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January 2020

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Monterey 250

MONTEREY 250 CELEBRATIONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD. Monterey 250 is a yearlong celebration in coordination with the 250th anniversary of the founding of Monterey on June 3, 1770. Throughout the year 2020, Monterey’s unique history will be honored through ongoing cultural activities, events, and festivities to commemorate this historic occasion, including an Art Gala and new public art unveiling, a Fandango, Block Party, and the main day birthday celebration on June 3, 2020.

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January 1, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

First Day Walk

MORRO BAY - Take a walk along the beach at low tide to celebrate the New Year and to see what ocean curiosities show up. Meet at 1:30pm at the Morro Rock parking lot restrooms, dress for the weather. Strollers and wheelchairs encouraged, but should have big tires for sand. Family, Easy, 1-2 hours.

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January 4, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Rainforest Weekends

SANTA CRUZ - Learn about California’s own Coastal Redwood Forest, aboard a 100 year old steam train. Along the journey, hear fascinating information about the coastal redwoods and their ecosystems from docent specialists.

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January 9, 2020 - January 31, 2020

Santa Maria Valley Restaurant Month 2020

SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria Valley is starting 2020 with #SantaMariaStyle, chock-full of participation from local and loved restaurants, wineries and breweries for Restaurant Month 2020. Each participating outlet will be offering a special for $20.20, everything from wine pairings to tastings, and special menu items. This experience, taking place January 9-31, is part of California Restaurant Month, which propels food and drink to next level status.

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January 11, 2020

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center: Photography Hike

GUADALUPE - Enjoy a beautiful evening with dunes photographer, Chuck Jennings as he shares tips and tricks to dunes photography. Bring a jacket, water and your camera as you explore the open dunes of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex.

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January 14, 2020 - January 16, 2020

Wine Speak Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES - Wine Speak Paso Robles is a premier industry summit that brings sommeliers, wine industry leaders and hospitality professionals together for an intimate educational journey. Join master sommelier Chuck Furuya and his peers as they steer winemaker seminars, hospitality workshops, dinners, tastings and exclusive vineyard excursions—all designed to advance collaboration, knowledge and performance throughout the wine industry.

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January 16, 2020 - January 19, 2020

Carmel-by-the-Sea Fitness & Nutrition Retreat

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Whether you are just beginning or need motivation to re-charge your fitness and nutrition — join America’s Coach Jeff Galloway for scenic runs, hikes and running advice.  Photo: Visit Carmel

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January 17, 2020 - January 20, 2020

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

MORRO BAY - Every Martin Luther King weekend, hundreds of birders visit Morro Bay - a Globally Important Bird Area - to see, photograph, and learn more about birds. Morro Bay is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Flyway. The area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, an excellent natural history museum, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, best of all, thousands of birds. Over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend.

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January 17, 2020 - February 2, 2020

Santa Maria Civic Theatre: Ripcord

SANTA MARIA - An odd couple embarks upon increasingly emotionally and physically dangerous tricks in order to break each other, secrets are revealed, lives are jeopardized, and peach cobbler is enjoyed. David Lindsay-Abaire’s Ripcord is an often slapstick, always surprising comedy, an enemies-to-friends story for a pair of excellently well-rounded, mature women.

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January 18, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Wineries Of 46 East Presents: Esprit Du Vin

PASO ROBLES - Celebrate the 19th Annual Esprit du Vin, the "Spirit of Wine" where 46 East wineries will gather under one roof for an exciting night of delicious wine and cheese pairings, culinary delights, live music, and a wine loving crowd! Each winery will be featuring wines paired with different gourmet cheeses. Stroll around and savor each pairing while enjoying live music by local artists, gourmet appetizers and desserts from a variety of local chefs and artisans!

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January 19, 2020

Spanish Hills Country Club Bridal Show

CAMARILLO - The Spanish Hills Country Club Bridal Show returns on January 19, 2020. Bridal parties come ready to experience the latest in the wedding fashions and trends.

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January 19, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Experience the Art of the Plate in Carmel-by-the-Sea through immersive food experiences and special prix fixe menus.  Award-winning chefs will craft unforgettable dining experiences for the first annual Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week.  Photo: Visit Carmel

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January 24, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

CAMBRIA - The annual Cambria Art & Wine Festival is a three-day celebration of fine wines and art on California's Central Coast. It features a Kickoff Party seated five-course dinner with wine pairing, a two-day art show and wine tasting, plus many off-site activities including an art auction and additional wine tastings throughout the villages.

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January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am - January 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Whalefest Monterey

MONTEREY - Celebrate the return of gray whales to the Monterey Bay during Whalefest Monterey! Old Fisherman's Wharf and Custom House Plaza in historic downtown Monterey throw quite the migration party for these much loved creatures during the 2-day festival.

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January 26, 2020

Snow Leopard Fest at the Zoo

SANTA BARBARA - Families will enjoy the Santa Barbara Zoo’s winter wonderland as this annual festival celebrating snow leopards. Children can sled down the “Himalayan mountains”, play in the snow, participate in arts and crafts and take photos with Santa Claus. Guests can even pay a visit to the zoo’s resident reindeer and the star of the show: brand new-to-the-zoo snow leopard, Kisa. Photo:  Santa Barbara Zoo, Visit Santa Barbara

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January 26, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free Family Concert – Fly Me To The Moon: from J.S. Bach to Mr. Spock

SANTA MARIA - For the first time ever, the Santa Maria Philharmonic offers a FREE Family Concert! This live orchestra performance mixes with a multimedia show on the history of flight and the human imagination, for a spectacle that will delight all ages. Bring your family to this afternoon of live music and a visual delight that will transport you to other worlds!

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February 2020

February 3, 2020 - February 9, 2020

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Since Bing Crosby brought his Clambake to Pebble Beach more than 60 years ago, the tournament now known as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am draws talented PGA TOUR pros and an amateur field best known for its celebrities, and has raised more than $100 million for charity. Shuttles leave daily from Carmel-by-the-Sea.  Photo: Visit Carmel  

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February 13, 2020 - March 1, 2020

PCPA: Brighton Beach Memoirs

SANTA MARIA - The heart-warming and witty memoir from Neil Simon, Brighton Beach Memoirs is the first of Simon’s autobiographical trilogy of plays. Eugene is dreaming of baseball and girls while coping with life in Depression-era Brooklyn with a formidable mother, an overworked father, and a worldly older brother. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young daughters, and you have the perfect recipe for teenage struggle and family hilarity.

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February 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

‘Youth Showcase’ presented by the Santa Maria Philharmonic

SANTA MARIA - Why watch music competitions on TV when you can see live, local talent? Young musicians are now performing at remarkably sophisticated levels, young teenagers playing with the kind of virtuosity to which Liszt aspired. Get a taste of our future generation of musicians from the Central Coast. Hear some of the most astonishing and accomplished young performers!

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February 20, 2020

Camarillo Ranch Wedding Showcase

CAMARILLO - Mix and mingle with exclusive  wedding vendors who can help plan the wedding of your dreams. Taste decadent food, dessert and beverage samples as you plan the perfect menu. Stroll through the beautiful grounds of the historic Camarillo Ranch as you get inspired for your big day!

