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Delaware Events, Regional Performances, Festivals and More...
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Our Favorite Festivals, Annual Events, Benefits and Live Performances
JUN 21-24 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is the largest, multi-day, free, outdoor music festival on the East Coast. Taking place in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, 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. http://cliffordbrownjazzfest.org/
JUN 24 Wilmington Writers Conference
8:30am-4pm at the Delaware Art Museum. The Wilmington Writers Conference will include a keynote presentation and craft talk by novelist and Wilmington-native, Christopher Castellani; eight other sessions taught by area writers will be offered including Delaware's Poets Laureate; a lunchtime discussion on Delaware's literary history and tour of the exhibition The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner; and a panel discussion about being a writer. Cost: $15-$25. For more information and to register visit Delaware Art Museum.
JUN 25 Yogafest
8am-1pm at Canalfront Park on Font Street in Lewes. Amazing yoga instructors (for both adult & kids), meditation teachers, healers, acro yogis, musical performers, massage therapists, fitness enthusiasts, healthy life speakers, life coaches, inspirational authors, and local chefs for a transformational yoga festival in our very own Lewes, Delaware. Rain or shine. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park. Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mantra-fest-2017-tickets-34152145988 or visit http://dimitrayoga.com/mantra-yoga-festival/
Through JUL 30 Ansel Adams: Early Works Exhibition
At the Biggs Museum in Dover. Ansel Adams – photographer, musician, conservationist, naturalist, explorer, critic and teacher – was a giant in the field of landscape photography. This exhibition presents the work of this iconic American photographer. His work can be viewed as the end of an arc of American art concerned with capturing the “sublime” in the unspoiled Western landscape: a tradition that includes several painters on view within the Biggs Museum including Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole. http://www.visitdelawarevillages.com/events-calendar/ansel-adams-early-works-exhibition/
JUL 1 - St. Peter's Episcopal Church Art Show
9am-3pm at the church in Lewes. Visit https://www.leweschamber.com/event/community-events/st-peters-episcopal-church-art-show
JUL 2 Downtown Rehoboth Beach Fireworks
9:15pm at the Boardwalk and the Beach. Come early. https://www.beach-fun.com/events/current-events/event/2716-downtown-rehoboth-beach-fireworks.html
JUL 2 Dewey Beach Fireworks
9pm at McKinley Street on the Bay. Visit https://www.deweybeachlife.com/
JUL 4 Lewes Old Fashioned 4th of July and Do-Dah Parade
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Lewes. Children's games at 9 am on Second Street, Boat Parade at 2 pm on the Canal and the Doo-Dah Parade at "approximately" 5 pm. https://www.leweschamber.com/event/chamber-events/lewes-old-fashioned-fourth-july-celebration
JUL 4 Dover 4th of July with Fireworks
All day event. Thousands of people gather on Legislative Mall in downtown Dover, Delaware to enjoy music, entertainment, ceremonies, free children activities, 287th Army Band of the Delaware National Guard, walking historic tours, fireworks and so much more on the Fourth of July. This community celebration gets larger each year and is a great opportunity for food and other vendors. The event starts at 9am with fireworks going off at 9:20pm. Visit http://www.visitdelawarevillages.com/events-calendar/4th-of-july-all-day-event-fireworks/
JUL 7 Downtown Dover First Friday
5-8pm in Downtown Dover. Come to downtown Dover for another Friday Night of FREE Family Fun including Scott Bloodsworth Band, Mr. Bar-B-Que, Blue Earl Brewery, Great American Wine Co., Face Painting, Devine Paws, Walk the Dog and other vendors. For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/395597314168707/ and our Downtown Dover Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DowntownDover/
JUL 8 Lewes Summer Craft Fair
July in Lewes means the Summer Craft Fair brought to you by The Lewes Historical Society. The 2017 Summer Craft Fair is on Saturday, July 8, from 9:00am until 4:00pm at the Historic Campus at Second & Shipcarpenter Streets in downtown Lewes. Admission to the craft fair is $5 per person, to be paid at the gate; children under 12 are free. Proceeds from this event will benefit educational and preservation programs at The Lewes Historical Society. - See more at: https://www.leweschamber.com/event/community-events/2017-lewes-summer-craft-fair#sthash.0B9H7yLd.dpuf
