Events Around Delaware – Labor Day Weekend

September 1, 2011

From the Delaware Tourism Office:

Here are just a few of the events happening this weekend! Plus, did you know that Delaware is home to thirteen unique craft breweries and wineries? Check out the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail for a memorable statewide journey. We hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

An Oath of Allegiance to the Republic: the du Ponts and the Civil War at Hagley Museum and Library
Recurring daily

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This exhibit explores the role of the DuPont Company and gunpowder production during the Civil War. For more information please visit or call (302) 658-2400.

“Paint, Pattern & People” exhibit at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Recurring daily

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Take a closer look at the exhibition with a 30-minute guided gallery walk every weekend during the exhibition. This landmark exhibition explores the stunning and diverse furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the people who made, owned, inherited, and collected it. Delving into the cultures and creativity of the area’s inhabitants, primarily those of British and Germanic heritage, this comprehensive show features nearly 200 objects, including unique and colorful furniture, fraktur, needlework, paintings, and other items related to the history of the region.Paint, Pattern & People sheds new light on distinctive local variations of furniture, presenting rare examples for which the maker or family history are known. For more information please visit or call 800-4480-3883.

Air Mobility Command Museum Exhibits
Recurring daily

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Check out the exhibits at the only museum dedicated to airlift and air refueling history in Dover, Delaware next to the Dover Air Force Base. To catch a glimpse of the current exhibitions please visit

First Friday in downtown Dover
Friday, September 2, 2011

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy Arts, entertainment and refreshments. Plus, “First Friday Gives Back” with participating merchants adopt a local not-for-profit organization. For more information please visit

Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 3, 2011

8:00 a.m. – Noon
Visit Historic Lewes and shop local with over 30 vendors offering fresh produce, eggs, fruits, baked good, meats, fish, cut-flowers and herbs. Plus, learn from local chefs, master gardeners and sustainable agriculture experts. The 2011 season runs every Saturday from May 28 – Sept. 3 8:00 a.m. – Noon and Sept. 10 – Oct. 29 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon. For more information please visit or call 302-644-1436.

Delaware Breakwater Kayak Trips at Cape Henlopen State Park
Saturday, September 03, 2011

10:00 a.m. – Noon
Basic instruction is provided before this interpretative tour guided by certified kayakers and experienced naturalists. All equipment is provided. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen. Closed-toe shoes are required. Must be 13 to paddle solo. Paddlers 8 to 12 must be in a tandem kayak with a parent. Limited to 10. Pre-registration is required; call (302) 645-6852. $25 per solo, $35 per tandem. For more information please visit

Woodside Farm Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday, September 3 2011
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Come enjoy an afternoon browsing through local arts & crafts. The admission is free. It is Saturday, September 3rd from 11am – 5pm. Rain date – Sunday September 4th from 11am – 5pm. For more information please visit

First Saturdays in the First State (First State Heritage Park)
Saturday, September 3, 2011

Explore a variety of special programs and events developed at each site for the first Saturday of each month in Dover. Highlighted by tours of the Governor’s House at Woodburn and Legislative Hall. Themed exhibits will be open throughout the various sites including the John Bell House, Biggs Museum of American Art, and the Welcome Center. For more information on times and exhibits please visit

Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights
Saturday, September 3, 2011

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
All tickets include admission to the Marshall Steam Museum, fresh steam-popped popcorn, and any special programs that are offered that day. The mansion tours are limited, so be sure to arrive early to get your ticket. Each Steamin’ Day will have special programs, so no two will be the same this year! For more information please visit or call (302) 239-2385. Discounts available for groups of twenty or more.

Wilmington Blue Rocks Baseball Game plus, fireworks
Saturday, September 3, 2011

Games begins at 7:05 p.m.
Wilmington Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys. Celebrate USO Weekend with the Blue Rocks by wearing your patriotic gear! Don’t forget to stay for the post-game fireworks. For more information please visit or call 302-888-2583.

Summer Season Fireworks Finale featuring the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Fenwick Island
Saturday, September 3,2011
Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a special performance to celebrate Labor Day weekend and another successful summer season at The Freeman Stage. Returning to the Stage will be the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, along with special guests, the Morgan State University Choir! After the show, we will end the night with a fireworks spectacular! What a way to wrap up the season! Admission is free. For more information please visit or call 302-436-3015.

Sunset Canoe and Campfire at Lums Pond State Park
Sunday, September 04, 2011

Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Join us at the boathouse and grab a paddle – we’ll head out on the water to enjoy the evening sky. Afterward, we will roast marshmallows around a fire. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the boathouse in Area 2. Space is limited; pre-registration is required by Saturday, September 3. Call (302) 368-6989. $15 per person. For more information please visit

Lantern Tours of Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park
Sunday, September 04, 2011

Begins at 7:00 p.m.
Tour Battery 519 by lantern light as an historical interpreter in period uniform tells amazing stories about how Fort Miles defended our coast twenty-four hours a day. For ages 10 and up. Children must be accompanied by paying adult. Limited to 30. Pre-registration is required. $5 per person. For more information please visit or call (302) 645-8983.

Labor Day Pontoon Tours at Trap Pond State Park
Monday, September 5, 2011

10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The Trap Pond area has a rich history. Find out about the people who have made their home here and how Trap Pond became the first state park in Delaware, all while enjoying a scenic tour of the Cypress Swamp. Space is limited. The tours cost $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Trips will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis at the Boathouse. Call the Nature Center to make arrangements for large groups. For more information please visit or call (302) 875-5153.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral
Sunday, September 5, 2011

Begins at 5:30 p.m.
The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is held each year on Labor Day Monday on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. It is a celebration at the end of the summer to “bid a fond farewell” to the traditional summer season in this small southern Delaware beach town. The event is family-friendly and free to the public. At the Jazz Funeral, visitors and locals are invited to join a lighthearted funeral procession to celebrate the end of the summer season. Accompanied by three jazz bands, the mourners transport a casket with a mannequin representing “Summer of 2011″ to its final resting place at the boardwalk bandstand. For more information please visit

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