|The nighttime entertainment at the Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, Calif., encourages its own mode of spirituality.|
Flower power, green living, and hot air
MAY 28-JUNE 13
Portland Rose Festival: Not surprisingly, this celebration is a week of roses. There’s a rose movie (“From One Rose’’), a rose race, a rose coronation, and a rose walk. Strangely, we’re more interested in the festival’s Starlight Parade, which seems to have very little to do with roses, but is somehow the highlight of the event schedule. The Starlight — officially called the The Portland General Electric/SOLV Starlight Parade — features floodlighted floats, glow-in-the-dark apparatuses, and handcrafted electric machines. The event draws up to 250,000 sightseers. Downtown Portland, 503-227-2681, www.rosefestival.org
SANTA ROSA, Calif.
Harmony Festival: This celebration, which aims to promote ecology, healthy living, and spirituality, is not billed as a singles’ event, but we assume that if you’re a green-friendly adult looking for love, there will be plenty of opportunities to find a soulmate during one of the weekend’s social activities. For instance, there’s the Techno-Tribal Dance event that takes place as part of “Harmony After Dark.’’ The nighttime party will have you and the crowd moving in — you guessed it — harmony to hip-hop, dancehall, and international music, all of which is performed by live musicians and DJs. There is also a beer and wine garden and the Goddess Grove, where you can find out about astrology and buy herbs. Legal herbs, of course. Passes run $30 to $159. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, www.harmonyfestival.com
Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival: This is the debut for this festival, so expect programmers to work hard to make it good enough to become an annual event. Already, organizers are advertising hands-on activities for youngsters, wine tastings for grown-ups, music, and arts and crafts in a range of mediums. They are also keeping it affordable; children age 12 and under get in for free. $5 and $8. Navy Marine Corps Stadium, www.annapolisartsandcraftsfestival.com
Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival: This three-day event is closer to home, which means that when you float above the tiny world below, you might be able to say, “I can see my house from here.’’ There will be many opportunities to get up in a balloon, but there will also be entertainment for the grounded, including live music by bands such as the Rubblebucket Orchestra, an act inspired by Bjork and Talking Heads. We recommend booking a balloon ride in advance. 802-295-7900, www.quecheeballoonfestival.com
Sept. 23 to 26
Galway Oyster Festival: If you’ve been looking for an excuse to visit, this might be it: a weekend of yummy shellfish and waterside celebrations. There are tastings, shucking competitions, and because everything is sponsored by Guinness, there should be plenty of drinks. It’s not all shellfish and beer, of course; there’s also an “elegant lady competition’’ and an oyster festival ball. 011-353-91-587992, Aras Failte, www.galwayoysterfest.com
Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online. Meredith Goldstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.