Considering that Delaware is on the complete opposite coast from L.A. and Hollywood, but still within a few hours drive from New York City, our celebrity spotting tends to be limited to concerts and special events. But some of the things locals love about the state, like our beaches, do cause some famous faces to pop up around town.
Here are some places in five areas of the state, where you can best try your luck at a selfie with a celeb.
1. The Beaches (usually Rehoboth and/or Dewey)
If there's one celebrity who isn't from Delaware, but comes here a lot, it's David Grohl, former drummer for Nirvana and current front man for Foo Fighters. The beaches draw all sorts of celebs trying to take a chill vacation among the mere mortals.
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Browseabout Books in Rehoboth draws not only famous authors, but other VIPs who vacation in Rehoboth Beach like Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Denzel Washington.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville is a local favorite for summer concerts with headliners like Hall and Oats, the Beach Boys, Melissa Ethridge, and Heart.
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The Starboard is a Dewey bar/restaurant to be seen and see celebrities, both on stage and at the bar. G. Love is a regular.
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Both Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton and the Brew Pub in Rehoboth Beach, see their fare share of celebrity craft beer connoisseurs, some of whom visit to meet craft beer celebrity himself, Sam Calgione. Robert Plant was a fan!
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Sam Calgione's wife, Mariah, poses with Bill Nye the Science Guy. Wonder if she asked him for beer chemistry tips for Dogfish Head Beer!
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The Grand Opera House is most well known for its symphony and musical performances but also hosts comedy shows, with appearances from Amy Schumer, Artie Lange, and Lewis Black.
The up and comer in the crowd, World Cafe Live at the Queen opened in 2011, after renovations to the original structure. This intimate space has great food and great spaces for music. This will surely start to grow as a place to see celebs, beyond those who perform on stage.
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The Playhouse Theater on Rodney Square is located in the Hotel DuPont, and both are great places in Wilmington for celebrity sightings. Catch a concert or a show with famous stars, or catch a famous star coming to see a show.
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Newark is home to Chef Dana Herbert, winner of the Food Network's Season One of the Next Cake Boss.
The University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center hosts events not just for students, but for the public as well, from Walk the Moon to Elton John to Sesame Street.
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Drop by a University of Delaware basketball or a football game to spot a famous Blue Hen, like Elena Delledonne, VP Joe Biden, or Joe Flacco.
Dover Downs Hotel and Casino is the epicenter for celebrity sightings in the state capitol, from concerts and comedy acts at the hotel to music festivals and NASCAR.
Dover International Speedway hosts two main NASCAR weekends a year, drawing not just celebrity drivers, but other VIP NASCAR fans, retired drivers and supporting musical acts.
The Woodlands behind Dover International Speedway is home to the Firefly Music Festival. Celebrities to spy aren't just on stage, but hanging out in the VIP areas. Sir Paul McCartney was the headliner in 2015, and others have included Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Foo Fighters. We can't keep Dave Grohl from loving this place!
Harrington?! Yes. But only during the last few weeks in July when the Delaware State Fair is in full swing.
If you're looking for a little VIP treatment with some of the state fair celebrities, local radio stations usually run some promotions so tune in early! Most acts have a country vibe, like Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, other pop singers snag stage time too.
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