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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 18, 2013

Featured Events

A Day in Old New Castle

May 18, 2013
A Day in Old New Castle, America’s oldest house and garden tour returns this year. The Amstel House, Dutch House and Old Library Museums will be open free to ticket holders from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For event and ticket information, please contact Immanuel Church on the Green at 302-328-2413. More

9 to 5: The Musical

May 18 – 19, 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 18 – 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 18, 2013
  • Address: 1284 McD Drive, Dover, DE 19901
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 AM, 12:30, 2:00 and 3:00 PM
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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, Hop Mountain and Fordham Copperhead, as well as the Delaware Beer Bracket winner, Oak Barrel Stout. More

19th Century Base Ball Game

May 18, 2013
Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join the Diamond State Base Ball Club for an afternoon of Civil War era baseball, as they welcome the Fair Play Base Ball Club of Talbot County, MD. More

Bellevue Pond Exploration

May 18, 2013
  • Address: 720 Carr Road, Wilmington, DE 19809
  • Venue: Bellevue State Park
  • Times: 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Have you ever wondered what lives in Bellevue’s pond? Join a park naturalist to dip net in the pond to discover, identify, and learn about the creatures that call the pond home. Prepare to get wet. Register by 4 pm on Thursday, May 16. $4 per person. More

Girl Scout Day (Cadettes)

May 18, 2013
Register through: www.gscb.org Min 15/Max 30 6-7:30p.m. Tree-mendous Trees We will have a blast making paper, identifying local tree species, and planting a tree seed to take home with us. Come dressed for the weather since we will go on a short hike. $7 per girl, includes fun patch and activities. 8:30-10p.m. Nocturnal Nature Who’s around in the night? Come find out on this awesome night hike! We will explore the evening looking and listening for the animals that come out at night. Owls,… More

Hagley's Creek Kids: A Day in the Life

May 18, 2013
Investigate the beautiful natural setting of Hagley! The unique natural resources at Hagley made it the ideal site for the DuPont powder yards. The Creek Kids' hands-on activities will explore why du Pont settled here and how we can work to preserve the site's natural beauty. Activities are included with general admission and are free for members More

Hagley's Teacher Appreciation Day

May 18, 2013
Teachers visiting Hagley on May 18 receive complimentary admission. Children of teachers who are fourteen and under also receive free admission. More

International Museum Day

May 18, 2013
The Delaware Art Museum will celebrate International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18th by offering free admission from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Begun in 1977, International Museum Day is celebrated at museums around the world on or near the 18th of May. More

Strawberry Festival

May 18, 2013
Family Fun Hay rides U-pick Strawberries Pony rides Petting zoo Face Painting Barrel Train rides Rock climbing wall Good Eats! BBQ by competitive team “BBQ Grilles” – Pulled pork and chicken Nage Restaurant – Crab cake sandwiches with strawberry relish, turkey wraps, and strawberry iced tea Lions Club Grille – Hamburgers, hot dogs, strawberry funnel cakes Strawberry Lemonade Strawberry Shortcake Strawberry Smoothies Strawberry Ice cream Chocolate Covered… More

Wilmington Blue Rocks vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

May 18, 2013
Fleece Blanket Give-Away, courtesy of Bank of America; Those Funny Little People Appearance; Daddy Daughter Date Night More

Egyptian Festival By Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church

May 18 – 19, 2013
  • Location: Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Address: 1644 Otts Chapel Rd., Newark, DE 19702
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
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Enjoy a bit of Ancient Egypt with homemade traditional delicacies at the annual Spring Egyptian Festival. Enjoy our hospitality while sampling popular homemade Middle Eastern foods such as the Grilled Lamb, Falafel, Gyros, Baklava and more. View Egyptian Art and our traditionally architected Church. Visit us at stmaryde.com. More

Wilmington Grand Prix

May 18 – 19, 2013
  • Location: Grand Opera House
  • Address: 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Grand Opera House
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Various times
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A USA Cycling National Racing Calendar event in Wilmington, Delaware. Race weekend includes a Gran Fondo that is a 62 miles long ride through the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, the Monkey Hill Time Trail made famous during the Tour DuPont and a downtown figure-eight criterium over a one-mile course.  More

Winterthur's Historic Auto Display

May 18 – 25, 2013
Ten to twelve extraordinary automobiles are arrayed on the hillside near the Port Royal Entrance representing autos that were part of the country estate life. Displayed near the house, they create visual excitement and highlight Winterthur’s mission of interpreting the country home of H. F. du Pont. The display changes each week featuring an era or type of automotive travel and is made possible through the generosity of private automobile owners. More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

May 18 – 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 18, 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 18, 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

30th Spring Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach

May 18 – 19, 2013
  • 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

Historic Lewes Farmers' Market

May 18 – September 28, 2013
  • Location: Lewes Historical Society
  • Address: 110 Shipcarpenter St, Lewes, DE 19958
  • Venue: Lewes Historical Society
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 8:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Visit Website
Visit Historic Lewes and shop local with over 35 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts.  More

New Sweden at 375

May 18 – 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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