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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 15, 2014

Featured Events

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival

May 15 – 18, 2014
  • Location: Various locations in Northern Delaware
  • Times: Please check the schedule
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The MidAtlantic Food + Wine Feast is a world-class, four-day festival designed for connoisseurs of fine wines and spirits, and adventurous cuisine. Experience exceptional cuisine of world-class chefs, meet accomplished winemakers, sip and savor extraordinary wines including 100 point wines as well as collect rare and fine wines offered for bid at a live auction. More

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

May 15, 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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“Downton Undressed: Underwear and the Fashionable Ideal in the Teens and Twenties”

May 15, 2014
H. Kristina Haugland, The Le Vine Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles and Supervising Curator for the Study Room, Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Costume and Textiles, Philadelphia Museum of Art, explores feminine undergarments and attitudes behind the revolutionary shift from Edwardian to modern aesthetics. More

Burt and Me

May 15, 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

The Steel Wheels

May 15, 2014
The Steel Wheels have enthralled audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound. The band has burst onto the Americana scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out in venues across the country. More

On-Going Events

Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel – Tall Ship of Delaware

May 15, 2014
  • Location: Cape May - Lewes Ferry
  • Address: 43 Cape Henlopen Dr, Lewes, DE 19958
  • Venue: Cape May - Lewes Ferry
  • Times: 5:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. (Wednesday), 5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (Thursday)
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The Kalmar Nyckel offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October. Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails, and enjoy tales of the original Kalmar Nyckel. While tickets may also be purchased at the dock prior to a scheduled sail, it is best to make reservations. More

Photograph Great Gardens of the Mid-Atlantic at Mt. Cuba Center

May 15 – 19, 2014
  • Location: Mount Cuba Center
  • Address: 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin, DE 19707
  • Venue: Mount Cuba Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 5:45 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday), 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. (Wednesday),
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Don't miss this opportunity to visit and photograph four magnificent Mid- Atlantic gardens: Mt.Cuba Center; Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; Longwood Gardens; and Chanticleer. Master photographer Allen Rokach leads an intensive garden photography workshop at the height of spring bloom. More

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

May 15 – 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 15 – 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

Eating Lewes - Culinary Tour

May 15 – October 30, 2014
  • Location: Eating Lewes
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Thursday
  • Times: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Eating Lewes is a 3-hour culinary adventure through historic Lewes, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive members-only food & beverage tastings at six of Lewes' best eateries, including a surprise specialty shop.    The tours occur on various Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The meeting location will be provided upon purchase of tickets. More

 

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