Delaware Today magazine Culture Calendar: Events like Punkin Chunkin in Sussex County and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival


Punkin Chunkin Nov. 4-6
Beware of flying gourds. This world championship event is a classic in Sussex County.

Delaware Antiques Show Nov. 4-6
Sixty distinguished dealers make this a premier event at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. There’s a preview party on Thursday, Nov. 3. (800) 448-3883,

Smyrna Opera House Art Show Nov. 4-Dec. 11
This annual show features local and regional artists and kicks off with a free opening-night reception. 653-4236,

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editor’s pick Downtown Fall Fest Nov. 5
Free family fun is the order of the day on Market Street in Wilmington with a hayride, moon bounces and live music. 425-5500,

18th-Century Market Fair Nov. 5
First State Heritage Park’s 18th-Century Market Fair returns to The Dover Green with plenty of entertainment, food, drink, music, dancing, animals, crafts and living history. 739-9194,

editor’s pick Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Nov. 9-13
This five-day festival showcases approximately 100 of the best American and international films, including features, documentaries and shorts, at the Movies at Midway. 645-9095,

Wine and Music Festival Nov. 12
With a different theme each year, this annual fest is held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. (800) 711-5882,

editor’s pick Artisans Show Nov. 12-13
This fine craft show at the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn features 51 regional artisans with original work in photography, prints, fibers, folk art, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and other media. 239-2434,

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Holiday Auction and Tastes of Milford Nov. 17
Sample the best of Milford’s restaurants and bid on items at Shawnee Country Club this year. 422-3344,

Christmas Boutique and Book Fair Nov. 19
The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park offer crafts, books, T-shirts, sweatshirts, food and homemade baked goods at the Biden Center within the park.

Yuletide at Winterthur Nov. 19-Jan. 8
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library dresses for the holidays, featuring the magnificent dried-flower tree. Special events, performances and workshops fill the season.

Longwood Gardens Christmas Nov. 24-Jan. 8
Gingerbread is the word at this year’s display. You’ll see it everywhere, along with the usual 500,000 outdoor lights, plus holiday trees, fountains and concerts. Tickets must be purchased in advance this season. (610) 388-1000,

Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade Nov. 25
Downtown comes alive with celebrities, politicos, bands and floats on Black Friday. 655-5288,

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editor’s pick Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour Nov. 25-26
Get inside real artists’ studios on this annual tour. Artists share their creativity, skills and stories. 537-6945,

Holidays at the Amstel and Dutch Houses Nov. 25-Dec. 30
The Amstel House in New Castle will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in Colonial times. At the Dutch House, enjoy a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. 322-2794,

Christmas at Hagley Nov. 25-Jan. 1
Bask in holiday decor and take in music, family activities and special sales days at Hagley Museum in Wilmington. 658-2400,

A Brandywine Christmas Nov. 25-Jan. 8
Holiday displays include an extensive O-gauge model railroad, antique dolls and thousands of critter ornaments on trees at the Brandywine River Museum. (610) 388-2700,

Chocolate Festival Nov. 26
Enjoy chocolate, candy, cooking demos, live entertainment, photos with Santa and the Festival of Trees at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Arden Holiday Shop Nov. 27
Find gifts by local artists at The Arden Gild Hall, featuring three rooms of handcrafted items. Downstairs features a tasty lunch from the Saucy Luncheon Crew. 475-3126,

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