ShadFest is a FREE annual family-friendly celebration of the Brandywine River and the return of the American Shad. Over 1,500 people attended ShadFest in 2022, an increase of 300% over 2021. Attendees participate in interactive, educational exhibits from 20 of Delaware’s leading environmental organizations, enjoy live music, a 5K, sustainable vendors, food, shad obstacle course, arts and crafts, and a lot of fun!
This year we are hosting our first ever Brandywine River ShadFest Art Contest! The contest is limited to students in 3rd – 12th grade who attend schools in Delaware. Works or art will be displayed at and voted on during ShadFest 2023. Guest judges include Delaware's very own Eunice LaFate!