National Cherry Blossom Festival | Through Apr. 11
Designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences, the Festival programs can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to the Washington, DC area and fans from afar.
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Virtual Hapalua Festival | Apr. 1-30
The Hapalua is the largest half marathon in Hawaii, organized by the Honolulu Marathon Association. Run or walk 5k, 10k or the Hapalua half-marathon. You can do one, two or all three distances! We usually start on the beach in Waikiki, but this year you can start and finish your race anywhere in the world!
https://virtual.thehapalua.com

Oxford Virtual Film Festival | Apr. 1-30
The Oxford Film Festival celebrates the art of independent cinema. Through year-round programming, the festival works to encourage filmmaking in Oxford and north Mississippi as part of the global film community, while cultivating audience appreciation of cinema through screenings, workshops and educational programs that culminate in the annual festival.
www.oxfordfilmfest.com

The International Hope Music Festival | Apr. 3-4
This unique festival is one of the biggest in the world. In this event we have over 18 Artists who will perform for you, so spread the word and join this truly global event together with your international friends.
https://ladolcevita.events

Cleveland International Film Festival | Apr. 7-20
We promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community. In other words, we present the newest and best films from around the world, and we do everything in our power to make sure that our audience learns something along the way.
www.clevelandfilm.org

Seattle International Film Festival | Apr. 8-18
SIFFs mission is to create experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world. It is through the art of cinema that we foster a community that is more informed, aware, and alive.
www.siff.net

Austin International Poetry Festival | Apr. 9-10
Poets from around the world, country and all of Texas gather for four days of virtual performances, readings and workshops during the Austin International Poetry Festival. AIPF provides an inclusive, diverse, multi-generational environment welcoming the broadest possible audience of poets and non-poets alike in appreciation of the spoken and written word.
www.aipf.org

San Antonio Book Festival | Apr. 9-11
We will be using an online platform called Accelevents to run the festival, which will allow us to offer book clubs, groups of friends, and classes the opportunity to chat privately among themselves during an event. There will be also a “networking” capability to mimic the in-person festival, where attendees can meet one another and talk about which events they’re attending and enjoying.
www.sabookfestival.org

Sum of Us Virtual Festival | Apr. 9-11
The First Ever Wellness Festival for Womxn, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming Folx. Whether it’s in the form of a live fest, virtual fest, or weekly healing sessions we are still producing our mission: to evolve the womEns, trans, and GNC communities through wellness, education, and authenticity.
www.sumofusfest.com

Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival | Apr. 9-11
Underscoring the deep friendship between Seattle and Japan as it honors the renewal of life with springtime cherry blossoms, booming Taiko drums, contemporary Japanese arts and a traditional tea ceremony.
www.seattlecenter.com

BAM Festival | Apr. 10
BAM Festival, a books, art, and music convention for authors, illustrators, and performers who write for children and young adults, provides a county-wide literary experience bringing together authors, teachers, students, families and the community to share their love of books.
www.bamwpb.org

Locals Air Fest | Apr. 10-11
An online festival on IG Live! It’s about bringing locals together to celebrate art, music, food, and culture. At Locals, we value community, sustainability, and creativity! We are also giving back to the community with your help! 100% of proceeds will be donated to One Tree Planted. $1 = 1 tree planted.
www.localsfestival.com

Virtual Fay B. Kaigler Childrens Book Festival | Apr. 12-16
We are honored to celebrate Andrea Davis Pinkney as this years 2021 Southern Miss Medallion winner! We have lots of other incredible keynote and workshop offerings as well, with all sessions featuring live captioning.
www.usm.edu

Sun Valley Film Festival | Apr. 14-18
SVFF supports independent film and the magic of storytelling. It’s mission to celebrate and award filmmakers who are established and emerging has earned the Festival accolades by the film industry, film festival goers, film lovers, and filmmakers. Though things look a little different this year, it doesn’t mean the party has to end. Get cozy and get ready to stream emerging voices and inspiring visionaries right from the comfort of your own living room.
www.sunvalleyfilmfestival.org

American Youth Circus Festival | Apr. 17-18
Online activities will include workshops, social events, youth-led activities, and more. Meet other circus youth from all over, learn interesting and useful skills, discover new things, and geek out about everything circus-related!
www.americanyouthcircus.org

