SANTA YNEZ, CALIF.
Vaquero Show & Sale
When, where: Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks
Highlights: This annual event showcases Western gear to peruse and purchase, food, live music, a raffle and an auction. Friday opens with a gala dinner and preview party attended by honored vaqueros and craftspeople.
Cost: $7 for two-day pass. The Friday preview party is $20, or $75 with dinner.
Info: (805) 688-7889, http://www.santaynezmuseum.org
Film festival launch celebration
When, where: Friday, Saturday and Nov. 14, various venues in Napa and St. Helena
Highlights: Celebrate the launch of the Napa Valley Film Festival, debuting in November 2011, with three days of film and epicurean events.
Cost: Varies by event.
World Photography Festival
When, where: Nov. 18-21, Left Space Studios
Highlights: The worldwide festival's only U.S. stop promises workshops, talks, studio shoots, book signings and gallery exhibitions.
Cost: $30; $15 for students. Additional fee for portfolio reviews and certain workshops.
Festival of Trees
When, where: Nov. 19-21, Red Lion Hotel
Highlights: Ornately decorated trees and holiday displays for public viewing, followed by a gala benefit dinner and auction. Other attractions include live entertainment and pictures with Santa Claus.
Cost: $2; $1 for children; dinner and auction, $130.
When, where: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, various venues
Highlights: Fans of Cirque du Soleil can take in seven of its shows on the Strip, as well as attend a welcome reception, take advantage of photo ops, listen in on question-and-answer sessions, and view technology demonstrations.
Cost: Packages range from two shows for $160 to seven shows and autographed programs for $445.
Info: (877) 708-4662, http://www.visitlasvegas.com