Kick back this weekendTGIF…that’s all we have to say! If you think you’re going to kick back and relax this weekend, think again, there’s way too much fun to be had! North Delaware IS Happening as usual, check out our top event picks for the weekend – Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15. From Foodie Friday to the Wilmington Grand Prix and from Grapes & Grains to “Hamlet” the Opera, there’s plenty to keep you moving this weekend and beyond!

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!



New Orleans Crawfish Boil

One of the latest restaurants to open in Wilmington, North Quarter Creole, hosts an authentic New Orleans Crawfish Boil. They will be serving Crawfish flown in from Louisiana, shrimp, Andouille sausage, red potatoes, and corn on cob in a Beer Butter Boil Sauce…YUM!

Crawfish Boil

Blue Barl Barn

Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday is an evening of culinary adventure for a great cause at Alapocas Run and Wilmington State Parks. Some of the areas leading Food Trucks will feature small plates, and special menu items.  Try your favorites as well as daring new dishes. Beer and wine will also be available.

Relay for lifeRelay For Life of Newark

An organized team fundraising walk that benefits the American Cancer Society. Members of each team take turns walking while camping out around the track. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie.


Wilmington Grand PrixWilmington Grand Prix Kickoff Party at the Monkey Hill Time Trials

The Monkey Hill Time Trial and Kick-off Party will feature food trucks, a craft beer garden, and live music by Special Delivery Band! Admission is FREE!



Bike RaceWilmington Grand Prix

The Wilmington Grand Prix is one of the premier criterium-style bike races in the U.S. Fans and attendees can enjoy course cafes, a DJ, a Family Expo on Rodney Square, live music, demonstrations, a street festival, and a sidewalk sale.

DFVA Greenville Summer Art Show

An impressive group of outstanding professional artists from the Brandywine Valley area will exhibit and sell original new works of art.

DFVA Greenville Summer Art Show 2016

Beers & Gears

Come to Delaware Park for a celebration of craft beer and spectacular cars. The Grove Tent will host the craft beer festival where 30 different breweries will be pouring samples for guests. The Gears portion of the event will take place in the Track Valet area of the parking lot and will feature spectacular hot rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, and exotics.Beers & Gears 2016

Family Fun Fest at Milburn Orchards

The 6th Annual Boys and Girls Christian Home Benefit featuring; Carnival Games, Rib Cook Off Contest, Face Painting, Giant Inflatables, Food & Drinks,  50/50 Raffle, Music, Prizes and MORE!Family Fun Fest at Milburn Orchards 2016

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

Your ticket includes sampler mug, unlimited samples (while supplies last) music, food vendors available to purchase food, gather some friends and come out to support Middletown Main Street and have some fun!

Pre-Opera Tailgate for “Hamlet”

Opera Delaware StudiosChat and chew with fellow opera fans at a festive, pre-performance tailgate at OperaDelaware! Prior to the Saturday performance of “Hamlet”, OperaDelaware will host a Pre-Opera Tailgate at their studio lot, just blocks from The Grand Opera House. Transportation to and from the show will be provided.

Night at the Museum & Overnight Star Party

Be among the lucky few to spend a Night at the Museum. The evening starts with a Star Party led by astronomers from the Delaware Astronomical Society followed by a walk through our trails to roast marshmallows over a campfire or snuggle up for a nature movie in the auditorium.

Delaware Museum of Natural History



Jack Markell bikeGovernor’s Ride

As part of the Wilmington Grand Prix, Delaware Governor Markell and other celebrity riders will lead an escorted 24-kilometer (15-mile) ride through the Brandywine Valley. The course will offer cyclists the unique opportunity to ride through world-class cultural attractions.

The Willowdale Steeplechase

This family-friendly event is enjoyed by over 10,000 spectators who spend a casual yet sophisticated day in Chester County’s horse country. There will be shopping on the grounds as well as antique car displays, Jack Russell Terrier races, small pony races, large pony races, and horse races.Willowdale Steeplechase horses

Newark Memorial Day Parade and Celebration

During this annual event, Veterans of Wars from all branches of service march in a parade down Main Street.
A ceremony honoring our nation’s veterans will be held on the University of Delaware’s Campus Green at Memorial Hall, followed by the parade on Main Street in remembrance of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice and wreath laying ceremony at the Academy Building lawn.Newark Memorial Day Parade 2016
Work alongside the volunteer crew as they haul the lines, raise the sails, and learn first-hand just how hard it was to cross the Atlantic in the 17th century … or just bring along a picnic and enjoy the sights and sounds of the water while the crew does all the work.Kalmar Nyckel MainForward or AmbassadorSm

8-Bit Orchestra Spring Concert 20168-Bit Orchestra Spring Concert

The 8-Bit Orchestra is a student ensemble at the University of Delaware dedicated to promoting video game music as an art form. The Orchestra plays everything from indie games all the way to the orchestral stylings of Final Fantasy.