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The Grand is honored to have produced five years of Summer in the Parks, in collaboration with the City of Wilmington and hundreds of local artists and arts organizations. Since 2013, Summer in the Parks has presented 410 events for over 18,000 residents! Events range from free art and craft activities for kids to interactive music, dance, and theater events to evening concerts for families. We’re bringing people together with arts and culture in neighborhood parks.

All programs and schedules contingent upon weather, subject to change. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for more details and the latest updates!

June 18 – August 1
Free arts activities are offered each week, providing opportunities for residents and camp groups to participate and enjoy a variety of arts – from African music and storytelling to Folk art and illustrating, lots of dance and movement, Shakespeare, and sock puppets! Come out and join us at these sites:

Morning Events, 9:30-10:30 AM

  • MONDAYS @ Haynes Park*
  • TUESDAYS @ Helen Chambers Playground*
  • WEDNESDAYS @ Tilton Park (except 7/4)

*6/19, 6/26, 7/30 @ Judy Johnson Park

Afternoon Events, 12-1 PM

  • MONDAYS @ Barbara Hicks Park
  • TUESDAYS @ Prices Run
  • WEDNESDAYS @ Woodlawn Park (except 7/4)

Artists include: ASCAB Capoeira Delaware, Dance4Life, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Shakespeare, First State Ballet Theatre, Flyogi, Griots Wa Umoja, LaFate Gallery, Maya Belardo Music, Pieces of a Dream, TAHIRA Productions, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington Drama League

Evening Events, 6-7:30 PM
Don’t miss these exciting opportunities for fun with the whole family! Enjoy music, dancing, art making, and water ice! Seven nights at seven sites in July:

  • Wednesday, July 11: Summer Jam @ Helen Chambers Playground
    Performances by Richard Raw, Mz Yola, Kae Hock, Aziza Nailah, and Beyond Those Bard Students. Music by DJ MikeNite.

  • Tuesday, July 17: Village in Concert @ Haynes Park
    Christina Cultural Arts Center Village in concert with circle singing, dance, and art making with Creative Vision Factory. Special guest artist Olivia Rubini.

  • Wednesday, July 18: Salsa in the Street @ Rodney Street Tot-Lot
    Dancing in the streets with music by DJ Bis. Salsa instruction for all ages from Sara Jestrebski and Sarah Savery.

  • Sunday, July 22: Kids Night Out @ Union Park Gardens
    The Music School of Delaware’s M&M and Friends entertain audiences of all ages with family favorites.

  • Wednesday, July 25: Rhythms at Play @ Stapler Park
    Elbert-Palmer Drum Line with Peter Antony & Friends performing fun and familiar songs for sing and play-alongs.

  • Monday, July 30: Empowered Voices @ Tilton Park
    Kim “Metaphor” Graham hosts an evening of poetry and spoken word with featured artists and open mic.

  • Wednesday, August 1: Grand Finale @ Holloway Park
    Don’t miss the big fun with Fuzaholics and more!

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Sponsored by the City of Wilmington

Produced by The Grand Opera House

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Additional support provided by Wilmington Parking Authority