The 2018 Ultimate Guide to Arts and Entertainment in Delaware

A roundup of the state’s top spots for film, dance, music and more.


From opera and symphonies to first-rate galleries.


New Castle County

Carspecken Scott Gallery

Exhibits works by contemporary Mid-Atlantic artists. • 1707 N. Lincoln St., Wilmington, 655-7173

Center for the Creative Arts

This community arts center is devoted to art enrichment. • 410 Upper Snuff Mill Row, Yorklyn, 239-2434

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Delaware College of Art and Design

DCAD mounts curated exhibits in its Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery and offers a variety of continuing education classes for credit and enrichment. • 600 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-8000

The Delaware Contemporary

This non-collecting contemporary art museum presents more than 24 exhibitions each year. Find unique gifts in the museum shop. • 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, 656-6466

Gallery 919 Market

The gallery hosts works by regional artists. • 919 N. Market St., Wilmington, 655-7173

Gilbert W. Perry Jr. Center for the Arts

Houses the Hudson Contemporary gallery and Guild by Association Shoppe. Classes are offered. • 51 W. Main St., Middletown, 444-0332

Hardcastle Gallery

Specializes in regional artwork in the school of painting originated by Brandywine Valley artists. • 5714 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 655-5230 

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Mezzanine Gallery

This state-run gallery exhibits Delaware artists at the mezzanine level of the Carvel State Office Building. • 820 N. French St., Wilmington, 577-8278

Newark Arts Alliance

Local artists display their work. Classes are offered. • 276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, 266-7266

New Wilmington Art Association

Supports new and emerging artists. Exhibits are held at venues on the Wilmington Art Loop. • Wilmington

Somerville Manning Gallery

The gallery specializes in 20th- and 21st-century fine art and sculpture, including works by the Wyeths. • Breck’s Mill, 101 Stone Block Row, Second Floor, Greenville, 652-0271

The Station Gallery

The gallery showcases the best artists of the Brandywine Valley. • 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-8638

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Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery

The gallery mounts exhibitions of student, faculty and curated shows. • Delaware College of Art and Design, 600 N. Market St., Wilmington, 622-8000

Nearby Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

This horticulturalist’s paradise features acres of formal gardens, plus a conservatory of rare plants and newly renovated fountains. Seasonal displays and events are highlights of the year. Longwood also hosts music, theater and dance performances indoors and all year long. • 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000


Brandywine Center for Dance

Students perform in ballets, including a full-length winter ballet, as well as other styles of dance. Beginner through professional. • 1812 Marsh Road, Suite 419, 593-3277 

Christina Cultural Arts Center

A community school of music, dance, visual arts and wellness in the heart of downtown Wilmington. • 705 N. Market St., Wilmington, 652-0101

Delaware Dance Company

Focuses on dance education, outreach and performances at area venues. • 168 S. Main St., Newark, 738-2023

First State Ballet Theatre

Delaware’s only professional company presents major ballets and mixed-rep programs—many choreographed by internationally known talent—from Wilmington to the beaches. • 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, 658-7897, ext. 3851

Mid-Atlantic Ballet

The nonprofit ballet school offers high-quality training for all ages and presents two productions a season at UD. • 506 Interchange Blvd., Newark, 266-6362

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance

Showcasing locally trained dancers and world-class artists in classical ballet and contemporary works. • 1709 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington, 655-1004


Theatre N

Independent theater offers films by emerging talent and first-run movies. • 1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington, 295-8304



This community group performs Gilbert & Sullivan musicals at historic Gild Hall. • Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, (484) 319-2350

The Arts at Trinity

Free series of chamber and choral concerts, theater and spoken-word performances. • Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington, 652-8605

Brandywine Baroque

The region’s premiere early music ensemble, performing rare and previously unpublished works on the exquisite antique instruments of The Flint Collection. • The Barn at Flintwoods, 205 Center Meeting Road, Wilmington, (877) 594-4546

The Brandywiners Ltd.