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books | Apr. 17-23
Since 1996, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has gathered writers, poets, artists, filmmakers, musicians and emerging storytellers. Now in its 25th year, it is the largest event of its kind in the United States.
https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Festival International de Louisiane | Apr. 21-24
We will take the 2020 Virtual Fest structure to the next level by combining live/immersive experiences in Downtown Lafayette, plus community-centered components to create an unforgettable event. Festival International will once again put the talent of Lafayette onto a global virtual stage combined with some of the finest talent from around the world, while also sharing memories of past festivals.
www.festivalinternational.org

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival | Apr. 22-24
Three days dedicated to stepping into climate leadership. Join in on conversations with climate leaders, get into the groove with musical performances and art contests, build community and connect with eco-minded exhibitors, and learn how you can lean into climate action at this urgent moment.
www.sbearthday.org

FitnessFest | Apr. 22-25
Workouts and training from top notch industry leaders. Recordings available post event. Workshops and seminars on active aging. Marketing strategies and business tips that work. Holistic nutrition and cutting-edge therapies for optimal wellness. Best practices for virtual workouts. Inspiring and motivating keynotes. Network and mingle with your peers online. And so much more!
www.fitnessfest.org/2021conference

Living Earth Virtual Festival | Apr. 23-26
In celebration of Earth Day, the National Museum of the American Indian’s annual Living Earth Festival will be available on demand over four days. Living Earth brings together Native innovators and practitioners dedicated to using Indigenous knowledge to protect and sustain the environment. Through cooking demonstrations, conversations and film screenings, this year’s festival explores agriculture trends, innovations and sustainability in Indigenous communities and Native-owned businesses.
www.si.edu

5th Ave Arts Festival | Apr. 24-May 3
A celebration of the rich cultural Heritage of a Historic African American Community, using the arts and other activities. This year will be virtual event and all vendor and artist “booths” will be free. The festival began in the summer of 1979 when group University of Florida students and community residents joined together to organize an event to share and promote the rich cultural history of the Fifth Avenue/Seminary Lane community.
www.culturalartscoalition.org

Micheaux Film Festival | Apr. 26-May 2
A multicultural film festival that showcases and celebrates diverse representation in the entertainment landscape, while cultivating a community that gives artists an opportunity to tell their unique stories. In addition to the screening content, filmmakers and attendees had access to networking mixers, Q&A panels, and several Master Class workshops.
www.filmfreeway.com/TheMicheauxFilmFestival

Take Back The Night Global Virtual Event | Apr. 29
Survivor stories, poetry, authors, activists, and special guests! The Take Back the Night Foundations mission as a charitable 501(c)(3) Foundation is to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence. We serve to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and initiatives.
www.takebackthenight.org

Phillys All City Jazz Festival | Apr. 30
An all-day virtual event, featuring student performances and Masterclasses led by Philly POPS and Philly POPS Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia artists. Students, parents, and the public will be invited to tune into the virtual performances. The program includes the All-City Jazz Showcase, presenting the most accomplished jazz students of the School District of Philadelphia.
www.phillypops.org

OhioDance Virtual Festival | Apr. 30-May 2
Rebuilding Legacy: Inclusivity and Equity in dance. Guest artist will be Los Angeles Choreographer, James Gregg. Throughout the weekend there will be performances, films, dance sessions and demonstrations.
www.artsinohio.com

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Nevermore Virtual Film Festival | Feb. 26-Mar. 4
For the 22nd year, Carolina Theatre of Durham is presenting the Nevermore Film Festival, a juried competition festival that presents brand-new feature and short films with an emphasis on horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, animation, and mystery/thrillers from around the world.
www.carolinatheatre.org

Southwest Florida Reading Festival | Mar. 1-13
This free annual Festival incites a passion for reading. Renew your interest in reading as the Festival authors are announced. Hear an author speak at the Festival and get inspired to borrow or buy the book, maybe even to write one of your own!
www.readfest.org

Climate Action Film Festival | Mar. 2-12
Brings together activists, filmmakers, and communities to witness and celebrate stories of climate action. CAFF’s mission is to amplify voices and inspire further action in addressing the climate crisis, locally and beyond.
www.suncommon.com

