Events & Happenings

Special Events

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

Save the Date: Tall Ship Meerwald is coming to New Castle

May 13th through May 20th
Location: Delaware Street Wharf
Address: 1 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720


The A.J. Meerwald will be docking in New Castle from May 13th through May 20th.

The Schooner A.J. Meerwald is New Jersey’s official Tall Ship. She is a restored oyster dredging schooner, whose home port is in Bivalve, Commercial Township, New Jersey. Launched in 1928.




Save the Date: The Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware

May 10th & 11th
June 19th through 25th
July 13th through 15th
August 21st through September 10th 

Location: Delaware Street Wharf
Address: 1 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720

The Kalmar Nyckel

The Kalmar Nyckel will be docking in New Castle several times throughout the spring and summer.  Click here to book a tour or a sail!

The Kalmar Nyckel is a full-scale and faithful re-creation of Peter Minuit’s original flagship that founded the colony of New Sweden on the Delaware, the new Kalmar Nyckel provides a unique platform for the Foundation’s educational programming as well as a venue for diplomatic, recreational, governmental, and commemorative functions — a sea-going “good will ambassador” for the state of Delaware.


Save the Date: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.


May Market* (First weekend in May)  
Friday, May 3, 2019, 9 am-5 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 am-3 pm

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

Plants and flowers are sold at the Market Square. This event is sponsored by Arasapha Garden Club.

Celebrate Spring and support a great cause. Join us for May Market: a New Castle tradition and Arasapha Garden Club’s major annual fundraising event. Every year scores of visitors come to this free open-air event to purchase fresh plants and herbs, baked goods, crafts, white elephants and books, and a chance at winning a lovely quilt. Garden experts are on hand to answer your gardening questions. All proceeds benefit Arasapha’s work in the City’s historic gardens.


A Day in Old New Castle* (Third Saturday in May) 
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 am-4 pm 

A Day In Old New Castle, America’s Oldest Home & Garden Tour; 2019 will mark its 95th year. The community of New Castle invites you to discover and tour many private homes, gardens and public buildings that witnessed the rebirth of America at the conclusion of the Civil War. Events and activities include reenactors, encampments, period childrens games and activities, carriage rides, musical entertainment and more! Tickets and more information available online at 







Separation Day & Colonial BBQ Competition* (Second Friday & Saturday in June)
Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. Separation Day Kickoff Party
Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:30 Parade on Delaware Street
Saturday, June 8, 2019 Noon Colonial BBQ Competition Starts
Saturday, June 8, 2019 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.  

  • Friday Night Craft Beer Fest.: Enjoy live music, craft beer and food trucks in a block-party setting in front of the historic New Castle Court House (built 1732). Admission is free Food and drink will be available for purchase with tips benefiting area volunteer fire departments.
  • Saturday: Separation Day Parade at 11 a.m., Noon (or immediately following the parade) Colonial BBQ Competition and activities start in Battery Park and on the Green.  Enjoy reenactments, children’s activities, food, rides & attractions as well as live bands performing noon to 9:30pm. The festival culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River beginning approximately 9:30pm.
    Sponsored by the State of Delaware. For more information go to and


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

Dining in the Street was a great success, and the Senior Center is hoping to continue this exciting tradition next year to welcome summer.  CHeck  back for details as they become available.  







Wednesday Night Summer Concert Series in Battery Park*

6:30 p.m.
Free to the Public
Concerts take place on Wednesday evening in Battery Park, running from June until August.








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






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


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.





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

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



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

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

The New Castle Arsenal 30 Market Street (on the Cobblestones)
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



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


*Annual Event