53rd Annual Brandywine Festival of the Arts Gathers in Wilmington

PLUS: First State Ballet Theatre, Playing with the Phillies, Sixteen Candles


As thoughts of most turn toward Labor Day weekend, the thoughts of art lovers turn to the following week. That’s when the 53rd annual Brandywine Festival of the Arts Sept. 7-8 brings national artists to Delaware. “This is a Wilmington tradition that draws artists and crafts people from over 15 states and Canada,” says BFA executive producer Barry Schlecker. The invited artists specialize in works of painting, sculpture, glass, wood, photography—you name it. “Among the 250 exhibitors, there’s something for everyone,” Schlecker says. In addition to art, the BFA brings together some of Wilmington’s most popular restaurants, which offer specialty dishes and beverages ranging from gourmet dinners, sandwiches, wine and cupcakes to traditional fair food, while musicians from the region perform on a stage adjacent to the festival. “The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is one of the largest outdoor art shows on the East Coast,” Schlecker says. The festival takes place at 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington. Check it out at brandywinearts.com, or call 690-5555

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Aug. 29
Event 1

Join First State Ballet Theatre at the Freeman Stage in Selbyville for a stunning performance by the company’s classically trained dancers. You’ll be blown away… More

Event 2

The last Thursday night Shipyard Summer Concert series show happens at Dravo Plaza on the Riverfront. This week: the classic soul and funk of Urban Legend. Raise the roof… More

Aug. 31
Event 3

Playing with the Phillies is a phantastic exhibit at the Delaware Children’s Museum that highlights sports art from veteran and rookie artists. It’s a homer… More

Sept. 1-2
Event 4

Ever wonder what it’d be like to visit Jackson Pollock or Georgia O’Keeffe in their homes? Hit the Brandywine River Museum for “Creative Spaces: Photographs of Artists’ Homes and Studios” for a peek at 38 artists at work… More

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Event 5

The traveling exhibition of drawing, painting, sound, video and sculpture known as From Joy to Terror at the DCCA showcases the best of Baltimore’s emerging artists… More

Event 6

There is no better place to be than the exquisite Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square to Autumn’s Colors begin to emerge More    

Event 7

How far does a raindrop fall? If you’ve ever wondered about such matters, find your answers at Water’s Extreme Journey at the Delaware Museum of Natural History… More

Event 8

Experience American history through the firm that defined its image during “The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit” at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover… More

Sept. 3
Event 9

Hit the Walnut Street ShopRite in Wilmington for its Under the Stars Rooftop Movie. This week: John Hughes’ 1980s classic “Sixteen Candles.”… More

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Sept. 5
Event 10

La Deirdre, Works by Emad Jano Hemede” shows the UD visiting artist Hemede’s sensitive, insightful paintings about the plight of the Syrian people… More

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