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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 Oct 27, 2012

Calendar of Events

Brewery Tour

Starting October 27, 2012
  • 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

All-American Day

October 27, 2012
Enjoy America's favorite pastime when Hagley hosts the Diamond State Base Ball Club for a nineteenth-century baseball game. In the nineteenth century, baseball was a fast-paced and dramatic game, played without gloves and with some different rules. Seating is informal, so feel free to bring a blanket! Visitors that day can also enjoy classic foods and play nineteenth-century games. If it is a nice day, you can see a steam-powered popcorn popper at work, courtesy of the Marshall Steam Museum at… More

Boo! At The Zoo! at 3 Palms Petting Zoo

October 27, 2012
  • Address: 924 Blackbird Forest Road, Clayton, DE 19938
  • Venue: 3 Palms Petting Zoo
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Dusk to 9 p.m.
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Our woods have become haunted! Come join us for our first annual "Boo! At the Zoo" Halloween event. We are happy to extend our hours Friday & Saturday nights from September 28th through October 27th. We will be open until 9:00 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 friendly, and great for kids.… More

Burtons Island Full Moon Hike

October 27, 2012
Take a moonlit hike through the park with our Naturalist to learn about our moon and nocturnal animals in our park. Please do not bring a flashlight, as participants’ eyes will need to adjust to the dark. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Pre-register. All ages $4 per person More

Firing of the Lyle Gun

October 27, 2012
The lyle gun is a line throwing gun utilized by the US Life-Saving Service in the breeches buoy rescue to bring sailors from a shipwreck to shore. This bronze, smooth-bore gun was invented by U.S. Army Captain David Lyle, a West Point and MIT graduate. Visit the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Fridays this summer to learn about the lyle gun and witness a live firing in our courtyard. Age: All Cost: Free with museum admission ($3.00 for senior citizens (ages 62 or older, $4.00 for adults, and… More

Halloween Hoot!

October 27, 2012
  • Address: 1068 Howell School Rd, Bear, DE 19701
  • Times: 2pm-7pm
Halloween camping is a hoot! Bring treats for trick or treating, and enjoy this fun-filled festival. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated campsites. Non-campers are welcome to attend. Games, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and more are in store. Stick around in the evening for hayrides, campfires, songs, and stories. Call the park office for details. Rain date is Sunday, October 28, 1-4 pm. More

Hayrides and Seasonal Crafts

October 27, 2012
On Saturdays in October, families can take a hayride along the Brandywine to experience the beautiful fall foliage in the Powder Yard. Visitors can see a gunpowder explosion, the roll mill in action, and working nineteenth-century machines. Children can try their hands at seasonal crafts, such as corn-husk dolls and apple wreaths. Get a taste of fall with local apple cider and enjoy live music. Included with admission, free for members. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141. More

Historic Haunts in Lewes

October 27, 2012
  • Location: Midway School #178
  • Address: 110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE 19958
  • Times: 7 to 10pm and 10:30pm to 1:30am
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Become a paranormal investigator for the evening in historic Lewes! In this 3 hour program, you will learn about ghosts and the tools used to explore paranormal activity, view first hand live data as it is being collected and go into our buildings to investigate for yourself. Reservations are now being accepted for October 5, 6, 26 and 27. There are two sessions per night at 7-10pm and 10:30-1:30am. The investigations begin at 110 Shipcarpenter Street at the Midway School #178. There is a 50… More

Lantern Tour

October 27, 2012
Enjoy a unique, guided lantern tour of the circa-1876 Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum by an interpreter in turn-of-the-century Life-Saving Service patrol garb. Learn of the hard work and peril the surfmen went through to safe shipwreck victims off the Delaware coast, and then venture out to the beach where the surfmen performed their nightly patrols more than 100 years ago, scanning the waters for signs of ships in distress. Dress for the weather! Pre-register. Age: All Cost: $10 per… More

Morse Code Necklaces

October 27, 2012
Morse code is an alphabetic code of long and short sounds, originally transmitted by telegraph and is still being used today by Maritime, Military, and Amateur Radio Services. Join us as we learn about the history of Morse code and combine it with simple beading techniques to create a unique piece of jewelry. Participants will use beads and silk cord to make a necklace that will spell out their own secret message in Morse code. Pre-register. Ages 6 and up Cost: $5 More

Smyrna Farmers' Market

October 27, 2012
  • Address: 27 South Market Street Plaza, Smyrna, DE 19977
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thompson Island Trail Hike

October 27, 2012
Join a Delaware State Park Naturalist on a hike around Thompson Island Nature Preserve at Delaware Seashore State Park. Participants will look for birds and other wildlife as well as learning about the American Indian presence on our Inland Bays. Meet at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, as parking is limited at Thompson Island. Pre-register. All ages $5 per person More

Volunteer Open House

October 27, 2012
Are you a good storyteller? Are you a history enthusiast? Do you enjoy meeting and talking to interesting people from around the world? Volunteer as a historical interpreter at Hagley Museum and Library. Share your passion for history and provide visitors with a memorable experience. Share stories about the life of people living near and working at the mills. No prior experience is necessary. Training and multiple observations provided. Time commitment: 11am-4:30pm; at least once a month,… More

Wine & Music Festival

October 27, 2012
Enjoy tasting wines from around the world! There will be delicious food and live entertainment. Prizes for best costumes. More

Fifer Orchards - Fifer Fall Fest

October 27 – 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 27 – 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

Alison Stigora: Natural Forces

October 27 – 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 27 – 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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 27, 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

Freak Antique: Contemporary Art Curios

October 27, 2012 – February 10, 2013
Freak Antique: Contemporary Art Curios DuPont II GalleryOctober 27, 2012 – February 10, 2013 Great expeditions, colonialism, geographic wonders, industrialization, genetic mutations, freak shows, and classical antiquity are some of the subjects of this exhibition-as-cabinet-of-curiosities. More
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