Travel calendar


Tulip Festival

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,


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,


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,

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