making wishesIt’s weekends like that this that make you want to twirl in park, makes wishes while having a picnic and enjoying the sunshine. Aside from that, there’s a great many things to do this weekend, inside and out. Check out our top event picks for the weekend: Friday, August 5- Sunday, August 7. From the Big Wheel Races for Breast Cancer to a Night at the Museum and from Inspire Lot Series to a Cuban BBQ Dinner, there’s plenty to keep you on the move this weekend!

Remember, this is just a TEASE, check out a full listing of events on the calendar of events page.

What’s Happening & Where This Weekend!



Summer in the Parks banner 2016Summer in the Park

9 weeks of free arts activities for kids of all ages in neighborhoods across the City of Wilmington. Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance will perform Friday night, August 5th from 6-7 p.m. at Stapler

Inspire LotThe Inspire Lot Series

held on First Friday Art Loop nights in May, June, August, September, and October from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live music by Brooks Long, assorted food trucks, hands-on art activities, and a whole lot of fun!

Delaware Museum of Natural HistoryParents’ Night Off at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

No need to find a babysitter on Friday night!  Let the Delaware Museum of Natural History take care of that for you.
It may be called Parents’ Night Off, but let’s be honest… it’s really for the kids! This event’s theme is “Summer Fun!”  Experiments, movies, games, arts and crafts, and other activities mean there’s something for everyone ages 5-10.  Includes dinner for campers.

art on the town_2013_wilmington delawareWilmington Art Loop | Art on the Town

Wilmington Art Loop | Art on the town is a tour of opening receptions for art exhibitions in the downtown and greater Wilmington area on the first Friday of the month. Art galleries, studios, museums and alternative art spaces offer an opportunity to meet the featured artist(s) while enjoying refreshments, and in some cases live entertainment


Big WheelsBig Wheel Race for Breast Cancer 2016

Take a Bite Out of Breast Cancer @ The Starboard- fun for kids of all ages. Obstacle course & drag race, best decked big wheel contest, auction and Bryen O’Boyle on the deck starting at 2pm!

KIDS Fund7th Annual Delaware KIDS Fund 5K

This is always a fun event featuring kid-friendly amenities, great tasting food, local craft beer, ice cream, music, plenty of ice-cold water, prizes, raffles and more – as the community comes together to help fight childhood hunger in Delaware.

North Quarter Creole exteriorBellefonte Brewery Meets NQC Cuban BBQ Dinner

North Quarter Creole (NQC) is teaming up with Bellefonte Brewery for an epic night of Cuban BBQ, drinks, and fun! Expect delicious homemade Cuban BBQ with a Creole crossover matched with some great local beer, sangria, and Cuban Mojitos.

StargazingNight at the Museum & Overnight Star Party

We’ll begin the evening with a Star Party led by astronomers from the Delaware Astronomical Society followed by a nature movie in the auditorium.  Plus there will be time to explore all there is to see in the museum. Settle down to sleep with the dinosaurs, in the dark of the African Watering Hole, or out under the starry night sky.

Rhett MillerRhett Miller

Rhett Miller is the front man and main songwriter of the hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll quartet the Old 97’s, as well as an accomplished solo artist. In addition to his music being featured in countless films and television shows, Rhett has appeared in an episode of the NBC hit series 30 Rock and the Old 97’s were prominently featured in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy, The Break Up.

Jamaican Independence Day

Break free of the oppressive summer heat — like Jamaica did as a newly independent nation from the United Kingdom back on August 6, 1962. Enjoy a festive day with food and drink specials.

rp_f5502226-f21f-4c9f-ade7-8bfc3a42c562_zpszhkfnxju.jpgSteamin’ Days at Auburn Heights

During Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights, the site truly comes alive. Climb into an antique automobile or board one of our trains and experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Or tour the magnificent 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family.

Bellevue band shellSummer Concert Series in Bellevue State Park

Bring a picnic and a blanket and join us at the band shell to enjoy our free Summer Concert Sunday, August 7 :: Jah People — Root Rock Reggae Philly Style.