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JUN 21–25  The Annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

In Rodney Square in Wilmington, this is a FREE event. VisitDelaware.com says, “one of the only forms of music that is purely American, jazz music has been popular across our great country since the late 19th century. That popularity is especially strong in Wilmington, Delaware where we celebrate the music in memory of our very own jazz great, Clifford Brown, each and every summer.” This year, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival lineup will fill Rodney Square with jazz music including these two special events. Thursday, June 23: the Chase Center on the Riverfront will be hosting Sax in the City, which is an annual fundraiser that benefits many of the cultural events and festivals that happen in Wilmington throughout the summer. Tickets for this event are $25 and can be purchased right from the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival website. Friday, June 24: The Block Party between 8th and 10th on Market Street. Attending is free and there will also be lots of food, beer, and wine vendors in the area. Read more on our Blog at http://blog.activeadultsdelaware.com/2016/05/27/2016s-clifford-brown-jazz-festival/

JUN 25-26  New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood

Experience family fun for children of all ages at Delaware’s Largest Family Picnic... the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park. Featuring vendors, live music, local restaurants, crafters and local creameries serving the region’s best ice creams, you won’t want to miss this! For more information,  call 302-690-5555 or visit http://rockwoodicecream.com/

JUN 25-26  Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival

Saturday, 9am - 4pm, Sunday, 9am - 3pm. The Lewes Historical Society presents the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes. 2016 is the seventh year for this event and will feature more than seventy sea glass artists and other coastal artists. Enjoy delicious food and cool treats all weekend. Jimmy G will be playing Steel Drums on Saturday from 10am-2pm.  Bring your glass shards and bottles, the specialist will be available to identify your treasures on-site on Sunday from 9am-3pm. Admission to the festival is $5 per person; children under 12 free. http://www.leweschamber.com/event/community-events/2016-mid-atlantic-sea-glass-coastal-arts-festival

JUL 3  Rehoboth Beach 4th Of July Fireworks

Celebrate July 3rd with a spectacular fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks Internationale – launched from the beach, south of Rehoboth Avenue and visible up and down the boardwalk and beach at approximately 9:15pm. There will be entertainment at the bandstand. The Funsters will be performing from 8pm – 9:15pm prior to the fireworks and then again until 11:00 p.m. following the fireworks. For more information visit www.rehobothbandstand.com.

Independence Day Fireworks in Rehoboth Beach

Date: Sunday, July 3, 2016 9:15pm
Location: The Rehoboth Beach Main Street on the Boardwalk and Shoreline

- See more at: http://www.rehobothbeach.city/events#sthash.WiQOSNmy.dpuf

JUL 3  Cape May/Lewes Ferry's July 4th Fireworks Cruise 2016

5pm-11pm. Departing from Lewes on board the M/V Delaware, you will see an incredible fireworks display on the Delaware Bay. Onboard, listen to live music from Glass Onion at the 3rd deck Lido Bar. This is a ticketed event. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. http://www.capemaylewesferry.com/Admin_Calendar/tabid/1231/ctl/Details/Mid/733/ItemID/4096/Default.aspx?ContainerSrc=[G]Containers/DarkKnight/PageTitle_Blue

JUL 4  Middletown 4th of July Fireworks

6-10pm. 4th of July Fireworks sponsored by the Town of Middletown will be held at dusk/dark at Silver Lake Park. Food will be sold by non-profits. No pets, no bikes, no skateboards, no alcohol, no open flames, no personal fireworks allowed.

http://www.middletownde.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=40476&typeID=226

JUL 4   Lewes Fourth of July Celebration

The City of Lewes continues its long tradition of hosting old-fashioned games for children on Second Street beginning at 9 am.  For the safety of the participants, Second Street will be closed while the games are in progress and will re-open at the conclusion of the games. Following the games, the Lewes Independence Day Boat Parade will wind its way down the Lewes – Rehoboth canal from the Roosevelt Inlet to Fisherman’s Wharf as part of the City of Lewes’ 4th of July holiday festivities. Children's games on Second Street at 9 am and decorated boat parade on the canal at 2 pm. Later in the afternoon, the Doo-Dah Parade will begin around 5 on its regular route toward town on Kings Highway, Savannah Road and then onto Second Street.  The day is jam-packed with lots of fun for the whole family!! http://www.leweschamber.com/event/chamber-events/lewes-old-fashioned-fourth-july-celebration

JUL 4  A Celebration of Independence in the Capital of the First State

6pm: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. Enjoy a patriotic parade with music, marchers, antique cars and more through downtown Dover. The parade route is along State Street, starting at Hazel Road and ending just past The Green. 6:45pm:Smooth Sounds Dance Band, 7:45pm:Opening Ceremony featuring C-17 flyover, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem, led by Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen in front of Legislative Hall. 8pm: 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard’s concert of patriotic, pop and band classics in front of Legislative Hall, leading up to the fireworks show at Dusk – About 9:20pm: The 2016 Dover Fourth of July fireworks show, set to music from the Broadway hip-hop phenomenon “Hamilton.” http://www.dover4thofjuly.com/index.html

