Short Hops: Nearby road trips and quick getaways

Breezy fun

Delaware. Kite-flying competitions for all ages at Cape Henlopen State Park, with demos by stunt kite-flying professionals. Bring your own kite or find one from vendors. Event starts with an Easter egg hunt for kids at 11 a.m. Great Delaware Kite Festival, Lewes, March 25. www.leweschamber.com

 

Cherished objects

New Jersey. Antiques show with 40 dealers of fine furniture, paintings, vintage and antique cameras, porcelain, music boxes, glass, and jewelry. Bring broken pieces to restoration expert for repair assessment. Spring Antiques Expo, Cedar Grove, March 19-20. www. dturiantiqueshows.com

 

Hot and hearty

New York. Love chili? This competition celebrates the approach of spring with entries from more than two dozen restaurants. Live music from nine bands. Bands 'n Beans, Lake George, March 20. www.lakegeorgearts.org

 

Sold!

Pennsylvania. It's spring auction season in Lancaster County, with "mud sale" events selling farm equipment, quilts, produce, and more. This one at the Penryn Fire Company has a tool auction Friday night, with Saturday auctions of everything from furniture to garden sheds (see website for categories and times) Best of all: chicken BBQ meals and fried oyster sandwiches both days. Mud Sale, Manheim. March 18-19. www.pennryfire.com

 

Beyond crabs

Maryland. Discover Chesapeake Bay heritage with a talk and tasting on regional cooking, film screening and discussion with descendants of sharecroppers, musical presentation, and more. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. Eastern Shore Folk Festival, Baltimore, March 19. www.lewismuseum.org

Fiddling around

Delaware. Bluegrass bands, instrument and performance workshops, band contest, and gospel groups make this a full weekend of music. Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival, Claymont, March 18-20. www.wilmingtonwintergrass.org

Timeless threads

Connecticut. Fashion exhibit looks at how European clothing from 1810 to 1860 was influenced by the medieval, Renaissance, and baroque periods and affected modern styles. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Gothic to Goth: Romantic Era Fashion & Its Legacy, Hartford, through July 10. www.thewadsworth.org

Peep at this

Maryland. Everyone's favorite colorful squishy candy gets an art exhibit of its own. Hundreds of chick and bunny marshmallow masterpieces by artists and amateurs on display in the Carroll Arts Center. Food and souvenirs. PEEPshow, Westminster, March 25-April 6. www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org

Cask creations

Pennsylvania. Try cask beers from more than a dozen craft breweries while enjoying a St. Patrick's Day-inspired buffet, Celtic entertainment, and vendors. More than 32 beers will be featured. Great Allentown Brew Works Cask Beer Festival, Allentown, March 19. www.thebrewworks.com

 

Looking up

New Jersey. Welcome spring with a trek through the woodlands at the N.J. Botanical Garden. Landscape designer leads the walk and details how to distinguish types of trees. End-of-Winter Tree Walk, Ringwood, March 19. www.njbg.org