In Delaware, festivals are just as essential to spring as blossoms and bluebirds. Coming as they do on the fading gusts of winter, Delaware spring festivals serve to validate, year after year, this state’s perennially sunny disposition and its people’s inclination to celebrate together.
Delaware festivals are a great way for visitors discover Delaware’s one-of-a-kind personality and heritage, expressed through the colonial-accented atmosphere of Dover Days; the DuPont-family legacy that pervades the Winterthur Point-to-Point races; or the coastal breezes that touch the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival.
Go to just one, or come to them all – Delaware festivals show our secrets so well.
Dover Days Festival
A blend of old and new, arts and crafts, food and fun, Dover Days has a little bit of everything that’s sure to please everyone, right in the historic heart of the state’s capital. Where else can you see 300 children in colonial garb dancing around the maypole on Dover's historic Green; dive into treats served up by more than 40 food vendors; and experience such varied exhibits as a car show, historic wartime encampments, and a pet parade?
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.
30th annual Spring Sidewalk Sale
Long known as a place for bargains in a state that already boasts a tax-free shopping advantage, Rehoboth Beach and its neighbors dive even deeper into discount mode every spring and fall. This is the right time to visit the resorts’ many shops, ranging from the three Tanger Outlet centers to the unique art galleries that line Rehoboth’s quaint avenues.
Rehoboth Restaurant Week
Ask any of the Washington, D.C. , professionals who flock to Rehoboth Beach each year why they love this town, and they’ll likely sum it up in two words: The food. Home to some of the best fine-dining destinations in the mid-Atlantic, Rehoboth Beach struts its culinary stuff each year at this time, featuring three-course dinners marked down to $20-$30, and some lunch specials at $10-$15. A perfect time to explore one of the state’s star attractions.
Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Tossed by waves and tides into an object of beauty and desire, sea glass is revered for its rarity and charm by artists worldwide. Here’s a chance to see the magic of more than forty sea glass artists, along with other coastal artisans, and learn the finer points of collecting and identifying these sea-tossed gems.