In addition to a large musical staged at Longwood Gardens each year, the group gives benefit concerts across the region. • P.O. Box 248, Montchanin478-3355

Chorus of the Brandywine

The local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society meets at the Limestone Presbyterian Church and performs regionally. • Wilmington, 737-6141


This group is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence in small ensemble singing. • P.O. Box 63, Montchanin, 658-6915

Delaware Chamber Music Festival

Quality, affordable performances featuring traditional and contemporary music. • P.O. Box 3537, Wilmington, 442-0572

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Delaware’s only professional symphony offers a five-concert Classics Series and a four-concert Chamber Series, plus educational programs. • 100 W. 10th St., Ste. 1003, Wilmington, 656-7442

Delaware ChoralArts

Performs major works of choral literature in a three-concert season. • P.O. Box 4623, Greenville, 740-2410

Dickinson Theatre Organ Society

Presents several concerts on a traditional Kimball theater organ. • 1801 Milltown Road, Wilmington, 995-2603

Everett Theatre

In addition to concerts, it hosts community theater, dance performances and films. • 47 W. Main St., Middletown, 232-6338

Market Street Music

Presents full-length Festival Concerts and free Thursday noontime concerts, plus sponsors two vocal ensembles—Mastersingers of Wilmington and Center City Chorale. • First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington, 654-5371, ext110

First State Symphonic Band

This Newark-based group of talented amateurs performs light classics, marches and show tunes at various locations. • 1914 Thomas Road, Wilmington, 454-1939

The Grand Opera House

Features comedians, orchestral performances, opera, dance, and traditional and contemporary music, both in the main hall and the Baby Grand. • 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, 652-5577

HildaMan Chorale

The 25-member volunteer chorale performs a variety of musical selections, but its primary mission is to maintain and perform spiritual music. • P.O. Box 9871, Wilmington, 762-4085


This chamber ensemble is known for its “provocative pairings” of early and contemporary works with a concert series in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach. • P.O. Box 7216, Wilmington, 764-6338

The Music School of Delaware–Wilmington Branch

Statewide lessons in more than 30 instruments and voice; classical, jazz, folk and rock instruction; early childhood programs and music therapy sessions; plus recital and concert performances. • 4101 Washington St., Wilmington, 762-1132

New Ark Chorale

The chorale performs several concerts each season and features music in all styles past and present. • P.O. Box 5550, Newark, 368-4946

Newark Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1966, the orchestra and chamber group perform several concerts a season and support music education and outreach. • P.O. Box 7775, Newark, 369-3466


Committed to arts education and the production of grand opera and intimate opera concerts featuring established and emerging talent. • 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, 442-7807

Rainbow Chorale of Delaware

The 50-member LGBT group celebrates diversity with concerts and outreach events throughout Delaware. • P.O. Box 1467, Wilmington, (888) 512-5093

Roselle Center for the Arts

Houses two theaters and two music halls that are the center of UD’s performance arts community. • 110 Orchard Road, Newark, 831-2204

Serafin String Quartet

The quartet-in-residence at the University of Delaware performs regularly across the state and the nation. • 593-8447

UD Department of Music

The department presents more than 300 performances each year by faculty, students and guest artists. • 100 Orchard Road, Newark, 831-2578

Wilmington Children’s Chorus

Talented youth perform several concerts a year throughout the region. • 800 N. French St., Wilmington, 762-3637

The Queen Wilmington

Now run by Live Nation Entertainment, the historic Queen Theater offers diverse entertainment, from local artists to national acts. • 500 N. Market St., Wilmington, 730-3331

Nearby Pennsylvania

Longwood Gardens

Hosts a variety of musical performances and a summer show by The Brandywiners. • 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa., (610) 388-1000



Composed of people with and without disabilities, it has performed dance, poetry, comedy and satire for more than 20 years. • P.O. Box 413, Bear

Bootless Stageworks

A small professional theater company dedicated to emerging artists and designers. • 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington

The Candlelight Theatre

This iconic dinner theater presents musicals, comedy nights and excellent food. • 2208 Millers Road, Ardentown, 475-2313

Chapel Street Players

This community theater group and its playhouse have been Newark institutions since 1934. • 27 N. Chapel St., Newark, 368-2248

City Theater Company

Delaware’s “off-Broadway” immersive theater, offering cutting-edge, traditional and original works, plus its Fearless Improv comedy team. • The Black Box, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, 220-8285

Delaware All-State Theatre

See the best of young local actors in an annual musical each June. • P.O. Box 3613, Greenville, 635-0754

Delaware Children’s Theatre

Presents several classic children’s productions each season. • 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington, 655-1014

Delaware Shakespeare Festival

The summer festival offers performances in Rockwood Park for three weeks in July, while the Community Tour travels the state in the fall, plus other performances throughout the year. • P.O. Box 7567, Wilmington, 415-3373