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February 20, 2020 - February 23, 2020

BlendFest on the Coast

PASO ROBLES - Take a drive out to the coast and enjoy some Paso Wine! Paso Robles’ winemakers love to blend, mixing varieties to craft something unique and delicious. BlendFest celebrates these rule-breaking, unconventional wines throughout the weekend on the beautiful California Coast.

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February 21, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

Concerts in the Cellar

VENTURA - Vinyl Gypsy will debut in the Brix House with straight up in your face classic rock!  Food Truck will be onsite starting service at 5:30pm.

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February 27, 2020 - March 1, 2020

SLO CAL Open

MORRO BAY - Come see a BRAND NEW World Surf League Men's and Women's QS1000 event at The Rock, the last weekend of February 2020.

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February 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Concerts in the Cellar

VENTURA - Johnny and the Love Handles an energetic local band playing classic rock meant for dancing.  A local band with a great following which makes for a entertaining night of music, dance, wine, and cider.  Food Truck will be onsite starting service at 5:30pm.

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February 29, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Art and Craft Festival

CAMBRIA - Come to this first annual Art and Craft Festival. This fun-filled, free event will feature a variety of vendors and include raffles and refreshments available for purchase.

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February 29, 2020

‘Spirited Symphonies: Es muss sein’ presented by the Santa Maria Philharmonic

SANTA MARIA - Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with his joyous Symphony No. 8 which explodes with high-spirits and merriment. Also on the program is Mozart’s ‘Sinfonia Concertant’ considered his greatest string concerto, featuring the exceptional artistry of Concertmaster Mary Beth Woodruff, and guest violist Andrew Duckles, and Bartók’s ‘Romanian Folk Dances’, with haunting Romanian folk melodies and authentic folk music Bartók brought to the world.

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March 2020

March 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020

Ventura Harbor Village Mermaid Month

VENTURA - From décor to artwork, to mermaid fashions, pottery and gifts, the 5th Annual Mermaid Month is packed with the joys of being a mermaid at heart! Visits with mermaids, mermaid crafts and a Mermaid Parade are just some of the activities planned. Monthly sales and merchandise available at Harbor Village boutiques as well as seaside themed cocktails at waterfront restaurants.

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March 1, 2020

Canzona Women’s Ensemble presents, Dance Me to the Stars!

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, “Dance Me to the Stars” explores the vast richness of our universe. Canzona welcomes Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo and its artistic director Theresa Slobodnik to share the stage with brand new choreography to accompany the ensemble’s performance of several selections, including Christine Donkin’s “Magnificat”. Event will be held at United Methodist church in San Luis Obispo.

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March 6, 2020 - March 8, 2020

Jazz Bash By The Beach

MONTEREY - The Jazz Bash by the Bay has been a wall-to-wall weekend of traditional jazz and swing since 1980. The festival brings together the many colorful forms of the roots of early jazz: traditional jazz, swing, gypsy jazz, ragtime, blues, zydeco and big bands.

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March 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Concerts in the Cellar

VENTURA - Doc Ventura a talented musician playing Blues, Roots, and Americana music we all know and love.  This is Doc's first time in the Brix House.  Four Brix kitchen will be open and outside food is allowed this evening.

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March 7, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Plein Air Outing

SANTA PAULA - Team up with experienced plein air enthusiast Lisa Mahony and learn the tools and techniques for successful outdoor painting. Students meet at the Santa Paula Art Museum’s Cole Creativity Center for preparation, then walk to nearby spots for inspiration from local vistas and one-to-one guidance. All skill levels and all ages 16 and over are welcome. Preregistration is required. $55.00 per person (class and gouache kit) or $40.00 per person (class only). Image: Untitled by Lisa Mahonhy

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March 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - March 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

Color and Creativity

SANTA PAULA - Join color expert Vyana Novus at the Santa Paula Art Museum to explore our vital connections to color and how to leverage it for creativity, productivity, and success. Paint with natural earth pigments and dig into your color connection. All skill levels and all ages 16 and over are welcome. Preregistration required. Three parts: March 8; March 15; and March 22. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $100.00 per person for all three sessions.

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March 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Create Workshop Series – Sea Otter Painting with Anastasiya Bachmanova

SANTA CRUZ - Follow along with local artist, Ana of Follow the Sun, to create your masterpiece! Great for complete beginners and seasoned creatives alike. We will learn and practice various painting techniques, with plenty of room for creativity. One-on-one help always available & all supplies included - 16"x20" canvas, paint, brushes, and aprons. Ages 8+. $35/person, free adult helper welcome for kids under 12.

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March 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020

75th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

SANTA BARBARA - Every March, Santa Barbara blooms with orchids in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Held March 13 to 15 at the Earl Warren Showgrounds, this three-day event is noted as one of the country’s largest and oldest celebrations of orchids, bringing together more than 50 orchid exhibitors and vendors from around the world.

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March 13, 2020 - March 29, 2020

Santa Maria Civic Theatre: The Red Velvet Cake War

SANTA MARIA - In this riotously funny Southern-fried comedy, the three Verdeen cousins—Gaynelle, Peaches, and Jimmie Wyvette—could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion. Their outrageous antics have delighted local gossips in the small town of Sweetgum (just down the road from Fayro) and the eyes of Texas are upon them, as their self-righteous Aunt LaMerle is quick to point out. But the cousins can’t back out of the reunion now.

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March 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020

SLO Repertory Theatre presents, The Designated Mourner

SAN LUIS OBISPO - As their rapidly changing country slips into totalitarianism, three artist-intellectuals try to make sense of their changing lives in this searing and prescient drama. A famous poet-intellectual, his daughter, and her husband observe the flagrant transformations of everyday life, public affairs and personal relationships when their government brutally cracks down on anyone suspected of subversion. Visit slorep.org for individual showtimes and tickets.

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March 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Alma Rosa Celebrates Julia Child’s Guide to the Santa Barbara County

BUELLTON - Come and be part of the inaugural Santa Barbara Culinary Experience, a three-day culinary-focused event inspired by one-time Santa Barbara resident Julia Child and her love of the region's food, wine and people. Alma Rosa Winery will participate in a Welcome Reception on March 13; Pinot Noir Through The Ages on March 14; and Neighborhood Tasting on March 15.

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March 14, 2020

Gilroy 150 Family Fun Day

GILROY - The City of Gilroy celebrates its 150th anniversary with games, food, fun, and history!

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March 14, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fairytale Weekend at the Zoo

SANTA BARBARA - Once upon a time, the Zoo became a fairytale! Meet your favorite fairytale characters and help give frogs their happily ever after. Princesses, pirates, frog-lovers, and all costumed characters are welcome at this weekend full of magic, music, and marvelous fun!

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March 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Acrylic pour painting with Anastasiya Bachmanova

SANTA CRUZ - Explore the fun painting technique of acrylic pours. Demos include color mixing, pouring techniques, and the art of creating cells within your art piece. Then make your own unique abstract painting! At the end of class, each student will have a 16 x 20 one-of-a-kind finished work of art. Pickup times will be announced for the following week. Ages 8+. $45 per person. $25 for “kid size” canvas (9” x 12”), available for kids 8-12.

