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Delaware is home to fun festivals and year-round events, come discover what’s happening during your visit.

During spring, history comes to life with the family-friendly Dover Days Festival and the season blooms into colorful landscapes at the Mt. Cuba Center Wildflower Celebration. As the summer heats up, the East Coast’s premier music experience, Firefly Music Festival, brings big-name music acts to Dover. Then, summer celebrations continue with Fourth of July in the First State, featuring fireworks, concerts and more.

Fall brings high-flying action at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition, as well as witches and fiddles during the Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival. In October, get a taste of local wineries and breweries during the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. To round out the year of fun events, during the holiday season, experience the du Pont mansions decked out in their holiday splendor.

Searching for upcoming events? Visit the Delaware Tourism Office blog for the latest updates on weekend events in Delaware. 

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Sunday May 03, 2015

Calendar of Events

Free Admission on All Day Sundays and Thursday Evenings at the Delaware Art Museum

Starting May 3, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
  • Times: Times for Free Admission: Thursday evenings after 4:00 p.m. and Sundays all day
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The Museum will be open to the public on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 2015. Thursday evenings after 4:00 p.m. will be free and Sundays will remain free all day. The Museum Store and Thronson Café will also be open. Extended hours are made possible by generous Museum supporters and the Longwood Foundation. Visit delart.org for more information. More

Pontoon Boat Tours: Aquatic Mammals at Trap Pond State Park

Starting May 3, 2015
  • Location: Trap Pond State Park
  • Address: 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
  • Venue: Trap Pond State Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 10am – 11am
  • Visit Website
Enjoy a one-hour boat tour of Trap Pond to see its natural beauty and learn about its inhabitants. Try to spot some of our furry pond residents on our guided pontoon tour. We will discuss beavers, otters, muskrats and other mammals. More

Abraham Lincoln: WSFS Bank Collection of Frank Schoonover Illustrations at the Biggs Museum of Art

May 3, 2015
  • Location: Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Address: 406 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit Website
Not many historical illustrations are accessible for the viewing public. But the rare collection of paintings and drawings of prized Wilmington illustrator, Frank E. Schoonover is a must see! For over 50 years, WSFS has been the steward of his works. The bank's images were illustrated in a 1907 magazine and 1928 book about President Abraham Lincoln. More

Because of Winn Dixie at the Delaware Theatre Company

May 3, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Theatre Company
  • Address: 200 Water St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Theatre Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Times: Various Times
  • Visit Website
"Beacuse of Winn-Dixie" is a new Broadway-bound musical based on the award-winning children's novel by Kate DeCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie is poised to become the first Broadway musical starring a live dog as the main character! A gentle, warm and enthralling story about the intimate friendship between a young girl and her dog, WINN DIXIE shows how the smallest act of kindness can ripple into a celebration of community. More

Dogfish Head & Point-to-Point

May 3, 2015
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. Grab a raffle to support Winterthur with a chance to win: $100 gift card to Starboard; $100 gift card to Bethany Blues Cheese; and wine basket from Root Gourmet and Nage Custom bike from Bethany Bike Shop ...and much more. More

Dover Days Festival

May 3, 2015
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 More

Dover Days Vintage Baseball Game - Diamond State Base Ball Club

May 3, 2015
The Diamond State Base Ball Club is Delaware's amateur 19th Century vintage base ball team. They serve to demonstrate the spirit & ideals of the National Pastime's earliest days, before the introduction of professionalism forever changed the game. The club's name, uniforms, & the rules by which they play are based upon those used by the original Diamond State Club which was formed in Wilmington in 1865. Join them for an afternoon of old time ball & family fun. Bring a chair or… More

Family Campouts at Delaware Seashore State Park

May 3, 2015
Enjoy camping with fellow Delaware Outdoor Families and leave ready to plan your own camping adventures. Park staff 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. Please call (302) 227-6991… More

Lewes Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale in Historical Lewes

May 3, 2015
  • Location: Historic District in Lewes
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:00 a.m.
  • Visit Website
Shop downtown historic Lewes for great deals and finds! More

Spring Warbler Bird Walk at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

May 3, 2015
Join Eileen McLellan and Terry Willis for a Spring Warbler walk. Beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy bird watching along the walking trails. They will walk several trails looking for colorful and songful small wood-warblers. Meet at the Visitor Center. More

Sun, Moon, and the Bridge Hike at Delaware Seashore State Park

May 3, 2015
Don't forget your camera on this one! Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a Park Interpreter to view the sun set over the Indian River Bay and the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean. This program will not be held in overcast or rainy conditions. Meet at the new North Inlet day Area. More

