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Festivals That Honor Spring!

Springtime has arrived! The birds are chirping, the gardens are growing and everything offers up a sense of renewal and rebirth after the chill of winter. There are some amazing festivals and events that are coming up that celebrate this most refreshing of seasons.

10th Annual Moorpark Beer and Wine Festival

It's that time again! The Moorpark Beer Festival is coming to historic High Street in downtown Moorpark. There will be 24 beer vendors which are local breweries. Vendors are brewers who will make and serve the beer at the festival. You can ask them questions about the beer, its flavors and how its made. As well, 80s cover band, FlashPants will headline the event! Mar. 28, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Arroyo Vista Community Park, 4550 Tierra Rejada Rd., Moorpark. www.moorparkbeerfestival.com

23rd Annual Celebration of the Whales Festival

Channel Islands Harbor Farmers & Fishermen's Market in conjunction with the Channel Islands Harbor is celebrating the migration of the Pacific Gray Whales with live entertainment, whale and marine education exhibits, whale watching excursions, and more. Highlights include a whale migration activity trail, a prize drawing for whale excursions, and chalk art. There is also an arts & crafts market, children's activities, BBQ and seafood booths, along with a weekly certified Farmers & Fishermen's Market. Mar. 22, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 3350 S. Harbor Blvd. Oxnard. www.channelislandsharbor.org/event/23rd-annual-celebration-of-the-whales-festival

Springtime Festival at Underwood Family Farms

Come observe Easter on the farm with the Springtime Easter Festival. Activities include a tractor-drawn wagon ride, Easter Bunny photos, giant Easter basket photos, antique tractor photos, Easter storyboard labyrinth, finger funnies game, kids corral, bee barn, giant haystack, combine slide, Farmer Craig's Chicken Show, antique tractor and machinery displays, egg n' spoon and gunny sack races, animal races and an animal show. Mar. 21 – Apr. 13, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark. www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/springtime-easter-festival/

Ventura Music Festival Presents "Cirque"

The Ventura Music Festival presents Mnozil Brass in "Cirque" – the musical flea circus delighting audiences worldwide. Mnozil Brass is a septet: six trumpets, six trombones and a tuba whose music embraces a mix of folk, jazz, pop and classical. The mission of the Ventura Music Festival is to bring world-class music to the community, foster audience-artist interactions, and enhance the joy of music. Mar. 22. Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, 4235 Mar Vista Dr., Camarillo. www.venturamusicfestival.org

12th annual LA Beer Festival

The 12th annual LA Beer Festival features dozens of international and domestic beers, over a dozen food trucks as well as live bands, Power 106 DJ, and a dueling piano bar. Apr. 4, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. LA Center Studios, 450 Bixel St., Los Angeles. www.labeerfest.la

L.A. Times Festival of Books

Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has gathered writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers from around the world. In 2020, the Festival of Books, Stories, and Ideas are celebrating how stories are told through embracing technology, social media, and the creative process. Apr. 18, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Apr. 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. USC Campus, Los Angeles. www.events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Taste of the Valley 2020

Taste of the Valley is the San Fernando Valley's ultimate wine, brews and spirits tasting and food festival. Taste cuisine from over 45 restaurants, 120 wineries, and delicious smooth spirits and flavorful microbrews. Over 1,000 connoisseurs from all over the Valley will gather to experience the ultimate in dining indulgence from local restaurants, wineries, and microbreweries. Apr. 23, 5 p.m. Westfield Topanga, 6000 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. www.valleycultural.org/concerts_events/taste-valley

Bravo's Top Chef Food & Wine Festival

Don't miss Bravo's Top Chef Food & Wine Festival. Sample delectable culinary tastings inspired by Bravo's hit series Top Chef and a wide selection of fine wines, craft beers and cocktails specially curated for the festival. Experience a live Quickfire Challenge featuring Top Chef Cheftestants from Season 17 – All-Stars LA as they whip up all-new unexpected dishes. Gather for a special panel featuring Top Chef Alums on the making of the show, their favorite foods, and why they cook. Meet & Greet sessions and snap a photo at Top Chef-themed photo ops. Shop for exclusive Top Chef branded merchandise from chef aprons to tote bags and enjoy live music. Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 University City Plaza, Universal City. Mar. 19 – 20. www.universalstudioshollywood.com/web/en/us/things-to-do/events-and-seasonal-activities/food-and-wine-festival

Holi Festival of Colors SF Valley

This is the world's happiest transformational event! Non-stop live music from great bands, yoga, mantras, dance, cuisine, and the throwing of colors! Interactive dance with Malini and Aakansha, hip hop and rap with J Brave and Charu, Mantra Bands Shakti Tribe and Larisa Stow, Maha Mantra Band with Joss Jaffe and Johanna Beekman. Free Hugs! Woodley Ave., Los Angeles. Apr 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.festivalofcolorsusa.com

