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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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Tuesday Dec 31, 2013

Featured Events

Heritage Shores New Year's Eve Celebration

December 31, 2013
Entertainment provided by the Glass Onion Band. Entry includes 5-hour Open bar, Hors d'Oeuvres and Dinner, Champagne Toast at Midnight and Party Favors. Online reservations receive an exclusive offer. More

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum

December 31, 2013
Ring in an artful new year at the Museum with champagne, delicious food, an open bar and special holiday cocktail, music, and art!  You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant holiday party. Ticket price includes Valet Parking. More

"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum

December 31, 2013 – January 2, 2014
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time.  Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains.  Open daily, free of charge. More

Calendar of Events

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

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

New Year's Eve at The Atlantic Sands Ballroom

December 31, 2013
This New Year's Eve will Glitter and Gold at The Atlantic Sands Ballroom. The best rockin' party in town will have live music, dancing, Champagne and party favors. The event will feature "The Real Geniuses" from 8:00 P.M. to 1:00 A.M. Enjoy the incredible menu with a variety of fabulous hors' d oeuvres and many delicious dishes. Don't forget to make reservations on time.   More

New Year’s Eve with the David Bromberg Quintet

December 31, 2013
Celebrate at the World Café Live at the Queen with live entertainment, a full service bar and delicious food. Reservations are highly recommended. More

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder

December 31, 2013
  • Location: Rusty Rudder
  • Address: 113 Dickinson St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
  • Venue: Rusty Rudder
  • Times: Begins at 9:00 p.m.
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Celebrate New Years with Love Seed Mama Jump, Blue Label, DJ Hector and DJ 2Knutz. More

Noon Year's Eve

December 31, 2013
Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and even the opportunity to take photos with the New Year’s Ball! Join us for a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12:00…Noon that is! Program takes place in the zoo so dress warm for the weather! Pre-registration recommended More

NYE Party with The Spinto Band

December 31, 2013
Ring in the New Year with old friends and new, and party with Delaware’s own Spinto Band! Nine months after the release of Shy Pursuit, The Spinto Band swiftly returned with a new full-length record, Cool Cocoon. Recorded again at their Delaware studio and released on Spintonic Recordings, the album represents a remarkable change of pace. There is more collaboration between songwriters, more spontaneity in the recording process and a distinctively focused sonic direction. Combined, these… More

Overfalls Anchor Drop in Lewes

December 31, 2013
Don your best party hat and raise your glass to 2013 on the Lightship Overfalls toots it horn to welcome in the New Year!! (weather permitting). More

Peanut Butter & Jams welcomes Trout Fishing in America - Countdown to Noon!

December 31, 2013
Have a special celebration with the whole family as Trout Fishing in America counts down to 12…noon! Longtime Peanut Butter and Jams favorites, Bass player Keith Grimwood and guitarist Ezra Idlet, together, are Trout Fishing in America. They've been playing music together since the 1970s, when they met up in Texas in a folk rock band. In 1979, Trout Fishing was born, and now, 15 albums and four Grammy nominations later, Keith and Ezra still get up every day looking forward to playing… More

Uncorked! New Year's Eve with the DSO

December 31, 2013
Maestro David Amado leads an evening of music and song inspired by the legendary waltzes and timeless music of old Vienna. The Grand Opera House will be filled with bubbles bouncing, laughter and cheer flowing -- and our concert will end in time for you to continue with your own festivities.   More

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

December 31, 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

December 31, 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

Yuletide at Winterthur

December 31, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is sure to be a feast for your eyes. In addition to the magical Yuletide tour, a full series of special events, performances, and workshops will help to make your season bright. More

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

December 31, 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

Holidays at Hagley

December 31, 2013 – January 6, 2014
See the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, dressed for the holidays. Check www.hagley.org/events.html for activities, such as carolers, sales at the Hagley Store, and other events. Closed Christmas. More

Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon

December 31, 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

Annual Holiday Art Market at the Newark Arts Alliance

December 31, 2013
  • Location: Newark Arts Alliance
  • Address: 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Tuesday-Sunday), 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. (Thursday and Saturday)
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Shop for locally made art and crafts for holiday gift giving. Art by local artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make your loved ones feel special. Eleven artists selling jewelry, mosaics, felt ornaments, photography, watercolors, handweaving, fiber art, pottery, tie dye and batik and window ornaments. A portion of the proceeds benefits NAA programs.  More

Celebrate New Year's Eve at The Hilton

December 31, 2013
  • Location: Hilton Wilmington Christiana
  • Address: 100 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713
  • Times: 7pm - 1am
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The Hilton is the place to be for New Year's Eve!  Book a party package and stay on December 30th for free!  Packages include overnight accomodations, champagne & party favors, New Year's Eve party from 10pm to 1am, featuring DJ  entertainment and 3-hour open bar.  Late night snack buffet, breakfast buffet for two plus late check-out of 1pm.  Call for reservations. More

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

December 31, 2013
  • Location: Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Address: Alapocas Drive and Route 141, Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Venue: Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Sunday), 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Tuesday to Saturday)
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The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house. The… More

New Year with 16 Mile Taphouse

December 31, 2013
  • Location: 16 Mile Taphouse
  • Address: 115 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
  • Venue: 16 Mile Taphouse
  • Times: 5:00 P.M., 7:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.
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What are your plans for December 31st? Spend your evening celebrating with friends and family at 16 Mile Taphouse. You are going to have three dinner seatings with bar specials throughout the evening and of course... a Champagne Toast when the Ball Drops!!! Make your reservations today! More

New Year's Eve BASH!

December 31, 2013
Enjoy hors douvres from 8:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. and Champagne toast at midnight. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Fifth Level (R&B) from 9:30 P.M. till 1:00 A.M. Advance ticket purchase is required for lounge seating through VIP services. More

New Year's Eve with The Delaware Symphony Orchestra at The Grand

December 31, 2013
Maestro David Amado leads an evening of music and song inspired by the legendary waltzes and timeless music of old Vienna.  $125 Reserved seating  (orchestra center) includes pre-concert Champagne Reception in the baby grand lobby from 6:30-7:30.  Other seats $85.  Party hats, favors and champagne at intermission for all! More

Milford Museum Holiday Exhibit Snowmen of the Season

December 31, 2013 – January 12, 2014
  • Location: Milford Museum
  • Address: 121 S. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963
  • Venue: Milford Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10am - 3:30pm
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The special Holiday Exhibit "Snowmen of the Season" is this year's themed display. In addition, there will be a Victorian parlor scene complete with a cozy fireplace, antique toys and Christmas tree. More
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