AÑO NUEVO STATE PARK, CALIF.
Elephant seal breeding season
When, where: Through March, San Mateo County
Highlights: The world’s largest breeding colony of elephant seals preserves its population as enormous males compete for females as pups are weaned amid the dunes.
Cost: $10 a vehicle; $7 for a naturalist-guided walk (free for ages 3 and younger); reservations required
Info: (800) 444-4445, https://parks.ca.gov
Scottsdale Culinary Festival
When, where: April 5-10, various venues
Highlights: The Great Arizona Picnic, the festival’s signature event (April 9 and 10), features live music, a family zone and more than 50 vendors serving their specialties. Other events include parties, cooking demonstrations, luncheons and dinners.
Cost: Tickets prices from $10 to $200, depending on the event
Strictly Sail Pacific
When, where: April 14-17, Jack London Square
Highlights: Plunge into the seafaring arts with seminars, opportunities to hit the water, boats on display and the latest in equipment. There’s something for all ages and all levels of expertise.
Cost: $12 to $40; free for ages 15 and younger
TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
When, where: April 15-24, Whistler Blackcomb Resort, British Columbia
Highlights: End the ski season by attending this edgy festival dedicated to red-carpet events, film, fashion, concerts, parties and world-class winter sports.
Cost: Tickets $10-$35, depending on event
California Nut Festival
When, where: April 16, Patrick Ranch Museum
Highlights: This second annual showcase of Chico’s agricultural bounty includes live music, an art show, nut-themed cooking demonstrations and tastes of locally produced food, wine and beer.
Cost: $25; proceeds benefit the Patrick Ranch Museum
— Avital Binshtock
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