Festivals and family events in Delaware

Jun 1, 2012 at 6:45 a.m. ET

Get the kids outdoors with these amazing festivals that are a feast for the senses, celebrating holidays, seasons and the rich heritage of this small, yet charming, state.


Apple Scrapple Festival

This is small town charm at its finest. The Apple Scrapple Festival celebrates the blending of cornmeal, flour and buckwheat into a loaf of traditional "scrapple." This festival adds in apples for a touch of sweetness to the dish. Love it or hate it, there are plenty of ways for you and the kids to show your affection (or lack thereof) for the dish. Events include scrapple carving and scrapple chunkin', but if you'd rather not touch scrapple, there are plenty of carnival rides, kids' games, live entertainment and more to keep the entire family on the scrapple bandwagon.

Where: Bridgeville

When: October

Website: applescrapple.com

Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival

Who doesn't absolutely adore chocolate? Savor the entire family's sweet tooth at this Rehoboth Beach festival with baking contests, super sweet vendors and more — great for buying gifts and enough chocolate-on-the-cheap to satisfy for months. Taste exotic treats, such as chocolate with jalapenos, or just stick to the traditional flavors. At $2 a ticket and $.50 a sample, you can afford to load up on all sorts of delicious delectables.

Where: Rehoboth Beach

When: March

Website: downtownrehoboth.com

Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler's Festival

Is your child's favorite holiday Halloween? Start the celebration a weekend before the 31st rolls around. This adorable, charming festival in Rehoboth Beach brings in families from around the state to watch a costume parade, magic shows, wagon and train rides, outdoor movies in the park and more. Adults can watch live entertainment from local musicians and enter their canine friend in the dog costume parade. Finally, gather the family for the pinnacle event — the Sea Witch hunt! Clues will help you on your way to finding the spooky witch that hides somewhere on the festival grounds.

Where: Rehoboth Beach

When: October

Website: beach-fun.com/sea-witch-halloween-fiddlers-festival

World Championship Punkin Chunkin

Smashing pumpkins left on your neighbor's front porch is rude, but smashing pumpkins after they're launched from a massive catapult? Well, that's our idea of a good time. Bring the kids out for a little jack-o-lantern destruction at the annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin. Only the best chunkers will launch their way into fall fame. Plus, local bands, cook offs, pageants and more keep the festival chunkin' on.

Where: Bridgeville

When: November

Website: punkinchunkin.com

Dover Days

Celebrate the days of yore with your kids at the Dover Days festival, where little ones can learn about the town's history and have a little fun in the process. The festival attracts thousands of visitors each year, thanks to a schedule that's sure to please almost any age group. Car shows, fireworks, carnival rides, maypole dancing and more bring patrons out to this bash year after year, now for 79 years!

Where: Dover

When: May

Website: doverdaysfestival.com

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival

Welcome back the horseshoe crabs and shorebirds that make their way back to Milton each fall. Take a boat ride with the kids, then bring them back to the festival grounds for a series of games, rides, art exhibits and more among locals who have celebrated this festival for many years past.

Where: Milton

When: May

Website: historicmilton.com

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