Take your pick: The Colonial charms of Old Dover Days; seaside fun at the Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival; or experiencing world-class bird-watching.
Partly a farewell to winter and partly a prelude to the state’s beach-centric summer, springtime in Delaware is a coming-out party of sorts, filled with historic and outdoor celebrations. Take your pick of festival fun here:
Great Delaware Kite Festival
Enjoy the spectacle of kites dancing in the crisp ocean breeze high above the natural splendor of Cape Henlopen State Park, where food vendors and activities for kids make it a perfect family outing. April 3, 2015.
Camp Rehoboth Women’s FEST
Billed as the premier East Coast festival for women, this four-day event features first-rate national entertainment, informative workshops, exquisite food, and the best beach vibe around. Added attractions include golf outings, walking tours, craft fair and dances. April 9-12, 2015.
Bug & Bud Festival
Get a true taste of this artsy little town and enjoy dozens of food and craft vendors at the Bug & Bud Festival, a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and the tree. There’s entertainment throughout the day, a Ladybug and Tree costume parade, “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, children’s games and more. April 25, 2015.
R2Hop2 Beer and Music festival
From keg tosses to sumo wrestling, the R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival puts the emphasis on happy indulgences, including craft beers on tap and live bands on stage. April 25, 2015.
Dover Days Festival
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. May 1-3, 2015.
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. May 3-11, 2015.
Wilmington Flower Market
This annual rite of spring -- always held on Mother's Day Weekend -- is beloved for its selection of native plants and artisanal crafts, its carnival rides and food, and the live music that ties it all together. May 7-9, 2015.
MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival
This five-day celebration of life's finer pleasures consist of dozens of events at special locations throughout the state, including stately hotels, intimate restaurants, and even historic properties, from Wilmington south to the beaches. May 13-17, 2015.
Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival
Celebrate two of the state’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. May 23, 2015
St. Anthony’s Italian Festival
There's a soothing old-world charm (along with enough Italian food to please an army) at this week-long celebration in a Wilmington's charming Little Italy. Kids will love the amusement rides; mom and dad will be tempted to join in the nonstop dancing, singing and eating. June 7-14, 2015.
Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go
As Delaware’s premier craft brewer, Dogfish Head has built its reputation on a unique brand of comforting, comfortable quirkiness, an attitude typified by its annual Analog-A-Go-Go, billed as an “annual vinyl swap and cask beer fest.” Held at both the Milton brewery and Rehoboth Beach brewpub, the fest includes live music, artisans and vendors, a vinyl swap shop, and of course, beer. June 12-13, 2015.
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. June 12-13, 2015.
Billed as “Delaware’s best outdoor concert," the June Jam's annual shindig in Houston has included such national acts as Kansas, Molly Hatchet, 38 Special, and Cheap Trick, along with fun and games for the kids, and vendors to satisfy almost any need. June 13, 2015.
Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
In tribute to the Wilmington man who was one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival routinely features top musicians, and always offers free admission. June 17-20, 2015.
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. June 27-28, 2015.