7 Not-to-Miss Events at the Delaware Beaches This Month

Make the most of your upcoming trips to the coast.


Judging by the number of coastal happenings this month, the social scene at the beach is heating up. Go fly a kite, toast to the Irish or satisfy a craving for chocolate.

27th Annual Chocolate Festival

What: Local businesses share delectable desserts with the public and compete for top honors. Proceeds benefit Harry K Foundation, which feeds hungry children through in-school food pantries, a backpack program and a baby pantry. Tickets prices, based on the time of day, run from $20 to $30 for adults.
When: Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.–3:45 p.m.
Where: Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach

11th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

What: Featured performers include The Durning String Band and The Hit the Bottle Boys. Activities also include the Leprechaun 5K, which starts at 11 a.m.
When: Sunday, March 12, beginning at 11 a.m. for the race and 2 p.m. for the parade.
Where: Irish Eyes in Milton

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Opening Weekend at The Starboard

What: Forget Memorial Day: For many Dewey Beach regulars, this event signifies the start of the season. Given that the opening coincides this year with St. Patrick’s Day, you can expect a memorable party.
When: March 15–19
Where: The Starboard in Dewey Beach

Eighth Annual Milford St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

What: Hosted by the nonprofit Downtown Milford, the Milford Pub Crawl route takes participants past local merchants hosting local breweries, wineries and distilleries in their shops. It also flows by pubs, taverns, bars and restaurants. This year you can hop on a bus to hit uptown locations, too.
When: Saturday, March 17, 6 p.m. to 12:58 a.m.
Where: Downtown Milford

Second Annual Rehoboth Jewish Film Festival

What: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Seaside Jewish Community have teamed up to present 10 films over five days. (There are no films shown on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.)
When: March 22–26
Where: Cinema Art Theater off Route 1 in Lewes

Fifth Annual Teller Wine Expo

What: Sample international cuisine and 100 wines at the area’s newest cultural attraction. The event will include live and silent auctions. Order wines by the case at a discount. Tickets are $75; a portion of sales will benefit the Lewes History Museum.
When: March 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Lewes History Museum in Lewes

50th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival

What: Sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, this beloved event is a Good Friday tradition. Bring your own kite or make one on site. Arrive by 11 a.m. for the Easter Egg Hunt. Park fees apply.
When: Friday, March 30, 10 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Where: Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes

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