Rising temperatures and blooming flowers give way for celebrations across Delaware. Festivals featuring blossoming gardens are a given, but unique, niche events await throughout the season. Say hello to spring at one of Delaware’s unforgettable festivals.

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New Castle Court House Museum

Delmarva Birding Weekend
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. All over the Delmarva Peninsula, birders spend four days keeping an eye out for the hundreds of different avian friends that call the area home

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Celebrate two of Delaware’s iconic natural wonders – and enjoy the food, music and games – at the Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival in historic Milton, featuring arts & crafts, boat rides and canoe trips, and nature walks at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

Lewes Tulip Festival
Lewes does its best impression of Holland each spring by celebrating tulips. Local landscaping companies and volunteers plant the flowers all over town. There are docent-led tours available, appropriately named Tiptoe to the Tulips Trolley Tours.

Mt. Cuba Wildflower Celebration
Rejoice at the arrival of early spring flowers that bring color and beauty to Mt. Cuba’s acres and acres of sprawling native gardens at this festive annual event. Perfect for the whole family, you’ll enjoy strolls through the grounds, live music, activities for the kids and a wide variety of plants available for purchase to begin or expand your own garden with advice from the experts!

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach 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.

Separation Day in Old New Castle
This annual event marks two momentous occasions in Delaware’s history, both of which occurred in 1776 – on the same day that year, Delaware declared itself independent, or “separated,” from both Britain and Pennsylvania. These days, that brave move is marked with craft beer, food trucks, Colonial games and music, an arts and crafts festival, amusement rides and even a wrestling demo or two.

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