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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 31, 2014

Featured Events

Costumes of Downton Abbey®

May 31, 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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Canoeing The Christina River And Marshes

May 31, 2014
Ride the tide! Join us as we explore the urban marshlands of the Christina River. Get a closer look at our resident Osprey nest and a unique view of the city skyline as we paddle through the winding channels of our freshwater marsh. Immerse yourself in the grassy habitat of Great Blue Herons, American Beaver and colorful dragonflies. More

Time Capsules!

May 31, 2014
Have you ever wondered what a time capsule of Delaware’s history would look like? For 150 years the Delaware Historical Society has collected and preserved Delaware objects, manuscripts, and images! We invite you and your family to compare and contrast life from generation to generation using objects from our collection. Join us in learning how to create and properly store items in a time capsule. Collection tours will be offered on the hour to provide you and your family (ages 8 and up)… More

Walking Tour: Sights, Sounds, and Smells at Hagley Museum and Library

May 31, 2014
In this walking tour of the powder yard, guests experience an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the black powder process and can try their hand at graining some powder. The tour ends with an explosive finish and involves walking on uneven ground. Reservations are requested. More

Nascar Race Weekend - Dover International Speedway

May 31 – June 1, 2014
NASCAR comes to Dover with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series "Lucas Oil 200." Dover offers a variety of fan friendly and family value ticket packages. Call 1-800-441-RACE (7223) or log on to DoverSpeedway.com for more information. More

On-Going Events

Harvest Ridge Winery Guided Tours & Tastings

Starting May 31, 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

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

May 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

The Three Little Pigs! at OperaDelaware

May 31, 2014
  • Location: Opera Delaware
  • Address: 818 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Opera Delaware
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M.
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OperaDelaware will offer two performances of its new production of The Three Little Pigs, a one-act opera featuring the music of Mozart to retell the tale that is familiar to all children. Sung in English, this version is adapted especially for kids and tells the story of how the three pigs learn the importance of reading books as they attempt to build a house that is “wolf-resistant”. This opera was written and compiled by nationally renowned composer and arts educator, John… More

An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware

May 31 – 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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