Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
When, where: Sept. 3-5, various wineries
Highlights: This oenophilic weekend is packed with luncheons, winemaker dinners, vineyard tours, tastings and a grand auction.
Cost: Events range from $85 to $500
Info: (800) 939-7666, http://www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com
Gold Rush Days
When, where: Sept. 3-6, Old Sacramento
Highlights: Be transported to the 1850s and walk dirt roads, watch historical reenactments, pan for gold, take in period music or a street drama or make crafts.
Info: (916) 808-7777, http://www.sacramentogoldrushdays.com
Music, Gunslingers and Movies
When, where: Sept. 4, Calico Ghost Town
Highlights: Entertainment under the stars includes silver-screen hits (including a showing of "3:10 to Yuma"), short films and live music.
Cost: $6; children ages 6 to 15, $3; parking $10
Info: (800) 862-2542, http://www.calicotown.com
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games
When, where: Sept. 4 and 5, Alameda County Fairgrounds
Highlights: The 145th annual games promise pipe bands, dancing, heavy-lifting contests, soccer, rugby, nearly 100 clan tents, children's activities, a 1-mile kilt race and a British automobile display.
Cost: $18 a day; $27 for the weekend; $12 a day for seniors and children
Portland Pirate Festival
When, where: Sept. 18 and 19, Cathedral Park
Highlights: This celebration of maritime troublemakers will attempt to claim the Guinness record for the largest gathering of pirates. The event's eclectic offerings include a mustache competition, costumed reenactments, historical attractions, juggling, puppetry, a merchant market and ethnic foods.
Cost: $12 advance, $15 at the gate; $6 advance, $8 at the gate for children ages 3 to 12
Info: (503) 853-1497, http://www.portlandpiratefestival.com