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.
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