Hagley Museum

Weekend Things to Do in Delaware, October 15-17

The leaves are slowly starting to change into their beautiful autumn hues, delicious restaurants and craft beverage locations are featuring the best of fall flavors, and the festive fall events are plenty. Explore a round up of things to do worth falling for this weekend in Delaware.

2021 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
Rehoboth Beach
October 14th-17th
Rehoboth Beach will be heating up with the sounds of Jazz! Journey to various venues around Rehoboth Beach including the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, and Rusty Rudder for what is known as the greatest jazz festival in the world.

OktoBIRDfest x Dogfish Head
October 15th-18th
Embark on a crafty adventure with OktoBIRDfest for fall birding and off-centered ales. Fall birding tours will take place by bike, boat, and kayak. Following the fall-birding fun participants can enjoy a cozy discounted stay at the unique Dogfish Inn and explore the Dogfish Head brewery and restaurants. 

Hayride Express at Wilmington & Western Railroad 
October 15th  
Enjoy an evening hayride through the Red Clay Valley with Wilmington & Western Railroad. This trip will be powered by an antique locomotive, uniquely converted for hayrides during the autumn season. 

Boo! At the Zoo!
October 15th & 16th
3 Palms Petting Zoo annually host ghosts, ghouls, and guests alike at their Boo! at the Zoo! event, where you can tour the zoo after-hours—accompanied by spooky decorations, hand-carved pumpkins, and a few other surprises along the way. Guests can also enjoy a hayride around the zoo for just $2 per passenger!

Auburn Heights by Twilight
October 15th
Join in on exploring Auburn Heights on a crisp fall night. Here, you’ll journey through the historic and scenic grounds by the soft glow of candlelight and the light of the moon as your guide. A perfect event for October!

Biggs Fall Festival
October 15th
Celebrate the beauty of the fall season at this family-friendly event. On Friday and Saturday, you can enjoy craft activities, demonstrations, and their signature guided tours. Be sure to visit on Friday, October 15th for the Biggs After Dark: Flashlight Tour where you can tour the museum like never before! Dress up in your favorite art-inspired costume for a free drink ticket!

Hauntings in History
October 15th & 16th
New Castle
Let the Halloween happenings begin! For a ride on the scarier side visit Historic New Castle for a tour that guides you through darkened streets to hear macabre tales of hauntings, and history. Also, visit New Castle’s most haunted mansion if you dare.

Hagley Craft Fair
October 16th-17th
Explore all there is to adore at Hagley Museum and Library at their annual Fall Craft Fair. From walking the grounds admiring the autumn scenes as the leaves prepare to change colors, to browsing for the perfect fall décor or gift for the season. Items such as pottery, jewelry, fibers, and a specialty food market will be included. 

Holiday Shoppes at the Delaware State Fair
October 16th
Over 100 Crafters and Vendors are gathering for the 2nd Annual Holiday Shoppes Craft & Vendor Show at the Delaware State Fair. This fully outdoor event will feature holiday décor items, unique items for gifting, and an array of food trucks.

Blackbird Creek Reserve Fall Festival
October 16th
Spend a day connecting with nature and celebrating the season. At the Blackbird Creek Fall Festival there is a variety of family-friendly fall fun activities to choose from. Like hayrides, canoeing, habitat hikes, dancing to live music, exploring artisans and vendors set ups, and more!

Fall Fun at Killen’s Pond State Park
October 16th-17th
Join in on the festive fun outdoors at Killen’s Pond State Park. For a kid-friendly thing to do join in on the Great Pumpkin event where littles can learn about the lifecycle of a pumpkin and craft their own pumpkin creation. Then, hop on the wagon to explore the scenic signs of autumn in the park.

Bonus weekend adventure ideas: 

  • Explore your craft beer taste buds along DE on Tap! Download the DE on Tap app and check in at each brewery you visit for a chance to win a prize! 

  • Capture the perfect Insta-worthy moment along the Delaware Discoveries Trail! With eleven pieces of interactive street artwork, this self-led activity offers outdoor recreation and memories that will last. Tag your photos with #DelawareDiscoveries for the chance to win a limited-edition prize! 

  • Fall is in full swing in Delaware! Create a quiet moment on a Scenic Drive, make plans to attend one of Delaware’s Fall Festivals, or round up the family for the ultimate Fall Foodie Road Trip.

Please review location information before visiting and remember to explore safely by following recommended safety precautions including, wearing a face covering and social distancing if not vaccinated or if it is required by certain locations and staying home if you're feeling sick.