SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, CALIF.
When, where: Monday and Tuesday, Bridlewood Estate Winery, Fess Parker Winery, Foley Winery
Highlights: A last-minute Valentine's celebration features a winery tour and tasting.
Cost: $125, including wine tastings (with hors d'oeuvres) and transportation
Info: (800) 742-2843, http://www.santaynezvalleyvisit.com/winearound
Noise Pop Festival
When, where: Feb. 22-27, multiple venues
Highlights: The weeklong celebration of indie music and culture also includes a film festival, art shows and an educational day.
Cost: Some shows are free, others require tickets and prices vary, though a comprehensive ticket costs $160.
Info: (415) 375-3370, 2011.noisepop.com
SANTA FE, N.M.
Monster Truck Winter Nationals
When, where: Feb. 25, Santa Ana Star Center
Highlights: Bigfoot, Rock Star and California Kid will be among the automotive heroes doing the revving and smashing.
Cost: $15.50-$25.50; $10.50-$17.50 for children
Info: (505) 891-7300, http://www.santaanastarcenter.com
When, where: March 19-27, various venues
Highlights: Readers and writers will gather for nine days of workshops, readings, screenings and a book fair. During "Ojai-5," five writers write five plays in five hours.
Cost: Many events are free; some have a nominal cost.
Info: (805) 669-7373, ojaiwordfest.wordpress.com