SAN LUIS OBISPO--You'll need plenty of napkins and a hearty appetite for the 10th annual San Luis Obispo Rib Cook-Off, March 2 on Higuera Street. As part of the Farmers Market, the competition features Hot and Spicy Ribs, Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs and People's Choice. Music and kids' entertainment also offered. Cooking is at 6 p.m.; judging at 7; market ends at 9. (805) 541-0286.
SANTA BARBARA--The 10th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival offers a cinematic feast in five downtown venues, March 3-12. Highlights include the presentation of the Modern Master Award to Michael Douglas, March 4; "An Evening With Chazz Palminteri," with a screening of "A Bronx Tale," March 9, and "A Salute to Jessica Lange," with "Blue Sky," March 11. Ticket and schedule information: (805) 963-0023.
SAN CLEMENTE--Arts and crafts, coupled with fresh produce, are offered in abundance at the Arts and Crafts Fair, March 5 on Avenida del Mar. Produce and freshly made foods are available 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; arts and craft vendors sell their wares, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. A storyteller shares tales and puppets with the kids. Free. (714) 361-0735.
SOLVANG--Danish cuisine and California fare are showcased at the third annual Taste of Solvang, March 17-19. The "Walking Smorgasbord" fills the village, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday ($15) and the "World's Largest Danish" event is 9-11 a.m. Sunday in Solvang Park ($5). Weekend pass: $25. (800) 468-6765, Ext. 519.
SAN DIEGO--"Orchid Safari," the San Diego County Orchid Society's 49th annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale, is March 17-19 at the Scottish Rite Memorial Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South. More than 25,000 different kinds of orchids are the stars in competitions, classes and displays. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $3 in advance; $4 at the door; free for kids under 12. (619) 465-2297.
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