spring festivals 2015 DelawareScoot out and relish in some of North Delaware’s most favorite and infamous, world-class, all-star LOCAL spring festivals – most are rain or shine. This happening list is jammed packed and conveniently presented for you in chronological order.  Horses, flowers, cars, beer, running, cycling, food, wine, rides, racing, parades, history and music *whew*.  MAY you find something here to intrigue your senses. If you don’t, you better run for the hills (no exaggeration there, #justsaying).  Mark your calendars and book mark this page on every device. You are in for a WILD  ride through New Castle County and slightly beyond this spring! Happy Spring!

grapesandgrains wine and beer festival middletownGrapes & Grains Wine & Beer Festival 

Saturday, May 2nd

Join Middletown for the 1st Grapes & Grains Wine & Beer Festival in Historic Middletown, Delaware. This event highlights local wine, craft beer, spirits and food. Hosted by Middletown Main Street, Inc. For more info, visit Grapes & Grains Wine & Beer Festival 


Saturday, May 2nd

WILMUSIC Fest is more than just a music festival. This free event features local, emerging artists, food trucks, and vendors—making WILMUSIC Fest the place to be for Delaware-grown entertainment. For more info, visit WILMUSIC Fest

37th Annual Point-to-Point


Sunday, May 3rd

Bask in the pageantry and spectacle of the 37th annual. A festive day of horse racing, family activities, and elegant tailgating. Enjoy all your favorite family fun, including the pony rides, stick horse races, Winterthur Hunt, face painting, and canine-friendly actvities for your dog! For more information, visit 37th Annual Point-to-Point


Wilmington Flower MarketWilmington-Flower-Market

Thursday thru Saturday, May 7-9th

The Wilmington Flower Market benefiting Wilmington’s Children since 1921.  This 3 day family-fun event offers a fantastic variety of plants, market merchants, crafters, rides, games, concerts, entertainment, and an incredible selection of FOOD. Great ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts or heck, take Mom to the Market and relish in the festivities together! A FREE admission, rain or shine, event. For more info, visit Wilmington Flower Market

Beers & Gears FestivalBeers ‘n Gears Festival

Saturday, May 9th

Beers ‘n Gears Car Show and Beer Festival.  FREE Event for spectators!  Come see Hot Rods, Muscles, Classics, Trucks, Exotics and more.   There will be DJ Music and a whole lot of  fun for everyone.  Cruise through 30 different brewers each showcasing two beers for tasting. For more info, visit Beers ‘n Gears Festival

delaware marathon 2015 running festival12th Annual Delaware Marathon™ Running Festival

Sunday, May 10th

The 12th Annual Delaware Marathon Running Festival is Delaware’s largest, oldest, biggest, and best running festival. It’s the biggest field ever, with 3500 participants. For more information, visit 12th Annual Delaware Marathon™ Running Festival


Midatlantic Wine + Food FestivalMid-Atlantic Wine + Food Festival

Wednesday thru Sunday, May 13th – 17th

5 days, 35 events.  4 days of international, national, regional and local food and wine excellence with 60+ chefs and 23+ winemakers from around the world – all creating one unforgettable long weekend. The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival® celebrates excellence in food, wine and spirits. Join international chefs and winemakers in addition to acclaimed regional chefs at 35 events in and around the Brandywine Valley and coastal Delaware.  A rain or shine event. For more info, visit Mid-Atlantic Wine & Food Festival

Wilmington Grand Prix Weekend | Cycling Event & Street Festival

wilmington grand prix 2015 logoFriday thru Sunday, May 15-17th

Ever see 100 bikes sprint through a downtown at 35 mph? Pro racers from 19 states will be on hand for this 3 day nationally ranked event featuring elite national and international men’s and women’s races and the Gran Prix, a 35-mile course through 13 cultural attractions in beautiful New Castle County. A course made famous during the Tour DuPont. Wilmington Grand Prix is an international cycling event that includes a FREE  street festival, a parade, a recreational ride through a dozen world-class cultural attractions, sidewalk and course cafes, and a variety of free family rides and attractions.  For more information, visit Grand Prix Weekend | Cycling Event & Street Festival