Swamp Kayak Tour at Trap Pond State Park

May 3, 2015
Enjoy an easy two-hour, guided canoe trip of Trap Pond. Look for Great Blue Herons, eagles and other wildlife as we paddle along the pond's edge. Basic instruction will be given at the beginning of the program. More

Walking Tour: H2 Oh! at the Hagley Museum

May 3, 2015
Learn about DuPont Company’s development of water power from the water wheel to the steam engine and how its innovation contributed to the success of the company. This hands-on tour includes commentary on Hagley’s newly restored water turbine. Tour involves walking on uneven ground. Included in admission and free for members. Reservations requested, call 302-658-2400, ext. 261. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.  This is a Let’s Move… More

Winterthur Point-to-Point

May 3, 2015
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. More

Delaware Bird-A-Thon

May 03 – 10, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations. See Website.
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: See website for rules and details
  • Visit Website
If you've never had a chance to experience the world-class bird-watching available at Delaware's coastal wildlife preserves, this event is a great way to check it out (and possibly win some prizes). Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. For the latest information, go to the website or their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/debirdathon More

Oscar Wilde’s Salome: Illustrating Death And Desire at the Delaware Art Museum

May 03 – 10, 2015
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Visit Website
Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893 and was not performed until three years later in Paris. Despite this controversy, the play’s publication, which included illustrations by the symbolist artist Aubrey Beardsley (1894), received significant recognition. The complete set of Beardsley’s lithographic illustrations… More

Macaroon Afternoon Tea at the Green Room in the Hotel du Pont

May 03 – 31, 2015
Satisfy your sweet tooth in the most sophisticated way during May's Macaroon Afternoon Tea. Honoring the popular Hotel du Pont macaroons, this daily afternoon tea will include additional Parisian macarons in various flavors during our dessert course. You will feel like you're sipping tea in a French Bistro overlooking the Eiffel Tower. More

Delaware By Hand: Masters 2015 Exhibition at the Biggs Museum of American Art

May 03 – June 14, 2015
  • Location: Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Address: 406 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Visit Website
Every three years, the Biggs Museum hosts a juried competition of their Delaware By Hand artist membership in order to select individual artists that are deemed masters of their craft. Each winner is represented by at least three works of art in the Delaware By Hand Masters exhibition. These works are eligible for the coveted Museum Purchase Prize of $1500. More

“Unraveling Stories” Exhibition at the Hagley Museum

May 03 – July 26, 2015
This experimental exhibition invites visitors to dig deeply into one object. Explore the stories what a large, hand-made hooked rug tells about the artistic tradition of hooked rugs, science of experimental materials used in its making, and story of the du Pont family on the Brandywine as illustrated by a member of the family.   In conjunction to the exhibit, there will be guided tours on May 2 & 17 and Curator Talks on May 10, 1 PM 2 PM; May 12, 11 AM & 12 PM Reservations… More

Layering Constructs: Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, Antonio Puri at the Delaware Art Museum

May 03 – August 2, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
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Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic and meditative. Allman has explored layering three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface, while Burwell's multi-layered approaches to painting prompt reflections on the elasticity of time, space, and perception. Puri's work often links emblems of Eastern and Western cultures, incorporating… More

A Colorful Folk: Pennsylvania Germans & The Art of Everyday Life at Winterthur

May 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
  • Location: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
  • Address: 5105 Kennett Pk (Rt 52), Wilmington, DE 19735
  • Venue: Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Museum: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Visit Website
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.   More

On-Going Events

Eating Rehoboth - Walking Food Tours of Rehoboth

May 03 – 31, 2015
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.   Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues. The tours occur two days a week (Friday and Sunday) from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. and begins at either Hotel Rehoboth or the The Bellmoor Inn & Spa. More

Monday May 04, 2015

Calendar of Events

Full Moon Hike at Bellevue State Park

May 4, 2015
Take an hour-long hike under the full moon. Look and listen for nocturnal animals. Wear comfortable shoes as we will venture into the woods. More

Delaware Bird-A-Thon

May 04 – 10, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations. See Website.
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: See website for rules and details
  • Visit Website
If you've never had a chance to experience the world-class bird-watching available at Delaware's coastal wildlife preserves, this event is a great way to check it out (and possibly win some prizes). Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. For the latest information, go to the website or their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/debirdathon More

Macaroon Afternoon Tea at the Green Room in the Hotel du Pont

May 04 – 31, 2015
Satisfy your sweet tooth in the most sophisticated way during May's Macaroon Afternoon Tea. Honoring the popular Hotel du Pont macaroons, this daily afternoon tea will include additional Parisian macarons in various flavors during our dessert course. You will feel like you're sipping tea in a French Bistro overlooking the Eiffel Tower. More
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