Cerca country continues to offer winter activities while inching toward spring.
Thursday, Cedar City, Utah: 21st annual Braithwaite Art Auction. The auction features paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics and sculptures by some of the Southwest’s finest artists. Rusty’s Ranch House. 435-586-5432. www.scenicsouthernutah.com.
Friday through March 3, Lake Havasu, Ariz.: Bluegrass on the Beach. This year’s lineup includes the Lonesome River Band, The Boxcars, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice and Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show. Lake Havasu State Park. 209-785-4693. www.landspromotions.com.
Friday through March 10, North Lake Tahoe, Calif.: 32nd annual Snowfest. North Lake Tahoe celebrates winter with on- and off-the-mountain events. The festival includes parades, live music, contests, comedy shows, ski races and a polar bear swim. 530-583-7167. www.tahoesnowfestival.com.
Saturday, Death Valley, Calif.: Spring Death Valley Century, Ultra Century and Double Century. This intense bike race travels from Furnace Creek through the Badwater area and beyond in Death Valley National Park. www.adventurecorps.com.
Saturday, Lone Pine, Calif.: Early Opener Trout Derby. Sign-up starts at 6:30 a.m. Fishing continues until the 3:30 p.m. weigh-in. Prizes and cash prizes. Diaz Lake. 760-876-4444. www.lonepinechamber.org.
March 3, Tahoe City, Calif.: The Great Ski Race. More than 1,000 Nordic ski racers compete on a 30k course from Lake Tahoe to Truckee. It’s a fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. 530-583-5475. www.thegreatskirace.com.
March 9, Fawnskin, Calif.: Bald Eagle Count. Join Forest Service biologists to count bald eagles around Big Bear Lake. Bring your own binoculars. Meet at Big Bear Discovery Center at 8 a.m. 909-866-3437. www.sbnfa.org.
March 15, Eureka: Utah Shakespeare Festival Tour. “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed at the historic Eureka Opera House. 7 p.m. 775-237-6006. www.co.eureka.nv.us/opera.
March 16, Prescott, Ariz.: Go! Off Road Duathlon. This race combines a 1.5-mile trail run, an 8.2-mile mountain bike and a 2.2-mile trail run. It is open to competitors 14 and older. Brownlow Trails/Pioneer Park. 928-445-8700. www.go-ar.com.
March 16, Virginia City: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Oyster Fry. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade that travels down streets painted with shamrocks, then feast on oysters during the Annual Oyster Fry. 775-847-4386. www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.
March 17, Springdale, Utah: 27th annual Spring Festival. Parade starts at 2 p.m. followed by a Green Jell-O Sculpture Contest. Children’s games, bagpipers and entertainment will also be featured. Bit ’n Spur Park. 435-772-3434. www.zionpark.com.
March 22, Zion National Park, Utah: The field institute teams up with Utah State Poetry Society for their fourth annual “Poetry in the Park” at the Zion National Park Nature Center. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
March 23 and 24, Boulder City: Fifth Great Train Robbery. This seven-mile round-trip railway excursion features authentically dressed cowboys and outlaws who will present a Western shootout once the train reaches Railroad Pass. Nevada Southern Railway. 702-486-5933. www.nevadasouthern.com.
March 28, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist and learn about the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 800-635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
March 30-31, Brianhead, Utah: Easter Carnival. The carnival is Saturday and Sunday and the Easter egg hunt is Sunday at the Navajo Lodge at Brianhead Resort. The egg hunt is open to kids 13 and younger. The White Egg hunt is open to all ages, and the winner gets a free 2013-14 season pass. 866-930-1010. www.brianhead.com.