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September events calendar for Delaware: arts and entertainment


Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Thru Oct. 28 Get a big taste of Elizabethan life on weekends and Labor Day Monday at Mount Hope Estate and Winery in Manheim. parenfaire.com

editor’s pick Arden Fair
Sept. 1 It must be Labor Day Saturday. Time to head out to the 105th Arden Fair and Antiques Market for crafts, games, food and music as only Arden can do it. 475-5814, ardenclub.org

Amish Country Bike Tour
Sept. 8 Pedal a 15-, 25-, 50-, 62- or 100-mile route through Delaware’s Amish farmlands. (800) 233-5368, visitdover.com, amishcountrybiketour.com

editor’s pick Brandywine Festival of the Arts
Sept. 8-9 More than 250 fine artists and crafters fill Brandywine Park’s Josephine Gardens along with food, live music and kids’ activities. 690-5555, brandywinearts.com

Zippity Zoo Days
Sept. 8-9 In conjunction with the Brandywine Festival of the Arts, the Brandywine Zoo features works of art created by the animals themselves, art stations and live animal encounters. 571-7747, brandywinezoo.org

Chadds Ford Days
Sept. 8-9 “Celebrate Brandywine History” at the Chadds Ford Historical Society with Colonial demonstrations, antique cars, live music, local eats and kids’ activities. (610) 388-7376, chaddsfordhistory.org

editor’s pick Mushroom Festival
Sept. 8-9 The fun starts Friday night in Kennett Square and mushrooms into the weekend. New this year: the National Fried Mushroom Eating Contest. mushroomfestival.org

Taiwan Film Festival
Sept. 9, 16, 30 The Delaware Art Museum once again hosts this event presented by the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, and the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York. 571-9590, delart.org

Reel Talk
Sept. 12 See a documentary featuring Attorney General Beau Biden, created by Jewish Family Services’ Youth Development Program, at World Cafe Live at the Queen. 478-9411, jfsdelaware.org

Celebration of the Autumn Harvest
Sept. 13 Enjoy dinner in the orchard at T. S. Smith & Sons in Bridgeville. Food straight from the farm is prepared by students from the Culinary School at the Food Bank of Delaware and local chefs to benefit the Food Bank’s Milford branch. 444-8074, fbd.org/orcharddinner

Day for Kids
Sept. 15 The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware hosts a day of rides, games, music, entertainment and activities at the Wilmington Riverfront. 658-1870, delawaredayforkids.org

editor’s pick Seaford Garden Party
Sept. 15 This fifth annual event includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and music in the backyard of Act II Florist in downtown Seaford. 628-2787

British Car Club Show
Sept. 15 The rivalry between British and German cars continues during the British Car Club of Delaware’s Battle of Britain, held in Delaware City’s Battery Park at the end of Clinton Street. 284-4672,  bccdelaware.com

Wharf Dance
Sept. 15 With music by Lou the Mailman, dance the night away at the wharf in New Castle. Enjoy food and drink, too. 322-2794, newcastlehistory.org

Hagley Car Show
Sept. 16 View more than 500 antique and restored cars dating from the early 1900s to the 1980s, and enjoy vehicle parades, motoring music, video and go-kart racing and a food court. 658-2400, hagley.org

Newark Community Day
Sept. 16 Find food vendors, entertainment, fine artists, crafters and kids’ activities on the UD Green. eatdowntownnewark.com

Chester County Restaurant Festival
Sept. 16 This downtown West Chester festival offers fare from the area’s best restaurants along with crafters and music. (610) 692-7574, west-chester.com

editor’s pick Polish Festival
Sept. 17-22 Every night is family night when Polish food, music, dancing, entertainment and a packed midway fill the Wilmington Riverfront. polishfestival.net

editor’s pick Fifer Fall Fest
Sept. 19-Oct. 29 A six-acre corn maze is just the beginning of all things fall at Fifer Orchards Farm and Country Store in Camden-Wyoming. 697-2141, fiferorchards.com

editor’s pick Oktoberfest
Sept. 21-23 September, October— who cares? It’s time for authentic German foods and beverages, dancers, music, amusement rides and games at the Delaware Saengerbund on Salem Church Road in Newark. 366-9454, delawaresaengerbund.org

Art on the Green
Sept. 22 The New Castle Hundred Lions Club hosts this annual show of arts, crafts and music at Battery Park in New Castle. 328-LIONS, newcastlecity.net

Sept. 22 This event at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark showcases the arts and culture of India with stage performances, dance competitions, Indian cuisine, vendors and festivities for all ages. indiafestde.org

editor’s pick IN Wilmington Week
Sept. 22-30 More than 50 area organizations and businesses join forces for this inaugural event, a nine-day community celebration of arts and entertainment in Wilmington. 475-9880, inwilmingtonde.com

Delaware Dines Out
Sept. 24-30 Special deals abound as restaurants up and down the state participate in this fourth annual event. delawaredinesout.com

editor’s pick Fringe Wilmington Festival
Sept. 26-30 Experience this annual celebration of unconventional and experimental art. Take in performances, exhibitions, film screenings and a filmmaking competition at 12 different venues in downtown Wilmington. fringewilmingtonde.com

Race Weekend
Sept. 28-30 It’s another NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway. (800) 441-RACE, doverspeedway.com

Podcamp East
Sept. 28-30 Learn and share your knowledge about online and digital/social media when the first regional Podcamp event on the East Coast comes to Delaware Technical Community College’s Wilmington campus. podcampeast.com

Historic Automobile Display
Sept. 29 View a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I along with other classic marques at the 1897 Auburn Heights mansion in Yorklyn. auburnheights.org

Harvest Festival
Sept. 29-30, Oct. 6-7 The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail celebrate the 2012 vintage with picnicking, live music, hayrides, wine tastings and tours. (610) 444-3842, bvwinetrail.com

Taste of Newark
Sept. 30 More than 50 restaurants, 30 wineries, celebrity cooking demos and the “Battle of the Chefs” enliven Old College Lawn at the University of Delaware. eatdowntownnewark.com