WILMINGTON, DEL...Here's a round-up of late summer festivals, fairs and shows in the
Annual Peoples' Festival 4Peace Tribute to Bob Marley
(July 26, 2014)
This popular one-day festival, which celebrates its twentieth anniversary this year, is a tribute to former Wilmington resident, Bob Marley. Held in Tubman Garret Riverfront Park from noon until 10PM, the festival features live music on two stages with performances by Third World, I-Octane, Mutabaruk and eight other bands. Other highlights include the Children's Village, International Food Court, Bamboo Rain Hut, Peace Pavilion, Healing Garden and arts and crafts from around the world. www.peoplesfestival.com
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair
(July 26 & 27, 2014)
One of the premier craft fairs in the Brandywine Valley returns to the Chase Center on the Riverfront on July 26 and 27. Described as an indoor shopping experience, the show features an unparalleled collection of beautiful items all of which are handmade in America. Find one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture and fine furniture and meet the artisans who craft them. www.pacrafts.org
(August 30 & 31, 2014)
The August Quarterly-or Big Quarterly-has the distinction of being the country's longest-running African American heritage festival. The festival has evolved from a one-day meeting into a week-long celebration of religious freedom commemorating the founding of the Union Church of African Members by Peter Spencer in 1813. This year's celebration climaxes on August 30 and 31 with a parade, citywide Sunday service and afternoon festivities at Tubman Garret Park in Wilmington's Riverfront.
(August 30, 2014; Rain date is August 31, 2014)
The Arden Fair is a time-honored tradition in the Brandywine Valley. Held on the Saturday before Labor Day on the Arden Gild Hall property in North Wilmington, it draws over one hundred twenty vendors offering hand-made crafts and jewelry and fifty antique and flea market dealers. The day-long event features music in the grove, food, drink amusement rides and children's games. www.ardenfair.com
Brandywine Festival of the Arts
(September 6 & 7, 2014)
The Brandywine Festival of the Arts has been a perennial favorite for over fifty years. Typically listed among the top one hundred national shows, this annual event in Josephine Gardens in Wilmington's Brandywine Park attracts hundreds of visiting artists and craftspeople from the East Coast and beyond. Although the show is juried for quality, it is not pretentious. Remarkable, one-of-a-kind pieces in a wide variety of media are available at an equally broad range of price points. In fact, the festival is considered to be one of the foremost places 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. www.brandywinearts.com
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.