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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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Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Featured Events

"Trains and Planes" exhibit at the Air Mobility Command Museum

December 17, 2013 – January 2, 2014
The Air Mobility Command Museum will host a holiday display of garden scale train layouts with three trains operating at the same time.  Authentic sound and includes both diesel and steam-era trains.  Open daily, free of charge. More

Calendar of Events

A Swedish Christmas

December 17 – 28, 2013
A Swedish Christmas Dec. 4-28, 10 am – 4 pm God Jul alla!* Experience Christmas Swedish style at the 17th century Hendrickson House. See traditional decorations and crafts, learn how the settlers of New Sweden celebrated the holidays through tours of our historic site. *Merry Christmas, everyone! More

Centennial Tea Service at Hotel DuPont

December 17 – 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

December 17, 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

December 17, 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

Yuletide at Winterthur

December 17, 2013 – January 5, 2014
Experience traditions of the past and dazzling entertaining displays in this special wintertime tour. Whether you are taking in the breathtakingly decorated trees, the colorful and exquisite room and food displays, or the winter wonderland of the garden, Yuletide at Winterthur is sure to be a feast for your eyes. In addition to the magical Yuletide tour, a full series of special events, performances, and workshops will help to make your season bright. More

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience

December 17, 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

Holidays at Hagley

December 17, 2013 – January 6, 2014
See the du Pont family ancestral home, Eleutherian Mills, dressed for the holidays. Check www.hagley.org/events.html for activities, such as carolers, sales at the Hagley Store, and other events. Closed Christmas. More

Fashion Meets Science: Introducing Nylon

December 17, 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

Judith Hill

December 17, 2013
Having literally spent her life immersed in music, Judith Hill has long been on a path towards capturing the depth and breadth of her artistic vision. A richly emotive vocal stylist and virtuosic piano player, Hill has spent pretty much her whole life to arrive at this plateau. Enjoy this organic soul artist at World Cafe Live at the Queen. More

Annual Holiday Art Market at the Newark Arts Alliance

December 17 – 31, 2013
  • Location: Newark Arts Alliance
  • Address: 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Tuesday-Sunday), 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. (Thursday and Saturday)
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Shop for locally made art and crafts for holiday gift giving. Art by local artists is guaranteed to be unique and to make your loved ones feel special. Eleven artists selling jewelry, mosaics, felt ornaments, photography, watercolors, handweaving, fiber art, pottery, tie dye and batik and window ornaments. A portion of the proceeds benefits NAA programs.  More

Nemours Mansion & Gardens Holiday Tours

December 17 – 31, 2013
  • Location: Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Address: Alapocas Drive and Route 141, Wilmington, DE 19803
  • Venue: Nemours Mansion and Gardens
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 12:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Sunday), 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. (Tuesday to Saturday)
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The estate is decorated with a gingerbread house of the mansion, Christmas trees, paper filigree quilling, original toys, ornaments and more. A guided tour reveals a treasure trove of fine European and American furniture, rare rugs, tapestries, and outstanding works of art. Following the house tour visitors are taken on a guided bus tour through the Gardens. One of the finest examples of French-style gardens in America, it extends one third of a mile along the main vista from the house. The… More

Milford Museum Holiday Exhibit Snowmen of the Season

December 17, 2013 – January 12, 2014
  • Location: Milford Museum
  • Address: 121 S. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963
  • Venue: Milford Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10am - 3:30pm
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The special Holiday Exhibit "Snowmen of the Season" is this year's themed display. In addition, there will be a Victorian parlor scene complete with a cozy fireplace, antique toys and Christmas tree. More

Erica Loustau: Exodus

December 17, 2013 – February 17, 2014
Loustau transforms the DCCA atrium into a sweeping exhibition of origami birds. Arranged in voluminous flocks that appear to fly through the museum, Loustau states that the dynamic sculpture reflects how we “swarm around news flashes or current trends.” More

An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware

December 17, 2013 – 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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