Organizers of some of Delaware’s biggest annual events have announced their dates and lineups for 2021. Organizers of some other events are so far silent. And some are coy.
“Our concerts are booked, our movies and events are planned for, and our fireworks are contracted for,” Bethany Beach writes, without announcing any details for this summer. “We’re just waiting for COVID-19 to pack it bags.”
The state’s pandemic guidelines are evolving – the eighth revision loosened various limits for outdoor events as of April 1 – but multiple health guidelines will still be followed into the foreseeable future.
“Contact tracing information must be gathered to provide to the State of DE should an outbreak occur,” the Bellefonte Arts writes about its festival, a May tradition since 2009. “(In order to achieve this mandate – we will be instituting a nominal admission fee this year. Think of it as a kindness donation to an event you cherish.)”
These events have not yet updated their websites for 2021 editions: Arts in the Park at Brecknock Park, August Quarterly, Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Delaware Chinese Festival, Delaware City Day, Delaware State Parks Summer Concert Series, Freeman Arts Pavilion, Hockessin Fourth of July, Holy Rosary Carnival, IndiaFest, Ladybug Festival, Middletown Old-Tyme Peach Festival, Nanticoke Riverfest, St. Anthony’s Italian Festival, and Stango Park Summer Concert Series.
These events have updated their websites for 2021 editions, and they’re listed chronologically:
Bellefonte Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21, Brandywine Boulevard, Bellefonte. Visual, performing and culinary arts. Tickets good for admission 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 1:30-5 p.m.
Winterthur Point-to-Point, May 30, Kennett Pike, Winterthur. The 43rd gathering of well-dressed tailgaters, plus steeplechase racing.
Greek Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 2-5, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom St., Wilmington. Drive-through for all the classic foods.
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, weekends starting June 11, Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk. The city’s website promises details later for the concerts, a tradition since 1963.
Separation Day & Colonial Barbecue, June 11-12, Old New Castle. Festivities mark how before Delaware became the First State, it first had to separate from Pennsylvania, which it did in 1776. Usually includes a parade, re-enactors, games, artisans and entertainment.
Delaware State Fair, S. du Pont Highway, Harrington, July 22-31. Food, games, rides, livestock shows, competitions and entertainers. Sam Hunt headlines a lineup that includes Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, Aaron Tippin, Blippi the musical, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae, Tobymac, Tedeschi Truck Band, Riley Green, the I Love the ’90s Tour and Hank Williams Jr.
Wyoming Peach Festival, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 7, Railroad Avenue, Wyoming. Includes artisans and refreshments.
Arden Fair, Sept. 4, The Highway, Arden. Artists, artisans, entertainers, antiques, refreshments and old friends, for the 113th time. “We expect to be able to know whether or not we can safely hold the Arden Fair sometime in July,” the site says.
Firefly Music Festival & Great Atlantic Campout, Sept. 23-26, the Woodlands, Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. du Pont Highway. “It’s true,” the festival wrote March 29 on Facebook, without any details.