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May 2019

May 19, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio

PASO ROBLES - Internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro will premier his largest artwork to date—an enormous multi-acre walk-through installation—at Sensorio in Paso Robles, California beginning May 19, 2019. Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio will use an array of over 58,800 stemmed spheres lit by fiber-optics, gently illuminating the landscape in subtle blooms of morphing color that describe the undulating landscape.

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June 2019

June 29 - September 21

Summer Concert Series

CAMARILLO - 2019 Summer Concert Series includes: Upstream on June 29 (Reggae/Calypso), Mighty Cash Cats on July 27 (Country/Bluegrass), Bleeding Harp on Aug 24 (Rhythym & Blues), L.A. Vation on September 21 (Rock & Roll).  Food trucks will be on site.

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September 2019

September 1 - December 7

Studio Channel Islands: Open Art Studio

CAMARILLO - First Saturday of every month and by appointment, the art studios are open to the public. As many as 40 of the areas very best artists welcome visitors into their studios to watch them create sculptures, paintings and multimedia pieces up-close and personal. Free admission and free parking.

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September 6 - September 30

Santa Clara Valley Wineries Fall Passport

SANTA CLARA VALLEY - Pick up your Passport to wine tasting adventures in September along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail! As a Passport holder, you can expect up to three one-ounce pours at each winery you visit from September 6-30. Participating wineries may have food and entertainment, pour special select or library wines, or offer barrel samples and attractive discounts during the month.

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September 7 - November 9

Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore

FILLMORE - Enjoy a beautiful family friendly 3 or 4 hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the year. Ride on historic train cars used in several well known movies, tv shows and commercials. Each Weekend Scenic adventure includes 2 fun stops to explore along the route. Sept 7, 8, 14, 21, 28, Nov 2, 9.

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September 7 @ 6:30 pm - December 7 @ 8:30 pm

Saturday In The Park – Summer Concerts Series featuring Stellar Band

ATASCADERO - Enjoy the sounds of summer at Atascadero’s Saturday in the Park, 2019 Summer Concert Series, to be held on Saturday, September 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Atascadero Lake Park Bandstand.  Saturday’s concert will feature Stellar!

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September 8 - December 29

Sunday Football & Breakfast at Peter B’s

MONTEREY - Sunday Football & Breakfast is back at Peter B’s Brewpub. Watch your favorite teams at Peter B’s on 18 HDTV’s while enjoying breakfast and Peter B’s drink specials including: $5 Pint* or Mimosa, $6 Bloody Mary, $9 Tito’s Brewer Bloody Mary, $8 Breakfast Entrees from 9:30am to 11am. Peter B’s daily happy hour runs from 4pm to 6:30pm and late night happy hour kicks off Sunday’s from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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September 14 - October 20

Northern California Renaissance Faire

GILROY - Huzzah! Step back in time to at the Northern California Renaissance Faire and enjoy hearty ales, fine foods, and handmade crafts. Hundreds of costumed performers roam the streets and act on five different stages. Don’t miss the exciting Tournament of Horses, Saturday Night concert series, and theme weekends. Open weekends only at Casa de Fruta, September 14 – October 20.

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September 14 - September 28

Harbor Dinner Cruises with Island Packers

VENTURA HARBOR - On selected Saturdays through September, passengers can cruise the protected waters of Ventura Harbor, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and listen to quality music aboard a comfortable motor catamaran. Food on these limited capacity trips will be catered by local restaurants. Guests will enjoy live music.  A variety of beers, wines produced by local wineries, as well as non – alcoholic beverages, are available for purchase.

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September 20 - September 22

81st Annual Solvang Danish Days

SOLVANG - California’s premier Danish heritage festival returns in 2019 to celebrate its 83rd anniversary. The three-day event weekend’s numerous offerings, encompassing activities for all ages, range from fan-favorite food events surrounding Aebleskiver, the iconic Danish pastry rounds; to a Danish-style beer and wine garden; to a historical reenactment in the form of a Viking Encampment; to axe-throwing, folk dancers and musicians, three parades, and an Old World artisanal crafts marketplace.

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September 20 - September 21

4th Annual Showdown Cornhole Tournament

ATASCADERO - Come show off your cornhole skills at the 4th Annual Conhole Tournament for your chance to wine cash prizes. Starting on Friday there will be a one-on-one double elimination tournament, then compete in the Saturday eight team round robin.

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September 20 - September 22

Indycar Series Championship

MONTEREY COUNTY - The wait is over for the highly-anticipated return of INDYCAR racing to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca! America’s premier open-wheel series crowns its 2019 champion at the season finale in its racing spiritual home of Monterey.

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September 20 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Maren Morris

AVILA BEACH - The GIRL: the World Tour with Maren Morris hits Avila Beach, CA on September 20th!

