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40 Festive Activities to do this November!

Posted by Team Awesome on Nov 6, 2019 6:00:00 PM
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This month marks the return of signature events like A Longwood Christmas, the Delaware Antiques Show and more.

A Longwood Christmas returns Nov. 22./Photo courtesy of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, by Larry Albee.Week of Nov. 1-7

Week of Nov. 1-7


Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival
10/31—11/10 • Rehoboth Beach
While we can’t give up all the goods quite yet—that is, what independent film gems will light up the marquee in Rehoboth Beach this month—we can tell you that you must save the date for 11 days of sensational independent film. This film fête boasts more than 100 foreign and indie films, including shorts, documentaries and features, spread over three different Rehoboth-area screening venues. This mid-Atlantic festival typically draws crowds from 15 states and is about much more than the films: When you’re in between showings, you’ll find ample time to mingle with the other cinephiles and talk shop. Don’t forget to pick up your ballots for each film and channel your inner Rotten Tomatoes. For our money, this festival is certified fresh.

Hayride Express
11/1, 11/8 • Wilmington
Ever seen a train converted into a hayride? Well, here’s your chance—jump aboard this special evening jaunt through the Red Clay Valley on a railroad flatcar turned hayride.

Gregg Silvis
11/1—11/27 • Wilmington
Former University of Delaware librarian Gregg Silvas’ Mezzanine Gallery solo show exhibits an innovative series of 32 panels inspired by Johan Sebastian Bach’s The Goldberg Variations. Color us intrigued.

18th Century Market Fair
11/2 • Dover
First State Heritage Park recreates the autumn market fairs held in Dover in the mid-1700s: tight-rope walking, woodworking, blacksmithing, shows, fortune telling, musicians—it’ll be like you stepped into an episode of “Drunk History” stone cold sober. Kick it old school and bring the kids. See you at 10 a.m. on The Green.

Dover Spouses Club Craft and Holiday Show
11/2 • Harrington
The Delaware State Fairgrounds braces itself (in the best way!) for more than 6,000 hunters of fine craft and holiday goodies at the DSC’s annual craft show, of which profits are donated to the Dover Air Force Base and surrounding local (and national) charities. Let’s be green, friends: Bring your own market tote bags—you’ll need ‘em!

Holiday Fair
11/2—11/3 • Rehoboth Beach
The Rehoboth Art League hosts this two-day shopping event that includes more than 35 artists selling their wares, so you can make an artistic dent in your holiday shopping at the beach. Speaking of, if anyone’s considering filling out the Delaware Today office wish list, we are dying over the cozy, vibrant Pamela Bartl woven capes and pretty much every dangly little pretty from Alison Jefferie’s J’Adorn Designs jewelry line. 

Steamin’ Days
11/3 • Yorklyn
Chug on out to the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights Preserve for tours, rides, demos and other activities. This family-friendly Sunday fun day runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., with no advance registration required. FYI, Little conductors are encouraged to go a bit off the rails. 

Pirate Adventure Day
11/3 • Chadds Ford, Pa.
You’ll find bountiful booty when the Pirates of Fortune’s Folly sail into the Brandywine River Museum this month. Create pirate-themed crafts, hunt for treasures and hear a swashbuckling tale or two. We’ll see you at 10 a.m. in your finest pirate chic.

The Wolves
11/7—11/10 • Wilmington
A finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “The Wolves”   puts female adolescence on the starting line. This intimate play unfolds over a week in the lives of nine high school girls who are soccer players. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, they ask big questions about the world as well as wage tiny battles with each other. See it in Wilmington.

Murder on the Orient Express
11/7—12/8 • Newark
Mystery lovers, this one’s for you—Hercule Poirot; an opulent, snow-wrecked train; and one very dead passenger amount to an Agatha Christie classic. “Murder on the Orient Express” is a riveting whodonuit with just one problem—everyone’s got a damn good alibi.

Week of Nov. 8-14​

Delaware Antiques Show at the Winterthur Museum in Wilmington

The 56th Annual Delaware Antiques Show, happening Nov. 8-10 at the Chase Center, is bound to lure both serious collectors and casual shoppers./Photo by J. Paul Simeone/Courtesy of Winterthur

​The 56th Annual Delaware Antiques Show
11/8—11/10 • Wilmington
Check out one of the nation’s most acclaimed, coveted antique shows, right in your own backyard, at the Chase Center in Wilmington. Held Nov. 8–10, this Winterthur-backed show is for seasoned collectors just as much as it is for the most casual fan of “Antiques Roadshow.” If you’re new to collecting, be on the lookout for FIND! signs, which note objects of special interest and value. General admission tickets are $15 and member tickets are $13. Children under age 12 are free.

James and the Giant Peach
11/8—11/10 • Rehoboth Beach
A story about courage and self-discovery based around a peach? Yeah, that’s how Roald Dahl rolls. When James is sent to chop down an old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a (SPOILER!) giant peach that James uses as his own personal ocean vessel. Epic adventure ensues. (PS: Stick around to usher in the holiday season with “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” starting Nov. 29.)

Disney’s Frozen Jr.
11/8—11/17 • Middletown
Right before you get dragged to the premiere of “Frozen 2” (Nov. 22, people. It’s happening), take it on back to Arendelle to see how things got so seasonally weird to begin with. You’ll find Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the rest of the gang in this two-princess story that, at its foundation, is a testament to the power of sisterhood. If you’ve never been to the nostalgic little Everett Theatre in the heart of downtown Middletown, you’re in for a heart-thawing treat. Evening and matinee shows cater to the toddler set and beyond.

11/9 • Wilmington
Get savvy with SABA V and score unique pieces, small-batch style, at the Small Art Buying Adventure. But wait: This year during the patron preview, the order in which you bought your ticket gives you a better draft choice, so to speak—first to buy your ticket, first to score the art and so on. But don’t worry—the general admission portion of the program will resume the traditional elbow-knocking, art-grabbing frenzy of years past. At $25 a pop, the anonymous-until-sold 6x6 inch treasures are a steal. Tickets on sale.

Week of Nov. 15-21

I Love to Write Day
11/15 • Throughout Delaware
Schools, libraries, bookstores, writing groups and others celebrate this grassroots writing campaign, started by our very own John Riddle of Bear.

War and Peace
11/15 • Wilmington
Delaware Symphony Orchestra gets serious, Tolstoy style, at Copeland Hall with “War and Peace,” when the trifecta of Ravel, Nielsen and Beethoven pay stormy homage to ghosts of wars past. If one of your 2020 resolutions are to invest more time in the arts, why not start with the symphony?  

Up Front on Market
11/15—11/16 • Wilmington
First State Ballet Theatre offers an intimate, front-stage seat to highlights of the classical repertoire as well as new contemporary work, kicking off at the Baby Grand Nov. 15—16. After the show, join the dancers in the studio.

Beyond Carmen
11/15—11/17 • Wilmington
Did you know OperaDelaware is gearing up for its 75th anniversary? Their first order of business to fête the grand accomplishment is paying homage to its first (and most requested) opera: “Carmen.” Audrey Babcock and Dan Nadel present “Beyond Carmen,” which weaves Old World legend into a 21st century musical tapestry.

Benjamin Hochman
11/16 • Lewes
Pianist Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent, virtuosic performances blend colorful artistry with poetic interpretation. He plays major cities around the world as a respected orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and now you can catch him in Lewes when Coastal Concerts brings him to Bethel United Methodist Church Hall in Lewes. Expect Brahms, Chopin and Schumann, oh my.

Christmas by Candlelight
11/16—12/22 • Ardentown
Back by popular demand, “Christmas by Candlelight” takes the stage Nov. 16. The yuletide jam session features your favorite holiday tunes, as well as some new surprises, sung by Candlelight favorites. Sing through the whole season, if that’s your thing. 

Holidays in Odessa
11/19—12/30 • Odessa
The quaintest of our small towns gets lit each holiday season with a heartwarming tradition decades-strong in Odessa, in which the whole town pays homage to classic literature. This year’s, it’s 1911’s delightful “The Secret Garden” that gets gussied up for the season. Follow it up with a cozy drink in front of the fireplace at historic Cantwell’s for a can’t-miss holiday date night.

