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Special Events

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


The City of New Castle
Opera Delaware

“Opera by the River”

Sunday, November 8th, 2 p.m. Battery Park
(Rain date Saturday, November 14th, 2 pm)
Free Event, but Donations Gratefully Accepted

  • Free to the public
  • Masks required when not in designated family areas 
  • Social distancing rules in effect
  • Signed Waiver is your entrance ticket (waivers will be available at the event)




Holidays at the George Read House, and the Amstel and Dutch Houses
December 1st through December 30th. (This event has been cancelled)
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 12, 2020
Presented by New Castle Presbyterian Church & the Visitor’s Bureau
Free to the public. For more information go to

This town-wide celebration, sponsored by the New Castle Presbyterian Church, presents private homes and churches decorated for the season, and musical events throughout the day. Programs for the day are available at the NC Presbyterian Church, 25 E. 2nd Street.

For more information, call the church at 302-328-3279.


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


Guest 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.





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. 


  • 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 Knight – Separation Day Kickoff Party
Saturday 11:30 Parade on Delaware Street
Saturday  Noon Colonial BBQ Competition Starts
Saturday 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. 



 Summer Solstice 
“Dining in the Street”*

“Dining in the Street” Join your friends and enjoy Dining in the Street. Good food, good friends and music in the heart of Historic New Castle. Tickets can be purchased on, just click on “Dining in the Street”, tickets will also be available at Jessop’s Tavern and the New Castle Senior Center. Hurry, seating is limited.






Wednesday 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.


Outdoor 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



Art on the Green*
Fourth Saturday in September
50th 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


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

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.



*Annual Event