Whether you’re a “go-go-go” type of person, or simply need to get out of your usual routine by taking in some arts, culture, music or nightlife, we’ve got picks for you. Following is a roundup of activities in the New Castle County area to enlighten and entertain.
April’s start is concurrent with many students’ spring break, and even if you aren’t a parent, free activities are likely always welcome. Therefore, we start with several free enrichment opportunities.
Tuesday, April 3, try the Delaware Contemporary, which is free every day, but closed on Mondays. Hours are Noon to 5pm on Tuesdays, with varying hours other days.
Wednesday, April 4, visit the DuPont Environmental Education Center, a 10-acre wildlife escape and garden path on the edge of the city. It’s free year-round, and you can even catch a free staff-led binocular walk and animal encounter or take an audio tour. Open 11am-5pm.
Thursday, April 5, trek to one of several University of Delaware museums, which are free and open to the public. The Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall currently features Contemporary Chinese Carvings. Museums open at noon, Wednesday through Sunday and close at 5pm, except for Wednesday, when you can enjoy the museums until 8pm.
Friday, April 6, start your day downtown at the Delaware History Museum, which is free on the first Friday of each month. (Tickets top out at $6 if you don’t want to wait until Friday.)
Friday, April 6, Wilmington’s famous Art on the Town (colloquially known as the “Art Loop”) takes place at dozens of galleries in and around the city. We recommend starting at The Grand Opera House, picking up a listing of the receptions around town (also downloadable), and catching as many on foot as you can. Some art loop venues are driving distance; however, many venues are clustered within walking distance.
Saturday, April 7 begins Theatre N’s weekly screenings of the AFI Top 100 Films of All Time. The films will be shown on Saturdays at 10am, and this first week’s feature is the #100 film, Ben-Hur. $6.
Friday, April 13, Cancer Support Community of Delaware hosts their biggest fundraiser of the year – the Red Balloon Cocktails for a Cause at Greenville Country Club. If you have a loved one impacted by cancer, you can purchase a red balloon in their memory/honor for an extra $25.
Saturday, April 14, enjoy A Taste for Art, a fundraiser for Children and Families First of Delaware, featuring dozens of artists, including jewelers, at the Greenville Country Club. Tickets start at $75 and the event runs 7-10pm.
Sunday, April 15 is the third and final performance of First State Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet. Sunday’s performance is at 2pm, and there is also a Saturday matinee. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 7pm.
Saturday, April 21, take a ride to Rehoboth for Shakespeare Day. Delaware Shakespeare, featuring members of the community reciting lines of The Bard’s texts, will run through all thirty-eight Shakespeare plays in one hour at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Starts at 1pm.
Friday, April 27 is the premiere of a two-weekend Tax Free Comedy Festival presented by City Theater Company’s Fearless Improv troupe. A ticket link is not yet available, but we hear single night and full-festival ticket options are available. Don’t miss nearly two dozen comedians and improv troupes from around the country arranged into new lineups for each of the 8pm shows.
Saturday, April 28 kicks off a two-weekend Giacomo Puccini-themed opera festival. OperaDelaware offers Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica (parts one and two of Il Trittico, both tragedies), and Gianni Schicchi (part three of Puccini’s Il Trittico) and Buoso’s Ghost (Michael Ching’s sequel to Schicchi) on various dates over two weekends as part of its third annual festival.
BONUS: Look for a Constitution Yards riverfront beer garden opening, hopefully in April (weather dependent).
Featured image, “Art Loop” at the Delaware Contemporary: photo credit Joe Hoddinott