Activities in Santa Barbara this weekend give visitors a taste of the area’s variety — including food and wine tastings, classic cars, aerial dance and a “crazy” athletic challenge.

Taste of the Nation

Food from more than 25 restaurants, and beverages from more than 20 wineries and breweries will be served at Sunday’s “Taste of the Nation” at the Montecito Country Club. This is gourmet fare, such as spinach ricotta filled ravioli with brown butter and sage sauce from Ca’Dario Ristorante, and slow roasted pig sliders with strawberry mostarda, pickled fennel, black pepper aioli, baby mustard greens and brioche from The Lark. Tickets are $75; proceeds go to Santa Barbara Foodbank and United Boys & Girls Clubs (877-268-2783, www.tasteofthenation.org).

Wheels & Waves

The annual classic car and hot rod show Wheels & Waves roars into town this Sunday. State Street is closed to through traffic downtown (State and De la Guerra), where more than 350 classy rides are parked for the enjoyment of car enthusiasts between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s free to see the cars, but a portion of the cars’ entry fees go toward local charities such as the Page Youth Center (964-0639, www.wheelsandwaves.com).

Aerial dance

Lyra, corde lisse, silk, kite, frame, and trapeze: These are names of apparatuses used to suspend performers in the air during aerial dances, like those seen in tonight’s “The Violet Hour” at the Lobero Theatre. Santa Barbara’s La Petite Chouette Aerial Dance Company presents this new work directed by company founder Ninette Paloma. Tickets are $28 for adults and $18 for children to see this uplifting, soaring performance (puns intended). VIP tickets cost $10 more and include a soiree with the company (963-0761, www.lobero.com).

Crazy fit challenge

How far will someone go to prove they are physically fit? Saturday’s Crazy Fit Challenge at Elings Park tests the limits as participants take on a 1.5-mile obstacle course. Participants don’t know the course in advance nor can they see the obstacles until they encounter them during their run. Prizes will be awarded in four divisions. Participants can register ($55) on race day from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. before the 9 a.m. start. Observing is free! (899-1705, www.crazyfitchallenge.com).

Folk dance festival

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Three days of folk dancing from around the world will be offered at the Statewide Folk Dance Festival, held at the Veterans Building (112 W. Cabrillo), starting tonight at 7. During the festival, participants will dance to both recorded and live music, learning dances from Bulgaria, France, Portugal, Hungry, and beyond. A full schedule and prices for each session are at www.statewidefolkdance.com.

Al fresco screening

Pacific Pride Foundation hosts a free screening of “Milk” at a festival Saturday commemorating gay activist Harvey Milk. Sean Penn won an Oscar for his dynamic portrayal of San Francisco’s first openly gay City Council member who was assassinated in 1978. The Harvey Milk Day Festival starts at 5 p.m. and the film starts at sundown (963-3636, www.pacificpridefoundation.org).

Julia McHugh can be reached at southon101column@yahoo.com.

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