Get Festive This Summer

Krista Connor

At O&A, we love festival season. From Paul McCartney to sea glass, here’s a list of diverse area summer highlights for you (and us) to look forward to. Enjoy!

Holy Trinity Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Wilmington
June 2-6
Start summer right with some gyro-infused kefi (happiness). This is the festival’s 40th anniversary, so expect the food, vendors and traditional dancing to be particularly celebratory.

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival
Little Italy, Wilmington
June 7-15
Old-world charm and loads of Italian food, rides and entertainment draw thousands to the city for one of the East Coast’s most famous summer events.

Brandywine Food & Wine Festival
Greater Chester Valley Sports Association
June 13, noon-6 p.m.
Enjoy wine, food, crafts and live music at the fourth annual festival. Featured wineries are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, offering a delightful taste of the region. Note the new location: 137 Line Rd., Malvern, Pa.

Newark Night
Main Street, Newark
June 13, 3-9 p.m.
Newark’s premier street festival returns with the best of Main Street’s food, vendors, shops, live music, kids’ games, moon bounces, and prizes.

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
Rodney Square, Wilmington
June 13-20
A tribute to the Wilmington man known as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, this year’s Clifford Brown celebration features Chuck Loeb, Eric Mariethal, John “Sax” Williams and more. As always, the festival is free.

Firefly Music Festival
Dover International Speedway
June 18-21
It’s back at the Woodlands for four days this year – one of the nation’s fastest growing festivals. This year features the Killers, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Kings of Leon and more, including Newark’s FIANCE. Enjoy Dogfish Head’s signature festival brew, the Firefly Ale, and camp, glamp, sing and dance.

Big Barrel Country Music Festival
Dover International Speedway
June 26-28
From the creators of Firefly, The Woodlands at Dover’s iconic speedway will be home to yet another musical shindig, this time featuring more than 40 country artists, including Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival
Lewes Historic Complex, Lewes
June 27-28
Looking for something a little different? Here’s your chance, as more than 40 sea glass and coastal artists gather in the quant coastal town. Learn about collecting and identifying sea-tossed gems.

Ladybug Festival
Downtown Wilmington
July 16, 5-10 p.m.
A free block party, Gable Music Ventures’ festival returns with two outdoor stages and seven indoor venues in the LOMA district. The festival’s fourth year will feature a talented group of lady musicians, including Nashville pop-rock artist Sinclair and local favorites like Angela Sheik, Joy Ike, and more (See pg. 68 for more information).

Shady Grove Music Fest
July 18, noon
Enjoy all-day regional and local music acts, food trucks, and the Arden pool for taking a dip if the fancy strikes. Visit the website for updated info.

Delaware State Fair
Delaware State Fairgrounds
July 23-Aug. 1
Live music by Grand Funk Railroad, Hollywood racing pigs, hypnosis, a petting zoo, flower-arranging contest, fireworks and “ice shows”: What more could you ask for?

Newark Food & Brew Fest
Downtown Newark
July 25
Celebrate the ideal combination of culinary arts and brewing sciences. Enjoy dozens of unique craft beers, creative cuisine from the best Newark restaurants, live music, and sidewalk performers at this 12th annual event.

Delaware Junction Festival
Delaware State Fairgrounds
Aug. 14-16
Featuring Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith, this will be a country music bash to be remembered.

Arden Fair
Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
For our list, this festival wins the longest-running award at 108 years. Music, a holistic expo, more than 120 vendors displaying handcrafted items, an antique market, food, beer, and wine make this a don’t-miss day. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 6.

Delmarva Folk Festival
352 Downs Chapel Rd., Clayton, 19938
Sept. 25 & 26
Two days of camping and folk music in a secluded grove? Yes, please. This 24th annual family-fun fest celebrates art, nature and sound, featuring local, soon-to-be-announced musicians.

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