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The Kalmar Nyckel, docked in Historic New Castle

The Kalmar Nyckel, docked in Historic New Castle. Photo by Bruce Burk

The Kalmar Nyckel

New Castle is honored to host Delaware’s Tall Ship, The Kalmar Nyckel several times a year during sailing season. The ship docks at the public pier in Battery Park.  Check the city website and for future sail dates.

New Castle is a home away from home for the Kalmar Nyckel. To book a sale, or tour the ship call 302-429-7447 or go online to 


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


Shop SmallDon’t forget to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday

Shop Small on Saturday, November 27th and all season long.  Our local shops have a wide variety of unique gifts, including our museum shops.  Our restaurants and services  offer gift certificates, which are always a great gift.




Arasapha LogoArasapha Wreath Making Workshops: Help decorate Historic New Castle for the Holidays.
Wreath Workshop

Sponsored by Arasapha Garden Club
Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 12 noon-7 p.m.
Thursday, December 2, 2021, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.

Help decorate the wreaths that adorn Historic New Castle, or make one for your own home for only $25. No talent or experience needed! Stop by whenever you can, and we’ll show you what to do. Bring garden clippers and garden gloves if you have them. We also need donations of evergreen clippings from local backyards. For more information, visit


Decorated Door

Come and visit New Castle and see the houses decorated for the season.  

New Castle Historical Society 






spirit of Christmas new castle deSpirit of Christmas *
Saturday, December 11, 2021
Presented by New Castle Presbyterian Church

Spirit of Christmas 2021






WaiverGuest Bartender Night at Jessop’s Tavern*
Jessop’s Tavern
114 Delaware Street

New Castle Senior Center
Guest Bartender Night
Mid January 

Proceeds benefit the New Castle Senior Center.




Beach Clean Up Gloved Hand Picking Up LitterAnnual New Castle Beach Clean Up!*

Mid April
Sponsored by the New Castle Sailing Club
Check the New Castle Sailing Club website and Facebook page for updates about this event.
Everyone is Welcome!

Help clean up the winter debris from the Battery Park Beach area.
Groups and individuals are welcome to help pick up the trash and
debris that has accumulated this winter so we can enjoy this
beautiful park this season! Wear old sturdy shoes, and bring gloves
Gloves and trash bags will be provided.  Volunteer Certificates will be available; social distancing and mask rules will be in place.


Arasapha Logo

May Market* (First Friday & Saturday in May)

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. Social distancing and mask rules will be in place.


Annual A Day in Old New Castle*  (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 DaySeparation Day* Second Friday & Saturday in June

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






Concert in Battery ParkWednesday Night Summer Concerts in Battery Park*

Annual Event – Wednesday night’s from late June through mid-August
Free to the Public – 6:30 p.m.

The Concerts take place on Wednesday evenings, running from late June through mid-August.  Grab your blanket or a chair for dinner and music in the park. Information is available at





Antique Show CardOutdoor Antique Show* 

Last Sunday in August
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



Dining in the Street Courthouse

Dining in the Street *

This event benefits the New Castle Senior Center.






Art on the Green Man LogoArt on the Green*
4th Saturday in September
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



Rivertown Ride LogoFirst Saturday in October*

October 1st, 2022 will be the 10th annual River Towns Ride & Festival.  This unique event provides riders the opportunity to bike between the historic riverfronts of Historic New Castle, Delaware City and Wilmington while earning medals based on distance completed. Go to for more information.  




WaiverThird Saturday in October, the New Castle Court House Museum, located at 211 Delaware Street in New Castle, Delaware, will present “William Penn Day,” a day-long series of activities commemorating the anniversary of Penn’s Oct. 27, 1682 disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in the New World. Admission for all programs is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-323-4453.

William Penn Day activities usually include:

— Livery of Seisin ceremony. Historical interpreters re-enact the ceremony in which the town of New Castle, and a 12-mile circle of land surrounding it, were conveyed to William Penn by appointed representatives of the Duke of York. 

— “The Tryal of William Penn.” Historical play about the 1670 trial of William Penn who was accused of unlawful assembly and inciting a mob by preaching to a group of Quakers on a London street. Issues of religious freedom and the rights of a jury are explored in this 30-minute performance. Audience members may participate in the trial as witnesses and as members of the jury. 

— “The Wives of William Penn.” Historical interpreter will introduce visitors to William Penn’s wives Guliema and Hannah, remarkable women who made possible Penn’s dream of his propriety — Pennsylvania. 

WaiverOak Knoll Fest 

Oak Knoll sponsors a festival devoted to the book arts and fine printing held in New Castle. Started in 1994, it brings together letterpress printers and book artists, and encourages the artists themselves to represent their work to the public. Held the first weekend in October in even numberen years the festival has typically included: two days of the fine press bookfair, an Oak Knoll bookshop sale, and lectures on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


Halloween paradeLast week of October
New Castle Hundred Lions Club Annual Halloween Parade
Parade lineup starts at 6:00 p.m. at St. Peters School parking lot.  Cash Prizes.
A New Castle Tradition Sponsored by the New Castle Lions Club.






Fridays & Saturdays in October Hauntings in History: Ghostly Walking Tours of Old New Castle

WaiverHauntings in History Walking Tours

If you are brave enough to explore the darker side of New Castle’s history, then join the New Castle Historical Society this October for a journey into New Castle’s supernatural side. You will be guided through New Castle’s darkened streets and alleyways where you will hear macabre tales of hauntings, Victorian death & funeral customs, and crime & punishment that span the almost 370-year history of this Delaware River town.

Visit the New Castle Historical Society’s website for more information on this and their other events and exhibits.


*Annual Event