Over 35 Things to Do Around Delaware This March

From St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival, here’s this month’s guide to First State events.


Week of March 1-7

Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
3/2-3/3 • Wilmington
Come check out gems, minerals, fossils, and jewelry. Two days of demos, exhibits and a sale at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

The Women
3/2-3/3 • Rehoboth Beach
Clare Booth Luce’s show centers on the efforts of a group of women to play their respective roles in an artificial society. This large cast of women presents an entertaining panorama of the modern world from the female viewpoint. See it at Clear Space Theatre.

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Philadelphia Flower Show
3/2-3/10 • Philadelphia
“Flower Power” takes root at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Newark Symphony Orchestra
3/3 • Newark
The orchestra presents guest conductor Rebekah O’Brien, who is joined by the Youth Concerto Competition winners. This afternoon of classical music, featuring Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and more, starts at 3 p.m.

Inherit the Wind 
3/7-3/24 • Newark
“Inherit the Wind” is the story of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial that captured America at a very divisive time: A Tennessee teacher was arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution in his classroom. Legends Clarence Darrow and William Jennings Bryan squared off in the trial that centered on issues that, almost 100 years later, can still ignite the flames of contention. See it with the UD Resident Ensemble Players.

Week of March 8-14

​Orkid Day

3/9 • Kennett Square

Kids will enjoy story time and puppets, and discover unusual orchids from around the globe at the Longwood Gardens Conservatory.

Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival
3/9 • Rehoboth Beach
Baking contests, delicious desserts and family fun abound at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center.

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A Sense of the Tragic, an Exciting Debut!
3/9 • Ocean View
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert will feature guest conductor Andrews Sill. The music starts at 3 p.m.

3/14-3/17 • Wilmington
What would happen if you stuck Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Joseph McCarthy and Albert Einstein in a Manhattan hotel room for the night? Find out at the Wilmington Drama League.

Week of March 15-21

Remember Jones: Back to Black
3/15 • Wilmington
When it comes to Amy Winehouse’s Grammy Award-winning album “Back to Black,” there’s not much to nitpick. Remember Jones brings not only his impressive vocals, but a 12-piece orchestra to re-create the big sound of that album. Doors open at 7 p.m. at The Queen.

Brews on Board
3/16 • Wilmington
Chug and chugga-chugga your way through a Bellefonte Brewery-curated beer sampling on board the Wilmington & Western Railroad. Your ticket includes two 12-ounce pours and a pretzel. Must be 21+ to ride. All aboard at 4 p.m.

3/16 • Wilmington
Join the Delaware Museum of Natural History as it celebrates the 11th birthday of its mascot, Dude the Cat. Meet Dude and Big Guy in person, sing happy birthday, enjoy a slice of birthday cake and get a special Dude gift. The museum will also offer face-painting, cat-themed games, crafts and activities.  If you like, you can contribute to the museum’s Live Animal Fund in lieu of a gift. The event is free for DMNH members or with paid admission to the museum. The party runs from 1-3 p.m.

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​Dickinson Theatre Organ Society

3/16 • Wilmington

Richard Hills is the guy lucky enough to play the mighty Kimball organ at John Dickinson High School at 7 p.m.

An Evening With Sutton Foster

3/16 • Wilmington

Direct from Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s and the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series, Sutton Foster lands at The Grand, promising an intimate evening of hits from her solo albums. Foster is ready for her closeup at 8 p.m.

Kids Superhero and Princess Party 

3/16 • Dover

Did you know Tiana, Jasmine, Belle, Ariel, Elsa and Moana kick it with Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Thor and Captain America? It’s true and it happens at Delaware Tech’s Terry Campus in Dover. You’ll eat with the crew and have time for photos and autographs—all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Master Players Concert Series: River of Freedom

3/16 • Newark

This arts-integrated concert brings history to life through words by Caitlyn Kamminga, music by Adam Walters and art by Che Lovelace. “River of Freedom” is the tale of the journey of enslaved African-Americans who fought with the British in America’s Second War of Independence of 1812 in exchange for freedom and land in Trinidad. The work will be performed by Ibis Ensemble, a group made up of members of the music faculty of the University of Trinidad and Tobago. See it at Gore Recital Hall in Newark at 3 p.m.

​St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

3/16 • Dover

Dover becomes Dublin for the day when the parade high-steps off Loockerman Street. 

​St. Patrick’s Day Parade 
3/16 • Wilmington
Floats, bands and step dancers hit King Street for this annual event.

Young at Art 
3/16-3/31 • Rehoboth Beach
The Rehoboth Art League brings you an exhibition of works by elementary, middle and high school artists from throughout Sussex County. 

Phenomenal Music From 1842 to 1949
3/20 • Wilmington
This concert pays tribute to a century-plus of vintage jams, including works by Schumann and Prokofiev. See it at The Music School of Delaware. Curtains up at 7 p.m.

