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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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Friday Oct 18, 2013

Calendar of Events

Brewery Tour

Starting October 18, 2013
  • Address: 1284 McD Drive, Dover, DE 19901
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 4:30 and 6:00PM
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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, Oak Barrel Stout and Hop Mountain. More

Dark Dover

October 18, 2013
  • Location: Meet at the John Bell House
  • Address: 43 The Green, Dover, DE 19901
  • Times: Two Performances: 7:15 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
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This October, one of First State Heritage Park’s most popular events returns to The Green. During the park’s “Dark Dover” program, visitors will witness firsthand the chilling true stories of gruesome murders and whippings, and encounter characters whose legends have left their sinister imprint on The Green in Dover. 18th-century judge Samuel Chew and the murdered servant Cooch Turner are just two of the specters who will make their appearance on this most unusual tour… More

Mozart Celebration III - Opening Concert

October 18, 2013
  • Location: University of Delaware, Roselle Center for the Arts, Gore Recital Hall
  • Times: 8:00 pm
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The 2013-14 season of the University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series (MPCS) will open on October 18. MPCS is a flagship concert presenting organization of the Mid-Atlantic region, in residence at the University of Delaware. The first MPCS program of the year will be MOZART CELEBRATION III, Friday, October 18, 8:00 p.m. in Gore Recital Hall.   More

Grab a Group and Go! Rock Climbing

October 18 – 19, 2013
  • Location: Alapocas Run State Park
  • Address: 165 Bancroft Mill Road, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Scheduled when booking program
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Book a two-hour private climb. Staff will instruct, guide and belay climbers. Helmets, harness and ropes provided. Ages 8 and up; children under 18 must be accompanied by parent. Registration and full payment required at least two weeks in advance. More

2013 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

October 18 – 20, 2013
  • Location: Rehoboth Beach
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Various
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Come visit the greatest jazz festival in the world in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Shows this year will be held on 3 stages - the Rebhoboth Convention Center, the Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts and Epworth Church. Plus there will be many local resturants and bars offering great entertainment. For a schedule of this year's performances, visit http://www.rehobothjazz.com/. More

Autumn Leaf Special

October 18 – 26, 2013
Travel the Wilmington and Western Railroad for their "Autumn Leaf Special" ride on a steam or diesel powered locomotive. Enjoy the splendor of the season, with 1 ½-hour round-trips to the Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove, or 2 ½-hour round-trips to Hockessin. Make sure to bring your camera!   More

Hauntings in History Walking Tours

October 18 – 26, 2013
  • Address: 2 East Fourth St., New Castle, DE 19720
  • Venue: Amstel House
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7:00, 7:30 & 8:30 p.m.
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Come join us in Old New Castle for our annual Ghost Tours…but only if you dare! Beware of goblins, ghosts and poltergeists as you venture out on autumn evenings and discover the darker side of history by taking the only ghost tour of Old New Castle that brings you inside one of New Castle’s most haunted mansions - The Amstel House! After exploring the legendary Amstel House you’ll venture out into the dark, cool night to search for other New Castle myths and tales of the… More

Fifer Fall Fest

October 18 – 31, 2013
Fifer Fall Fest 2013 September 16th – October 31st Enter – 10am-5pm (Monday-Friday) Enter – 10am-4pm (Saturday) **Closed Sundays** Corn Maze Activity Area includes: -6 acre corn maze (with trivia stations) and observation deck -Mini corn maze (5 and under) -Free small pumpkin included in admission -Pumpkin painting -Super straw slides -Spider straw castle with farm volleyball -New! Zip swing -Pony hop races -Mini straw maze -Tractor tricycles -Corn crib -Rubber ducky races… More

Frightland

October 18 – November 2, 2013
Selected by the Travel Channel as one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions, Frightland includes haunted attractions such as the Zombie Prison, Horror Hayrides, Haunted Barn and much more. Frightland also offers carnival amusements and is located in northern Delaware on Route 13 and Port Penn Road, just south of the St. Georges Bridge. For more information, call 302-838-0256.  More

Screams at the Beach

October 18 – November 2, 2013
The town of All Hallow’s was once a flourishing settlement but now has fallen into disarray with shocking mayhem around every corner. Stroll through themed houses and the Crimson Woods. Screams at the Beach welcomes families but warns that this is an experience of frights and screams. They are located at 22518 Lewes Georgetown Highway in Georgetown, Delaware on the grounds of Sports at the Beach.  For more information, call 302-856-7400. More

Decorator Showhouse and Gardens

October 18 – November 3, 2013
  • Address: 1106 Hopeton Road, Wilmington, DE 19807
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: Tuesday - Saturday 10a-5p Sunday 12-5p Extended hours Thursday until 8 p Closed Mondays
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Discover the artistry of the area's best interior decorators and landscape professionals. The architectural charm is combined with today's modern design in this stunning 1927 Tudor style home. Additional information on tickets and parking can be found at www.oxforddecoratorshowhouse.com More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

