Fall Arts Preview: Add These Delaware Events to Your Calendar

Get ready for plays, performances, holiday experiences, film festivals, artwork and more in Delaware this season.

Through October 1: Clear Space Theatre Company’s latest comedy is to die for. The Cemetery Club tells the story of three Jewish widows who meet for tea monthly before visiting their husbands’ graves—and whose routine changes when they meet Sam. Rehoboth Beach, clearspacetheatre.org

October 7, November 3, December 1: Theatre N provides the laughs with its Let ’Em Cook comedy shows. The October 7 “All Clean Comedy Show” is hosted by Jay Yoder and features Erik Terrell. Enjoy a game night–themed evening November 3 with “Spin da Friggin’ Wheel” hosted by Brandon Gorin and John Deary. A final stand-up show hosted by Chica Loca features Jaime Wolf on December 1. Arrive early for the pregame party at DE.CO, with an extended happy hour where comics are behind the bar. Wilmington, theatren.com

Through October 8: The Delaware Theatre Company presents Noises Off, a comedy about a theater director who tries to stop his cast and crew from sabotaging his production with their on- and offstage antics. Wilmington, delawaretheatre.org

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October 13–15: The iconic film Pretty Woman comes to The Playhouse as a musical. Set in Los Angeles, it tells the story of wealthy businessman Edward who pays Vivian to spend the week with him. The unlikely pair fall in love as their two worlds collide. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org

October 13–29: A Mel Brooks film has been adapted for the Clear Space Theatre Company stage. Young Frankenstein follows Victor Frankenstein’s grandson Frederick Frankenstein as he inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. Along with his sidekick Igor and lab assistant Inga, the trio step into their own science experiment of bringing a creature to life similar to his grandfather’s. Drama quickly follows. Rehoboth Beach, clearspacetheatre.org

October 13 and 24, November 10 and 12, December 12: The Delaware Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2023–2024 season with a variety of performances: Sky, Sea and Rhapsody begins the Classics Series, followed by Percussionists of the DSO for the Chamber Series. ¡Música Bravo! follows with performances in Wilmington and Lewes. Holidays at the Hotel, at the Hotel du Pont, ushers in the holiday season. Various locations, delawaresymphony.org

Beginning October 21: At Delaware Art Museum, The Rossettis exhibition displays works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in partnership with the Tate Britain. Pieces include Rossetti’s early and late paintings, watercolors, photographs and designs, as well as drawings by Rossetti’s wife, artist Elizabeth Siddal. This is the first time this material will be together and displayed in the U.S. Wilmington, delart.org

October 21–22: First State Ballet Theatre performs Coppélia, a family-friendly story about Swanhilda and her friends and their attempt to uncover the protagonist’s identity following an appearance at Dr. Coppelius’ workshop. Multiple comical misadventures follow. Wilmington, firststateballet.org

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First State Ballet Theatre performs Coppélia at The Grand on October 21 and 22. Suitable for the whole family, the story follows Swanhilda and her friends as they aim to uncover Coppélia’s identity. Comical misadventures will keep the audience in stitches.
First State Ballet Theatre performs Coppélia at The Grand on October 21 and 22. Suitable for the whole family, the story follows Swanhilda and her friends as they aim to uncover Coppélia’s identity. Comical misadventures will keep the audience in stitches. Courtesy of First State Ballet Theatre.

October 21–22: Start your holiday shopping early at the Hagley Craft Fair, where creatives from throughout the mid-Atlantic showcase their fine arts, crafts and gourmet items. Tickets include access to the du Pont home and garden. Wilmington, hagley.org

Artists and artisans from across the mid-Atlantic showcase and sell their creations at the Hagley Craft Fair, October 21 and 22. Shop fine art, crafts and gourmet items. Afterward, enjoy a complimentary tour of the historic property.
Artists and artisans from across the mid-Atlantic showcase and sell their creations at the Hagley Craft Fair, October 21 and 22. Shop fine art, crafts and gourmet items. Afterward, enjoy a complimentary tour of the historic property. Photo by Kerry Harrison.

October 25–November 12: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Black-owned, all-Black professional basketball team with Kings of Harlem. The theatrical production—featuring an onstage basketball court—tells the story of seven men who overcome challenges to win more than 2,000 games. Wilmington, delawaretheatre.org

Through October 29: Rehoboth Art League opens four new exhibitions: Quilted Chronicles: Comforters for a Fraught Era showcases fabric creations from Jo-Ann Morgan representing social justice and gun violence. Luc Fiedler’s sculptures, merging the physical and metaphysical worlds, are the focal piece of Forces of Nature. Geo McElroy’s painting, drawing and printmaking of nature are on display in One Water, Native Spaces, Water? Plus, Driven to Abstraction focuses on the “watermedia” work of Milford artist Rosemary Connelly. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothartleague.org

Through October 29, Rehoboth Art League features Driven to Abstraction, an exhibition displaying ‘watermedia’ by Milford artist Rosemary Connelly.
Through October 29, Rehoboth Art League features Driven to Abstraction, an exhibition displaying ‘watermedia’ by Milford artist Rosemary Connelly. Courtesy of ReHoboth Art League.

November 8–12: Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents the 25th Silver Screen Anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, a five-day event featuring first runs and filmmaker presentations, plus more than 20 documentaries, features, international films and shorts. Rehoboth Beach, rehobothfilm.com/rehoboth-beach-independent-film-festival

November 10–12: Young performers come together for a production of Godspell as they assist Jesus Christ in storytelling through games and plenty of laughs. Rehoboth Beach, clearspacetheatre.org

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November 17–19: At Up Front on Market, an annual addition to First State Ballet Theatre’s season, see a curation of highlights from the classical repertoire and new contemporary work in the intimate setting of Studio 1. Wilmington, firststateballet.org

November 24–December 10: A classic holiday tale receives a modern retelling with Estella Scrooge at Clear Space Theatre Company. A Christmas Carol is told through the experiences of Ebenezer Scrooge’s great-great-granddaughter with influence from Great Expectations, Little Dorrit, Bleak House and other Charles Dickens novels. Rehoboth Beach, clearspacetheatre.org

December 6–24: Peter Pan grows up in Delaware Theatre Company’s Peter and the Starcatcher. Billed as a prequel for adults, the production focuses on how the main character received his name. Wilmington, delawaretheatre.org

Through December 31: Get a closer look at works on paper with Drawn. This Delaware Art Museum exhibition features contemporary drawings from Sally and Wynn Kramarsky. Wilmington, delart.org

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