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December 2018

December 26, 2018 - April 15, 2019

Whale Watching Season in Oxnard

OXNARD - Catch a glimpse of nature during Whale Watching Season taking place off the coast of Oxnard. The season begins the day after Christmas, December 26 and runs through mid-April. Both Island Packers and Channel Islands Sportfishing Center offer daily excursions to view the Pacific Gray Whales during their annual journey.

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January 2019

January 1 - January 31

Sip & Fit

GILROY - Celebrate California Restaurant Month in Gilroy! All month long in January, Gilroy restaurants will be offering special “Sip & Fit” deals pairing a variety of healthy food options with award-winning local wines.

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January 18 - January 27

Oxnard Restaurant Week

OXNARD - Savor delicious cuisine, wine and beer at discounted prices during Oxnard’s Restaurant Week. This year’s theme is “Taco’s, Treats & Tastings” and participating restaurants range from American to Italian to Japanese to Mexican fare and more! Oxnard Restaurant Week is held in conjunction with California Restaurant Month designed to promote culinary travel throughout the state.

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January 25 - January 27

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

CAMBRIA - From Friday, January 25, through Sunday, January 27, the Cambria Art & Wine Festival will celebrate two of the things that make Cambria so unique. With wine tasting, art shows, auctions, wine and food pairings, and artist demonstrations, wine and art lovers from all over California will find plenty to do during this festival weekend.

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January 25 - February 10

Streetcar Named Desire

SANTA MARIA - Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. This 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama award winning play, opened on Broadway on Decebmer 3, 1947. Presented January 25 through February 10 by Santa Maria Civic Theatre.

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January 26 - January 27

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

Helen Hunt Jackson

Experience Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1882 visit to Rancho Camulos which inspired her to include this vestige of the California lifestyle as one of the settings for her novel "Ramona".  This year’s re-enactment has been expanded to two performances with a meet-and-greet reception with Helen Hunt Jackson and the Del Valle family to follow each one. Suggested donation $10. Purchase tickets online (recommended) at ranchocamulos.org, or at the gate.

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January 30 - February 9

34th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SANTA BARBARA - The Santa Barbara International Film Festival celebrates its 34th anniversary in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara. The event draws some of the biggest names in cinema amidst the buzz of Oscar season. Over 200 films, tributes and symposiums fill two star-studded weeks, bringing the best of independent and international cinema to Santa Barbara. Photo: Jay Sinclair, Courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara

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February 2019

February 2

John Reischman & The Jaybirds

PASO ROBLES - Like the powerful mandolinist and composer at its helm, John Reischman and the Jaybirds fashion a stylish take on bluegrass that seamlessly blends original songs and instrumentals with Appalachian old-time music for a truly unique band sound. Now in their 20th year, the Jaybirds are simultaneously innovative and unadorned, sophisticated and stripped-down, happily old-fashioned and 21st-century contemporary. Doors open 6:30pm; show starts 7:30pm. $20 tickets.

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February 4 - February 10

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

MONTEREY - Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Chris Harrison and Dierks Bentley. What does this foursome have in common? All four are among celebrities who have played at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament, played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and the Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore course. This annual golf tournament features an all-star lineup of both pros and celebrities, making it as much fun for serious duffers as it is autograph seekers and star…

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February 7 - March 3

Shakespeare in Love

SANTA MARIA - Presented by PCPA Theaterfest. This romantic comedy is a whimsical homage to playmaking and a glimpse into the kind of passion that may have inspired one of the greatest love stories of all time. Suffering from a bad case of writer's block, young Will Shakespeare falls in love with Viola. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming, and backstage theatrics, Will's love for her inspires him to write his masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet.

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February 9

Migration Festival

SANTA CRUZ - Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full-day of activities that celebrate the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, active kids' games, crafts, educational booths and displays, along with the now-famous free habitat-cake served at the end of the event!

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February 12 - February 20

Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain

VENTURA - Tall Ships return to visit Ventura Harbor and Ventura Harbor Village. Ventura Harbor Village will host both vessels from Feb 12-20; Hawaiian Chieftain alone Feb 20-24; and Lady Washington alone from Feb 26-Mar 4. Enjoy educational programs, vessel tours, and sailing trips. Tours generally occur only the first Friday in port from 2-6pm and on weekends from 10am-1pm. Consider a Valentine's Day Sweetheart's Sail on Feb 14!

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February 16

Romance in the Redwoods

SANTA CRUZ - On this easy 2-hour walk you will learn about the courtship behaviors of some of the park's most fascinating plants and animals. Join us and discover how banana slugs, redwood trees and more celebrate love in the wild! Meet at Big Basin Redwoods State Park Headquarters. Event made possible by Mountain Parks Foundation and California State Parks.

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February 16 - February 17

Big, Bad & Ugly Surf Invitational

MORRO BAY - The Estero Bay Surf Club presents the infamous 28th Annual Big, Bad and Ugly Surf Invitational. "The Ugly" is one of the most challenging surfing events in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs' schedule. The Estero Bay Surf Club will host a dinner Saturday evening.

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February 17

2019 Paso Robles Rhone Rangers Experience

PASO ROBLES - The 45+ members of the Paso Robles Chapter of the Rhone Rangers invite you to join them for a day in Paso Robles Wine Country with some of America’s leading producers of Rhone varietals as they explore what makes Paso Robles so ideal for these great grapes and wines.

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February 22 - March 3

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week

SANTA BARBARA - Get your forks ready for Santa Barbara Restaurant Week! The tasty 10-day event provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate Santa Barbara’s flourishing culinary scene, and dine at the area’s best establishments for a great price: $25 two-course lunch and $40 three-course dinner.

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February 23 - February 24

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off

SANTA CRUZ - Attention chowder lovers! Taste the best at the 38th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Sample chowder from Amateur Chefs on Saturday, followed by Professional Chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowder, and you can help pick a winner each day.

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February 24 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ventura Harbor Village Chowder Taste

VENTURA - Ventura Harbor Village's Chowder Taste to coincide with National Clam Chowder Day will feature handcrafted chowders and live music.

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February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Camarillo Ranch Wedding Showcase

CAMARILLO - Mix and mingle with sixty wedding vendors who can help plan the wedding of your dreams. Taste decadent food, dessert and beverage samples as you plan the perfect menu. Online ticket sales have closed. Purchase tickets at the entrance $25 per person. All guest 3+ will require a ticket to enter. Cash and Credit payments will be accepted.

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March 2019

March 1 - March 31

Ventura Harbor Village Mermaid Month

VENTURA - Ventura Harbor Village's Mermaid Month returns in March. The event features a dozen coastal boutiques and galleries feature mermaid merchandise. Highlights include a live mermaid meet and greet, entertainment and crafts. Most activities are free.

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March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4th Annual Beer March

CAMARILLO - This annual event features over 20 craft breweries that partner with local downtown businesses and also offer a fun community day of live entertainment for family and friends who can get their "Irish on". Beer drinkers, 21 years of age and over, will receive a keepsake beer glass. Tickets are $35 each in advance, and $45 each the day of the event.

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March 23

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Agua Caliente Clippers

SANTA CRUZ - Cheer on the Santa Cruz Warriors, the most advanced players in the world outside of the NBA as they compete against the Agua Caliente Clippers in a 3,200 seat facility near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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