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Weekend Things to Do in Delaware, July 30-August 1

Ready to enjoy your weekend? Here’s a round-up of events and programs happening this weekend.

Delaware Botanic Gardens Exhibit at Gallery One
Ocean View
Opens July 28th
Browse gorgeous pieces of artwork inspired by the native flora found at the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro. Gallery One is open seven days a week, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and is always staffed by one of their resident artists.

Movies in the Sculpture Garden: Ghost
July 30th
Enjoy a film on the lawn of the Delaware Art Museum’s sculpture garden, surrounded by world-class pieces of visual art. This week, they’re showing the 1990 blockbuster smash “Ghost”, featuring Patrick Swayze, Whoopi Goldberg, and Demi Moore.

Fireworks at the Delaware State Fair
July 30th
This is the final weekend of the 2021 Delaware State Fair! Sample delicious foods, check out educational and informational displays, and celebrate the first state by attending a spectacular firework show, starting at 10:00 PM on Friday!

Straight No Chaser at the Freeman Arts Pavilion
July 31st
If you’re into soul-soothing harmonies and high-energy entertainment, be sure to catch Straight No Chaser at the Freeman Arts Pavilion this Saturday. This award-winning a capella group offers a fun show for the whole family. Tickets are sold in pods to ensure social distancing.

17th Annual Newark Food & Brew Fest
July 31st
Celebrate the relationship between two of the most booming industries in Delaware—culinary arts and craft beverages! This event showcases over fifty unique beers, paired with creative food offerings from more than a dozen local restaurants.

Sunset Kayak Tour with Coastal Kayak
Fenwick Island
July 31st
Relax in your kayak and watch the sun set over the bay for a perfect finish to an unforgettable beach day.

Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical at the Candlelight Theatre Company
Opens July 31st
Join the Candlelight Theatre for an evening of rowdy, humorous songs that are sure to leave a spring in your step! This musical follows the life of Delaware native and international jazz legend, Fats Waller. This show runs from this weekend until August 29th, 2021.

Historic Trades Presentation at the First State Heritage Park
Downtown Dover
July 31st
Ever wondered how those living in colonial Delaware spent their downtime? This weekend, enlighten yourself to local history with this basket weaving class, held on the Green in Downtown Dover. After this program, grab a sandwich from Cobblestone Café and head over to Taino’s Bookstore for a relaxing afternoon in Downtown Dover.

Auburn Heights Steamin’ Day!
August 1st
Experience the Marshall Steam Museum & Auburn Heights like never before! On Steamin’ Days, attendees can anticipate antique vehicle rides, historic presentations on locomotives, and tours of the timeless Auburn Heights Mansion.

Fine Craft Fair at the Chase Center on the Riverfront
July 31st & August 1st
Drawing a wide range of artisans from all over the United States, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen are hosting their Summer Fine Craft Fair at the Chase Center on the Riverfront this year! Browse hundreds of juried, hand-selected works by fine artists, crafters, and more.

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!
  •  Looking for more ideas to create a memorable weekend in Delaware? Check out the Visit Delaware Instagram for trip inspiration, delicious restaurant recommendations, and more!