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May 2019

May 19, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio

SENSORIO CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 1.  PASO ROBLES - Internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro's largest artwork to date—an enormous multi-acre walk-through installation—at Sensorio in Paso Robles, California. Bruce Munro: Field of Light at Sensorio uses 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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January 2020

January 1 - December 31

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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June 2020

June 7

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 14

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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July 2020

July 11

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 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 - July 19

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 @ 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 @ 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 - August 2

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 - August 2

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 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - May 14, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

All-You-Can-Eat Gourmet Pizza

CAMBRIA - Enjoy an evening outdoors with delicious food, live music, yard games and more. The unlimited buffet includes all-you-can-eat gourmet pizza, dessert pizza, and mixed green salad! Adults: $19.95 Children (12 & under): $12.95. Call 805-927-4200 to RSVP.

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August 8 - August 9

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 - August 15

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 27 - August 30

Paso Robles Wine Festival

PASO ROBLES - The 38th Annual Wine Festival, 4-day celebration of Paso Wine, where small town charm meets world-class wine, kicks-off May 14 with a selection of Winemaker Dinners at area restaurants and continues through the weekend. NEW this year, Park Dinner Under The Oaks + Wine Country Auction. Dine under the historic oaks and enjoy a curated wine-dinner prepared by local chefs. Live auction follows dinner with incredible auction lots that will include rare wines, exciting trips, and unique…

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August 29

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 Saturday, May 2. 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 3

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 5 @ 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 18 - September 20

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 24 - September 27

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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October 2020

October 2 - October 4

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 - October 11

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 - October 11

Nature Track Film Festival

LOS OLIVOS - NatureTrack Film Festival is the only nature-focused film festival between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Located in the town of Los Olivos, known for its world-renowned wineries and restaurants, the festival attracts entries from around the world. Each has been thoughtfully curated and selected to “ignite passion for nature through film.” Photo Credit: Paul Zizka

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October 10

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

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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December 2020

December 18 - December 19

44th Annual Parade of Lights and Fireworks

VENTURA - Ventura Harbor celebrates the holiday season with its 44th annual Parade of Lights! The 2020 theme, "Kaleidoscope Holidays" pays homage to all things colorful. Now more than ever we need joyful reminders of how sweet life is, so we look forward to sharing this burst of color and holiday cheer on-the-water with the community and visitors this December.

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May 2021

May 29, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fiesta in a Bottle

AVILA BEACH - Come kick off summer in Avila Beach at Fiesta In A Bottle - 9th Annual Tequila Festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. This takes place on Memorial Weekend (Saturday, May 23rd) and will feature live music by Ozomatli and La Marcha! Doors open at 12pm. Tequila Tastings 12-3pm; La Marcha 1-2:30pm; Ozomatlj: 3:15-5pm. Events ends at 5pm. 21+ to enter.

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May 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - May 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

27th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival

AVILA BEACH - A landmark Central Coast event highlighting top name entertainment. This is the party that kicks off the outdoor concert season! With VIP, Beach Club Balcony, reserved theater-style and table seating and General Admission Lawn tickets available for sale. Gates open at noon and the show will start at 2PM and continue until sunset! Approximate show times are: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram 2pm-3pm; WAR 3:30-4:45pm; George Thorogood & The Destroyers 5:15-6:45pm.

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June 2021

June 26, 2021 - June 27, 2021

Seven Sisters Quilt Show

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The Seven Sisters Quilt Show features a display of hundreds of quilts and garments showcased by members of six Central Coast quilt guilds. The show provides educational judging for the participants and sponsored monetary awards. Attendees can vote for their favorite quilt, challenge quilt and garment.

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