Subject: Greater Wilmington's Fall Festivals
August 25, 2010

Contact: Lyn Lewis, Director of Communications
Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, (302) 295-2212

Brandywine Festival of the Arts
September 11-September 12

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts has been a perennial favorite for 50 years. This year's festival will be held on September 11th and 12th 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 to be 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 17-September 19

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 not to be missed. 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

Newark Film Festival
September 23-September 30; October 1-October 3

The Newark Film Festival returns on September 23rd to September 30th. See award-winning movies that have created a buzz at top international and national film festivals. For eight full days, the festival premiers more than 25 independent and documentary films on the three big screens at Cinema Center 3 in Downtown Newark, just minutes south of the city of Wilmington. The following weekend, on October 1 to October 3rd, the "Best of the Fest" are screened at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington. Visit or for more information.

Fringe Festival Returns to Wilmington
September 29-October 3

Fringe Festival promises to be more exciting than ever when it returns to Wilmington on September 29th thru October 3rd. 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 10; Rain Date: Sunday, October 17

The Vendemmia Festival is Wilmington's biggest fall party. On Sunday, October 10th, 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 $45.00 and can be purchased on line at or go to for more information. The rain date is October 17th.

Chrysanthemum Festival
November 1-November 21

Chrysanthemums take center stage at Longwood Gardens from November 1st through November 21st. 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, blooming chrysanthemums, gorgeous gourds and giant pumpkins decorate the grounds. For more information, go to or