Delaware Theatre Company

This professional theater company on Wilmington’s Riverfront is the only one in Delaware developing new works for Broadway and off-Broadway. • 200 Water St., Wilmington, 594-1100

The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Broadway’s best comes to this elegant Victorian theater. • 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, 888-0200

UD Resident Ensemble Players

Delaware’s resident professional acting company, performing at the University of Delaware. • Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Road, Newark, 831-2204

Wilmington Drama League

The community group presents several shows each season and pillow plays for the young. • 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington, 764-1172


Kent County

Dover Art League, Gallery & Gift Shop

The league displays works by local artists and offers classes. • 21 W. Loockerman St., Dover, 674-0402


Dance Conservatory and Ballet Theatre of Dover

A school primarily for classical ballet training, with a performing company. • 522 Otis Drive, Dover, 734-9717

First State Dance Academy

This group performs at area venues and is also home to the Delaware Dance Alliance. • 107 Maple Ave., Milford, 422-2633


Delaware Choral Society

This community choir presents at least two annual concerts of choral music. • P.O. Box 336, Dover

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino

The Rollins Center brings big-name entertainers to Dover. • 1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, (800) 711-5882

Dover Symphony Orchestra

The symphony performs two classical and two pops concerts a year. • P.O. Box 163, Dover, 270-1903

The Music School of Delaware–Milford Branch

Statewide lessons in more than 30 instruments and voice; classical, jazz, folk and rock instruction; plus recital and concert performances. • 23 N. Walnut St., Milford, 422-2043

Smyrna Opera House

Dedicated to showcasing and developing local creative, visual and performing artists. • 7 W. South St., Smyrna, 653-4236 


The Children’s Theatre Inc.

This local theater group performs at various venues. • P.O. Box 823, Dover, 336-8044

Kent County Theatre Guild

This longtime community group performs several shows a year at Patchwork Playhouse. • 140 E. Roosevelt Ave., Dover, 674-3568

Second Street Players

Another long-standing community group, the players perform at Riverfront Theater. • 2 S. Walnut St., Milford, (800) 838-3006


Sussex County

Coastal Camera Club

The club shares the knowledge and experience of its members and displays their work. • P.O. Box 79, Lewes, 541-0483

Gallery One

Local artists and artisans display their love for art in a variety of media. • 32 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View, 537-5055

Gallery 50

Contemporary art in various mediums and custom framing. • 50 Wilmington Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-2050

Peninsula Gallery

Works by local, regional and international contemporary realist and Impressionist artists. • 520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes, 645-0551

Rehoboth Art League

This community institution focuses on arts promotion and education through classes, events and exhibits. • 12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach, 227-8408


Rehoboth Beach Film Society

Promotes cinematic arts and provides education and cultural enrichment, plus holds an independent film festival each November. • 107 Truitt Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 645-9095 


Brandywine Baroque

The region’s premier early music ensemble, performing rare and previously unpublished works. • Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 20276 Bay Vista Road, Rehoboth Beach, (877) 594-4546

Coastal Concerts

Promotes classical music appreciation through six live concerts a year, plus outreach and educational activities. • P.O. Box 685, Lewes, (888) 212-6458

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra

Performs four concerts a year and presents renowned guest soloists. • P.O. Box 3381, Easton, Md., (888) 846-8600

Southern Delaware Chorale

Performs choral music during two concerts each year. • P.O. Box 444, Rehoboth Beach, 260-7022


Clear Space Theatre Company

Offers top-quality productions year-round. • 20 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-2270

Delaware Comedy Theatre

Improv comedy shows and workshops. • 131 Glade Circle West, Rehoboth Beach, 258-5443

Foot Light Productions

Offers dinner cabarets, murder mysteries and other performances. • 516 Kings Hwy., Lewes, 645-7220

The Freeman Stage at Bayside

The open-air stage offers quality live performances for all ages. Past performers have included popular national acts as well as local entertainers. • 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville, 436-3015

Milton Theatre

The venue, revived after many years, has become a bustling entertainment center that hosts a diverse assortment of plays, concerts, theater classes and more. • 110 Union St., Milton, 684-303

Possum Point Players

This community group performs five main stage performances a season. • 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown, 856-3460

Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre

This professional theater company mounts shows based on classic children’s tales. • 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach 227-6766

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