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September 21

59th Annual Sandcastle Building Contest

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Amazing sand sculpting talent will be on display as anyone who would like to build a castle can enter the contest. Judges bestow awards for multiple categories, from the coveted Golden Shovel, to the tongue-in-cheek Sour Grapes. And because bribery (non-monetary) is encouraged, it’s not unusual to see platters of food, bottles of wine, chair massages and other indulgences being offered to the people in charge. Held on Carmel Beach from Scenic south of 10th. Photo: Visit Carmel

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September 21 - September 22

16th Annual Cruzin’ For Life Car Show & Friday Night Cruise

SANTA MARIA - Come see beautiful cars at the Cruzin’ for Life Car Show! Proceeds stay local and benefit Marian Cancer Care Services – The American Cancer Society and Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. Car Show begins Friday night at the Fairpark with chicken BBQ and continues on Saturday with live music. There will be a cancer Survivor Cruise starting at 6 p.m. so come out and watch all the beautiful cars cruise up and down Broadway!

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September 21

San Simeon State Park and WR Hearst Memorial Beach Clean-Up

SAN SIMEON - Each year during California Coastal Clean-Up Day in mid-September, the Coastal Discovery Center organizes public participation in the San Simeon Bay's beach clean-up, by providing litter bags and direction for clean-up volunteers. The Coastal Discover Center offers interactive exhibits and education programs which highlight the cultural and natural history of old San Simeon, California State Parks and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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September 21

Summer Concert Series

CAMARILLO - Enjoy free concerts in the park presented by Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District and the City of Camarillo. Located at the Constitution Park in Camarillo, Saturday, September 21 at 7:30pm. L.A Vation-U2 tribute (Rock & Roll) will be playing. Arrive early and enjoy a delicious meal or treat from food vendors!

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September 21

Savor Solvang Danish Days at Root 246

SOLVANG - Stylish hotel in the heart of Solvang, Hotel Corque houses equally stylish restaurant and bar, Root 246. During Danish Days weekend, Root 246 will be offering special treats with a nod to its Solvang locale: the “Danish Mint Julep” (mint-infused aquavit cocktail with dark rum) and a three-Course “Danish Days Prix Fixe” dinner menu ($38.00++ pp), including Smørrebrød (smoked local whitefish) and Flæskesteg (roasted Niman Ranch Pork with crackling).

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September 24 - October 2

Oktoberfest at Peter B’s Brewpub

MONTEREY - Celebrate Oktoberfest at Peter B's with specials all night long including 25 oz. mugs* for $8 (excluding specialty and barrel aged ales), and grilled bratwurst with mashed potatoes, sour kraut and grain mustard for $8. In addition, enjoy live music with Monterey International Duo from 6-9 p.m. September 24-25. October 1-2.

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September 24

Peter B’s 23rd Anniversary

MONTEREY - Come enjoy Hour Happy Hour All Night for Peter B's 23rd Anniversary. In addition, Peter B's will offer a four-course Brewer's Dinner at 6pm with limited seating. $60++ per person, $40++ Mug Club Members. Reservations Required, call 831.649.7874.

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September 26 - October 24

#TBT Food Truck Festival

CAMARILLO - There’s no better way to spend a #throwbackthursday than at the historic Camarillo Ranch for #TBT Food Truck Fest! Enjoy food trucks, local beer, live entertainment and more! Admission is FREE and money spent at the event helps support the Camarillo Ranch Foundation.

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September 26 - September 28

Central Coast Writers Conference

MORRO BAY - Whether you are a new writer or an established author, the 35th Annual Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference will elevate your writing and passion to the next level. This destination conference offers workshops in all genres presented by an inspiring faculty – from Academy Award winners to New York Time bestselling authors. While staying in Morro Bay offers the perfect inspiration for your next project.

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September 27 - September 29

Monterey Jazz Festival

MONTEREY - The longest continuously-running annual jazz event in the world takes over the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. The Monterey Jazz Festival showcases iconic jazz legends and up-and-coming talents on eight separate stages accompanied by delicious food vendors and merchandise vendors. Notable acts for 2019 include Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Kenny Barron, Dave Holland and many more!

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September 27 - September 29

Los Alamos Old Days 2019

LOS ALAMOS - The Los Alamos Old Days Celebration honors and preserves the town’s authentic Western heritage. Highlights of the weekend celebration include free entertainment, two-day Peddlers Mart, and Sunday morning’s Greatest Little Small Town Parade! The 2019 celebration will take place on September 27-29 on Bell Street in Downtown Los Alamos.

