Sept. 28-29 Calico Days at Calico Ghost Town Enjoy a parade, live music, gunfights, stagecoach rides, a burro run and a miner’s triathlon. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29; 36600 Ghost Town Road, Yermo, Calif.; (800) 862-2542; CalicoTown.com.
Oct. 26 Star-viewing Party Twice a year, the National Park Service and the Mojave National Preserve Conservancy host star-viewing parties at Hole-in-the-Wall. The party starts at 6 p.m.; if you donít mind working first, volunteers are invited at 9 a.m. to remove non-historic barbed wire from the Preserve. (909) 946-5027, MojavePreserve.org.
Oct. 5 Digging at Early Man Site While visitors can’t just wander into the Early Man Site, they can join in on the site’s periodic Dig Weekends. Events are planned for Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. The dig is free, but you can support research at one of the world’s pre-eminent archaeological sites by joining Friends of Calico for $15. Meetup.com/Friends-of-Calico-Early-Man-Site.
Oct. 19 Goodsprings Centennial Celebration As this tiny town (population 229) turns 100, so does its historic watering hole, the Pioneer Saloon. The celebration begins at 11 a.m., with food and drink, family activities and a car show. The day’s highlights are the 50K Ghost Run and the 2 p.m. unveiling of a 26-by-18-foot historical marker surfaced with sandstone from the Goodsprings quarry. 310 W. Spring St., 874-9362, PioneerSaloon.info.
Through Nov. 3 Art of the Desert The Mojave’s rock formations are perfect material for the sharp eye and the active imagination. Kelso Depot’s Desert Light Gallery brings out the desert beauty at its fall exhibition, Light Synthesis: The Photography of Hank Richards. Open Fri-Tues, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., NPS.gov/Moja.