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September 2016

September 3, 2016 - September 4, 2016

Aloha Beach Festival

Part surf contest, Frisbee competition and music festival, the event is the brainchild of Chipper "Bro" Bell, a 12-time world Frisbee champion, surf instructor and customer service representative for the Patagonia clothing company. Mixed into the surf and Frisbee competition was some Hawaiian aloha spirit, meaning, according to Bell, kindness, unity, modesty and patience.

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September 3, 2016 - September 4, 2016

California Street Longboard Classic

For the past 20 years, Thom Theys and Frank Sentes have been announcing the annual surf contest at California Street. Their combined surfing commentary and hilarous antics keep everyone entertained the entire weekend!

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September 25, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

34th Santa Cruz Triathlon

Santa Cruz, CA

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October 2016

October 1, 2016

Pier Under the Stars

Pier Under the Stars is Ventura's Premier wine/beer/food event to benefit the historic Ventura Pier.  Guests are treated to incredible food and beverage tastings, while enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean in this beautiful outdoor setting. Dance under the Stars to the upbeat sounds of Caliente, bid on items in a grea silent auction, and eat and drink the evening away under the stars.

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October 8, 2016 - October 10, 2016

Ojai Studio Artists Tour

The 33rd annual #Ojai Artists Tour takes places on October 8, 9, and 10. The self-guided tour offers guests an intimate glimpse into the private studios of Ojai’s accomplished artists and their inspiration to create.

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October 8, 2016 - October 9, 2016

The Detour Art Tour

Don’t miss the annual walking tour of local artists’ studios and homes throughout the #OjaiValley!

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November 2016

November 3, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Ojai Film Festival

The Ojai Film Festival is annually dedicated to presenting a wide array of distinguished motion pictures of filmmakers throughout the world. Come join the fun for this multi-day festival!

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November 24, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Serenity Season

Thanksgiving weekend officially kicks off the holiday season at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The entire Ojai community joins in for the annual tree lighting followed by five weeks of festive events!

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December 2016

December 2, 2016

Holiday Tree Lighting and Carmel Plaza Party

The towering tree at the city's major crossroads of Junipero Street and Ocean Avenue comes to life at Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Holiday Tree Lighting. Entertainment starts at 3:30 p.m. and Santa will make an appearance!  Immediately following the tree lighting the Carmel Plaza hosts an open house until 7 p.m., offering refreshments and entertainment.

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December 3, 2016

21st Annual Santa Maria Parade of Lights

The Santa Maria Parade of Lights is presented by The Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria & Nipomo, the Santa Maria Times and KCOY. Floats, bands, dancers, nonprofit organizations and other community groups will travel up Broadway from Stowell Road to Main Street for the parade, drawing approximately 2,500 participants, 250 community volunteers, local city and law enforcement personnel, and more than 100 Rotarians who have helped make the Christmas Parade of Lights a signature event for the Santa Maria Valley.

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December 4, 2016

Inns of Distinction Tour

Tour some of Carmel's most charming inns and enjoy holiday treats and beverages along with way.

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December 6, 2016 - December 7, 2016

Christmas at the Inns

It's Pacific Grove at its most picturesque, as ten of the town's bed and breakfasts and inns deck their halls and open their doors so you can share their holiday cheer in Victorian-era splendor.

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December 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016

Christmas in the Adobes

Step back into Monterey's past during Christmas in the Adobes. See the adobes by candlelight and enjoy refreshments and live performances as volunteers in period attire welcome you into historic homes decorated in historical style.

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December 10, 2016

55th Annual Old Town Orcutt Annual Christmas Parade

The parade has been a holiday favorite since 1961. Started by the volunteer fire department, the parade remains a hometown afternoon event. Parade-goers will see kids, dogs, floats, animals, cars, bands and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

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December 31, 2016

First Night Monterey

First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County with its family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Years Eve. Over thirty venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in the New Year.

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January 2017

January 13, 2017 - January 15, 2017

43rd Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

Come to Santa Cruz and explore the world of Wild Mushroom Foraging! Visit the Fungus Fair and learn about the hundreds of beautiful and fascinating species of mushrooms found in the Santa Cruz area.

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February 2017

February 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Western Monarch Day

Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. Western Monarch Day is a celebration with talks, booths and art for everyone.

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February 6, 2017 - February 12, 2017

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

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. The final round at Pebble Beach features the top-scoring pros and amateur players. Shuttles run from Carmel to the tournament.

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February 11, 2017

Migration Festival at Natural Bridges State Beach

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.

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February 24, 2017 - February 25, 2017

Craft Beer Festival

Join the fun as we celebrate local and visiting craft breweries. The two day festival at the Madonna Expo Center features food and beer pairings, entertainment, and educational beer seminars.

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February 24, 2017

Festival Mozaic

Join the Festival artists for a wine reception at the Mission San Luis Obispo Parish Hall and hear program highlights and performances. Music Director and Violinist Scott Yoo leads a Notable Encounter, which will take you behind the scenes of the music and provide musical insights and teach you what to listen for when the musicians perform their works in full. Notable Encounter Insight: Faure, Brahms & Bridge

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February 25, 2017 - February 26, 2017

Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook-Off at the Boardwalk

Now a 2-Day event! More than just a cook-off, the Clam Chowder Cook-Off is a wacky event with cooking teams also competing for most creative booth. Purchase tasting kits to sample chowders cooked up by both amateur and professional chefs or just take a stroll and watch chefs prepare their chowders.

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March 2017

March 4, 2017

Salamander Saturday

Join us as the “Ranch of the Bear” becomes “Ranch of the Newt,” celebrating our amphibian friends that make their way from beneath rocks and under logs to the creeks, wetlands and puddles of the park. Participate in our annual celebration honoring the often overlooked, but heroically well adapted amphibian native.

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March 4, 2017

Hummingbird Day at UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

A celebration of hummingbirds and the plants they love, with children's activities, tours, food and art. Adults $10. Students and ages 17 & under free admission.

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March 14, 2017 - March 19, 2017

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

The SLOIFF is proud to offer everything from cutting edge documentaries to tried and true cinema classics, the SLOIFF celebrates film on the ‘big screen’ by offering something for everyone. Experience HOLLYWOOD & VINES EVENTS that pair excellent local wines with film classics. Or the RED CARPET EVENTS, where we welcome celebrities from Hollywood filmmakers to action sports legends.

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March 16, 2017 - March 19, 2017

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest

The GourmetFest is an international food and wine festival in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The festival features the talents of Relais & Châteaux Chefs from around the world. Events include an opening night welcome party, a cooking demo, wine tastings, off-site tours combined with exciting lunches, featured chefs, world-class wine dinners, a rarities dinner, and a closing seafood grill and Champagne tasting.

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March 18, 2017

6th Annual Saint Patricks’s Day Car Show By Knights of Columbus

The event is from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. Louis de Montfort Church in Orcutt, Calif. Money will be raised for the Knights of Columbus youth and scholarship programs. In addition to cars, trucks and motorcycles of all years, makes and models, there will be a vendor fair, live music by Joe Daddy & The Sumthins, food and drink and a drawing.

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April 2017

April 8, 2017

Staves & Steel – Winery Warehouse Party

Second annual winery warehouse party! Celebrating Cima Collina new release artisan wines with seasonal sips, small lot barrel tastings and wine samples straight from the winery’s stainless steel tanks. Wood oven pizza and scrumptious food truck eats available for purchase. A portion of the event proceeds to benefit CASA of Monterey County. Location: Cima Collina Winery & Barrel Room, Marina Cost: $25 per person plus tax, Club members: $15 per person plus tax

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April 22, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Wildflower Weekend

Winter rains promise a profusion of spring wildflowers in the Waddell Valley. Come see them on display in the Rancho del Oso Nature Center and visit them on the park's trails during the Rancho del Oso Wildflower Weekend.

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April 23, 2017

Earth Day/Day of the Child

A celebration of Earth Day for families! Enjoy a free day of bilingual arts and crafts, live entertainment, relay races, interactive booths and more.

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April 26, 2017 - April 30, 2017

117th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament

The Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament is only one of a multitude of activities that tennis fans and visitors can partake in while visiting Ojai, an idyllic destination for those who know the more intricate settings of Southern California. Spectators will enjoy the best that tennis has to offer in the largest tennis tournament in the United States. The tournament features juniors, college and Pac-12 teams.

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May 2017

May 27, 2017 - May 29, 2017

36th Annual Civil War Battles & Encampment at Roaring Camp Railroads

Visit encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers. See battles at one of the West's longest-running Civil War reenactments.

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May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017

33rd Annual Santa Cruz Longboard Invitational

West Coast's oldest, longest-running competitive longboard surfing event, featuring amateur + pro surfers. Enter a chance to win a local-shared custom surfboard, browse local vendor booths and take in the view from Steamer Lane.

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May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017

40th Annual Art in the Park

Presented by the Ojai Art Center, the oldest non-profit art center in California, this festival attracts artists from all over! Art in the Park takes place in Libbey Park and features live music, food, and a student exhibition area!

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June 2017

June 11, 2017

31st Annual Ojai Wine Festival

The Ojai Wine Festival has been named by Sunset Magazine as one of the top five “Food and Wine Havens in the West.” This festival has become a favorite affair for attending wineries with their numbers doubling to event capacity every year at the beautiful Lake Casitas Recreation Area.

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June 18, 2017

Annual Run & Walk in the Name of Love

"Run in the Name of Love" is a scenic road race held annually on Father's Day. A 5K run begins at Carmel's historic Sunset Center and follows a coastal path alongside sandy white beaches and the dramatic Pacific Ocean, with a finish celebration overlooking Carmel Beach. Dogs are welcome to participate in the 2K walk/run which travels a similar course. All runners and walkers are encouraged to run in the name of someone they love.

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June 24, 2017

14th Annual Ojai Valley Lavender Festival

Don't miss the season to pick your own fragrant lavender! Frog Creek Farm offers a bounty of pick-your-own lavender. The Ojai Valley Lavender Festival offers scholarships to residents of the Ojai Valley who are, or will be, actively engaged in an educational program that focuses on agriculture practices or the beneficial uses of lavender. Free parking and admission with over 100 vendors!

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August 2017

August 4, 2017 - September 8, 2017

Concerts in the Plaza

Come experience San Luis Obispo’s annual Concerts in the Plaza every Friday night from 5 – 8pm in Mission Plaza. Each concert consists of different musical genres, ranging from reggae, blues and rock.

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August 17, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Described as a museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Car Week, and is the only event where cars are doing what they were originally intended to do…race.

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September 2017

September 2, 2017 - September 4, 2017

Monterey Greek Festival

Every Labor Day weekend, Monterey becomes a part of the Mediterranean as the Monterey Bay Greek Festival takes over Custom House Plaza. While you're munching on dolmades, you can watch traditional dance, listen to music, and even learn a little at a cultural lecture. Festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm and Monday from 11am to 4pm. General admission is free.

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September 8, 2017

Concerts in the Plaza

Come experience San Luis Obispo’s annual Concerts in the Plaza every Friday night from 5 – 8pm in Mission Plaza. Each concert consists of different musical genres, ranging from reggae, blues and rock.

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September 9, 2017

Gabilan Chapter Kinship, Wine & Food Tasting

California's Oldest Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event! This year’s event, held at the beautiful Paicines Ranch, features over two dozen wineries from world class vintners, twenty-five plus restaurants, music, and so much more. Enjoy an afternoon of food and wine while strolling around a beautiful restored working ranch with history back to the 1860’s.

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September 9, 2017

Vintage Surfboard Exhibition

Vintage surfboards from several decades from private collections will be on display. 9 am – 2 pm.

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September 10, 2017

Central Coast Mega Swap Meet

Located at the Estrella Warbird Museum, this event is far more than just an automotive swap meet. The $5 admission fee includes entrance to the swap meet, the Woodland Auto Display, and all other Estrella Warbird Museum artifact buildings and displays. With free parking and food from the Firestone Walker Beer Garden, this is a great day for a family outing!

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September 15, 2017 - September 17, 2017

California Beer Festival

Two events in one weekend: Experience craft beer nirvana in Ventura’s beautiful Mission Park at Saturday’s beer festival and sampling day, when there are over 100 beers on tap, food trucks, and live music. On Sunday, bring your lawn chairs and blankets for the annual Blues & BBQ Festival.

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September 16, 2017

Dinner on the Dunes

Hosted by Lone Madrone wines, Central Coast Outdoors takes visitors on a unique kayak tour. Kayak Morro Bay in the afternoon; spot some local wildlife before paddling to the outer sandspit; beach on the far side of the bay; then hike to the top of the sand dunes or stroll along the shore with a glass of wine in hand. Enjoy a California beach-style dinner, served with Lone Madrone wines. Watch a breathtaking sunset and then paddle back to the…

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September 18, 2017 - September 24, 2017

The Pure Insurance Championship

Junior golfers get the chance to play with champions like Ben Crenshaw, Isao Aoki, Tom Kite, Sandy Lyle, Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. This competition, broadcast on The Golf Channel, earns money for The First Tee, a charity that gives disadvantaged youngsters the opportunity to play golf. Admission to the event is free to the public.

