Plan Your Visit
OPERADELAWARE | 2018-19 SEASON
TICKETS START AT $29
BOX OFFICE 302-442-7807
Be here when the flowers bloom and the fountains burst to life. Be here when the seasonal ales are tapped and the wine harvest begins. Be here when the music starts on stage at THE GRAND.
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THE GREATER WILMINGTON CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU
With tips on shopping, dining, hotels, DEALS AND DISCOUNTS, and more, the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau is wonderful resource for planning your visit to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. Check out its helpful Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website -- you'll find packages for hotel stays, discounts at local restaurants and attractions, and maybe even some freebies in the mix, too. Explore everything Wilmington has to offer in this annual VISITORS GUIDE (now available online).
Make the 2018 OperaDelaware Festival the Hub of a Wilmington, Delaware Weekend Getaway (VisitWilmingtonDE.com)
Download the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau's 2017-2018 Visitors Guide (VisitWilmingtonDE.com)
Deals and Discounts (VisitWilmingtonDE.com)
Location: Midway between New York City and Washington, D.C., approximately 100 miles from each. Wilmington, Delaware is 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia, 60 minutes from Lancaster ("Amish Country"), 90 minutes from Baltimore, Atlantic City, and the Delaware beaches.
Major Highway Access: I-95, I-495, I-295, New Jersey Turnpike/Delaware Memorial Bridge
Rail Access: North and south bound Amtrak trains stop in Wilmington. SEPTA's R-2 commuter trains run to/from Wilmington and Newark to Philadelphia with more than 70 trains daily.
Air Access: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): 20 minutes to Downtown Wilmington; New Castle County Airport (ILG): 10 minutes to Downtown Wilmington
DIRECTIONS TO THE OPERADELAWARE STUDIOS:
*PLEASE SEE INFO BELOW REGARDING A PARTIAL ROAD CLOSURE ON MLK BLVD FOR FEB. 1 & 3 UNCORKED PERFORMANCES.*
The OperaDelaware Studios are located at 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington, DE 19801. From points north, follow I-95 South to Exit 6 (toward DE-4/MLK Jr. Blvd.). In 0.4 miles, take a left onto MLK Jr. Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto S. Poplar St. You will pass the Amtrak station on the right and cross Walnut St. (Note: Stay to the right at the split.) From points south, take I-95 North to Exit 7 (toward MLK Jr. Blvd). In 0.3 miles, take a right on MLK Jr. Blvd. In 0.8 miles, turn right onto S. Poplar St. You will pass the Amtrak station on the right and cross Walnut St. (Note: Stay to the right at the split.) For printable map with directions, please go HERE.
*TRAVEL ADVISORY | MLK BLVD DETOUR* If you are traveling to the OperaDelaware Studios, please be advised that there is currently road construction on Martin Luther King Boulevard in front of the Wilmington Amtrak station, so you may need to follow a short, clearly-marked detour depending on your route. We recommend allowing a couple minutes of extra travel time. (See map below.)
*If you are coming from I-95 or otherwise eastbound via MLK Boulevard: Turn right onto Market Street, and cross the river via the bridge. Turn left onto A Street—there will be a tall apartment building on your left and a Salvation Army on your right. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Walnut Street, and make sure to be in the right lane. Turn right onto Front Street, which is immediately after passing under the railroad bridge. Turn right onto Poplar Street, where our studios will be on the left.
*If you are coming southbound via King Street: Just past 2nd Street, follow the road as it curves to the right. Make sure to be in the left two lanes. At the next light (just after the curve), turn left onto Market Street. Continue across the bridge, then turn left onto A Street. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Walnut Street, then turn right onto Front Street and continue as normal to our Studios.
If you have any questions or concerns about the detour, please give us a call at 302-442-7807.
Directions to The Grand: The Grand is located at 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801. From points north, follow I-95 South to Exit 7B toward DE-52 N/Delaware Ave. Take a left onto Delaware Ave. In 0.3 mi turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand Opera House is located on the
left. From points south, follow I-95 North to Exit 7 toward DE-52/Delaware Ave. Take a right onto 11th St. which merges onto
Delaware Ave. In 0.3 mi turn right onto N. Market St. The Grand Opera House is located on the left. For printable map with directions, please go HERE.
For performances at the OperaDelaware Studios, there is plenty of parking in the Studio lot.
For performances at The Grand, there is ample street parking on Market St., as well as on its neighboring side streets. Metered spots are free on weekends. There is also garage parking available at the nearby DoubleTree Hotel (King St. and 8th St.) and at the HyPark garage located at 903 N. Shipley St. (*Please note that the no-parking zone in front of the Caleb Boggs Federal Building at the corner of Ninth & King Streets is strictly enforced.*) New for Spring 2018, the Mid-town Park Garage (now open) at 820 N. Orange St., will also offer additional parking. (Read more under NEW ON MARKET STREET FOR SPRING 2018, below.) More more parking options, please see this MAP.
