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    The exciting, 81st annual Dover Days Festival will be held May 2nd through the 4th in Delaware's capital city of Dover. A celevbration of Delaware's history, this year’s theme is “Delaware Dresses Downton,” to coincide with the popular PBS television series “Downton Abby,” as well as to highlight the world-class Downton Abbey costume collection currently on display at the Winterthur Museum and Gardens this spring. 

    Authentic apparel, accessories, art and artifacts from the gilded era will be on-hand at the festival, including many rarely seen pieces from the Delaware collection. Historical interpreters from the American Historical Theatre and the Delaware Humanities Forum will bring Edwardian-era characters (including Frank Lloyd Wright, John Wanamaker, Madam C.J. Walker, Alice Roosevelt's maid and baseball's Judy Johnson), “back to life”. For a detailed schedule of festival events, including times for the spectacular fireworks display, visit the  festival's dedicated website.

    Insider Tips 

    The festival admission is free of charge. If you decide to make a weekend of it, the following hotels are featuring discounted pricing for the festival. Be sure and ask for the “Dover Days Weekend Package":

    Holiday Inn Downtown Dover, $104, 302-747-5050

    Holiday Inn Express, $109-$139, 302-678-0600

    Days Inn, $79, 302-674-8002

    Fairfield Inn & Suites, $139-$149, 302-677-0900

    Comfort Inn & Suites, $135, 302-677-0505

    Mainstay Suites, $90-$120, 302-672-8166

    Dover Days Festival
    May 2 - 4, Dover, DE 19901