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September 20, 2017 - October 1, 2017

California International Airshow

The California International Airshow Salinas returns to the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 37th year. Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics from the Patriots Jet Team, Metal Mulisha, the Pemberton's Wing Suit Jump, Robosaurus and more. There will also be military demos, military fly-bys and military/civilian aircraft displays. General Admission tickets for adults are $20 in advance.

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September 21, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Vintage Trailer Bash

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Vintage Trailer Bash at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground featuring pre-1980 trailers and motorhomes. This is a throwback weekend where people pull out all their retro / vintage gear and descend upon the town of Buellton. Activities are arranged for participants who have reserved a space, and there is an Open House for the public to view the trailers/cars/gear participants have brought.

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September 21, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

Monterey County is home to the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This premier road racing series features non-stop action with at least 10 different car manufacturers vying for the title with both professional and pro-am drivers behind the wheels. This new series is created by the merger between the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series.

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September 23, 2017

Lompoc Valley Historical Society Open House

Please come by the Lompoc Valley Historical Society open house and discover pieces of Lompoc's past. The home is an 1875 Victorian. Also on the property are a blacksmith shop, carriage house, museum and reference room with a huge inventory of family genealogy.

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September 23, 2017

Avila Apple Festival

Avila's See Canyon has a long history of apple growing and is home to more than 75 varieties of apples. The Avila Apple Festival, organized by the Avila Beach Civic Association, celebrates this long farming heritage with a celebration honoring our beautiful and delicious apples. This year, the Gala Dinner is back on Saturday from 5 to 9pm.

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September 23, 2017 - September 24, 2017

Still Frothy Surf Festival

Presented by Billabong, this unique two-day event includes the only Tow-At (jet-ski assist) Air Division on the Central Coast, Youth Divisions, JR Guard Challenge, and Pro-Am Contest.

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September 30, 2017 - October 1, 2017

California International Airshow at Salinas Municipal Airport

Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics from the Patriots Jet Team, Metal Mulisha, the Pemberton's Wing Suit Jump, Robosaurus and more. There will also be military demos, military fly-bys and military/civilian aircraft displays.

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September 30, 2017

Vertigo Day

Experience Hitcock's famous film at one of the filming locations. The Plaza History Association is hosting a Vertigo Day event with a tour, lecture, and free showing of the famous movie. Tickets are required for the tour and lecture.

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September 30, 2017

Banana Festival at the Port

Great Food! Live Bands! Port Tours! Celebrate the world’s funnest fruit at the Port of Hueneme. From boats & barges to rockin’ boats and yummy treats, bring you friends & family beachside for some banana fun!

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September 30, 2017 - October 1, 2017

Three Speckled Hens Antiques & Old Stuff Show

This nationally recognized biannual antiques show is not to be missed! Join the Three Speckled Hens and over 150 vintage and antiques dealers from all over California at the Paso Robles Event Center as you discover some of the most sought-after treasures, experiential booths, and more.

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October 2017

October 7, 2017

Lompoc Concert Association Performance

Andy Hackbarth, award-winning classical/Spanish, fingerstyle guitarist, pays tribute to the "Father of the Classical Guitar," Andres Segovia.

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October 7, 2017

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park Candlelight Tours

On an escorted walking tour by candlelight, guests travel back in time to the 1820s, moving from scene to scene enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the evening at La Purisima Mission. The scenes are sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous and always entertaining.

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October 8, 2017

Surfing For Hope

The Surfing for Hope Annual Longboard Contest is designed to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing. Surfing is the ideal format to help people in this situation by showing how positive and healthful this sport is, and it gives the surfing community the opportunity to give back to people in need by sharing what we love.

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October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Central Coast Railroad Festival

Visit San Luis Obispo for an educational, historical and entertaining festival to learn about the rail system throughout the Central Coast. The festival includes informational speakers and activities that educates visitors, fans and locals about the rails system from Salinas all the way through Santa Barbara.

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October 14, 2017

San Benito Olive Festival

Plan on a fun-filled olive festival from 10am to 5pm at the charming San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, just south of Hollister. Local growers and creators will welcome culinary adventurers from all over California. A special VIP tasting area featuring regional world-class wines and craft beers. Celebrity chefs entertain guests while performing cooking demonstrations. Award-winning olive oils, artisanal foods and gourmet chocolates will be available to sample and purchase.

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October 14, 2017

Lompoc Hospital Foundation 5K Colorthon

A new course awaits runners this year at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, with color stations sprinkled throughout a rural running trail. Runners and walkers, families and teams will enjoy this festive and active event in a historic and wide-open location.

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October 14, 2017

Concerts on the Bay: Jungle Fire and Orgōne

Jungle Fire digs deep into afro/latin funk music with a highly explosive psychedelic and uniquely Angeleno flavor! Serving up a healthy dose of originals and deep latin/afro funk covers all cooked up together in a live mixtape style set ensuring an energy that is nothing short of fire. Orgōne delivers dirty, organic, California soul with heart; music that grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you wantingly onto the dance floor.

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October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Solvang FaiereFest

Solvang FaireFest Celebrate whimsy, magic, and beauty by joining with lore masters, musicians, artisans, costume enthusiasts, puppeteers, and magical folk of all kind! All ages welcome to enjoy food, performances, costume contests, games, arts and crafts, and more!

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October 16, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Lompoc Valley Scarecrow Fest

The Fourth Annual Lompoc Valley Scarecrow Fest will take place from October 16 - 31. Sponsored by Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau and Shop Lompoc Shop Small, the Scarecrow Fest scarecrows will be on display around town at several different businesses and organizations.

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October 18, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Carmel International Film Festival

Filmmakers, film lovers, and industry professionals enjoy the Carmel International Film Festival, which showcases the best of independent cinema and contemporary art, music, and photography from around the globe, including narrative feature, documentary, short, student, retrospective, and premièring films. Looking to educate and entertain, the festival also includes an interactive lecture series, including a film score demonstration in real time, Art in the Park featuring artists in various mediums, art auctions, film and panel discussion, and an emerging-artists music café.

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October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017

71st Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival

This highly anticipated event attracts visitors from the entire state. Generations of families look forward to spending three days overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. Join in this City Celebration with Live Music, a Beer & Wine Pub, Best Local Clam Chowder Contest, Clam Bake, Clam Dig, Food Trucks, Vendors, a Family-Fun Kid Zone, and more!

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October 21, 2017

Flow West Daytreat

Venture away for the day, on a journey of holistic wellness stimulating the mind, body and soul. Some of the most insightful individuals in Ventura County will gather to share their passions and knowledge. Dive into Wellness Principles, explore through Yoga and crack open the surface of Ayurvedic practices.

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October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017

9th Annual Ghost Walk

New spirits and locations have arisen...Take a guided walking tour of several local sites with ghost sightings and paranormal activities!

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October 27, 2017 - October 28, 2017

Halloween Harvest Costume Ball

The Headless Horseman will greet guests as they arrive at the gate to this Halloween Harvest Costume Ball, with Zombies roaming the grounds covered in eerie fog. The castle will be decorated like never before with projection mapping technologies employed that will transform the castle into a dilapidated, crumbling building covered in vines. Get your costumes ready and don’t miss this event!

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October 28, 2017

Lompoc Valley Historical Society Open House

Please come by the Lompoc Valley Historical Society open house and discover pieces of Lompoc's past. The home is an 1875 Victorian. Also on the property are a blacksmith shop, carriage house, museum and reference room with a huge inventory of family genealogy.

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October 28, 2017

Golden Oak Honey Festival

Enjoy a relaxing day in the downtown Paso Robles City Park filled with everything honey! Attend seminars and learn about honey and honey bees, participate in the bee hive hairdo contest and spelling bee, and visit art and crafts, retail, and food vendors. Admission is free with the exception of the wine stroll, which is offered for a fee.

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October 28, 2017

Pumpkins in the Park

Pismo Beach Dinosaur Caves Park.

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November 2017

November 4, 2017

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park Village Day

At California’s most fully-restored Mission, visitors experience the blending of traditional Chumash Indian and Colonial Spanish culture. Costumed docents lead visitors in activities such as acorn grinding, basket weaving, making soapstone beads and tule dolls, and playing Chumash games. 11 am – 2 pm.

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November 4, 2017

Marching Band Review

Marching Bands from around across California come to Pismo Beach to compete in several divisions in this annual qualifying event. Bands compete on Dolliver between Hinds and Main Streets from approximately 9am-12pm. Awards will be presented on the Promenade near the base of the Pismo Pier.

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November 9, 2017 - January 28, 2018

Holiday Ice Rink in Conejo Valley

Visitors can celebrate the holiday season at the annual Holiday Ice Rink at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks. This family fun activity is a great way to get in the holiday spirit! Tickets cost $15. Days/Hours TBD.

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November 14, 2017 - November 19, 2017

TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational

The Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational attracts professional and amateur golfers of all stripes to Pebble Beach. The Invitational gives spectators a special chance to watch their favorite golfers in a more intimate and relaxed environment; viewers can even walk down the fairway right behind the golfers.

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November 16, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Holiday Extravaganza in Oceano

Starting November 16th through December 31st, at the Great American Melodrama Theater, this three-part evening opens with a heartwarming one-act version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Laugh until your sides ache in a hilarious fractured fairy tale opera and celebrate the season with our Holiday Vaudeville Revue. A Central Coast family tradition designed to bring a year’s worth of smiles to you and your loved ones in one magical evening.

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November 17, 2017 - November 19, 2017

Pismo Beach Open

The Pismo Beach Open presented by Dignity Health is a World Surf League - Qualifying Series 1,000 Contest that is putting Pismo Beach on the map as one of the top California surf destinations.

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November 18, 2017

Flavors of Pacific Grove

A celebration of the great chefs of Pacific Grove at Asilomar Conference Grounds. More than 120 donations of trips, restaurant certificates, accommodations & golf packages will also be auctioned off.

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November 24, 2017

Sip Lompoc

This event includes free tastings at over a dozen wine tasting rooms all around Lompoc, from the "Wine Ghetto" to Midtown to the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Center.

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November 25, 2017

Surfing Santa

Capitola Main Beach Surfing Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Main Beach at 12 noon. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and a camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all of the children.

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November 28, 2017 - November 29, 2017

Christmas at the Inns at Pacific Grove

It's Pacific Grove at its most picturesque, as ten of the town's bed and breakfasts and inns deck their halls and open their doors so you can share their holiday cheer in Victorian-era splendor.

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December 2017

December 1, 2017

42nd Annual Holiday Parade in San Luis Obispo

Join in the holiday fun at the Downtown Associations 42nd Annual Holiday parade!

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December 1, 2017

Holiday Tree Lighting & Party, Carmel-by-the-Sea

The towering tree at the top of the city's main boulevard comes to life at the Carmel Holiday Tree Lighting, which features choirs from local schools, special singing guests, and appearances by city dignitaries, among other festivities. Amidst the celebration, the mayor flips the switch to light the grand tree that becomes the city's welcoming beacon throughout the holiday season. Immediately following the tree lighting, head to Carmel Plaza for refreshments and entertainment.

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December 1, 2017

Light Up The Downtown in Atascadero

December 1st, starting at 5:30pm, enjoy a variety of Holiday songs while we anticipate the presentation of the beautiful lighting of Historic City Hall and around the Sunken Gardens, along with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! Start shopping early and enjoy “Art & Wine” at the variety of merchants in the Downtown!

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December 2, 2017

Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival

Pack those chaps and spurs for a wranglin' good time with some of the nation's top balladeers and cowboy/girl poets featured during the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. The three-day event hosts several great shows, open mic sessions, a western art and gear sale, silent auction and "cowboy" church service among other festivities.

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December 6, 2017

Santa Nights at the Camarillo Ranch

No better Christmas countdown than "Santa Nights" at the Camarillo Ranch. Join us on select dates for holiday-themed activities and crafts inside the home of the city's namesake, Adolfo Camarillo. Get in the holiday spirit with elegant lighting and Victorian Christmas décor, including festive Christmas trees featured in each room of the gorgeous 1982 Victorian mansion.

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December 8, 2017 - December 9, 2017

Christmas in the Adobes in Monterey

Step back into Monterey's past during Christmas in the Adobes. See the adobes by candlelight and enjoy refreshments and live performances as volunteers in period attire welcome you into historic homes decorated in historical style.