JUL 4 4th of July Festivities in Milton

10am. The Town of Milton will celebrate our nation’s birthday when independence was declared from British rule, has been celebrated for 240 years with flags, parades, picnics, games and patriotic pride in Milton Memorial Park beginning at 10am. http://www.visitsoutherndelaware.com/events/4th-july-festivities-milton

JUL 4 Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade & Celebration

Noon til… the 33rd Annual Bethany Beach Independence Day Celebration will kick off with a parade at noon and take its traditional 2-mile route through town. The Downtowners Fancy Brigade Mummers band from Philadelphia and the 1st Delaware Regiment Fife and Drum Corp will provide musical entertainment. The horseshoe-throwing contest occurs at 2pm at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds. Fireworks will complete the day at dusk.There is no rain date. For updates, visit the Town’s website, www.townofbethanybeach.com

JUL 30  People's Festival - 4Peace Tribute to Bob Marley

Before he became an icon, Bob Marley lived with his mother in Wilmington, Delaware working as a lab assistant at DuPont and on the line at the Chrysler plant. Today, his legacy is celebrated every year at the Annual Peoples' Festival 4 Peace Tribute to Bob Marley, where artists jam on two stages in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, and attendees wander between the Drum Circle, Children's Village and International Food Court. For more information visit http://www.peoplesfestival.com/

 

AUG 5-7  Riverfront Blues Festival

One amazing 3day, outdoor blues festival held on the Wilmington waterfront. The 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival brings the best of the blues to Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington. This annual Wilmington tradition is a outdoor music fest held on the historic Wilmington riverfront. The festival has featured many memorable performances from notable blues artists like Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and Elvin Bishop. The 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival lineup will be announced soon, so check the website http://riverfrontbluesfestde.com/ for more information and the festival lineup.

AUG 19  An Evening with Gladys Knight

7:30pm, the Freeman Stage in Bethany Beach. The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. VThe Empress of Soul has enjoyed No. 1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television, and live performance. She is a seven-time Grammy winner, she participated in the 14th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” This fall marked the release of her first mainstream dance record, “Just A Little” in nearly 20 years. Fixed Seating provided; Tickets are required for ALL patrons, including infants and children. For tickets and more information, visit http://freemanstage.org/event/an-evening-with-gladys-knight/

AUG 20  Middletown Olde-Tyme Peach Festival

9am-4pm. A Bit of Sweetness at the end of the Summer, the 2016 Middletown Peach Festival draws 30K people with local artists, entertainment for the kids and a peach pie contest. Beginning at 9am with the annual Peach parade on Broad Street, many of the activities are centered around Main Street. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day around town.  There are activities for children, a local artist exhibit, historical exhibits, a peach pie contest, crafts, music, food, games, and of course – Peaches!  The Peach Festival is a rain-or-shine event! For more information, visit http://www.middletownpeachfestival.com/

AUG 27-28  The Big August Quarterly

With over 200 years of history, the Big August Quarterly is the nation's oldest African-American festival celebrating the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion and rights of all people to peacefully assemble. Once an important part of the Underground Railroad system, the August Quarterly remains a festival of reunions and religious revival for people for families and friends and is held throughout Wilmington. Share the heritage, music, crafts, singing, stage performances, children events, storytelling, vendors, food arts, African clothing, books and national known recording artists. Visit http://www.augustquarterly.org/ or call 302-655-5231 for more information.

AUG 27  5th Annual Delaware Burger Battle

Rain or shine, the battle between the buns brings together the best burgermeisters from all corners of Delaware to challenge each other for burger supremacy inside the Burger Battle Arena. This annual event held at Cauffiel House at 1016 Philadelphia Pike in Wilmington will find each restaurant will put its best burger forward for your judgment. A panel of expert judges will select the Critic's Choice Winner. Your votes will determine the People's Choice Winner. You pay one price. Once you enter the arena, you're free to go from booth to booth sampling burgers from all the participating restaurants. Try one. Try them all. Your ticket also entitles you to tastings of adult beverages. Soft drinks are included. Early Bird Tickets start at $40 and will be available for $60 at the door the day of the event.  For more information, visit http://www.deburgerbattle.com/

Milford Riverwalk Freedom Festival

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

Woodland Ferry Festival

Nanticoke Indian Powwow

Farmer and Foodie Festival & Historic Georgetown Art Crawl

Lewes Oktoberfest

Millsboro Boro Bash

Dewey Beach Music Conference and Festival

Corn to Run and Harvest Festival at East Coast Garden Center

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