Wednesday, May 26 2021 1:29

Summer Fun in Wilmington and Beyond

Written by County Lines Magazine

Through July 31

Delaware Theatre Co. 20/21 Season: Take 2! June 1–5, Book of Moron; June 15–19, John Manzari; June 22–26, Get Happy!; July 13–17, The Whitney Project—A Celebration of Black Joy; July 20–24, My Immigration Story; July 27–31, Me, My Mic, and I; Aug. 6–7, 5 Women. Phone or website for tickets and times. 302-594-1100;

Through August

DE Museum of Natural History. Through August, Wednesdays, Hands on Science with DMNH at Winterthur Museum & Library, with fascinating specimens, incredible animals and astonishing science experiments. June 12, World Ocean Day Celebration at Winterthur, DE, 10 am, $25 per family. 4840 Kennett Pk. 302-658-9111;

Through September

The Music School of Delaware. Hosting over 100 performances, events, workshops and master classes at several locations. Performances include diverse musical styles and feature expert faculty, regional artists, internationally acclaimed special guests and the school’s students. Most are free. Visit website for performances.

Through December

Delaware Art Museum & DelArt Cinema. DelArt Cinema and Delaware Art Museum have partnered to bring a new 169-seat independent film venue in the DuPont Auditorium on the lower level of the Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. Registration required. 302-571-9590;

Through December

Science Saturdays at Hagley Museum & Library. Visitors of all ages are invited to discover solutions to science and engineering challenges. Science Saturdays are drop-in activities, so stop by during the event hours. 298 Buck Rd. 302-658-2400;

Through December

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. “Outside In: Nature-inspired Design at Winterthur,” in partnership with the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the exhibition brings selections from their collection of natural specimens together with collections drawn from Winterthur’s Museum and Library holdings. 5105 Kennett Pk., Winterthur, DE. Tues–Sun, 10 to 5. $15–$30. 302-888-4600;

June 3–September 16

Happy Hour at Delaware Art Museum. Summer series features live music, local brews, wine, cocktails, food vendors. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. N. Terrace Copeland, Sculpture Garden. Free. 302-571-9590;

June 4

DelArt Cinema Drive-In Movie. Enjoy a classic film from the comfort of your car. This week, The Color Purple. Concessions available. Check website for rain date. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. Parking begins at 7:15, movie starts at dusk. $19.

June 3–19

Serafin Summer Music. Seven concerts open to the public, live and livestreamed from the Concert Hall at The Music School of DE. June 3, 10, 17, ticket purchasers can join a meet-the-artists “chat,” offering a behind-the-scenes peek into their lives. 4101 Washington St. Tickets $20 and up.

June 13

West Street Arts Festival at The Delaware Contemporary. Indoor and outdoor art-based activities, performances, vendors, food trucks and refreshments. 200 S. Madison St. 11 to 3.

June 12, July 3

Drive-In Cinema at Bellevue State Park. The Grand announces the return of the popular series: June 12, Disney’s Newsies; July 3, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns. 720 Carr Rd. $15 per person, under 12, free. Ticket includes entrance, one bag of popcorn and one drink.

June 16

Bike & Hike & Brews at Hagley Museum & Library. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the picnic pavilion on Workers’ Hill or at a table along the Brandywine. Dogfish Head craft beer and Woodside Farm Creamery ice cream are available for purchase. 200 Hagley Creek Rd. 302-658-2400;

June 16, 30, July 14, 28, August 4, 18

Sip & Stroll at Brandywine Zoo. Sip, stroll and learn while enjoying beer and touring the zoo after hours. Fun animal encounters and activities for all ages. Limited number of tickets. Beer sold separately. Brandywine Park, 1001 North Park Dr. 5 to 7.

June 24–27

33rd Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Goes Virtual. Tentative dates set for 4 days of music on 2 sound stages with 15 bands and over 80 artists performing live. Visit website for livestream broadcast.

July 31, October 16

Kalmar Nyckel. July 31, Wilmington Pirate Festival, pirate and maritime-themed activities, 10 to 4; Oct. 16, Halloween Ghost Ship, wear your costume for a family-friendly event with The Tall Ship of DE as Captain and Mates dress up and share sea stories. 302-429-7447;

August 7–8

The 23rd Annual Riverfront Blues Festival. Tentative dates set­­—check website for updates closer to event. Musicians take over two stages inside Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, while vendors sell blues-appropriate food. Rosa Parks Dr. Check website for lineup and times. $15–$25. 302-576-2139;

August 28

Annual Delaware Burger Battle. Delaware’s top chefs put their best burgers forward. Benefits Food Bank of Delaware and Delaware ProStart. Rockford Tower, Rockford Park, 2000 Lookout Dr. Noon to 3:30. Pay one price to sample burgers all day, $12–$50.

August 28–29

August Quarterly Festival Celebration. The nation’s oldest African-American festival celebrating freedom of religion and speech and the right of assembly. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Rosa Parks Dr. 302-655-5231;

September 11

Historic Odessa Brewfest. 50 local, regional and national craft breweries, live music, gourmet food and artisan vendors. Benefits Historic Odessa Fdn. 202 Main St., Odessa, DE. VIP, noon to 6, $70; general adm. 2 to 6, $55. 302-378-4119;

September 11–12

Brandywine Festival of the Arts. Over 200 artisans from all over the country. 1001 North Park Dr. Sat, 10 to 6; Sun, 11 to 4. $5. 302-419-6648; 

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