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December 8, 2017

Winter Wonderland in Atascadero

A winter paradise for all ages on December 8th from 5-9pm at Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens & Downtown! Massive snow slide, snow play areas, rock climbing wall, bounce houses, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus and over 50 food and craft vendors await you!

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December 9, 2017

56th Annual Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade

The Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade has been a holiday favorite since 1961. Started by the volunteer fire department, the parade remains a small town afternoon event. You’ll see kids, dogs, floats, animals, cars, bands and our special guest Santa. Join us on the second Saturday of December at high noon as we celebrate Christmas the Old Town Orcutt way.

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December 16, 2017

Holiday Magic at the Zoo

Experience the magic of the holiday season, on December 16th from 11am-2pm, as the zookeepers step in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be there too! Something for everyone!

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December 31, 2017

First Night Monterey

First Night Monterey celebrates the lively arts scene in Monterey County with its family-friendly celebration of the arts on New Years Eve. Over thirty venues hold concurrent performances and activities for both children and adults, culminating in a convergence on Custom House Plaza to ring in the New Year.

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January 2018

January 6, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Rain Forest Weekends at Roaring Camp

Learn about California’s own rain forest…its forests of coastal redwoods. Roaring Camp is offering weekend excursions of the rain forest by rail Saturdays and Sundays from Jan 6 to Mar 25, 2018. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains just a few miles from the ocean, winter in California’s rain forest is most dramatic. As visitors ride at branch level through a virgin forest by steam train, a narrator imparts fascinating information about the local eco-system of California redwood forests.

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January 12, 2018 - January 15, 2018

Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival

Every Martin Luther King weekend over 500 California bird festival lovers visit Morro Bay, a Globally Important Bird Area, to see, photograph, and learn more about birds. Morro Bay 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. Online registration will close Tues., Jan. 2 at midnight. After that you can only register at the…

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January 13, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fight The Fire Benefit

The Thomas Fire (the largest wildfire in modern California history) affected communities throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Flying Flags will host a fundraiser to benefit those affected. The event will feature food, beer and wine vendors, raffles, auctions, and entertainment. Performers will include popular local country musician Dylan Ortega, Texas-based artist Carrie Marie, and local bands from the area. All proceeds will be donated directly to the Thomas Fire Fund via the United Way of Ventura County.

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January 14, 2018 - January 28, 2018

Gilroy Restaurant Week “Taste of Garlic”

As part of the California Restaurant Month celebration, 15 different restaurants in Gilroy are featuring special garlic-themed dishes during Gilroy Restaurant Week (January 14-28). Spice up your winter road trip and stay a night or two in Gilroy so you can sample these delicious offerings. If you try at least five, you can enter to win a $500 prize!

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January 19, 2018 - March 1, 2018

Internationally Renowned Performances at the Sunset Center

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s historic Sunset Center will host incredible, internationally acclaimed performances, making a road trip to quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea well worth the journey. Highlights include author Anne Lamott (Jan 19), The Second City (Feb 15), Black Violin (Feb 16), One Night of Queen (Feb 21) and the incomparable k.d. lang (March 1). What began as a public school in 1926 has been transformed into a state-of-the-art performing arts center with an intimate 718 seats, stunning gothic architecture and incredible acoustics.

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January 21, 2018 - January 27, 2018

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week

January 21 – 27, 2018 is Restaurant Week in Buellton! Part of Santa Ynez Valley’s Restaurant Week, work up an appetite exploring Buellton and then discover the culinary delights this charming town has to offer. Special three-course meals are just $20.18! Since this is wine country, some tasting rooms and wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley will be offering special wine and small bite pairings to go along with the three-course dinner specials.

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February 2018

February 6, 2018 - February 13, 2018

Tall Ships in Oxnard

Channel Islands Harbor welcomes Lady Washington, a faithful replica of the first American ship to round Cape Horn and land in the Pacific Northwest, and the Hawaiian Chieftain, an authentic replica of an 18th century square rigged ship. Dockside tours and adventure sails are offered to the public.

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February 8, 2018 - February 11, 2018

Cambria Film Festival

The Cambria film festival highlights new and classic comedies. Eleven feature films and more than 30 shorts make up the Valentine’s Day weekend line-up. Don’t miss the closing champagne gala on Sunday, Feb 11 – Bing Crosby and Marion Davies star in the 1933s romantic comedy Going Hollywood – screened at the Hearst Castle Theatre. A full festival pass, with access to all films including the opening reception and the closing gala, costs $75.

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February 10, 2018

Migration Festival

Fly, swim, waddle, walk, bike or drive as you migrate to Natural Bridges State Beach for a full day of activities celebrating the migration of whales, butterflies, birds and the many creatures that travel. The park will host migratory animal talks, kids’ games, crafts, skits, live music, and the now famous free habitat-cake served at the end of the event. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and California State Parks.

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February 11, 2018

Valentine Movie Night

Treat your Valentine to a special night out on the town with the annual Valentine Movie Night. Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles is proud to host this annual event and classic movie showing of "You Can’t Take It With You". Enjoy popcorn, soda, champagne, chocolates and romance – all in the heart of downtown Paso Robles.

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February 13, 2018 - March 5, 2018

Tall Ships in Ventura Harbor

Tall Ships, Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, commence their annual voyage along the California coast and sail into Ventura Harbor at noon on Feb 13, and remain through March 5. Ships depart for Battle and Adventure Sales weekly, and a Valentine’s Day sail has been added on Feb 14 aboard Lady Washington.

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February 16, 2018 - February 19, 2018

Wine Country Weekend

The Wine Country Weekend is happening over the President’s Day holiday. During this fun-filled weekend, you can visit 13 participating winery tasting rooms to enjoy estate and library wines, delicious appetizers, and meet many of the winemakers and owners. Passports are $65 each, available at www.santaynezwinecountry.com.

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February 17, 2018 - February 18, 2018

28th Annual Big, Bad and Ugly Surf Invitational

The Estero Bay Surf Club proudly invites you to the infamous Big, Bad and Ugly Surf Invitational. “The Ugly” is one of the most challenging surfing events in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs’ schedule.

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February 19, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Lompoc Restaurant Week

Tasty offerings can be found in Lompoc during Lompoc Restaurant Week, presented by the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, February 19-25, 2018. Approximately 20 restaurants participate with plenty of choices for breakfast, lunch or dinner at special discounted rates. Visitors can also sip on Lompoc’s delicious wines at the 30 wineries located in Lompoc including the Wine Ghetto and at the wineries throughout the Sta. Rita Hills.

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February 22, 2018

Peter B’s Pop Up Beer Tasting Seminar

Tasting includes six Peter B’s craft beers. $15 per person for non-Mug Club Members. Reservation required. Limited space. 21 or older to attend. “Come taste the subtle intricacies of Peter B’s beers! We’ll talk about how to evaluate beer and how to describe beer. We’ll discuss what contributes to certain flavors and finish with a Q and A at the end. Just bring your excitement and questions! Cheers!” – Justin Rivard, Head Brewer

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February 23, 2018 - February 24, 2018

SLO Craft Beer Festival

Celebrate the brewers of craft beer and toast to their unique and wonderful creations. Many of the best U.S. breweries will be featured at this event. Tickets include souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, selected food samples, and access to all the great music.

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February 24, 2018

Chinese New Year

The Camarillo Public Library and Ventura County Chinese American Association welcomes the community in celebrating the Year of the Dog! Families can bring blankets or lawn chairs to watch performances and enjoy a picnic on the lawn. The event includes dance and music performances, food trucks, and family activities.

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February 25, 2018

The Orchestra Rocks! Family Concert

One universal element of music is rhythm. A consistent groove can unite musicians, singers, and audiences in an experience of listening and performing together. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with a professional orchestra, we discover how "the orchestra rocks!" Be sure to stay after and attend the "Instrument Petting Zoo" immediately after the concert.

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March 2018

March 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018

Mermaid Month At Ventura Harbor Village

From décor to artwork, to mermaid fashions, pottery and gifts, 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. There will be Mermaid Meet & Greets, Crafts, and more.

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March 1, 2018 - March 4, 2018

PuppetPalooza

Puppets of every kind will take over Santa Barbara at the inaugural “Santa Barbara International PuppetPalooza” from March 1 to 4. The four-day family-focused festival will feature over 20 performances and events at venues throughout the city, more than 30 puppeteers and artists, and showcase an extraordinary range of puppetry styles and practices.

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March 3, 2018

Aids Walk Ventura 2018

Aids Walk Ventura is a fun, healthy way for friends, families, and teams of co-workers to raise awareness and help to do their part in the fight against HIV & AIDS in Ventura County.

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March 9, 2018 - March 11, 2018

73rd Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show

Every March, Santa Barbara blooms with orchids in every imaginable shape, color, pattern and texture at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show. Held March 9 to 11 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 15, 2018 - March 18, 2018

Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest

GourmetFest is an international food and wine festival in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The festival features the talents of Relais & Châteaux Chefs from around the world. Events include an opening night welcome party, a cooking demo, wine tastings, off-site tours combined with exciting lunches, featured chefs, world-class wine dinners, a rarities dinner, and a closing Champagne tasting.

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March 15, 2018 - March 19, 2018

Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival

The Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, running from March 15 to 19 at the New Vic Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara, will feature films focused on themes of Jewish culture and identity. Organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, the festival will showcase documentaries, dramas, comedies and shorts by American, European and Israeli filmmakers.

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March 18, 2018

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival

The Buellton Wine & Chili Festival returns Sunday, March 18, 2018! Held annually at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground, guests can sample from a number of wineries, craft breweries and spirit companies. Not only can attendees enjoy local wine and brews, but also warm up with some of the best chili on the Central Coast, and all while listening to live music.

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March 18, 2018

Opening Day at Gilroy Gardens

Come discover this magical wonderland as Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park opens for the 2018 season! Enjoy over 40 fun rides and attractions, gorgeous gardens, and the world-famous Circus Trees. This year the popular Water Oasis play area will be doubling in size—with bigger slides for bigger kids, and bigger fun for everyone!

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March 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebration of the Whales Festival

Channel Islands Farmers’ Market in conjunction with the Channel Islands Harbor celebrates the migration of the Pacific Gray Whale during Oxnard’s Whale Watching Season. The event features an arts & crafts market, activities for children, BBQ and seafood booths and a certified Farmers’ Market. Admission is free.

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March 24, 2018 - March 25, 2018

Lompoc Renaissance Faire presented by Old Tyme Productions

Learn about life back in the Elizabethan Era, and enjoy lively entertainment, encampments of many Guilds, lives performances, and battle re-enactments. Watch a variety of live shows, have a drink at the pub, taste savory festival food, browse through specialty vendor faire, play in the family-friendly Kids Zone, watch the revelry of costumed participants as they take festival goes through portal to the past.

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March 24, 2018

Central Coast Craft Beer Fest

Enjoy over 40+ breweries, 5 wineries, 2 cideries, and live music at the beautiful and spacious Sunken Gardens in Atascadero. Commemorative cup and unlimited 2oz. pours. The Central Coast Craft Beer Fest benefits local charities and the Central Coast Brewers Guild whose mission is to increase awareness by educating consumers about the California Central Coast’s influence on local craft beer.

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March 31, 2018

Easter Eggstravaganza

The 29th annual Easter Eggstravaganza returns Saturday, March 31 at 10am at River View Park in Buellton! Presented by Buellton Recreation and Solvang Parks & Recreation, this fun-filled day features over 10,000 eggs, egg hunts for children 12 and under, games, activities, and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. Stay until the end for the 4th annual adult egg hunt with treats and prizes.

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March 31, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 6:30 pm

Champagne on Main

The Champagne on Main street fair begins at 11:00 AM with vendors and live entertainment which is free for the public. At 3:00 PM the Champagne on Main Wine Walk begins (21+ and tickets needed) which showcase 40 tasting locations of your favorite champagne, sparkling wine, wine, and craft beer.

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April 2018

April 5, 2018 - April 8, 2018

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

Enjoy four days of the best in food and wine with an epic epicurean event, Pebble Beach Food and Wine. Over 75 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. Experience the most legendary grand tasting the California coast has ever seen.

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April 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden Spring Bird Walk

Join the Morro Coast Audubon Society for a birding walk for all skill levels. This engaging walk through San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs will get you acquainted with the wide variety of feathered friends found in SLO County. We will look for spring birds, with likely sightings of: white-tailed kite, red-shouldered hawk, California quail, and California scrub-jay. Walk is $5 for Garden and Audubon members; $10 non-members. Registration is preferred. A $3 Parking fee is charged…

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April 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Orchid Show Preview Benefit

This elegant evening includes Central Coast wines, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music, a silent auction and awards presentation. Guest judges select their favorite orchid. Attendees get first selection of orchids for purchase, and will have an opportunity to talk with the vendors prior to the show opening to the general public. Support the restoration, maintenance and operation of the Point San Luis Light Station. PREVIEW BENEFIT TICKETS are $50. Call 1-805-540-5771 or 1-805-489-0683 to purchase tickets in advance.

