Delaware arts festival marks end of summer

It’s that time, the weekend after Labor Day, which means tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to the Brandywine River for the annual Brandywine Festival of the Arts.

Now in its 52nd year, the end of summer tradition brings dozens of artists, and their one-of-a-kind creations from around the world, to Delaware. 

“The festival actually started as sort of a bull roast or ox roast… but local Wilmington artists just hung up art on a fence,” said event producer Barry Schlecker. “Over the years, it’s sort of evolved into, I think, a really great show of arts, crafts, jewelry, photography.”

In addition to art and crafts, Schlecker says festivalgoers, this year, can enjoy food from nine local restaurants, beer, wine and music performed by local artists; and for the little ones, a children’s tent.

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This is the third year Schlecker has produced the two-day festival, who says, it’s not only a great way to spend the day, but also an opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping.

“As one guy said, ‘I thought I was coming to an art show, but I ended up at an event, an all-day event.'”

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts is set up in Brandywine Park’s Josephine Gardens on North Park Drive in Wilmington.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

You can also check out the festival’s Facebook page. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.

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