Boat cruises exploring the local coast and port complex will be available during the weekend for an additional cost.
When: April 30-May 1 Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach Information: 562-590-3100, Valley Days Down-home, country-flavored fun marks the 60th annual event, which celebrates the region’s Western heritage and community involvement.
This year’s honorees include Cate Blanchett and her “Carol” co-star Rooney Mara, Matt Damon (“The Martian”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”), Brie Larson (“Room”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”). Sign language interpreters will be available during major shows, and an audio tour will be available for those who are blind. 30-31 Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach Information: 562-590-3100, New Year Festival Ring in the Chinese New Year with a giant celebration that includes entertainment, food and family activities to enjoy along seven blocks in downtown Monterey Park. Kaylee Finnegan, a world champion Scottish Highland dancer, will be among the performers. 13-14 Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach Information: Wine Classic Masters of winemaking from the likes of Ahnfeldt, Beckmen Vineyards, Tablas Creek and many others will be pouring nearly 100 classic California selections that will be paired with gourmet bites prepared by chefs from several top Santa Barbara restaurants during this fifth annual event. 20 Where: The Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, 633 E.
This year, music will be performed on two stages by local and regional performers, and attendees can participate in workshops that include guitar, banjo, ukulele, dulcimer, singing and harmonica.
Save your appetite for the Grande Tasting, an all-inclusive tasting experience with internationally acclaimed chefs who will be doing cooking demonstrations.
A Best of Fest Awards presentation rounds out the menu. Grand Ave., Los Angeles Information: Help Fest With more than 15 acts on the bill — including A Day to Remember, Underoath, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far and August Burns Red — it promises to be a day packed with music.
Other activities include a marketplace and pub crawl. When: Saturdays and Sundays, April 2 through May 15 Where: Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 Arrow Highway, Irwindale Information: 626-969-4750, International Children’s Day Not limited to a single day, this festival for kids celebrates the talents of children of all cultures, with performances by West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Persian dancers.
Also featured, a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations.
Evening highlights include concerts on the main stage and the “balloon glow.” When: May 20-22 Where: Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Road, Winchester Information: 951-676-6713, Strawberry Festival It’s a strawberry jubilee with more than 50 food booths offering strawberry everything — kebabs, nachos, pizza, flan, funnel cake, cotton candy, beer and margaritas. When: May 21-22 Where: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 S.