Spring break at the Boardwalk



Spring Break at the BoardwalkThe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk turns 100 this year. For spring break, rides open midweek and free beach concerts are planned; meet-and-greet sessions with celebs include former TV Batman Adam West, Zoo Station and MTV VJ Jim Shearer; and a sushi-rolling contest, kids' dance party with Cartoon Network characters and more.

When, where: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 11 and 12; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 13.

Admission: Free

Info: (831) 426-7433,

"Bouquets to History and Art"Monterey Bay-area florists and designers take works displayed at the Maritime and History Museum and re-create them in flowers. The floral creations go on exhibit next to the works that inspired them. Last year's event included floral interpretations of sardine cannery workers, a ship's wheel and a fishing boat.

When, where: April 12 to 15 at Maritime and History Museum, 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey.

Admission: $10, includes museum admission and three daily lectures and/or demonstrations

Info: (831) 372-2608 or

EarthDance Environmental Film FestivalForty documentaries, mockumentaries, animated films, thrillers and family-friendly fare — plus a panel of scientists, artists, business people and others — discuss ecology and the environment.

When, where: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 14 and noon to 10 p.m. April 15 at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak streets in Oakland.

Admission: One-day pass $25, weekend pass $40

Info: (510) 238-2063,

Santa Clarita Cowboy FestivalThe 14th annual celebration of all things Western includes a cowboy fashion show, cowboy music concerts, poetry, tours of Melody Ranch film studio and more.

When, where: Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28 and 29 at Melody Ranch in Newhall, with additional events starting April 25 at various locations in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Admission: Single day is $20 adults, $10 children 3 to 11; ticket prices vary for off-site events

Info: (800) 305-0755,

Tejano Conjunto FestivalTwo days of good-time music, south Texas style.

When, where: 5 to 11 p.m. May 10 and 11, 11 a.m. to midnight May 12 at Rosedale Park, at Gen. McMullen Drive and Dartmouth Street in San Antonio.

Admission: $8 a day, $20 for three-day pass

Info: (210) 271-3151,


Plowing and sheep shearingAt Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, teamsters with draft horses and oxen compete in a plowing contest, and a sheep-shearing event includes carding and spinning wool.

When, where: Plowing Match, May 6; Sheep Shearing Weekend, May 26 and 27. Billings Farm & Museum, on Vermont 12 at River Road, Woodstock.

Admission: $10, $8 ages 13 to 17, $6 ages 5 to 12, $3 ages 3 and 4

Info: (802) 457-2355,

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