The Scouted Calendar / April 2016

Yes, April showers bring May flowers, but the month also brings a variety of exciting events to our Scouted cities. From parades to food festivals, garden tours to show jumping competitions, here’s a roundup of what we’re looking forward to next month:



Combining Dutch art, floral arranging, and a little friendly competition, The Walters Museum’s “A Spring Day in Amsterdam” promises to be a lovely and lively event. Presented by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum, the event, which will take place on April 15, invites both professional and amateur designers to interpret works from the Walters collection followed by a Dutch-themed luncheon. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Baltimore & Annapolis here.}

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The stars will shine bright in Baton Rouge at the fourth annual Louisiana International Film Festival (LIFF) April 13 through 17. This year’s event spotlights dozens of movies from around the globe, including debuts of future blockbusters and Oscar-contenders, world-renowned independent features, socially-conscious documentaries, acclaimed shorts from up-and-coming talent, and much more. As a non-profit, LIFF is dedicated to growing the film industry in Louisiana, spreading the culture of the state and mentoring the next generation of creatives through skills workshops, industry-led panel discussions, and specials for students. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Baton Rouge here.}



April 20, the perennially popular Room to Bloom Symposium presented by the Mint Museum will take place at the Charlotte Country Club. While the event has already sold out, you can still get on the waitlist for the coffee, lecture, and luncheon, during which designer Nathan Turner will discuss his design ethos and his ideas on entertaining. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charlotte here.}




The last week in April, the Garden Club of Virginia presents Historic Garden Week, during which the organization’s 47 member clubs offer tours of beautiful homes, gardens, and historic landmarks across the state. Now in its 83rd year, the eight-day event kicks off on April 23 and includes more than 250 opportunities to visit unique and inspiring spaces. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Charlottesville, Hunt Country, and Richmond.}




March 31 through April 3, film fans will be flocking to Chattanooga for the “Sundance of the South,” the Chattanooga Film Festival. This year’s festival (which is being orchestrated by TSG Chattanooga’s own Victoria Love Events and Staffing) will feature several great independent films with casts including James Franco, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris among others. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Chattanooga here.}




Show jumping in South Beach? Yes, please. April 7 – 9, the 2016 Longines Global Champions Tour returns once again to Miami Beach. The world-class event comes complete with entertainment, refreshments, a shopping area, and seats in the grandstand free and open to the public. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Miami here.}




The Twin Cities will celebrate top local fashion designers and retailers April 9 – 16 during the area’s semi-annual MN Fashion Week. As part of the festivities, on Wednesday, April 13, The Scout Guide Minneapolis and W Minneapolis will present #Minnstafashion, a social media-themed pop-up shopping event that will be held in the Living Room at the W. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Minneapolis here.}




Benefiting Longue Vue House & Gardens, the Sentimental Journeys fete, one of the premier fundraising events in New Orleans that was inspired by philanthropists (and Longue Vue creators) Edith and Edgar Stern’s trip around the world in 1936, will take place April 8 at the historic estate for the first time. Guests will enjoy delicious and elegant food and drinks, entertainment, and a silent auction, and have the opportunity to tour the home and gardens. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in New Orleans here.}




Great chefs and makers of wine and spirits will converge April 1 – 3 at the 8th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival. Taking place at Crystal Springs Resort, the fest includes an Italian-themed Wine Cellar Dinner, tastings, seminars with top chefs, and more. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Northern New Jersey here.}




On April 15, guests are invited to enjoy a lovely evening for a great cause at the Art for Autism Gala benefitting The Faison Center. Now in its 15th year, the event, which will be held at Dover Hall, supports programs designed to help children and adults with autism and the development of autism education practices for teachers, medical professionals, families, and others within the community. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in Richmond here.}




A 10-day celebration filled with city-wide festivals, dancing, the crowning of kings and queens, military processions, cultural events, festive attire, and parades, Fiesta kicks off April 14th and runs through the 24th. A highlight of the event, which is celebrating its 125th year, includes the Battle of Flowers parade, which commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto and the Alamo. {Find local recommendations for what to do and see in San Antonio here.}

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