We’re filling our Spring calendar with a slew of fun events: Florence Griswold Museum’s Winter Studies Series: How to “Read” a Film -– A Study of Directors, 4/13 Join Dr. Mark J. Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs, Yale College Former Lecturer in English for the second series of lectures on “How to Read a Film,”. Film fans of all stripes will be able to deepen their enjoyment and understanding of film as they view ten classic movies of the 1940s and 1950s by three great Hollywood directors. Pirate Days at Mystic Seaport, 4/17 & 4/18: Head to Mystic Seaport for a day of family fun, kid-friendly pirates and high spirited activities. Decipher clues on a treasure map to find concealed pirates and the final hidden treasure. Learn how pirates of old navigated the open seas at the High Seas Planetarium Show and create your own pirate souvenir to take home (best for ages 4-10). Guilford Art Center Designers Circus, 4/19 – 4/21: Designers Circus is an “under the radar” sale, featuring new boutique women’s clothing at wholesale prices that are 50-90% below regular retail prices. Shoppers will find creative fashions and accessories from over 70 domestic and international craftswomen and small-scale designers. For the Love of Music: CMS’s 35th Anniversary Gala Cocktail jazz and an exquisite dinner show performed by CMS faculty. Gourmet food, dancing, silent auction, fine wines and more all to benefit the Community Music School. 45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival in New Haven, 4/22 This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. The Festival has grown from a modest event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven all-afternoon event that draws well over 10,000 visitors. The Devon Allman Project with Special Guest Duane Betts at The Kate, 4/17 Get tickets for an evening of authentic southern rock performed live by both Gregg Allman and Dickey Bett’s sons, Devon Allman and Duane Betts. Crowns at Long Wharf Theater, 4/18-5/13 Reserve your seats for a musical celebration that weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. Mystic Aquarium Earth Day Event, 4/19 Be one of one billion+ caring people around the world who celebrate the planet Earth in April. Head to Mystic Aquarium’s annual “Party for the Planet!” Visit with environmentally-minded scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and games throughout the day and learn how to reduce your personal impact. Lyman Allyn Prohibition Bash Gala, 4/21 Get all gussied up and celebrate in 1920’s style! Dine, drink, bid, and play at this year’s highly anticipated Prohibition-themed Gala. Enjoy cocktails, silent and live auctions, followed by a seated dinner in Chappell Gallery. CT Gluten Free Expo, 4/22 Don’t miss this year’s Expo at a new and bigger venue – the Dome at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. Peruse 70 vendors, a nut-free area, speakers, demos and allergy testing on site. Local vendors, national brands, and four food trucks. Daffodil Day at the Wadsworth Mansion, 4/22: A plethora of daffodils will be in bloom for this annual celebration of spring. Activities include live music, a guided walk around the mansion grounds, fun with bubbles and much more. Food trucks on hand for snacks and lunch. Bright Star: By Steve Martin & Edie Brickell at The Shubert, 4/26-29 This original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ‘40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances 37th Annual Fine Art & Flowers at Wadsworth Atheneum, 4/27 – 29 Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth Atheneum’s with florists, garden clubs, and interior designers from across New England create floral arrangements and garden designs inspired by masterworks from the museum’s collection to display during this fundraising event. Beers and Ales Tavern Night at The Lay House, 4/27 With gourmet historic food, drink tastings, music, and games, the museum will invite visitors into the Museum’s Lay House property as it is turned into a historic tavern for a lively evening. Celebrate East Haddam, 4/28 Formerly known as Taste of East Haddam, this favorite spring event in Heritage Park will host local businesses, restaurants, organizations, food trucks and more. Live music, too! Simsbury Flea & Smorgasbord, 4/28: Find antiques, arts & crafts, jewelry, home decor, food trucks and live music at this mammoth market at Simsbury Meadows. Fashion Stroll Scholarship Fundraiser, 5/3: On the sidewalks and in the stores in downtown Madison, catch models wearing the latest Spring fashions & accessories. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine plus silent auction items all to benefit the Chamber’s scholarship program. Run the Gauntlet 5K Obstacle Race, 5/6: 15 – 20 man-made and natural obstacles to overcome at New Haven’s East Rock Park, plus a post-race party with refreshments and live entertainment. May Market at Hill-Stead Museum, 5/5 & 5/6: The museum celebrates the arrival of Spring with its signature home, garden and gourmet benefit event featuring more than 64 artisan exhibitors and specialty plant vendors, plus a Museum Open House. Child & Family Agency’s 64th Annual Sale, 5/10 – 5 /12 Find jewelry, furniture, linens, toys, sporting goods, clothes and more at this “whale of a sale” to benefit children’s needs in New London, Middlesex and Eastern New Haven counties. Buy a treasure, help a child! Indigo Girls at The Garde, 5/11: Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Indigo Girls at The Garde. Kick Off Summer Party at Stonington Vineyards, 5/19 & 5/20: Wine tastings, DJ Joey G spinning tunes, plus oysters, food trucks and more. Tour de Lyme! 5/20: Sign up for a lovely ride through the rolling countryside of Lyme to benefit the Lyme Land Conservation Trust. Routes available for all levels of riders (including a family ride) and mountain bike or road bike routes. Relax at Ashlawn Farm and enjoy a variety of options from vegan to brats from food trucks. Art and the New England Farm, 5/11 – 9/16 Paintings, drawings, and photographs from public and private collections trace the challenges of farming in New England, with its rocky soil, and the pastoral landscapes crafted through intense labor. The more recent revival of farming, with the enthusiasm for organic produce and farm-to-table cooking, will close the exhibition, with the inclusion of works by contemporary artists and photographers, including artist Judy Friday’s project on a year in the life of Lyme’s Tiffany Farm. Mohegan Sun Brew Fest, 6/2 & 6/3 Get fired up for some finger-lickin’ fun during Sun BBQFest. Savor the flavors of the best barbeque around with festivities featuring live music, Sam Adams and Tito’s Vodka draft trailers, barbeque battles and so much more you can sink your teeth into. Antiques & Appraisal Day, Old Saybrook, 6/2: 70 vendors will be in attendance and appraisals conducted at this wildly popular annual event at the Hart House Campus of the Old Saybrook Historical Society. Garden Fest at The Florence Griswold Museum, 6/8 – 6/17: This annual highly anticipated event features a flower show, plant sale, garden talks, the festive Garden Luncheon (get your tickets, it’s always a sellout!), and more (plus Cafe Flo opens for the season on May 2).