Spring is in the air in the Bay Area, which means festivals and other outdoor events are popping up across the area. Whether you’re searching for a reason to celebrate the season, fun educational offerings, artistic events, or a way to support a great cause, you’re sure to find something interesting to do during the month of April. Here are a few of the best events this month has to offer:
Palette of Flowers
February 23-May 20
Filoli Historic House and Gardens, 86 Canada Road, Woodside
The Spring season at Filoli
kicked off in February with the Spring Frolic and the festivities continue throughout the month of May. In addition to the ongoing 20th annual Botanical Art Exhibition on display, a variety of programs and classes are offered at the historic country estate.
Electronic Music Festival
Community School of Music and Arts, Mountain View
This three-day festival
will celebrate the intersection of music and technology with live performances, interactive exhibits, and panel discussions. The free event is managed by the Los Altos Community Foundation through a grant provided by Google and Inspire Mountain View.
Great Race for Saving Water
Baylands Athletic Center, 1900 Geng Road, Palo Alto
Celebrate Earth Day and race for a good cause during the annual Great Race for Saving Water
. The event will include a 5K run/walk, food trucks, live music, zoo animals, a guided bike path, arts and crafts, a bird walk, community booths, environmental education opportunities, and raffle prizes.
Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll
Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and University Drive, Menlo Park
The Menlo Park Sidewalk Spring Art Stroll is celebrating its 36th anniversary this year and will feature more than 90 artists displaying fine jewelry, paintings, ceramics, photography, and turned woodwork. The open-air market gives art lovers a chance to interact with local artisans and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces.
International Chocolate Festival
San Mateo Event Center, 1246 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
The International Chocolate Festival is sure to have something for every chocolate lover in the area. At the three-day event, attendees can enjoy chocolate education, meetings with chocolate makers, panel discussions, chocolate-making demonstrations, and wine and beer pairings.
Gamble Gardens Spring Tour
1431 Waverly Street, Palo Alto
Take in the beauty of Spring at Gamble Gardens
during the annual spring tour. This year’s theme, California Dreaming, is displayed throughout the facility's vast gardens that feature towering trees, rose-covered arbors, a breathtaking waterfall, and garden sculptures from Zimbabwe.