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September 27 - November 3

Halloween at Gilroy Gardens

GILROY - The BOO is Back! Bring your little ghouls and goblins out for spook-tacular Halloween fun at Gilroy Gardens (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from September 27 to November 3). You can sing and dance along to “The Great Big BOO!” live musical show, trick-or-treat along the Boo Trail, and enjoy “spookified” rides and mystical light displays throughout the park.

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September 28

Lighthouse Century Bicycle Rally

SAN SIMEON - The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club invites you to the 48th Lighthouse Century. We offer relatively flat 50 and 75 mile routes that follow Highway 1 and a challenging Century that also climbs out and back on Highway 46. The 75 and Century routes extend north beyond Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. Scenic coastal vistas and cool ocean breezes typify this beautiful ride.

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September 28

Studio Channel Islands: Concerto in the Gallery

CAMARILLO - Enjoy a tasteful evening of classical music prepared by Armen Guzelimian and friends. Stimulate the sense with various works of art and musical selections from Bizet’s Carmen, timeless songs for the clarinet and piano from Gershwin, and original compositions for the piano by Don Harper. Saturday, September 28 at 7pm located at the Studio Channel Islands.

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September 28

Gathering in the Grove

SANTA CRUZ - Don’t miss this unique Culinary Journey! Be transported by the magic of steam to a dining experience amongst the trees. Prepare to savor a delightful three course dinner engineered by Roaring Camp’s Chef, Alessio Casagrande, direct from Italy.

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September 28 - October 31

Fall Harvest Festival

CONEJO VALLEY - Head to Conejo Valley for tractor-drawn wagon rides, corn maze, corn stalk labyrinth, Pig Races, Animal Show, Pumpkin House, Pumpkin playhouse, live music and entertainment. Get your fall goodies at Pick-Your-Own fields and Pumpkin Patch, see farm animals, play in the hay pyramids, Fun Hill, Kid's Corral, Combine Slide, Cotton Harvester Slide, catch a Farmer Craig's Chicken Show and more!

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September 28

Bubblyfest

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Bubblyfest is BACK! Join us for a gorgeous weekend in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley Wine Country at the historic La Lomita Ranch at Bubblyfest, a celebration of sparkling wine and champagne! Bring your best friends (and your picnic blanket), and sip your way through more than 40 different sparkling wines from around the world.

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September 28 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

1st Annual Santa Barbara County Farm Day

SANTA MARIA - Explore. Learn. Taste. On Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10 am – 3 pm, more than ten Santa Barbara County farms, ranches, wineries, and agricultural organizations will open their doors and invite the public to experience a day of agricultural activities and tours. Come celebrate the 1st Annual Santa Barbara County Farm Day!

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September 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Catch The Spanish Imagination

SANTA MARIA - ‘Feel the Music’ with the Santa Maria Philharmonic. Experience the magic and beauty of the Spanish guitar with soloist Jack Cimo performing ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ by Rodrigo. Maestro Nowak also leads the orchestra in Copland’s charming ‘El Salon Mexico’, and Bizet’s captivating ‘Carmen Suite No.2’: a French impression of Spanish life with a gypsy flair that will capture your imagination.

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September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

6th Annual Wine Walk

CAMARILLO - More than 25 local business stops along the boulevard will provide a tasting of some of the best wineries and local craft breweries! Come and stroll Old Town Camarillo on September 29th, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm! There will be more than 25 local businesses, up and down Ventura Boulevard, providing live music and a tasting of local wineries and craft breweries!

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October 2019

October 1 - October 31

Scarecrow Festival

CAMBRIA & SAN SIMEON - October in Cambria and San Simeon holds a special appeal! The weather is at its most spectacular and the Annual Scarecrow Festival, named to Travel Channel's Don't Miss List, is in full swing. All month long, scarecrows showcase the artistic creativity, whimsical spirit and sense of humor that is Cambria. Hundreds of scarecrows line the streets, shop windows and beach fronts of these coastal communities.

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October 3

31st Annual Taste of Carmel

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Taste of Carmel features local food and wine, live music, outdoor activities, culinary education and experiences, a silent auction showcasing area restaurants, inns and boutique goods — all set in an ancient forest near a white sand beach. This year's theme is Wild Wild Fest! The Taste of Carmel is your gateway to exploring world-class dining and top-rated wines, live music from The Money Band and a silent auction. Photo: Visit Carmel

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October 4 - October 6

Morro Bay Harbor Festival

MORRO BAY - The Morro Bay Harbor Festival celebrates all things Morro Bay and its Harbor. This family friendly three-day event includes live entertainment across two stages, local food and beverage, “Giovanni’s Down the Hatch” oyster eating contest, a fun Hawaiian shirt contest, and more!

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October 4

Tent City After Dark Concert

ATASCADERO - Tent City After Dark is back and it'll be better than ever. The Colony Days fundraiser will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 in Sunken Gardens inside the historical re-enactment of Tent City. There will be food, wine and beer, live music and so much more!

