Apr 01-30, 2015

Arts in April

This fifth-annual celebration of the arts in Napa Valley features concerts, exhibitions, tastings, tours and other events just about every day of the month at many wineries and venues throughout the region. visitnapavalley.com/artsinapril

Apr 11-12, 2015

Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival

This celebration of Japanese culture, now in its 48th year, brings dancing, singing, martial arts and traditional and non-traditional Japanese delicacies to one of the country’s three remaining Japantowns. 415.563.2313, sfcherryblossoms.org

Apr 23 - May 07, 2015

San Francisco International Film Festival

The longest running film festival in the Americas returns to San Francisco. Now in its 58th year, the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) features around 175 films from more than 50 countries screening at theaters all around town, including the Kabuki, Castro, Clay and Roxie theaters. Nearly 100 filmmakers will be visiting, among them Guillermo del Toro and Richard Gere, who will both participate in on-stage conversations exploring their respective careers.

Mar 29, 2015

The Deering Estate Seafood Festival

On Sunday, March 29th the 11th Annual Deering Seafood Festival begins at 10am to 6pm and offers up some of the best seafood alongside wholesome family fun. Restaurants and caterers are bringing their most pristine seafood, cooking demonstrations will be available for those that want to learn, live music throughout the festival and so much more. All day entertainment at the Deering Seafood Festival is exactly what you’ve been looking for. 

16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, 305.235.1668

Apr 10-11, 2015

Folly Beach Sea & Sand Festival

Marking its 25th year, this is Folly's biggest family-friendly folly: It includes live music on two stages, a kids zone with jump castles, carnival games, a silent auction, art and food vendors, a full-day street party and a 5K run/walk/skate in which entrants are encouraged to dress like pirates, all starting at 8 am Saturday.

Apr 11, 2015

Cassandra Wilson

Incredibly talented, versatile jazz musician and singer puts her own spin on vintage blues, folk and country, and her technique has won her two Grammys. Wilson takes the stage at Berklee Performance Center to perform “Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday.” $28-48. 8 pm. 136 Massachusetts Ave., 617.876.4275

Mar 06 - Apr 05, 2015

The Colored Museum

Boston University’s professional Huntington Theater Company produces both classic and new works under the tutelage of artistic director Peter DuBois. Catch George C. Wolfe's electric comedy and skew on black culture in America. Directed by Billy Porter. $15-83. Boston University Theater, 264 Huntington Ave., 617.266.0800

Mar 14-15, 2015

Growing in the Right Direction

Volcom, Ron Jon Surf Shop and Keep Brevard Beautiful will be planting ever-so-important sea oats on the dune line of the Atlantic Ocean this weekend during Ron Jon Beach 'N Boards Fest/WSL Ron Jon Vans Junior Pro. Spectators are invited to work alongside athletes of the event to plant over 500 pre-sprouted sea oats from 1-2 pm. 200 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway. http://www.volcom.com/events/growing-in-the-right-direction

Apr 21 - Aug 09, 2015

Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition

The landmark Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston fosters contemporary artists working in multidisciplinary forms. Opening this month, "Meleko Mokgosi: Democratic Intuition" features new work from the New York-based artist and Botswana native, which he created especially for this exhibition. Work explores what "democracy" means, particularly in Southern Africa. Open Tu-W and Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm, Th-F 10 am-9 pm. Admission: $10-15, free ages 17 and under and to all Th 5-9 pm. 100 Northern Ave., 617.478.3100, www.icaboston.org

Feb 02 - Oct 25, 2015

Literary Landscapes: Maps From Fiction

Boston Public Library's Leventhal Map Center is amon the nation's top 10 of its kind, and now visitors get to enjoy some of its incredible holdings. This exhibit offers nods to pop culture and the art of creating fictional geographies. More than 40 items fill display cases, visually demonstrating well imagined place locations: some out of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, maps of Peter Pan's Neverland, and even one of Panem from "The Hunger Games." Free. 700 Boylston St., 617.536.5400