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Delaware Winter Festivals and Events

Delaware’s historic towns and charming nooks come alive during the holiday season, thanks to Yuletide tours, dazzling light displays, stage classics, festive parades and other events that capture the joy and spirit celebrated each year in the First State. Winter festivals and events in Delaware take place from early November through the first week of January and include holiday-themed exhibits at museums like Hagley Museum and Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; house tours in historic Lewes and Odessa; and parades in towns both large (Wilmington) and small (Milton). And while Delaware’s beaches are known as the capital of summer fun, the town of Rehoboth offers one of the state’s most iconic symbols of the season when it lights its 30-foot tree.

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Friday May 01, 2015

Calendar of Events

Art Is Tasty at the Delaware Art Museum

Starting May 1, 2015
Join the Delaware Art Museum for this noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month. Art is Tasty pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. (Café lunch voucher included in price).The following is the schedule for the year: February 6: Water Willow, Dante Gabriel Rossetti March 6: Wild Sunflowers and Coke Oven Smoke, Charles Burchfield April 3: New York City, Elliott Erwitt May 1: Marooned, Howard Pyle June 5:… More

"Bach and Rach" at The Delaware Symphony Orchestra

May 1, 2015
Bach's Musical Offering is a complex, varied workout of a tune given to him by King Frederick the Great. Bach's unstoppable genius created a series of canons, sonatas and fugues of mind-boggling complexity. We'll play some examples as well as the kaleidoscopic orchestration by 20th Century composer Anton Webern, of the crown jewel of the Musical Offering, the six-voice Ricercare. We'll also play Webern's own foray into Baroque forms with his early and hyper-Romantic Passacaglia. The second half… More

Old Methodist Cemetery Lantern Tour

May 1, 2015
  • Location: First State Heritage Park
  • Address: 375 S. New St., Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: Johnson Victrola Museum
  • Times: 8:00 p.m.
When the sun dips below the horizon and night descends, feel the suspense build within as you join our guides through an historic Dover cemetery by lantern light. Varied, interesting, and even bizarre funerary customs of the Victorian Era will be revealed as you are guided amongst ornately decorated tombstones. Space is limited so please call 302-739-9194 for reservations. $5 per person More

Dover Days Festival

May 01 – 03, 2015
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware's Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring's charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover's Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation's newest National Monument More

Oscar Wilde’s Salome: Illustrating Death And Desire at the Delaware Art Museum

May 01 – 10, 2015
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893 and was not performed until three years later in Paris. Despite this controversy, the play’s publication, which included illustrations by the symbolist artist Aubrey Beardsley (1894), received significant recognition. The complete set of Beardsley’s lithographic illustrations… More

Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs at Delaware Art Museum

May 01 – 23, 2015
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Visit Website
Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best pictures of dogs. Photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004, this selection demonstrates the artist’s affectionate eye and love of surrealist juxtapositions. Funny, poignant, and beautifully composed, these photographs of tiny Chihuahuas, inquisitive poodles, and glowering bulldogs… More

Layering Constructs: Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, Antonio Puri at Delaware Art Museum

May 01 – August 2, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Visit Website
Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic and meditative. Allman has explored layering three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface, while Burwell's multi-layered approaches to painting prompt reflections on the elasticity of time, space, and perception. Puri's work often links emblems of Eastern and Western cultures, incorporating… More

On-Going Events

Dover's First Fridays

Starting May 1, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Dover
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
  • Times: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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Shop in Downtown Dover for tax-free specials every First Friday of the month. There will be musicians and live entertainment each month. More

Historic Dover Walking Tours

Starting May 1, 2015
  • Location: John Bell House
  • Address: First State Heritage Park, Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: John Bell House
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Visit Website
Delve into the rich history of Dover, Delaware with a historic walking tour. More

Glory of Stories at the Delaware Art Museum

May 01 – 29, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences. Ages 3-6.February 13 The Shape of My Heart by Mark Sperring February 20 The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers February 27 Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal March 6 Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds March 13 Perfect Square by… More

Saturday May 02, 2015

Calendar of Events

Twin Lakes Brewing Company Brewery Tour and Tasting

Starting May 2, 2015
  • Location: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Address: 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
  • Venue: Twin Lakes Brewing Company
  • Times: Wednesday (Open from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - tour at 5:00 p.m.); Saturdays (Open from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - tour at 1:00 p.m.)
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Enjoy a relaxed and personalized tour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company as they guide you through the history of beer and brewing plus, their unique brewing process and traditions. More

Cathedral Choir Concert at the Delaware Art Museum

May 2, 2015
Museum Performance: Noon – 12:30 p.m. Labyrinth Performance: 1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. The Delaware Art Museum welcomes the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware for a special performance. All ages. Free with Museum admission. More

Delaware Nature Society Native Plant Sale

May 2, 2015
  • Address: 543 Way Rd, Greenville, DE 19807
  • Venue: Coverdale Farm
  • Times: Members only: April 30 & May 1 3PM - 7PM / Public: May 2 10 am - 4 pm / May 3 11 am - 4 pm
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The Native Plant Sale features more than 300 rare, unusual and favorite varieties of native wildflowers, trees, shrubs, ferns and aquatic plants for all growing conditions, including drought-tolerant. Some are introductions from the nearby Mt. Cuba Center and many species attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. More

