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 beer, wine, and assorted meats than you can shake a stick at, as well as copious amount of German dancing and folk 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, local food, 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.
In October, head to Wilmington for the annual Hagley Craft Fair where more than 50 artisans from the Mid-Atlantic area come together to display their works. Find everything from one-of-a-kind pottery to handmade jewelry. Don't leave without grabbing a bite from the outdoor specialty food market.
Traditional fall foods, costume contests, trick-or-treating, bonfires, kids activities, and so much more! The Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival celebrates all things fall and all things October. There will be jack o'lanterns with all kinds of amazing designs so make sure to bring the whole family to get in the Halloween spirit!
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, 5K hogg jogg, 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, canoe and kayak rides, 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 includes a boardwalk “Tyke Bike” race, choo choo express train, and old fashion beach games. 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.