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March events calendar for Delaware: arts and entertainment

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Orchid Extravaganza
Thru March 25 Find an oasis of thousands of orchids at Longwood Gardens. (610) 388-1000, longwoodgardens.org

editor’s pick Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival
March 3 Baking contests, delicious desserts and family fun abound at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. 227-2772, downtownrehoboth.com

Earth Science, Gem and Mineral Show
March 3-4 The Delaware Mineralogical Society welcomes dealers of gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry for two days of demos, exhibits and a sale at Delaware Technical Community College in Stanton. There’s a booth for kids, too. delminsociety.net

editor’s pick Delaware Home Show
March 3-4, 24-25 Exhibitors share the latest products, services and ideas for the home at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington March 3-4, and at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino March 24-25. delawarehomeshow.com

editor’s pick Philadelphia Flower Show
March 4-11 Be transported to “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha” at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. (215) 988-8899, theflowershow.com

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10 Floats, bands and step dancers hit King Street for this annual event in Wilmington. 658-8288

editor’s pick DFVA Spring Art Show
March 16-18 The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts presents its 13th annual show at the Goodstay Center in Wilmington this year, with more than 70 Brandywine-area artists exhibiting and selling original new works created specifically for the event. dfva.org

Chester County Historical Society Antiques Show
March 16-18 This show marks its 30th anniversary, featuring 18th- and 19th-century American and Continental antiques at the Westtown School in West Chester. (610) 692-4800, chestercohistorical.org

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17 The lineup starts at noon and the parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Loockerman Street when Dover becomes Dublin for the day. downtowndoverpartnership.com

Merchants’ Attic II
March 17 The state’s largest indoor garage sale takes place at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall. 227-6446, beach-fun.com

Zwaanendael Women’s Club
March 17 Celebrate Women’s History Month from 1-4 p.m. at the Zwaanendael Women’s Club in Lewes. 945-1936

Delaware Horse Expo
March 17-18 Head to the state fairgrounds in Harrington for all things equine: clinics, mounted demos, exhibits, workshops, vendors, children’s activities, a raffle and door prizes. 398-5194, dehorseexpo.com

Art Sale & Show
March 23-24 Chadds Ford Elementary hosts more than 70 local and regional professional artists from the Brandywine Valley and beyond. (610) 388-1112, cfes.ucfsd.org/artshow

Auction, Flea Market, Bake and Book Sale
March 24 The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover holds its longest-running fundraiser. 734-1618, agriculturalmuseum.org

editor’s pick Newark Wine and Dine
March 31 Downtown restaurants team up with wineries and vineyards from across the country and around the world to present distinctive food and wine pairings. enjoydowntownnewark.com