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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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Saturday Oct 25, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

October 25, 2014 – January 4, 2015
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… More

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Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting

Starting October 25, 2014
  • Location: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Address: 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
  • Venue: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Times: Wednesday (Open from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - tour at 5:00 p.m.); Saturdays (Open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - tour at 1:00 p.m.)
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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. More

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band Not-So-Spooky Halloween Hoot

October 25, 2014
Seriously silly - and only slightly spooky - family music! NYC’s award-winning kindie rockers Erin Lee and Philip Joseph from the Up Past Bedtime Band are bringing their Not-So-Spooky Halloween Hoot to the Peanut Butter and Jams Family Concert Series! With songs about dancing werewolves, hooting owls and monsters in the bubble bath, it’s the perfect way to celebrate Halloween without the shivers. Costumes are welcome! Erin Lee Kelly is a New York City songwriter whose music has… More

Hayrides at Hagley

October 25, 2014
On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors also can create fall-themed crafts, see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. More

Historic Haunts in Lewes

October 25, 2014
  • Address: 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE 19958
  • Times: 7 to 10pm and 10:30pm to 1:30am
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Let the paranormal investigators of Delmarva Historic Haunts lead you on an exploration of the curious happenings in historic Lewes. Visitors will investigate the ghostly happenings at four historic buildings, including the Cannonball House, Burton Ingram, Rabbits Ferry, and the Old Doctor's Office. The 411: There are two sessions: 7 p.m.-10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. on Oct. 25. Investigations will begin at the Lewes Historic Complex at 110 Shipcarpenter Street in the Midway School #178.… More

Mystery at the Mansion: “The Curse of Haro the Pharaoh”

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Judge Morris Estate
  • Address: 76 Polly Drummond Hill Road, Newark, DE 19711
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 7pm
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Unravel the mystery surrounding the discovery of the Egyptian tomb of Haro the Pharaoh. Set in the 1920’s Judge Morris Estate, the newly discovered sarcophagus is unveiled while murder and mayhem ensue. Must be 18 years or older. Murder Mystery tickets are nonrefundable. Coffee and dessert refreshments will be served More

The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure, and Ornament (Conference)

October 25, 2014
Exploration of women’s centuries-old use of a needle to both create objects of beauty and earn a living. Please join us for this unique offering of lectures, workshops, and tours. More

Trick or Treat with Kalmar Nyckel

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Dravo Plaza
  • Address: 816 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm
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Trick or Treat with Kalmar Nyckel! Wear your costume, bring your candy bag and join the captain and crew for 1 ½ hour sails on the Christina River departing from Dravo Plaza. Passage for all sails is $35 for adults and $20 for youth 17 & under. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made at www.KalmarNyckel.org/BookASail or by calling 302-429-7447. More

Twin Lakes Harvest Fest

October 25, 2014
This adult-only event features live music and the Twin Lakes Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest.  German food, a pumpkin weight contest, Twin Lakes honey and growlers. More

25th Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers' Festival

October 25 – 26, 2014
  • Location: Rehoboth Beach - Dewey Beach Resort Area
  • Address: 501 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
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Celebrate 25 years of "Wicked, Wild, & Wonderful!" at the Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers' Festival. Don't miss the costume parade, fiddlers' festival, horse shows, sea witch hunt, beach games, broom toss, rocking bandstand entertainment, trick or treating, costumed dog parade, 5K Race, and more! More

Boo! at the Zoo!

