The Largest, Free Celebration of Women in Music in the U.S. Returns to Wilmington, DE

The largest, free celebration of women in music in the United States is coming back to Wilmington, Delaware, next week! The Ladybug Music Festival makes its triumphant return on Friday, May 31, 2024, with over 30 female-fronted musical acts. This much-anticipated event, now in its 12th year, is a vibrant celebration of women in music, featuring an all-women-fronted lineup that promises to deliver an evening of unforgettable performances.

Since its inception in 2012, The Ladybug Music Festival has grown into a cornerstone event for the Wilmington community. This year, the festival spans two blocks of Market Street, transforming the area into a dynamic hub of music, food, and festivities. Admission to this rain or shine event is free, inviting everyone to partake in the celebration. The festival is produced by Gable Music Ventures, known for their commitment to spotlighting female talent in the music industry.

Businesses on the 400 and 500 blocks of Market Street are opening their doors to host a variety of performances. Artists from Wilmington, Philadelphia, and surrounding regions will be joined by talents from as far afield as New York, Tennessee, and California. Excitingly, this year also marks the festival’s international expansion, welcoming artists from Canada, France, and Ireland for the first time.

Headlining the festival is the energetic ska band, CATBITE. Hailing from Philadelphia, CATBITE infuses traditional ska with a bright pop punch, promising a lively and engaging performance to cap off a day filled with musical excellence. The lineup also features a diverse array of artists, including Velvet Rouge, Humilitarian, Jenny Teator, Alexis Cunningham, and many more.

Festival founder Gayle Dillman expressed her enthusiasm for this year’s lineup, stating, “Every year we are so fortunate to get to host such an array of talent from across the country. And having three artists from outside of the US starts to make this the international festival we’ve always hoped it would be.”

The festival kicks off at 4:30 pm with Queen HD the DJ, the official DJ of the Washington Spirit Women’s Soccer Team, spinning tunes before the live music begins at 5:00 pm. Queen HD will also host the official after-party at Stitch House Brewery starting at 10:30 pm with the It’s Time campaign and a special appearance from First State Destinations’ Alexis Harris.

The Ladybug Music Festival is presented by CHASE, with additional sponsorship from Christiana Care, The City of Wilmington, Downtown Visions, CSC, Out & About Magazine, inWilmington, 92.9 TOM-FM, 94.7 WDSD-FM, Wilmington Alliance, Greater Wilmington Visitors Bureau, BPG, Faithful Friends Animal Society, 101.7FM/1150AM WDEL, Lyons Insurance, Kenny Family ShopRite of Delaware, WhyFly, The Wilmington Whiskey Club, The Queen, Stitch House Brewery, and Breakthru Beverages.

Festival Details:

  • When: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Where: 400 & 500 Blocks of Market St, Wilmington, DE
  • Time: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Ticket Info: Admission is free.

For more information, visit theladybugfestival.com or follow on social media @ladybugmusicfest.

Mark your calendars and get ready to experience a night of incredible music and community spirit at The Ladybug Music Festival!

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