Las Cruces International Film Festival | Mar. 3-7
Presented by New Mexico State University and Visit Las Cruces. With over 100 fantastic movies, this year’s festival will be one of our best. We have partnered with Film Festival Flix, one of the leading film festival virtual channels.
www.lascrucesfilmfest.com

Winter Party Festival | Mar. 4-6
An annual, week-long celebration of music, dance, and community, produced to raise critical funds for the LGBTQ community. In 2021 we present an exclusive virtual experience!
www.winterparty.com

Oregon Chocolate Festival | Mar. 5
Online fun and educational demonstrations, exciting chocolate pairings with wine, cheese and beer, seminars and chocolate production behind the scenes.
www.oregonchocolatefestival.com

Sanibel Shell Festival | Mar. 5-6
It will be a blast with educational and entertaining videos, a shell photo contest, DIY shell projects, door prizes and more! With lots of social media exposure, we think it will attract a global audience of fellow shell enthusiasts like yourselves.
www.sanibelshellclub.com

Festival of the Arts Boca | Mar. 5-14
We are still bringing to you some of the worlds finest performers and artists, authors and thinkers, but this year all events are virtual, and all events are free!
www.festivalboca.org

24 Hour Virtual Theatre Festival | Mar. 6
This is a unique theatre event where short plays are student conceived, written, directed, cast, staged and performed all within an 18 hour time frame.
www.nphstheatre.org

North Texas Irish Festival | Mar. 6
Special events will include 6 concurrent livestreams of music, dancing, storytelling, cooking, dogs, horses and more. Plus, a live all-day broadcast of music and bands from Ireland.
www.ntif.org

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts | Mar. 6-7
The virtual festival will be hosted utilizing the interactive online tool, Eventeny. This platform will allow participants to view a live stream of entertainment throughout the weekend and let juried artists showcase their work to the public via online booths. We are also planning to offer other virtual components such as children’s activities, art demonstrations, and more.
www.gasparillaarts.com

Tucson Festival of Books | Mar. 6-7
The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. Proceeds that remain after festival expenses have been paid are contributed to local literacy programs.
www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

World Vibe Festival | Mar. 6-8
Global music and art festival. Connect with artists from around the world in shared moments of art, music, and community.
https://worldvibefest.com

The Rising Festival | Mar. 6-10
The festival will be virtual, supporting women to find their balance, wellness and full potential amidst the challenges of living through a global pandemic. Celebrating the 2021 International Women’s Day theme of #ChooseToChallenge, the Festival brings inspiring, globally renowned speakers, a multi-day mentorship program, engaging workshops and a masterclass series direct to your device.
www.therisingnetwork.com

Mozilla Festival | Mar. 7
MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.
www.mozillafestival.org/en

International Yoga Festival | Mar. 7-13
IYF’s program includes over 70 hours of Yoga classes from world class Yoga teachers, plus evening discussions with some of India’s leading spiritual leaders.
www.internationalyogafestival.org

The Envision Film Festival | Mar. 11-12
Honors aspiring filmmakers whose visual storytelling explores the range of human experience with hopeful vision, artistry, truthfulness and integrity.
www.envisionfilmfestival.com

Forward Festival Munich | Mar. 12-13
Forward Festival 2021 is all about the transformation of society through digitization in the creative scene. It raises questions about the virtualization of our lives and our work, especially during the “new normal”. Forward Festival wants to be an eye opener to the striking aspects of digitization applied to design, creativity and communication.
https://forward-festival.com/munich

BreathLyfe Festival: Virtual Multistyle Yoga Festival | Mar. 12-15
In the 3-day workshops and seminars, you have the opportunity to embrace the vivid style of yoga, to explore life through yogic lifestyle and uncover the secrets of how to do yoga business online and to deliver your knowledge in a proper way. The festival has unique content that covers not only topics related to yoga but also Ayurveda and yogic cooking.

