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Diaz Lake Trout Derby. The first Saturday of the month, grab your fishing gear and take a shot at the "big one" for a $10 entry fee ($5 for kids 12 and under). 760/876–4444. www.lonepinechamber.org.
Annual Art Show & Brunch. Admission is free for this arts-and-crafts show and sale weekend, held inside and on the lawn of the Furnace Creek Ranch and Inn. 760/852-4420 or. www.deathvalleychamber.org.
Bishop Mule Days. Entertainment at this five-day festival includes top country-music stars, an arts-and-crafts fair, barbecues, country dances, and the longest-running nonmotorized parade in the U.S. Admission is free. 760/872–4263. www.muledays.org.
Lone Pine Film Festival. Every Columbus Day weekend, this town pays tribute to its Hollywood history with three days of tours, films, lectures, and celebrity panels. 760/876-9103. www.lonepinefilmfestival.org.
Death Valley 49er Encampment Days. Originally a centennial celebration held in 1949 to honor the area's first European visitors, this week-long event draws thousands of people from around the world for art shows, live music, dancing, and even a poker tournament. www.deathvalley49ers.org.
Shoshone Old West Days. Just outside of Death Valley, this annual festival celebrates Wild West heritage with live performances, arts-and-crafts, and deep-pit barbecue. 760/852-4335. www.shoshonevillage.com.