California Corner

Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

SAN LUIS OBISPO--"Watch Us Grow!” is the theme of El Chorro Regional Park’s second annual Garden Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday. Sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Parks Department and Friends of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, the event featurestours of a proposed botanical garden site, children’s activities, a flower show and a plant sale, garden-related arts and crafts, a barbecue, entertainment and a silent auction. Free; barbecue is $6. U.S. 101 north to the Santa Rosa exit to California 1; El Chorro park is on the right-hand side of the highway between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. (805) 546-3501.

SAN DIEGO--American Indian culture fills the courtyard of Bazaar del Mundo at the Santa Fe Market festival, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. next Sunday. Arts and crafts demonstrations, inter-tribal dancing and Southwestern cuisine are featured at the sixth annual event in Old Town. Among the crafts are pottery, sand-painting, jewelry, furniture, fashions and weavings. Free. Interstate 5 south to the Old Town Avenue exit; turn left on San Diego Avenue. (619) 296-3161.

OCEANSIDE--Kids 2-11 sleuth for seasonal goodies at Oceanside’s city-wide Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m. April 10 at Rancho Del Oro Community Park. Some eggs are marked for prizes, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand. Free. I-5 south to Mission Avenue; turn left there and go about six miles to College Boulevard; turn right. Park is between Mesa Drive and Empressa. (619) 966-4530.


CARPINTERIA--The Carpinteria Valley Art League holds an art exhibition and silent auction 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 10 at the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History, 956 Maple Ave. Proceeds benefit the museum. Jack Martin Smith, a three-time winner of Academy Awards for art direction, is the featured artist. Door prizes of original art are drawn hourly. An artists’ reception 2-4 p.m. will feature an art demonstration and harp music. Free. U.S. 101 north to the Casitas Pass exit; turn left on Casitas, right at Carpinteria Avenue and left on Maple Avenue. (805) 684-3112.

FELTON--Kids search for treasures in a redwood forest at Roaring Camp’s seventh annual Amazing Egg Hunt, April 10-11. The steam train departs Roaring Camp at noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. both days for Bear Mountain, where festivities are held. The Easter Bunny will be at this hunt, too; it’s divided into different areas for different age groups. Some eggs are coded for prizes. $3 admission per car, plus a train fare of $11.50 general, $8.50 kids 3-15 (kids under 3 are free). California 1 north to California 17 north; take the Scotts Valley/Mt. Hermon Road exit and stay on Mt. Hermon Road; at the fork, turn left on Graham Hill Road and go straight to Roaring Camp (on the right). (408) 335-4484.