There are several annual festivals in Delaware.
The Firefly Music Festival was first held in July 2012 and is scheduled to return in June 2013, It is held at The Woodlands, an 87 acre festival ground in Dover.
The festival features many nationally-known musical acts performing on several stages over a three-day period. Headliner acts for 2012 included The Killers, The Black Keys and Jack White, and included 48 total acts. The festival grounds also feature camping areas, food and beverage venues. Approximately 30,000 people attended the 2012 festival.
The Firefly Music Festival gained national attention in its first year, with people from 48 different states attending.
The Big August Quarterly is an annual religious festival held in Wilmington, Delaware, and is sometimes called "Big Quarterly" or "August Quarterly." The festival began in 1814 by Peter Spencer in connection with the "quarterly" meeting (or "conference") of the African Union Church. Out of the four meetings during the year, the one in August became the "annual conference" of the Church when ministers' assignments for the next year were announced, among other business — it was a time for free blacks and slaves alike to come together (from the multi-state area) and celebrate their faith with singing, dancing, testifying, and feasting. It is the oldest such celebration in the country. Senator Biden's remarks on the significance of the "Big Quarterly" were published in the Congressional Record for 30 July 1981 (Vol. 127, No. 117) and for 9 August 1984 (Vol 130, No. 106).
The Delaware State Fair (also known as the Harrington Fair) is Delaware's only state fair. The Delaware State Fair occurs during the last two weeks of July.
In addition to hosting the fair, on the Fair Grounds is also the location of a horse racing track, casino, and a Grand Stand. During the fair, numerous musical acts perform at the Grand Stand. The Grand Stand is also used for a Demolition Derbys, circus performances, and other entertainment.
The Delaware Sängerbund (German for Singers Alliance) holds an annual three-day long Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest features carnival rides, German foods, and demonstrations of German singing and dancing.
The Delaware Shakespeare Festival is an outdoor Shakespeare festival that takes place during the summer months at Rockwood Park located in the city of Wilmington, Delaware. The mission of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival is to create professional theatre and educational programs in order to further the understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works for the residents and friends of the State of Delaware.
The city of Wilmington is home to several ethnic festivals. The most popular is the annual Italian Festival hosted held each June in the neighborhood surrounding St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. A highlight of the Italian Festival is a procession of the church's statues of saints throughout the community on the last afternoon of the festival.St. Hedwig Roman Catholic Church sponsors a Polish festival along the city Riverfront each October and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church presents a Greek Festival at the church ground each June. These ethic festivals all feature carnival rides, ethnic foods and craft, and musical performances.
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