Delaware loves fall festivals – from Apple Scrapple to Punkin Chunkin, it seems our state lives for the cooler weather and changing of leaves! There’s nothing quite like a well done Delaware fall festival – and unlike other states in the area, we host the most unique celebrations. Where else can you celebrate Cheesetoberfest one weekend, and hydraulic pumpkin launching a few weeks later?
Mark these Delaware Fall Festivals on your calendar, and stay busy throughout the autumn season.
1. Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, September 16th-18th
The Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest held in Newark each fall is a great way to celebrate German heritage. Enjoy traditional Bavarian foods, live music, and of course, German brews. September 16-18th
2. Nanticoke Indian Powwow, September 10th-11th
Celebrate the rich heritage of the Nanticoke Indian community during their annual autumn Powwow. You'll find American Indian drummers and singers, 40+ visiting tribes from across Indian country, authentic Indian art & craft vendors and more at this incredible Delaware fall festival. This one has already passed for 2016, so be sure to catch it next fall.
3. Wings & Wheels Fall Festival, September 17th
Join the Sussex County Airport for their annual Wings and Wheels Fall festival in Georgetown, celebrating vintage planes and classic cars. Vendors line the airport and it's a great time to see some wonderful wheels and spectacular planes. This festival is a favorite of veterans and veterans' families.
4. Lewes Dragon Boat Festival, September 18th
A dragon boat regatta on the Lewes Canal is a great way to spend a fall day. Watch the races and check out the sponsor tents along the water.
5. DelMarVa Folk Festival, September 23rd & 24th
Clayton, DE is once again host to a weekend of music and camping for the DelMarVa Folk Festival. If you're looking for a great music festival in Delaware, this one is worth checking out!
6. Harvest Moon Festival, Oct 1-2
The Harvest Moon Festival is hosted by the Delaware Nature Society in Dover. Join them for art, hayrides, children's activities, live music and great food trucks!
7. Cheesetoberfest, Oct 8th
Cheesetoberfest is a unique Delaware fall festival that is perfect for anyone who loves CHEESE! Hosted by Fordham and Dominion Brewing, Cheesetoberfest is a grilled cheese competition featuring 30 of the best grilled cheeses in the region - and you'll get to try them all.
8. Apple Scrapple Festival, Oct 14-15th
Apple Scrapple is always held the 2nd weekend in October in Bridgeville, Delaware. Join fellow Delawareans as you celebrate scrapple like only our state can! The food at this festival is amazing, even if you're not a big fan of scrapple, because it's also, well, half apple. This is one of the most uniquely Delaware fall festivals in the state, and it's absolutely one you shouldn't miss.
9. Blackbird Creek Fall Festival, Oct 15
The FREE Blackbird Creek Fall Festival on October 15th is a great, family friendly Delaware fall festival. There are plenty of crafts and vendor demonstrations, lots of hands-on activities, live music and nature activities for kids and adults along Blackbird Creek. This is a great fall festival for people who love nature!
10. Sea Witch Festival, Oct 28-30th
The Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach is one of the best Halloween events in Delaware. Enjoy the parade with spooky, gigantic inflatables while you check out everybody's costumes. The pet costume contest is always a huge hit - some people are so creative, it amazes me!
11. World Championship Punkin Chunkin, November 4th-6th
What says "Delaware" more than using a gigantic hydraulic cannon to launch a pumpkin hundreds of meters in a stiff field of competition? Absolutely nothing. Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville is one of the best things to ever come to Slower Lower, and it's finally BACK after a three year hiatus!
12. Fifer Orchards Fall Festival, Saturdays through October 29th
Join Fifer Orchards in Camden for hay rides, a corn maze, tractor train, pony rides, apple picking, and of course, pick your own pumpkins.