Old Town San Diego Art Festival
When, where: Sept. 20 and 21, Old Town San Diego
Highlights: More than 150 international artists converge on historic San Diego Avenue while potential patrons view their works, sip wine and groove to live Latin and jazz music.
Cost: Admission is free; $15 gets you four wine tastings, two appetizers and a collector glass.
Info: (619) 291-4903, www.oldtownartfestival.com
When, where: Sept. 19 to 21, throughout Solvang
Highlights: Celebrating the town's heritage with folk dancing, Scandinavian foods, craft demonstrations, a Viking reenactment, Hans Christian Andersen storytelling, a dinner dance and three parades.
Cost: Free, though a $3 donation is encouraged and certain events, including the breakfast and dinner dance, are at extra cost.
Info: (805) 686-9386, www.solvangusa.com
Rosarito-Ensenada 50-Mile Bike Ride
When, where: Sept. 27, in and between Rosarito and Ensenada
Highlights: The 29-year tradition ends with this ride. Afterward, a fiesta on the Ensenada waterfront with musical and culinary talents.
Info: (800) 282-9352, www.rosaritoensenada.com
Festival of Lights
When, where: Nov. 28 through December throughout Yountville. The Nov. 28 festivities are 2 to 6 p.m.
Highlights: Thousands of holiday lights illuminate carolers and elves. Food festival Nov. 28 includes more than 20 wineries and the region's top restaurants; Santa arrives at 2 p.m.
Cost: Free, though tasting tickets cost $1 each.