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April 14, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Pacific Grove Good Old Days

Come to “America’s Last Hometown” for an old-fashioned celebration with Pacific Grove’s Good Old Days Festival. Home to Monterey County's largest arts and crafts show, with over 225 art and food vendors on Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove, 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 14, 2018

2018 Central Coast Orchid Show & Sale

The 23rd annual Central Coast Orchid Show & Sale and Companion Plants will be held at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande, CA. General admission is $6 and includes a door prize ticket. Children 12 and under are free; don't miss the fun in the kids' activity area. The American Orchid Society will judge plants being exhibited.

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April 19, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Sea Otter Classic

Sea Otter Classic at Laguna Seca Raceway 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 19, 2018 - April 23, 2018

Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Spring Weekend

The Santa Barbara Vintners New Release Spring Weekend is four days of wine, food and fun throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, April 21 at River View Park in Lompoc. Throughout the weekend many wineries host their own events, including open houses, winemaker dinners, library tastings, vineyard walks, and barrel tastings.

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April 20, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Lompoc SpringFest

A three-day celebration featuring food and craft vendors, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, a car show (Saturday), BBQ competitions (Saturday/Sunday), and a motorcycle show (Sunday). No pets are allowed in the park during the festival. Presented by the Lompoc Valley Festival Association.

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April 21, 2018 - April 22, 2018

48th Annual Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Santa Barbara’s 48th Annual Earth Day Festival, presented by the Community Environmental Council, is one of the longest-running public Earth Day celebrations in the country. Held over two days at Alameda Park, the festival features live music, organic food booths, an eco-marketplace, fitness activities and a green car show, organized for the community to honor our planet and explore ways to sustainably live on it.

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April 28, 2018

Ventura County Blues Festival

13th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival (formerly Simi Valley Blues Festival) brings you a charity event put on by the Ventura County Blues Society. The event has blues giants like Earl Thomas, John Nemeth, Deb Ryder, Alan Wright Band, Sandy Scott, Blues to the Bone and more! There will also be a guitar giveaway, craft vendors, and delicious food!

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April 28, 2018

Founding Day Festival

Commemorate 236 years of history at the birthplace of Santa Barbara, El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park. Celebrate the history of Santa Barbara at the Founding Day Festival, a free event with a costumed reenactment of the original Founding Ceremony held in 1782, education activities for the whole family, and local entertainment in the heart of historical downtown Santa Barbara.

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April 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Superheroes Seaside

In celebration of National Superhero Day and in honor of all Superheroes (local and beyond!) Ventura Harbor Village hosts this family-friendly event. Snap a photo and meet with a fictional look-a-alike such as Captain America, the Black Panther, and Wonder Woman, and meet real-life local heroes who save lives and keep us safe including Ventura Port District's Harbor Patrol and Ventura County Fire Dept. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and receive SUPER deals. The event is free to the…

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May 2018

May 3, 2018 - May 6, 2018

Ferrari Challenge

The rolling hills of Monterey will be humming with the sounds of speedy Italian race cars during the Ferrari Challenge, May 3-6. Get an adrenaline rush as Ferrari's take on the challenging 2.238 mile course at the iconic Laguna Seca Raceway. Whether you’re a Ferrari enthusiast, motorsport fan or simply fascinated by Italian thoroughbreds, the Ferrari Challenge is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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May 5, 2018

2018 Corporate Games

Closing ceremonies after 6 weeks of friendly business to business competitions take place annually at Harbor Cove Beach in the Ventura Harbor. Families and friends are invited to join Corporate Games participants for the final events which include a sand sculpture contest, corn hole championships, a tug-o-war and the awards ceremony. A shuttle takes Mom & Dad & the kids to a Family Zone in Ventura Harbor Village with a bounce house and rock climbing wall.

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May 5, 2018

Mission to Mars Launch from VAFB

NASA is aiming for May 2018 as the next available window to launch its Insight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) spacecraft on a mission to Mars from Vandenberg Airforce Base, near Lompoc. This will be the only interplanetary launch in six decades from VAFB, and the first mission to focus on the deep interior of Mars. Date subject to change. Official public viewing is off of Corral Road near Vandenberg's main gate. Onsite parking.

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May 5, 2018

Winemaker’s Celebration

Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals will be available for sampling at the Winemakers’ Celebration in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves.

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May 5, 2018

Buellton Brew Fest

The seventh annual Buellton Brew Fest is happening Saturday, May 5, from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the scenic River View Park (151 Sycamore Dr., Buellton)! This is an exciting event with more than 50 breweries, wineries and spirits, live entertainment, food trucks and lawn games. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the day! Need a ride? Jump on the Brew Bus from neighboring cities Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Lompoc.

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May 5, 2018

The Condors Among Us

Get to know our resident California Condor. Come to the Fillmore Historical Museum Depot on May 5th at 4pm and learn how the condor is being saved from extintion, and how you can experience this noble giant. RSVP at: info@heritagevalley.net. Also on May 5, Fillmore and Western Railway will offer a 10% condor discount on their Weekend Scenic four-hour train ride through Heritage Valley - the scenic, historic, agricultural, and small town communities along Hwy 126 corridor.

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May 11, 2018

Warbirds Wings & Wheels Barn Dance

Come out Friday night May 11th and enjoy Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band. $35 per person includes dinner, dancing, along with No Host Beer and Wine Bar. Table of 8: $245. Table of 10: $315. Reservations required. Call Carol 805.674.3939.

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May 12, 2018

Warbirds Wings & Wheels 10 Car Show and Mega Automotive Swap Meet

An amazing event! Your Car Show entry includes a T-Shirt, Two all-access wristbands, goodie bag, dash plaque, event poster, and picture of your car with Warbird Plane. Spectator hours 7am to 4pm. Free parking. Donation: $5 Adults; 12 and under Free. Donation includes car show, swap meet, entry to all museum buildings, vintage tractor display, corn hole tournament, Firestone Walker Brewing Company beer gardens, and more!

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May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day Walk at Big Basin

Honor the spirited women who lived in, worked in, and fought for the Basin throughout its history. Living history reenactments bring you back in time to meet pioneer homemaker Alice Maddock, Josephine McCrackin, “Savior of the Redwoods,” and Harriet "Petey" Weaver, the first female Ranger. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this 0.5 mile, 1 hour guided walk. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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May 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pacific Breeze Concert

The Pacific Breeze Concert Series kicks off with a special Monther's Day Concert to honor all of the Moms out there. Join us for this free concert featuring the Damon Castillo Band at Dinosaur Caves Park from 1-4pm.

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May 18, 2018 - May 20, 2018

25th Annual Carmel Art Festival

Combining plein-air painting and live sculpting with exhibits and sales, and lots of live music, the Carmel Art Festival takes over four days of artistic creativity. Artists create in the park and outdoors throughout the Monterey Peninsula, while Saturday features more Sculpture in the Park, along with live music, awards, and live and silent auctions of the plein-air pieces. On Sunday, artists engage in a Quick Draw competition, with the results also put on sale alongside more plein-air pieces.

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May 19, 2018

Wings of History Air Museum Open House & Fly-In

The 18th annual Open House & Fly-In at the Wings of History Air Museum at San Martin Airport (just north of Gilroy) includes free admission to the museum, free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17, model aircraft demonstrations, antique aircraft, cars and tractors on display, tethered hot air balloon rides, model building…and more!

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May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018

Strawberry Festival in Arroyo Grande

As one of California's largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box!

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May 26, 2018 - May 28, 2018

I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival

The plaza of Old Mission Santa Barbara is the setting for i Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival where hundreds of artists produce colorful chalk paintings in squares marked off on the pavement. Named for the Italian street painters who traditionally depicted the Madonna, the festival raises funds for the Children’s Creative Project, a nonprofit arts education program, and includes food booths and live music.

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May 26, 2018 - May 27, 2018

33rd Annual Longboard Invitational

West Coast's oldest, longest-running competitive longboard surfing event, featuring amateur and pro surfers. Enter a chance to win a local-shared custom surfboard, browse local vendor booths and take in the view from Steamer Lane.

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May 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

This docent-guided walking tour of the Sanctuary provides quiet herd observation along the way. Meet some of the mustangs that live at the sanctuary and represent a vital link to the history of the horse in North America.

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May 27, 2018

25th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival

The Party that kicks off the Summer! The 25th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival will feature Huey Lewis & The News, the Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson, and opening the show, Shemekia Copeland.

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June 2018

June 2, 2018 - June 3, 2018

Artichoke Festival in Monterey

The Artichoke Festival is a celebration of all things artichoke. The event, held at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, includes 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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June 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Los Olivos Block Party: Locals Love

Join us in Los Olivos as we celebrate the start of summer at our town Block Party! Come get some "Locals Love" with specials all over town, created just for this day. We're even planning a mini bocce tournament at our local tasting rooms here in town! You'll find wine specials, food trucks, live music and more all over town.

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June 6, 2018 - August 29, 2018

Capitola Summer Twilight Concerts

Bring chairs, jackets, a picnic supper, and the family to enjoy live music and the sunset.

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June 15, 2018 - August 31, 2018

Friday Night Bands on the Beach Boardwalk

Two free live concerts on the Boardwalk's Beach Bandstand every Friday night with top bands of the '80s and '90s!

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June 15, 2018 - August 10, 2018

Buellton Movies in the Park

Summer means late nights and outdoor activities. Celebrate the end of the week with family and friends at Buellton's Movies in the Park. On Friday, June 15, July 13, and August 10, movies will be shown for free at Oak Park (401 Sycamore Drive). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a cozy time, and your appetitie for the popcorn and hot chocolate for sale. Movies begin at dusk and are rated G - PG 13.

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June 16, 2018

Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration

The Carmel Valley Art and Wine Celebration, held throughout Carmel Valley Village, is essentially a block party, with the best Monterey County wine and the finest local artists. Sip award-winning wines as you explore exhibitions showcasing the work of over 40 artists. In addition to fine arts such as paintings and photography, many jewelry designers, crafters, and artisans will have their artistic creations for sale.

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June 20, 2018 - August 15, 2018

Wednesday night movies on the Beach Boardwalk

There's nothing like watching a classic movie on the beach with the Giant Dipper twinkling overhead and the sound of gentle summer surf in the background. Bring the family and your blanket or low-back beach chair and join the fun!

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June 21, 2018 - August 30, 2018

Peter B’s Yoga + Beer Summer Series

Stretch, breathe, and enjoy ice cold beer with the return of Peter B’s Yoga + Beer Summer Series. Meditate, move and flow with a 60-minute yoga class in Cottonwood Plaza followed by craft beer at Peter B’s. Peter B’s is partnering with local certified yoga instructor, Kate Balog for a happy hour that speaks to your body, mind, and taste buds! 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. June 21, 28. July 5, 12, 19, 26. August 2, 9, 16, 30.

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June 21, 2018

Summer Solstice Dinner

A special Father's Day gift! Join Winemaker Annette Hoff for a magical Carmel Valley evening under the stars in celebration of the year's Summer Solstice. Al fresco dining, family-style - bring your friends to enjoy Cima Collina's newest releases paired with tasty Chef Jerome creations. Seating is limited. Club members: $85/person. Non-members: $100. Ticket price includes tax and gratuity.

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June 22, 2018

Downtown Live in Gilroy

Come dance the night away in Downtown Gilroy every Thursday night during the summer. Downtown Live features amazing bands right in the heart of Gilroy. So bring your dancing shoes and appetite, Downtown Gilroy is full of amazing restaurants!

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June 22, 2018 - June 24, 2018

FIM Superbike World Championship

The sounds of motorcycles will roar again through the central California hillsides when the FIM Superbike World Championship returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The FIM Superbike World Championship features riders, teams and manufacturers racing high-performance bikes very similar to the ones right off the showroom floor.

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June 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Race Night on the Row

After a day of racing at the Superbike World Championship, motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world come together to celebrate at Monterey’s most popular after party, Race Night on the Row. Those who share an appreciation for motorcycles can view thousands of pristine race bikes on display and enjoy the flavorful cuisine of the many restaurants lining Cannery Row. This event is free.

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June 24, 2018

Sunday Art and Music at the Beach

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay.  June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2018.

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June 24, 2018

Foxen Canyon Wine Trail Passport Event

The Summer Sipping Passport is your ticket to 20, one-ounce pours of wine you can redeem all weekend. On Saturday, each winery will serve treats like local chocolates, cheese and charcuterie. Return Sunday for live music, food trucks, barrel tastings and more. A logo glass and event keepsake are also included.

