About Fortify Music Fest

Saturday, September 29, 2018

1:00 – 9:00 PM at Fort DuPont


Fortify Music Fest is coming on September 29th 2018! Fortify Fest is a day-long music festival bringing local bands and national-touring tribute acts together on two stages for an incredible day of outdoor music. Don’t miss the food truck gallery and awesome Beer Garden featuring the best local craft beers including the brand new Fortify IPA! Beer + music + you, it’s the perfect match!

From The Police to David Bowie to Led Zeppelin, Fortify Music Fest is merging music you already love with the new best local talent so everyone can get FORTIFIED!

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Get fortified at Fortify Music Fest 2018!





What does it mean to get fortified?

The word Fortify means to strengthen or invigorate (someone) mentally or physically. When searching for the right name for this event, Fortify was obviously appropriate due to the location of the event being Fort DuPont.  However, it takes on much more significant meaning upon further exploring the development and preservation plans that the Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation has for the land. The land is being built up and strengthened by the FDRPC and this event is helping to raise awareness of the development process. The concept of the event is also meant to fortify (build up and strengthen) the fan bases of some of the Delaware area’s best local bands.  Fans will first experience a professional Tribute act performing the songs of some of the best known legends in music. The festival will showcase eight artists, merging the music from some of the biggest names in the business with great local and regional talent.  Delaware’s own Gable Music Ventures, creators of the award winning Ladybug Festival has carefully crafted these Tribute/Local pairings specifically so that new fans will be exposed to local artists that they will love if they are fans of the Tribute act they were paired with.

Introducing Fortify IPA!

In addition to an amazing musical lineup, Fortify Music Fest will feature Delawares highest quality, local craft beer. Craft beer is best when made locally and youll have the opportunity to try your favorites at the Fest.

Fortify Music Fest is pleased to offer a special production of craft beer, our very own Fortify IPA! Fortify IPA, brewed by Twin Lakes Brewery, is a delicious blend of hops and just the right amount of citrus flavorand that special fortify taste. 

The Venue: Fort DuPont

Fortify Fest is hosted on the gorgeous grounds of Fort Dupont, a historic and mixed-use community designed around the water and the great outdoors. 

With an 18-acre parade ground as the setting for Fortify Music Fest, guests will enjoy the expansive, green landscape and views of the majestic Delaware River while feeling the rich, historical character of the former military base and state landmark. Learn more about Fort DuPont here and follow us on Facebook


Our Community

From the early 19th century inception of Fort DuPont, this community served as a bustling military site on the majestic Delaware River. Now we have the rare opportunity of creating a new lifestyle-based community that builds on its historical roots, designed around the water and great outdoors. In addition to the restoration of historic homes and commercial buildings, Fort Dupont will include a marina, hotel, restaurants, new homes, retail stores, conference center, and office space all on the waterfront.  See the master plan here. Once a military installation, Fort Dupont is now being integrated into a place to call home for people looking to connect with nature, history, and community.

Learn more here

Live. Work. Play.

Be one of the first to call Fort DuPont home and grow with us as this former historic military fort is transformed into an active community.

Conveniently located, Fort DuPont gives you quick access to Route 1, I-95, Route 13 and Rt. 301 and an easy commute to Wilmington, Newark, Smyrna, Dover, and South Jersey. Situated at the head of the Castle Trail, adjacent to the state park, river, C&D Canal, and nature preserves, Fort DuPont offers an abundant natural setting, fascinating history, active recreation and is part of the charming town of Delaware City.

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Shaped by History & Anchored in Nature

Named after Rear Adm. Samuel Francis Du Pont, the former military post is situated on the Reedy Point tract, land originally granted to Henry Ward in 1675. A “proposed fort” was planned in 1819, which only appeared on Delaware River charts. Fort DuPont originated during the Civil War as a heavily armed earthwork fortification.

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Food Trucks

Foodies unite! Your favorite food trucks are at Fort DuPont. Enjoy a wide variety of delicious, unique, and authentic cuisine from quick & convenient food trucks, flooding with creativity and quality ingredients. Pair your favorite craft beers from the beer garden with a delectable treat sure to delight your taste buds.

Places to Stay

Whether you are planning on spending the night of Fortify Fest in a hotel or a tent, you will find accommodations to meet every preference and budget. From Lums Park Campground to the Delaware City Canal House, youll find the area has a diverse array of lodging options.

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Contact us


260 Old Elm Ave
Delaware City, DE 19706

From Wilmington take I-95 south to DE Route 1 south toward Dover.  Take exit 152 for Delaware City and Route 72.  Turn left on Route 72 and follow into Delaware City.  Go through the traffic light at Clinton Street and continue over the Branch Canal Bridge.  Take your first left, which will put you onto Old Elm Ave and into Fort DuPont. 

From Dover take DE Route 1 north to exit 152 for Delaware City and Route 72.  Turn left on Route 72 and follow into Delaware City.  Go through the traffic light at Clinton Street and continue over the Branch Canal Bridge.  Take your first left, which will put you onto Old Elm Ave and into Fort DuPont.