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Weekend Things to Do in Delaware, September 17-19

As we transition from a fun-filled summer into a cool and crisp autumn, Delaware offers a wide range of events and festivals to attend, all over the state.

Lantern Tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery
September 17th
Stories and spirits await on a lantern-lit adventure! Join the First State Heritage Park for a historically sound and spine-chilling tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery, where some of Dover’s most notable figures rest.

Lemurs & Lagers at the Brandywine Zoo
September 17th
Party with lemurs and live musicians alike! The Brandywine Zoo is putting on a special early evening event this weekend, featuring craft brews, extended zoo hours, free ice cream, and live music by local band Spokey Speaky.

35th Annual Amish Country Bike Tour
September 18th
Starting at 7:30 AM, you will be able to bike along with hundreds of other enthusiastic participants (or spectate from a comfy spot on Legislative Mall). With three planned rest stops at local businesses along the way, this bike tour is sure to provide a memorable and high-energy end-of-summer experience.

20th Annual Riverwalk Freedom Festival
September 18th
With a day full of family-friendly programming, live music, and even a car show, the Riverwalk Freedom Festival’s 20th year promises fun for all attendees. Stick around after the sunset for a spectacular firework show over the Mispillion River!

Hay Bales & Brews at the Mt. Cuba Center
September 18th
Experience the Mt. Cuba Center’s most gorgeous natural areas on a hay wagon ride, through rolling hills and dense forests, where you’ll arrive at a roaring bonfire. Enjoy stunning vistas, tasty brews, and fireside snacks with friends old and new!

6th Annual Southern Delaware Wine, Food, and Music Festival
September 18th
Indulge your senses with locally-sourced wine, delicious farm-to-table fare, and live music performances by acclaimed artists. Prior to the festival, there will be a “pre-fest” with a Parisian breakfast & wine selection.

2021 Hispanic Heritage Festival
September 19th
Celebrate the richly diverse culture of Delaware at the Hispanic Heritage Festival, held at Bellevue State Park from 12:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Programming includes music & dance performances, traditional Hispanic food, as well as arts & crafts projects and more!

Brunch with Taco Jardin
September 19th
Every Sunday through October, Taco Jardin will be parked at Painted Stave for a deliciously filling brunch! Whether you prefer sweet or savory for your morning meal, they’ve got you covered with mouthwatering options (and of course, paired with the perfect Painted Stave cocktails)!

Full Moon Cruise
September 19th
Make this month’s full moon memorable with a sail out onto the Delaware Bay. Cape Water Tours & Taxi invites you to climb aboard and relax under the cool moonlight, and feel free to bring snacks or drinks as you see fit!

The Best of Candlelight at the Candlelight Theatre
September 18th & 19th
Revel in a musical salute to the best songs & dances staged at Candlelight over the last twenty years! This review runs until October 31st and offers an evening of foot-tapping entertainment for all ages.

Our Town at Clear Space Theatre Company
Rehoboth Beach
September 17th-19th
Enjoy a professional-caliber performance at the Delaware beaches this weekend! Clear Space presents the classic Thornton Wilder play, Our Town, depicting the intricacies of small town life through the lens of two prominent families. This production is influenced by the local history of Rehoboth Beach, truly making it “Our Town”.

Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest
September 17th-19th
One of Delaware’s favorite annual festivals is back! The Saengerbund Oktoberfest offers a full-scale parade and carnival, traditional Bavarian music and dance performances, as well as plenty of vendors serving up German delicacies.

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!
  • Create a reflective moment in nature and marvel at scenic Fall Foliage in Delaware!

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.