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October 5

24th Annual Multicultural Festival

OXNARD - Oxnard celebrates its cultural diversity during the Multicultural Festival. Highlights include musical entertainment, fun educational activities, international booths, car displays and more. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and takes place in Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard. Free. Photo: Multicultural Festival

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October 5

Butterfly Parade & Bazaar

PACIFIC GROVE - Pacific Grove celebrates its heritage every October with the Butterfly Parade and Bazaar. The Butterfly Parade, as well as the Butterfly Bazaar that follows, celebrates the return of the Monarch butterfly to Pacific Grove, the beautiful insects' annual wintering stop.

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October 5

6th Annual Pumpkin Rolling Contest

CARMEL -BY-THE-SEA - Pick your pumpkin and roll it down the specially constructed course in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Saturday, Oct. 5 down Ocean Avenue. The course will be lined with hay bales and fencing to keep pumpkins from veering off track and give spectators a front row view of the heart-stopping action. Photo: Visit Carmel

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October 5

Colony Days

ATASCADERO - Experience life the way it used to be during the early days of the Colony of Atascadero! The day will start with a special parade down El Camino Real followed by a variety of activities throughout Tent City and Sunken Gardens, tours of City Hall, the Colony House and more. This event is free to the public and there will be food available for purchase.

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October 5

4th Annual Santa Maria Beerfest

SANTA MARIA - The 4th annual Santa Maria Beer Fest is a great event showcasing local and regional craft beers and is a festival celebrating beer in general. This year’s event will be bigger, better and celebrated in a wonderful outdoor venue. Over 30 breweries showcased, food trucks, corn hole, beer pong and some great entertainment.

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October 5

Brewgrass Festival

SANTA CRUZ - Featuring local breweries, music from favorite bluegrass artists and food from, popular local food trucks VIP Brewgrass Tasting Train roundtrip from Santa Cruz to Roaring Camp.

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October 5 - October 6

Steam & Harvest Festival

SANTA CRUZ - Step into the incredible world of steam power at the Harvest Faire & Steam Festival presented by Kinetic Steam Works and Roaring Camp Railroad.

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October 5

Dinner & Libations for the Station

HARMONY - Enjoy pours from Harmony Cellars and 927 Beer Co. as you wander the grounds of the Piedras Blancas Light Station. Wood fired pizzas by Torricella, live music by Marcus DiMaggio and silent auction will add to the experience. Event is 4:00-6:30pm. Reservations required; $65/person. Ticket includes dinner, wine and beers pours, dessert, logo glass and Light Station tour.

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October 5, 2019 - April 30, 2020

Egypt’s Lost Cities at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

SIMI VALLEY - 1200 years ago, two bustling cities in ancient Egypt were known throughout the world as cultural centers of power, wealth, trade, and artistry. One day as the Mediterranean sun beat down on the bay of Aboukir, the cities slipped into the sea, buried for centuries. Just one decade ago, underwater archeologist Franck Goddio delivered the discovery of a millennium when he located the entire civilization.

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October 5 - October 27

PumpkinLiners in Fillmore

FILLMORE - Weekends, October 5-27: Witches, ghouls and goblins come out to haunt at the Fillmore & Western Railway's pumpkin patch. Families can go looking for their own "great pumpkin" on PumpkinLiner excursions. Activities include Jolly Jumps, hayrides, haunted house, vendor booths, carousel, pumpkin maze, food and more. Trains stay at the pumpkin patch for one to one and a half hours before returning to Fillmore. Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. departures.

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October 5 - October 27

Zombie Hunter Paintball Train in Fillmore

FILLMORE - Select Days, October 5-27: Take a train ride through the battle grounds of the Zombie Apocalypse! You will be armed with a paintball gun loaded with Zombie flesh-eating toxic paintballs. Zombies DO NOT shoot back. Everything is provided; extra paintballs will be available for purchase onboard. No one under 18 may ride without an adult. Saturday, Sunday and Select Fridays. 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Zombie Hunter (ages 10+), $55; Ride Only, $25. Advance tickets required.

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October 6

Ottavio’s 50th Year Celebration: Open House

CAMARILLO - The Belvedere family is celebrating 50 years in Camarillo! They want to thank their patrons for all of their support over the years with an open house. Celebrate with them and enjoy complimentary music, food and drinks! Live band from 12:30-4:30: Hudson&Delilah, serving small plates and desserts, complimentary select Italian wine and beers, giveaways EVERY HOUR!

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October 11 - October 13

2019 Lompoc Chalk Festival

LOMPOC - Lompoc Chalks will take place in Old Town Lompoc, at the two public parking lots located at Cypress Avenue and I Streets, near “Art Alley.” Chalking, entertainment, food trucks, artisan vendors, hayrides, mural tours, theatre tours, a beer and wine garden, VIP sponsor area, and more! Small squares for children ($12, includes box of chalk and space) and larger squares for adults (starting at $150).

