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Our Favorite Festivals, Annual Events, Benefits, and Live  Performances

November

November 1-11 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the State of Delaware. The Festival began in 1998 and has since grown to a thriving cultural resource in the mid-Atlantic region. The festival screens American and international features, shorts, and documentaries.The Festival is presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization which also provides a broad scope of independent film screenings, mini-Festivals, and theme-oriented film series throughout the year.

November 1-3 First State Heritage Parks 18th Century Market Fair

Dover's 18th Century Market Fair is a family-friendly event that will make you feel like you've stepped into a time machine! The festival is held on the Green at the heart of Dover, and the festivities commence on November 3rd at 10 a.m. Learn about life in the 1700s from the craftsmen who are happy to show off their trades and explain what their lives were like nearly 300 years ago. Come see woodworkers and weavers, blacksmiths and brewers, charlatans and shepherds, soldiers, seamstresses, soap makers and more displaying their skills. Old fashioned entertainers put on performances that will have you belly laughing and marveling at their talents and skills.

November 8 Return Day

Return Day is a celebration held two days following Election Day in the little town of Georgetown, Delaware, the County Seat of Sussex County. A tradition which dates back to 1791, when the Sussex county’s population had to travel to Georgetown to vote. Two days later when votes were tallied, people would return for the results. On Return Day, great crowds gather in Georgetown to take part in the festivities. There’s always a music concert, food vendors, various contests to test your skills, and a parade. There is both a winner’s and a loser’s parade, with both candidates riding around in a circle in a horse and buggy and finishing up with a ceremonial burying of the hatchet event.

November 9-11 55th Annual Delaware Antiques Show

Explore a treasure trove of art, antiques, and design. More than 60 distinguished dealers will offer a spectacular selection of American antiques and decorative arts. There will also be a keynote lecture with Charlotte Moss, New York School of Interior Design’s Centennial Medal honoree, one of Elle Décor’s Grand Masters of top designers, and honorary chair of the Delaware Antiques Show.

November 9-11 Clear Space Theater- Willy Wonka Performance

Roald Dahl's classic follows enigmatic candy man Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a tour of the Wonka factory and a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats; the fifth is a likeable lad named Charlie Bucket. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. Performed by the Spotlight on Young Performers.

November 9-11 - Waterfowl Festival

This year's Waterfowl Festival will take place on November 9-11. In 1971. A group envisioned an event showcasing the unique Eastern Shore heritage in hopes of sparking interest and change to preserve it. They began raising funds to protect the wildlife and habitat.The Waterfowl Festival takes place in the colonial town of Easton, Maryland. The historic buildings of Easton serve as venues for galleries and exhibits, while events and demonstrations are held at the surrounding ponds and scenic areas.

November 17-December 31 - Winter Wonderfest

Drive through Cape Henlopen State Park, filled with the bright, beautiful colors of the 1.5-mile “Light Spectacular” holiday light show, which includes more than 90 awe-inspiring displays. Enjoy the fun at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, which will become the “Christmas Village.” The village will have an ice skating rink, live music, indoor holiday workshops, a strolling Santa and carnival rides, including a giant Ferris wheel. Click here for more information. 

November 17-18 - Dogfish Head Analog-A-Go-Go

The 8th Annual Analog-A-Go-Go event will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. This indie craft beer and music experience will feature tastings including rare cask beers and distillery samples with special tours of the Steampunk Treehouse and brewery. Folks can also partake in a record swap while listening to a DJ spinning vinyl and then stroll around the outdoor marketplace where special, handcrafted treasures and unique finds are available for purchase.

November 18 - Capital Ringers presents "Celebrate the Season"

Capital Ringers, community handbell ensemble, presents Christmas performances of “Celebrate the Season!” Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with Christmas favorites on the largest set of handbells on the Delmarva Peninsula, complete with multimedia effects and percussion. This holiday concert for the entire family features music from Trans-Siberian Orchestra as well as classics such as “The little Drummer Boy”, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”, and many more!

November 23 - Rehoboth Holiday Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season with this tradition! Come to the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for a holiday sing-along at 6:30 P and annual Tree Lighting at 7:00 PM.

November 23 - Dewey Sip and Shop

Why shop the big box stores when you can shop local for the Holidays! Join us for our 4th Annual Dewey Sip and Shop, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Sussex Counties largest local Holiday shopping event. Featuring over 30 vendors of Fine Art, handmade goods, and creative services! While you shop the extensive selection of unique vendors, we have a local breweries giving out free tastings of craft beer!

December

Through January 9 - Longwood Gardens Christmas

This holiday season see the Christmas tree in a new light! From November 22nd to January 9th, join Longwood Gardens as they celebrate the Tree Reimagined with festive firs suspended from above, towering tannenbaums created from books to birdhouses to stained glass, and more traditional favorites elevated with surprising new twists. Warm up by welcoming fire pits, listen to carolers, and relish in the wonder of A Longwood Christmas. This event usually sells out, so be sure to get your tickets soon!

Through January 6 - Yuletide At Winterthur

Make your plans now to enjoy the best the season has to offer at Yuletide at Winterthur. Henry Francis du Pont’s home will soon be decked out in holiday style with traditions from history and the du Pont family on display along with new inspirations from our outdoor exhibition, Follies, as well as our indoor exhibition, Dining By Design. You won’t want to miss our majestic dried-flower tree in the Conservatory or the delightful 18-room dollhouse mansion decorated for Christmas in the Galleries. Reservations are recommended for the Yuletide Tour, brunches, and Dickens performances. Visit winterthur.org/yuletide or call 800.448.3883

December 1 - Middletown Hometown Christmas & Parade

Take the whole family to Middletown and enjoy the Hometown Christmas and Parade on December 1st. The event runs from 2PM to 9PM and includes photos with Santa, train rides, tree lighting ceremony and many other holiday activities! Additional events are planned pre and post parade.

December 1 - Dover Home for the Holidays Marketplace & Parade

Dover will be hosting Home for the Holidays Marketplace and Christmas Parade on December 1st. Marketplace runs from 5PM to 9PM and features food trucks, kid activities, entertainment, vendors, and visits with Santa. The parade will start at 6:30PM.

December 1 - Christmas in Odessa

Christmas in Odessa is a self-guided walking tour of private homes and public buildings, many dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, decorated for the holidays. The tour will take place on December 1, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the house tour, we have many special events, which are included in the ticket price. Tickets are $25.00 if purchased on the day of the tour. Children ages 6 to 12 are $5.00, and children under 6 years old are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Old Academy at the intersection of 4th and Main Street in Odessa.

December 7 -30 - Holiday Lights Express

If you want to have a truly unique holiday experience, take a ride on the Wilmington and Western Railroad Holiday Lights Express. Enjoy a 45-minute evening ride aboard the heated 1929 Pennsylvania Railroad "Doodlebug" railcar (which is covered with thousands of holiday lights). Many of the trackside neighbors decorate their homes and yards for our passengers to enjoy. Rides start December 7th and run through December 30th. Purchase tickets here.

December 13 - The Beach Boys: Reason for the Season Christmas Tour

The Beach Boys: Reason for the Season Christmas Tour will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 8:00pm at The Grand Opera House. The Beach Boys’ songs have forever changed the musical landscape, profoundly influencing countless performing artists to follow. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. This is a concert you don't want to miss!

December 14-30 - A Christmas Story: The Musical

We triple dog dare you to drink your Ovaltine and check out this musical based off a great Christmas favorite.

December 14 - Vienna Boys Choir

At the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Doors open at 7pm. Renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles for over 5 centuries, this enormously popular choir is comprised of talented young voices. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and of course holiday favorites.

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