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July events calendar for Delaware: arts and entertainment

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editor’s pick Craft Exhibition and Sale
Thru July 15 This annual Rehoboth Art League Members’ event features baskets, ceramics, fiber, glass, handmade paper, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media and wood. 227-8408, rehobothartleague.org

Bellevue Concert Series
Thru Aug. 26 Make your way to Bellevue State Park on Sunday and Thursday nights for blues, jazz, swing and big band music. 761-6965, destateparks.com

Lewes Summer Music
Thru Aug. 28 From concert bands to rock bands, Tuesday nights at Stango Park in Lewes are for music-lovers. 645-8073, leweschamber.com

Milton Concert Series
Thru Aug. 29 Enjoy free live music in Milton Memorial Park every Wednesday at 7 p.m. 684-1101, historicmilton.com

Lighthouse Tours
Thru Sept. 8 Depart from Lewes to tour the Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse on select Saturdays. 645-8073, leweschamber.com

Bellevue Lunchtime Concert Series
Thru Sept. 26 Bring your lunch and enjoy a different performer every other Wednesday at Bellevue State Park. 761-6965, destateparks.com

Historic Lewes Farmers Market
Thru Sept. 29 This producer-only farmers market provides fresh, local foods every Saturday morning at the Lewes Historical Society complex. 664-1436, historiclewesfarmersmarket.org

Rehoboth Farmers Market
Thru Oct. 23 More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every Tuesday, noon-4 p.m. rbfarmersmarket.com

Delaware Bay Maritime History Tour
Mondays in July and Aug. Take a history tour of the Delaware Bay while aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. historiclewes.org

UD Marine Sciences Tours
Tuesdays and Fridays in July, Aug., early Sept. At the Lewes campus, study habitats from the coastal marshes to the deep ocean floors via satellites, ships and underwater vehicles. 645-4346 (register prior day)

Spark Summer Music Series
Thursdays in July and Aug. Hear original music at bars throughout Wilmington, Newark and the beach. spark247.com

Bethany Farmers Market Sundays
July 1-Sept. 2 Stroll through the market on Sundays from 8 a.m.-noon at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue. bethanybeachfarmersmarket.com

editor’s pick Brandywine Big Bang BBQ
June 30-July 1 Get a jump on July 4 festivities with an outdoor picnic including live music, BBQ for purchase, and an outdoor wine bar at the Chaddsford Winery. (610) 388-6221, chaddsford.com

Lewes Vintage Base Ball Game
July 1 Baseballers play by 1864 rules in a matchup against the Talbot Fairplays at the University of Delaware Lewes campus. historiclewes.org

editor’s pick Fireworks and Fountains
July 3, 21 And music! These displays at Longwood Gardens are set to the music of John Philip Sousa on the 3rd and Tchaikovsky on the 21st. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

Andrew Wyeth Studio Tours
July 3-Nov. 18 Tours of the artist’s Chadds Ford studio take place Tuesday through Sunday. (610) 388-2700, www.brandywinemuseum.org

Rehoboth Beach Fireworks
July 4 More than 80,000 people gather on the boardwalk and shoreline for this show starting around 9:15 p.m. There’s music at the bandstand, too. 227-2772, downtownrehoboth.com

Old-Fashioned July 4 in Lewes
July 4 Join in old-fashioned children’s games and activities on Second Street before the canal’s decorated boat parade and downtown’s family-friendly Doo-Dah Parade. 645-8073, leweschamber.com

Dover July 4 Celebration
July 4 Head to downtown Dover for a day of tours, events, food, fun, music, a parade and fireworks. 674-7579, dover4thofjuly.com

Newark July 4 Fireworks and Liberty Day
July 4 Newark celebrates with entertainment, activities and fireworks at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex. cityofnewarkde.us

Fireworks Express
July 4 Ride the Wilmington & Western Railroad to the fireworks in Hockessin. 998-1930, wwrr.com

Bethany July 4 Celebration
July 4 Bethany Beach hosts a parade, a blueberry pie-eating contest, a horseshoe-throwing contest, music and fireworks. townofbethanybeach.com

editor’s pick Iron Hill Twilight
Criterium July 7 This event includes men’s, women’s and kids’ bike races plus a community festival and block party in downtown West Chester. ironhilltwilightcriterium.com

