Music of various genres awaits visitors to the 20th annual Homegrown Music Festival, April 28-May 5. Dozens of performers will appear at various venues, including World Beat Drummers, Black River Revue, the Langertsons and Superior Siren. Visitors can also check out a photography exhibit, a music video festival and a poetry showcase. Tickets are $10-$30. Advance tickets are available at the Electric Fetus in Duluth (1-218-722-9970). Details at duluthhomegrown.org.
Now that the snow has melted and spring has sprung, you may want to hit the water. Paddlers can put in their kayaks, canoes, rafts and boards or watch others take to the water during the 13th annual Kettle River Paddle Festival May 3-5 (high-water makeup date: May 18-19). The festival’s highlight is a race on the river from Banning State Park to Robinson Park. All visitors are invited to check out demonstrations on the river, clinics, hiking and much more (kettleriverpaddlefest.com).
Amana colonies, Iowa
A parade, maipole dancing and other cultural activities will highlight Maifest, an annual celebration of German spring traditions, May 4-5. The family-friendly festival features a weekend of fun including the ever-popular parade (10 a.m. Sat.) in Amana, followed by a foosd truck festival. On Sunday visitors can stroll and sample more food, plus beer and wine and experience craft demonstrations, art and other activities throughout the historic village and surrounding area. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. (amanacolonies.com/event/maifest).
Colleen A. Coles