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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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Sunday Oct 07, 2012

Calendar of Events

36th Annual Coast Day

October 7, 2012
  • Location: UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus
  • Address: 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958
  • Times: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Visit Website
The University of Delaware’s festive Coast Day returns for the 36th year on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beach enthusiasts, seafood lovers, and anyone curious about the wonders of the sea can visit the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Del. on Coast Day to learn about the state’s rich marine resources. More

Battlefield Band

October 7, 2012
Winner of the 2011 Scottish Folk Band of the Year Award, the rollicking Battlefield Band continues to lead the way after 40 years with their inspired fusion of ancient and modern traditional music and song. "What …the Chieftains, have done for traditional Irish music, Battlefield Band are doing for the music of Scotland" ~ BILLBOARD More

Beach Driving Clinic

October 7, 2012
Nothing dampens a wonderful day of fishing on Delaware’s beaches like getting a vehicle stuck in the sand. This program will cover the basics of safe and courteous driving on Delaware State Parks’ surf-fishing beaches. If you’re new to the sport or interested in learning more about surf-fishing vehicle operations, this class will cover park rules, licensing, and equipment requirements, as well as tips and tricks from Delaware State Parks staff to maximize your enjoyment of this… More

Guided Museum Tour

October 7, 2012
Take a staff-guided room-by-room tour of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. As the only Life-Saving Station in the country that is restored and in its original location, this unique piece of history tells the story of the surfmen who risked their lives against the elements to rescue shipwreck victims. Pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if space is available. *Private tours are available by appointment. All ages $5 per person More

Guided Museum Tour

October 7, 2012
Take a staff-guided room-by-room tour of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station. As the only Life-Saving Station in the country that is restored and in its original location, this unique piece of history tells the story of the surfmen who risked their lives against the elements to rescue shipwreck victims. Pre-register. Walk-ins accepted if space is available. *Private tours are available by appointment. All ages $5 per person More

Possum Point Players presents CITY OF ANGELS

October 7, 2012
Possum Point Players presents CITY OF ANGELS Music by Cy Coleman Lyrics by David Zippel Book by Larry Gelbart Directed by Kenney Workman Musical Direction by Melanie Bradley September 28, 29, October 5, and 6, 2012, at 8 PM September 30 and October 7, 2012, at 2 PM at Possum Hall in Georgetown, DE Tickets are $23 for adults; $22 for students and seniors Tickets are on sale online at www.possumpointplayers.org and also by phone at 302-856-4560. CITY OF ANGELS is the rarest of musical comedies-… More

Preston Poe, YouTunes

October 7, 2012
Maryland-based new media artist, Preston Poe will perform live at the DCCA for a six hour marathon interactive work in which the artist will spontaneously write, play, sing, and record your personal custom song on the spot! Channeling Woody Guthrie, Poe entertains ideas of cultural authenticity in the digital age. More

Vendemmia da Vinci Tour

October 07 – 08, 2012
  • Location: Hilton Wilmington Christiana
  • Address: 100 Continental Drive, Newark, DE 19713
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Vendemmia da Vinci is a block party, family reunion, Italian wine festival and a homemade wine and gravy contest all wrapped into one fabulous day with entertainment by Al Sanotor and the Hi-Liters and various other musicians. Guest also sample food from local restaurants and wines from all over the world.   More

Hayrides

October 07 – 28, 2012
  • Address: 1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
  • Venue: Lums Pond State Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 3, 4,5,6 p.m.
The haywagon’s ready to roll! Book a hayride for $100. Price includes a 50-minute hayride and a 50-minute campfire. After the ride, relax and roast your own food around a campfire. Parking is at the campground store. Reservations required. Rides start at 3,4,5 & 6 p.m. every Sunday in October. More

Fifer Orchards - Fifer Fall Fest

October 07 – 31, 2012
6 Acre corn maze (with trivia stations) - Mini corn maze (5 and under) - Free small pumpkin included in admission - Pumpkin painting - Super straw slides - Straw castle - Mini straw maze - Tricycle races - Corn crib - Rubber ducky races - Pumpkin checkers - Free parking Saturdays Only: - Petting zoo - Hay rides - Pony rides - Face painting - Pumpkin train - Live entertainment - Lions Club Grille will be open with food and beverages - Kettle corn, caramel apples, and more *Call for prices and… More

