|Celebrate Dover Days May 1-3, 2015!|
Mark Your Calendars Now!You can claim Dover, Delaware, the Capital City of the First State, as your state capital May 1-3, 2015 during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Dover Days Festival!
The event drew more than 50,000 people in 2014, proving to be the largest free family festival in Kent County! The festival is a celebration of history, heritage, culture and the arts -- a blend of traditions and contemporary events that brings people to Delaware from all over the Mid-Atlantic Region. It wouldn't be unusual to experience festival-goers in Victorian or Colonial attire strolling the streets while enjoying your weekend. There's an abundance of lodging options to suit your needs from luxury to economy, full-service to suite hotels. Add eight percent lodging tax to the prices below. Here are a just a few with special rates in limited quantities:
- Days Inn Dover 302-674-8002 $79/night
- Residence Inn Dover 302-677-0777 $129/night-studio, $149/night 2 bedroom
- Best Western Dover 302-735-4700 $105/night
- Hampton Inn, Milford 302-422-4320 $119/night
- Hampton Inn, Dover 302-736-3500 $119/night
A sample of new events this year at Dover Days:
- Dover Days Princess Teas; Click to Buy Tickets Now
- Lincoln and Civil War Speaker Series
- History, Heritage and Hops Brewfest Saturday night; Click to Buy Tickets!
- Brewfest Bands: Mike Hines & The Look, Trailer Park Casanovas, The Brothers Stonesifer
- "Fried Okra" Civil War-era music
- Chris Clark Stunt Bicycle Shows
- "13 The Musical," excerpts from this Broadway play Friday night
- Kids Clothesline Coloring Contest Art Show on The Green
- "Two Civil War Soldiers," performed by Fort Delaware re-enactors
- Three-day Civil War encampment on The Green
- Candlelight tours of the Civil War encampment Friday and Saturday nights
- Energize Delaware section with information on home and office energy options
- Delaware's Cup Stacking Champion
Dover Days is one of Delaware's longest-running events that celebrates First State history. Here are a few fun facts about Dover Days:
- The event was started in 1933 as a home and garden tour.
- It is a jam-packed weekend of fun for the whole family -- from the Kids Zone to the classic car show and 350 artisans, crafters and food vendors, you'll find something for everyone!
- You can see 300 children in colonial attire dancing around the maypole on Dover's historic Green, named a National Monument in 2013 by Pres. Barack Obama.
- Enjoy the Capital City's largest parade and pet parade (yes, it's a pet friendly event!).
- Explore Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II encampments.
- Visit Woodburn, the home of the Governor.
- More than 40 food purveyors will serve up everything from delicious barbecue to popcorn, peanuts and pizza.