainment at the bandstand and fireworks at dusk.

4th of July Celebration at the Wilmington Riverfront
July 4, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Celebrate the 2015 July 4th Celebration on the Riverfront in Tubman-Garrett Park. Beginning at 2:00 p.m., the festivities will include rides, games, and a 50-foot obstacle course. Plus, fireworks at dusk! There will also be historical reenactments and a crab feast.

Independence Day Celebrations in Laurel
July 4, 2015
Parade 5:00 p.m.; Fireworks 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Enjoy 4th of July festivities with a parade; the Mayor's Cornhole Contest; face painting; and a pie-eating contest at Market Square Park. Wrap up the day with a fantastic fireworks display at dusk.

4th of July Fireworks in Newark
July 4, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
The annual Independence Day celebration will feature live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and games at UD’s Athletic Complex on South Avenue. The fireworks will start between 9:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Fireworks Express - Wilmington & Western Railroad
July 4, 2015
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Admission: Adult: $20; Senior: $19; Children: $16; Children Under 2: FREE
Board the Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Fireworks Express to a festive display in Hockessin. Passengers are welcome to bring coolers, blankets and folding chairs aboard. Please allow 4 hours for the train ride and fireworks show. Reservations are required.

Dewey Beach July 4th Fireworks
July 4, 2015
9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Grab a lawn chair or a beach blanket and watch a dazzling fireworks display. Fireworks will be set off from a barge in the bay and will be visible from any bar or restaurant along the bayside in Dewey.

Rehoboth Fireworks 2July 4th Fireworks in Rehoboth Beach
Sunday, July 5, 2015
9:15 p.m.
Admission: Free
Celebrate Independence Day in Rehoboth Beach! A spectacular fireworks display will be launched from the beach and it will be visible up and down the boardwalk. Enjoy live entertainment at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand before and after the fireworks.

Travel tips and resources:
Search through hotel listings, traveler reviews and book online.

Celebrate the First State's rich heritage and embark on a historic adventure while traveling the Delaware History Trail!

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Get Delaware beach travel tips and ideas for things to do.

Save while planning your vacation with Delaware deals.

 

posted on: Friday, Jun 12, 2015 10:07 AM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

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

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

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

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

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

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

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

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

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

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

Weekend events and things to do around Delaware May 29, 2015 to May 31, 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.

Macaroon Afternoon Tea at the Green Room in the Hotel du Pont
Friday - Sunday
3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Admission: $30
Satisfy your sweet tooth in the most sophisticated way during Macaroon Afternoon Tea in the Green Room. Honoring the popular Hotel du Pont macaroons, this daily afternoon tea will include additional Parisian macaroons in various flavors during the dessert course. You will feel like you're sipping tea in a French Bistro overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

NASCAR Race Weekend at the Dover International Speedway
Friday - Sunday
Time Varies
Admission: Varies
Dover International Speedway will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the “Monster Mile,” the fastest one-mile oval racetrack in the world. Things get started this weekend with the Lucas Oil 200 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, followed by the Buckle Up 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday, and finally by the 400-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup showdown on Sunday.

Pop Up Beer Garden at Winterthur
Friday, May 29, 2015
4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free (Visitors pay for food and drinks)
Enjoy a relaxing Friday evening at Winterthur’s Pop Up Beer Garden. Listen to live music; enjoy local craft beers and sink your teeth into some Pennsylvania German inspired foods.

Couples Kayak Trip at Killens Pond State Park
Friday, May 29, 2015
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Admission: $15 per couple
Make it a memorable evening with your sweetheart at Killens Pond State Park. Enjoy the beautiful view from the pond with other couples in the area. Whether it is your first date or your scheduled date night, you both won't want to miss this romantic evening on the water in tandem kayaks.

Lantern Tour at Delaware Seashore State Park
Friday, May 29, 2015
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $10
Take a unique, guided lantern tour of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum, which dates back to the 1800’s. Learn about what surfmen of the time did to save shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast, and then venture over the dune to patrol the beach as you hear shipwreck tales.

South Side Shoot Out at the Delaware Seashore State Park
Saturday, May 30, 2015-Sunday May 31, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Enjoy one of the best skimboarding competitions in the world. Come watch top professional and amateur skimboarders compete on the third stop of the Skim USA tour.   

Historic Autos at Winterthur
Saturday, May 30, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: Included with admission. Members are free.
Step back in time to see elegant, historic automobiles of the country-estate era. This weekend’s theme is "In Grand Style: Rolls Royce and Bentley." Come see a magnificent 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer, which is affectionately called "The Empress" and was a gift to Winterthur in 2008.

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

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

Walking Tour: Rocks and Roll Mills at the Hagley Museum
Sunday May 31, 2015
11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Admission: Free - $14
Explore the geology of the Brandywine Valley and its impact on the milling industry. And after a tour of the beautiful grounds of the Hagley Museum, take home a piece of Delaware Blue Rock as a souvenir.

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth
Sunday, May 31, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: $49 per person
Tickets are still available for this weekend’s 3-hour Eating Rehoboth culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

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

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

posted on: Friday, May 29, 2015 2:07 PM
by: Delaware Tourism Office

Memorial Day Weekend in Delaware 2015 - Travel tips and Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jolly Trolley∙ The Jolly Trolley Shuttle Service is a convenient way to travel between Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Service begins Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. The summer schedule offers daily service from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Rates are $3.00 one-way and $5.00 round trip.

∙ Use the DART First State’s Park and Ride lot located on Shuttle Rd. off of Delaware Rt. 1, north of Rehoboth Avenue to ride in comfort to the outlets, boardwalk and beach. Park for $8.00 and receive up to 4 free unlimited ride daily bus passes. All buses are air conditioned, equipped with wheelchair lifts and can carry 2 bikes. DART’s Route 305 Beach Connection, operates from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekends and provides service from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach on Friday – Sunday nights.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Top Summer Concerts in Delaware

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eating Rehoboth Culinary Tour
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails. Reservations are required.

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

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

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

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

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

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

Dover Days Festival
Friday, May 1, 2015 – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Times Varies
Admission: Free
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware's Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring's charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover's Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival is held at one of the sites of the nation's newest National Monument.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winterthur Point-to-Point
Sunday, May 3, 2015
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free - $50
The annual steeplechase horse races is staged on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of this one-time DuPont mansion, the Point to Point is renowned as a place to see-and-be-seen amid extravagant "tailgate" buffets and lavishly stocked hospitality tents. The horse racing is just an added bonus.

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

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

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

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

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

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

Here are just a few of the events happening around Delaware. While you are visiting Delaware, use our mobile site to search for nearby restaurants, hotels and attractions at http://m.visitdelaware.com. Share your Delaware travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Pinterest or Instagram + tag your post with #Delagram.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonus trip ideas:

Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.

Dine out on the Delaware Culinary Trail.

Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.

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

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

Discover the top things to do in Delaware.

 

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

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