Put Dover in the rear view mirror this weekend and check out a few other regional locales and events that are more than worth the drive.
Fringe Wilmington Festival
WHERE Various locations in Wilmington
WHEN Friday through Sunday
COST $5 to $25
Spend some time this weekend exploring Wilmington while checking out some seriously unconventional and experimental art. The festival is actually a five-day affair that began on Wednesday, but don't worry about what you may have missed so far as the final days should offer up some of the best "out there" offerings and a few repeat performances.
For instance, Friday night features a ballet about Edgar Allen Poe, several 60-minute movies and a little improv theater, just to name a few. Saturday will see more of the same and Sunday evening is the grand finale and awards ceremony. The performances are located at venues like World Café Live at The Queen and the Christina Cultural Arts Center. But, there are also outdoor locations at Wilmington Square.
The event is also fairly easy on the budget. Everyone who goes must purchase a festival admission button for $5 and individual events are $5 or there is also an all-access pass available for $25. Buttons and tickets can be purchased ahead of time at www.fringewilmintonde.com or at Festival Headquarters located at 314 N. Market St.
For those who don't get to Wilmington very often, the website also has some parking suggestions, directions and a complete schedule.
Brats-N-Beer Harvest Festival
WHERE East Coast Garden Center, 30366 Cordrey Road, Millsboro
WHEN 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
COST $3 to $5
Now that autumn is officially in full swing, fall festivals are popping up in every town, celebrating everything from German beer to apples. This weekend, The East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro will be welcoming the crisp weather of fall with a little regional beer, courtesy of Georgetown's 16 Mile Brewery, some bratwurst, a little country line dancing, hayrides and an autumn decorating presentation.
For the more athletically inclined, there's also the "Corn to Run 5K," which takes runners through the twists and turns of a 200-acre cornfield. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. and day-of registration will be happily accepted for $25.
Be sure to check out www.eastcoastgardencenter.com for event details and a coupon that takes the cost of beer for the day down to $3. However, if your Internet is not working, beer will only be $5 without the coupon.
Kennett Square Brewfest
WHERE Downtown Kennett Square
WHEN Friday and Saturday
COST $5 to $70
Kennett Square, Pa. takes advantage of the fall weather with two festivals that bookend September, ringing in the beginning of the month with a celebration of mushrooms and closing out the month with all the beer you can send.
The festival regularly sells out and packs the streets with beer connoisseurs and brewers from Delaware, Pensylvania, New Jersey and beyond.
Patrons anxious to sample the satisfying smoothness of everything from amber and ale to seasonal offerings of pumpkin or blueberry have their choice of more than 60 local, regional and craft brewers and breweries that are participating.
Now in its 15th year, the Saturday event regularly sells out, but why not consider getting a jump on the crowds and attend Friday's "Meet the Makers" event? You might have to take off a little early on Friday to make it happen but it's an opportunity to talk recipe and flavor for the bargain basement price range of $5 to $10. "Meet the Makers" kicks off the event at 4:30 p.m., Friday.
And, since you'll be in Kennett Friday night anyway, consider checking out Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Kim Richey, who will be at the Kennett Flash. Richey's music has been recorded by the likes of Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison and she's known for soulful shows. Tickets are $20 to $23 and can be purchased at www.kennettflash.org.