Jenny Drumgoole: The Real Woman of Philadelphia Cream Cheese Contest

October 07 – November 1, 2012
Philadelphia artist Jenny Drumgoole’s work questions our cultural obsession with celebrity. Real Women of Philadelphia is a mockumentary of her own quest to meet Southern culinary star Paula Dean. More

STEAMIN' DAY

October 07 – November 4, 2012
  • Location: Auburn Heights Preserve
  • Address: 3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn, DE 19736
  • Venue: Auburn Heights Preserve
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Sunday
  • Times: 12:30-4:30
  • Visit Website
Enjoy old-fashioned fun for the whole family. Take a ride in an antique auto, climb aboard the Auburn Valley Railroad, sample free steam-popped popcorn from our vintage popper, watch a Firing Up Demonstration, view the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars, tour the 1897 antique-furnished Auburn Heights mansion -- and much more. More

Co-Op Farmers’ Market

October 07 – November 18, 2012
  • Location: Newark Natural Foods Co-Op
  • Address: 280 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19711
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Visit Website
The Co-op Farmers Market is sponsored by area farmers and the Newark Natural Foods Cooperative. The market meets every Sunday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the front parking lot of Newark Natural Foods. The season runs from the first Sunday in May to the Sunday before Thanksgiving of each year. At the Co-op Farmers Market, you will be able to: shop for local foods and handcrafted goods; talk about food with real farmers who grow it; see many friends and make new ones there-it is… More

Alison Stigora: Natural Forces

October 07 – December 9, 2012
Alison Stigora Natural Forces Constance S. and Robert J. Hennessy Project Space September 7 – December 9, 2012 Stigora creates elaborate gallery installations using burnt wood. Her work explores human activity and the destructive forces of nature. More

Kelly Kozma: Play Next Episode

October 07 – December 16, 2012
Kozma presents colorful, hand-embroidered pencil drawings of organo-geometric forms that generate a dialogue about the natural and built environment. More

The American Eagle: Symbol of Freedom and Enterprise to the du Pont Family

October 7, 2012 – January 1, 2013
The image of the eagle has been an important icon in the history of the du Pont family. The du Pont family came to America on the ship “American Eagle," the DuPont Company's first product was Eagle Gun Powder, and decorative arts collected by Mrs. Louise du Pont Crowninshield were adorned with eagles, a common symbolic element in Federal-style furnishings. This exhibit is on display in the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills. Included in regular admission and tour. Free for members.… More

A Lasting Legacy

October 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Commemorating the nation’s most successful university-museum partnership, A Lasting Legacy explores the changing roles of conservation and curatorial scholarship over the past 60 years. More

Nicholas Kripal: New Work

October 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Kripal’s elegant ceramic forms derive their shape from disposable food containers of the past. His work straddles the line between fine art and design. More

Nicholas Kripal: New Work

October 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Nicholas Kripal: New Work E. Avery Draper Gallery September 22, 2012 – January 6, 2013 Kripal’s elegant ceramic forms derive their shape from disposable food containers of the past. His work straddles the line between fine art and design. More

Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition

October 7, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Winterthur’s major new exhibition, Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition, is a joyous celebration of objects and imagery created in response to society’s love of wine. Featuring more than 300 objects, Uncorked! explores how wine was marketed, consumed, and enjoyed in America and Britain from the 1600s through the 1800s. A wide range of materials are represented, from wine bottles, decanters, and cellarettes to lead figures of Bacchus and “Champagne Charlie” song sheets.… More

Young Country: Rural Themes in Art

October 7, 2012 – January 27, 2013
Young Country specifically examines how artists living in “fringe” art centers are re-defining ideas of fine art, class, and “country” in America. More

Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola

October 7, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Girandola uses duct tape to render local, national and global cultural icons. From the Taj Mahal to vintage cars and L.A. diners, his large-scale canvasses reflect layered social commentary through a folk vernacular. More

On-Going Events

New Castle Farmers Market

Starting October 7, 2012
  • Address: 110 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Visit Website
Amazing food, value and fun for the entire family! Over 70 individual owner operated shoping including PA dutch meats, baked good and much more!.  More

 

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