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March 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival

BUELLTON - Come sample from over 30 wineries and craft breweries, and 25+ chili and salsa cooks at Flying Flags RV Resort! Entertainment by the Dusty Jugs / The Rincons and The VineYard Byrds. The Chili & Salsa Cook Off is a Community Challenge and open to all local businesses and residents!

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March 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winemaker’s Dinner feat. J. Lohr Vineyards and Wineries

CAMBRIA - Enjoy an elegant evening with a delicious meal in the Peacock Room at Cambria Pines Lodge. Partnering with J. Lohr Vineyards and Wineries from Paso Robles, to bring you an expertly-prepared wine pairing dinner. This five-course meal will be accompanied by hand-selected J. Lohr wines and a J. Lohr expert will give tasting notes for each pairing. Live acoustic music. Seating is limited. This event is 21+. Tickets are $75 per person. Call (805) 924-3360 for more information.

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March 21, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eco Flower Printing

SANTA PAULA - Join artist Kathleen Kaller at the Santa Paula Art Museum for Eco Flower Printing! Students will work with seasonal flowers and plant-based pigments such as indigo and turmeric to create beautiful prints on natural fabrics. All skill levels and all ages 12 and over are welcome. Preregistration is required. $40.00 per person.

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March 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

SLO Repertory Theatre presents, Every Brilliant Thing

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The one-person show that isn’t a one-person show at all. You’re seven years old. Mom’s in the hospital. Dad says she’s “done something stupid.” She finds it hard to be happy. So you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Every Brilliant Thing is a theatrical experience like no other.

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March 28, 2020

Foundation for the Performing Arts Center presents, Family Day at the PAC

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Starting at 2pm, the PAC Main Lobby will be filled with crafts, activities and plenty of entertainment for the whole family! Featured local organizations will be on hand to share information on programs for young people in the community. At 3pm, Harold Miossi Hall opens for a magical performance by CATAPULT. This fascinating shadow-illusion show is great for audiences of all ages!

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March 28, 2020

Tour Of Paso Bike Ride

PASO ROBLES - Join in on a beautiful ride through Paso Robles Wine Country. Enjoy the back roads and the wildflowers of spring in beautiful Paso Robles, CA. There is your choice between a 26-mile ride and a 50-mile ride. Come out to this event to enjoy some beautiful scenery, live music, lunch, wine, and your chance at winning one of the event’s awards. Money raised will be benefiting The Cancer Support Community-Central Coast. Registration is $75.00.

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March 28, 2020 @ 10:00 am - March 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Monotypes Using Gelatin Plates

SANTA PAULA - Monotypes using gelatin prints is a fast and fun experience in printmaking. Students learn to make their own gelatin plate, use a variety of tools to create expressive and spontaneous imagery, and employ water-based inks to generate multiple prints to take home. All skill levels and all ages 16 and over are welcome. Preregistration required. Two parts: March 28 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; March 29 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. $80.00 per person for both sessions.

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March 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

The 10th Annual Fine Art Auction Fundraiser

SANTA PAULA - You’re invited to the Santa Paula Art Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year! Over 50 original artworks will be available in both a silent auction format and during a thrilling live auction led by professional auctioneer John Eubanks of California Auctioneers. All proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit work of the Santa Paula Art Museum.  Image: California Idyll by Linda Brown

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March 29, 2020

Ever After Gilroy Dream Wedding Expo

GILROY - Gilroy is a great place to say “I Do!” At the Ever After Gilroy Dream Wedding Expo, you’ll find plenty of inspiration to make your celebration truly special. This very special event at Gilroy Lodge on the Hill will feature a wide range of exhibitors plus music, tastings, and contest giveaways.

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March 29, 2020

World Of Outlaws

NIPOMO - Have a need for speed? The World of Outlaws is coming to the Santa Maria Raceway on March 29. This will be the first time in 21 years that the "greatest show on dirt" comes to the Central Coast!  Photo: woosprint

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March 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Maria Open Streets 2020

SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Open Streets ¡Calles Vivas! is a free, safe and family-friendly event with NO motorized traffic from 11 AM till 5 PM approximately 1 mile long on Main Street from Broadway to Blosser. Designated streets come alive with adults and children engaging in fitness, art, music, dance and around 15 cultural activities.

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April 2020

April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Annual City Wide Yard Sale

MORRO BAY - Don’t miss this widely anticipated 17th annual event April 3rd, 4th & 5th. This is an excellent way to meet the locals and explore the entire town. Sellers will open at 8:00am each day. You never know what treasure you will find!

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April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Cattlemen’s Western Art Show And Sale

PASO ROBLES - The nationally renowned 30th Annual Cattlemen's Western Art Show is presented in the beautiful, historic, Central California town of Paso Robles. The show includes work by 50 professional Western Artists and continues to offer all original art that has not been displayed at the show before. Admission is free all day on Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss the Cattlemen's BBQ Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Barbeque is $10.00 per plate.

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April 3, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Next Generation Jazz Festival

MONTEREY - Over 1,300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival (NGJF) in downtown Monterey. The event is free to the public.

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April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020

Pacific Grove Good Old Days

PACIFIC GROVE - Home to the County's largest arts and crafts show, with over 225 art and food vendors in downtown, a parade down Pine Avenue, live entertainment on four stages, old-fashioned games and contests and lots of family fun.

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April 4, 2020

Art, Wine, Bubbly & Chocolate Lovers’ Affair

GILROY - Stroll through historic downtown Gilroy and enjoy fine art, wine, champagne, chocolate, and more! This event is for 21 and over only.

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April 4, 2020 - April 5, 2020

45th Scandinavian Festival

THOUSAND OAKS - The 45th Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The family-friendly festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, vendors and lectures. Festival-goers can also wander through an authentic Viking village.

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April 6, 2020 - April 10, 2020

Golden Egg Hunt

VENTURA - Come down to Ventura Harbor Village the week before Easter to search for the golden eggs placed around the Village – Each egg has special prizes or gift certificates redeemable in Ventura Harbor. Follow clues on Instagram and Facebook each day!

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April 6, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winemaker Dinner

ARROYO GRANDE - Join winemaker Eric Hickey for an annual spring winemaker dinner at Ember Restaurant. Enjoy a decadent four-course dinner prepared by Chef Brian Collins and exquisitely paired with Laetitia wines. Please reserve your seats by March 30th.

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April 9, 2020

Cal Poly Arts presents, The Illusionists – Live from Broadway

SAN LUIS OBISPO - This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of some the world’s most incredible illusionists. The dynamic theatrical event has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzled audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

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April 11, 2020

San Francisco Yiddish Combo at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The San Francisco Yiddish Combo (SFYC) is embarked on a journey around the world to present their own unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with years of experience in the jazz, blues, folk, and even hip hop world. Check out the SFYC for a fresh spin on Klezmer with plenty of recognizable nods to an eclectic mix of genres. Oh yeah, and great for dancing!

