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Here’s Everything to Do Around Delaware This Month

Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe

Mark your calendar for these art events, theater performances, outdoor festivals and more throughout the First State during September.

Check the events’ websites to stay up to date on cancellations, reschedules and COVID-19-related guidelines.

Sept. 2-26: Brown Box Theatre Project hosts the 10th annual Outdoor Delmarva Shakespeare Tour where the company will perform 18 shows and four library performances of the comedy Much Ado About Nothing. brownboxtheatre.org  

Sept. 3-24: The Delaware Division of the Arts’ 2021 Artist Fellow in Photography, Jason Jellick, will debut his exhibition Peninsula at the Mezzanine Gallery. This exhibition is a series about place and the metaphor of a peninsula itself—one way in and one way out. Wilmington, arts.delaware.gov 

Sept. 4: Hear classic rock favorites like “Hotel California,” “Desperado” and “Take It Easy” when the Milton Theatre presents 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience , a Tennessee-based group’s tribute to the famous rock band. Milton, miltontheatre.com

Sept. 5, 9, 12: The First State Ballet Theatre returns with free outdoor performances in Wilmington, Selbyville and Woodside. Statewide, firststateballet.org

Sept. 7-Dec. 10: The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press exhibitions will reopen to the public with five exhibitions. Newark, udel.edu

Sept. 10, 14, 16, 17, 23, 27: The Queen showcases a series of performances this month, including hip-hop’s House Party, an indie folk solo performance from The Mountain Goats, and Wild Child, a Doors tribute band. Wilmington, thequeenwilmington.com

Sept. 10, 17 and Oct. 15, 22: Learn more about Delaware’s expansive nature at night with a guided Night Hike hosted by the Mt. Cuba Center. Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlight and to be prepared to hike slopes, uneven terrain and experience the animals that roam in the dark. Hockessin, mtcubacenter.org 

Sept. 10–12: Dogfish Head Inn and Priority Bicycles, a small bike shop in New York City, collaborate to host Priority Bicycles Weekend. Stay at the Dogfish Head Inn for a weekend of curated events tailored to bicycle enthusiasts of all levels. Events include beer tasting, a bike tour along the Junction and Breakwater Trail, and opportunities to chat with the founders of each business. Rehoboth Beach, dogfish.com/events

Sept. 11–12: The Nanticoke Indian Tribe of Delaware celebrates the rich history of the Native American tribes across the state with the 43rd Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow. The community is welcome to enjoy the two-day festival to learn and discover Nanticoke culture, drum circles, food and crafts. Milton, nanticokeindians.org

Through Sept. 12: Get a behind-the-scenes look at Delaware Art Museum’s Collecting and Connecting: Recent Acquisitions, 2010–2020 , an exhibition highlighting a decade of curating selections that improved the visitor experiences and preserved art history. Wilmington, depart.org

Sept. 14: The Indian River Marina Autumn Art Festival in Rehoboth Beach has been cancelled this year. Rehoboth Beach, rehoboth.com 

Sept. 15: Seasons Hospice Foundation is offering local Delaware children a virtual support group for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Camp Kangaroo is a free, online program for children 5-18 and their guardians. This program will run on Oct. 11, 14 and 18, registration ends on Sept. 15. Newark, seasonsfoundation.org

Sept. 16-26: The Clear Space Theatre’s 2021–22 season presents Our Town , a play that tells the story of the small town of Grover’s Corners in three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage” and “Death and Eternity.” Rehoboth Beach, clearspacetheatre.org

Sept. 16–Oct. 16: PAWS for People’s 2021 Wag ’n Walkathon is a monthlong marathon event to help fund the nonprofit’s pet-therapy programs. Between the Facebook Live kickoff and a closing celebration at Glasgow Park, participants are encouraged to go at their own pace at home. Newark, pawsforpeople.org

Sept. 17: Brandywine Zoo invites you to party with the animals at Lemurs & Lagers, featuring beer, wine, keeper talks, bird encounters and more surprises. Spokey Speaky will perform reggae music. Wilmington, brandywinezoo.org


First State Ballet Theatre leaps back onstage with free outdoor performances./Photo by Tisa Della-Volpe

Sept. 17: A local band brings Journey favorites to the Milton Theatre. Enjoy Separate Ways: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey for plenty of ’80s rock classics. Milton, miltontheatre.com

Sept. 18: At the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival, patrons can enjoy flavorful food, specialty wine, live music and a silent auction featuring items like gift baskets boasting the flavors of coastal Delaware and a wine wall. Millsboro, sodelfest.com

Sept. 18, 25: Take a hayride through Mt. Cuba Center’s natural lands with the Sunset and S’mores event. Enjoy a roaring bonfire, fireside snacks, s’mores and a variety of beverages for both children and adults. Hockessin, mtcubacenter.org

Sept. 23–26: Firefly Music Festival returns to The Woodlands in Dover. Headliners include Billie Eilish, The Killers, Tame Impala and Lizzo. Passholders can lounge while listening to music, enjoy food and drink, and check out various activities like a Roller Rink and Hammock Hangout. Dover, fireflyfestival.com

Sept. 24: See a new side of Winterthur at Mixers & Elixirs, a monthly event with a rotating cocktail theme held in a secret pop-up location on the estate. September’s theme is Nothin’ but Shrub. Guests will enjoy a featured cocktail, small bites and live music. Discounted tickets for designated drivers and children are available. Some seating is available, but personal blankets and chairs are also welcome. Wilmington, winterthur.org

Sept. 25: The Mt. Cuba Center hosts the Tree Festival, a family-fun event celebrating the beauty and value of Delaware’s landscape. There will be live music, programs and kids can even safely climb a tree with supervision of arborists and a safety harness. Hockessin, mtcubacenter.org

Beginning Sept. 25: The Delaware Art Museum unveils Fantasy and the Medieval Past . Marvel at works of fantasy medieval realms from well-known young adult books such as The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Bitterblue (Graceling Realm). Wilmington, delart.org

Sept. 26: The Grand welcomes Brian Regan for a night of comedy in Copeland Hall. Regan is known for his recent Netflix special Brian Regan: On the Rocks and his 30-year stand-up career. Wilmington, thegrandwilmington.org

Oct. 6–17: Delaware Theatre Company’s 2021–22 season kicks off with Tommy and Me , a show based on the lives of Philadelphia sports commentator Ray Didinger and Eagles Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald, who helped take the birds to the 1960 NFL Championship game. Wilmington, delawaretheatre.org

Through October 16: The Biggs Museum of American Art hosts Winslow Homer: From Poetry to Fiction—The Engraved Works , featuring over 200 engravings from the 1800s depicting his life in 1800s New England prior to and following the Civil War. Dover, biggsmuseum.org. 

Calendar compiled by John Eustice and Meg Ryan

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