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A brew fest in Oregon, Earth Day activities in Santa Barbara and more.

April 03, 2011

PORTLAND, ORE.

Firkin Fest

When, where: April 16, Green Dragon

Highlights: Thirty of Oregon's top breweries serve their best brew, prepared cask-style. Also artisan chocolates, cheeses and meats.

Cost: $30, including eight 6-ounce pours and two food tickets.

Info: http://www.rogue.com

SANTA BARBARA

Earth Day Festival

When, where: April 16 and 17, Alameda Park

Highlights: This annual event features 250 exhibitors, the Children's Enchanted Forest, where young people are educated about environmental issues; the Green Shorts Film Festival; and the Green Car Show. Also on April 16, El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park celebrates Santa Barbara's 229th birthday.

Cost: Most events are free.

Info: http://www.sbearthday.org

ST. HELENA, CALIF.

St. Helena Art Week

When, where: April 18-22, various venues

Highlights: The charming town shows off art and wine as part of the monthlong "Napa Valley Arts in April" event. Visitors can attend a centennial birthday party, wine tastings, open galleries, a poetry reading and receptions featuring art curators.

Cost: Varies by event; some events are free.

Info: (707) 963-4456, http://www.sthelena.com or http://www.legendarynapavalley.com

BRECKENRIDGE, COLO.

Spring Fever

When, where: Through April 24, throughout Breckenridge

Highlights: Happy hours, singles' events, extended gondola hours, restaurant and lodging specials, a ski-mountaineering race (April 9), a beer festival (April 9) and, on Easter weekend, an egg hunt and the "mascot Olympics."

Cost: Varies by event; many are free

Info: (800) 789-7669, http://www.breckspringfever.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Gathering of Nations

When, where: April 28-30, University of New Mexico's Arena ("The Pit")

Highlights: The Native American powwow features 3,000 indigenous dancers and singers representing about 500 tribes, more than 30 bands and upward of 600 craftspeople selling their works. Highlights include dramatic drumming and dancing competitions and the Miss Indian World pageant.

Cost: $15 a day

Info: (505) 836-2810, http://www.gatheringofnations.com

--Avital Binshtock

travel@latimes.com

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