Calistoga Tamale Festival
When, where: May 1, Pioneer Park
Highlights: One of the town's 125th anniversary celebrations, this tribute will feature folkloric dancing, live music, piñatas, tamale-making contests and a raffle.
Cost: Admission is free; proceeds from tamale sales benefit local community organizations
When, where: May 5-8; Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Encore
Highlights: The annual culinary event, presented by Bon Appétit magazine, presents more than two dozen luncheons, dinners, tastings and workshops featuring Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, Michael Mina and others.
Cost: $65-$395, depending on the event.
Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club opening day
When, where: May 8, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
Highlights: The club celebrates its 100th opening day by offering the public admission to see the polo games. A Mother's Day brunch is also available.
Cost: $10 for polo
Info: (805) 684-6683, http://www.sbpolo.com
Lamb & Wool Festival
When, where: May 21, Thanksgiving Point
Highlights: A family-friendly event with, of course, many sheep. Also hands-on wool crafting, storytelling and food.
Info: (801) 768-4900, http://www.thanksgivingpoint.com
SAN MATEO, CALIF.
Maker Faire Bay Area
When, where: May 21 and 22, San Mateo County Event Center
Highlights: This annual event displays 600 do-it-yourselfers' and crafters' creative curiosities.
Cost: $5-$25; free for ages 3 and younger