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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 12, 2013

Calendar of Events

Brewery Tour

Starting October 12, 2013
  • Address: 1284 McD Drive, Dover, DE 19901
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 AM, 12:30, 2:00 and 3:00 PM
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Take a tour and sample some Delaware Craft Beer! The best deal in town, for $5 you get the tour, samples of beer, and a pint glass to take home. Sample our signature beers, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. More

Intro to Rock Climbing

October 12, 2013
Join our climbing team for some top rope rock climbing. After a brief introduction about equipment and safety, you will get harnessed up and climb on our natural rock wall. Harness, helmet, ropes, and belayers provided. $25 per person. Pre-registration and payment required by noon, the Friday before the program. (302)577-7020. More

Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival

October 12, 2013
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday 4pm-10:30pm, Saturday 7am-10pm
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The annual Apple Scrapple festival celebrates Delaware's agricultural community with live entertainment, carnival rides, trade and craft shows. Plus, visitors can sample Delaware's one-of-a-kind scrapple! Apple Scrapple festivities begin at 4:00 pm on Friday evening with the carnival, food court and street dance. Things start up again on Saturday morning with an "all you can eat" scrapple breakfast from 7:00 to 11:00 am.  The rest of the day at Apple Scrapple is… More

Recognition: Artists for the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts

October 12 – 14, 2013
The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts was founded in 1980 by three artists to augment art education for Delaware high school students. The Foundation provides scholarships that allow these aspiring artists to explore their creativity and artistic skills. This exhibition features 50 works of art in a variety of media and includes drawings by high school students who have participated in the Foundation’s competitive Excellence in Drawing competition. Organized by the Delaware Art… More

Grab a Group and Go! Rock Climbing

October 12 – 19, 2013
  • Location: Alapocas Run State Park
  • Address: 165 Bancroft Mill Road, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Scheduled when booking program
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Book a two-hour private climb. Staff will instruct, guide and belay climbers. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Ages 8 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Registration and full payment required at least two weeks in advance. More

Autumn Leaf Special

October 12 – 26, 2013
Travel the Wilmington and Western Railroad for their "Autumn Leaf Special" ride on a steam or diesel powered locomotive. Enjoy the splendor of the season, with 1 ½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, or 2 ½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Make sure to bring your camera!   More

Hayrides at Hagley

October 12 – 26, 2013
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 201 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Venue: Hagley Museum and Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors can see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Included with admission, free for members. Use Hagley's main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware. More

Fifer Fall Fest

October 12 – 31, 2013
Fifer Fall Fest 2013 September 16th – October 31st Enter – 10am-5pm (Monday-Friday) Enter – 10am-4pm (Saturday) **Closed Sundays** Corn Maze Activity Area includes: -6 acre corn maze (with trivia stations) and observation deck -Mini corn maze (5 and under) -Free small pumpkin included in admission -Pumpkin painting -Super straw slides -Spider straw castle with farm volleyball -New! Zip swing -Pony hop races -Mini straw maze -Tractor tricycles -Corn crib -Rubber ducky races… More

Frightland

October 12 – November 2, 2013
Selected by the Travel Channel as one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions, Frightland includes haunted attractions such as the Zombie Prison, Horror Hayrides, Haunted Barn and much more. Frightland also offers carnival amusements and is located in northern Delaware on Route 13 and Port Penn Road, just south of the St. Georges Bridge. For more information, call 302-838-0256.  More

Screams at the Beach

October 12 – November 2, 2013
The town of All Hallow’s was once a flourishing settlement but now has fallen into disarray with shocking mayhem around every corner. Stroll through themed houses and the Crimson Woods. Screams at the Beach welcomes families but warns that this is an experience of frights and screams. They are located at 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway in Georgetown, Delaware on the grounds of Sports at the Beach.  For more information, call 302-856-7400. More

Decorator Showhouse and Gardens

October 12 – November 3, 2013
  • Address: 1106 Hopeton Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10a-5p Sunday 12-5p Extended hours Thursday until 8 p Closed Mondays
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Discover the artistry of the area's best interior decorators and landscape professionals. The architectural charm is combined with today's modern design in this stunning 1927 Tudor style home. Additional information on tickets and parking can be found at www.oxforddecoratorshowhouse.com More

American Moderns Gallery Talks

October 12 – November 9, 2013
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday
  • Times: 11:30 am
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Led by Museum curators and educators, these informal talks explore the lives of artists whose works are represented in the Museum’s collection as well as the special exhibition American Moderns 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell. More

Exhibit: Taverns, Taprooms & Tippling Houses of Early New Castle

October 12 – December 29, 2013
  • Location: Old Library Museum
  • Address: 40 East 3rd Street, New Castle, DE 19720
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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"Taverns, Taprooms & Tippling Houses of Early New Castle" explores the history of New Castle’s early taverns that served travelers and others between the 1650s and the 1840s. New Castle had several taverns operating in the city at any given time. Most were located along Delaware Street and The Strand because those were the locations that were most convenient for travelers and people coming into town for court sessions. You'll meet the tavern-keepers and discover why taverns… More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

