Find a Delaware fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 has things to do across Delaware including activities in Wilmington, Newark and Dover. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Anime Day at the Art Studio - Wilmington, DE - Aug 7 to Aug 28, 2021
Virtual for 2021. Presented by New Castle County. A family-friendly, bento box-sized, anime and manga convention! Meet local manga artists, learn about anime and participate in workshops. There will be vendors, anime screenings, a video game room, food trucks and more! Wear your favorite cosplay and win the costume contest. All ages. FREE. Held at the Art Studio
Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Festival - Harrington, DE - Aug 28, 2021
Annual event held at the Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village. Admission includes unlimited samples and a commemorative sampling glass.
Arden Fair - Arden, DE - Sep 4, 2021
Food, beer & wine, live music, craft vendors, art exhibit, antiques market, folk dancing demo, plant sale and more.
Brandywine Festival of the Arts - Wilmington, DE - Sep 11 to Sep 12, 2021
An end of summer celebration at Josephine Gardens with over 250 exhibiting artists, live music performances, children’s activities, and local food vendors.
Historic Odessa Brewfest - Odessa, DE - Sep 11, 2021
Support a fundraiser for the Historic Odessa Foundation while enjoying food and merchandise vendors, live bands, and unliminted sampling during the full duration of the festival!
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest - Newark, DE - Sep 17 to Sep 19, 2021
The party kicks off Friday night at 5, with the opening parade at 7. German specialties such as Bratwurst, Weisswuurst, Frankfurters, BBQ chicken, potato pancakes, pretzels and more, will be served, and live German music and a Bavarian dance group. Amusement rides and midway games will also be available. Admission is $9 per person.
Amish Bike Tour Festival - Dover, DE - Sep 18, 2021
Annual event running for around thirty years with loops of 15, 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles starting at Legislative Mall, with stops at points of interest and a barbecue lunch afterwards. Delaware’s largest cycling event with approximately 2,400 cyclists.
Art on the Green - New Castle, DE - Sep 25, 2021
Annual arts & crafts show in historic New Castle for nearly 50 years.
Faithful Friends 5K & Mutt Mile - Wilmington, DE - Sep 26, 2021
5K and Mutt Mile for the whole family, including pups, at Bellevue State Park, with human and canine awards ceremonies to follow, plus pet vendors and food trucks, local radio station with giveaways, and more.
Apple Scrapple Festival - Bridgeville, DE - Oct 8 to Oct 9, 2021
Pancake breakfast to open the festivities. Food court with apple dumplings, scrapple sandwiches and more. Carnival rides, car show, 5K, craft show, home decorating contest, entertainment stage, children’s area and more. But wait, what’s scrapple? A pork breakfast meat my (Jayne) grandfather used to describe as “everything in the pig but the squeal.” It’s a popular breakfast offering in the mid-Atlantic area (along with our other pork offering, pork roll) – pork, cornmeal, spices, usually panfried so it’s crispy on the outside but somewhat soft on the inside – if you know, you know!
Bike MS Bike to the Bay Delaware - Dover, DE - Oct 9 to Oct 10, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
OktDoverfest - Dover, DE - Oct 9, 2021
OktDoverFest features the best of local music, beer, wine, spirits and food. The festival is a celebration in downtown Dover to promote the small business community, support beautification of the city, and celebrate a traditional German rite of passage in a new and interesting way.
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival - Lewes, DE - Oct 14 to Oct 17, 2021
Live jazz music at multiple locations in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Lewes.
Sea Witch Festival - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Oct 29 to Oct 31, 2021
Includes costume parade, bike race, train rides, fiddlers’ festival and kids trick or treat trail.
Delaware Antiques Show - Wilmington, DE - Nov 4 to Nov 5, 2021
Annual event for over 50 years. One of the nation’s most acclaimed antiques shows. Held at the Chase Center at the Riverfront, it supports educational programming at Winterthur Museum.
Polkamotion - Rehoboth Ave, DE - Sep 14 to Sep 17, 2022
4 day festival featuring Polka music and dancing. Opens with a golf tournament, then head to the Convention Center and Band Stand for music, food, drinks, and dancing into the weekend
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Lewes Oktoberfest - Lewes, DE - Oct 6, 2018
The Lewes Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Historic Lewes Business Committee will sponsor their annual Oktoberfest.
Lederhosen Half Marathon - Newark, DE - Sep 28, 2019
Run 13.1 around Newark, then eat some brats, enjoy a Klondike Kate’s lager, and celebrate Oktoberfest
Cheesetoberfest - Dover, DE - Oct 19, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: The stuff dreams are made of, if you dream about cheese! A grilled cheese and mac and cheese competition at Fordham & Dominion Brewing, with local restaurants battling for the title of Grand Cheezmo! An oompah band will provide the entertainment, brewery staff will be pouring the brews, and your $30 ticket gets you 3 beers, food samples, and a commemorative stein.
Brew at the Zoo - Wilmington, DE - Sep 25, 2020
21+ event at the Wilmington Zoo after hours, with tastings in a keepsake souvenire mug and light local fair, plus silent auction and free-flight bird viewing.
Vendemmia da Vinci Wine and Food Festival - Wilmington, DE - Oct 11, 2020
The Vendemmia da Vinci Wine and Food Festival is returning to the Tubman-Garrett Park on the Wilmington Riverfront! A glorious afternoon is planned featuring unlimited goodies, from food and wine, to a world record in the traditional tarantella dance. Attendees will enjoy samplings of over 40+ wines from throughout Italy, together with many food favorites from the area’s best restaurants
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival - Rehoboth Beach, DE - Nov 5 to Nov 15, 2020
The oldest and largest event of its kind in the State of Delaware. RBIFF has developed into a mid-Atlantic fall destination event for film enthusiasts from more than fifteen states. The eleven day event is held every November and offers a wide variety of American and international feature, documentary and short films.
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