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April 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Easter Egg Hunt

LOMPOC - Once again, the Easter Bunny visits Lompoc in time to host the eggciting Easter Egg Hunt! This is an eggstraordinary event sponsored by the Lompoc Kiwanis Club and various other community organizations. The Lompoc Kiwanis Club offers lunch opportunities, while Campfire USA has carnival games to entertain children. Free face painting offered by Lompoc YMCA. Remember as long as you bring your manners with you, hunting is free. Bring the family for a fun filled day!

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April 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Scarlett Belle Easter Harbor Cruise

OXNARD - Take in incredible views of the Channel Islands Harbor while enjoying a delicious buffet style menu that includes vegetarian and gluten free choices as well as one complimentary cocktail. Your trip will also include onboard fun, music and novelty prize giveaways.  

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April 13, 2020 - April 16, 2020

The Inaugural Morro Bay Plein Air Art Festival

MORRO BAY - From April 13th - 16th, the Inaugural Morro Bay Plein Air Festival welcomes painters and visitors to Morro Bay, California to capture on canvas and explore the town’s charm. Artists from around the country will gather to capture and explore the Embarcadero and downtown. Spring is the perfect time of year to capture the ocean views, harbor scenery and surrounding mountain vistas.

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April 16, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

PEBBLE BEACH - Enjoy four days of the best in food and wine with an epic epicurean event, Pebble Beach Food and Wine. 60 celebrity chefs and 250 wineries assemble at Pebble Beach to bring you the culinary experience of a lifetime. Enjoy lunches, dinners, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations.

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April 16, 2020 - April 19, 2020

Sea Otter Classic

MONTEREY - Sea Otter Classic is the largest cycling festival and consumer trade show in North America. Over four days, it includes a wide variety of bike races and fun rides for every kind, level and age of rider, an expo with more than 250 exhibitors, club zones, a product demo area, a ride zone, stunt shows and kids activities.

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April 17, 2020 - April 18, 2020

SLO Repertory presents, Mr. Burns

SAN LUIS OBISPO - After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece together the plot of “The Simpsons” episode “Cape Fear” entirely from memory. 7 years later, this and other snippets of pop culture have become the live entertainment of a post-apocalyptic society. 75 years later, these are the myths and legends from which new forms of performance are created.

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April 17, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - April 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Lompoc Spring Fest

LOMPOC - Presented by BUTLER AMUSEMENTS, the Lompoc Spring Fest 2020 carnival will open at 2:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. One day unlimited ride wristbands are $25 each pre-sale and $30 on site. Ride coupons will also be available for purchase on site. Single coupons for $1, 25 tickets for $23, 80 tickets for $70. Other attractions include food booths, lots of vendors, and a car and motorcycle show!

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April 18, 2020

Santa Maria BBQ Festival 2020

SANTA MARIA - The Fourth Annual Santa Maria BBQ Festival returns on Saturday, April 18 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. This local-favorite fundraising event celebrates #SantaMariaStyle barbecue. There will be more food, more beer, and more fun alongside a professional competition with local celebrity judges voting on the Best BBQ in the area, as local businesses and professionals compete for bragging rights and the #1 Branding Iron award. There will also be a Best Backyard Cook competition.

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April 23, 2020 - April 25, 2020

Hospice du Rhône

PASO ROBLES - Three days in the late spring have been reserved for an exclusive weekend surrounding all things Rhône. A palate provoking weekend embracing the enchantment, history and tastes of the twenty-two Rhône varieties. Throughout the weekend, tip your glass with international Rhône wine producers, journey through the largest collection of Rhône variety wines on the planet and savor exceptional Rhône cuisine all while taking in the inspiring and spirited Rhône community.

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April 24, 2020 - April 26, 2020

2020 Santa Maria Strawberry Festival

SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival kicks off the valley’s Strawberry Season, supports local agriculture, and encourages the healthy indulgence of strawberries, all in a fun filled, three day weekend community event. The Strawberry Festival features a traditional carnival, including a full kiddie carnival, commercial displays, cooking demonstrations, wildlife exhibits, and many more fun variety of things to do, and see.

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April 24, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Morro Bay Kite Festival

MORRO BAY - Discover a fun FREE event on the Central Coast. Watch kites of every size and color. This is a family affair perfect for all ages and lifestyles, hosted on the beach just north of Morro Rock. You will find kites of every size and color soaring in the abundant wind Morro Bay has at this time of year. Internationally acclaimed kite flyers Stephen Versteegh will showcase their incredible kite flying talent with their GIANT aquatic themed kites.

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April 25, 2020

Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous, Recycled Treasures, Antique Motorcycles & British Vintage Car Club

PASO ROBLES - Arts, crafts, antiques, vintage sidecars and motorcycles converge on Downtown City Park for this nostalgic event. Peruse the pre-1950s era vintage sidecars and motorcycle or stop by the vendors booths located throughout Downtown City Park. This snapshot in time event is sure to please the vintage auto-enthusiast and is geared for the entire family. This event will be held in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park on April 27 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Free Admission.

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April 26, 2020

Big Sur International Marathon

BIG SUR - The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world - and, for runners, the most challenging. At the Expo, participants in the Marathon will pick up their race bibs, goody bags and check out fitness apparel and equipment.

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April 26, 2020

SLO Master Chorale presents, The French Connection

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Two masters of the early 20th Century Parisian musical world are revealed by hauntingly beautiful melodies, soulful harmonies, and energetic rhythms.

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May 2020

May 14, 2020 - May 17, 2020

Salinas Valley Fair

SALINAS - Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned county fair, complete with carnival, bull-riding, craft and 4-H exhibit, music and more

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May 30, 2020 - May 31, 2020

St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church presents, San Luis Obispo Greek Festival

SAN LUIS OBISPO - St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church invites you to the annual San Luis Obispo Greek Festival to learn about Greek culture, eat delicious authentic Greek meals and dance to the sounds of Greece. The event will showcase traditional Greek dishes, pastries, and offer the opportunity for you to learn Syrto, traditional Greek dancing! The SLO Greek Festival is free to the public.

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June 2020

June 7, 2020

Cal Poly Arts presents, Waitress

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Broadway’s Waitress, inspired by the beloved film, tells the story of Jenna, an expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town. Don’t miss this uplifting celebration of friendship, motherhood and the magic of a well-made pie. Original music by seven-time Grammy-winner Sara Bareilles.

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June 7, 2020 - August 30, 2020

Brunch In The Garden

CAMBRIA - Enjoy the sun with a delicious meal accompanied by live music in a garden gazebo every Sunday this summer! Adult flat rate includes one entree, the choice of a homemade muffin or biscuit with jam, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Cocktails will be available for purchase with an order of food for $8. Kid's menu too! Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited to ensure proper social distancing.  Adults: $19. Children: $9.

