NDH Spring Festivals 2014Spring is in the air(finally).  Time to get up & out and enjoy this fabulous weather and some of the North Delaware’s most favorite and famous, 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. From horses, flowers, cycling, food, wine, baseball, rides,  race cars, runs, parades, history and music, if you don’t find something here, you might want to head for the stars(no exaggeration there).  So mark your calendars and book mark this page, we guarantee you are in for a WILD spring ride through New Castle County this May and June! North Delawareans and beyond Unite!


36th Annual Point-to-Pointpoint-to-point

Sunday, May 4th

Bask in the pageantry and spectacle of the 36th 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 36th Annual Point-to-Point


Wilmington Flower MarketWilmington-Flower-Market

Thursday thru Saturday, May 8-10th

Kicking off your spring is 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

11th Annual Delaware Marathon™ Running Festival

Sunday, May 11th2014-Marathon-Delaware

The 11th Annual Delaware Marathon Running Festival. The Delaware Marathon™ course consists of two half marathon distance loops. Both loops take you from the Wilmington Riverfront on the Christina River, across town to beautiful Brandywine Park on the Brandywine River, along Kentmere and Bancroft Parkways, through the 40 Acres, Wawaset Park, and Little Italy neighborhoods of Wilmington before returning via the Wilmington park system and past Rodney Square to the Riverfront. For more information, visit 11th Annual Delaware Marathon™ Running Festival

Midatlantic Wine + Food FestivalMid-Atlantic Wine & Food Festival

Tuesday thru Sunday, May 14th – 18th

5 days, 50 events + 20 fascinating food, beer + wine related educational courses.  4 days of international, national, regional and local food and wine excellence with 90+ chefs and 20+ winemakers from 6 continents – all creating one unforgettable weekend. The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival® celebrates excellence in food, wine and spirits for the benefit of the arts in Delaware. Join international chefs and winemakers in addition to acclaimed regional chefs at 44 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

Friday thru Sunday, May 16-18thWilmington Grand Prix May 16-18

This 3 day USA Cycling National Racing calendar event with elite national and international men’s and women’s races and the Gran Prix, a 35-mile course through 11 cultural attractions in beautiful New Castle County. A course made famous during the Tour DuPont. Friday – cheer on 300 riders as they compete against the clock and the cobblestones of Monkey Hill near the Brandywine Zoo. Enjoy an outdoor BBQ with music, beer and family fun in Brandywine Park. Saturday  – gather downtown to watch a figure-eight criterium over a one-mile course. Start/Finish line in front of The Grand Opera House at 800 block of Market Street. Named among the Top 10 criterium bike races in the country by USA Cycling, the Wilmington Grand Prix is an international cycling event that includes a FREE 6-block 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.  You don’t have to be a cycling fan to enjoy this outdoor event.  For more information, visit Grand Prix Weekend | Cycling Event & Street Festival

A Day in Old New Castle

Saturday, May 17th


America’s oldest house and garden tour returns – Visit The Amstel House, Dutch House and Old Library Museums.  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 18th
Newark 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 DoverDover-International-Speedway-Nascar

Friday, May 30th through Sunday, June 1st

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 at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Tuesday thru Saturday, June 3rd – 7thGreek-Festival-Wilmington-Delaware

OPA! Enjoy the LOCAL tastes of Greece with authentic homemade delicacies at the 39th annual Wilmington Greek Festival. Definitely one of our all time local favorites. 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 FestivalStAnthonys-Italian-Festival-Wilmington-Delaware-June

Sunday thru Sunday, June 8th -15th

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”.  For 2014, the Italian Festival celebrates the Ascoli Piceno region in the Le Marche province.  This is Italy’s “vacationland” on the Adriatic Sea–northeast of Rome & south of Venice.  Many Italian-American families at St. Anthony’s & in the larger Wilmington area hail from this region.  A rain or shine event. For more info, visit St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

Blue Rocks Reverse Home Run Derby & All-Star Hitting Challenge

Hitting Challenge Baseball

Monday, June 16th

Come out to Frawley Stadium to watch the 2014 California and Carolina League All-Stars compete in the 2014 Reverse Home Run Derby and All-Star Hitting Challenge. The Wilmington Blue Rocks will continue that tradition of trying new things by becoming the first Minor League baseball club to host a Home Run Derby where players bat from the outfield and try to hit the ball into the stands behind where home plate normally resides. That is the highlight of the Hitting Challenge that will open the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game festivities presented by Bank of America at Frawley Stadium.  The hitting challenge will feature 12 players – six from the California League and six from the Carolina League – competing as teams to prove once and for all which coast features the top Advanced-A hitters. Contestants will get 60 seconds to take as many swings as possible at targets that will be littered across Judy Johnson Field at Frawley Stadium.  Weather permitting. For more information, visit Blue Rocks Reverse Home Run Derby & All-Star Hitting Challenge

2014 California/Carolina All-Star Game

Tuesday June 17th2014_All_Star_Game

First State Showdown. Baseball’s Stars of tomororow square off in the first state. Frawley Stadium will serve as host of the California-Carolina League All-Star Game. This will be the second time Wilmington has hosted this inter-league All-Star event. The 2014 California/Carolina All-Star Game pits the top players of the Advanced-A California League against the top players of the Advanced-A Carolina League. For more info, visit 2014 California/Carolina All-Star Game

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Wednesday thru Saturday, June 18th – 21stdupont clifford brown jazz festival

The 2014 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 Festival

Thursday thru Sunday, June 19th – 22nd


Finish out your Spring on a HIGH NOTE in the Woodlands at Dover Downs International Speedway at the 3rd Annual Firefly Music Festival. This is the East Coast’s premier music experience offering 3 days of unforgettable musical performances. This is genuinely one of the coolest and most tuned-in best-in-class events we have ever attended. With mega stages, food & drink, camping, tailgating –  every where and every size. 2014 Head line features – Jack Johnson, Foo Fighters, OutKast and more. A do not miss best-in-class recommendation for sure! Tickets are going FAST and furious. Might want to call in sick on Monday.  A rain or shine event. For more info, visit FireFly Music Festival.



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