When, where: Through April 30, Thanksgiving Point Gardens
Highlights: More than 250,000 bulbs are abloom during this celebration. Also art, food, live music, vendors and demonstrations.
Cost: $10; $8 for children
Info: (801) 768-2300, http://www.utahvalleyfestivals.com
Ojai Storytelling Festival
When, where: May 5-8, Ojai Art Center and Chaparral High School
Highlights: Some of America's best storytellers weave tales of comedy, myth, suspense and adventure. Now in its 12th year, the event also features a Beatles-inspired musical picnic, workshops, dinners and a special Mother's Day performance.
Cost: $150 for an "Everything" pass; individual events are $8 to $40
National Public Gardens Day
When, where: May 6, more than 500 gardens
Highlights: Hundreds of green spaces — including La Cañada Flintridge's Descanso Gardens, the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and the Albuquerque BioPark Botanic Garden — offer free admission. Each venue hosts unique (and often child-friendly) activities.
Cost: Free, with downloaded coupon
Info: (610) 708-3010, http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org
Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival
When, where: May 14, Bison Building
Highlights: This annual event brings together many of Oregon's top vintners and chefs.
Cost: $75; $125 for VIP early entry; all admissions include a commemorative glass as well as wine and food tastings
Info: (503) 595-0891, http://www.indiewinefestival.com
— Avital Binshtock