Music & Entertainment in Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington’s nightlife isn’t just more affordable than New York or DC — you get the same level of talent for that lower price. That’s because for many shows and performers heading down the East Coast on tour, Wilmington is a convenient mid-way stop.

The historic Grand Opera House, a landmark in Wilmington for more than 140 years, has hosted Ethel Barrymore, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Philip Sousa ... and, in more recent years, everyone from the White Stripes to Willie Nelson and Wilco. OperaDelaware, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and First State Ballet Theatre all perform here as well.

Broadway hits grace the stage at nearby The Playhouse on Rodney Square, while The Queen is the place to go for the latest rock and indie acts.

Wilmington celebrates its musical heritage every year with three annual music festivals: The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (the largest free jazz fest on the East Coast), the People’s Festival 4Peace Tribute to Bob Marley and the Ladybug Music Festival, a celebration of female-fronted bands that draws thousands of music fans.

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