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October 11 - October 27

GhostWalk 2019

SANTA PAULA - GhostWalk developed by Santa Paula Theater Center to highlight local history of Santa Clara River Valley. The walking tour has patrons meet colorful ghosts who share their stories "real or imagined". October 11-27 (Fri, Sat, Sun 6PM to 9PM with 7 tours a night). Tours begin at the Santa Paula Depot, and end at The Old Mill. Tours are approximately an hour long. General Admission tickets are $15.00 and $10.00 for children under the age of 12.

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October 11 - October 27

Santa Maria Civic Theatre: Lucky Stiff

SANTA MARIA - Harry Witherspoon lives an uneventful life in East Grinstead, England. His life takes a dramatic turn when he learns that his uncle Anthony, a casino manager from Atlantic City, has been killed by his blind lover. Harry stands to inherit $6,000,000 – but only if he agrees to take his Uncle’s corpse on a trip to Monte Carlo. Otherwise, the money will all go to his uncle’s favorite charity, the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.

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October 12

Meet The Makers

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Stoll through charming Carmel-by-the-Sea sipping on Monterey County wines and meeting the artists who carry on the colony legacy by touring their galleries on Saturday, Oct. 12. The one-square-mile village is one of the most renowned artist colonies in the world with more than 100 galleries sprinkled throughout in its secret pathways and hidden courtyards. Photo: Visit Carmel

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October 12 - October 13

2019 Central Coast AirFest

SANTA MARIA - Come out and enjoy the second annual Central Coast AirFest. See you out there!

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October 12 - October 27

Thomas & Percy’s Halloween Party

SANTA CRUZ - Dress up for Halloween with favorites Thomas and Percy at Roaring Camp Railroad, for a 20 minute train ride, entertainment, and fun filled activities for the entire family. Oct 12-13, 19-20, 26-27.

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October 12

Reyes Adobe Days

CONEJO VALLEY - The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is an interpretive center featuring an early 1800s adobe rancho built by the Reyes family whose legacy dates back to the Portola expedition. The site has tours and educational programs to view the home and barn. Every October the city hosts an annual Reyes Adobe Days festival showcasing the historical site with culture entertainment in addition to other citywide events.

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October 12 - October 13

Seaside Highland Games

VENTURA - The premier Scottish event on the Central Coast. Ageless Celtic pastimes are honored, pipes play tunes handed down through the ages, large men throw very heavy things, Scottish entertainers, clan tents, Scottish food, Highland dancing, reenactments, darts, Scottish Fiddling Competition and more at the Ventura County Fairgrounds right beside the sea. There is an admission charge.

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October 12

Pioneer Day

PASO ROBLES - Paso Robles’ heritage tradition comes alive in and around downtown during the annual Pioneer Day event. Bring the whole family to downtown for this historical event that includes a parade, free bean feed, and daylong activities including antique/classic car judging, children’s pet show, little cowboy/cowgirl contest, whiskerino contest, horseshoe pitching contest and much more. Be sure to wear your Pioneer Day pin, or you might get thrown in the hoosegow!

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October 13

Jeepers Creepers Half Marathon: 5k & 10k

CAMARILLO - Race start: Half- 8:00 am, 10k - 8:15 am, 5k-8:30 am. Start / Finish will be at the Pleasant Valley Fields Park at the Village at The Park Sports Complex. Their course is over mostly flat Camarillo bike path. Prizes for the best costumes, so come dressed in your favorite Halloween gear. All runners will receive a finisher medal, water bottle, race day athlete tech T-shirt, reusable goody bag.

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October 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Fiesta Del Mar at Monterey Bay Aquarium

MONTEREY - Celebrating ocean conservation and Latin American traditions has never been this fun...or this delicious! Four talented chefs will demonstrate how to prepare their favorite sustainable seafood recipes—and you can savor free tastings! So bring the whole family to enjoy the activities and the culinary delights at Fiesta del Mar. The day includes live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more. Children 12 and under admitted free all day. Photo: © Monterey Bay Aquarium

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October 17 - October 20

Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley

SANTA YNEZ - “Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley: The First Course in Food, Wine, and Experiences”, is an inaugural, immersive food, wine and experiential event meant to introduce guests to the edible and imbibe-able bounty of this burgeoning food, wine and beer destination. The new signature event will take place in the six Santa Ynez Valley wine country towns of Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Los Olivos, Solvang, Ballard and Buellton.