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June 30, 2018

4th of July BBQ at Gilroy Gardens

Come celebrate 4th of July at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park! Gilroy Gardens will host a special All-You-Can Eat BBQs in South County Picnic Grove from 12PM to 1PM. BBQ includes BBQ Pork Ribs, All Beef Hot Dogs, Curry over Rice, Ice Cream novelties and so much more!

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June 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

This docent-guided walking tour of the Sanctuary provides quiet herd observation along the way. Meet some of the mustangs that live at the sanctuary and represent a vital link to the history of the horse in North America.

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July 2018

July 1, 2018

Sunday Art and Music at the Beach

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay. June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2018

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July 4, 2018

The City of Seaside’s First Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration

Nothing says that it's 4th of July quite like a fireworks show! The City of Seaside is hosting an incredible Fireworks Celebration at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course. The party begins at 4:30pm with an array of family activities including pony rides, carnival games, arts and crafts, food vendors and live music. Be on the lookout for the fireworks display at 9:30pm!

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July 4, 2018

Family Fun Day 4th of July

Put Life on Coast and celebrate 4 nights and 5 days of fun! Morro Bay offers miles of pristine beaches, kayaking, boating, hiking, surfing, great restaurants and shopping. The annual 4th of July Family Funday starts with a skateboard race, a patriotic bike parade from Morro Rock, and a carnival with dunk tank, bounce house, and live music. Many boat rental companies are taking visitors out to Cayucos to see the fireworks and the Morro Bay.

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July 5, 2018 - August 9, 2018

Seaside Kids Club at Ventura Harbor Village

Ventura Harbor Village invites kids ages 4 -10 years old to immerse themselves in sea themed activities every Thursday from July 5 through August 9. Cost is $3 each. Sign-in at 10:30 AM at the Kelp Corridor. Experience a different theme each week including “Red, White Sand & Blue Ocean,” “Piratey Fun & Puppets Too,” “Fit & Fun in the Sun,” “Jellyfish Jam - All Things Squishy” and more.

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July 7, 2018

Monterey Beer Festival

The Monterey Beer Festival at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center boasts over 80 beers from dozens of breweries. You'll have the chance to taste unusual offerings from major beer companies as well as fantastic beers from unknown brewing companies from around the world! The Festival includes live music all day and food from local vendors.

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July 12, 2018 @ 5:00 am - August 9, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Summer Supper Concert Series

From July 12 through August 9, in the garden courtyard at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley church from 5-8pm. Each Summer Supper Concert begins with themed food and beverages at 5pm; music starts at 5:30pm. Ticket donation includes supper, concert, and a beverage for $25 (adults), $10 (ages 12 years and under); and a "family cap" of $30 for 3 or more children. Tickets sold at the door, or online in advance (https://www.smitv.org/syv-summer-supper-concerts.html)

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July 14, 2018

Rock to Pier Run & Half Marathon in Morro Bay

The 49th Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Fun Run is a six-mile event held entirely on the beach from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier. Open to participants of all ages and abilities and begins at 7:15 a.m. Sorry, no dogs are allowed on the course. The Rock'n Around the Pier Half Marathon starts at 7:15 a.m. from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier, around the pier and back to finish at Morro Rock.

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July 15, 2018

Sunday Art and Music at the Beach

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay. June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2018.

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July 19, 2018 - July 22, 2018

California Rodeo Salinas

Each July, the West comes alive in Salinas with the California Rodeo Salinas at the Salinas Sports Complex. Though the California Rodeo Salinas itself takes place for four days only, surrounding events such as the Rodeo Carnival, the Kiddie Kapers Parade and Cowboy Poetry provide a two-week long warm-up to the main event.

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July 28, 2018

Great Kitchens of Cambria Tour

Experience the spirit of Cambria as you visit numerous unique and wonderful kitchens, each full of inspiring ideas you can apply to your own home, now or in the future. Have a fun, interesting day as you enjoy an epic, progressive feast of small plates, wine, and beer. Participate in a drawing for a fabulous prize! All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, a 437-acre hiking and wilderness preserve along the coast in Cambria.

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July 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Buellton BBQ Bonanza

Don't miss the Buellton Barbecue Bonanza! This annual event takes place at River View Park (151 Sycamore Drive). Enjoy a free BBQ lunch with your friends and neighbors, courtesy of the City of Buellton. Bring a dessert to share while you meet and greet other members of the community. Entertainment includes kids' games and live music. All are welcome!

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July 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

This docent-guided walking tour of the Sanctuary provides quiet herd observation along the way. Meet some of the mustangs that live at the sanctuary and represent a vital link to the history of the horse in North America.

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July 29, 2018

Sunday Art and Music at the Beach

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay. June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2018.

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July 29, 2018

Moss Landing Antique Fair

The quaint fishing village of Moss Landing becomes the antique capital of the world where hundreds of antique booths set up on the streets for the Moss Landing Antique Street Fair, selling antique furniture and every kind of vintage item imaginable.

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August 2018

August 3, 2018

Concerts in the BrixHouse Cellar

Summer Concert Series at Four Brix Winery. Live music from Kelly's Lot. Food trucks. No cover fee for the concerts. No outside food please. Wine by the glass and bottle served all evening. No RSVP necessary, but if you have a group of 6 or more, call 805-256-6666 or info@fourbrixwine.com so a table may be reserved for you.

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August 4, 2018

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Take in the fresh air and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the "Salad Bowl of the World" during the Salinas Valley Half Marathon. Runners and walkers will be delighted with stunning sights along Salinas Valley's Foothill and River Roads along the Santa Lucia mountain range.

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August 5, 2018

Sunday Art and Music at the Beach

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay. June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2018.

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August 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Taste of the Grove

This intimate cocktail evening event will be hosted at the landmark Packing Shed, a Morro Bay Avocado Farm set minutes from town with a rural agricultural ambiance. Enjoy all-inclusive farm-to-table pairings with area farmers and local chefs presenting tantalizing avocado-themed dishes. Enjoy food demos, educational opportunities (including an avocado-centric component) and dozens of local dishes as well as local mixology, wine, and brewery pairings and live music.

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August 10, 2018

Summer Nights Recital

Hear award-winning vocalists Geoffrey Hahn and Dorothy Gal, accompanied on piano by the distinguished John Churchwell. This exclusive recital features selections from operas and musical theater. The public is invited to enjoy this non-religious, non-sectarian community arts program at St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Church in Los Olivos. Suggested ticket donation $15 adults, $5 students. Tickets avail at the door beginning at 6:30pm; or reserve "will call" tickets in advance, email info@SMITV.org.

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August 11, 2018

Salinas Valley Food & Wine

Charming Salinas City Center turns into a food and wine lovers dream with an incredible lineup of award winning wines, craft brews, live entertainment and culinary delights straight from “The Salad Bowl of the World.”

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August 12, 2018

Sunday Art and Music at the Beach

Art & Music at the Beach is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a Sunday afternoon in Capitola Village. Local artists display their work and live music is featured on the Esplanade Stage overlooking Capitola Beach and Monterey Bay. June 24, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 5, August 12, 2018.

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August 13, 2018 - August 19, 2018

U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach

Golf fans around the world will once again make the pilgrimage to the California coastline, as the tradition continues when Pebble Beach hosts its fifth U.S. Amateur Championship.

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August 24, 2018

Capitola Summer Movies on the Beach

Bring a picnic dinner or dine locally at Capitola Village restaurants. Low back chairs, blankets, and jackets recommended. Movies will begin at 7:30 PM or dusk.

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August 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Return to Freedom Wild Horse Sanctuary

This docent-guided walking tour of the Sanctuary provides quiet herd observation along the way. Meet some of the mustangs that live at the sanctuary and represent a vital link to the history of the horse in North America.

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August 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Exotics on Cannery Row

The fourth annual Exotics on Cannery Row is staged along the stunning oceanfront backdrop of Cannery Row in Monterey. This event features an awesome showcase of the rarest and most exciting Super, Hyper and Exotic cars alongside a collection of exclusive companies capable of enhancing them to the cutting edge of performance and showmanship.

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August 27, 2018 - September 2, 2018

2018 Ventura Comedy Festival

Get the last laugh at the 2018 Ventura Comedy Festival with 16 shows and over 150 comedians performing in multiple theme shows, including “The Rainbow Comedy Show,” “Funniest Females,” “Black Friday,” “Latina All Stars,” “The Dirty Dozen,” and “10 Headliners.” The Summer “Laughter By The Sea” event will also highlight The Ventura Comedy Competition with more than 100 comics competing for $4000 in prize money and engage the audience who will assist in deciding the winner.

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August 29, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Shakedown in Slabtown

The Cambria Lion's Club presents the 2018 follies: Shakedown in Slabtown. The world premiere of Randy Schwalbe's musical fable will be August 29 through September 2 at the Cambria Vets Hall.

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September 2018

September 1, 2018

Tour & Taste of the Valley

SANTA MARIA - Tour & Taste has quickly become a local and visitor favorite. The event combines a 50k or 100k ride, 5k or 10k run, artisan fair, live music and a food, beer and wine tasting event. Ride options take you southeast of Santa Maria through beautiful Central Coast Wine Country. The course is considered a moderate ride.

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September 1, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Rock on the Dock 2018

Join us SEASIDE to enjoy The BOMB on the Rock on The Dock floating stage from 3pm – 6pm! Dusk visitors can catch live music performances from the water! Dance, enjoy, dine, shop as bands play over the water on a floating dock in the Harbor to enjoy while dining seaside and sipping on cocktails! Saturdays, Sept 1 - 29.

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September 1, 2018 - November 30, 2018

Boogie & Groove Into 2019

MONTEREY - Boogie and Groove into 2019 at Portola Hotel & Spa's 70’s themed New Year's Eve Party! Enjoy live music, dancing, a buffet dinner, and an open bar as you ring in 2019 at a far-out New Year’s Eve event in downtown Monterey. The party kicks off at 7:30pm on Monday, December 31, 2018 for 21+ and older. Pre-Sale tickets end on November, 30 2018.

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September 6, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is home to the 2018 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This premier road racing series features non-stop action with at least 10 different car manufacturers vying for the title with both professional and pro-am drivers behind the wheels.

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September 6, 2018

Cambria Historical Society Speaker Series

The Cambria Historical Society hosts speakers on an array of topics. All events are held at the Historical Museum unless otherwise noted. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. Events are free to members and $10 for non-members. Reservations must be made in advance by calling Penny at 805-927-1442 or emailing pennylanec@aol.com.

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September 7, 2018

Capitola Summer Movies on the Beach

Bring a picnic dinner or dine locally at Capitola Village restaurants. Low back chairs, blankets, and jackets recommended. Movies will begin at 7:30 PM or dusk.

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September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018

10th Annual Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

Watch approximately 45 artists create colorful chalk murals at Ventura Harbor Village from 10am to 5pm September 8-9, 2018. Kids can create their own art in the Children's Chalk Area, hosted by Kids Arts, Inc. For $10, kids receive chalk and a sidewalk square where they can create their own colorful work of art. Presented by Ventura County Arts Events, Inc. to benefit both FOOD Share of Ventura County and Kids Arts, Inc. Admission and parking are complimentary.  

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September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Capitola Art & Wine Festival

Combines Art, Wine, Music, and Food, all in charming Capitola Village overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. Over 150 fine artists and 23 Santa Cruz Mountain wineries will participate this year. A Children’s Art Area with ongoing craft projects is conveniently located in the center of the festival on Lawn Way. Enjoy great entertainment all weekend including local dance and performing arts groups, street performers and live music.

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September 8, 2018

Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Photo Safari

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

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September 8, 2018

Second Annual Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival

Step onto the lavish fields of the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for the second annual Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival. Wear your best polo finery for two polo matches, live music from nationally touring artists including ZZ Ward and Quinn DeVeaux, and enjoy tastings from some of Santa Barbara’s best wineries.

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September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018

Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival

Did you know sea glass comes in hues ranging from canary yellow to pink and even teal? The Santa Barbara Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival features handmade, ocean-themed art and genuine sea glass jewelry created by dozens of talented artists from across the country. The creative arts festival is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Admission starts at $5 per day.

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September 8, 2018

Catch of the Central Coast

The Central Coast Aquarium is excited to announce the annual "Catch of the Central Coast" fundraiser dinner on Saturday, September 8th at Avila Beach Resort. Catch of the Central Coast is a benefit for the Central Coast Aquarium (CCA), a San Luis Obispo County non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship through education, engagement and action.

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September 9, 2018

37th Annual Taste of the Town Santa Barbara

Overlooking the city at the beautiful Riviera Park, savor unlimited samplings from the area's finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries and spirits providers, plus with a silent auction of lifestyle items; photo booth, and live jazz entertainment by the David Tovar Trio. All proceeds support the programs and services of the Arthrities Foundation. Individual regular admission tickets are $125 per person in advance and $140 at the door (if available).

