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Events & Happenings

Special Events

The City of New Castle hosts many events throughout the year.  Explore the links below for more information.

Tall Ship: The Kalmar Nyckel

Discover the remarkable story behind the Kalmar Nyckel, a full-scale replica of the Swedish flagship from the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden on the Delaware, the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. Come aboard for a unique, hands-on experience at the intersection of adventure and education on the Tall Ship of Delaware. Haul lines, hear tales from the crew or simply enjoy the sail.

Book Now, while tickets are available: The Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware

Click here to book a tour or a sail!

Historic New Castle
Public Dock, 1 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720
2.5-Hour Sail 

Adults $60; Ages 17 & under $40

 

Friday, June 21st 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Sail
Saturday, June 22nd 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Pirate Sail
Saturday, June 22nd 6:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Sunset Sail
Sunday, June 23rd 10:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m Pirate Sail
Sunday, June 23rd 3:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. Sail
Monday, Sept. 2nd
(Labor Day)
11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. Free Dockside Tours


Select dates in late August and early September to be announced

 

 June 20th, 2019 – Summer Solstice 
“Dining in the Street”*

Don’t miss the 2nd Annual “Dining in the Street” event. On June 20th, from 6 to 9 p.m., the New Castle Senior Center will host its second annual “Dining in the Street.” Join them at the Delaware Street wharf and enjoy the stunning Kalmar Nyckel tall ship and the Delaware River as your back-drop. In addition to the four-course Tuscan meal prepared by our local New Castle restaurateurs, the event will feature the Bullbuckers Band to provide music for dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased on www.eventbrite.com, just click on “Dining in the Street”, tickets are also available at Jessop’s Tavern and the New Castle Senior Center. Hurry, seating is limited.

 

 

 

Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series in Battery Park*

 Wednesday Night Summer Concerts in Battery Park Are Back!
2019 Summer Lineup

Free to the public, this is the hottest summer ticket from June to August!

Each week features a different food vendor, so don’t cook – grab a beach chair or a blanket, the family and the dog and come on down to Battery Park in Old New Castle Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

June 19, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.        Keith, Smith and Hawkins  
June 26, 2019 6:30 p.m.       Ace of Hearts  
July 10, 2019 6:30 p.m.      Seven Rings  
July 17, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.        Best Kept Secret  
July 24, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.        Conley & Watson  
July 31, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.        Newark Community Band  
August 7, 2019          Zydeco A Go Go  
August 28, 2019 Special Delivery – with the Kalmar Nyckel Dockside Tours: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Adults $10, Children $5)  

 

The Lynx, America’s Privateer is coming to New Castle

October 2nd through October 7th.
Location: Delaware Street Wharf
Address: 1 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720

 

The Lynx, America’s Privateer

The Lynx will be docking in New Castle from October 2nd to the 7th.

The Lynx is an interpretation of an actual privateer named Lynx built by Thomas Kemp in 1812 in Fell’s Point, Maryland. She was among the first ships to defend American freedom by evading the British naval fleet then blockading American ports and serving in the important privateering efforts.

 

 

Outdoor Antique Show* (Last Sunday in August)
Sunday, August 25, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Quality dealers from around the country will offer a variety of treasures including  Americana, Folk Art, Furniture, Paintings, Prints, Decorative Accessories, Jewelry, Silver, Porcelains, and Lots More. This outdoor show held in Battery Park is sponsored by the Visitor’s Bureau. For more information call 434.361.1770 or go to www.wheretobuyantiques.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Art on the Green* (Fourth Saturday in September)
Saturday, September 28, 2019
48th Annual Arts & Crafts Show in Historic New Castle Delaware

Art on the Green is an annual Art & Craft Show in Historic New Castle Delaware
Started in 1970, it is the 4th Saturday in September, in Battery Park, on the scenic Delaware River. Sponsored by the New Castle Hundred Lions Club. For more information visit www.artonthegreende.net

 

Rivertowns Ride and Festival* (First Saturday in October)
Saturday, October 5, 2019  The fifth annual River Towns Ride & Festival is a one-day joint festival held between the two historic Delaware waterfront towns of New Castle and Delaware City. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 6th.
Activities include live music, rides, attractions, games, tours, vendors, food and drink.
www.rivertownsfestival.com.

