112th Arden Fair – August 31st, 2019

Saturday, August 31st, 2019 10 am to 6 pm
Rain or Shine! (it rarely rains on Arden Fair, keep your fingers crossed anyway)

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FAIR (Map and Parking Directions)


  • Free Admission
  • Over 120 Vendors of Hand-Made Crafts and Jewelry
  • Holistic Expo at the Buzz Ware Village Center with a $2 admission fee.
  • Free Music in the Shady Grove!
    10:00 am  to 11:00 am – Diamond State Concert Band
    11:10 am  to 11:50 am – Pocket Fours
    12:00 noon  to 12:45 pm – Fish Castle
    1:00 pm  to 1:45 pm –  4 Piece and a Biscuit
    2:00 pm  to 2:45 pm – Nicely, Smith, & Hawkins
    3:00 pm  to 3:45 pm – Mark and the Unruhlies
    4:00 pm  to 4:45 pm – Stackabones
    5:00 pm  to 6:00 pm – MEGA
  • Art exhibit in the Backstage Gallery
  • Free Shuttle-Bus Service Park free at the Hanby Outdoor Center on Chestnut Road between Marsh and Darley Roads.
    • Handicapped guests may be dropped off at the bus stop on Orleans but cars must be parked offsite.
  • ATM Machine On Site.
  • Arden Craft Shop Museum open 11 -4
  • Antiques Market: over 50 vendors with a small admission fee
  • Music in The Grove
        • Drinks: Beer and Wine by the glass, soft drinks and bottled water are for sale.
        • Food: Meatball Sandwiches and other delicious items are for sale.
  • Shakespeare Gild children’s games, rides, including pony rides (11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased for all games and rides. All offer prizes.
  • Upper Food Court (across from Gild Hall) with hamburgers, veggie-burgers, hot dogs, sodas, iced tea, Hawaiian shaved ice, french fries, pizza, funnel cakes and more!
  • Library Gild Book Sale with thousands of books (inside Gild Hall)
  • Gardeners’ Gild Plant Sale
  • Folk Dancing demo with audience participation on Gild Hall stage.
  • Kettle Corn, Balloons, T-shirts and more!

    Arden Fair Midway



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. See map.

Photos of past Arden Fairs

Click here: http://ardenclub.org/about/arden-fair-photos/


Every year, 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 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.
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).


Fair set-up on Friday (we’ll feed you hoagies for lunch and pizza for dinner, including vegetarian items) Children are more than welcome to help. There’s a lot that goes into setting up the fair – ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Fair Day opportunities on Saturday include helping with children’s games, sandwich stand, soda/beer booths, baked goods, balloons, books, plants, T-shirts, face painting, and more.

Fair take-down on Sunday (we’ll give you breakfast: bagels, fruit, etc.)

Remember, the proceeds from the Fair help to provide services for those inside and outside of Arden.

The Arden Fair was originally conceived as a farewell to summer, in the days when Arden’s population shrank perceptibly after Labor Day. Today the Fair is the Arden Club’s premier fund-raiser of the year, the proceeds going to the maintenance of Gild Hall and to our many activities.


Area craftspeople are invited to apply for registration in the Annual Arden Fair to be held the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden, Delaware, 7 miles north of Wilmington, Delaware.  Our rain date is the next day (Sunday).  We usually have attendance (no charge) of 7,000 to 9,000.

Craft artisans who want to exhibit should email electronic images of their work along with a description of your craft and your full contact information (Name, address, email, phone #) to ardenfaircrafts@gmail.com . The deadline for submission is June 1, 2019.


If you are accepted, registration forms are emailed the first week in June with one month to respond, but it is on a first-come, first-served basis, with past exhibitors given preference to previous spaces. Space fees are $50 ($40 for Arden Club members) plus 10% commission on sales of the day.
 Past exhibitors need not re-submit photos. Past exhibitors will be notified in early June.

Crafts Vendor Captain is: Katrina Nelson, email: ardenfaircrafts@gmail.com


Over 50 vendors display their treasures. The public pays a small admission fee to enter this area of the Arden Fair.   Antiques Co-Captains are: Lynda Kolski – email: lykolski@aol.com and Mary Marconi –  email: mlm78@aol.com