Irish Festival Seattle | Mar. 13-14
Highlighting the Irish heritage of the Pacific Northwest with traditional music, step-dancing, art exhibits, genealogy workshops and Celtic handcrafts.
www.seattlecenter.com

Virginia Festival of the Book | Mar. 13-26
A program of Virginia Humanities, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture every March.
www.vabook.org

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art | Mar. 15-31
The Festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber-glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood, along with a special category for Emerging Artists.
www.wpsaf.org

SXSW Music Film Interactive | Mar. 16-21
SXSW Festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Film, Music, and Comedy with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases. Includes keynotes, Conference sessions, Music Festival showcases, Film Festival screenings, world-class networking, and the unexpected discoveries that are always a part of SXSW.
www.sxsw.com

Environmentalist Film Festival | Mar. 18-28
The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital (DCEFF) is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films since 1993.
www.dceff.org

Doko Virtual Film Fest | Mar. 20-21
High school age film makers, from the across the USA and Beyond, stimulating and entertaining a live audience with their visual story telling art. Its a place where the film makers interact with the audience and other film makers to explain their films, to receive reaction and comment on their work. At the end of the Film Fest, awards will go to the best film in each film category as well as the best Doko Film Fest film.
www.dokofilmfest.com

National Cherry Blossom Festival | Mar. 20-Apr. 11
Designed to incorporate both virtual and personal experiences, the Festival programs can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors to the Washington, DC area and fans from afar.
www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

Festival of Marketing | Mar. 23-25
Over three days, you will hear from some of the most innovative marketing organizations and insightful marketing thought leaders. Expect a mix of provocative, practical and punchy sessions that will provide practical guidance on everyday challenges.
www.festivalofmarketing.com

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Sundance Film Festival | Jan. 28-Feb. 3
Despite the challenges this year has brought, nothing could stop us from celebrating independent film, visionary artists, unique perspectives, and you, our adventurous audiences. So, for the first time ever, we are bringing the festival to you-both online and in the real world across the US and beyond.
https://festival.sundance.org

Goteborg Film Festival | Jan. 29-Feb. 8
The largest film festival in the Nordic countries. Each year the festival’s program group travels around the world to track down choice films to bring back to Goteborg. During the eleven-day festival, there will still be a great banquet serving audiences nearly 50 films with premiere screenings every night.
https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en

Art Festival Beth-El Virtual Show | Jan. 30-Feb. 7
An invitational, judged, indoor and outdoor exhibit and sale of original artwork including painting, photography, mixed media, glass, sculpture, metal, wood, ceramics, and jewelry.
www.artfestivalbethel.com

Hoggetowne Medieval Festival | Jan. 30-31 & Feb. 6-7
Guests can safely shop the medieval marketplace, watch performances and demonstrations, play along in the interactive quest, and engage with characters during live shows.
https://hoggetownefaire.weebly.com

SCAD aTVfest | Feb. 4-6
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s annual TV festival is going entirely virtual for its next edition, with screenings, panels, awards, and more. SCAD aTVfest is the longest running of the SCADFILM festivals and an international event celebrating the latest in design, creativity, and innovation in tv and media.
www.atvfest.com

Mountainfilm Documentary Film Festival | Feb. 4-7
Spruce Peak Arts in Stowe, VT will host a virtual screening of Mountainfilm on Tour with an inspiring program of films that explore themes connected to Mountainfilm’s mission of using the power of film, art and ideas to inspire a better world.
www.mountainfilm.org

ArtFest Fort Myers | Feb. 6-7
Our virtual show will run alongside our regular show. You can now also shop from our artists from our website from the comfort of your home. Whether you’re a new or experienced art lover, you’ll find something wonderful to add to your personal collection.
www.artfestfortmyers.com

Pop Up Video Virtual Film Festival | Feb. 7
A virtual short film fest hosted in Columbus, GA. PUVFF aims to support, highlight, and celebrate filmmakers from the local to the international short film scene. We cater to the budding filmmaker. These talented folks deserve a platform to tell their stories and a connection to our indigenous local and regional film industry community.
www.popuptowncolumbus.com

Orchestra Week | Feb. 7-13
Luther College Music Department Online Orchestra. We will feature a series of videos on our YouTube channel to highlight the string opportunities available at Luther College in Iowa.
www.luther.edu

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival | Feb. 10-15
The Festival features festival films, panels, and our signature event THE MARATHON. All films will be in high quality HD. The Marathon runs for 24 straight hours. Think of it as the original binge view. It’s been happening for 46 years. It starts at noon on Sunday Feb 14 and ends 24 hours later.
www.bostonscifi.com

Aspen Music Festival and School | Feb. 11-12, 18 & 25
One of the top classical music festivals in the United States, noted both for its concert programming and its musical training of mostly young-adult music students.
www.aspenmusicfestival.com

