Wilmington, Delaware hosts more than 100 festivals each year and some of the most anticipated events occur during the summer months. There’s a wonderful mix of ethnic celebrations, concerts and outdoor theatre performances. Here’s a list of ten stand-out festivals:

Get a FREE Wilmiington & the Brandywine Valley Visitors GuideLongwood Wine & Jazz Festival (June 4)
This popular event combines wines from some of the area’s finest wineries with the sound of jazz artists performing live on multiple stages throughout the gardens from mid-day into the evening. Chris Botti, Esperanza Spalding and Keb Mo are just a few of the artists who will be performing with one of the world’s most beautiful gardens as a backdrop.  www.longwoodgardens.org

Steamin’ Day at Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights (June 5)
The Marshall Steam Museum in nearby Yorklyn, Delaware boasts the world’s largest collection of operating steam cars.  On Steamin’ Day, these beauties are out and about; visitors to Auburn Heights can actually take a ride in them.  There’s also a 1/8-size coal-burning locomotive which takes passengers on a 5/8-mile trip around Auburn Heights and plenty of free steam-popped popcorn to enjoy.  Steamin’ Days are held on the first Sunday of the month, June through November in Delaware’s newest state park.  www.auburnheights.org

Festivals-Greek-650x365Greek Festival (June 7-11)
This five-day festival celebrates its 41st anniversary this year.  The festival features ethnic music, dancers dressed in traditional garb, an array of crafts and mouth-watering, authentic Greek cuisine personally prepared by the men and women of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.  Delicacies include gyros, souvlaki, moussaka, pastichio and luscious desserts.  The Greek Festival is held on the church’s grounds and is open from 11AM to 11PM daily; admission is free. www.holytrinitywilmington.org

Separation Day in Historic New Castle (June 10-11)
This year’s Separation Day celebration marks the 240th anniversary of Delaware’s decision to declare its independence from both England and Pennsylvania.  Separation Day has evolved into a two day celebration with beer, food, live music and a 5K run on Friday evening.  Saturday festivities begin with a morning parade, arts and crafts demonstrations, reenactors, rides, games and lots of food.  The grand finale is a fireworks display at dusk.  www.sepdayde.com/

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival (June 12-19)
Experience true Italian culture when this perennial favorite returns.  The week-long, family-oriented festival is one of the largest events of its kind on the East Coast.  It’s filled with classical music, opera, live Italian and contemporary music, string bands, strolling musicians, dancing, craft demonstrations and artisans selling their wares plus a full complement of traditional midway attractions, carnival rides and games of chance.  The homemade pasta dinners, Italian specialties and delicious desserts are not to be missed.  www.stanthonysfestival.com

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Wilmington, DelawareClifford Brown Jazz Festival (June 21-25)
Recognized as the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast, this open air festival presents a mix of traditional jazz performances punctuated by fusion, funk, blues and rock.  Sponsored by the City of Wilmington and held in Rodney Square in Downtown Wilmington, the festival consistently brings some of the most exciting jazz artists to the stage.  The festival is free, open to the public and held rain or shine. www.cliffordbrownjazzfest.com

New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood (June 25-26)
Featured on the Food Network’s Eating in America Series, this two day country fair and picnic returns to Rockwood Park on the last weekend in June.  Local creameries serve the region’s best ice creams during this family-friendly event which culminates with the “Best Sundae Competition”. Live music on two stages, a variety of food vendors and dozens of children’s activities make this festival Wilmington’s most popular picnic. www.rockwoodicecream.com

Independence Day Celebration (July 4)
Spend the Fourth of July in Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park.  This free all-day event includes lots of child-oriented attractions, rides, games and live music performances on stage.  A wide variety of food and beverages, including craft beers and wine, are available for purchase.  A dramatic 25-minute fireworks display over the Christina River concludes the event.  www.wilmingtonde.gov/visitors/july4th

Delaware Shakespeare FestivalDelaware Shakespeare Festival (July 15-31)
Pack a picnic basket, bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Shakespeare under the stars at beautiful Rockwood Park during the Delaware Shakespeare Festival.  This year’s featured production is Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.  Performances begin at 7:30 PM on Wednesday – Saturday and 6 PM on Sunday.  Children under 10 are admitted free with a paid adult ticket.  www.delshakes.org

Lady Bug Music Festival (July 21)
Music enthusiasts are expected to flock to the Second and Loma block on Market Street in Downtown Wilmington for a free music festival and block party on Thursday evening, July 21st.  Almost 40 exclusively female acts perform on outdoor stages and in local restaurants and businesses.  www.theladybugfestival.com