These local events will put you in the spirit for autumn. Embrace the season with train rides through fall foliage, outdoor music festivals, tasty fundraisers, corn maze adventures, ghost tours, a harvest moon festival and more!
Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
The Marshall Steam Museum
3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn
First Sunday of the month through November
Climb into an antique automobile or board one of the trains and experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Another option is touring the 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family. General admission is $8 for ages 12 and under, $11 for 13 and up, and free for Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve members.
The Farmer & The Chef
The Chase Center
815 Justison St., Wilmington
Thursday, Sept. 12, 5:45-8:30 p.m.
This 12th annual fundraiser pairs local restaurants with area farmers and gives guests the opportunity to vote for their favorite creations. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes, a nonprofit that funds research to improve the health of mothers and babies.
24th Annual Hagley Car Show
200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington
Saturday, Sept. 15, 10am-4pm
“Rolling Elegance: Luxury Automobiles” is the theme of this annual event that features more than 500 antique and restored cars, trucks and motorcycles dating from the early 1900s through 1994. Highlights include a vehicle parade, a showcase of vintage jukeboxes, video simulators, pedal car racing and a festival food court.
Taste of Trolley
Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m.
Experience the vibrant Wilmington neighborhood of Trolley Square in this fifth annual celebration of “All Things Trolley.” Admission is free with a pay-as-you-go model for beer, wine and spirits sampling as well as small-plate food items. Other features include live and DJ music, street entertainers, sidewalk sales and a scavenger hunt for prizes at Trolley Square merchants.
Tree Festival At Mt. Cuba
Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin
Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
See native trees in the autumn glory —and get the opportunity to purchase native to take home. Also featuring live music, local food and drinks.
Harvest Moon Festival
Coverdale Farm Preserve
543 Way Rd., Greenville
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10-5 p.m.
This fall festival offers activities for all ages with hayrides, live music, food trucks, artisan demonstrations, and children’s activities. The festival is free for all members and $7 for non-members over the age of 5.
Corn Maze & Fall Fun
330 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington
October and November
Enjoy the fun of Ramsey’s farm, where there are all kinds of mazes—corn, sorghum, hay—as well as pumpkin painting, hayrides, and more.
Fort Delaware Ghost Tours
Pea Patch Island, Delaware City
Various October dates
Experience the thrill of the supernatural in an actual paranormal investigation of Pea Patch Island’s Fort Delaware. Must be 13 or older to participate. All departures are on the ferry from Delaware City at 45 Clinton St. Admission is $50 per person.
1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, Md.
October through November
This fall, Milburn Orchards is the place to go for hayrides, a corn maze, a farmyard playground, tractor tunnel, straw jump, and more. Admission is $5-$10, and free for ages 2 and under.
Tailgate Tag Sale
Christ Church Parking Lot
505 E Buck Rd., Greenville
Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon
Shop for unique tagged items outside and wreaths and garden treasures inside during the tailgate tag sale hosted by the Garden Gate Garden Club. All proceeds will be donated to local projects and charities. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.
River Towns Ride & Fall Festival
Historic New Castle and Historic Delaware City
211 Delaware St., New Castle, and 407 Clinton St., Delaware City
Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-5 p.m.
The seventh annual River Towns Ride & Festival is a one-day joint festival held between the historic Delaware waterfront towns of New Castle and Delaware City. There also is a recreational ride that offers cyclists the opportunity to explore the Markell and Castle bike trails while earning medals for distance ridden. There is no admission fee to the festival and a complimentary shuttle bus is available to transport you between towns. The Tall Ship Lynx will be on display in New Castle while live music, food, games and family activities will be offered at both locations.
Vendemmia da Vinci Wine and Food Festival
100 Continental Dr, Newark
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2-6 p.m.
Dedicated to promoting the Italian-American heritage, the da Vinci Society helps families in need, provides educational grants, supports cultural events and institutions within the community and throws one heck of a fall event. Guests can enjoy live entertainment and samples of Italian food and wine.
Boo at the Zoo
1001 N Park Dr., Wilmington
Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19, 5-7 p.m.
Trick-or-treat and explore the zoo at dusk to celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday. Kids can enjoy a fun night in their costumes without the horror-themed elements of the season.
Monsters & Malts Movie Fest
401 S. Madison St., Wilmington
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, 6:30 p.m. both nights, with an additional 9:30 p.m. viewing on Friday
Just in time for Halloween, this Movies on Tap mini film fest returns for its second year with five scary movies and the classic comedy Young Frankenstein. A different area brewery will serve samples at each showing. Proceeds benefit local charities.
The Ultimate Tailgate
Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots
777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington
Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m.
The event will include wine, spirits, and craft beer from 2SP Brewing Co. as well as area restaurants’ various interpretations of tailgate food. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, tailgate-themed games, and a beer/wine toss. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware. Tickets are $65 per person and should be purchased online.
Beers & Gears
777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington
Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
One of the biggest car shows in Delaware features rat rods, muscles, exotics, hot rods, turners, pro street, imports, trucks and classics. More than 450 trophies will be awarded during this family-friendly event, free for spectators, with craft beer, live music and DJs.
Urban Bike Project
Fall Crisp Classic
Bellevue State Park, Wilmington
Saturday, Nov. 2, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
This autumn bicycle ride begins and ends at Bellevue, with eight-mile or 12-mile riding options for riders. An after party at the finish line in Bellevue State Park is sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery.
Wilmington Beer Week
Various locations in the city
Week of Nov. 4-9
Wilmington will play host to its ninth annual week celebrating craft beer. There will be beer dinners, tap takeovers, celebrity brewer appearances and more.
Local Brews & Local Grooves
500 N. Market St., Wilmington
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.
This is a craft beer and music festival hosted by The Queen in Downtown Wilmington.