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June 12, 2020 - November 20, 2020

All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pizza

CAMBRIA - Enjoy an evening outdoors filled with gourmet pizza and live music every Friday! Dig into your own personal wood-fired pizza, garden or pasta salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage for a flat rate or just order a personal pizza on the side. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase with an order of food. Personal Pizza: $10. Pizza, Salad & Drink: $15. Call 805-927-4200 to RSVP.

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June 14, 2020

Slightly Stoopid

AVILA BEACH - The story of Slightly Stoopid, at its core, is one of brotherhood. It’s the story of Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald, two musicians determined to succeed on their own terms, creating a multi-genre fusion of rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, American folk, metal, and punk. It’s the story of a duo that has kept true to their authenticity, throughout two decades of relentless touring, and evolved songwriting.

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June 21, 2020

Happy Hour In The Garden

CAMBRIA - Enjoy happy hour in the Gazebo Garden with live music featuring local winery and brewery flights paired with tasty happy hour bites! For the first Happy Hour In The Garden on Father's Day, Topa Topa Brewing Co. will be serving beer flights with perfect snack pairings. $22 per person.

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July 2020

July 11, 2020

Buellton Brew Fest

BUELLTON - Join the ninth annual Buellton Brew Fest on Saturday, May 2nd at River View Park. Includes 55+ craft breweries, wineries, kombucha, and spirit companies on site! Live entertainment by Will Breman, a finalist on NBC's The Voice, Lompoc's own Richie Rey, and DJ Hecktic! A great variety of food trucks, mega sized beer pong, cornhole and plenty of places to soak up the sun. Bring your lawn chair, blanket and enjoy the scenery.

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July 11, 2020

2020 St. Patrick’s Day Car Show

SANTA MARIA - St. Patrick’s Day in July! Features cars, trucks, and motorcycles from all years, makes, & models. There will also be live music, as well as vendor booths and public safety displays! Come out and have a blast!

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July 15, 2020 - July 19, 2020

2020 Santa Barbara County Fair

SANTA MARIA - Each year, thousands of visitors attend the Santa Barbara County Fair. The Fair showcases the community’s interests and talents, offering a unique assortment of activities to do and see. From jams and jellies, to pies, photography, homemade quilts and horticulture, the Santa Barbara County Fair provides visitors with an interesting mix of both community oriented and educational fun.

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July 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

2nd Annual Gears on the Green: The Central Coast’s Classless Car Show!

AVILA BEACH - Come enjoy the 2nd Annual Gears on the Green: The Central Coast’s Classless Car Show at Avila Beach Resort, alongside a Brunch-with-Wheels event! A day filled with everything from classics to vintage off-road rigs, live music, and the best of the county's local food trucks serving up specialized Brunch menus, with the beach at your toes. Don’t miss out on the perfect Summer Sunday!

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July 19, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winemaker’s Dinner featuring Hearst Ranch Winery

CAMBRIA - Enjoy our Gazebo Garden as we collaborate with Hearst Ranch Winery for another popular Winemaker's Dinner. Guests will enjoy an expertly paired five-course meal and wine tastings,tasting notes, and live music. Tickets are $95 per person.

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July 31, 2020 - August 2, 2020

Get Into Your Sanctuary

MONTEREY / SANTA BARBARA / VENTURA - NOAA's annual "Get Into Your Sanctuary" celebration raises awareness about the value of our national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities and photo contest. Discover shipwrecks of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and experience recreational adventure from surfing to whale watching in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary through this year’s live interactive virtual programs.

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August 2020

August 1, 2020 - August 2, 2020

Virtual Steinbeck Country United

SALINAS - This year the Steinbeck Festival, taking place August 1st and 2nd, will be a special celebration. "Steinbeck Country United" will be a two day virtual and interactive worldwide festival in which vendors, exhibitors, and artists will be able to share with a global audience their products and services through an online marketplace. It will also include live cultural and literary panels, as well as exclusive recorded ones, plus vibrant musical performances and fun cocktail hours.

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August 1, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Digital Exhibition: “Terminally Realistic: The Prints of Rachel Winn”

SAN LUIS OBISPO - This retrospective exhibition explores the prints of Rachael Winn Yon, a Central Coast artist who passed away in December 2019. Rachael Winn Yon was joyous, adventurous, curious, and energetic. Her large personality is reflected in her prints, with playful imagery and imaginative scenes. You can view this digital exhibition at SLOMA.org.

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August 8, 2020 - August 9, 2020

Artichoke Festival

MONTEREY - The Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event has artichoke cooking demos, artichoke-themed art, an artichoke parade, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmers' market, and of course artichokes prepared in every way imaginable.

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August 14, 2020 - August 15, 2020

50th Annual North/South Run

SANTA MARIA - Ford F-100 Elite of Northern California & Pickups Limited oOf Southern California once again present the oldest running event in the world that highlights 1953 through 1956 Ford-100 pickups and panels. This edition marks 50 continuous years for this popular run. Admission is FREE to the public!

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August 15, 2020 - August 29, 2020

Concerts In Your Car

VENTURA - Experience California’s first socially distant concert series from the parking lot of Ventura County Fairgrounds. Comfort, safety and summer fun are ahead! Enjoy hit music with this epic lineup...the top-notch talent is sure to impress all crowds.

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August 26, 2020 - November 30, 2020

Arte Forastero Sculpture Exhibit

VENTURA - Now through November 30, the Museum of Ventura County and Ventura Botanical Gardens are hosting 14 regional artists in their first collaboration. Sculptures and installation works are installed in the Botanical Gardens nursery and lower trails and in the museum’s outdoor Plaza along Main Street in Downtown Ventura.  9 a.m. to 5 p.m . Wed-Sun. Dogs are welcome on Wednesdays and Fridays. $7 per person.

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August 29, 2020

Winemakers’ Celebration

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - The charming seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea transforms the iconic Dolores Street into a European village street festival for the 27th Winemakers’ Celebration on August 29. The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association hosts the county's signature wine event, offering guests the rare chance to sample and purchase from more than 100 wines, as well as the opportunity to interact with local winemakers and wine grape growers themselves.

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September 2020

September 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020

California Wine Month

PASO ROBLES - California Wine Month celebrates the hard-working individuals and wineries behind the bottle as they take to the colorful vineyards for another year of harvest. Join in on the fun by scheduling an outdoor wine tasting experience at the hundreds of wineries that make up Paso Robles Wine Country or purchase a bottle to enjoy from home. Grab your mask and enjoy Paso wine!

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September 3, 2020

Rebelution

AVILA BEACH - Good Vibes Summer Tour 2020: Rebelution + Special Guests hits Avila Beach, CA on September 3rd! Special Guests, Steel Pulse, The Green, Keznamdi and DJ Mackle will open the show! Fifteen years into an effervescent career, California reggae band and touring juggernaut Rebelution remains abundantly creative. Its members (singer/guitarist/lyricist Eric Rachmany, keyboardist Rory Carey, drummer Wesley Finley, and bassist Marley D. Williams) are as focused and committed as they are easygoing and laid-back.

