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Fall Festivals in Delaware

As autumn approaches the Southern Delaware beaches and begins to add splashes of crimson and gold to the northern hills, summer’s end seems to inspire a sense of celebration, bringing a bumper crop of fun Delaware fall festivals.

Delaware Wine and Beer Festival

Some fall events in Delaware keep a focus on the food and feel of fall. The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival – voted one of America’s Top Festivals in 2013 and 2014 – is the only fest in Delaware that offers all of the state’s vintners, brewers and distillers at one event.

Others adopt a quirkier take on the season: At the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, kids and adults alike embrace their inner child with costumes and games. And at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, old-country German food and fun things to do draw thousands each day.

In and around the Southern Delaware beaches, weekends are especially full of family-friendly fall festival fun and affordable things to do. The Freeman Stage at Bayside hosts its free Arts & Jazz Festival featuring top acts in mid-September. There are kid-friendly activities, a craft show and sidewalk sale -- plus free boat rides and plenty of nautical fun -- at the Boast the Coast Maritime Festival in Lewes. The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is a great way to catch cool music in a cool seaside town full of shopping and dining temptations.

The fall fun rolls on as you work your way north. The Wings & Wheels Fall Festival in quaint Georgetown features a “Fly In” of vintage planes, a huge classic car show and plenty of food and music. In nearby Bridgeville, the Apple Scrapple Festival simultaneously pays tribute to fall’s favorite fruit and Delaware’s top breakfast treat with three days of activities.

Fall’s also a great time for sampling the delicious handcrafted beers of Delaware’s breweries, which also feature prominently on the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.

For more information about events and festivals below, please scroll through the Delaware events calendar.


Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral 7

Milford Riverwalk Freedom Fest 11-12

Amish Country Bike Tour 12

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival 12

Nanticoke Indian Powwow 12-13

Brandywine Festival of the Arts 12-13

Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest 18-20

Boro Bash 19

End of Season Beach Party in Dewey Beach 19

Freeman Stage at Bayside Arts & Jazz Festival 19

Hagley Car Show

Hagley Car Show 20

Dewey Beach Music Conference 24-26

Fifer Orchards Fall Festival 26-Oct. 31 

Taste of Newark 27


Dewey Beach ElvisFest 2-3

Annual Rehoboth Fall Sidewalk Sale 2-4

NASCAR racing at Dover International Speedway 2-4

Lewes Craft Fair 3

38th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale

Lewes Boast the Coast Maritime Festival  3

Wings & Wheels Fall Festival 3

Lewes Coast Day 4

Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival 9-10

Vendemmia da Vinci Festival 11

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival 15-18

Delaware Wine and Beer Festival 17

Hagley Craft Fair 17-18

Kent County Restaurant Week 18-25

Blackbird Creek Fall Festival 17

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival 23-25


First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair - Image

First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair 7

Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 7-15



For more information about events and festivals below, please scroll through the Delaware events calendar