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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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Thursday May 08, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

May 8, 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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Back Burner Ride to Dine Train on the Wilmington and Western Railroad

May 8, 2014
Break-up the workweek by riding our vintage 1929 railcar to the Back Burner Restaurant in Hockessin for delicious entrees and delectable desserts. The restaurant is located adjacent to our tracks so we'll take you from station to restaurant in comfort. Hors d'oeuvres are served on board, while dinner and dessert are served at the restaurant. Reservation is required for this event. More

Blue Rocks vs. Lynchburg Hillcats

May 8, 2014
Every Thursday night home game, get four field box seats, four hot dogs and four sodas for just $44. Come help the Blue Rocks defend Frawley Stadium from a zombie hoard on Night of the Rocking Dead Night. Come out to Frawley to show your support for all of the State of Delaware's employees on State of Delaware Employees Night. More

Burt and Me

May 8, 2014
Burt & Me is a musical comedy featuring the incredible music of the legendary duo of Burt Bacharach & Hal David with book by Larry McKenna. In a special arrangement with Burt Bacharach and the estate of Hal David for the use of 20 of the most popular Bacharach/David songs, this show tells the story of Joe & Lacey, two high school sweethearts who share a love of basketball and the music of Burt Bacharach. When their paths cross several years later, Joe tries to rekindle their romance… More

History Lives! Lecture Series...Lee and Grant in 1864

May 8, 2014
  • Address: 504 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Times: 6:30pm
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History Lives! Lecture Series...Lee & Grant in 1864 Thursday, May 08, 2014 6:30 PM 150th Celebration Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar, Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 6:30 p.m. Free and Open to the Public, sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum Reservations required: (302) 655-7161 or deinfo@dehistory.org Free parking provided by Colonial Parking, 6th & Shipley Streets Media Sponsor: Delaware Today More

Kalmar Nyckel Lecture Series

May 8, 2014
"50 Years of Underwater Archaeology at the Smithsonian" will be presented by Paul F. Johnston who is the Curator of Maritime History at the Smithsonian Institution. Now in its 6th year, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation's annual lecture series brings world class scholars and speakers to the greater Delaware community as part of their mission "to preserve and promote Delaware's cultural and maritime heritage for the education and enrichment of all." This year they highlight the… More

On-Going Events

Wilmington Flower Market

May 08 – 10, 2014
  • Location: Wilmington Flower Market
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
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Benefiting children's organizations throughout Delaware since 1921, this fun annual outdoor festival features rides, games, crafts, live music, delicious foods, a wide variety of vendors and lots of vegetables, plants and flowers in Wilmington's beautiful Rockford Park. Visit our website for more information. More

"Delaware History Trail Exhibit" by Plein Air Artists of Mid-Atlantic

May 08 – 31, 2014
  • Location: The Gibby Center for the Arts
  • Address: 51 W Main St, Middletown, DE 19709
  • Times: 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (Opening Reception on Friday, May 9), 12:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Thursday to Friday), 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. (Saturday)
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Painting 'en plein air' has fascinated painters and art patrons alike since the mid-19th century when the invention of paint tubes made it possible for artists to paint on site. The Gibby is fortunate to have the foremost 'plein air' artists in our region, the Plein Air Painters of Mid-Atlantic, as our exhibitors. More

An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware

May 08 – 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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