1. DOG DAYS OF SUMMER
Thursday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m.
If you want to be sure you are barking up the right tree when it comes to understanding your dog, wag it on over to Riverfront Pets on the Wilmington Riverfront Thursday evening. There, you can pick the brain of an experienced trainer and find out what makes Fido tick. The Delaware Humane Association will also be on site with adoptable dogs. Sounds like a fetching idea.
Riverfront Pets, 311 Justison St., Wilmington • riverfrontpets.com
2. QUEEN FOR A NIGHT
Thursdays, all summer long
Hop aboard the Riverboat Queen for a sunset dinner cruise and leave the rat race in your wake. First enjoy a barbecue buffet dockside, then set sail at 6:30 p.m. for a jaunt down the Christina River. Cocktails are available. (Adults, $45; children ages 3–13, $22.50; kids under 3, free.)
Public docks behind Iron Hill Brewery, Wilmington Riverfront • riverboatqueenwilm.com
3. BRING THE NOISE
Friday, June 8–Saturday, June 9
Join 3,500 other Americana aficionados for David Bromberg’s Big Noise music in Wilmington. Get up close and personal with popular acts such as Los Lobos and Amy Helm (daughter of Levon Helm). Wilmington’s Rolling Revolution will be selling food, and beverages will also be available in the Beer Garden and Grove areas. We’re especially looking forward to the performance of Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk on Friday—and, of course, hearing the big man himself, our very own “godfather of Americana.” Friday night’s kickoff concert will be held at Constitution Yards Beer Garden (308 Justison St.), while Saturday’s festivities take place at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. (Read our interview with the festival’s founder, David Bromberg, here.)
Wilmington • bignoisefestival.com
4. HOUSTON, WE HAVE A CONCERT
Saturday, June 9
Tommy Conwell headlines the 40th annual June Jam at G&R Campground in Houston (Delaware, of course). He will be joined by Furious George, Triple Rail Turn, Hyde Park, Brickyard Road, Johnny Neel, lower case blues, Kategory 5, Shades of August and Junior Jammers.
4075 Gun & Rod Club Road, Houston • junejam.com
5. ICE CUBA
Sunday, June 10
Get ready to sing along with your favorite princess characters during the Wilmington & Western Railroad’s Princess Express excursion to Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove. Meet Beauty from “Beauty and the Beast” at the station and enjoy a live performance before hopping aboard the train. There, hang with the Ice Queen and her younger sister, the Ice Princess, as you chug to the picnic grove. Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite prince or princess. Reservations are suggested. Departures are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Greenbank Station, 2201 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington • wwrr.com/ride/events/princess.aspx