|APtravelnews–Wilmington, Del (May 14, 2015)…Wilmington welcomes more than 100 festivals each year and the fun continues through Spring and doesn’t end as the summer draws to its conclusion. Here’s a round-up of some of the hottest events—both old and new:
Annual Peoples’ Festival 4PEACE &Tribute to Bob Marley (July 25) This ever-popular, one-day festival is a tribute to former Wilmington resident and reggae legend, Bob Marley. The festival is held in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, which is conveniently located across the street from the Wilmington Amtrak Train Station. From noon until 10PM, enjoy live reggae music on two stages. Other highlights include the Children’s Village, International Food Court, Bamboo Rain Hut, Red Stripe Beer Garden and the International Market Place with arts and crafts from around the world. www.peoplesfestival.comPennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair (July 25 & 26) The Brandywine Valley’s largest premier fine craft fair returns to the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Described as an indoor shopping experience, the show features an unparalleled collection of beautiful items all of which are handmade in America. Find one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture and fine furniture and meet the artisans who craft them. www.pacrafts.orgAmerica On Tap Craft Beer Festival (August 15) Fifty of the country’s finest craft breweries will showcase their new releases in Wilmington’s Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park on Saturday from 2:30 until 6PM. Sample more than 100 exceptional beers in an atmosphere filled with live music, food and an assortment of great vendors. Tickets to this open air event can be purchased online at a discounted price or at the gate on the day of the event for $35.00. www.americaontap.com/delaware-on-tapAugust Quarterly (August 23-30) The August Quarterly—or Big Quarterly—has the distinction of being the country’s longest-running African American heritage festival. The festival has evolved from a one-day meeting into a week-long celebration of religious freedom commemorating the founding of the Union Church of African Members by Peter Spencer in 1813. This year’s celebration climaxes on August 30 with a 9AM Sunday service at the Chase Center on the Riverfront and afternoon festivities in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park from 2 until 9PM. www.augustquarterly.orgArden Fair (September 5; Rain date is September 6) The Arden Fair is a time honored tradition in the Brandywine Valley. Held on the Saturday before Labor Day on the Arden Gild Hall property in North Wilmington, it draws over one hundred twenty vendors offering hand-made crafts and jewelry and fifty antique and flea market dealers. The day-long event runs from 10 until 6PM and features music in the grove, food, drink, amusement rides and children’s games. www.ardenclub.org/about/arden-fair/Riverfront Blues Festival (July 31-August 2) This three-day event in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park features a stellar team of top blues artists. This year’s exciting lineup includes Brandon Santini, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Mississippi Heat and Low Rider band. The fun kicks off on Friday afternoon at 4PM and continues through Sunday. www.riverfrontbluesfestde.com
Brandywine Festival of the Arts(September 12 & 13) The Brandywine Festival of the Arts has been a perennial favorite for over fifty years. Typically listed among the top one hundred national shows, this annual event in Josephine Gardens in Wilmington’s Brandywine Park attracts hundreds of visiting artists and craftspeople from the East Coast and beyond. Although the show is juried for quality, it is not pretentious. Remarkable, one-of-a-kind pieces in a wide variety of media are available at an equally broad range of price points. In fact, the festival is considered to be one of the foremost places in Delaware to purchase original pieces of art that are sure to satisfy both the casual consumer and the avid collector. Live music, a food court and free admission to the Brandywine Zoo are added bonuses. Admission is $5.00 and children under 12 are free. www.brandywinearts.com
The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington. Its mission is to serve as the community’s customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.
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