St. Peter’s Art and Artisan Show
July 7 This 46th annual show boasts 140 exhibitors of fine arts and fine crafts at St. Peter’s Church on Second Street in Lewes. 645-8479, stpeterslewes.org

editor’s pick Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival
July 7-8 Ironman Barry Schlecker revives another favorite, this time at Rockwood Park. The yummy stuff is back along with music, food and vendors. 690-5555, rockwoodicecream.com

Saturdays at Chaddsford Winery
July 7-28 There’s music every Saturday in July, plus a wine and ice cream social on the 14th. (610) 388-6221, chaddsford.com

Sangria Sundays
July 8-29 Enjoy lunch on Sunday afternoons at Chaddsford Winery featuring live music “lite” on the deck and tastings of cool summer sangrias. (610) 388-6221, chaddsford.com

Bellevue Concerts 25th Anniversary
July 10 Celebrate 25 years of shows at the Bellevue Bandshell with Jimmy and the Parrots, a Jimmy Buffett cover band. 761-6965, destateparks.com

Rehoboth Art League Cottage Tour
July 10-11 Tour unique homes and gardens in the Rehoboth Beach area. 227-8408, rehobothartleague.org

Battery Park Concert Series
July 11, 18, 25 Pack up your blankets and chairs and head to Battery Park in New Castle for a free evening of music. 898-4072, visitwilmingtonde.com

Hagley Bike and Hike Wednesdays
July 11-Aug. 29 Bike or stroll through the Hagley Museum grounds on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. Bring a picnic or dine at the Belin House Organic Cafe. 658-2400, hagley.org

Nanticoke Riverfest
July 12-14 They’ll be “Havin’ a Ball on the Nanticoke” during this three-day festival in Seaford. 629-9173, nanticokeriverfest.com

editor’s pick Delaware Shakespeare Festival
July 13-28 The festival celebrates 10 years with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Rockwood Park. delshakes.org

Tip-A-Canoe and Barbecue, Too!
July 14 Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy for a canoe trip on the Brandywine followed by a barbecue bash. (610) 388-8315, www.youngfriends.org

editor’s pick Lewes Historical Society Craft Show
July 14 Enjoy crafts, live music, food and fun on the society’s grounds. 645-7670, historiclewes.org

Second Saturday Art Walk
July 14 Stop by each of MOSAIC’s Rehoboth art galleries for a reception from 6-9 p.m. mosaicrehoboth.com

Sweet Corn Peak Party
July 14 Abbott’s Grill brings plenty of sweet corn goodness to Fifer Orchards in Wyoming, including cooking demos, free samples, recipes and fun for the kids. 697-2141, fiferorchards.com

Turks Head Music Festival
July 15 This day-long event offers performances by local bands on two stages, between 70 and 90 arts and craft vendors, food and kids’ activities at Everhart Park in West Chester. (610) 436-9010, turksheadfestival.com

editor’s pick Delaware State Fair
July 19-28 Styx, Cheap Trick, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland and others take to the stage during the annual festivities in Harrington. 398-3269,
delawarestatefair.com

Concert by the Canal
July 20 Live music at Lewes Canalfront Park this month features The Bullbuckers. 644-0108

editor’s pick Firefly Music Festival
July 20-22 Bonna-who? All eyes (and ears) are on Dover when The Killers, The Black Keys, Jack White and fellow hipsters come a callin’. fireflyfestival.com

XPoNential Music Festival
July 20-22 This three-day WXPN event features Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Dr. Dog, Counting Crows, The Hold Steady and others at Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden, N.J. xpn.org

Walking & Brewery Tour of Milton
July 21 The Milton Historical Society and Dogfish Head Brewery host a joint walking and brewery tour: “Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer.” 684-1010,
historicmilton.org

Bellevue Youth Fishing Tournament
July 21 Youths through age 15 are invited to bring their poles and plenty of bait—prizes will be awarded. 761-6965, destateparks.com

editor’s pick Beach and Bay Cottage Tour
July 25-26 Visit homes in Bethany and Fenwick during this annual tour to benefit the Friends of South Coastal Library. 537-5828, beachandbaycottagetour.com

editor’s pick Peoples’ Festival
July 28 This celebration of music and culture at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park has been paying tribute to Bob Marley since 1995. peoplesfestival.com

Downtown Newark Food & Brew Fest
July 28 This annual event showcases craft and imported beers paired with creative food from downtown Newark’s restaurants. enjoydowntownnewark.com

Howard M. Smith Diamond State Masters Regatta
July 28-29 One of the East Coast’s premier regattas is a two-day event on Noxontown Pond at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown. diamondstatemasters.com

 

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