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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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Monday Dec 31, 2012

Featured Events

A New Year’s Eve to Remember at Harrington Raceway and Casino

December 31, 2012
Enjoy an evening featuring great food, friends and times at the Harrington Raceaway and Casino. In the exhibit hall, couples will enjoy a buff dinner, entertainment and a champagne toast. Reservations are required. Please call (302) 398-4920 ext. 5227. More

Annual New Years Eve Gala at The Clarion Hotel – The Belle

December 31, 2012
Admission includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffet and live entertainment with DJ Billy from Philly. Reserve a table by calling (302) 428-1000. Package deals: #1 Party and Meal $99/person – includes Gala ticket for one person #2 Party and Meal for couple $198 – includes Gala ticket for couple  #3 Party, overnight accommodations and breakfast for $297 More

Eve 2013

December 31, 2012
Wilmington's 3rd Annual All-Inclusive EVE is back and bigger than ever! This is what our ALL-INCLUSIVE PARTY features: 4-Hour Premium Open Bar with Champagne Toast at Midnight, featuring a full bar and passed Specialty NYE Cocktails! Hors d ‘oeuvres & Food Stations at 9pm. Hot Breakfast Buffet after the ball drops and dancing all night with live entertainment. Plus, much more! More

New Year’s Eve at Firestone on the Riverfront

December 31, 2012
The 2013 New Years Eve ticket includes an ultra premium open bar with all top shelf liquor, draft and bottled beer, house red and white wines available. A midnight champagne toast, midnight pizza buffet, free valet parking, dj noj and speaker city plus, a cozy heated patio bar!  More

New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum

December 31, 2012
Ring in an artful new year at the Museum with champagne, delicious food, an open bar and special holiday cocktail, music, and art!  You won’t want to miss this fun and elegant holiday party. Ticket price includes Valet Parking. Purchase tickets online. More

New Year’s Eve party at Fire & Ice in Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

December 31, 2012
Beginning at 9:30 p.m, the R&B band Group Therapy, a high energy party dance band, will be performing. Guests may expect delicious hors d’oeuvres 9-11 p.m. and light snacks 11 p.m. – 1 a.m., Champagne, party favors, and a cash bar featuring New Year’s themed cocktails. More

New Years Eve at the Rusty Rudder

December 31, 2012
  • Location: Rusty Rudder
  • Address: 113 Dickinson St, Dewey Beach, DE 19971
  • Venue: Rusty Rudder
  • Times: Begins at 9:00 p.m.
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Celebrate New Years with Total Whiteout, DJ Bis & Marty, Love Seed Mama Jump and Jefe & Mitchell.  More

New Years Eve Gala at the Hotel du Pont

December 31, 2012
  • Location: Hotel Du Pont
  • Address: 11th & Market Streets, Wilmington, DE 19801
  • Venue: Hotel Du Pont
  • Times: 11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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Party with live band, dancing and cash bar in Brandywine Room from 11 p.m. - 1 a.m. More

Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo

December 31, 2012
  • Location: Brandywine Zoo
  • Address: 1001 N. Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19802
  • Venue: Brandywine Zoo
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
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Overfalls Anchor Drop in Lewes

December 31, 2012
Don your best party hat and raise your glass to 2012 on the Lightship Overfalls toots it horn to welcome in the New Year!! (weather permitting) More

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Four Course Countdown: NYE Gourmet Dinner Pairing

December 31, 2012
Join us for a delectable fine dining experience! Celebrate the end of 2012 by invigorating your senses and pleasuring your palate. Our culinary team will pair a four course meal with your choice of beer or wine accompanying each course. We have partnered with the award winning Bouchaine Vineyards for all of our wine offerings, and the beer selections will highlight rare and interesting winter seasonal brews from a variety of breweries. In the spirit of our show with Rusted Root downstairs later… More

New Year's Eve Celebration at the Beach!

December 31, 2012
Ring in 2013 with dinner, dancing, "live" music by The Real Geniuses and much, much more down by the shore, oceanfront in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! The menu is sensational and sure to please you all night long, the Grand Swan Ballroom is beautiful, and the band will have everyone on their feet and dancing until the ball drops or even longer! Specially discounted overnight room accommodation packages are also available for New Year's Eve or for the entire weekend. More

New Year's Eve with Rusted Root

December 31, 2012
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Rusted Root! Integrating the Grateful Dead's jam-heavy rock with percussion influences based on the music of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, the multi-instrumentalist band formed in Pittsburgh in 1990 by Michael Glabicki. The band’s blend of polyrhythmic, multicultural rock and soul picks up devotees like a junkyard magnet as they sweep across the nation. With support from college radio and the buzz surrounding their entrancing live show,… More

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

December 31, 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

December 31, 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

Christmas at Hagley

December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Glimpse nineteenth- and early twentieth-century holiday entertaining in Eleutherian Mills, the du Pont family ancestral home. The morning room is ready for the New Year’s Day Calling, originally a tradition in which men visited ladies with whom they were acquainted, enjoyed some refreshment, dropped off a calling card, and wished them a happy New Year before moving on to the next house. Men competed to visit the most ladies; women vied to get the most calling cards. The du Pont family… More

Nicholas Kripal: New Work

December 31, 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

December 31, 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

December 31, 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

Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes

December 31, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Yuletide at Winterthur: A Feast for the Eyes, November 17, 2012–January 6, 2013. 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… More

Young Country: Rural Themes in Art

December 31, 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

The Brothers Quay: Through the Weeping Glass

December 31, 2012 – January 31, 2013
Timothy and Stephen Quay are American-born stop-motion animators whose latest film brings to life the medical history and intrigue behind the Mutter Museum’s collection of 19th century scientific anomalies. More

Freak Antique: Contemporary Art Curios

December 31, 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

Rise and Fall: Monumental Duct Tape Drawings by Joe Girandola

December 31, 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

Benjamin Duke: Thresholds

December 31, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Duke’s dynamic and colorful paintings reveal a diverse cast of characters attempting to negotiate the chaotic urban environment around them. More
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