SANTA FE, N.M.
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, www.santafewineandchile.org
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.
Info: (559) 334-0488, www.eventsvisalia.org
Catalina Island Blues Festival
When, where: Friday to next Sunday, throughout Avalon.
Cost: Free, though tickets for the Lang-Guy concert cost $75 to $150.
Info: (800) 595-4849 (for tickets), www.visitcatalinaisland.com
When, where: Saturday and next Sunday, throughout the region, including events at Cabrillo National Monument.
Highlights: The city's 45th annual Cabrillo Festival celebrates the 16th century Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. There will be a reenactment of his landing at Ballast Point, music and dancing, art vendors, food booths and cultural demonstrations and educational activities related to Native American, Mexican, Portuguese and Spanish traditions.
Cost: Free, though donations are accepted. A San Diego Bay voyage aboard the tall ship Lynx costs $75.
Info: (619) 557-5450, www.cabrillofestival.org
When, where: Oct. 2 to 5, Fort Mason.
Highlights: This popular event features many booths dispensing beers from around the world, live oompah music and Bavarian dancing. Got lederhosen? Wearing them is encouraged.
Cost: $25 to $35; check the website for deals and discounts.
Info: (888) 746-7522, www.oktoberfestbythebay.com.