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September 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - September 5, 2020 @ 10:00 pm

Boardwalk Drive-In Movie Night: ALADDIN (2019)

SANTA CRUZ - Flash-back entertainment in the comfort and safety of your own car! $25 per vehicle. Pre-packaged food and beverage will be available for purchase. When outside vehicles guests must wear a mask, face coverings are also required for drivers while at the ticket booth upon entrance. Please read the entire list of "Drive-In Details and Safety Guidelines" on the Boardwalk website.

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September 5, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bridal Showcase

CAMBRIA - Attend annual Bridal Showcase at Cambria Pines Lodge for your opportunity to meet venue specialists, speak with amazing local vendors, tour our bridal suites and view our beautiful wedding setup. Enjoy appetizers and specialty drinks as you learn about what Cambria Pines Lodge has to offer for your special day. There will even be a raffle with fun prizes!

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September 11, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - September 12, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Boardwalk Drive-In Movie Night: GOONIES

SANTA CRUZ - Flash-back entertainment in the comfort and safety of your own car! $25 per vehicle. Pre-packaged food and beverage will be available for purchase. When outside vehicles guests must wear a mask, face coverings are also required for drivers while at the ticket booth upon entrance. Please read the entire list of "Drive-In Details and Safety Guidelines" on the Boardwalk website.

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September 12, 2020 - September 26, 2020

California Coastal Cleanup in Ventura Harbor

VENTURA - September marks the 36th annual California Coastal Cleanup. This year, rather than meeting up at public events throughout the state on a single date, cleanups will happen every Saturday throughout the month. You're invited to come down seaside to Ventura Harbor beaches and communities to help keep the beaches and oceans clean. Saturday, September 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2020. Grab your loved ones to make a difference in your community by doing good and cleaning your beaches, parks and neighborhoods.

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September 13, 2020

6th Annual Wine Women and Shoes

SAN LUIS OBISPO -  Join RISE for an afternoon of fine wines from across the Central Coast - an online boutique shopping experience of raffles, auctions, entertainment and more! Kick up your heels for an afternoon of fun and philanthropy, this year from the comfort of your home! Registration is FREE and watch parties will be on sale starting August 10th.

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September 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Native Plants Hike with PVRPD

CAMARILLO - Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District is proud to offer immersive and educational fall activities in Camarillo. Explore safely and outdoors with this guided tour of native plants that grow in Camarillo Grove Park during the fall season.

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September 18, 2020 - September 20, 2020

Annual Carmel Art Festival

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - 27th Annual Carmel Art Festival celebrates all areas of art through creativity and community. Plein air paintings, live sculpting, exhibits, art sales, and live music over this three-day takeover in Devendorf Park. Artists from all over create their unique exhibition paintings throughout the Monterey Peninsula on Wednesday and Thursday, sending them to Devendorf Park on Friday for final judging. Available for purchase on Sunday.

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September 18, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - September 19, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Boardwalk Drive-In Movie Night: 50 FIRST DATES

SANTA CRUZ - Flash-back entertainment in the comfort and safety of your own car! $25 per vehicle. Pre-packaged food and beverage will be available for purchase. When outside vehicles guests must wear a mask, face coverings are also required for drivers while at the ticket booth upon entrance. Please read the entire list of "Drive-In Details and Safety Guidelines" on the Boardwalk website.

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September 19, 2020

California Ranch Cookout at The Alisal

SANTA YNEZ - Some of America’s hottest chefs are coming to The Alisal for a series of memorable California Ranch Cookouts. Today's Chef: Burt Bakman. The focus will be on barbecued favorites, including savory meats, seafood, delicious roasted veggie dishes, and grilled decadent desserts. The Cookouts are only open to guests and Signature Members.  If you don’t yet have an accommodation reserved, this is a great excuse for a getaway. Next opportunity: Oct 17 and Oct 24.

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September 24, 2020 - September 27, 2020

77th Annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo & Parade

SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria Elks present four days of Dynamic Rodeo Action at the Santa Maria Elks Unocal Event Center as the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo ignites the summer season with live professional bull riding, barrel racing, bronc riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and the ever popular Stick Horse races. And whatever you do, don’t miss Elks Rodeo Parade on June 1st, where more than 200 entries will strut their stuff along South Broadway.

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September 24, 2020 - September 26, 2020

Central Coast Writers Conference

MORRO BAY - Adapting to social guidelines set in place due to COVID-19, Cuesta College Community Programs is bringing this year’s event to you via Zoom.  2020 Keynote speakers are Christopher Moore, Joran Rosenfield, and Monica Piper.  Attendees are able to submit stories for possible publication. Registration includes recorded copy of classes.

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September 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - September 26, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Boardwalk Drive-In Movie Night: SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

SANTA CRUZ - Flash-back entertainment in the comfort and safety of your own car! $25 per vehicle. Pre-packaged food and beverage will be available for purchase. When outside vehicles guests must wear a mask, face coverings are also required for drivers while at the ticket booth upon entrance. Please read the entire list of "Drive-In Details and Safety Guidelines" on the Boardwalk website.

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September 26, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Birds of Fall Hike with PVRPD

CAMARILLO - Have you ever wanted to learn more about birds in the area? Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District offers participants the chance to view the fall bird migration in full swing with this interactive fall hike.

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October 2020

October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Scarecrow Festival

CAMBRIA & SAN SIMEON - Cambria is one of the most artistic towns on the Central Coast, and nothing is a better example of this than the annual Scarecrow Festival. Each October, hundreds of imaginative and lively scarecrows are placed throughout Cambria’s East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach, and San Simeon. Strolling through town and spotting scarecrows is the perfect socially distant activity in Autumn.

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October 1, 2020

RIO THEATER – Lunafest

SANTA CRUZ - Lunafest, the fundraising film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through seven short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, body image, relationships, cultural diversity and breaking barriers. All proceeds from Lunafest benefit WomenCARE and Chicken & Egg Pictures, a nonprofit organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.

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October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020

Scarecrow Fest

LOS OLIVOS - Los Olivos welcomes the fall season as it kicks off its Scarecrow Fest and Contest from October 1 through 31.  Take a walk around town and check out all the scarecrows throughout October. You can vote on Best Los Olivos Scarecrow, Most Humorous, Spookiest, Best Business Theme, and Best Natural Materials.

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October 2, 2020 - October 4, 2020

West Coast Kustoms 39th Annual Cruisin’ Nationals

SANTA MARIA - Don't Miss The West Coast Kustoms 39th Annual Cruisin' Nationals on May 22nd, 23rd, and 24th! Festivities include: 2020 Santa Maria City Cruise - Friday Night, "Show-n-Shine" Saturday & Sunday, "Swap Meet" on the grounds on Sunday, Tons of vendors, Model Car Show, Live Music, and much more!

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October 9, 2020 - October 11, 2020

California Roots & Music Arts Festival

MONTEREY - The California Roots Music and Arts Festival is a three-day event packed with live music, fantastic food, refreshing beverages, creative artwork and sustainable practices. Reggae acts from around the globe culminate at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for good vibes during the Memorial Day weekend.