 

 

 

 

Oak Knoll Book Fest is the first Saturday and Sunday in October. For details call (302) 328-7232. www.oakknoll.com/fest

Holidays at the George Read House, and the Amstel and Dutch Houses
December 1st through December 30th. 
The George Read House will be open for the Holidays. Once the largest house in Delaware this beautiful home has been carefully restored and is now a museum. The Read House will be decorated as it would have been in the early 1800’s. For hours and information please call (302) 322-8411. 

The Amstel House will be decorated for a traditional holiday celebration in colonial times, showing off a “dessert board” of the period, and featuring traditional 18th century customs during the period of Governor Nicholas Van Dyke’s residency. At the Dutch House, experience a celebration of St. Nichols’ Eve, a tribute to the legend of Saint Nicholas, Dutch patron saint. Included with regular admission to the museums. For hours and information please call (302) 322-2794 or go to www.newcastlehistory.org/

 

 

Image result for spirit of christmas new castle deSpirit of Christmas (Citywide Event)*
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Presented by New Castle Presbyterian Church & the Visitor’s Bureau
Tour historic homes and museums in Old New Castle decorated for the holiday season. Enjoy holiday concerts including Simple Pleasures (a cello, viola, flute and harp quartet) from 10 – 11 a.m., Hand Bell concerts at 1 & 1:30 p.m., and the New Ark Chorale at 3 p.m. Free to the public. For more information go to www.facebook.com/spiritofchristmasDE

New Castle Spirit of Christmas/Dickens Experience 

Friday December 7th & Saturday, December 8th.  Don’t miss this annual Christmas tradition in Historic New Castle.  This event features decorated houses, museums, churches, music, food, and street performances of scenes from A Christmas Carol.

Fezziwig’s Ball
The Arsenal in New Castle – 30 Market Street (on the Cobblestones)
Friday Night
The New Castle Arsenal transforms into the Fezziwig house from A Christmas Carol for one night. This Victorian Ball will have period music from Susquehanna Travelers , a Dance Master and assistants from the Victorian Dance Ensemble calling the dances and giving instructions, and refreshments. Period clothing is encouraged, but not required. 
Tickets available by clicking here. A free dance rehearsal will be held prior to the ball.   For tickets or more information please call (302) 322-2794 or go to www.newcastlehistory.org/

The New Castle Arsenal 30 Market Street (on the Cobblestones)
Saturday
As part of the Spirit of Christmas & Dicken’s Experience enjoy a festive Victorian Tea at The Arsenal. For tickets or more information please call (302) 322-2794 or go to www.newcastlehistory.org/

 

2020

Guest Bartender Night at Jessop’s Tavern*
Jessop’s Tavern
114 Delaware Street
Date to be determined.
Proceeds benefit the New Castle Senior Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Market (First weekend in May)  

Friday, May 1st & Saturday, May 4, 2020
www.arasapha.org

Market Square – Behind New Castle Town Hall
201 Delaware Street, New Castle DE

Are you looking for the perfect plant for a special corner of your garden? Are you looking for a special herb plant for your kitchen, or something unique for your home? How about a bargain, or the perfect Mother’s Day gift? You’ll find all this and more at May Market, a New Castle tradition held on the first Friday and Saturday of May. Make this the start of a lovely day in historic New Castle. Come early for the best selection! Free expert gardening advice is available and credit cards are accepted. Proceeds benefit the gardens of New Castle’s historic Amstel and Dutch Houses. 

 

 

Third Saturday in May

  • Historical Reenactments
  • Plundering Pirates 
  • Colonial Craftsmen
  • Music, Performers
  • Open Museums
  • Tours of Rarely Open Homes and Gardens 
  • Beer Garden on the Wharf
  • Deck tours of Tall Ships, as available (included with ticket) 
  • and much more!

 

 

Separation Day & Colonial BBQ Competition* (Second Friday & Saturday in June)
Friday, June 12, 2020 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Separation Day Kickoff Party
Saturday, June 13, 2020 11:30 Parade on Delaware Street
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Noon Colonial BBQ Competition Starts
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Noon in Battery Park, Music, Crafters, Rides, Food ending with a concert at 8:00 p.m. and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

This unique event celebrates Delaware’s Birthday, when we “separated” from Great Britain and Pennsylvania on June 15th 1776. 

 

 

*Annual Event