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September 11, 2018

Peter B’s Brewery Tour

Every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm go behind the scenes at Monterey's original craft brewery with one of Peter B's brewers and get an up-close look at our brewery operations. Only $15 per person (includes small tasting), but FREE for Mug Club Members. Reservations recommended. Call (831) 649-7874 to reserve your spot.

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September 12, 2018 - September 16, 2018

Santa Cruz County Fair

Five days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival. Safe, fun, and affordable. Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville.

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September 12, 2018

KRML Pub Talk

Join us in Peter B’s Brewpub at 5pm with guest speaker Justin Rivard, Head Brewer at Peter B’s Brewpub to discuss Oktoberfest along with all things craft beer!

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September 14, 2018

Capitola Summer Movies on the Beach

Bring a picnic dinner or dine locally at Capitola Village restaurants. Low back chairs, blankets, and jackets recommended. Movies will begin at 7:30 PM or dusk.

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September 15, 2018

Cambria Beach Clean-Up – Fiscalini Ranch

California Coastal Clean-Up Day, an annual beach and inland waterway clean-up, is the state's largest volunteer event. When combined with the International Coastal Clean-Up, organized by the Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Clean-Up Day at Cambria becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.

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September 16, 2018

Apples and Honey Festival

Come out for a free and great day at Mitchell Park in SLO to celebrate the new year and enjoy the apple season! Free gift for first 100 visitors, apple crafting and contests, Honeycomb Candy Hunt, Zoo to You from Charles Paddock Zoo, Shofar demonstration and horn blowing contest. 50 local artisans and food vendors plus live music Park & Walk from SLO RR station!

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September 20, 2018 - November 11, 2018

Scary Poppins

Young Jack and Jill Peabody live in Victorian London with their widowed father, a nutty inventor with little time to pay attention to his children. But when the children write to their favorite super nanny, they get more than they bargained for - instead of Mary Poppins they end up with her bizarre twin sister, Scary Poppins.

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September 21, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Gardens at Night – The Great Big Boo

As the sun sets, a mysterious glow illuminates the gardens in our “spooky but not too scary” Halloween event. Little ones can “trick ‘r treat”, explore the Spider’s Lair, or take a ride on a Ghost Train (if you dare!). Gather at the Marketplace for specialty food and craft beer while the kids enjoy Halloween crafts and games. Fridays-Sundays; Sept 21-Oct 28.

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September 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Cima Collina Winery’s Harvest Happy Hour

Let’s give the winemaking team a well-deserved break! We are expecting a late 2018 harvest and things will be in full swing towards the end of September. Join Winemaker Annette, Shawn and the team for a toast to harvest with barrel tastes, new releases and sneak peak at the new adjacent tasting room space. Winery Warehouse & Barrel Room in Marina, CA. $20 per person.

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September 22, 2018

Sunset Soiree

The Pacific Coast Wine Trail will host a sunset soiree at the Piedras Blancas Light Station to celebrate the newly renovated Fog Signal Building. Guests will be treated to wine, pizzas by Bear & The Wren, live music and a spectacular sunset over the Pacific. Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will be used for restoration projects and educational outreach at the Light Station.

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September 22, 2018

Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Photo Safari

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

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September 22, 2018

Avila Apple Festival

The Avila Apple Festival will be on Saturday, September 22, from 5-9pm, under the stars in the beautiful Avila Beach Community Center Garden. This amazing evening will feature live music, wine tasting from Avila Wine Trail, an exceptional 5-course apple inspired menu and local beer and cider. This is a 21+ event with live and silent auctions with all proceeds benefiting the Avila Beach Community Center.

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September 22, 2018

Oktoberfest in Avila Beach

In partnership with Beda's Biergarten and Hofbrauhaus, the Avila Beach Resort is very excited to bring a traditional and authentic Oktoberfest to the Central Coast. Traditionsl Oktoberfest faire music by Express! Authentic German food from Beda's Biergarten! Delicious German beer! Costume contest! All set in the beautiful backdrop of Avila Beach! Purchase your tickets today!

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September 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Candlelight Tours at La Purisima Mission

Escorted by candlelight, guests travel back in time to the 1820s on a walking tour, moving from scene to scene while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of traditional mission life.

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September 27, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Whether depicting the struggle for environmental justice or an educational tale about an endangered species, the films expose people to forward-thinking ideas and global awareness. The goal is to make the Wild and Scenic Film Festival as big a success for other communities as it has been for South Yuba River and in doing so inspire a sense of activism.

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September 28, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival

The Annual Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival kicks off on Friday at 4pm, starting with the annual Rotary Fish Fry, games, arts and crafts, entertainment, and free movie night. The Festival resumes on Saturday morning with the Hometown Parade, followed by even more entertainment, games, contests, foods, crafts and displays.

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September 29, 2018 - September 30, 2018

California International Airshow

The California International Airshow Salinas returns to the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 38th year. Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics from the USAF Thunderbirds, stunts from Jerry Conley and the Vampire Jet and more! There will also be military demos, military fly-bys and military/civilian aircraft displays.

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September 29, 2018

Boots & Brews Country Music Festival

Saturday is all about celebrating Friends, Cold Beer and Great Country Music! Grab your best dancing boots and get ready for an amazing Country lineup! Food from Local food vendors and ice-cold beer will be available for purchase! Huge Country Music Stars all the way to the next generation of County Music, Boots & Brews Country Music Festival strives for the BEST!

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September 29, 2018 - September 30, 2018

27th Annual California Lemon Festival

Once a major producer of California’s lemons, Goleta, aka “The Good Land,” just northwest of Santa Barbara, pays tribute to its early agricultural roots each year with the annual California Lemon Festival. The two-day festival offers fun for the whole family and plenty of citrus-centric food and beverages to perk the palate. Entertainment and activities include pie-eating contests, arts and crafts vendors and live music.

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September 30, 2018 - October 30, 2018

Scarecrow Festival in Cambria

For the entire month of October, the most artistic, creative, and lively scarecrows will line the streets of Cambria's East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach, and San Simeon.

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October 2018

October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Pumpkin Junction at Casa de Fruta

Experience Pumpkin Junction on a Field Trip or on a family outing. Your children will make lasting memories as they enjoy the Harvest season and explore all that Casa de Fruta has to offer! Come and find the perfect pumpkin, mine for gemstones at Casa de Miner’s Sluice, ride Casa de Choo Choo and take a spin on Casa de Carousel!

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October 6, 2018

Poodle Day

An annual event in Carmel that unites poodle owners and lovers -- and their furry companions -- for a fun-filled day. Poodle Day kicks off with a parade for poodles, poodle mixes, and their human companions followed by off-leash beach play, a scenic stroll, a hike, or other dog-friendly activities around Carmel. Later that evening, cocktail parties allow the dogs to lounge in style as their human companions gather for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation.

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October 6, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Open Studios

Explore the hidden world of art! Visit artists in their studios, learn about their processes, purchase original works of art. Free mobile app and printed guide have artist information and maps. Oct 6-7 (South County); Oct 13-14 (North County); October 20-21 (All County).

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October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Mural in a Weekend

Now's your chance to paint a big mural! Mural in a Weekend, October 6 - 7, is when a new mural will be added to the impressive collection of nearly 40 murals in Old Town Lompoc. Visitors and residents are invited to partake in mural painting at 100 South H Street. Created by Master Artist Art Mortimer, the new mural entitled "Chautauqua,” will depict the traveling shows that flourished in U.S. at the turn of 19th century.

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October 6, 2018

Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Photo Safari

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

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October 6, 2018 - October 28, 2018

The Pumpkin Patch at Limoneira Ranch

Adventure awaits every Saturday and Sunday in October at Santa Paula Rotary’s Pumpkin Patch. With wide open green vistas framed by mountains, it is THE place for fall fun. Visitors experience flying pumpkins from a French Trebuchet (catapult), towering hay pyramid, hay maze, 5-acre corn Maize, see and hold animals, old fashioned hay wagon rides, acres of pumpkins, squash and gourds, food, crafts, live entertainment and a harvest of fun.

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October 6, 2018 - October 7, 2018

Harvest Faire & Steam Festival

Welcome Fall with heritage children's activities like scarecrow making, pumpkin patch picking, candle making and gold panning. Behold a variety of steam and belt-powered equipment on display. Admission is FREE for the whole family, and children with a Steam Train ticket get to pick out a free pumpkin from the Harvest Pumpkin Patch on Bear Mountain. Activities include 'Make & Take' Scarecrows, Blacksmith and Print Shop demonstrations, gold panning, candle making and more.

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October 9, 2018

Peter B’s Brewery Tour

Every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm go behind the scenes at Monterey's original craft brewery with one of Peter B's brewers and get an up-close look at our brewery operations. Only $15 per person (includes small tasting), but FREE for Mug Club Members. Reservations recommended. Call (831) 649-7874 to reserve your spot.

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October 13, 2018

Solvang Stomp, a “Footie” Wine Harvest Street Festival

October is harvest time which means it’s time to stomp grapes! Remember Lucille Ball’s famous grape stomp episode on her TV show? Channel your inner Lucy or Ricky Ricardo in a Look-a-Like Contest! Stomp grapes barefoot in vats, dance to a live band, and purchase food inside the festival area from popular area eateries. VIP Stompers (limited to only 100 guests) $100 per person; general admission $75 per person. Must be 21 years of age and beyond.

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October 13, 2018 - October 14, 2018

Opera San Luis Obispo Presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute

Mozart’s The Magic Flute was an instant hit at its premiere in 1791 and its popularity and success has kept it on opera stages throughout the world with growing love ever since! The opera tells the story of Prince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina, the daughter of the Queen and of the Night, from the high priest, Sarastro. The opera will be sung in German with dialogue in English. Supertitles will project in English during sung portions of the opera.

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October 13, 2018

Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival

Savor the abundance of the Santa Barbara Channel at the annual Santa Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival. Meet the fishermen who catch and harvest the high-quality seafood. Dig into some local specialties, including freshly caught sea urchin (uni) prepared before your eyes. Visit specialty food booths for fish tacos, oysters, seafood paella and more. Enjoy live music and take advantage of the boating activities.

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October 13, 2018 - October 28, 2018

Dress up for Thomas and Percy’s Halloween Party™!

Take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ and Percy™, and enjoy Thomas and Friends™ style entertainment. Tickets include a Train Ride, Pick a Pumpkin Patch, Cookie Decorating, Arts & Crafts, Temporary Tattoos, and a train load of other activities. Make memories that last a lifetime with Thomas™ the Tank Engine and Percy™ at Roaring Camp Railroads. Sat/Sun only Oct. 13-14, Oct 20-21, Oct 27-28.

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October 13, 2018

SOMM III Premiere at Solvang Festival Theater

The Santa Barbara Vintners and Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau are happy to present the premiere screening of SOMM 3 in Santa Barbara County during Celebration of Harvest Weekend. After the discussion, we'll have an After Party under twinkling lights, with the music of Jason Mandell (lead singer of The Coals), along with a wide selection of charcuterie and cheese, featuring beautiful wines from Santa Barbara County Wines.

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October 14, 2018

Fiesta Del Mar at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Celebrating ocean conservation and Latin American traditions has never been this fun...or this delicious! 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: Aztec dancers Yaocauauhtil performing at the Fiesta del Mar at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. © Monterey Bay Aquarium

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October 14, 2018

Welcome Back Monarchs Day

Welcome the Monarchs back to this park, their over-wintering habitat. Participate in numerous activities including arts & crafts, active games for kids, music by the 5M’s (The Mostly Mediocre Musical Monarch Mariposas), hand-cranked ‘Monarch’ ice cream (pumpkin), information and action booths as well as more about Monarch butterflies and how-to’s for a butterfly garden. This event is appropriate for all ages. Event made possible by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.

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October 18, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Lompoc Art Hunt

An art collectors dream is in store at Lompoc Valley Art Association’s Art Hunt, October 18-21. Art lovers can partake in a real scavenger hunt to uncover hidden art works of fine art, including watercolors, line acrylics, pottery, glass and gourds and take home each piece of art they uncover. The 3-day event is FREE and concludes with a reception at Lompoc’s Cypress Gallery to meet the 30 resident artists who donated their works of art for the event.

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October 18, 2018

Wine Dinner Featuring Le P’Tit Paysan

The Portola Hotel & Spa has collaborated with Ian Brand & Family Winery, to offer a five-course pre-fixe dinner paired with the winery’s Le P’tit Paysan labels. The wine dinner will take place in The Club Room located inside The Portola Hotel & Spa at 6pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Reservations required, please call (831)649-7874.