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October 9, 2020 - October 18, 2020

Nature Track Film Festival

LOS OLIVOS - NatureTrack kicks off its third annual Film Festival, albeit virtually, on Friday, October 9. View films up to and including all day Sunday, October 18. Enjoy films from around the globe showcasing adventure, conservation, and the sheer beauty of the outdoors. Live vicariously as you paraglide to 8000 meters, or paddle from Alaska to Mexico or relish the beauty in Rios Patagonicos. So much more, after all, there are more than 70 films to see!

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October 10, 2020

2020 Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

SANTA MARIA - In its 38th year, the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival takes place at Rancho Sisquoc Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival Grand Tasting on May 2, 2020. Enjoy new release wines from over 70 participating member wineries, tastings from more than 30 food purveyors – including regional restaurants, caterers, food artisans and farmers, live music, wine and culinary demonstrations, and local artisans.

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October 16, 2020

Brett Young

AVILA BEACH - Brett Young: The Chapters Tour hits Avila Beach, CA on May.1!  Special guest, Matt Ferranti, will open the show. Brett Young’s sophomore album TICKET TO L.A. hit #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart upon its December 2018 release. The album follows his colossal 2017 self-titled debut, which dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks and quickly reached RIAA PLATINUM certification.

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October 17, 2020

Los Olivos Day in the Country

LOS OLIVOS - Los Olivos’ most highly acclaimed festival of the year, the popular Day In The Country, will be a bit different this year. Enjoy a weekend of deals, specials, food, surprises and everything you love about this small town and Celebrate Los Olivos October 17 & 18. This special day is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times. And best of all, attendance is free!

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October 17, 2020

California Ranch Cookout at The Alisal

SANTA YNEZ - Some of America’s hottest chefs are coming to The Alisal for a series of memorable California Ranch Cookouts. Today's Chef Maili Halme and Actress Tiffani Thiessen. The focus will be on barbecued favorites, including savory meats, seafood, delicious roasted veggie dishes, and grilled decadent desserts. The Cookouts are only open to guests and Signature Members.  If you don’t yet have an accommodation reserved, this is a great excuse for a getaway. Next opportunity: Oct 24.

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October 18, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual: Seymour Marine Discovery Center: Science Sunday

SANTA CRUZ - Science Sunday lectures are designed to make science interesting and “user-friendly”. A marine scientist presents current research and topics in an entertaining and easy-to-understand format, with photos, video, and discussion. Lecture passes available at admissions counter at 12:30 pm. Doors open to lecture hall at 1:00 pm. Seating is limited on first-come, first-served; no late seating. Science Sunday is free with membership or admission. UCSC undergrads free with valid student ID. Recommended for ages 10 and older.

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October 22, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Canossa Grand Tour Series of Paso Robles

PASO ROBLES - Oct 22-25 (Ferrari Drivers) Oct 29-Nov 1 (Electric Vehicles), Nov 5-8 (Open to All). Join Canossa Grand Tour for the ultimate road trip along the breathtaking roadways of California’s Central Coast. Be a part of our intimate tours discovering hidden culinary gems, and indulging in the most unique and savory culinary jewels of the slow food movement, complemented by laureated wines from small scale wineries

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October 23, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Fall Festival at Chaminade Resort & Spa

SANTA CRUZ - Spread out across the resort’s expansive lawn and 300 vast acres, Chaminade’s Fall Festival will allow for ample physical distancing for you to stroll through the pumpkin patch and haunted forest. Kids will love interacting with friendly and furry critters at the petting zoo or saddling up for a pony ride and enjoying a variety of lawn games. Chaminade’s Fall Festival package requires a 2-night minimum, and includes tickets and wrist bands for the festivities.

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October 24, 2020

California Ranch Cookout at The Alisal

SANTA YNEZ - Some of America’s hottest chefs are coming to The Alisal for a series of memorable California Ranch Cookouts. Today's Chef: Kristen Thiebeault. The focus will be on barbecued favorites, including savory meats, seafood, delicious roasted veggie dishes, and grilled decadent desserts. The Cookouts are only open to guests and Signature Members.  If you don’t yet have an accommodation reserved, this is a great excuse for a getaway.

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November 2020

November 7, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Holiday Open House at Humankind

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Virtual event. Kick-off the holiday season at HumanKind!  This annual Open House event is online this year with some fabulous deals in the online shop! Stay tuned for details and keep your eyes open for some fun features on their Facebook and Instagram page.

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November 9, 2020

Humankind’s Give Back Days

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Over the course of two weeks, Humankind is donating 10% of sales to nonprofit organizations in SLO County. Shop anytime either in-store or online (free curbside pickup!) on these days and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the featured organization for the day — shop and give back!

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November 11, 2020

Veterans Day

CALIFORNIA - California State Parks is honoring the service of veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering FREE admission to 133 state parks on Veterans Day.  A valid military ID or California driver’s license identifying the individual as a veteran must be shown to park staff. COVID-19 guidelines are still in effect at all state parks. Plan ahead, especially for museums and some state historic parks as there is a 25% visitor capacity limit.

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November 14, 2020

Holiday Boutique

ATASCADERO - Kick off the holiday season at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero! This year, the Holiday Boutique will be offered 100% outside at Atascadero Lake Park next to the Pavilion on the Lake. There will be a variety of vendors that will be socially distanced with face coverings and all of the COVID-19 guidelines in place! A great opportunity to get a head start on your holiday shopping or buy something special just for you.

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November 22, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Holidays in Your Car

VENTURA - Everyone is adapting creatively to our new world. From November 22 through January 2nd, CBF Productions is hosting “Holidays in Your Car” at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. No, you can’t walk Holiday bedecked neighborhoods. But from your car you can thrill to the happy symphony of Holiday tunes illuminated by over one million LED lights, Holograms, lasers and projection mapping. Think Clark Griswold on amphetamines.

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November 27, 2020 - January 2, 2021

Lights At Cambria Pines

CAMBRIA - The Cambria Christmas Market will be replaced by Lights at Cambria Pines. This light display includes many of the light displays from Cambria Christmas Market but will undergo changes to ensure guest and staff safety. Lights at Cambria Pines will only be accessible to guests booked on the Christmas rate at Cambria Pines Lodge, J Patrick House & Inn, and Sea Otter Inn, Nov 27 – Jan 2 (closed Dec 24 and 25).

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November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Light Up Downtown

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Visit San Luis Obispo during its brightest season yet. Local storefronts and streets in the city’s downtown core are uniting to “Light Up Downtown,” an unforgettable walkable and drivable event that’s fun and safe for the whole family. Participating businesses’ window displays will be transformed into holiday themed-scapes brought to life by countless lights, both inside and out, to be enjoyed by everyone.

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November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Elks Recreation: Christmas In The Country

SANTA MARIA - Join the first Annual “Christmas in the Country” this holiday season. Embark on a drive-through magical holiday light experience at the Elks Event Center with displays presented by local businesses and families. Children can put their letters to Santa in Santa’s mailbox for delivery! Health and safety protocols permitting, “Christmas in the Country” may also include opportunities to enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes, Christmas trees, and more to help bring out the holiday spirit.