Ryan Hamilton
11/21 • Wilmington
Listen, if a guy opens for Jerry Seinfeld, that’s saying something. Ryan Hamilton is that guy. Fresh off his first Netflix stand up special “Happy Face” and armed with the unique perspective of a rural Indiana upbringing, Ryan brings a one-of-a-kind worldview to comedy. One of Rolling Stone’s Five Comics to watch, he’s been busy late-night rubbing elbows with Conan O’Brien and Stephen Colbert. See this endearing new kid on the block at The Grand.

Week of Nov. 22-28

Piff the Magic Dragon
11/22 • Wilmington
50% Comedian. 50 percent Magician. 100 percent Dragon. What does that mean? We’re not exactly sure. But Piff the Magic Dragon has earned his scales—after cashing in on national acclaim as a stand out on “America’s Got Talent,” he’s continued to win over global audiences with a mythical mixture of wizardry, wit and sarcasm that ignites a one-of-a-kind comedy magic show you must see to believe. Did we mention his wing man is a chihuahua? Catch this odd couple fresh off their Las Vegas residency when they bring their fire to The Grand in Wilmington. This 8 p.m. show might be best suited for date night.

11/22—12/21 • Greenville
Father and son duo Greg and Jon Mort exhibit their photography collaboration at Somerville Manning.

A Longwood Christmas
11/22—1/6 • Kennett Square, Pa.
Wait till you get a load of this—you won’t believe your eyes. Twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias, trees galore, lit fountains and daily concerts await visitors to the gardens. This year, Longwood graciously opens a week earlier, giving you even more time to soak up the holiday magic. It’s all about the shape of things this season—celebrate the many shapes of the season with a display that is both nostalgic and inventive, inspired by the contours of traditional holiday favorites from poinsettias to pinecones to snowflakes. If you haven’t knocked this off your Christmas bucket list yet, grab the family, a cozy sweater and get to it. (Daily sellout likely, best to book in advance.)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
11/23 • Wilmington
Calling all misfits—The beloved classic (and harbinger of the holiday season) “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” flies off the screen and lands on stage at The Grand in Wilmington. Come see all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, our pal Rudolph. This show, which celebrates how being different makes you special, speaks to the misfit in all of us. Check out the 2:30 p.m. matinee or 6:30 p.m. evening seating.

Damien Escobar
11/23 • Wilmington
Hailing from Jamaica, Queens, Damien Escobar is an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and did we mention world-renowned violinist? The now NAACP Image Award nominee and Billboards chart-topping artist became homeless following a quick, hot ascension to global stardom after his famed duo, Nuttin but Stringz, with brother Tourie, burned it up on “America’s Got Talent.” The glory was short-lived, and now Escobar is back on the come up. Catch this virtuoso with soul at The Grand.

Artisans Show
11/23—11/24 • Yorklyn
Delaware’s craft show game is strong this holiday. For the upstate squad, The Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn brings regional artists to town for its annual fine craft show. We’re not sure what dazzles more—the gorgeous handcrafted goods or the CCArts’s  airy, light-filled studios.

Holidays at Hagley
11/23—1/1 • Wilmington
Eleutherian Mills, the 1803 duPont ancestral site, puts on the ritz for the holidays—duPont approved.

Yuletide at Winterthur
11/23—1/5 • Wilmington
You haven’t seen the holidays until you’ve seen them at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. One of the Brandywine Valley’s most spectacular holiday showcases, Yuletide embraces the dazzling warmth and festivity of the season with a magnificent holiday tour of Henry Francis du Pont’s mansion. A feast for the days, find breathtaking trees, gorgeously appointed room displays, an 18-floor holiday dollhouse and more. Special events, performances and workshops throughout the season are the sprinkles on the snowflake sugar cookie.

Cider Fest
11/24 • Wyoming
Get a head start on that wish list for Santa when you get to meet the Mr. and Mrs. at Fifer Orchards. There will be all the freebies you need this fall: apple cider, farm tours, marshmallows by the bonfire and apple cider doughnuts. Head to the country store for wreaths, pick the perfect Christmas trees and hop on the tractor for a farm tour.

Beastly Feasts
11/25—27, 11/29 • Wilmington
It’s Thanksgiving Break, the kids are off from school and you’ve got about 10,000 things to do besides answer questions like, “Do alligators eat Thanksgiving stuffing?” Lucky for you, the Brandywine Zoo can not only answer that question, but can also drop days’ worth of knowledge about beasts and their feasts to your inquisitive littles. “Beastly Feasts,” a four-day drop-off day camp, focuses on a new animal and its eating habits each day, utilizing live demos, crafts, zoo tours and games. Your wild ones can hang out for one day or all four. Pre-registration is required.

