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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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Friday Mar 07, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

March 7, 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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Goitse

March 7, 2014
One of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music, the band has won feverish critical plaudits for their music. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with "Goitse" at The Grand. More

DFVA Spring Art Show

March 07 – 09, 2014
  • Address: 298 Buck Road East, Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Venue: Hagley Museum and Library
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday 5:30 to 8:30pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm
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The DFVA Spring Art Show marks its 15th year. An impressive group of over 60 outstanding artists from the Brandywine area will exhibit and sell original new works of art created for this event. This is an exceptional collection of original art, including paintings, sculpture, porcelain, ceramics, fused glass, jewelry and limited edition reproductions. This year’s “Honored Artist” is the admired local artist Neilson Carlin. Neilson specializes in portrait, figurative and still… More

Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon

March 07 – 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

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

March 07 – 08, 2014
  • Location: Chapal Street Players
  • Address: 27 N. Chapal St, Newark, DE 19711
  • Venue: Chapal Street Players
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 2:00 P.M. (Sunday), 8:00 P.M. (Thursday - Saturday)
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Written by Christopher Hampton from the novel by Choderlos de Laclos, crackling with wit and wickedness, Les Liaisons Dangereuses depicts the decadence of the aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, as Valmont and Merteuil play their cruel games and pervert pure innocents with devastating results. It is a conniving and treacherous tale and provides a voyeuristic peek into a world in which sex is used as a weapon between two masters to humiliate, control and degrade. More

Dessert Theater: The Odd Couple

March 07 – 09, 2014
  • Location: Smyrna Opera House
  • Address: 7 W. South St., Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Venue: Smyrna Opera House
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 2:30 P.M. (Sunday), 7:30 P.M. (Friday and Saturday)
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Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in Neil Simon's hilarious contemporary comic classic: the female version of The Odd Couple. Instead of the poker party that begins the original version, Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. The Pidgeon sisters have been replaced by the two Constanzuela brothers. But the hilarity remains the same! Mingle with the director and actors afterwards. Desserts generously provided by the Smyrna Opera House Guild. More

The Exonerated

March 07 – 09, 2014
Hear the shocking stories of six former death row inmates who were released from prison after their convictions were overturned. A worst nightmare becomes reality when the justice system fails, thrusting innocent people into the volatile depths of the prison system. Derived from actual interviews and infused with hope. The Exonerated reveals the truth behind the stories that were traipsed through the courtroom. More

The Full Monty

March 07 – 09, 2014
  • Location: New Candlelight Theatre
  • Address: 2208 Millers Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810
  • Venue: New Candlelight Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 P.M. (Sunday), 6:00 P.M. (Friday & Saturday)
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Adapted from the British film of the same name with book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbec, this hilarious comedy is about six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, NY who are desperate for money and turn to "stripping" for quick cash. The Full Monty is based on the movie released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, written by Simon Beaufoy, produced by Uberto pasolini, and directed by Peter Cattaneo. The Candlelight Theatre, once again teams up with ACS Relay for Life… More

"Forging Faith, Building Freedom" exhibit

March 07 – August 30, 2014
  • Location: Delaware Historical Society
  • Address: 505 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Historical Society
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday - Friday 11AM-4PM; Saturday 10AM-4PM
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A special new exhibition in the Delaware History Museum, "Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980," celebrating two important anniversaries. Two hundred years ago, Peter Spencer founded the African Union church, the first independent black denomination church in the US. The next year, he started the nation's oldest African American festival, the August Quarterly. The exhibition will be open to the public from September 27 through… More

An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware

March 07 – August 31, 2014
Planned and created by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware, the exhibit explores the First State's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. Focusing on two Delawareans who played important roles in this illegal and clandestine… More

 

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