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Delaware's Top Outdoor festivals and events
Delaware shows its best side when the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and a happy crowd has come together in celebration of some common passion. It could be music, or food, or even pumpkins and kites.
Delaware’s best festivals are frequently weekend events, and typically come with plenty of things to do besides the main attraction. So grab some friends, bring the family, and party outdoors with us.
Lewes Tulip Festival
This charming seaside town blossoms each spring thanks to 10,000 tulip bulbs planted in city parks. Enjoy art exhibits, trolley tours, shopping and strolling.
Dover Days Festival
The Green, along State Street in Dover, DE
A blend of old and new, arts and crafts, food and fun, Dover Days has a little bit of everything -- dive into treats served up by more than 40 food vendors; and experience such varied exhibits as a car show, historic wartime encampments, and a pet parade.
First Sunday in May
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735
The spectacular grounds of Winterthur Museum & Gardens is the site for this annual steeplechase horse racing event, which attracts 15,000 spectators and has earned the reputation as “the place to be” in Delaware Valley on the first Sunday in May.
Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Saturdays from May-November
110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE
Locally grown produce doesn't get any fresher at this iconic beach-area farm market.
Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
Held 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.
Lewes Garden Tour
Step inside some of this beautiful nautical village’s most stunning private gardens (and pick up some plants-to-go).
Firefly Music Festival
The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway
1131 N DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901
Imagine a setting of grassy country fields, edged by cool stands of tall trees. Now imagine that this place will soon be transformed over the course of four summer days into the undisputed center of the music world, filled with full-day rosters of top-name bands, a startling array of offbeat leisure diversions, and tens of thousands of happy, hollering, harmonious fans. That's the Firefly Music Festival.
Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
110 Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes, DE
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.
Delaware State Fair
Late July– early Aug.
Harrington Raceway and Casino
18500 S DuPont Hwy, Harrington, DE 19952
Summertime in Central Delaware can mean only one thing: A glorious mash-up of deep-fried treats, live music, rodeos and demolition derbies. The Midway Slots and Simulcast, Harrington Raceway and The Centre Ice Rink are nearby.
Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest
Downtown Rehoboth Beach
For 36 years, one of Rehoboth Beach's top family-friendly events has been the Sandcastle Contest, where fanciful creations and hands-on fun are encouraged. Take time to stroll along the shoreline and enjoy the expertly sculpted creations
Brandywine Festival of the Arts
Brandywine Park, Wilmington
Hundreds of artisans sell their creations on the scenic and shady banks of the Brandywine River.
Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival
Main Street, Bridgeville, DE 19933
Conceived in part to honor of the state’s favorite (and somewhat mysterious) breakfast treat, the Apple Scrapple Festival keeps things family-friendly with carnival rides, games, scrapple “chunkin'” and carving, live entertainment, trade and craft shows, car show, tractor pull and plenty of apples, scrapple, and other tempting treats. Admission is free.
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
This pleasantly off-kilter (and free) annual festival along the pristine coastline of Rehoboth Beach features the popular Sea Witch costume parade and contest, a Fiddlers’ Festival, and a costume dog parade on the boardwalk.