2016 Winter Festivals Guide. There’s no better way to shake off the cabin fever than with some of the regions most happening and infamous LOCAL winter festivals in chronological order. From WINE, EATs, and Guiltless Shopping to Stage, ARTs and Music, embrace the cold and celebrate the beauty of winter nearly every weekend until the onset of Spring. Mark your calendars and bookmark this page – we’ll keep adding Winter Festivals to heat you up! It’s Winter, so hopefully it goes without saying —please watch for weather advisories and cancellations.
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* WINTER FESTIVALS *
Winter Wine-derland at Chaddford Winery (Jan. 16-18)
Kick off the winter festival season at Chaddsford Winery’s aptly named Winter Wine-derland! This three-day event at the winery includes food trucks, live music, fire pits, and wine! Plus, the first 100 folks through the gates each day receive a free winter hat! What’s there to WhINE about!?!? The Winter Wine-derland runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from January 16-18. Cheers!
Invention Convention at Hagley Museum (Jan. 16-18)
The theme for the 2016 Invention Convention is robots. Robots have explored the far reaches of space, the depths of the oceans, and the inner workings of the human body. Now you can explore robots themselves. The fun-filled weekend event will explore the fascinating world of robotics with robotic demonstrations, hands-on engineering challenges, and in-person conversations with professionals who use robots in their daily work. For information, please visit Invention Convention.
Downtown Newark Restaurant Week (Jan. 18-24)
The Downtown Newark Partnership is proud to host its 10th annual Restaurant Week at 10 Main Street establishments. Come out and enjoy innovative and tantalizing two- and three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner designed to suit any palette or purse. Restaurant Week runs from January 18-24.
Fair Hill “Frozen” Fantasy (Jan. 23)
Guilty Girls Warehouse Sale (Feb. 5-6)
Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley (Feb. 8)
Victorine’s Valentine’s Day is a sweet family event with something for everyone. Guests can decorate a candy bar wrapper and customize a cup of hot chocolate with different toppings. Visitors can also discover the Victorian roots of Valentine’s Day. For more information, please visit Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley.
Shine a Light On The Queen 1976 (Feb. 20)
Chinese New Year Celebration at the Art Museum (Feb. 20)
It’s the Year of the Monkey! Enjoy a FREE celebration including traditional Chinese art activities, artist demonstrations, a gallery scavenger hunt, plus a lion and folk dance and Chinese yo-yo performance by the Chinese American Community Center Folk and Lion Dance Troupes and Yo-Yo Club. Artwork created by children from the Chinese School of Delaware will be on view to commemorate this holiday. For more info, visit Chinese New Year Celebration at the Delaware Art Museum.
Hockessin Art Festival (Feb. 26-28)
Maple Sugaring & Pancake Breakfast at DNS (Feb. 27)
Come out and learn about Maple Sugaring at the Ashland Nature Center followed by a pancake breakfast where you can “taste the final product.” This is a fun event for the whole family! For details, please visit Maple Sugaring and Pancake Breakfast at DNS.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilmington (March)
Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival (March 18-20)
30+ bands. Two Stages. Three days. Weekend jamming. These are all things to enjoy at the Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival. Featuring open band performances and $1,000 prize drawing! For more information, please visit Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival.