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May 2019

May 19, 2019 - June 30, 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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October 2019

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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January 2020

January 1 - December 31

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 - March 28

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 - January 31

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 16 - January 19

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 - January 20

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 - February 2

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 19

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 - January 26

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 - January 26

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 @ 10:00 am - January 26 @ 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 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Helen Hunt Jackson

HERITAGE VALLEY - Experience Helen Hunt Jackson’s January 23, 1882 visit to Rancho Camulos National Historic Landmark that inspired the book Ramona.  She wrote it to call attention to the mistreatment of Native Americans particularly through government policy.  However, its major impact was that it caused the first tourism boom to California.  This annual living history reenactment where the history, myth, and romance of old California still linger will delight you.

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January 26

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 @ 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 - February 9

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 6 - February 9

Cambria Film Festival

CAMBRIA - The Cambria Film Festival returns for its third year to celebrate romance, romantic comedies and the complexity of love in the charming seaside town of Cambria. Join in on the fun with the Opening Night Reception and Film at Stolo Vineyards; enjoy independent films from around the world; hear from the filmmakers with Film Talks; and celebrate at the Closing Night Gala and Awards Ceremony.

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February 13 - March 1

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 20

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 - February 23

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 27 - March 1

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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March 2020

March 20 - March 22

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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