a day in old new castle festival may 2015A Day in Old New Castle Festival

Saturday, May 16th

America’s oldest house and garden tour returns – Visit The Amstel House, Dutch House and Old Library Museums. 18 homes, 25 gardens, Civil War re-enactors, demos, music, carriage rides, childrens activities and more! Step back in time –  Each year for the past 90+ years, tourists from across the region have enjoyed the chance to step back in time to the historic era when New Castle served as the capital of the fledgling colony of Delaware.  A rain or shine event. For info, visit A Day in Old New Castle

Newark Memorial Day Celebration & Parade

Sunday, May 17thNewark Memorial-Day-Parade-Delaware

Grab the family and march onward to Newark for a very special day in May! The Memorial Day celebration and parade honoring hose that have lost their lives in service to our country with marching units representing all branches of the service, veteran’s organizations, schools and community organizations parading down Main Street displaying the pride of our nation.  For more info, visit Newark Memorial Day Celebration & Parade

Nascar is Back in Dover & Fan FestDover-International-Speedway-Nascar

Friday thur Sunday, May 29th – 31st

Fans from all over the East Coast will head this weekend to the home of the Monster Mile. Race weekend in Delaware isn’t just about racing…it’s about community and a collection of the best sports fans in the world coming together for a weekend-long party in the capital of the First State. Throughout the weekend, fans will find no shortage of fun off the track and with a full docket of driver appearances and autograph sessions, free concerts, monster fun fan zone, and more, you’ll never be bored when NASCAR comes to Dover! For more info, visit Nascar is Back in Dover

Greek Festival Wilmington

Tuesday thru Saturday, June 2nd – 6thGreek-Festival-Wilmington-Delaware

OPA! Enjoy the LOCAL tastes of Greece with authentic homemade delicacies at the 40th annual Wilmington Greek Festival. For 5 days, the parishioners of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church take you on a trip to the Old Country where you can close your eyes and imagine yourself in a Greek village where locals are celebrating an annual event. There will be plenty of “Kefi”, presence of joy and high spirits for you, your family, friends and co-workers to enjoy while attending our annual Greek Festival.  A FREE admission rain or shine event. For more info, visit Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

St. Anthony’s Italian Festivalst-anthonys-italian-festival

Sunday thru Sunday, June 7th -14th

In the heart of Wilmington’s Little Italy, this week-long family festival is one of the largest around. Featuring home-made pastas and fabulous desserts in addition to amazing entertainment from mid-way attractions, carnival rides and games to traditional Italian dance bands and more. Families and singles alike delight in this city tradition. Come experience Italy in Wilmington’s “Little Italy”.  In 2015 the festival will focus on the Abruzzo region.  Many Italian-Americans in the St. Anthony’s community, and the Delaware region, trace their ancestry to Abruzzo.  A rain or shine event. For more info, visit St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz FestivalClifford Brown Jazz Festival June 2015

Saturday thru Saturday, June 13th – 20th

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is the largest, multi-day, free, outdoor music festival on the East Coast. Taking place in downtown Wilmington. This festival has been the festival to hear artists perform some of Clifford’s work. Past festival patrons have heard Artists like Chic Corea, Jerry Gonzalez, Pete Escovedo and his orchestra, KEM,  Jonathan Butler, Lalath Hathaway, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, and Norman Brown have all performed here. A FREE admission rain or shine event. For more information, visit DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

FireFly Music FestivalFireFly Music Festival

Thursday thru Sunday, June 18th – 21st

4 days, 4 years, 110+ performers, 7 stages. Along with headliners Kings of Leon and The Killers, and Paul McCartney! The 2015 lineup also features Morrissey, Snoop Dogg, Foster the People, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Zedd, Hozier, Empire of the Sun, Kid Cudi and nearly 100 additional acts performing across 7 stages. Don’t wait too long to purchase tickets. For more info, visit FireFly Music Festival


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