The Summer Fun Guide

You’ve got 90 days. We have 33 of them covered.

Rock climbing at Alapocas Run State Park. Photograph courtesy of Justin JohnsenDon’t miss Fire­works Fridays after Wilmington Blue Rocks games on June 3, July 1 and Aug. 12. And that’s the just the start of fun specials at Frawley Stadium. For more, visit

Go rock climbing at Alapocas Run State Park. This is real top-rope climbing, so you need a permit. Visit for more.

Avast, ye mateys. The Kalmar Nyckel celebrates Pirates of the Christina with re-enactors, shanty singers and more at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington starting at 11 a.m. on July 9. Other days, set sail from either Wilmington or Lewes. See for schedules and reservations. Arrgh.

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Leipsic is part of the Coastal Heritage Greenway.Explore wildlife refuges, historic sites and more. The Coastal Heritage Greenway educates about the Delaware Bay and estuary. It’s well worth the scenic drive and hikes on Del. 9. For more, visit

Add to your collection by buying at the Best of the Beach Art Auction on June 11 at the Tunnell Cancer Center to benefit Beebe Medical Center. For more, call 644-2900, or visit




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Shakespeare at RockwoodWhy do Shakespeare in the Park when you can do Shakespeare at Rockwood? See “The Winter’s Tale” on the beautiful estate July 15-30.  Visit

Sip to your heart’s content during WineScapes on June 11 on the lawn of the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. The pizzas and gelato will be delicious, but the wines will be stellar. For more, call 674-2111.

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Dance a syrtaki or sip a Monemvasia during Trinity Church’s annual Greek Festival June 7-11. Above all, eat like you’ve never eaten before. See for more.

The crowd enjoys a concert at the Delaware State Fair.Demolition derby, anyone? Find that and more—vintage tractor displays, livestock shows and concerts by Alan Jackson and Miranda Cosgrove—during the Delaware State Fair in Harrington July 21-30. For more, call 389-3269, or

Everyone turns Italian when the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival kicks off June 12. Don’t miss the fireworks June 19. In between, eat your fill and dance like crazy. See for more.

All hail The Queen—theatre, that is. Yes, Live at World Café is as amazing as you’ve heard. Catch top-notch artists there almost any night. Upcoming: folkie John Flynn, songwriters Martin Sexton and Marc Cohn, surf guitarist Gary Hoey, and more. Visit

Honor the Father of the Year’s fight for health during a black-tie gala at the Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club June 16 to benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more, call 656-0030, or visit

Designate a driver, then hit the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail to sample the fruits of 13 local vintners and brewers. For more,

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Pat BradleyMake like a du Pont or The Great Gatsby during Night at Nemours on June 17. Proceeds benefit the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. For more, call 651-4383, or email

Save the turtles. Learn how during a special exhibit at the Museum of Natural History June 17-Sept. 5. Call 658-9111, or visit

Swing With A Star on June 20 by playing a round with LPGA Hall of Famers Pat Bradley and Betsy Rawls. This is the 20th anniversary of the fundariser for local women in need. What better place than the DuPont Country Club? For more, visit

Watch the state’s best high school players during the Blue-Gold All*Star Football Game at Delaware Stadium in Newark on June 18. The 50-year-plus tradition raises funds for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities. Visit

Rock out en plein air during June Jam in Houston on June 18. The Bruce in the USA Springsteen tribute group will headline for a roster of eight area bands. Visit

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington. Photograph by Alan JackmanBop, swing and rock during the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival June 20-26 on Rodney Square in Wilmington. It’s the best free music festival going. Visit

Tour de France? Who needs it? Get pumped during Iron Hill Twilight Criterium in downtown West Chester July 9, featuring professional and elite amateur bicycle races. Visit

Savor art and wine during the tasting and sale to benefit KINfolk at the Cordrey Center in Millsboro on July 20. For more, call 645-6971, or visit

Don’t miss the Diamond State Masters Regatta on Noxontown Pond in Middletown July 23-24. (It may inspire you to learn how to row next spring. See, and Wilmington Youth Rowing Association at for more.)

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Re-enactors at Fort DelawareIt’s been 150 years since the Civil War started. Learn more about Delaware’s role in the conflict at Fort Delaware, where costumed re-enactors demonstrate history. Call 834-7941, or visit

Dance to steel drum music to help beach waterways during Decked Out at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays near Indian River Inlet on July 28. For more, call 226-8105, or visit

See the Brandywiners perform “Kiss Me, Kate” at Longwood Gardens July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6. You only get the chance once a year, so don’t miss it. See for more.

Blast down the giant waterslide at Jungle Jim’s (227-8444,, race go-karts at Midway Speedway (644-2042,, and ride the amusements at Funland (227-1921,—all in Rehoboth.

Don’t miss Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s summer concerts. Sometimes, you can listen under the stars. See for more, or call 652-5577.

Float the Brandywine. Whether by canoe, kayak or tube, Wilderness Canoe Trips in Wilmington is the hook-up. Call 654-2227, or visit

Beach Barbecue at Children’s Beach House in LewesSupport the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Rehoboth Beach Museum during its Beach Ball gala at Kings Creek Country Club on Aug. 6. Call 227-7310, or visit

Take a Thursday or Sunday Crab Cruise on the Riverboat Queen, and eat all you want. Visit

Rock the downstate benefit of the summer, the Beach Barbecue at Children’s Beach House Aug. 27 on Lewes Beach. Call 645-9184, or visit

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