The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Delaware!
Delaware is a state with a diverse landscape and population. Marked by harvest land and sea, Delaware is also home to one of the most important Atlantic seaboard rivers, the Delaware. And, although it is the sixth most densely populated state in the nation, its moderate year-round climate supports agricultural products such as poultry, corn, and soybeans. Thus, the state has a lot to be thankful for come harvest time. So read on the find out more about Delaware’s top 10 fall festivals!
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest kicks off with a parade and marches on through the weekend in this multi-day event. Enjoy more knockwurst than you can shake a stick at, as well as copious amount of German dancing and Polka music. Also, don’t miss the carnival rides, which are included with the entrance fee.
If you want a county fair experience wrapped up in a farm and orchard bow, then come to Fifer Orchard. On the list of things to do here are farm tours, a six-acre themed corn maze, tractor & train rides, live entertainment, and you-pick apples and pumpkins. Plus don’t miss the petting zoo, the bouncy house, face painting, and the country store, which is stocked full of fall fruits and veggies, fresh apple cider, apple butter, pies, and more.
This festival has truly become a destination for film enthusiasts over the last few decades. Each year, the festival showcases a variety of incredible independent films, with awards given out such as the Best Short Award, Best Debut Feature Award, Best Feature Award, and Best Documentary Award.
Now, you can’t go to Delaware in the fall without stopping by this week-long state institution for at least one day. The St. Hedwig Polish Festival features authentic Polish food, music, dancing, amusement park rides and family fun. And, get this, admission and parking are free. Enjoy Polish beer and homemade Placki (potato pancakes) all day long. Buy a wristband for the kids, and let them ride all week long. It is like a mini-vacation to Poland all in time for fall.
Presented by the University of Delaware, this must-attend experience offers food and wine tastings from some of the most well-known restaurateurs, brewers, and vintners in the State. Sample craft beer from Dogfish Head, succulent crab from Blue Crab Grill, as well as the best wine, cider, and fine cuts of meat from other quality vendors. Admission is charged at the door, but then it is no holds barred the rest of the night. So go ahead and taste Newark.
Because Delaware has ample coastline, it is only fitting to share the sea's bounty during fall celebrations. Thus, Lewes allows visitors sample seafood tastings, as well as a tour of Plum Island, just off the mainland coast. Also, the town offers a free tour of the Tall Ship, the A.J. Meerwald, as well as face painting and balloon art. Other attractions include free tours of the Lewes historic town sites as well as a farmers market.
Deemed the, “Greatest jazz festival in the world,” this Rehoboth Beach event is truly a can’t-miss. Exceptional artists in the world of jazz, both new and from decades past, perform their very best at this annual event.
The annual Apple-Scrapple Festival celebrates the state’s agricultural community by offering live entertainment, carnival rides, and a rocking trade and craft shows. Plus, visitors can sample the Delaware famous food stuff, “scrapple.” The festivities begin with a street dance and culminate with carnival rides, games, scrapple carving, live entertainment, a car show, a tractor pull, and incredible craft shows.
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival promotes the stewardship of the Delaware ecosystem by celebrating the richness of the estuaries as well as the cultural traditions that grow out of them. Enjoy the natural beauty of Blackbird Creek through hayrides, hikes, live music, artisans, demonstrations, and food and exhibitions. Also, don’t miss the tractor pull or the bird watch.
Come one, come all to the annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival! The fun starts with a boardwalk “Tyke Bike” race, which is followed by a movie in Grove Park, and then a Dewey Beach bonfire. Thousands of costumed participants live bands, and decorated cars are on hand for the costume parade and give the affair a Mardi Gras-meets-beach feel during this two-day event.