Arden Fair: 114th Year

The Arden Fair and Antiques Market is held the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. The…
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Arden Concert Gild
Date
Saturday, September 3

Event Details

Date
Saturday, September 3
Location

Arden Concert Gild
2126 The Highway,
Wilmington, DE 19810

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Arden Concert Gild
Event Type
Ticket Cost
FREE!

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The Arden Fair and Antiques Market is held the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. The Fair features children’s games and rides, handmade crafts by over 100 vendors (many of whom are local), an Antiques Market, used books (inside Gild Hall), plants, live music in the Shady Grove, delicious food and drink, an art exhibit, and more. Admission and shuttle buses are free! The Arden Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Proceeds from the Fair help maintain the Arden Gild Hall, where the public can enjoy concerts, musicals, plays, dances, Saturday evening dinners, and programs throughout the year.

Most of the event is outdoors which includes macadam, grassy hills and knolls, and the Shady Grove, and there are two indoor exhibit venues – Gild Hall and the Buzz Ware Village Center. There is a Food Court. Also, food and refreshments are offered for sale down in the Shady Grove, plus free live music all day long. Up to date info on the Fair at this link. Friendly pets are welcome but the owners need to be aware that they are responsible for cleanup of their pets. Pets must be on a leash at all times. The Fair has many tantalizing smells and sights – which could prove very stressful to dogs. No dogs are allowed on shuttle buses except guide dogs (a.k.a. “seeing-eye” dogs). Just a few of the Fair Highlights include…

  • Free Admission
  • Free & Shuttle Buses from the Hanby YMCA Camp
  • Over 100 Craft Vendors
  • Music all day in the Shady Grove
  • Food Court
  • Used Book Sale in the Gild Hall
  • 2022 Collectable Fair Tee Shirt
  • Vintage Ice Dyed Fair Tee Shirts
  • Antiques Market (suggested donation $3)
  • Children’s Games, Rides, and Facepainting
  • Gardener’s Gild Plant Sale
  • Holistic Expo at the Buzz Ware Village Center ($2 Admission)

Shuttle Bus Parking – There is plenty of free parking at the YMCA Hanby Outdoor Center with shuttle buses every few minutes. Location: Parking for shuttle buses is on Chestnut Road, between Marsh and Darley Roads, just north of Arden. NOTE: No dogs are allowed on shuttle buses except guide dogs (a.k.a. “seeing-eye” dogs). Handicapped guests may be dropped off at the Orleans bus stop but all cars must be parked off-site.

Please Be Kind To Our Neighbors! Arden, Ardentown, and Ardencroft (collectively ‘the Ardens’) is a residential neighborhood. Parking on the streets of the Ardens is strongly discouraged so it’s best to use the YMCA Hanby Outdoor Center. Fairgoers have been known to park on Marsh Road and other local roads outside of the Ardens. Many Fairgoers use Uber or Lyft thereby avoiding parking problems (taking one of these services also lets you fully enjoy the Shady Grove beer garden!).

Shady Grove Music Line Up:
10 am: Diamond State Concert Band
11:10 am: Howl Train
12 pm: Stevie and the Bluescasters
1 pm: Lost Northern Tribe
2 pm: Nicely, Hawkins, etc…
3 pm: Cure for Pain
4 pm: PJ
5 pm: Spokey Speaky

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