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Top weekend picks: March 20-22

Festival of flowers: The N.C. Museum of Art hosts “Art in Bloom.”

Welcome spring with a visit to this four-day festival at the museum. Designers and garden clubs have created more than 40 floral interpretations of works of art from the permanent collection. Visitors also can attend flower arranging classes, wine tastings, scavenger hunts, garden tours and more. Some events require an additional fee. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Frida; $15 nonmembers/$10 members/free for children 6 and younger; 2110 Blue Ridge Road; ncartmuseum.org.

Gourmet garden: Delicious recipes await at Marbles Kids Museum.

Combine the freshest ingredients from farms across North Carolina to make a scrumptious flower power wrap. The museum is open late for Twilight Thursday, so explore the museum as the sun sets. 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday; $2, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh.

Green goes on: No need to halt your St. Patrick’s Day celebration just yet.

May the luck of the Irish be with you as you head to Lafayette Village for an educational and family-friendly day of music, folktales and crafts. Dance groups will show off their routines while helping beginners with basic Irish dance steps. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; free, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh.

Puppy pride: Who will take home best in show?

Local kennel clubs will host competitions all weekend at the State Fairgrounds. The AKC-registered dogs will compete in breed judging, obedience and rally trials. Cheer on your favorite furry friend. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $5/$2 kids and seniors/free for children 7 and younger; Jim Graham Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

String genius: Virtuoso violinst Regina Carter plays the Titmus Theatre at N.C. State.

Carter is no ordinary jazz violinist; she’s also the recipient of a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation. She’s worked with Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Cassandra Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Dolly Parton. Her latest recording is “Southern Comfort,” inspired by folk music of the South. 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; $32; 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh.