Hispanic Festival: 16-19 Oct; various Edinburgh locations
No need to head south for hot sultry dance moves and culture to blow your socks off. The third annual celebration of all things Hispanic promises poetry, live music, dance workshops - enough to keep your spirits up as Edinburgh goes autumnal. For more details see the Hispanic Festival website
Scottish Youth Theatre Weekly Drama Class: Edinburgh Festival Theatre; Fri, Sat, Sun (10-week programme); £100
Make a drama out of it. It's not something you often have to say to teenagers. Invest some time and money - and they might even talk to their parents. You never know. Professional coaches teach 3-25 year olds how to say daaahling.
Cramond Island Photography: Cramond Island; 20 Oct; 0900-1700; £26
Despite the title, don't worry, you don't need a camera. Just bring your warm and waterproof clothes and plenty of food. Cramond is well worth a visit - get a disc of your photos to remind you of your day. Perfect way to break up your autumn blues. For more info on this, see the event details.