Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

When, where: Wednesday to next Sunday, throughout Santa Fe.

Highlights: In its 18th year, this event commemorating the annual chile harvest involves 60 restaurants and 90 wineries in tastings, luncheons, dinners, cooking demos, seminars and a golf tournament that has participants tasting wine and food at every third hole.

Cost: Dinners vary; luncheons and seminars cost from $75 to $175 each.

Info: (505) 438-8060,


Waiters Race

When, where: Thursday, Main Street and Garden Street Plaza, downtown.

Highlights: The 15th annual event will have uniformed waiters and waitresses racing down a quarter-mile course while balancing trays of food and drink. Other highlights include music, food and mask-making. Racing starts at 5:45 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Info: (559) 334-0488,


Catalina Island Blues Festival

When, where: Friday to next Sunday, throughout Avalon.

Highlights: Jonny Lang and Buddy Guy play the Casino Ballroom, local restaurants and nightclubs present blues musicians and free oceanfront concerts draw blues fans from all over California.

Cost: Free, though tickets for the Lang-Guy concert cost $75 to $150.

Info: (800) 595-4849 (for tickets),