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October 18

Gryffin

AVILA BEACH - GRYFFIN is bringing his GRAVITY II Tour to Avila Beach, CA. Gryffin introduced the world to his magnetic take on electronic music: infinitely melodic, immaculately composed, massive in emotion. In the three years since that track shot to #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral charts, the L.A.-based producer has pushed his artistry to a bold new level, transcending genre boundaries while drawing larger and larger crowds for his unforgettable multi instrumental, live show.

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October 18 - October 20

Harvest Festival

PASO ROBLES - Come celebrate Harvest Wine Weekend, October 18-20. In Paso Robles Wine Country, you’ll discover award-winning wines, exceptional restaurants, and breathtaking views all without tension or pretension. Try a taste for yourself with more than 140-weekend activities! Winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, and live music are just a few of the exciting offerings that await!

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October 19

Harvest Dinner at Hearst Ranch Winery

SAN SIMEON - Join Jim and Debi Saunders of Hearst Ranch Winery at the beautiful seaside Warehouse in San Simeon to celebrate Harvest Weekend with a Winemaker's Dinner! Menu prepared by Chef Jennie Sturgeon of Trumpet Vine Catering and perfectly paired with award-winning wines. Enjoy live music as you dine behind the private gates of our historic seaside warehouse.

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October 19

Downtown Gilroy Halloween Beer Crawl

GILROY - The 21-and-over crowd can enjoy some grown-up “tricks and treats” at the Halloween Beer Crawl in downtown Gilroy on Saturday, October 19. Come in costume and sample different craft beers at pour stations located throughout the historic downtown district. You’ll also enjoy food, shopping, live music, and more!

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October 19 @ 10:00 am

Los Olivos Day in the Country

LOS OLIVOS - Join Los Olivos’ most popular festival of the year! This event celebrates this quaint country town with an early morning family fun run, small-town parade, hundreds of local and regional crafters, artists and food purveyors, wine tasting, tractor show, and more fun for all ages! Come enjoy country living the way it used to be.

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October 19 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Archeology Day at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - Get your hands dirty sifting sand to find hidden clues to the past at the Mission’s dig site, carve your own soapstone bead, and see flint knapping demonstrations.

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October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Portola Paw-ty: Charity Gala for AFRP & Doggie Fashion Show

MONTEREY - Portola Hotel & Spa and Titos Vodka are proud to support Animal Friends Rescue Project with a charity gala and doggie fashion show. The evening includes a silent auction, reception with hand passed Hors d'Oeuvres, doggie fashion show, three course diner, and dancing with DJ Scott. Formal attire. $75 ticket includes admission to doggie fashion show, a drink ticket, three-course dinner, and dancing.

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October 24

Wine Dinner With Joyce Wine Company

MONTEREY - Enjoy a fall harvest wine dinner at The Portola Hotel & Spa with Joyce Wine Company. Experience a wonderfully paired five-course pre-fixe dinner and a selection of Joyce wines at The Club Room inside the Portola Hotel & Spa. Chef Daniel Williston and Winemaker, Russell Joyce will curate the story of the evening by discussing the pairings and elaborating on the flavors carefully paired within each course. Tickets are $90 per person inclusive, reservations required, call 831.649.7874.

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October 26 - October 27

Oxnard Steampunk Fest

OXNARD - Oxnard Steampunk Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Square. The event is a blend of Victorian era and technology with a bit of science fiction and fantasy mixed in – all that is whimsical with costumed characters, merchants and presenters. Cost TBD. Photo: Steampunk Fest

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October 26

Zoo Boo at the Charles Paddock Zoo

ATASCADERO - It’s Halloween fun for all ages as we prepare for another spooktackular evening at the Charles Paddock Zoo! Get your best costume ready and bring the entire family out to a not-too-scary evening at Zoo Boo! You can expect Halloween decorations throughout the Zoo along with Carnival games, a costume contest, Halloween activities, a Haunted House and tricks and treats to enjoy!

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October 26

HOWL-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest

VENTURA HARBOR - A wonderful display of dogs (and owners) in creative and thematic costumes to win prizes! Starts at 11am – however, please arrive at 10:30 to sign up! Enter your pup in the fun and parade your pooch around the pet-friendly Harbor Village! No entry fee. Hundreds come to watch and take photos. Accept a maximum off 100 dog entries, so please pre-register to secure your spot.

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October 26

103rd City Birthday Party, Parade and Street Dance

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA -  The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea was incorporated on Halloween in 1916, so it celebrates its birthday and the country’s favorite costume-and-candy holiday with a Halloween Parade through downtown in which all are welcome to participate or spectate. Following the 11 a.m. parade is a hot-dog lunch with all the fixin's—City dignitaries, VIPs, costumed dogs and kids, and residents and visitors alike gather for this upbeat affair, followed by a street dance! Photo: Visit Carmel

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October 26

Boo Fest

CAMARILLO - Trick-or-Trick in Old Town Camarillo, October 28, 2019. This FREE event is for kids of all ages! Trick or Treat with your scariest costumes up and down the Boulevard at participating stops. Make sure to bring a bag to collect all the fun candies and goodies!