JUL 11-12 Rehoboth Beach Cottage Tour
10am-3pm. The Rehoboth Art League will hold the 68th Annual Cottage Tour of Art on July 11 and July 12, 2017. The Cottage Tour Committee has worked for several months to present this year’s very distinctive selection of homes in the Rehoboth Beach area. The homes on this year’s two-day self-paced tour have very different landscapes, interior and architectural designs, ranging from historically significant to contemporary and eco-friendly. Some homes have quite an evolving history and many homeowners showcase memories and collections in creative ways. http://www.rehobothartleague.org/68th-2017-annual-cottage-tour.html
JUL 14 Artini @ Delaware Art Museum
7pm at the Delaware Art Museum. Unwind on a Friday night sipping a Mad Men-era cocktail and getting in touch with your creative side. In this laid-back workshop, students will complete a painting inspired by retro patterns and prints. Supplies, beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Must be 21 or older to participate. $35 for Members, $40 for Non-Members. Visit www.delart.org/event/artini/
JUL 19 Annual Acoustic Jam
7-10pm at the Rehoboth Museum. Annual Acoustic Jam. $20 per person, pre-paid. Join us for a great night of acoustic music by local musicians featuring songs we all know and love. This event sells out well in advance – please mark your calendars and reserve your seat early!
JUL 19 - Wine Tasting & Art Auction to benefit Kinfolk
5:30-7:30pm at the Virden Center at the University of Delaware in Lewes. Kinfolk supplies free laptop computers and internet access to hospitalized and homebound children to keep them in touch with family, school and friends and to help them fight the stress of their illness. Tickets are $30.00 - for tickets or information contact Kathy McNamara at 302-645-6971. Tickets will also be available at the door. Visit https://www.beach-fun.com/events/current-events/event/2621-wine-tasting-a-art-auction-to-benefit-kinfolk.html
JUL 19 Kirtan Transcendental Jam Session
6pm at Milton Theatre. Transcendental Jam Session. Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 5000 years to India. It is a form of Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping, and dancing. You will not be able to resist the urge to join in! In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss, and ecstasy. Donations will be taken at the door. Complimentary vegetarian feast. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/234616037042423/
JUL 20-29 Delaware State Fair
8am-11pm at the Delaware State Fair Grounds in Harrington. See farm and livestock exhibits and competitions. Ride the rides or watch one of the headline acts. Great food and great fun await every member of your family. For a full list of concert performers, entertainment, information and events, please visit www.DelawareStateFair.com
JUL 22 4th Annual Roadhouse Bluesfest
12-9pm at Jonathan's Landing Golf Course in Magnolia. The 4th Annual Roadhouse Bluesfest has the strongest lineup ever featuring 2017 Grammy Award nominee Joe Louis Walker, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart's Muscle Theory, Vanessa Collier and her band, Roger Girke and The Wandering Souls, Tom Craig and Soul Patch and The Blues Reincarnation Project. The gates open at 11am, the festival starts at noon and runs until 9pm. Beverages, t-shirts and other items will for sale along with some of the best food trucks in the area. You can read more about the 4th Annual Roadhouse Blues festival and buy Early Bird tickets by visiting http://centraldelawareblues.com.
JUL 22 - 9th Annual Seafood and Art Festival
10am-6pm at the Indian River Marina. 9th Annual Seafood and Art Festival has free admission - craft vendors, artisans, Lollypop the Clown and live music by Jimmy G. Visit http://www.destateparks.com/marinas/
AUG 19 10th Annual Lewes Creative Writers' Conference
8:30am-4pm at the Lewes Public Library. Nationally and internationally known writers, including nature writer Lisa Couturier and poet Gerry LaFemina, will lead open sessions and small workshops in poetry, novel, short stories, flash fiction, memoir, and personal essay. Lunchtime Chats will include readings by 2017 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellows in Literature. The evening before the Conference on Friday, August 18 at 5 p.m., the library will host readings by workshop leaders. For more information and to register for free, please contact Lewes Library.