Chefs' Holidays. Celebrated chefs present cooking demonstrations and multicourse meals at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Village from mid-January to early February. Two-night packages are $318 to $448 per person, three-night packages $388 to $573 per person, and five-night packages $671 to $1,021 per person. Space is limited. Yosemite Village, California. 801/559–4870;


Fireman's Muster. North of Sonora in the old mining town of Columbia, history springs to life at this festival of antique fire engines, with hose-spraying contests and a parade of the old pumpers. Columbia, California. 209/533–4479; 800/446–1333.

Mother Lode Roundup Parade and Rodeo. On Mother's Day weekend, the town of Sonora celebrates its gold-mining, agricultural, and lumbering heritage with a parade, rodeo, entertainment, and food. Sonora, California. 209/532–7428; 800/446–1333;


Mammoth Lakes Jazz Jubilee. This festival, founded in 1989, features more than 20 different bands that play in a variety of venues, most with dance floors. Mammoth Lakes, California. 760/709–5299; 877/686–5299;

Mother Lode Fair. Sonora was settled by miners from Mexico, and the town has never forgotten its gold-mining roots. This fair at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds celebrates this unique time in California history on a weekend in the middle of July. Sonora, California. 209/532–7428;


Bluesapalooza. The first weekend of every August, Mammoth Lakes hosts a blues and beer festival—with an emphasis on the beer tasting. Mammoth Lakes, California. 888/992–7397;


Sierra Art Trails. The work of more than 100 artists is on display in studios and galleries throughout eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. Purchase the catalog of locations and hours at area shops. California. 559/658–8844.


Vintners' Holidays. Some of California's most prestigious vintners hold two- and three-day midweek seminars in the Great Room of The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Village. They culminate with an elegant—albeit pricey—banquet dinner. Arrive early for seats; book early for lodging and dining packages ($308–$1,021). Yosemite Village, California. 801/559–4870;


Bracebridge Dinner. Held at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Village every Christmas since 1928, this 17th-century-theme madrigal dinner is so popular that most seats are booked months in advance. Lodging packages start at $975, or $1,269 if you want to stay at The Ahwahnee. The Ahwahnee hotel, 1 Ahwahnee Dr., Yosemite Village, California, 95389. 801/559–4870;