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October 26

Kids Seaside Trick or Treat

VENTURA HARBOR - This will be an afternoon full of Halloween sweets, face painting and family fun! Participation for the Trick or Treat is complimentary. Bring your own bag (but we’ll have extra in case you forget)! Grab a last-minute accessory at Hats Unlimited or Lost in Socks to complete your Halloween costume and let the kids indulge in arcade games and candy apples at Village Carousel & Arcade!

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October 27

#TBT Food Truck Festival Featuring Adolfo Camarillo’s Birthday Celebration

CAMARILLO - Celebrate Adolfo Camarillo’s Birthday Celebration at the historic Camarillo Ranch for #TBT Food Truck Festival! Join in from 12-4pm for food trucks, local beer and wine, and live entertainment!

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October 27

Channel Islands Farmers’ Market Pumpkin Fun Day

OXNARD - Channel Islands Harbor Farmers’ Market Pumpkin Fun Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The day includes art activities for kids, trick or treating all day, children’s costume parade, and prizes. Certified Farmers’ Market features an array of fall harvest from local farmers. Free.  Photo: Ventura County Harbor Department

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October 30 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Halloween Fun Farmer’s Market

ATASCADERO - Get fresh and locally grown produce every Wednesday from 3:00pm–6:00pm at the Atascadero’s Farmers Market in the beautiful Sunken Gardens. Come dressed up and get a treat from the farmers!

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October 31 - November 3

Paderewski Festival

PASO ROBLES - The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival celebrating Paso Robles' rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski - virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy.

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November 2019

November 2 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Village Days at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - The Tule Village comes to life as visitors experience the blending of traditional Chumash and Colonial Spanish life ways. Demonstrators help visitors learn a variety of skills such as grinding acorns, basket weaving, building a tule house, making soapstone beads or tule dolls, and playing Chumash games.

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November 3

Morro Bay Triathlon

MORRO BAY - This destination triathlon offers Olympic and sprint courses around Morro Bay’s waterfront. The event begins with a harbor swim, kayak, or SUP paddle, followed by a bike ride along beautiful Estero Bay, and ends with a run on the beach boardwalk, over the sand dunes and along the beach, ending at Morro Rock. #swimbikerun in Morro Bay.  Photo credit: Kaoriphoto.com

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November 7 - November 9

Big Sur Food & Wine

MONTEREY - Indulge in fantastic food, great wines and exquisite scenery at the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival. Local and visiting restaurants, resorts and wineries from all over will team up for dinners and tastings at unique Big Sur locations.

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November 7 - December 22

PCPA: The Little Mermaid

SANTA MARIA - Disney's The Little Mermaid is a spectacular holiday production that will amaze families. PCPA will collaborate with director Melissa Rain Anderson (Always…Patsy Cline) and New York City’s 2 Ring Circus to bring breathtaking aerial feats and imaginative theatrical magic to tell the story of Ariel, the beautiful young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

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November 8 - November 10

Santa Maria Civic Theatre: 12 Angry Men

SANTA MARIA - It is 1957, and twelve men have been led into a jury room of a New York City court of law. They are given final instructions about determining the verdict in a murder case whose defendant faces the death penalty if found guilty. After a preliminary vote, all but one of the jurors presume he is guilty. Juror #8 is the only one who feels differently. Because they must come to a unanimous decision, debates begin.

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November 8 - November 10

Garagiste Festival

PASO ROBLES - Garagiste – a Paso wine tasting tradition and a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world, it is a place for the underground, the different, and the cutting edge of small production winemaking with no rules.

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November 9 - November 10

7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day

VENTURA - Over 20 Ventura County farms, ranches, nurseries and other agricultural operations will open their doors to the public during the 7th Annual Ventura County Farm Day. On Saturday, November 9, visitors will experience a day of agricultural activities and meet the farmers who grow the food they eat. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.

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November 9

Murder Mystery Lunch Train Viva Lost Vegas

FILLMORE - All aboard for a hilarious, outrageous afternoon murder mystery comedy performed while you enjoy the railway's signature Orange Blossom Chicken three-course lunch. Theme: Viva Lost Vegas! Set in the "Vegas days" of the infamous "RAT PACK". Meet and greet celebrities and songwriters while determining who is responsible for the death of the Ratster you never knew about! "What happens on the Train.....Stays on the Train!" Reservations required.