Tet in Seattle | Feb. 12-14
Inviting the community to a celebration of the lunar new year with lion dances, firecrackers, martial arts, dance and visual arts.
www.seattlecenter.com

Slamdance Film Festival | Feb. 12-25
Slamdance will screen 25 features and 107 shorts and episodics in a hybrid event. All films, Q&As, and panels will be available online, while drive-in screenings will be held in Joshua Tree and Los Angeles. It will also launch a new program, Unstoppable, a showcase for creators with disabilities.
www.slamdance.com

Beyond the Science Bazaar | Feb. 13
Our theme this year is “Discovery and Exploration”. Be prepared to listen, watch, build, draw, experiment, share, laugh and think. Meet our staff and students and learn new things – enjoying ‘science’ in the widest possible sense. This FREE event will be packed with exciting activities offering something for everyone.
www.brookes.ac.uk

Pan African Film Festival | Feb. 14-28
It is PAFFs goal to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images and help destroy negative stereotypes. We believe film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
https://signup.pafftv.com

Light of Day Canada 12 Virtual Festival | Feb. 19-20
2-day virtual festival that will feature great music, Parkinson’s and Cancer awareness, celebrity shout-outs and more! Light of Day Canada is committed to raising money through various events to distribute to Parkinson’s organization that support Parkinson’s research and care for Parkinson’s victims and families.
www.lightofdaycanada.com

Vancouver Int’l Mountain Film Festival | Feb. 19-28
Watch 45+ films about climbing, snow sports, the environment, mountain culture and adventure, and more! Join us to be inspired, entertained and connect virtually with our outdoor community.
www.vimff.org

FIVARS | Feb. 19-Mar. 2
Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories. Showcases an expertly curated selection of immersive experiences from around the world, featuring many North American and World premieres. If you love movies, short films, animation, documentaries, culture, theatre, and the arts, or the strange and esoteric, you can now experience them in 4k resolution via your desktop web browser.
www.fivars.net

Iyengar Yoga Festival Miami | Feb. 20-21
Join our community for a virtual Iyengar Yoga experience. Eleven Teachers over two days. An amazing opportunity to connect and practice from the comfort of your home.
www.iyengaryogafestivalmiami.com

Riverside Dickens Festival | Feb. 20-21
We are going virtual this year! Celebrating the life and works of author Charles Dickens and his impact on society, our Dickens Fest is the brainchild of a small group of people who wanted to promote the cultural arts.
www.dickensfest.com

Soul Long Beach Yoga Festival | Feb. 20-21
Join us for a magical day exploring different types of yoga, calming meditation, Holistic healing, spoken word, spiritual music and so much more! This experience is for the beginning practitioner to the seasoned yogi.
www.soullongbeachyogafestival.com

LASP Virtual Guitar Festival and Competition | Feb. 20 & 27
The Latino Arts Strings Program is delighted to invite classical guitarists of all ages and enthusiasts of classical guitar music to the 8th Annual Latino Arts Strings Program (LASP) Guitar Festival and Youth Competition. Latino Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to bringing cultural awareness, artistic educational experiences, and high-quality programming to the Greater Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin community, featuring Hispanic artists from throughout the world.
www.latinoartsinc.org

Big Feb Fest | Feb. 21
A day-long virtual concert with a lineup of 26 bands from the United States, Chile, South Africa, and Norway on the Big Leap Collective Twitch channel, featuring very special guests Nelward, Paria, and Foxtails Brigade.
http://bit.ly/bigfebfest

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival | Feb. 25-27
Music enthusiasts will have the opportunity to attend artist and educational workshops, perform and receive feedback from world-class artist educators, and view phenomenal concerts featuring live performances of present jazz stars and archival footage of past greats including Hamp himself.
www.uidaho.edu/class/jazzfest

Boolarra Folk Festival | Feb. 27
The format for the 2021 festival will stream live with selected musicians who have performed over the last 18 years, hosted by a special and well-known presenter. We look forward to using innovative ways to promote the market stall holders and community groups that have made been a major part of previous festivals.
www.boolarrafolkfestival.com.au

Los Angeles A Cappella Festival | Feb. 27-28
LAAF assembles some of the best performers in a cappella for educational classes, networking, scholastic competition, a professional showcase, and the live presentation of the A Cappella Video Awards. It brings together top industry professionals, scholastic a cappella groups, and fans in a unique celebration of the vocal arts.
www.casa.org/laaf

