Santa Cruz Kayak
Where, when: March 16-18, Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point, West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz
Admission: Free for spectators
Info: (831) 458-3648, www.asudoit.com/kayak_fest/index.html
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show
Twenty-plus display gardens: container gardens, low-water gardens, a garden with poisonous plants, flower-laden and tropical gardens with water features.
Where, when: March 21-25, Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City, Calif.
Admission: One-day adult ticket, $20 at the door; $17 if purchased online or by phone through March 20; $4 ages 6-17.
Info: (800) 569-2832, www.gardenshow.com
Big Hat Days
Central Valley family fair includes a home and garden show, a strongman competition, live entertainment.
Where, when: April 7-8, Pulaski Avenue in Old Town, Clovis, Calif.
Info: (559) 299-7363, www.clovischamber.com
34th annual Adams Avenue Roots & Folk Festival
San Diego’s annual music fest with more than 60 acts on six stages.
Where, when: April 21-22, Adams Avenue between 35th and Felton streets
Info: (619) 282-7329, www.adamsaveonline.com
Taste of Tillamook
The county culinary event taps local restaurants, wine cellars and micro-brewers.
Where, when: March 16-18, Tillamook County Fairgrounds, Convention Center, 4603 3rd St., Tillamook, Ore.
Admission: $5; $4 seniors and 12 and younger
Info: (503) 842-2236, www.tasteoftillamookcounty.com
Spice the Ice
Inaugural chili cook-off contest
Where, when: March 10, 1440 Main St., Evanston, Wyo.
Info: (800) 328-9708, www.etownchamber.com
-- Amy Hubbard