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The Kalmar Nyckel, docked in Historic New Castle

The Kalmar Nyckel, docked in Historic New Castle.

The Kalmar Nyckel is coming to Historic New Castle

Mark your calendars! The Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel is scheduled to make several stops in Historic New Castle this year. The ship will dock at the public pier in Battery Park.  Dates and times are subject to change.

June 4th – June 14th(Click the dates to book a sail)
August 6th – August 16th
September  1st – September  8th
October 24th – October  27th

The Kalmar Nyckel’s Chef, Gregory Brown launches his new book, “The Underwater Café”, with a series of book signings to invite readers to explore his light-hearted insight into life aboard a 17th century ship in today’s modern world. An outdoor launch party and reading is planned

Meet the author and have your book signed when the Kalmar Nyckel visits Historic New Castle on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 from 1-2pm at the foot of the public pier. “The Underwater Café” is available for purchase for $20 at these events. 


The City of New Castle hosts many events throughout the year.  Due to the Covid-19 situation some events my be cancelled or modified. 
Explore the links below for more information     

 Separation DaySeparation Day Fireworks

While most of the Separation Day activities are cancelled for this year the City is excited to continue our tradition of Separation Day Fireworks on Saturday, June 12th at 9:30 pm.

The Fireworks will be held in Battery Park.

Due to the lifting of some Covid restrictions and larger attendance allowed in Battery Park, the City has decided to use the same size firework shells we have used in past years.  This will mean that fireworks will not go higher than usual. Battery Park will be your best view of the fireworks display.

Expect road closures (except city residents) to begin around 6pm at 6th and South and 3rd and Delaware. The new parking lot on 3rd Street and the spaces in front of the Courthouse Museum will be reserved for handicapped parking. Bring your own chair or blanket.

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*

Free to the public, this is always the summer’s hottest ticket!

Each week features a different music group.

6/30/2021 Conley & Watson – A Mix of Current and Classic Country
7/7/2021 Ace of Hearts – Jazz, Blues and Funk!
7/14/2021 Witchdoctors  – Blues, R&B/ Rock and Originals
7/21/2021 Barrelhouse – Blues
7/28/2021 Zydeco a go go  – Cajun Blues & Vintage New Orleans Rock
8/4/2021 Newark Community Band – Marches, Broadway Favorites & Jazz
8/11/2021 Swing That Cat  Blues, Swing, Cabaret Jazz and Bourbon Street


Antique Show in Battery ParkOutdoor 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” is moving to September

Dining in the Street will return this year, but has been rescheduled for

Thursday, September 2nd, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The rain date is September 9th. Watch the newsletter and the City website for updates so you don’t miss this fun event. 

This event benefits the New Castle Senior Center.



Art on the Green Man LogoArt on the Green*
Fourth 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 Logo

First Saturday in October

The annual River Towns Ride & Festival was converted into a recreational ride-only event for 2020 due to Covid-19. Riders will visit the historic riverfronts of New Castle, Delaware City and Wilmington, earning medals based on distance completed. 

Go to for more information.  



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


Hauntings in History: Ghostly Walking Tours of Old New Castle

Fridays & Saturdays in October

Hauntings 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.


Shop SmallDon’t forget to Shop Small

Shop small this Saturday, November 28th 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.
Every year, Arasapha members and volunteers participate in a beloved New Castle tradition: decorating all-natural wreaths that adorn the Historic District during the holiday season. 

You can help decorate the wreaths, or make one for your own home for only $25. No talent or experience needed! Stop by whenever you can, and they will show you what to do. Just bring garden clippers. Arasapha also needs donations of evergreen clippings from local backyards. For more information, including our social distancing plan, visit

  • Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 10a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.


Decorated Door

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

New Castle Historical Society Announces

Holiday House Decorating Contest

The New Castle Historical Society is sponsoring “Dressed in Holiday Style,” a holiday house decorating contest for residents of the City of New Castle.  Open to all residents within the city limits, the contest will encourage exterior decorations, and award cash prizes in seven different categories: Best Overall Display, People’s Choice, Best Vintage/Traditional, Best Historical, Best Themed Display, Best Lighting Display, and Best Entranceway.

A panel of three judges will decide the winners in each category except the People’s Choice winner which will be selected through votes for photos of displays on the Historical Society’s Facebook page. The top prize is $250 for Best Overall display.

Advance registration, including a $5 registration fee, is required to participate in the contest. Judging will begin on December 9th, and winners will be announced on December 12th. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on December 28th to allow time for the public to vote.  For more information and to register for the contest visit or

spirit of Christmas new castle deSpirit of Christmas *
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Presented by New Castle Presbyterian Church

Spirit of Christmas 2020

“A Way Home”

This Year’s 20th Annual Celebration will be a quiet reflection on years past.  Although they cannot open their doors to welcome you, New Castle Presbyterian Church  hopes you will join them as they continue their support for their Friendship House mission, “A Way Home.”

The church will be sharing recipes and offering a limited edition “print” as a thank you for your support. Visit  for more information.  The City joins with NCPC in thanking the community of New Castle for your participation and support of Spirit of Christmas past!



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!*
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!
(Rain or Shine)- More information will be coming soon.
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.


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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!






*Annual Event