* Bishop: Commune with cowboys Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fair and enjoy a rodeo, music, circus, carnival, arts and crafts and other entertainment. Fairgrounds. 4-11 p.m. Aug. 30; noon-midnight Aug. 31-Sept. 3. $5; $3 ages 5-12. (760) 873-3588, Internet http://www.tricountyfair.homestead.com.
* Sausalito: Park at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and take the ferry to the Sausalito Art Festival, Sept. 1-3. There will be food, art, music and children's activities. Marinship Park, Sausalito waterfront.9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 1-2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 3. $15; $7 seniors; $5 ages 6-12. Round-trip ferry $33.75; $14.75 ages 5-11 (includes festival ticket). (415) 705-5555, http://sausalitoartfestival.org.
* Sacramento: Dirt-covered streets, carriages and gold panning will set the scene for Gold Rush Days, Aug. 31-Sept. 3. Old Sacramento. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 3. Free. (916) 558-3912, http://oldsacramento.com.
* Cambria: The Lions Club's 53rd Pinedorado festival, Sept. 1-3, will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. Sept. 1. Among the other activities are children's rides, hayrides ($1) and a barbecue ($7). Main Street. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Free. (805) 927-1547.
* Downieville: This Gold Country town celebrates Septemberfest Sept. 1-2 with crafts, music, food and, on Sept. 2 only, the Great Donkey Race at 3 o'clock. Downtown. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. (800) 200-4949, http://www.sierracounty.org.