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Wilmington, DEL (August 24, 2016)…As the temperatures drop and the leaves begin to turn, some of the area’s favorite fall festivals and fairs return to Greater Wilmington & Brandywine Valley.  Here are five that shouldn’t be missed:
Steamin’ Days at Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights
(September 4, October 2, November 6, 2016)
The Marshall Steam Museum in nearby Yorklyn boasts the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars.  On the first Sunday of the month, September through November, these beauties are out and about; visitors can actually take a ride in them or board a 1/8-gauge coal-burning locomotive for a 5/8-mile trip through the grounds at Auburn Heights, Delaware’s newest state park.  There’s also plenty of free steam-popped popcorn to enjoy.

Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest (September 16-18, 2016)
Enjoy three days of authentic German entertainment and cuisine at the Delaware Saengerbund in Newark, Delaware, just minutes south of the city of Wilmington.  The Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, a Bavarian dance group, performs in traditional costumes with the men dressed in Lederhosen and the women wearing Dirndl.  Music is provided by live bands and the selection of food is absolutely awesome.  Indulge yourself with grilled Bratwurst, Weisswuurst, frankfurters, 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.

Taste of Newark (September 25, 2016) 
This annual culinary festival is held on the picturesque Old College Lawn on the University of Delaware’s Main Campus in Newark from 12 Noon to 3 PM.  Fifty of the area’s finest restaurants will be joined by more than 30 wine and beer distributors.

Rivertowns Ride & Festival (October 1, 2016)
This one-day community festival and cycling event is held simultaneously in two of Delaware’s historic waterfront towns, Delaware City and Historic New Castle.   The cycling event along the Route 9 Corridor attracts both competitive cyclists and recreational bikers.  Time trials start at 11 AM in Historic New Castle followed by recreational rides at 12 Noon.  The day’s activities include craft beer festivals, food vendors, games and entertainment for all ages in both towns.

Vendemmia da Vinci Wine Festival (October 9, 2016)
More than 2,000 people are expected to gather in beautiful Bellevue State Park to celebrate the harvest of the grape during one of the premier Italian American Wine and Food festivals on the East Coast and  Wilmington’s biggest fall party.  Sample great wines from every region of Italy and delicacies prepared by more than 25 of the area’s finest restaurants while enjoying four hours of professional musical entertainment and dancing.

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 attractions, facilities, amenities and services for visitors.