First Saturday of May at First State Heritage Park

May 2, 2015
  • Location: Johnson Victrola Museum, The Old State House, Delaware Public Archives, Biggs Museum of American Art
  • Address: The Green, Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: John Bell House
  • Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Dover Days Celebration has been held annually since 1933. It celebrates the Capital of the First State. It's an annual week-long celebration of events that takes place on April 26-May 3. In conjunction with Dover Days, the First State Heritage Park offers special programs and activities on Saturday, May 2,  like free steam car rides around The Green; “Behind the Scenes Tour” of the Delaware Public Archives to see how the Archives preserves and protects important records and… More

World Labyrinth Day at the Delaware Art Museum

May 2, 2015
World Labyrinth Day is celebrated internationally on the first Saturday in May. It is a day designated to bring people from all over the planet together in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace. Join us as we “Walk as one at 1!” More

Dover Days Festival

May 02 – 03, 2015
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware's Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring's charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover's Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation's newest National Monument More

Delaware Bird-A-Thon

May 02 – 10, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations. See Website.
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Times: See website for rules and details
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If you've never had a chance to experience the world-class bird-watching available at Delaware's coastal wildlife preserves, this event is a great way to check it out (and possibly win some prizes). Structured much like a walk-a-thon, the fundraiser challenges participants to count the number of different bird species seen (or heard) in a 24-hour period. For the latest information, go to the website or their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/debirdathon More

Oscar Wilde’s Salome: Illustrating Death And Desire at the Delaware Art Museum

May 02 – 10, 2015
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Visit Website
Oscar Wilde’s Salomé: Illustrating Death and Desire will feature artists’ interpretations of this controversial play throughout the ages. The play was banned from production in London in 1893 and was not performed until three years later in Paris. Despite this controversy, the play’s publication, which included illustrations by the symbolist artist Aubrey Beardsley (1894), received significant recognition. The complete set of Beardsley’s lithographic illustrations… More

Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs at Delaware Art Museum

May 02 – 23, 2015
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Visit Website
Elliott Erwitt barks at dogs. According to the renowned photographer, that is how he has caught some of his most memorable canine images. Elliott Erwitt: Dog Dogs features 65 of Erwitt’s best pictures of dogs. Photographed around the world between 1946 and 2004, this selection demonstrates the artist’s affectionate eye and love of surrealist juxtapositions. Funny, poignant, and beautifully composed, these photographs of tiny Chihuahuas, inquisitive poodles, and glowering bulldogs… More

Layering Constructs: Margo Allman, Charles Burwell, Antonio Puri at Delaware Art Museum

May 02 – August 2, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Times: Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday: Closed
  • Visit Website
Part of the Outlooks Exhibition Series, this exhibition brings together three contemporary abstract artists who use layering in their work. The works range from emotional and geometric to organic and meditative. Allman has explored layering three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface, while Burwell's multi-layered approaches to painting prompt reflections on the elasticity of time, space, and perception. Puri's work often links emblems of Eastern and Western cultures, incorporating… More

On-Going Events

First Saturdays at "Johnson Victrola Museum"

Starting May 2, 2015
  • Location: Johnson Victrola Museum
  • Address: 375 S. New St., Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: Johnson Victrola Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  • Times: 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
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A premier collection of its kind, displaying sound recording industry items dating from the 1890's through 1929. The museum honors Eldridge Reeves Johnson of Dover who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. Group tours must be scheduled ahead of time. More

Historic Dover Walking Tours

Starting May 2, 2015
  • Location: John Bell House
  • Address: First State Heritage Park, Dover, DE 19901
  • Venue: John Bell House
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Visit Website
Delve into the rich history of Dover, Delaware with a historic walking tour. More

Sunday May 03, 2015

Calendar of Events

Free Admission on All Day Sundays and Thursday Evenings at Delaware Art Museum

Starting May 3, 2015
  • Location: Delaware Art Museum
  • Address: 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
  • Venue: Delaware Art Museum
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Thursday
  • Times: Times for Free Admission: Thursday evenings after 4:00 p.m. and Sundays all day
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The Museum will be open to the public on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in 2015. Thursday evenings after 4:00 p.m. will be free and Sundays will remain free all day. The Museum Store and Thronson Café will also be open. Extended hours are made possible by generous Museum supporters and the Longwood Foundation. Visit delart.org for more information. More

Dover Days Festival

May 3, 2015
Blending modern-day fun with a look back at Delaware's Colonial past, Dover Days Festival offers a chance to celebrate spring's charms with Maypole Dancing on Dover's Green, a Civil War-era baseball game, historic wartime encampments, and more than 350 vendors, craft merchants, and food purveyors. This festival also holds the distinction of being held at one of the sites of the nation's newest National Monument More

Winterthur Point to Point

May 3, 2015
Frequently imitated but never matched, these annual steeplechase horse races echo the state's well-heeled heritage as home to the DuPont family and their regal estates. Staged on the sprawling grounds and rolling hills of this one-time DuPont mansion, the Point to Point is renowned as a place to see-and-be-seen amid extravagant "tailgate" buffets and lavishly stocked hospitality tents. The horse racing is just an added bonus. More
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