Call of the Wild 
3/21 • Wilmington
You’ve never seen Jack London’s classic story of courage and survival like this. Welcome Buck—the beautiful dog who was kidnapped from the good life in California and turned into a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush—to the 21st century in this production that will dazzle fourth- to eighth-graders. Two showings, 9:30 a.m. and noon, at The Playhouse on Rodney Square.

Week of March 22-28

Delaware Symphony Orchestra
3/22 • Wilmington
David Amado directs Classics Series Concert 4—“Dancing About Architecture”—at The Grand.

Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer
3/22-3/30 • Wilmington
This world premiere at The Baby Grand is headed for a national tour. “Starring” Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Dean Martin, this show packs in 23 legendary American Songbook tunes, a six-member dance ensemble and a six-piece live band.

Art & Soul: Art Auction and Contemporary Affair

3/23 • Wilmington

The Delaware Contemporary’s 40th anniversary celebration is inspired by the ’70s art scene. Art & Soul features artwork for auction, groovy ’70s tunes by Special Delivery, a Caffé Gelato spread and an open bar.

Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, Relay & 5k

3/24 • Wilmington

The country’s oldest half-marathon turns 56. Laces up at Rodney Square to benefit the American Lung Association.

Community and Youth Gardens Spring Kickoff
3/23 • Wilmington
The Delaware Center for Horticulture is hosting this BYOS—Bring Your Own Seeds—event to jump-start the growing season. Join other community gardeners, meet DCH partner organizations and bring the kids. Swap the seeds with fellow attendees and watch your garden of plants (and friends) grow.

March 29-31

Animal Careers Conference
3/30 • Wilmington
Do you have a 14- to 22-year-old obsessed with animals? Send them to the zoo for this special one-day conference on what it takes to build an animal-based career.

3/30 • Newark
Mid-Atlantic Ballet presents the classic at UD’s Mitchell Hall at 12:30 and 4 p.m.

​Fusion Five & Wine 
3/30 • Newark
First you run the race, then you drink the wine. This 5K starts at the corner of Main and Academy.

ICCA Mid-Atlantic Semifinal
3/30 • Wilmington
Ten of the region’s most talented a capella groups will rock The Grand during the Mid-Atlantic semifinal of the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella.

Jeff Boyers Big Bubble Bonanza 
3/31 • Wilmington
Betcha didn’t know there was a Guinness Book of World Records entry for bubble blowing, did you? Well, the guy in question will be blowing them your way. This afternoon of inclusive theater is part of The Grand’s sensory-friendly family programming. The show goes on at 3 p.m.

Ending this month

Thru. 3/17 •â€‹ Wilmington
It’s a hard-knock life for our favorite redhead and her best pal, Sandy, but you won’t be able to tell with all the singing and dancing. Head to the Delaware Children’s Theatre. Shows are at 2 p.m.

In Between There
Thru. 3/17 • Wilmington
For her first solo exhibition in Delaware, internationally renowned printmaker Shelley Thorstensen uses her work to speak to the uncertainty and fluidity of human consciousness as it reckons with time, space and identity. Catch Thorstensen’s large-scale prints and a series of new drawings at The Delaware Contemporary.

Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition
Thru. 3/18 • Dover
This exhibit, held at Delaware State University’s Arts Center, showcases the works of state employees.

Orchid Extravaganza
Thru. 3/24 •â€‹ Kennett Square
Visit a world of dazzling color at Longwood Gardens, where you can stroll through thousands of orchids in bloom.

Throughout the month

Fairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes: The Droller Collection of Picture Book Art
3/2-5/12 • Wilmington
Climb into the magical world of children’s literature through this collection of more than 100 original and imaginative illustrations at the Delaware Art Museum

Design Zone
Thru. 5/12 • Wilmington
Are you a fan of rap music? Roller coasters? Half-pipes? Every one of these things requires design, and the backbone of thoughtful design is math. Yes—that means you can thank math for the dope beat of your favorite Drake song or for the speed at which Shaun White navigates a vertical ramp. If you like your math like you like your veggies—covered in bacon, say, or otherwise cleverly disguised—then this exhibit at the Delaware Museum of Natural History is for you.

Collecting as Activism: African American Art and the Legacy of Paul R. Jones
Thru. 5/17 • Newark
A collector and philanthropist, Paul R. Jones (1928-2010) began collecting art in the 1960s, focusing on acquiring works by African-American and African diaspora artists—artists, at the time, who were often marginalized and excluded from major museum collections. Through artworks from his collection, the exhibition invites visitors to ask questions about diversity, inclusion and visibility in art museums, as well as the role of collectors in supporting underrepresented artists. See it at the University of Delaware’s Mechanical Hall Gallery.

Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden
Thru. 1/5/20 • Wilmington
There’s no excuse not to step into the imaginative and entertaining world of garden follies at Winterthur. Explore a fantastic display of contemporary and historic architectural features—from a Gothic-inspired tower to American summerhouses to a faerie cottage and more—all set within the majestic beauty of Henry Francis du Pont’s 60-acre garden. This irresistible garden exhibition, featuring 13 vignettes, offers a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience with a twist of fancy fun.

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