Firefly Music FestivalAs the sun peaked through the clouds, Sunday became a bittersweet end to the inaugural Firefly Music Festival weekend in Delaware. The gates opened and it was once again a great pilgrimage of what Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums described as a crowd of “real music lovers.”

No matter where you were in the Woodlands, every one you met instantly went from being a stranger to a close friend. From the older yet young at heart couple, that came just for the experience and left with new music favorites to the group from Canada that “are going to stop and watch the sunrise on the beach before leaving Delaware,” we had the opportunity to share some time with people from all walks of life, most of which this was their first of many visits to our state. 

The schedule for day three was jam packed again but luckily, when one set ended you could hear the other bands echo through the woodlands. Even the artists were enjoying the festival; you could spot several of the headliners out in the crowd taking in the sights and sounds of their fellow musicians or some tasty brews from Delaware’s very own Dogfish Head Brewery.

Firefly Music FestivalThe Black Keys blew everyone away with their stellar performance and as the lights dimmed on their stage, the first Firefly Music Festival in Delaware came to a close. The huge crowd dispersed but, not without some final goodbyes as they walked under the now iconic banner and yelled into the Woodlands, “I love Firefly…Delaware rocks…see you next year!”

Congratulations to the Firefly Music Festival and the Dover International Speedway on a successful first year. Make sure to go to to plan trip ideas for next year!