Music Festivals and Events

Delaware keeps it rocking with music festivals and events all year long, whether it’s with legendary artists at Firefly Music Festival, the country accent of the Delaware State Fair, or big-name bands and jam sessions down in Dewey Beach.

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  • Water adventures : A day on the water is a summer staple adventure for Delawareans and vacationers alike and getting off the boat and into the ocean or bay is a great way to stay cool. Try stand up paddleboarding at Cape Henlopen, skimboarding in Dewey Beach or jet skiing in the Rehoboth Bay.

    Away from the sand, Delaware waterparks like Killens Pond, Jungle Jims and Thunder Lagoon, are perfect family-friendly spots for the kiddos to cool down. With lazy rivers, fast slides and splashing fountains, you’ll keep the heat away.

    If you’d rather stay dry on a boat or in a kayak, paddle through the shady baldcypress trees of Trap Pond State Park or savor the salt breeze aboard the Cape Water Taxi.
  • Cool eats : Step into a restaurant to enjoying a tasty meal in the a/c where you’ll get the relief you’ve been in search of. Delight your tastebuds and enjoy the view at the Wilmington Riverfront at a restaurant like Iron Hill, or with a refreshing sip of freshly squeezed juice at The Juice Joint. Or if you want to fine dine while you cool off visit Bardea in downtown Wilmington.

    Top off your meal with some tasty Delaware treats like “Grandma’s Gone Co-conuts” from UDairy in Newark or a milkshake piled high with toppings from Mug & Spoon in Rehoboth Beach.
  • Frosty brews : Throughout the year, Delaware’s craft beverage locations are a must-visit, but even more so during the summer when their frosty and iced beverages are a remedy for the heat outside. Download the Delaware on Tap app to guide you to Delaware’s top craft brew locations. Each stop gets you closer to a free prize! Be sure to try some of Delaware’s signature cocktails along the way.
  • Tax-Free Shopping : Shopping in an air conditioned store is a great escape on any summer day, especially when the shopping is tax-free. Step into Christiana Mall’s upscale shops. Or browse the 100+ stores at the beaches’ Tanger Outlets known for amazing deals on top name brands. Delaware’s top shopping streets of Newark, Dover, Milford and Lewes will have the boutiques with fabulous finds you’ve been dreaming of.

    Finish off your shopping spree with a movie at Penn Cinema in Wilmington or Westown Movies in Middletown. Clear Space Theater in Rehoboth Beach is suited for those with a taste for live entertainment.

What’s in Bloom in Delaware?

Delaware’s gardens are full of bright and colorful sights to behold as they come into full bloom. Admire the many flowers and trees found in Delaware’s sprawling gardens, estates, and parks as the peak in each season throughout the year.

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Delaware’s Top Waterway Adventures

All across the state, from the tranquil bays just off the beach to the ponds and streams tucked into leafy state parks, Delaware boasts a bounty of waterways that are beautifully suited to long, lazy days—or even a splashy episode of high-speed fun. So get ready for a day of fun.