Brandywine River ShadFest

May 22, 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT Free
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Brandywine River ShadFest

May 22, 2022 , 10:00 AM 3:00 PM EDT

A celebration of the Brandywine River and the return of the American shad.
  • When: Sunday, May 22, 2022. ShadRun 5K at 9 a.m.; festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Where: Brandywine Park (1080 N Park Dr, Wilmington, DE 19802) across from the Brandywine Zoo.
  • Who: Community members and families and kids of all ages.
  • Cost: Free. Registration is required to ensure adequate food and drink, staffing, and supplies.

Join Brandywine Shad 2020 as they host the Second Annual Brandywine River ShadFest to celebrate the return of the American shad and raise awareness of environmental issues.

The day will begin with the ShadRun 5K through the park. ShadFest will then open with a land acknowledgment ceremony and remarks from Dennis Coker, principal chief of the Lenape Tribe of Delaware.

Over 20 environmental organizations will have fun, interactive exhibits designed to educate kids of all ages on how to protect the planet. Activities include a shad lifecycle obstacle course, fish print t-shirt painting, fish seining demonstration, free fishing lessons, and performances by the Chesapeake Mermaid.

Sorting live stream bugs from a stream sample.

Stroud Water Research Center educators will be on hand with live aquatic macroinvertebrates. Be sure to stop by and learn what stream bugs can tell you about clean water!

Several food trucks will be on site, along with a beer garden by Wilmington Brew Works and a wine bar by Frank’s Wine and Spirits. Music will be provided by the Sin City Band. Sustainable and nature-oriented vendors will have locally sourced food and crafts for purchase.

This event is made possible by a consortium of leading environmental organizations including Brandywine Conservancy, Delaware Nature Society, University of Delaware Water Resources Center, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Sea Grant Delaware, Brandywine Shad 2020, Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, Stroud Water Research Center, The Nature Conservancy,Wilmington Water Works, Upstream Alliance and the Urban Water Federal Partnership.