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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 May 23, 2015

Calendar of Events

Boating Through History at Trap Pond State Park

Starting May 23, 2015
  • Location: Trap Pond State Park
  • Address: 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel, DE 19956
  • Venue: Trap Pond State Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 2:00 p.m.
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What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat? We will explore the pond in search of animals eating and drinking, and some just wading around. More

Pontoon Boat Tour: Wildlife from the Water at Trap Pond State Park

Starting May 23, 2015
What better place to see the wildlife of the park than from a touring pontoon boat? We will explore the pond in search of animals eating and drinking, and some just wading around. More

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting

Starting May 23, 2015
  • Location: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Address: 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
  • Venue: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Saturday
  • 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

11th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival

May 23, 2015
  • Location: Milton Memorial Park
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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The festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds,which are long considered by many to be a natural wonder of Delaware Bay. Count yourself among the 1,500-plus visitors who annually enjoy arts and crafts, boat rides, canoe trips, exhibits, games, great food, music, scavenger hunt, trail walks at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, train rides for the kids and more. More

4th Annual Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration in Lewes

May 23, 2015
The adventure, romance, excitement and hardships experienced by 18th- and 19th-century seafarers will be brought to life at this year's Zwaanendael Maritime Celebration: "A Sailor's Life for Me." The celebration will provide opportunities for adults as well as children to experience the everyday lives of sailors by scrubbing the deck, learning about shipboard food, playing "Crown and Anchor" and other Colonial-period games, exploring a vessel's cargo and the merchants who… More

Battery 519 Lantern Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park

May 23, 2015
In 1943, World War II was in full swing, but it was much different than anticipated. Tour Battery 519 by lantern light and learn about U-boats on the prowl, sailors in distress, and what World War II turned out to be for soldiers stationed at Fort Miles. More

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Eco-Tours at Cape Henlopen State Park

May 23, 2015
  • Location: Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Address: 15099 Cape Henlopen Dr., Lewes, DE 19958
  • Venue: Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 a.m.
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Naturalists and trained instructors lead you on an eco-tour of lower Delaware Bay. These two-hour trips 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… More

Discover Battery 519 at Cape Henlopen State Park

May 23, 2015
Construction on Battery 519 began in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn about these threats and Fort Miles planned to defend the United States from them. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. More

Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs at the Delaware Art Museum

May 23, 2015
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, 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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Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best pictures of dogs. Photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004, this selection demonstrates the artist’s affectionate eye and love of surrealist juxtapositions. Funny, poignant, and beautifully composed, these photographs of tiny Chihuahuas, inquisitive poodles, and glowering bulldogs… More

History Hike: Pinelands Trail at Fort Miles, Cape Henlopen State Park

May 23, 2015
Have you ever wondered what some of the historical remains on the Pinelands Trail are? A park historian will lead you along the trail and discuss the history of this area of Cape Henlopen. For ages 10 and older with an adult. Limit 30. Please call (302) 645-6852 to pre-register. More

Intro to Fishing at Bellevue State Park

May 23, 2015
Learn all the basics of catch-and-release fishing. We provide materials, but you may bring your own tackle. Ages 5 and up. Participants 16 to 64 must have a valid fishing license. Pre-register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 21. More

Pondside Adventure at Killens Pond State Park

May 23, 2015
Join us on a nature adventure as we hike the entire Pondside Trail. Afterwards, we will take a kayak trip and explore the pond and Murderkill River looking for wildlife. Space is limited, so please call the Nature Center to pre-register. More

Science Saturday: Float Your Boat at the Hagley Museum

May 23, 2015
Experiment and innovate with our series of family activities: Science Saturdays. Families work creatively together to solve a problem or make an improvement. Today’s activity will challenge families to make a tinfoil boat and see how many marbles it can hold without sinking. Activities are included in admission and free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. More

Seashore Safari at Cape Henlopen State Park

May 23, 2015
Help collect fish and crabs with a beach seine net and discover who's using Delaware Bay as a nursery. Dress to get wet, and wear secure shoes - no flipflops. For ages 5 and older with a paying adult. No reservations. Tickets available at the Nature Center the day of the program, with a maximum of six per person. Limit 30. More

Spring Hiking Series: Hidden Pond Trail at Brandywine Creek State Park

May 23, 2015
Watch spring bloom and burst with color in this hiking series. Join a naturalist and learn some cool facts about nature along the way. Bring a comfortable pair of hiking boots and a water bottle.Meet at the Nature Center for this fun Memorial Day Weekend hike. Take a trip into Tulip Tree Preserve and hike the Hidden Pond Trail. Deep in the forest canopy we will see exactly what's hiding in the pond. Approximately 2.8 miles. More

Walking Tour: What’s for Dinner? A Tale of Two Gardens at the Hagley Museum

May 23, 2015
Dig into two very different gardens – one fed the du Pont family and the other DuPont Company workers in the 1800s. This tour explores the socioeconomic factors influencing the architecture, produce, and the philosophies of each garden. 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.   More

3rd Annual Buccaneer Bash Pirate Festival in Bowers Beach

May 23 – 24, 2015
Party like it's 1699!This swashbuckling weekend begins with a Pub Crawl in town on Friday evening from 6-10pm featuring local purveyors of fine spirits and continues Saturday and Sunday with Fun, Food, Games, Live Music, Vendors, Goodies, Booty, Sword Fights, Duels, Cannons and MUCH more. Admission is FREE! This event, filled with Pirates, Mischief and Entertainment for the whole family, is sponsored by Bowers Beach Maritime Museum. More

Memorial Day Camping Weekend at Lums Pond State Park

May 23 – 25, 2015
Start the summer off with a weekend of camping, music and paddling. More

Come Sail on Kalmar Nyckel, Tall Ship of Delaware

May 23 – 30, 2015
  • Location: Public Pier
  • Address: 43 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958
  • Venue: Cape May - Lewes Ferry Terminal
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Kalmar Nyckel is a faithful re-creation of the original ship that brought the earliest settlers from Sweden to Delaware, taking passengers on tours departing from Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Work alongside the volunteer crew as they haul the lines, raise the sails, and learn first-hand just how hard it was to cross the Atlantic in the 17th century … or just bring along a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of the water while the crew does all the work. For public sail… More

Historic Autos at Winterthur

May 23 – 30, 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. Each Saturday will feature a different thematic display. Weather permitting. Members free. Included with admission. 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I: In 2008 Winterthur received a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer. A gift of the Philip C. Beals family, it is on display at Point-to-Point and on select Saturdays in May near the… More

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

May 23 – 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 23 – 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.
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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 23 – 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 23 – 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

Drew Leshko: Relics

May 23 – August 16, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
  • Address: 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Various Times
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Drew Leshko's architecturally based, miniature wall-hanging sculptures document buildings in his Philadelphia neighborhood with extraordinary accuracy. By carving, cutting, and layering varieties of paper and wood, Leshko creates a scaled-down, three-dimensional archive of Philadelphia buildings in transition, often buildings that have been slated to be razed or redeveloped. Leshko hopes viewers will think about history, preservation, gentrification, and how aspects of our culture are constantly… More
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