October 25 – November 1, 2014
  • Address: 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
  • Venue: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Blackbird Forest is spooky enough at night; join us for a fun-filled walk through the haunted Zoo! We have a graveyard, scarecrows, pumpkins, spiders, and a few other surprises along the way! Spooky, NOT scary, family friendly, & great for kids. See the Zoo in a different light, at night! It’s the best time to see Rosie, Peaches, & the Skunks in action. Warm cider & marshmallows for roasting will be provided! Admission: $10/5-person group Additional donations help the animals… More

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

October 25 – November 2, 2014
  • Address: 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19802
  • Venue: Wilmington Drama League
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 8 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday
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Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama about racism and redemption in the South is as pertinent today as ever. The play captures the heartbreak, intensity and social commentary of this timeless classic and lays it bare on the stage. More

On-Going Events

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings

Starting October 25, 2014
  • Location: Harvest Ridge Winery
  • Address: 447 Westville Road, Marydel, DE 19964
  • Venue: Harvest Ridge Winery
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
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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. More

Autumn Leaf Special to Hockessin on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

October 25, 2014
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 2½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer. More

Autumn Leaf Special to Mt. Cuba on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

October 25, 2014
Surround yourself with the beauty and splendor of Autumn during the most colorful time of the year. On weekends, we offer 1½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Bring your camera and behold the best that the Red Clay Valley has to offer. More

Ghosts in the Graveyard at Old Swedes

October 25, 2014
Hear ghostly tales and legends. See if you can solve the mystery of the late night bell ringing at Old Swedes. Reservations required.  Tours are an hour long and begin every 30 minutes. More

Old New Castle Hauntings in History Walking Tours

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Amstel House
  • Address: 2 East Fourth St., New Castle, DE 19720
  • Venue: Amstel House
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
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If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle's history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for the only ghost tour that brings you inside one of the most haunted mansions of Old New Castle!  You'll begin your journey into New Castle's supernatural side with a tour of the legendary Amstel House - one of New Castle's most haunted houses - where you may meet the "Woman in Blue."  After exploring the Amstel House, you will be guided… More

Fifer Fall Fest

October 25 – November 1, 2014
  • Address: 1919 Allabands Mill Rd., Camden-Wyoming, DE 19934
  • Venue: Fifer Orchards Farm and Country Store
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Monday- Friday), 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Saturday)
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Enjoy the Corn Maze Fun Park- 6 acre corn maze with trivia stations, observation deck, and new Farm Scene Investigation (F.S.I.) game, mini corn maze (great for ages 5 and under), pumpkin painting supplies, super straw slides, spider straw castle with farm volleyball, 2- zip swings, pony hop races, mini straw maze, tractor tricycles and pedal carts, corn crib, scarecrow corn tunnel, rubber ducky races, pumpkin checkers, pumpkin bowling and pumpkin tic-tac-toe games, tetherball and… More

Oliver the Musical

October 25 – November 2, 2014
A huge hit on Broadway  and as a movie, Oliver is a masterpiece of a musical featuring young Oliver Twist and his pal the Artful Dodger who fall in with a wily thief, Fagin. Oliver’s journey from orphan to finding a forever home makes this a heartwarming, winning show. Directed by Dan Schmitt. More

Rockwood Mansion Ghost Tours

October 25 – November 29, 2014
Ages 12 & up. Featuring an introduction to the paranormal activity at the Rockwood Mansion. After a brief orientation the group will visit the first and second floors of the mansion. Visitors will be able to test paranormal investigation instruments and hear stories and experiences of those who lived and worked in the mansion. More

Treasures and Tales of Italy's Guardia di Finanza Art Recovery Team

October 25 – December 21, 2014
“Treasures and Tales of Italy’s Art Recovery Team”, a show featuring 120 pieces of priceless works of Etruscan and Greco-Roman art, dating from 2,700 years ago. They are exhibited alongside the engaging stories of their recovery from ruthless art thieves. The show will run from October 3rd to December 21st at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware. Concurrently, the Old College Museum at the University of Delaware in Newark will host an additional exhibition, mainly… More


October 25, 2014 – January 25, 2015
From a fossil bed 60 million years deep comes the largest snake in the world!  Measuring 48 feet long and weighing in at 2,500 pounds, this massive predator could crush and devour a crocodile.  This exhibit is an amazing look at a lost world and the incredible creatures that inhabited it. More


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