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Soak up sea life and suds at the Fort Bragg Whale Festival and take recreation to the limit at the Las Vegas Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival.

March 13, 2011

FORT BRAGG, CALIF.

Fort Bragg Whale Festival

When, where: March 19 and 20, various venues

Highlights: Whale-watching and microbrew tasting are the featured events, plus an art fair, guided walks, chowder tasting and a whale cruise out of Noyo Harbor. At Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, family-friendly activities await.

Cost: Most events are free; check website for details

Info: (707) 961-6300, http://www.mendowhale.com

LAS VEGAS

Extreme Thing Sports and Music Festival

When, where: March 26, Desert Breeze Skate Park

Highlights: $20; $17 in advance. A $30 package includes admission, a T-shirt and poster.

Cost: This annual event features upward of 20 alternative-music performers, as well as a pro-wrestling exhibition, a BMX "dirt jump challenge" and food and drink.

Info: http://www.extremething.com

VANCOUVER, CANADA

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

When, where: March 28-April 3, downtown Vancouver

Highlights: One of the world's biggest wine events bring together 177 vintners from 15 countries — and 25,000 attendees — for a Spain-themed to-do that includes tastings, meals, seminars and more.

Cost: Prices vary; check website for details. Proceeds benefit the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Co.

Info: http://www.playhousewinefest.com

FLORENCE, ARIZ.

Arizona Country Thunder

When, where: April 7-10,

Highlights: Headliners at this lively music festival include Toby Keith and Martina McBride. There will be a kickoff party; tented campsites available.

Cost: Prices vary; check website for details.

Info: (866) 802-6418, http://www.countrythunder.com

— Avital Binshtock

travel@latimes.com

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