March events calendar for Delaware: arts and entertainment

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

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,

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.

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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.

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,

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.

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,

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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.

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

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,

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,

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

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.