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October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Boo at the Zoo

The Zoo transforms for three nights of safe, traffic-free trick-or-treating for monster-ous thrills and chills including a Trick or Treat Train, Boo-Choo-Choo train rides, Creepy Crawly encounters, Spooky Storytelling, Goblin Games, and more. Join us for the most popular family Halloween festival in the tri-counties area!

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October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Harvest Wine Weekend

Harvest is the time to visit Paso Robles Wine Country. Over 100+ wineries host events in celebration of the annual harvest. Try your hand, or feet, at harvest (including stomping a few grapes), take in the beautiful fall foliage, enjoy live music, barbeques, barrel samples, and more! LET’S HARVEST HAPPINESS TOGETHER.

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October 20, 2018

Hearst Ranch Winery Harvest Celebration Paso Robles

Come to Hearst Ranch Winery's new Paso Robles Tasting Room at the Winery for a Harvest celebration! Live music by Adam Levine and tapas by Hearst Ranch Winery's exclusive Scotty Saunders & Friends. Take in the Paso Robles countryside from the patio with views of estate vineyards and rolling hillsides.

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October 20, 2018

Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Photo Safari

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

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October 21, 2018

Antique Street Faire

Take a stroll among the many vendors selling antiques, homemade products, flea market items, clothing, jewelry and more. Bring an appetite too, whether you choose to satisfy it with delectables from visiting vendors or some of Cayucos' great eateries.

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October 25, 2018

Cal Poly Arts Broadway Series Finding Neverland

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME magazine. Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically acclaimed Academy Award-winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters – Peter Pan.

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October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018

Halloween Harvest Costume Ball

The Halloween Harvest Costume Ball is the biggest and most spectacular Halloween event on the California Central Coast. Walk among props such as a full scale 13 foot guillotine, a torture rack, stockades, electric chair and this year - a giant, 20 foot high Scarecrow, called "The Gatekeeper" that will guard the front entrance. A portion of the proceeds benefit the American Association of University Women (AAUW).  

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October 27, 2018

102nd City Birthday Party, Parade and Street Dance

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 at Sunset Center 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 annual affair, followed by a street dance that evening!

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October 27, 2018

Chili-Cookoff at the Boardwalk

Bring your appetite and join the fun as both professional and amateur chefs work their culinary magic and compete for the title of Best Chili! Fall’s counterpart to the Clam Chowder cookoff!

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October 27, 2018

Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center’s Zombie Invasion SLO (5K Survival Race)

This is a 5K walk or run for the whole family! Come and be a zombie, a survivor, or stay and do both! All ages are welcome. Note: the terrain is both paved and unpaved with minimal incline and a few optional obstacles. And if it's raining, mud will be fun! Invasion occurs rain or shine. Food, drink, bounce house, vendor booths and more.

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October 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Thrill the World: Zombie Dance 2018

Zombies roam Ventura Harbor Village as they prepare to perform the classic Michael Jackson “Thriller” simultaneously around the globe for the world record! Sign up to participate as a dancer or come to the Harbor watch zombies by the sea! Proceeds from participants and or dance instruction benefit select charity.

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October 28, 2018

Hearst Ranch Winery’s Run For the Hills 5K Fun Run & Walk

All ages event! $35/person, includes race shirt and complimentary beverage. This 5k Fun Run and Walk begins at 9am at the Tasting Room in Paso Robles, heading through Saunders Vineyard and into rolling hills before returning to the finish line at the tasting room! Proceeds benefit Georgia Brown Elementary School of Paso Robles. There will be a post-run festival at the tasting room directly after with wine and food available for purchase.

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October 28, 2018

Oktoberfest & Car Show

The Annual Oktoberfest will again be held on Second Street in Baywood Park. The festival features a car show, a 4k run in the morning, music, great food and a Beer Wagon for the adults.

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November 2018

November 1, 2018

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos traditions will be celebrated at the Museum of Ventura County with altars created by Club Uriangato de Guanajuato and music by local composer and guitarist Javier San Roman. Artist and master craftsman, Eduardo Serrano Moreno will create a sawdust "mandala-like" art piece, and several current pageant winners from the different states in Mexico dressed in their states' official costumes will be on display, courtesy of the Mexican government. Admission is free.

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November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018

Harvest on the Coast

Friday, November 2nd, "Crafted on the Coast" collaborative winemaker dinner, Saturday, November 3rd, Grand Tasting and Wine Auction at the Avila Beach Golf Resort featuring wine tasting, artisan foods, and live music, Sunday, November 4th, "Surf's Up Sunday" at participating tasting rooms featuring free tastings, wine specials, live music and more.

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November 3, 2018

Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Photo Safari

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

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November 3, 2018

Cayucos Classic Car Show

This Classic Car Show is an annual tradition in downtown Cayucos and is sold out to exhibitors every year. Come check out the awesome rods, Beer Garden, and delicious BBQ while enjoying some amazing beach weather.

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November 8, 2018 - December 23, 2018

PCPA Presents: Peter Pan

SANTA MARIA - The season opens with an innovative new production of the high flying musical, Peter Pan, based on the J.M. Barrie classic tale. Audiences will find themselves surrounded by magic as Peter whisks the Darling children away to swashbuckling adventures in Neverland in this beloved family favorite.

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November 13, 2018

Peter B’s Brewery Tour

Every second Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm go behind the scenes at Monterey's original craft brewery with one of Peter B's brewers and get an up-close look at our brewery operations. Only $15 per person (includes small tasting), but FREE for Mug Club Members. Reservations recommended. Call (831) 649-7874 to reserve your spot.

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November 15, 2018 - December 31, 2018

The Holiday Extravaganza

SANTA MARIA - This three part evening opens with a heartwarming one-act version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Laugh until your sides ache in a hilarious fractured fairy tale opera and celebrate the season with our Holiday Vaudeville Revue. A Central Coast family tradition designed to bring a year's worth of smiles to you and your loved ones in one magical evening.

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November 17, 2018

Passport Celebration Days with Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association

A great way to experience the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Passport Celebration Days occur four times a year on the third Saturday of January, April, July and November. Passport holders are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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November 17, 2018

Return to Freedom’s Wild Horse Photo Safari

Visitors will have the chance to photograph 72 wild horses and 16 burros roaming freely on 2,000 acres of rolling hills with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Now in its 20th year, Lompoc-based Return to Freedom is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the freedom, diversity, and habitat of America’s wild horses and burros through sanctuary, education, advocacy and conservation.

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November 21, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Ice Skating by the Bay

MONTEREY - Celebrate the holidays amidst the scenic coastline at Ice Skating by the Bay’s seasonal ice skating rink located in Custom House Plaza behind Portola Hotel & Spa. The ice rink is open daily Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm.

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November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving Day Pumpkin Smash

SANTA BARBARA - Animal lovers are encouraged to get the kids out of the house this Thanksgiving and come to the Zoo for a smashin’ good time! Watch as the elephants, gorillas, and other Zoo animals play and interact with pumpkins. Early Closure: Zoo closes at 3:30 p.m.

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November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Holiday Lights Train

SANTA CRUZ - Ride a holiday train through Victorian Santa Cruz as you sip hot spiced cider, listen to carolers, and meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. Nov 23-24, Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16-23.

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November 23, 2018 - December 30, 2018

Hearst Castle Holiday Twilight Tours

SAN SIMEON - Experience Hearst Castle in all its yuletide splendor. Spend an evening in the nostalgia of a bygone era. The Holiday Feast banquet recreates the glamour of those heady times when the movers and shakers of the day gathered in William Randolph Hearst's hilltop home of a taste of the truly good life: fabulous food and wine, good company, spirited conversation and great entertainment.

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November 23, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Cambria Christmas Market

CAMBRIA - From lights to live entertainment and more, you and your family won’t want to miss this holiday favorite. Shop in the vendor market, take photos with Santa, enjoy live music, taste traditional German foods, and sip warm glühwein at this charming outdoor festival.

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November 23, 2018 - December 29, 2018

Santa Barbara Night Market

SANTA BARBARA - Stroll Paseo Nuevo shops and restaurants at Santa Barbara’s first-ever night market. This exciting pop-up is the perfect place to begin your holiday shopping and spend time with loved ones. Visitors can expect holiday themed décor, live music, carolers, food, beverages, and all the best products the Central Coast has to offer. Photo: Paseo Nuevo and Visit Santa Barbara

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November 24, 2018

Surfing Santa

CAPITOLA - Capitola Main Beach Surfing Santa arrives with his outrigger canoe and surfboard on the shores of Capitola Main Beach at 12 noon. Be sure to bring your Christmas list and a camera to capture Santa's wave-riding arrival. Once Santa has toweled off, he'll settle in his beach chair to hear holiday wishes and have a nice long visit with all of the children.

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November 27, 2018 - November 28, 2018

Christmas at the Inns

PACIFIC GROVE - It's Pacific Grove at its most picturesque, as ten of the town's bed and breakfasts and inns deck their halls and open their doors so you can share their holiday cheer in Victorian-era splendor.

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November 28, 2018 - December 18, 2018

Tall Ship Lady Washington

MORRO BAY - Lady Washington, the official tall ship of Washington State will visit Morro Bay and offer walk-on tours and family-oriented Adventure Sails featuring demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime amusements. After your tour of the Tall Ship, walk across the street to the new Morro Bay Maritime Museum. The Museum is open every Saturday from 10am – 4pm.

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November 30, 2018

Orcutt Christmas Tree Lighting And Stroll

ORCUTT - Join in and watch the Christmas Tree in Old Town Orcutt light up. Stroll activities start at 5 p.m. and the Christmas Tree Lighting is at 7 p.m. at The Orcutt Lions Club.

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November 30, 2018

Lighted Boat Parade Preview

MORRO BAY - While you dine in one of the many waterfront restaurants or stroll the Embarcadero, view large vessels and commercial boats as they cruise up and down the Embarcadero waterway. They will be layered in lights and festive holiday spirit for your enjoyment. Some of the vessels in the parade preview include a U.S. Coast Guard Vessel, Tall Ship Lady Washington, the Papagallo, the Chablis and several boats from Morro Bay's fishing fleet. This event is brought to…

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November 30, 2018

Citywide Holiday Crab Pot Tree Lighting

MORRO BAY - Stop by for a simultaneous lighting of nearly 30 Crab Pot Holiday Trees around the City of Morro Bay. The citywide celebration begins at 5 pm. Locations are City Park, Downtown, T-Pier, Anchor Park and other various locations around town.

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November 30, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Santa’s House at the Embarcadero

MORRO BAY - Santa will be on the Embarcadero every night from 6 - 8 p.m. with presents and treats for the children. Pictures are free with an option to purchase a frame. Come visit Jolly ol’ Saint Nick in Morro Bay at the Chess Board on the Embarcadero. Santa’s House is sponsored by Morro Bay Rotary.

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November 30, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

68th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration in Oxnard

OXNARD - Visitors can watch in awe as Ventura County’s tallest Christmas tree is illuminated! The evening includes the debut of the Winter Fantasy Music & Light Show taking place throughout the month of December plus a visit from Santa Claus! The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Free.

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December 2018

December 1, 2018

Los Olivos Olde Fashioned Christmas

LOS OLIVOS - Start your holiday season by experiencing the warm and friendly small-town fun of an Olde Fashioned Christmas! A fun-filled day of exciting and enjoyable activities has been planned to celebrate Christmas. Created for the entire family, there will be a variety of crafts and activities for the kids and an abundance of Christmas shopping opportunities for the adults. Many folks will also want to visit the Open Houses at our shops, restaurants and tasting rooms.

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December 1, 2018

57th Annual Oxnard Christmas Parade

OXNARD - An annual tradition for the whole family. The Oxnard Christmas Parade features colorful marching bands performing favorite holiday tunes, spirited floats, equestrian units and more! Held in Downtown Oxnard at 10 a.m. Free.

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December 1, 2018

11th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival

OXNARD - Held in conjunction with the Oxnard Christmas Parade, the Oxnard Tamale Festival offers more reasons to visit Downtown Oxnard during the holiday season! Visitors can munch on a favorite holiday tradition – tasty, handmade tamales while also enjoying live music, arts & crafts, dance competitions and community booths. Held from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free.

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December 1, 2018

Lighted Boat Parade in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ - Featuring decorated boats parading throughout Santa Cruz Harbor, rain or shine. This festival is family friendly and perfect for all ages!

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December 1, 2018 - December 16, 2018

Gingerbread Houses/Tours at Heritage Square

OXNARD - The holidays wouldn’t be complete without sweet smelling gingerbread. Follow the scent to Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard which displays elaborate Gingerbread Houses on display. While there, visitors can also tour through the Victorian houses, all dressed up for the holidays.