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November 9 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Veteran’s Day Weekend at Monterey Bay Aquarium

MONTEREY - The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be honoring the bravery and sacrifice of U.S. military personnel by offering free admission over Veterans Day weekend for Veterans, Active-duty military, Reservists, and Retirees. Must present a valid military ID. Discount tickets for family members can be purchased in advance at participating bases. Photo: ©Monterey Bay Aquarium

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November 10, 2019 - January 6, 2020

Holiday Lights at the Reagan Library

SIMI VALLEY - From the moment you step onto the property until the moment you depart, your senses will be filled with all things Christmas! Current and nostalgic holiday tunes will make you smile; the scent of yuletide treats will tease your nose; and everywhere you look you will see festive, stunning displays of light. You, your family, and your friends will experience the holidays like never before!

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November 10

Monterey Bay Half Marathon

MONTEREY - Grab your running shoes and hit the 13.1 mile route along some of Monterey’s most exquisite coastline. The Monterey Bay Half Marathon takes runners through historic downtown Monterey, over to Cannery Row, down the shore of Monterey Bay, into downtown Pacific Grove, and back along the coast to the grand finish at Custom House Plaza.

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November 11

Veteran’s Day at the Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial

ATASCADERO - The Atascadero Veterans Memorial is a beautiful place to pay tribute to those who have served and put themselves in harm's way to protect and defend our nation.

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November 14 - December 29

The Polar Express Train in Fillmore

FILLMORE - Select dates November 14th - December 29th: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train. Enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and a reenactment of the The Polar Express! Wear your pajamas, dress warm, and remember to bring your camera. Visit website for more details.

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November 16

Holiday Boutique

ATASCADERO - Kick off the holiday season at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero! Over 50 vendors await for you at this one-day craft show where all the items are handmade! Get a head start on you holiday shopping or buy something special just for you.

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November 16

5th Annual Taco Day on Traffic Way

ATASCADERO - Join the 5th Annual Taco Day on Traffic Way! November 16 from 1-4 pm, Downtown Atascadero along Traffic Way – shop and eat your way down Traffic Way and see the cool businesses along the way! Music, Prizes and Family Fun awaits! Bring your wallet to purchase tacos from the variety of taco vendors PLUS vote for your favorite taco! Come hungry!

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November 17

Wine Country Runs Half Marathon

PASO ROBLES - This Fall Wine Country Runs is a moderately challenging course amongst the vines featuring beer and wine. The race will also feature a 5K Run/Walk and a Kid's 1/2 Mile Fun Run. Half Marathon course is set along picturesque country roads and vineyards and along the Salinas River. 5K course is flat and fast. Kids have their own race too.

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November 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sip Lompoc

LOMPOC - Skip the Black Friday shopping hustle and bustle, and instead spend the afternoon leisurely sipping wine with your friends and family in Lompoc. Sip Lompoc features the chance to go wine tasting at ten locations around Lompoc, from the “Wine Ghetto” to Midtown to the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Center. Tickets include exclusive Sip Lompoc logo glass, printed map of all wine destinations, reusable and recyclable logo wine tote, and more!

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November 23

49th Annual Homecrafters Marketplace

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - One of the most anticipated events of the holidays, the city's Homecrafters' Marketplace features 100 vendors from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties selling their own handmade crafts and artwork. Each has been subjected to a jury panel for selection, ensuring high-quality goods and a wide range of unique offerings. The sale takes place in the parking lots of the city's Sunset Cultural Center. Photo: Visit Carmel

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November 29 - December 8

Holiday Tree Walk

SANTA CRUZ - Get in the holiday spirit by bringing family and friends to ride Roaring Camp’s daytime steam train to Bear Mountain. At the summit, you may sip hot cider and delight in viewing a tree-lined walk of beautifully decorated holiday trees. Trees are provided by Patchen California Christmas Tree Farm, Los Gatos. For each donated toy, Roaring Camp will deduct $2 per train ticket, purchased in person only. November 29-30, December 1, 7-8.

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November 29 - December 31

Holiday Lights Train

SANTA CRUZ - A seasonal tradition returns to Santa Cruz with the Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train. Vintage excursion cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through city streets past homes of Santa Cruz. Nov 29-30; Dec 1, 7-8, 14-23. New Years Train Dec 26-31.

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November 30 - December 22

Sugar Plum Express Holiday Village & Tree Train in Santa Paula

SANTA PAULA - Take a short train to our Holiday Village (at Loose Caboose)! Santa will be onboard to visit everyone. Once there you can select a pre-cut Christmas Tree, purchase unique gifts and goodies, enjoy the new Winter Wonderland walk-thru ($3), Carousel Rides ($3), hop on the Holiday Jolly Jumpers ($3), take a Hayride ($3), visit craft vendors & see Santa's Workshop. Also view the Koi fish, goats & birds while exploring.

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January 2020

January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Monterey 250

MONTEREY - 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 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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