Nov. 29-30

Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour
11/29—11/30 • Sussex County
Get inside real artists’ studios on this annual Thanksgiving weekend tour.

A Brandywine Christmas
11/29—1/5 • Chadds Ford, Pa.
The year would be incomplete without a stop aboard “A Brandywine Christmas,” this seasonal model train celebration at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Catch a ride through the New Year.

Ending this month

One November Yankee
Thru. 11/10 • Wilmington
“One November Yankee” brings stars Harry Hamlin of “L.A. Law” and Stefanie Powers of “Hart to Hart” to our Wilmington stage. The play, which the L.A. Times says “unfolds like theatrical origami,” explores human connections in the aftermath of a tragic plane crash. Poetic and haunting, this one won’t be easy to shake off once the house lights come up.

Delaware Shakespeare Traveling Festival
Thru. 11/17 • Wilmington and beyond
Art should be accessible to all—this principle guides the Delaware Shakespeare Festival’s community tour, which began in 2016 with stagings at community centers, homeless shelters, detention facilities and other nontraditional theatre locations across the state. This year, the theatre company is pleased to hit 18 venues on its quest to bring the arts to the underserved. “Romeo and Juliet” hits the (unconventional) road through Nov. 15 before coming home to OperaDelaware studios Nov. 16—17 for two nights of Montague and Capulet drama.

Rehoboth Art League
Thru. 11/24 • Rehoboth Beach
The ocean might be too cool for a swim, but take a (double) dip at the Rehoboth Art League this month with two very different exhibits. The New Image Quilters, with origins in the 80s, fought for quilting to be taken seriously as an art and not just a home-based scrap craft. The fruits of their labors are alive in “Somewhere Else,” which brings artistic expression via the medium—these aren’t your mamas bed coverings. “MOST WANTED” switches mediums: it features a series of linocuts of Mexican artists engaged in the public arts of painting murals and printmaking as part of the political struggles following the 1910—1920 Mexican revolution, together with linocuts of iconic leaders of the Mexican war of independence and the Mexican Revolution.

Throughout the month

Opposites Attract 
Thru. Nov. • Ocean View
Gallery One artists interpret this month’s exhibit in Ocean View.

Costuming the Crown
Thru. 2020 • Wilmington
This exclusive exhibit features more than 40 iconic costumes from the Emmy Award winning Netflix series. With season three of the acclaimed drama anticipated to drop this month, binge all the costumes from season one and two at Winterthur, which is literally the only place on planet Earth where you can do so. Getting up close and personal with the crystal beading on the incandescent wedding gown Claire Foy wore as the queen bee is worth the price of admission alone.

Cinderella & Co.
Thru. 2020 • Chadds Ford, Pa.
Cinderella, Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs are the stars of this introspective exhibit at The Brandywine River Museum of Art. Check out various interpretations—from experimental to edgy to unconventional—of this  fairy tale crew, with an assist from guest curator Nicholas B. Clark, former chief curator of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture
Thru. 2020 • Wilmington
If the intersection of gender and race is your thing—and it really should be—you’d be remiss not to check out “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” Curated by Deborah Willis, the exhibition explores the contested ways that African American beauty has been historically represented.

Be the Dinosaur
Thru. 2020 • Wilmington
Sixty-five million years ago, a dinosaur’s day-to-day existence included a critical four-part plan: Hunt. Eat. Hide. Survive. How did that feel? Come to the Delaware Museum of Natural History and find out for yourself via an engaging, interactive exhibit that, through the glorious harnessing of modern tech, puts you smack in the middle of the Cretaceous Period. Tested and approved by leading paleontologists, “Be The Dinosaur” is a transformative experience for your whole pack.

Thru. 2020 • Wilmington
Explore a fantastic display of contemporary and historic architectural features—from a Gothic-inspired tower to American summerhouses to a faerie cottage and more—all set within the majestic beauty of Henry Francis du Pont’s 60-acre garden. This irresistible garden exhibition, featuring 13 unique vignettes, offers a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience with a twist of fancy fun.


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