October 12 – December 31, 2013
  • Location: Green Room, Hotel du Pont
  • Address: 11th and Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Green Room, Hotel du Pont
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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The Centennial Tea features our new centennial tea blend, created especially for the Hotel du Pont’s centennial celebration.  This tea is infused with a burst of pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality, to commemorate our commitment for 100 years.  Also featured at our Centennial Tea are various blends from the Delaware Art Museum and several DuPont Estates in the Brandywine Valley.  Choose from Longwood, Winterthur, Hagley, and Nemours teas. Throughout the year,… More

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell

October 12, 2013 – January 5, 2014
American Moderns features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960. The exhibition’s major themes include cubist experiments, images of modern structures, and stylized renditions of traditional subjects, such as landscapes and still life arrangements. The pictures feature a cast of engaging characters including a tattoo artist, a confidence man, boxers, and independent women. More

The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

October 12, 2013 – January 5, 2014
On loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, this unique exhibition features hand-painted portraits of individual eyes. In this late-18th-century art form, fragile watercolors were meticulously dabbed on tiny pieces of ivory ensconced in jewelry forms. Lavishly adorned with jewels, the portraits set into brooches, rings, lockets, pendants, small boxes, toothpick cases, most from England, are few in number. The collection the Skiers have assembled is considered the largest of its kind, with only… More

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

October 12, 2013 – January 6, 2014
The latest major exhibition at Winterthur delves into how maps in the 18th and 19th centuries they were key to the American experience and became the social glue that bound a young nation into a community. The exhibition features traditional maps on paper rare and interesting map–related objects from Winterthur’s collection, illustrating American's changing interactions with maps. More

Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon

October 12, 2013 – March 31, 2014
Seventy-five years ago on October 27, 1938, a brand new material named nylon was announced to the public. Created in DuPont’s labs, nylon replaced silk in the ladies hosiery industry. Nylon was so popular that its early sales created near riots because demand was so high. Hagley’s exhibition will discuss the early development of nylon and its impact on the fashion industry. Exhibition included with admission. The exhibition will be open through March 31, 2014. More

On-Going Events

Award Winners XIII Exhibition

October 12 – 13, 2013
For thirteen years, the Biggs Museum has partnered with the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA) to showcase the artistic talents of Delaware in an annual summer exhibition. The annual Award Winners exhibition features the talent of the current Individual Artist Fellows of the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA). Delaware artists: painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, musicians and craft artisans, have the honor of winning the DDOA's annual distinguished fellowship prizes. The… More

Paranormal Ghost Tours at Fort Delaware

October 12 – 26, 2013
Back by popular demand! Join the Delaware Ghost Hunters, Inc. and park staff for three hour recreational paranormal investigations in October. Participants experience an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data recorders and temperature sensors. This program is limited to ages 12 and older. Boat departs from Delaware City dock promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $40 per person. Friday and Saturdays in October, 6:30 and 9:30. October 26th- No 9:30 p.m. tour. More

Pea Patch Paranormal Adventures

October 12 – 26, 2013
The Delaware Ghost Hunters, Inc. and park staff host three-hour recreational paranormal investigations in September and October. Be part of an actual paranormal investigation.  More

Opening of 'The Legacy of Currier and Ives: Shaping the American Spirit'

October 12 – 27, 2013
When Nathanial Currier, a young businessman in New York City, published a lithograph in 1835 showing Planters Hotel in New Orleans after a fire, it ushered in a new era of pictorial journalism. The print established the firm which was to achieve its greatest fame as "Currier & Ives" after 1857 when James Merritt Ives became a partner. Over the next seven decades, the firm consistently provided the public with images that recorded the breaking news of the day. However, as the… More

Boo! At the Zoo!

October 12 – 31, 2013
  • Location: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Address: 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
  • Venue: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Our woods have become haunted! Come join us for our second annual "Boo! At the Zoo" Halloween event. We are happy to extend our hours Friday & Saturday nights from September 27th through October 26th and on Halloween night. We will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a walk through our decked out haunted woods. Blackbird Forest at night is spooky enough, but we have a graveyard, ghosts, scarecrows, pumpkins, spiders, and a few other surprises along the way! Spooky, NOT scary, family… More

Go Ape at Lums Pond State Park!

October 12 – November 14, 2013
  • Location: Lums Pond State Park
  • Address: 1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
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The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Overall there are 5 individual sections within the course - rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings including Double Stirrups, and stunning views that take you higher into the forest canopy.  The Park also offers biking and hiking trails, a disc golf course,… More

CUR(EAT): A Food Based Exhibition

October 12 – November 17, 2013
CUR(EAT) is a series of socially engaged artworks that involve visitors in literal and metaphorical taste-tests. The exhibition initiates a dialogue surrounding art and creative ritual. The Act Of Drinking Beer With Friends Is The Highest Form Of Art Tom Marioni will build a beer bar featured in the gallery with local guest celebrities on select Wednesdays at the DCCA. More
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