Bowers Museum Virtual Chinese New Year Festival | Feb. 28
Featuring performers, artmaking, and food recipes! Celebrate the year of the Ox with music, art, and dance. Live streamed on Facebook.
www.bowers.org

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • Wide mouth glass vase: I use 6″ x 6″ cylinders as I like to put multiple bulbs into a single container. I enjoy using glass as I find it fascinating to watch the roots grow, but as long as it holds water, you can pretty much use anything.
  • Any of the following, according to your preference: pea gravel, sea glass, glass gemstones, marbles, or even something that you already have on hand. You can find these items in The Dollar Store, 99 Cents Only Store, craft stores or garden centers.
  • Paperwhite bulbs: I used 7 bulbs in each cylinder vase, for a total of 14 bulbs. I purchased them prepackaged for the first time this year, but I don’t think I’ll do this again as the bulbs were all different sizes and one of them was dried out. Usually, I purchase them from a bulk bin so I can pick bulbs of similar size, check for firmness and confirm that they haven’t been damaged. I’ve purchased them in the past at Walter Anderson’s, Grounded: Modern Furniture and Gifts, Mission Hills Nursery and Armstrong Nurseries. They’re approximately $1.50-$1.75 per bulb.
  • Water
  • Vodka or gin: No, we’re not having cocktails! I got my bottle of vodka on sale at Von’s and will be able to use this bottle for years as we don’t drink vodka. You can’t use beer or wine as the plants don’t like sugar – they only like the hard stuff.
  • Scissors or paring knife
  • Festive ribbon: This one is optional, but I think ribbon always looks pretty wrapped around the vase! I decided to keep it simple this year, so no ribbon.

PROCESS

Clean your glass vessel. Mine always get a little dusty sitting on the shelf. Once your vessel is clean, place clean pea gravel inside of it. There’s really no wrong way to do this. I fill my containers to just slightly over halfway to give the bulbs plenty of room to spread their roots, but I’ve also seen people put just a few rocks in the bottom. 

Next, carefully scrape the old roots off the bottom of the bulbs with the edge of a knife or scissors. I did this over the garbage disposal so that I could just shred the stuff later. Scraping the bottom is a new trick I learned this year from one of the staff at Grounded in Encinitas. I tested it on one of the bulbs and it had roots starting the very next day! I was shocked. It would have taken up to a week the way I used to do it. In the past, I’ve even had bulbs that haven’t sprouted at all.

Before scraping the roots

After scraping the roots

Now, fill the container with water until it just covers the pebbles and place the root side (rounded side) down on top of the rocks. I stuff them tightly into the vase and make sure all of the bottoms touch the water. The spout protruding from the top of the bulb will eventually straighten as it starts to grow.

In approximately one week, carefully dump the water from the container and begin watering the bulbs with a mixture of one-part vodka or gin to seven-parts water. Again, just water to where it covers the pebbles. (I would NOT feed the vodka mixture to your other houseplants.) The vodka is to stop the paperwhites from becoming lanky. Instead of a height of 30 inches where they’ll flop over, the vodka will help them stop at a height of around 16 inches. I learned this awesome tip from the Grumpy Gardner (Steve Bender) of Southern Living Magazine. Side note: Steve Bender is hilarious when it comes to all things gardening! I love reading his articles. Google him if you are looking for a giggle (and who doesn’t need a good giggle these days?)

In four to six weeks, you’ll have an amazing show of the most intoxicating scented blossoms! I’ve been told the bulbs won’t rebloom once they’ve been forced. I’ve never questioned this wisdom; thus, I have never tried planting them after they’ve been forced. My garden just isn’t large enough to experiment so instead they go into the green bin after they’re done blooming. Then I wash the rocks and place them in a sealed container so I don’t have to wash them again next year!

