While the days of summer are dwindling away, and it’s starting to get darker earlier, there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the warm end-of-summer days. Auburn and its surrounding areas have got plenty going on this month. Consider a couple of these September highlights when filling in your calendar. Auburn’s Gold Country Fair Auburn’s biggest to-do in September is undoubtedly the Gold Country Fair, which starts Thursday and continues through Sunday, Sept. 13. The fairgrounds, at 1273 High St., will be packed with affordable fun for the whole family, offering everything from livestock to carnival rides and all kinds of edible fair favorites. Kids and adults alike will enjoy entertainment includes daily Busy Bee Dog Shows, Skip Banks “The Balloon Man,” a Super Science “Fun with Physics” exhibit, Jeremy the Juggler and Carol Jean Cox, with her strolling musical wagon. The little ones are welcome to take over Kids’ World, a play area designed for boys and girls 10 and younger — everything is free, from pony rides to hula hoops. The Coors Light Stage is booked each evening with live performers. Hear The Sun Kings Thursday, ‘60s Summer of Love Sept. 11, Patton Leatha and The Wedding Crashers both on Sept. 12 and Full Body Rock on Sept. 13. Looking for something a little more intense? Enjoy not one, but two nights of smash-up fun at the Destruction Derby, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 in the grandstands. See www.dutchhollandracing promotions.net for entry forms and rules. Want to go to the fair and looking to save a little cash? Buy tickets online through goldcountryfair.com by Wednesday and save $2 on adult tickets—$6 instead of $8 — and $1 on junior and senior tickets, which are $4 and $5 after the discount. Boys and girls 12 and younger get into the fair for free on Kids’ Day, which occurs Thursday. Auburn Journal’s $4 Friday is pretty self-explanatory, with $4 admission for everyone Sept. 11. Parking is also $4 that day, $1 cheaper than any other day during the fair. Also, military, firefighters and law enforcement in uniform get into the fair for free every day. Those who participate in Thursday’s Boosters Fair Parade get into the fair at no cost as well. Learn all about the Gold Country Fair at goldcountryfair.com. Heritage Festival Foresthill celebrates its past Labor Day weekend with its Heritage Festival, held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Foresthill Memorial Park on Harrison Street. Try your hand at gold panning, and learn from the pros as the Gold Hounds compete for the state championship. Another way to participate is to enter the horse shoe tournament. Placer County’s only working blacksmith shop will be on site for demonstrations. Call (916) 599-0141 for more information. American River Music Festival The American River Music Festival takes place Sept. 18-20 throughout the Coloma-Lotus community. Performers include Skinny Singers, featuring Jackie Greene and Tim Bluhm, in addition to Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson and Nina Gerber, City Folk, Blame Sally, Handful of Luvin, Jonny Mojo with MindX, Fret Not Gospel, Twilight Hotel, Danny Schmidt and many more. Tickets range from single-day main stage tickets ($35) to three-day camping all music tickets ($99) and three-day camping, all music, river trip tickets ($199). Visit americanrivermusic.org or call (530) 622-6044 for information.