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November 27, 2020 - December 27, 2020

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds “Holiday Lights”

SANTA CRUZ - The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation and the Agricultural History Project are the proud presenters of a new adventure at the Fairgrounds celebrating the Holiday Season. Giant Christmas trees – Santa – reindeer – snowmen – lighted tunnels and more. Stay in your warm car, tune your radio to the Holiday Lights station and enjoy the experience. Nov 27-29, 2020; Dec 4-6, 2020, Dec 11-13, 2020; Dec 18-20, 2020; Dec 26-27, 2020

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November 28, 2020 - December 24, 2020

Santa’s House & Classic Carousel in Mission Plaza

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The Holiday season will kick off on Saturday, November 28 with Shop Small Saturday, celebrating local businesses. Santa’s House, the Classic Carousel, and the 21-foot Holiday Tree will be on display in Mission Plaza, with opportunities for festive family photos.

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November 28, 2020 - December 20, 2020

Holiday Express and North Pole Express

FILLMORE - Experience Fillmore & Western holiday train adventures. Ride the “Holiday Express” day train or ride the “North Pole Express” at night! “Holiday Express” departs from Fillmore and takes you to Prancer’s Christmas Farm. There you can explore a variety of fun attractions and have the option to purchase a pre-cut tree! At night, “North Pole Express” departs from Prancer’s Christmas Farm in Santa Paula and takes you on a 1-hour trip to see Santa at the North Pole!

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December 2020

December 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Giant Crab Pot Tree

MORRO BAY - Morro Bay gets into the holiday spirit while remembering its fishing roots with a giant tree made entirely from commercial crab pots.  All December long you can find the Morro Bay crab pot tree on the South T-Pier.  It is the perfect spot to snap a festive family holiday picture with Morro Rock in the background.

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December 4, 2020

Cal Poly Symphony Fall Presentation (Virtual)

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Virtual event. The Cal Poly Symphony will present the music of George Walker and Ludwig van Beethoven in its fall virtual presentation at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the 20-minute concert portion, students will be interviewed about their experiences with the challenging process of preparing for and presenting a concert during a pandemic, and behind the scenes videos from fall quarter rehearsals will be shown.

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December 4, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Festival of Lights and Jingle Mingle Holiday Market

SANTA MARIA - The inaugural Festival of Lights Holiday Event and second annual Jingle Mingle Holiday Market this year, along with Food trucks – fair themed of course – a live Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and thousands of lights. The Festival of Lights will be a drive-thru event with fair food trucks being located at the end of the drive. The Jingle Mingle Holiday Market is an amazing craft fair showcasing local artists and crafters.

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December 4, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Drive In Light Up the Downtown

ATASCADERO - The City of Atascadero is delighted to present its annual Light Up the Downtown Holiday Celebration Drive-In to be held on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm in the Sunken Gardens, Downtown Atascadero. Due to COVID-19, it will be a scaled-down, safe event for the entire family to enjoy!

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December 5, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Buellton Farmer’s Market & Poker Run

BUELLTON - Celebrate the holidays with a Poker Run on December 5th and Christmas Farmer’s Market on December 6th.  Poker Run participants must visit five checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. There will be prizes. Holiday spirited attire is welcome. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be available at the Farmer’s Market on Sunday from 3-5pm along with a jazz band, food truck, and a light display.

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December 5, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Harmony Christmas Market

HARMONY - Stop by the Town of Harmony on December 5th and 6th to shop and support local businesses for Christmas this year. Vendors will be selling a variety of goods and food to make shopping for the holidays a breeze!

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December 5, 2020 - December 23, 2020

Winter Wonderland at Roaring Camp

FELTON - Get in the holiday spirit by bringing the family to ride the Redwood Forest Steam Train to Bear Mountain. After your trip, head over to the Winter Wonderland walk-through at Bret Harte Hall. Pass through festive decorated trees and Christmas scenes on your way to see Santa Claus. Greet Santa from a safe distance and pick up a cup of cocoa to warm up in picnic areas on your way out. Dec 5-6, 12-13, 18-23.

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December 6, 2020

Cal Poly Choirs’ Holiday Kaleidoscope

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Virtual event. A variety of virtual choir presentations will be featured, with special guest appearances by the Valencia High School Choirs and Canzona Women’s Ensemble among others.

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December 12, 2020

Holiday Concert with Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Virtual event. Missing live classical music? Here's the next best thing, set in an intimate setting. In this virtual event, you’ll see a holiday concert with Pink Martini pianist Thomas Lauderdale and vocalist China Forbes followed by a live moderated Q&A session with audience members.

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December 13, 2020

Sunday Seaside Crafts

SANTA CRUZ - Follow along with this DIY at-home experiment to explore the effects of ocean acidification on shelled sea creatures. Watch to learn about the research at UC Santa Cruz that investigates this problem and the things we can change in our daily lives to minimize our carbon footprints—then try the experiment out for yourself!

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December 13, 2020 - December 15, 2020

California King Tides

SANTA CRUZ - California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz County! King Tides mean the highest tides of the year, but also the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration.

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December 18, 2020

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: Drive In Movies “Nutcracker the Movie”

SANTA CRUZ - Agape Dance Presents “Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Drive-In Theater and The Nutracker the Movie”. Enjoy the showing this amazing, beautiful holiday adventure ballet movie in the comfort and safety of your own car! A portion of the ticket sales benefits Jacob’s Heart.

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December 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Virtual Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo

ATASCADERO - The Annual Holiday Magic celebration is back! Zookeepers have stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, December 19th to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. Join Santa and the staff for some Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo to enjoy the festivities!

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January 2021

January 1

First Fridays at Four Concert

SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society's First Fridays at Four series features a new YouTube performance by orchestra members in local landmarks and locations. The free recorded concerts premiere the first Friday of every month at 4:00pm.

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January 11 - January 12

California King Tides

SANTA CRUZ - California King Tides are coming to Santa Cruz County! King Tides mean the highest tides of the year, but also the lowest, most dramatic negative tides. These extreme low tides pose prime conditions for tide pooling, miles of beach walking, and extended beach exploration.

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January 23

Helen Hunt Jackson Returns

HERITAGE VALLEY - Experience the annual re-enactment of Helen Hunt Jackson’s January, 1882 visit to Camulos, now the Rancho Camulos Museum and National Historic Landmark.  Her visit inspired her to include this vestige of the Californio lifestyle as one of the settings for her novel "Ramona".  Re-enactors will engage and delight you.  Reservations are suggested but not required.

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February 2021

February 4 - February 7

Cambria Film Festival

CAMBRIA - The 4th annual Cambria Film Festival offers guests a hybrid viewing experience. The 68 selected films will be presented with a mix of virtual screenings and a few, limited capacity, theater viewings. These international films focus on romance, romantic comedies and the complexities of love. Over the course of the four-day festival, guests will watch the best of the submitted shorts, features and documentaries.

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February 5

First Fridays at Four Concert

SANTA MARIA - The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society's First Fridays at Four series features a new YouTube performance by orchestra members in local landmarks and locations. The free recorded concerts premiere the first Friday of every month at 4:00pm.

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