At the 14th annual spring Joshua Tree Music Festival, enjoy a lineup of diverse sounds and performances from artists including Ukranian folk rock group DakhaBrakha, Chicago-based funk and soul band the Main Squeeze, New Orleans jazz band Dumpstaphunk, and many more.
Located in the high desert of the Mojave in Southern California, the festival offers an outing for the whole family, with attractions including face painting, family yoga and crafts.
The concert runs from Thursday through Sunday at the Joshua Tree Lake Campgrounds at 2601 Sunfair Road. A four-day pass costs $180, and admission is free for children under 10. Attendees will be allowed to camp onsite throughout the duration of the festival.
Find more information at joshuatreemusicfestival.com.
What: The International Chardonnay Symposium will bring top chardonnay makers from across the globe to San Luis Obispo for a weekend of wine tasting and education. Events will be held at wineries and other venues throughout the area.
When: Thursday, May 12, through Saturday, May 14
Where: Venues throughout San Luis Obispo
Cost: Tickets per event range up to $140
What: The eighth annual Belden Town Emissions Festival in Plumas County is a four-day electric dance music celebration featuring dozens of artists including the Grouch, Stööki and Slumberjack.
When: Friday, May 13, through Monday, May 16
Where: Belden Town Resort and Lodge, 14785 Belden Town Road
Cost: $205 for full weekend pass with camping included
Greek Food Faire
What: The Eat Like a Greek Food Faire will be a three-day celebration of Greek culture and cuisine in downtown Santa Cruz. A variety of unique Greek dishes will be available, in addition to live music and traditional dancing.
When: 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 13; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 14; noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 15
Where: 223 Church St.
What: Peruse the works of more than 60 local artists in the beachside town Carmel-by-the-Sea. The annual event will feature the Carmel-by-the-Sea Plein Air Juried Painting Competition, a silent auction and an art sale.
When: Begins noon Friday, May 13; 8 a.m. Saturday, May 14; 9 a.m. Sunday, May 15
Where: Mission Street, between Ocean and Sixth avenues
Mountain Music Faire
What: The Whitmore Volunteer Fire Co. Inc. will present its annual Whitmore Mountain Music Faire featuring an antique car and bike show, a beer wagon, a bike sale and other vendors, as well as live music. A parade will kick off the event, followed by a BBQ lunch.
When: Events kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14
Where: 30517 Whitmore Road