October 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

American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell

October 18, 2013 – January 5, 2014
American Moderns features 57 paintings and sculptures that highlight changes in American art and culture during the fascinating half-century from 1910 through 1960. The exhibition’s major themes include cubist experiments, images of modern structures, and stylized renditions of traditional subjects, such as landscapes and still life arrangements. The pictures feature a cast of engaging characters including a tattoo artist, a confidence man, boxers, and independent women. More

The Look of Love: Eye Miniatures from the Skier Collection

October 18, 2013 – January 5, 2014
On loan from the Birmingham Museum of Art, this unique exhibition features hand-painted portraits of individual eyes. In this late-18th-century art form, fragile watercolors were meticulously dabbed on tiny pieces of ivory ensconced in jewelry forms. Lavishly adorned with jewels, the portraits set into brooches, rings, lockets, pendants, small boxes, toothpick cases, most from England, are few in number. The collection the Skiers have assembled is considered the largest of its kind, with only… More

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

October 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

October 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

Paranormal Ghost Tours at Fort Delaware

October 18 – 26, 2013
Back by popular demand! Join the Delaware Ghost Hunters, Inc. and park staff for three hour recreational paranormal investigations in October. Participants experience an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data recorders and temperature sensors. This program is limited to ages 12 and older. Boat departs from Delaware City dock promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $40 per person. Friday and Saturdays in October, 6:30 and 9:30. October 26th- No 9:30 p.m. tour. More

Pea Patch Paranormal Adventures

October 18 – 26, 2013
The Delaware Ghost Hunters, Inc. and park staff host three-hour recreational paranormal investigations in September and October. Be part of an actual paranormal investigation.  More

Opening of 'The Legacy of Currier and Ives: Shaping the American Spirit'

October 18 – 27, 2013
When Nathanial Currier, a young businessman in New York City, published a lithograph in 1835 showing Planters Hotel in New Orleans after a fire, it ushered in a new era of pictorial journalism. The print established the firm which was to achieve its greatest fame as "Currier & Ives" after 1857 when James Merritt Ives became a partner. Over the next seven decades, the firm consistently provided the public with images that recorded the breaking news of the day. However, as the… More

Boo! At the Zoo!

October 18 – 31, 2013
  • Location: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Address: 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
  • Venue: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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Our woods have become haunted! Come join us for our second annual "Boo! At the Zoo" Halloween event. We are happy to extend our hours Friday & Saturday nights from September 27th through October 26th and on Halloween night. We will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a walk through our decked out haunted woods. Blackbird Forest at night is spooky enough, but we have a graveyard, ghosts, scarecrows, pumpkins, spiders, and a few other surprises along the way! Spooky, NOT scary, family… More

"Lend Me A Tenor" at DTC

October 18 – November 3, 2013
Directed by Bud Martin.  This raucous farce follows a fiery-tempered, world famous Italian superstar as he arrives in Cleveland to make his debut with the local opera company and promptly goes missing! More

A Chorus Line

October 18 – November 3, 2013
  • Location: New Candlelight Theatre
  • Address: 2208 Millers Rd., Ardentown, Delaware 19810
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 3 weeks on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Fridays- Saturdays 8:00 PM; Sundays 3:00 PM
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A Chorus Line has won a Pulitzer Prize in Drama category, 9 Tony Awards that include best musical, score and book.  Their show highlights the pain and struggle of working actors pounding the pavement to get hired for a Broadway musical. A powerful metaphor for all human aspirations, this show will capture the dreams of anyone who wanted, needed, to make it, to prove their worth, to put themselves, like the two dozen dancers, on the line. A Chorus Line will also be donating $5 from every… More

Go Ape at Lums Pond State Park!

October 18 – November 14, 2013
  • Location: Lums Pond State Park
  • Address: 1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
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The first and only zip line and treetop adventure course in Delaware, located south of Wilmington and just minutes from I-95 in Bear.  Four zip lines take you high over Lums Pond, the largest freshwater pond in Delaware.  Overall there are 5 individual sections within the course - rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings including Double Stirrups, and stunning views that take you higher into the forest canopy.  The Park also offers biking and hiking trails, a disc golf course,… More

CUR(EAT): A Food Based Exhibition

October 18 – November 17, 2013
CUR(EAT) is a series of socially engaged artworks that involve visitors in literal and metaphorical taste-tests. The exhibition initiates a dialogue surrounding art and creative ritual. The Act Of Drinking Beer With Friends Is The Highest Form Of Art Tom Marioni will build a beer bar featured in the gallery with local guest celebrities on select Wednesdays at the DCCA. More

Eating Rehoboth - Culinary Tour

October 18 – December 1, 2013
  • Location: Eating Rehoboth
  • Venue: Eating Rehoboth
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
  • Times: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Eating Rehoboth is a 3-hour culinary adventure through downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! You will enjoy exclusive food tastings at five of Rehoboth's best restaurants, paired with delicious wines, local beers or signature cocktails.   Tours also include specialty food shops and beachy outdoor venues. Three of Rehoboth's top restaurateurs have been nominated for prestigious James Beard Awards for culinary excellence. The tours occur two days a week (Friday and Sunday) from 1:00 p.m. -… More
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