WHERE TO STAY
There are several hotels in downtown Wilmington within walking distance to The Grand Opera House, including the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington, the Courtyard Wilmington / Downtown by the Marriott, the historic Hotel du Pont, and the Sheraton Suites Downtown Wilmington. For a full listing of area hotels, please go here.
2019 FESTIVAL HOTEL DEAL
The lovely Sheraton Suites in Downtown Wilmington (just blocks away from The Grand) is offering a special Festival room rate of just $109 a night. Book online by clicking the dates below, or call 302-654-8300 and mention the OperaDelaware 2019 Festival.
WHERE TO EAT
We often get asked for recommendations on where to grab a pre-show bite to eat. Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley has a fantastic culinary scene spanning everything from fine dining to casual BYOBs and craft brew pubs run by James Beard-nominated chefs. The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau website has a great Restaurant Finder tool, searchable by cuisine, amenities, and region (for establishments close to The Grand, search "Downtown Wilmington"). Also, see this post highlighting a few of our local favorite restaurants.
OperaDelaware's Wilmington Dining Guide
Restaurant Finder (VisitWilmingtonDE.com)
Five must-visit tastes on a food tour of Wilmington, Delaware (Good Taste blog)
Top 4 BYOs in the Brandywine Valley (Good Taste blog)
Crepes, craft brews & more headed to Wilmington's Market Street (The News Journal)
ABOUT WILMINGTON & THE BRANDYWINE VALLEY
America's corporate capital.
America's garden capital.
In Wilmington, Delaware, and the Brandywine Valley, town and country have never been closer.
Drive only a few miles from the meetinghouses and courtrooms of downtown Wilmington, and you'll be able to hear the hum of the city quickly give way to the quiet of the Brandywine Valley, a place where countryside estates and gardens have been carefully preserved for more than a century. The best of both worlds co-exist here like nowhere else, and a visit means never having to choose one over the other.
Drive just a few miles north of Wilmington to wander through the breathtaking public gardens that have made the Brandywine Valley an international tourism destination. LONGWOOD GARDENS has grown into one of the premier botanical destinations of the world, with more than a thousand acres of indoor and outdoor gardens, woodlands, meadows and majestic fountain displays. Today, Longwood boasts more than 11,000 different types of plants and trees, hosts 800 horticultural and arts events each year, and welcomes more than 1 million visitors annually.
As time allows, we also encourage you to take a tour of the house and spectacular 60-acre garden of WINTERTHUR MUSEUM, GARDEN AND LIBRARY. Winterthur’s preeminent collection of American antiques reflects both early America and the du Pont family’s life at this glorious estate. NEMOURS MANSION & GARDENS is where a visitor might believe he or she magically just stepped into Europe. Modeled after Versailles, Nemours is a masterpiece of design with its mansion, fountains, artwork, gilded sculpture and what is reputedly the largest formal French garden in North America.
Aside from experiencing world-class opera in the beautiful Grand Opera House, we encourage you to visit the museums and galleries in Wilmington, where decades of community commitment to the arts are on display every day. Several masterpieces of Brandywine Valley native Andrew Wyeth hang inside the halls of the BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM OF ART, while THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM is renowned for its collection of American art and illustrations featuring Wilmington-born Howard Pyle, as well as its exquisite and extensive collection of English pre-Raphaelite paintings. Down on the Riverfront, the THE CONTEMPORARY (formerly known as the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts) stays up-to-the-minute with ever-changing displays and exhibits of new work by emerging artists.
Individually, they're magnificent. Together, they foster a conservationist ideal that makes Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley one of the most carefully preserved regions along the east coast.
Every year, more than 5 million people from all over the world come to Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley for weekend getaways. We look forward to welcoming you, too!
NEW ON MARKET STREET
Great things are happening in Downtown Wilmington! With several new restaurants and over 500 new parking spaces across from The Grand, Market Street is buzzing. Join us for the 2019 Festival (April 27-May 4) and explore all the wonderful new things Wilmington has to offer!
Mid-town Park Garage brings 511 underground parking spots to downtown Wilmington (The News Journal)
Crepes, craft brews & more headed to Wilmington's Market Street (The News Journal)
Questions about OperaDelaware or need help planning your visit? Please call the OperaDelaware office (302-442-7807) and talk to our staff. We are happy to help!
Also, check out this travel video created by the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau -- it highlights many of the wonderful area attractions!