Embracing everything from theatre to concerts to fine art, Delaware’s mix of museums and performance venues take center stage with big city performances in a hometown atmosphere.
Arts and Culture
So many memorable experiences are ready to be shared in Delaware: Maybe it will be a rousing standing-ovation performance at the Playhouse on Rodney Square. Or rocking out to legendary artists in the Woodlands at the Firefly Music Festival.
Whichever flavor of arts and culture you enjoy, Delaware’s a place where those treasured moments are ready to become your own. In the city of Wilmington, you can explore top-rated museums and entertainment venues, ranging from the Grand Opera House and The Queen Wilmington (both go-to venues for national acts), to the Delaware Art Museum and The Delaware Contemporary (the premier fine-art museums in the city).
Many Delaware towns statewide host their own intimate theatres, including iconic Everett Theatre in Middletown, which was not only a filming location for the acclaimed “Dead Poets Society,” but also showcases movie showings and stage performances. Farther downstate, the Biggs Museum of American Art welcomes you to enjoy a renowned permanent collection and special exhibitions. Just to the south, the city of Milford proudly embraces an artistic vibe in a setting enhanced by a riverwalk along the Mispillion River. Thanks to hands-on classes at the local art league, performances by the Second Street Players, and a great lineup of local festivals, things stay lively in this historic town.
At the beaches, the warmth of community arts creates a cozy scene. The Freeman Arts Pavilion is a beach-area favorite for live music, dance, theatre and children’s programs, delivering such top-notch line-ups as The Beach Boys and Diana Ross. When you’re taking a break from the beach, Rehoboth’s Clear Space Theatre and Summer Children’s Theatre offer artful options.
From museums to off-Broadway theater, the spotlight shines brightly in Delaware year-round, but be sure to mark your calendars for such widely adored events as the Firefly Music Festival (June); Delaware Shakespeare Summer Festival (July); Ladybug Music Festival – Wilmington (July); Brandywine Festival of the Arts (Sept.), Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival (Sept.); Ladybug Music Festival – Milford (Sept.); and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov).