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 ongoing 20th annual Botanical Art Exhibition on display, a variety of programs and classes are offered at the historic country estate.



Electronic Music Festival

April 13-15
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

April 14
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 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

April 20-22
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

April 20-22
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

April 27-28
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 facilities vast gardens that feature towering trees, rose-covered arbors, a breathtaking waterfall, and garden sculptures from Zimbabwe.