Dole Great Race Running Festival

The Great Race is a celebration of running with six races including two half marathons: the scenic Chesebro Half Marathon and the gorgeous Arrowhead Water Pacific Half Marathon road race. There's a race for everyone at the Great Race with the Deena Kastor 5K, Neftin Mazda Old Agoura 10K, 15K Combo, Kids 1 Mile run and Camp Kinneret Family Fun Run. Try the 2-Person Team Marathon Challenge. After your run listen to some great music and load up on food and refreshments donated by local restaurants and companies. You'll find bagels, bananas, oranges, bars, and drink as well as pizza, pancakes and more. Mar. 28. All races finish in Chumash Park, Agoura Hills. http://greatrace.run

45th Scandinavian Festival

The 45th Scandinavian Festival celebrates the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia with music, dancing, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, vendors and lectures. Wander through an authentic Viking village, as well as a Sami sliddastallan. Ask a rune reader for advice, visit Norwegian elkhounds and take Scandinavian dance lessons. Families can also try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called kubb. Other activities include croquet, head wreaths, raising of the maypole and more. Cooks will demonstrate how to make aebleskivers, lefse, and krumkake. Apr. 4, 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. CLU Campus, 60 W. Olsen Rd., Thousand Oaks. www.scandinavianfest.org

KHAY Fest 2020

The 2020 KHAY Fest returns with great country music, massive beer garden, tons of food and fun for all ages. The lineup includes Granger Smith. Apr. 11, 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Commemorative Air Force Museum at the Camarillo Airport, Camarillo. www.khayfest.com

7th Annual SoCal Special Hockey Festival

Every Spring, SNAP Sports hosts the annual SoCal Special Hockey Festival at the Ice Station Valencia. Athletes, coaches, and volunteers from across the US and Canada come together for a weekend of friendly hockey competition. Apr 25 – 26. Ice Station Valencia, 27745 Smyth Dr, Valencia. www.snaphockey.org/socalfestival

19th Annual Margarita Mix off

Presented by Soroptimist International of the Conejo. Admission gets you tickets to taste margaritas and appetizers. Beer, wine and soft drinks included. Soroptimist International of the Conejo is a non-profit organization that raises funds to help provide services for women and girls around the world. Apr. 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Los Robles Greens, 299 South Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks.

www.siconejo.org

Rotary Club 26th Annual Community Street Festival

The Rotary Club of Westlake Village and the City of Westlake Village presents the 26th Annual Community Street Festival. This family-friendly event is walking distance from First Neighborhood and County Line. More than 100 vendors show and sell a variety of goods and services, including arts and crafts, home decor, jewelry, accessories, toys, housewares, electronics, clothing, yard signs, bicycles. And it's not just about shopping! There are kids activities, all-day entertainment, classic car show, Battle of the Brews, food trucks. Apr. 26. Lakeview Canyon Road (between Agoura and Watergate Roads). www.portal.clubrunner.ca/2314/SitePage/2020-community-street-festival-april-26

SIPurbia Wine & Beer Festival

SIPurbia is where you can find craft breweries and wineries together, with food trucks and live music from every decade that will get you dancing....all for a great cause! SIPurbia features samples of craft beer and wine. Delicious food, awesome live bands/DJs, lawn games, and a variety of vendors will round out the day. There's something for everyone, so gather your friends and come have fun! All tickets include a souvenir tasting cup, samples of craft beer and wine, and live entertainment all day. Apr. 25. King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. www.sipurbia.com

March Madness Sidebar

What is March Madness? March Madness is one of the biggest and most exciting events in all of sports. The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams that compete in seven rounds for the national championship.

The NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament has been played every year since 1939. The inaugural tournament had just eight teams. In 1951, the field doubled to 16 and kept expanding until 1985, when the modern 64-team tournament began. In 2001, after the Mountain West Conference joined Division I and received an automatic bid, pushing the total teams to 65, a single game was added prior to the first round. In 2011, three more teams were added, and with them, three more games to round out the First Four.

March Madness was first used to refer to basketball by an Illinois high school official, Henry V. Porter, in 1939, but the term didn't find its way to the NCAA tournament until CBS broadcaster Brent Musburger used it during coverage of the 1982 tournament. This is now synonymous with the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live. In the 80 years since the tournament's inception, 35 different teams have won a championship, but no team has won more than UCLA, which has 11, 10 of which came from a span of 12 years from 1964 to 1975.

Go, team!


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