Delaware Arts & Culture Signature Events for Every Season

Signature Events for Every Season

These are the days we remember: Heading out with friends and family, on a day brightened by sunny skies, enjoying the kind of fun and food that can only be found in this place, at this exact moment in time. There’s a special sort of charm to a local festival, a special kind of warmth that embraces everyone who comes, and everything you do.

From food to fine art, from sandcastles to NASCAR racing, there’s plenty happening in Delaware to suit any taste in adventure, no matter what time of year. See what’s here and happening.

Please check event websites for the most up-to-date information on event timelines and safety guidelines.


Wilmington Flower Market
Wilmington Flower Market

Lewes Tulip Festival (early April). This beach town blossoms every spring and gets in the swing with art exhibits, trolley tours, and flower-arranging demos.

Mt. Cuba Wildflower Celebration, Hockessin (late April). Stroll through gardens at the peak of their glory, then enjoy live music, food and family programming.

Dewey Bacon Fest, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach (late April). Stroll from restaurant to restaurant sampling as many bacon treats as you dare.

Dover Days (early May). Colonial heritage is celebrated with a parade and music, Maypole Dancing, tethered hot air balloon rides and more than 100 craft and food vendors.

Wilmington Flower Market, Rockford Park (early May). Open-air tents set up beneath the old

stone tower are brimming with blossoms and artisanal crafts. Discover the carnival attractions, and live music adds to the festive spring atmosphere.

Winterthur Point-to-Point Steeplechase, near Greenville (early May). Upscale tailgating and horse racing across the hills make this a can’t-miss social event.

NASCAR Cup Series Race, Dover (spring). In the first of two annual races, Dover International

Speedway welcomes roaring racing machines to the Monster Mile.

Separation Day, Old New Castle (early June). This riverside celebration of the state’s independence is full of family fun, food and activities.


Firefly Music Festival
Firefly Music Festival

Firefly Music Festival, Dover (late June). Music fans come from across the nation to hear top acts in a woodland setting.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival, Lewes (late June). Dozens of sea glass and coastal artists show their stuff as folks enjoy the live music and food.

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival, Wilmington (late June). A fun family day of food and music on the scenic grounds of a historic mansion.

Running of the Bull, Dewey (late June). The official start of summer in Dewey Beach begins with the annual running of the bull (aka two people in a costume). Surrounded by exciting music and spectators, this is the signature summer event in Dewey.

July 4th Celebrations, statewide.From the beach and north to Dover, Newark and Wilmington, fireworks displays light the skies.

Ladybug Festival, Wilmington (late July). Billboard magazine has called this event the nation’s biggest celebration of women in music. Make sure to attend the Milford Ladybug Festival in early fall to enjoy more amazing tunes.

Delaware State Fair, Harrington (late July). Ten days of farm-focused fun, featuring live music, food and amusements.


Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival Portraits in The Sand
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, Portraits in The Sand

NASCAR Cup Series Race, Dover (fall). The high-powered racing machines of NASCAR roll into town for the second battle of the year at the Monster Mile.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest (early Sept.). Get your creative juices flowing at this castle-building contest on the beach.

Brandywine Festival of the Arts, Wilmington (early Sept.). Stroll the outdoor vendors on the banks of the Brandywine River, and snag some original artwork.

Amish Country Bike Tour, Dover (mid Sept.). An invigorating bike ride through central Delaware’s countryside. Save room for the “Famous Amish Pie Stop.”

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival (mid Oct.). Top jazz musicians from around the world come to the beach to wow the crowds from four stages.

Apple-Scrapple Festival, Bridgeville (mid Oct.). This celebration of two of Delaware’s favorite foods features carnival rides, live entertainment and (of course) food.

Leipsic Waterfront Oyster Festival (mid Oct.). Delaware seafood and its many fans gather at the bayside town to chow down, sip and celebrate.

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, Rehoboth Beach (late Oct.). This quirky, Halloween focused beach blowout includes parades, games, hayrides, and free live entertainment on the bandstand.

Fifer Orchards Fall Fest, Camden-Wyoming (late Oct.). Fall’s sweet bounty is the focus in this

mashup of music, food, farm tours, and a corn maze.

First State Heritage Park 18th Century Market Fair, Dover. (early Nov.). Head back to a different time and experience the sights and sounds of the autumn market fairs held on The Green in Dover in the mid-1700s.


Winter WonderFEST
Winter WonderFEST

Winter WonderFEST, Lewes (mid-Nov. through Dec.). This charming beach town gets dressed up for the season with a Christmas village, ice skating and a holiday light spectacular.

Yuletide at Winterthur, near Greenville (late Nov. through early Jan.). Enjoy a magnificent holiday tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s mansion, regally decorated and full of delightful seasonal surprises.

Holidays at Hagley, Wilmington (late Nov. through early Jan.). French family traditions are reflected through the holidays at this 1803 du Pont family ancestral home,

Eleutherian Mills.

Holidays at Nemours, Wilmington (mid Nov. through early Jan.). Christmas decorations give the grand Nemours Estate a spectacular holiday flair.

New Castle Spirit of Christmas and A Dickens Experience, New Castle (early Dec.). Decorated historic homes, a transformation to scenes from “A Christmas Carol,” and festive concerts.

Fire and Ice Festival, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Millville (late Jan.). Enjoy interactive sculptures, beach bonfires, and a stop at your favorite shops for holiday goodies.

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