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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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Saturday May 17, 2014

Featured Events

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival

May 17 – 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 17, 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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A Day in Old New Castle

May 17, 2014
  • Location: Historic New Castle
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
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A 90 year old tradition of home and garden tours in New Castle, Delaware - stroll through carefully tended gardens and private homes dating from the 18th century. Visit public buildings, learn about New Castle's role in Delaware and the United States, see antique automobiles, and enjoy period musical performances. Dine in local restaurants or picnic at Battery Park. Tickets include admission to  various houses and museums. More

Burt and Me

May 17, 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

By Kids, for Kids- Past Times: Nineteenth-Century Fun

May 17, 2014
Go back in time and discover how people had fun- without technology or electricity- in the nineteenth century. Follow the life of a child, from daily chores to their very creative pastimes, and taste some special treats! This is the first program in a summer series of family events presented by Hagley's Youth Leadership Program. Activities are included in regular admission and free for members. More

Maritime Day Celebration - Cape May Lewes Ferry

May 17, 2014
See why lovely little Lewes is at its heart a seafaring village at Maritime Day, a celebration of the region’s maritime heritage including displays and exhibitions, vessel tours and other fun activities. More

Remember the 50's A Tribute to The "Marvelous" Marvelettes & The Drifters

May 17, 2014
The 12th season is concluded with Linwood Peel's tribute to The "Marvelous" Marvelettes and Drifters, two of the most influential artists in the early days of soul. The Drifters are truly unique in today's world of coming and going popular music groups. The Marvelettes are the sixth most successful all female recording act. Together, they will transport audience with hits like "Under the Boardwalk" "On Broadway" and "Please, Mr. Postman", among… More

Strawberry Festival

May 17, 2014
U-Pick strawberries, hayrides, family fun activities Food Fest - Local restaurants featuring lunch options, strawberry ice cream, smoothies, shortcakes and more. Free live music Country Store with fresh fruits and veggies, bakery and unique specialty foods. See you at the farm! More

On-Going Events

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings

Starting May 17, 2014
  • Location: Harvest Ridge Winery
  • Address: 447 Westville Road, Marydel, DE 19964
  • Venue: Harvest Ridge Winery
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday
  • Times: 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.
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Harvest Ridge Winery is open every day for tastings! For $5, enjoy a flight of 5 of our wines and you may keep the logo glass in which they are served. Guided tours are offered at 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays. More

"375th anniversary of the arrival of Antoni Swart in New Sweden"

May 17, 2014
  • Location: Frederick D. Stubbs Elementary School
  • Address: 1100 N. Pine St. (E. 11th and Pine streets), Wilmington, DE 19711
  • Times: 1:30 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
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The New Sweden Centre is sponsoring a celebratory event marking the 375th anniversary of the arrival of Anthony, a black man later known as Antoni Swart, who was among the first colonists of New Sweden which centered on Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. Activities will include a brief history of Swart presented by historian Abdullah R. Muhammad who often portrays the colonist in historical re-enactments; plus performances by both the choir and drum line from Wilmington's Bayard… More

"Avenue Q: The Musical" at Clear Space Theatre Company

May 17 – 18, 2014
  • Location: Clear Space Theatre Company
  • Address: 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
  • Venue: Clear Space Theatre Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:00 P.M. (Friday and Saturday), 3:00 P.M. (Sunday)
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Winner of the 2003 Tony® Award for Best Musical, this cheeky satire of "Sesame Street" remains one of the freshest and funniest musicals of the past decade. For adults who can't quite believe they've grown up! Mature Content. More

Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach

May 17 – 18, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 9am-9pm
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Shop for deals and fabulous finds in charming boutique stores in downtown Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach!  More

Wilmington Grand Prix 2014

May 17 – 18, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Wilmington and surrounding venues
  • Address: 818 Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: TBA
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Named among the Top 10 criterium bike races in the country by USA Cycling, the Wilmington Grand Prix is an international cycling event that includes a free six-block street festival, a parade, a bucket-list recreational ride through a dozen world-class cultural attractions, sidewalk cafes, and a variety of free family rides and attractions. You do not have to be a cycling fan to enjoy Downtown Wilmington's largest outdoor event. Visit website for more information and schedule. More

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

May 17 – 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 17 – 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 17 – 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

Saturday Farm Fun Days with Special Guests

May 17 – September 27, 2014
  • Location: Coverdale Farm
  • Address: 543 Way Rd, Greenville, DE 19807
  • Venue: Coverdale Farm
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 3 weeks on Saturday
  • Times: 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
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Join us the 3rd Saturday of each month this summer to help take care of our animals. Milk the cow, feed animmals, and more. Stay after chores for a quiet stroll around the farm and pack a snack to enjoy at the picnic tables. More

 

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