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PUBLIC EVENTS

Botanic Wonderland at Botanical Garden | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas
Enjoy a dazzling evening in nature with Holiday Nights in the Garden throughout December. Highlights include lighted animal displays, laser lighting and fire pits. Open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2-6, 9-13. 16-23 and 26-30. Reservations required and ticket prices range from $7 to $18. www.sdbgarden.org/botanicwonderland.htm  

Enchanted Village: A Drive-Thru Holiday Experience | 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley
The Noah Homes’ Enchanted Village: A Drive-Thru Holiday Experience puts guests in the driver’s seat for holiday cheer. Experience interactive displays and a drive-through lighted tunnel featuring over 100,00 lights. You can even get your picture taken (from a safe distance) with St. Nick. $65 per car. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18-23.
www.enchantedvillage.org

Holidays at Legoland California Resort | One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad
Marvel at a 30-foot Christmas tree made out of Legos, and decorated in hundreds of Lego ornaments, which will come to life each evening during a Holiday Light Show synced to music. Snap photos in front of a life-size model of Lego Santa, build Lego reindeer and holiday ornaments, and participate in socially-distanced meet and greets with characters like Santa, the Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man. Tickets are required and must be purchased online. Happening Nov. 20-29; Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-31; Jan. 1-10, 2021.
www.legoland.com/california/things-to-do/seasonal-events/holidays-at-legoland

Holidays In Your Car in Del Mar | 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar
Head to Del Mar Fairgrounds for a large-scale, drive-through holiday light experience. The family-friendly show features more than one million LED lights, as well as holograms and projection mapping animated to holiday music. Tickets are only available to buy online for $45 (car with up to four people) or $64 (cars with five or more people) with a 45-minute time slot between 5 and 9 p.m.
www.holidaysinyourcar.com

Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park | 100 Park Boulevard, East Village
Peruse a one-way, socially-distanced trail at Petco Park’s Gallagher Square and enjoy local and European-themed artisan shops, lighting displays, seasonal characters, food and drinks and unique gifts at the Holiday Market & Trail at Petco Park. Dec. 3- 6 and Dec. 9-23.
www.padres.com/holiday

Northern Lights in Escondido | 340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido
California Center for the Arts, Escondido invites guests to a self-guided tour of its outdoor venue decked out in lights, blow-up figurines and large LED Christmas trees. The non-ticketed public event is free. Open through Jan. 3, 2021.
www.artcenter.org/northern-lights-2020/

Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour | 4010 Twiggs Street, Old Town
A safe way to see some of San Diego’s seasonal sights? The Old Town Trolley’s Holiday Lights and Sights Tour takes guests on a tour of festive lights throughout Old Town, Embarcadero, Seaport Village, Balboa Park and more, while conductors share fun holiday facts and traditions. Dec. 3-24 and Dec. 26-30. www.trolleytours.com

NEIGHBORHOOD HAPPENINGS

Bankers Hill
The holidays are lit at the Forward House in Bankers Hill, where homeowner John Olbrich has been decorating his home and de-lighting the neighborhood since 1998. Lights are displayed from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through New Year’s. Located at First and Ivy in Bankers Hill.

Clairemont
Jamar Drive, Jamar Court, Lana Lane and Lana Drive have decorated for the holiday season. This semi-circular route off Mt Abernathy Drive behind Madison High School is consistently rated as one of the best Christmas displays in San Diego County.

El Cajon
“Jingle Bell Hill,” also known as “Pepper Drive Lights,” is El Cajon’s own winter wonderland. West entrance is at Pepper and Rockview drives and east entrance is at Pepper and Lindenwood drives.

Lakeside
Take the Riverford exit on Highway 67 to “Tinsel Town,” where more than 20 homes on Paseo Palmas Drive participate. Cross streets are Palm Row and Paseo Palmas.

Mission Hills
Santa’s elves have placed a special mailbox where kids can drop off their Christmas wish lists and have them sent to the North Pole. Bring letters to 2163 Guy Street between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Saturday through Christmas. Families can also see lights and take pictures with elves.

Poway
Hickory Street turns into “Candy Cane Lane” for the holidays. Most lights stay up until Christmas, and some continue to shine until New Year’s Day.

Rancho Penasquitos
“Christmas Card Lane” on Oviedo Street is a beloved North County spot. More than 200 houses participate in the festivities.

Santee
“Starlight Circle” is located at East and West Glendon Circle.

Tierrasanta
Since 2006, Randy and Brandon Schimka have hosted a holiday lights display (synchronized to music on FM 106.1) at their home at 5306 Belardo Dr. in Tierrasanta. Lights will display from Nov. 28 through Dec. 27.

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