Summer Events

Lazy Sundays in the park. Long hikes along the trail. Summer nights listening to bands on the back porch of the local bar. Summer offers nearly unlimited options for things to do in Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, as music fill the streets and ethnic festivals dictate what's for dinner.


Running on back-to-back weekends (and on back-to-back blocks), the annual Greek and Italian festivals draw tens of thousands of hungry travellers to Wilmington. At the Greek festival, the gyro line can stretch halfway across the festival at the height of the day, but the moussaka is the real reason to come. The Italian festival one week later adds rides, vendors and panzerotti (think "deep fried pizza") to the mix. Both offer authentic ethnic entertainment, wine and more than a little dancing.

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (June)

The largest multi-day, free, outdoor jazz festival on the east coast celebrates the legacy of Wilmington's own trumpeter Clifford Brown, the jazz legend who died tragically in a car crash at age 25. Chic Corea, Jerry Gonzalez, Pete Escovedo and his orchestra, KEM, Jonathan Butler, Lalath Hathaway, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, and Norman Brown have all performed at the festival in the center of Wilmington in Rodney Square.


You can have ice cream for lunch, but make sure you save room for ice cream for dessert at this annual frozen festival at Rockwood Park. Locally produced ice creams battle it out in the "Best Sundae on Sunday" competition, once featured on the Food Network's "Eating America with Anthony Anderson." After brain freeze sets in, you can warm up with live music, children's activities and un-iced food from local restaurants and vendors.

Bob Marley FestivalPEOPLE'S FESTIVAL (July)

Before he became an icon, Bob Marley lived with his mother in Wilmington, Delaware working as a lab assistant at DuPont and on the line at the Chrysler plant. Today, his legacy is celebrated every year at the Annual Peoples' Festival 4 Peace Tribute to Bob Marley, where artists jam on two stages in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, and attendees wander between the Drum Circle, Children's Village and International Food Court.


With more than two centuries of history, the Big August Quarterly is the nation's oldest African American festival celebrating the freedom of speech, the freedom of religion and rights of all people to peacefully assemble. Once an important part of the Underground Railroad system, the August Quarterly remains a festival of reunions and religious revival for people for families and friends.