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Weekend Things to Do in Delaware, October 1-3

Prepare to be charmed by Delaware’s scenic fall foliage, delicious restaurants and craft breweries, and incredible community events. Here’s a round up of what’s happening in the first state this weekend!

First Friday in Downtown Dover
Dover
October 1st 
Every first Friday of the month, Downtown Dover comes alive with live music performances, extended shopping hours at local businesses, and more unique programming! This weekend, they’re featuring the Paint Dover! Plein Air exhibition & paintings sale.

Live Music at Crooked Hammock Brewery 
Lewes 
October 1st 
Tap in to live music and festive fall brews at Crooked Hammock Brewery! Their Jav-o-lantern smocked pumpkin coffee ale has made its return to the brewery for all the festive fun ahead. So skip the pumpkin spice latte and head to the hammock state of mind! 

Food Truck Fridays at Liquid Alchemy Brewing
Wilmington
October 1st 
Check out delicious fare by the Koi food truck while sampling LAB’s latest mead and cider releases. Indoor and outdoor seating options will be available to patrons, and be sure to prepare accordingly—Koi is a cash-only establishment!

Hay Bales and Brews at Mt. Cuba Center
Wilmington 
October 2nd 
Journey on a unique hayride experience through Mt. Cuba Center's gorgeous natural areas. This hay wagon ride travels through rolling hills and grassland fields, where you'll then arrive at a bonfire to enjoy tasty brews, and fireside snacks.

25th Annual Boast the Coast
Lewes
October 2nd 
Celebrate the pertinent Maritime history of downtown Lewes at the 25th annual Boast the Coast event! There will be live entertainment; boat tours along the Lewes Canal; the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market & sidewalk sales; art gallery open houses; and free kids’ programming, including face painting and clown performances!

Sips & Sculptures at the Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington
October 2nd 
Roam the beautiful Copeland Sculpture Garden while enjoying tastings of over twenty different wines! Each beverage option will be paired with unique characteristics of some of the Delaware Art Museum’s most beautiful sculptures. Ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass & a cheese board!

Broad Creek Kayak Excursion
Laurel
October 2nd 
Delmarva Birding Weekends has partnered with Quest Adventures to host guided tours along Broad Creek! The tour will paddle from Quest Adventures, approximately three miles to the bridge in Bethel, and then turn around and head back. Bring your own kayak or rent one from Quest Adventures, but whichever you choose, come prepared for a fantastic outdoor adventure!

2021 Delaware Pride Festival
Dover
October 2nd 
Connect with neighbors, enjoy incredible live entertainment, and celebrate who you are at the 2021 Delaware Pride Festival! This family-friendly event is for people of all ages, orientations, and identities; just bring your beautiful self and your dancing shoes, as this is a high-energy extravaganza of Delaware’s beautifully diverse community.

Boo! At the Zoo!
Townsend
October 1st & 2nd 
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!

30th Annual Delmarva Folk Festival
Clayton
October 1st & 2nd 
Folk music is all about community connection & storytelling; add in retail and food vendors, camping opportunities, and craft beverages, and you have the Delmarva Folk Festival! This year, they are celebrating thirty years of foot-tapping fun and crowning the 2021 Delmarva Folk Hero, who will headline on the second day of the Festival.

45th Annual Rehoboth Beach Fall Sidewalk Sale
Rehoboth Beach
October 1st-3rd 
This weekend is one for small business deals and fantastic retail finds! Shopping in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and along route one has never offered more merchandise at such low prices. This event will be held rain or shine, so prepare accordingly for a memorable early autumn day.

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!
  • Prepare for the fall season by making your Delaware Oktoberfest plans! All over the state, craft breweries are preparing to roll out limited-edition releases and incredible German-style events.

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.