Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival

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Ice Cream, Music, and Fireworks - OH MY!

The Ice Cream Festival will be back on June 24, 2023!

This quintessential summer festival features lots of ice cream, live local music, kids' activities, family entertainment, a maker market, fantastic food, museum tours, fireworks, and lots more!

The Best Local Ice Cream

Food Trucks | Beer Garden

Museum Tours | Carnival Games

Family Train | Explore Local Museums

30+ Marketplace Vendors

Family Entertainment | Kid's DJ


June 24, 2023

1 - 9:30 p.m.

Rockwood Park & Museum

4651 Washington St. Extension, Wilmington, DE 19802

We can't wait to see your smiling face!

We are always working to improve our events. Have a question or a comment? Send us an email.

Severe Weather

In the event of high severity weather conditions, event attendees and participants will be advised by an announcement from the event organizers to “shut down.” If there is no time for an orderly evacuation, event attendees will be advised to shelter in place in buses, automobiles, or park pavilions or structures as may be appropriate for the expected conditions.

Thank you to our 2022 donors

WSFS Bank, Capano Management, Christiana Care, DART First State, Vandermark & Lynch. Inc.Mix 99.5 WJBR, Rockwood Park Preservation Society, CBRE, Inc.

Tickets $5

Kids 12 and under FREE with adult admission

Thanks to our 2022 donors!

Ice Festival Donors 2022

Vendors wanted: 

  • Ice cream vendors

  • Restaurant & food vendors

  • Handmade goods makers for our market

Join the fest:

email suzanne.casey@newcastlede.gov today!


TICKETS: Event tickets must be purchased online from Ticket Spicket. This can be done in advance or at the gate on your smartphone. No cash will be accepted at the gate.

PARKING: All parking, including handicap parking, will be at the Rockwood Office Park, 501 Carr Road, for the duration of the event with quick shuttle bus rides to the festival. Busses equipped with lifts will be available for visitors with wheelchairs and large strollers. Parking at and at Mount Pleasant High School, 5201 Washington Street Extension, will open at 5 p.m.

Visitors are discouraged from parking in neighborhoods and along Washington Street Extension. Those who park in these locations are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

ACCESSIBILITY: The Ice Cream Festival is accessible and will have handicap shuttles running from the Rockwood Office Park, but please know the ground where the event is held on the grass that is bumpy and uneven and on a gentle slope. The music meadow is in full sun all-day

DOGS AND PETS: Please leave your dog and all other pets at home. This is for the comfort of fellow festival guests and your pets.

COMFORT: Rockwood has hilly, uneven ground and the music meadow is in full sun all day. Please bring your blankets and chairs for your comfort, and wear sunscreen, a hat, and other sun protection. Be sure your shoes are appropriate for uneven ground.

ALCOHOL: You must be 21 to purchase and consume alcohol. Festival guests who violate this expectation will be dealt with by the New Castle County Police.

SMOKING/TOBACCO: Every New Caste County parks are non-smoking. Consumption of tobacco of any kind is prohibited at this event.

BEHAVIOR: All festival guests are expected to treat fellow guests and staff with the utmost respect. Guests who are not able to remain respectful will be removed from the event by the New Castle County Police.

WEAPONS: Weapons of any kind are prohibited in New Castle County Parks. Please leave them at home.

SAFETY: Festival guests are expected to be alert and pay attention to all announcements relating to weather and safety.

INCLEMENT AND SEVERE WEATHER: In the case of bad or severe weather on the day of the event, updates will be posted on the Happenings Facebook Page, The Ice Cream Festival Facebook Event Page, through Instagram, and Twitter, as well as on our event hotline. Please call (302) 395-5659 for updates. For severe weather during the event, please listen to all announcements and follow instructions quickly.

Updated June 2022