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August 10, 2012

Subject: Fall Festivals in Greater Wilmington, DE

Brandywine Festival of the Arts
(September 8-September 9, 2012)
The Brandywine Festival of the Arts has been a perennial favorite for over 50 years.  This year's festival will be held on September 8th and 9th in Josephine Gardens in Wilmington's Brandywine Park.  Typically listed among the top 100 national shows, this event attracts hundreds of visiting artists and craftspeople.  Although the show is juried for quality, it is not pretentious.  Remarkable, one-of-a-kind pieces in a variety of media are available at an equally wide range of price points. In fact, it's considered the foremost place in Delaware to purchase original pieces of art that are sure to satisfy both the casual consumer and the avid collector.  Live music, a food court and free admission to the Brandywine Zoo are added bonuses.  For more information, visit or

Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest
(September 21-September 23, 2012)
For three days in Newark, enjoy authentic German entertainment and cuisine.  The "Enzian Volkstanzgruppe", a Bavarian dance group, performs in traditional costumes with the men dressed in "Lederhosen" and the women in "Dirndl".   Music is provided by live bands.  The food is absolutely awesome.  Enjoy grilled Bratwurst, Weisswuurst, Frankfurters, BBG chicken, pretzels and Rollmops followed by Torten and plum cake.  Bavarian souvenirs are available for purchase and the amusement rides are included in the price of admission which is a real bargain at $7.00.  For more information, call 302-366-9454 or go to

Fringe Festival
(September 26-September 30, 2012)
Fringe Festival promises to be more exciting than ever when it returns to Wilmington on September 26 thru September 30.  This expanded, five-day celebration of unconventional and experimental art takes audiences on an exciting journey to the cutting edge of performance, visual arts and cinema.  More than twenty venues throughout the city, including The Delaware Contemporary, the Baby Grand, Opera Delaware's Black Box Theatre and Theatre N,  host festival events.  For more information, go to or

Vendemmia Wine Festival
(Sunday, October 7, 2012; Rain Date: Sunday, October 14, 2012)
The Vendemmia Festival is Wilmington's biggest fall party.  On Sunday, October 7th, More than 2,500 wine aficionados are expected to gather in Tubman Garrett Park on the Wilmington Riverfront to celebrate the Harvest of the Grapes. From 2:00PM to 6:30PM, sample the finest wines from every region in Italy and enjoy delicacies prepared by the area's best restaurants and bakeries.  The festivities include four hours of live musical entertainment, homemade wine and gravy contests and a chance to win a trip for two to Italy.  Area hotels like the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana in nearby Newark, Delaware will offer special weekend packages.  Advance tickets for the Vendemmia Festival are $50.00 and can be purchased on line at or go to for more information. 

Chrysanthemum Festival
(October 27-November 18, 2012)
Chrysanthemums take center stage at Longwood Gardens from October 27th through November 19.  During this festival, more than 200,000 chrysanthemums are arranged in amazing configurations inside the four-acre indoor Conservatory.  Cascades of chrysanthemums drape the walls while spiral chrysanthemum forms climb skyward towards a towering, three-tier chandelier constructed of vibrant yellow chrysanthemums hanging from the Conservatory ceiling.  Outside, chrysanthemums, gourds and giant pumpkins decorate the grounds.  For more information, go to  or

The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization founded in 1978, chartered by the Governor of Delaware, the New Castle County Executive and the Mayor of Wilmington.  Its mission is to serve as the community's customer-focused destination marketing organization, generating economic growth through leisure travel and meetings development by aggressively marketing attraction, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.