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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 May 03, 2013

Featured Events

9 to 5: The Musical

May 03 – 05, 2013
The hit 1980 film gets the musical treatment by one of its Grammy Award-winning original stars in this show with big heart and even bigger show-stopping songs! Jaded matriarch Violet, buxom backwoods secretary Doralee, and mistreated newcomer Judy are all under the employ of the overbearing womanizer Franklin Hart, Jr. These three unlikely cohorts team up and hatch a plan to get even with their egotistical, tyrannical boss. All of the madcap hilarity of the movie is intact, intertwined with… More

Glow: Living Lights

May 03 – 27, 2013
From fireflies and glowworms to alien-looking creatures in the sea, many unusual animals are lighting up the dark. Come see why in this enlightening special exhibit! More

Calendar of Events

Brewery Tour

Starting May 3, 2013
  • Address: 1284 McD Drive, Dover, DE 19901
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 4:30 and 6:00PM
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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, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain. More

Explore the annual May Market in historic New Castle, Delaware

May 03 – 04, 2013
  • Location: Market Square
  • Address: Corner of Delaware and Second Streets, Historic New Castle, DE 19720
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Explore the annual May Market in historic New Castle, Delaware Join the locals of this charming town for their much-anticipated yearly sale of plants (including annuals and perennials, herbs, and native varieties). Peruse works by regional craftspeople, homemade baked goods, and book and white elephant sales. On Saturday free garden crafts are offered for children, and Master Gardeners will be on hand to provide advice. Free admission. Sponsored by the Arasapha Garden Club. Proceeds help keep… More

Annual Dover Days Festival

May 03 – 05, 2013
  • Location: 411 Legislative Avenue
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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Three days of family fun including parade, pet parade, maypole dancing, Amish quilt auction, car show, antique tractor show, 150+ crafts vendors, Kids Zone, carnival rides, encampments, Energy Village, history events, Houses of Kent, historic house tour of 40 historic homes. http://www.doverdaysfestival.com/ More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

May 03 – 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

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

May 3, 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

May 3, 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

Estate Walks

May 3, 2013
  • Location: Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights
  • Address: 3000 Creek Road, Yorklyn, DE 19736
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
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Learn about Auburn Heights and the Marshall family and enjoy the Victorian architecture and the beautiful grounds. Wear comfortable shoes and meet in front of the mansion. More

"SOUTH PACIFIC" at DTC

May 03 – 05, 2013
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Oscar Hammerstein & Joshua Logan, directed by Bud Martin.  An island paradise is the setting for two enchanting love stories, both threatened by the perils of World War II and racial prejudice. Spunky and charming Nellie Forbush falls in love with French planter Emile de Becque, as the bewitchingly beautiful Tonkinese girl, Liat, steals the heart of strapping Joe Cable. This deeply-felt drama remains as relevant today as… More

Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Review

May 03 – 05, 2013
  • Location: Riverfront Theatre
  • Address: 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Friday/Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
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Presented by Second Street Players -- Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Review is the sixth and prehaps the most hilarious version of Dan Goggin's increadibly popular Nunsense series. This show is the most feather-filled, sequin-studded, fan dancing Nunsense show ever! More

New Sweden at 375

May 03 – September 28, 2013
  • Location: Delaware Historical Society
  • Address: 505 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Delaware Historical Society
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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New Sweden at 375—New exhibit in the Willingtown Square Gallery. This year marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of New Sweden, the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware River Valley. Despite its brief life, the colony left an indelible mark on the cultural memory of Wilmingtonians and Swedes alike.  Now open in the Willingtown Square Gallery, New Sweden at 375 tells the story of this unique colony and the efforts of Delawareans to keep its history alive. Come… More

 

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