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December 1, 2018

Olde Fashioned Christmas

LOS OLIVOS - You're invited to start the holiday season by experiencing the warm and friendly small-town fun of an Olde Fashioned Christmas! Created for the entire family, there will be a variety of crafts and activities for the kids and an abundance of Christmas shopping opportunities for the adults including a new Holiday Market, a visit from Elsa, a train ride, Gingerbread Wonderland, Santa Clause, and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

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December 1, 2018 - December 18, 2018

Tall Ship Hawaiian Chieftain

MORRO BAY - The Hawaiian Chieftain was influenced by the early colonial passenger and coastal ships that traded among Atlantic coastal cities and towns in the 19th century. In 1993, Lady Washington joined Hawaiian Chieftain for their first mock sea battle on San Francisco Bay and will replicate that adventure in Morro Bay. Get your mock sea battle tickets now!

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December 1, 2018

33rd Annual Lighted Boat Parade

MORRO BAY - The Annual Lighted Boat Parade continues in its 33rd year as the motorized fishing, leisure and yachting community take to the water after decorating their boats with amazing lights and holiday cheer. Take a seat anywhere along the waterfront for your front row view. This visual event will include music by the Home Town Band, cocoa and treats for sale, and a winter wonderland.

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December 1, 2018

Ventura Winter Wine Walk and Holiday Street Fair

VENTURA - The world’s largest wine walk paired with a special holiday occasion! Enjoy this magical event with world-class wineries and breweries. Stroll Downtown Ventura and enjoy amazing wines and brews. Kick off the season walking through snowfall on Main Street as vendors line the street for an evening of food, fun, art and entertainment.

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December 1, 2018

2nd Annual Presidio Neighborhood Holiday Stroll

SANTA BARBARA - Stroll the historic Presidio Neighborhood while supporting a great cause – Food from the Heart. Explore Santa Barbara’s quintessential architecture, nibble on savory bites and sip wines from purveyors including Grassini Family Vineyards, Margerum Wine Company, Silver Wines, Jamie Slone Wines, Au Bon Climat, Cebada Wines, Happy Canyon Vineyard, and Frequency Wine Company. Photo: Visit Santa Barbara

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December 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - December 30, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Gardens@Night Holiday

GILROY - Celebrate the wonder of the season at Gilroy Gardens during Gardens@Night Holiday, open weekend nights in December from 4-9 p.m. Go ice skating under the stars, visit with Santa, enjoy your favorite rides, and indulge in a holiday feast with all the trimmings. You can also sing and dance with the Peanuts Gang during the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” live show.

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December 2, 2018

Snow Leopard Festival

SANTA BARBARA - A rare blizzard hits the Zoo with 80 tons of snow for sledding and snow play for this frosty fun family festival. Snow leopards bask in their element while Santa poses for holiday photos. Early 9 a.m. entry for SB Zoo Members only! Festival is free with Zoo admission; sledding $3/child.

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December 2, 2018

Lighted Boat Parade

MONTEREY - Watch decked out boats cruise along Monterey Bay's scenic coastline during the Monterey Yacht Club's lighted boat parade. The boats will start at Old Fisherman's Wharf and turn around at Hopkins Point, just after the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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December 2, 2018

Paddle Parade

MORRO BAY - On Sunday afternoon, the harbor will feature holiday decorated kayaks, SUPs, small sailboats, surfboards and anything that floats in this Non-Motorized Lighted Boat Parade. Along with fun family activities on shore, prizes will be given for the best decorated will be $1000 in cash and gifts. 

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December 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights 2018

SANTA MARIA - A holiday tradition continues as the 24th Annual Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights launches on the corner of Broadway Street and Stowell Road on Saturday, December 2. Parade entries are extremely creative and spectators are always wowed. Come sing along with the many floats and bands participating in this parade! Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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December 5, 2018 - December 19, 2018

Christmas at The Ranch with Santa

CAMARILLO - Enjoy a unique Christmas experience at Camarillo’s historic landmark on Dec 5, 12, and 19. Transformed for the season, the ranch is filled with holiday day cheer and festivities including a tour of Adolfo Camarillo’s 1892 Queen Anne Victorian Mansion plus the 1905 Red Barn transformed into Santa’s Workshop, holiday market, Victorian carolers and more!

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December 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Annual Sip & Shop Holiday Open House

CARMEL VALLEY - Sip Cima Collina holiday wines and shop your favorite local vendors at the 3rd Annual Sip & Shop! Specials all evening from 4pm – 6pm. Share in the holiday spirit, support the local community, and get a head start on some holiday shopping. See you there!

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December 7, 2018 - December 8, 2018

Christmas in the Adobes

MONTEREY - Step back into Monterey's past during Christmas in the Adobes. See the adobes by candlelight and enjoy refreshments and live performances as volunteers in period attire welcome you into historic homes decorated in historical style.

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December 7, 2018

Holiday Tree Lighting

CARMEL - The towering tree at the major crossroads of Junipero St. and Ocean Ave comes to life at the Carmel Holiday Tree Lighting, which features choirs from local schools, special singing guests, and an appearance by Santa, among other festivities.

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December 7, 2018 - December 31, 2018

California Sleigh Rides

VENTURA - Sleighs aren’t just for snow! Take a California Sleigh Ride! Twinkling holiday lights reflect upon the water from boats in the Ventura Harbor, Ventura Harbor Village, and the decked out homes in the Ventura Keys neighborhood. It’s a feast for the eyes! A bar is available onboard for guests 21+ including the famous Reindeer Milk. December 7-13 and December 16-31. Reservations required. Call (805) 642-7753.

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December 7, 2018

Children’s Christmas Season Parade

LOMPOC - It’s small town life at its best! Grab your chairs and blankets and come to Old Town Lompoc for the annual Children’s Christmas Season Parade themed “Miracle on H Street” starting at 6pm. Stay afterwards for a tree lighting at Centennial Park, where you can meet Santa and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. Presented by the City of Lompoc Recreation Division. For more information, call 805-875-8100.

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December 7, 2018

Santa’s Crawl

MORRO BAY - Enjoy this 21-and-over scavenger hunt featuring Central Coast beers and wines during the 2nd Annual Santa’s Crawl. Businesses along the waterfront will showcase local winemakers and brew masters, each offering a taste of their exceptional product. A completely filled out Yule-Tide Passport will enter you to win the Grand Prize Weekend Package where you wine and dine throughout Morro Bay!

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December 7, 2018

66th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

SANTA BARBARA - Celebrate how brightly Santa Barbara and Goleta shine at the 66th Annual Downtown Holiday Parade. Over 65,000 spectators will converge to witness high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups and more. The ceremonial lighting of the community Christmas Tree will also take place on this wonder-filled holiday night. Photo: Downtown Santa Barbara, Visit Santa Barbara

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December 8, 2018

53rd Annual Parade of Lights at Channel Islands Harbor

OXNARD - Holiday lights dance across the water during the Parade of Lights boat parade in picturesque Channel Islands Harbor. Pre-parade activities include ‘snowplay’ for the kids, arts and crafts fair and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The lighted boat parade follows at 7 p.m. circling the Harbor starting at Peninsula Park. Free.

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December 8, 2018

Carmel Art Walk

CARMEL - Tour artist-owned galleries and meet the artists who carry on the Carmel-by-the-Sea artist colony legacy!

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December 8, 2018

The Santa Paddle

VENTURA - Kids eyes are guaranteed to light up when they spot Santa cruising by on a paddle board! Old Saint Nick is temporarily trading in his sleigh for a paddle - come SEA! The Santa Paddle is a family fun event that’s free to join in. The starting point is Ventura Harbor Village bay, then on to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center and back (approx. 1 hour). Arrive early to secure your rental needs. Information (805) 477-0470.

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December 8, 2018 - December 23, 2018

Caroling Cruises

VENTURA - A burst of yuletide song captures the essence of the holidays aboard Island Packers Holiday Caroling Cruises. With a breeze in your hair and song on your lips, you’re sure to feel festive on the water viewing all the decorated homes along the water aboard a 64’ catamaran. Serenade families in Ventura Harbor and Ventura Keys neighborhood with joyful holiday tunes (singing not required). Advance reservations recommended and bring a scarf! For tickets, call 805-642-1393.

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December 8, 2018

Founding Day Remembrance at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - Founding Day recognizes the day La Purisima Mission was established on December 8, 1787 on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Events for this observation include a mass at noon. No reservations required. Later in the evening, lanterns lead the way to a candlelight and music remembrance at the historic church. Attendance is limited to 6 years or older. The church is not heated so layers are recommended. Information 805 733-3713.

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December 8, 2018

Holly Jolly Jubilee

LOMPOC - Make your season jolly. Festivities include carolers, vendors selling unique stocking stuffers and gifts, an Ugly Sweater Competition for all ages, delicious food, Letters to Santa and more! The third annual Holly Jolly Jubilee is slated from noon to dusk at the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce parking lot located on the corner of I Street and Ocean Avenue in Old Town Lompoc. For more information call (805) 736-4567 ext. 223

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December 8, 2018 - December 9, 2018

Christmas on the Trail 2018 Wine Passport

SANTA MARIA - Your Passport is your ticket to 20, one-ounce pours of wine you can "spend" at 13 participating wineries all weekend. Each winery will serve passport holders snacks like chocolates, holiday cookies, and cheese on Saturday. Return Sunday for live music, food trucks, barrel tastings and more. Exclusive wine discounts, a handmade event keepsake and logo wine glass are also included.

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December 8, 2018

Gingerbread House Competition

MORRO BAY - Anyone can participate in this fun activity! Bakers love to build Gingerbread Houses for the holidays, and what better way to showcase those talents? Build a complete Gingerbread House and bring it to the Inn at Morro Bay and enter into this fun contest!

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December 8, 2018

56th Camarillo Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

CAMARILLO - This year's parade theme is A Fairytale Christmas. Enjoy watching hundreds of entries like bands, floats, autos, horses and Santa himself riding in his sleigh. Featuring Grand Marshal Anthony Davis, the parade starts at 10 a.m., travels along Las Posas Rd., starting at Temple Ave., turns onto Carmen Dr. and ends at the Community Center. Don't forget Santa's Village at Community Center Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with holiday shopping, food, live music, and more!

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December 8, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Old Town Orcutt Christmas Parade

ORCUTT - Come and enjoy a small town Christmas Parade including bands, kids, horses, and Santa of course! Parade is held rain or shine.

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December 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

32nd Annual Vine Street Victorian Showcase

PASO ROBLES - Bring the whole family to Vine Street for this annual community Christmas party tradition. Ebenezer Scrooge, the Snow Queen, Mr. & Mrs. Clause and the whole crew will be on-hand. Community caroling, illuminated floats, entertainers, community open houses, live music, cotton candy, free cookies and hot chocolate— it’s fun, friends and festivities! Don’t miss this sure-to-please holiday mainstay in Paso Robles.

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December 9, 2018

11th Annual Santa to the Sea Half Marathon

OXNARD - The annual Santa to the Sea is a great way to stay in shape while giving back to the community. Participants can choose from a half-marathon race to a 5k run/walk, or a 1k kids run and even a ‘Diaper Dash’ for the younger sect. Registration fees vary and all proceeds benefit local charities.

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December 9, 2018

Annual Inns of Distinction Tour

CARMEL - Tour charming inns and enjoy food and wine along the way as you explore Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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December 9, 2018

Real Snow Event

MORRO BAY - Play like no one is watching at Morro Bay’s real snow event! Three areas of snow for different ages of children to play on include a sledding hill, snow ball alley and under five area for the little elves. An Elf on the Shelf competition will take place and is fun for the whole family. Create elf dioramas and win fabulous prizes - elves provided!

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December 9, 2018

32nd Annual Holiday Parade of Lights at the Santa Barbara Harbor

SANTA BARBARA - After the Stearns Wharf Christmas Tree has been lit, grab a seat to enjoy the 32nd Annual Parade of Lights. Watch in delight as over 30 boats festively decorated to this year’s theme “Hollywood Holidays” cruise around the harbor. Enjoy a fantastic fireworks display that kicks off the holiday season! Photo: Santa Barbara Waterfront Department

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December 11, 2018 - December 13, 2018

12th Annual Holly Trolley Holiday Light Tour

OXNARD - Get a top-side view of holiday lights in Downtown Oxnard by hopping aboard a grand double-decker during the 12th Annual Holly Trolley Holiday Light Tour. The bus departs from Centennial Plaza and includes a drive through Oxnard’s National Historic District filled with spectacular displays of holiday lights and décor. The tour includes a stop at historic Heritage Square for hot cocoa and cookies.

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December 14, 2018 - December 15, 2018

Ventura Harbor 42nd Annual Parade of Lights and Fireworks

VENTURA - The 42nd Annual Parade of Lights and Fireworks sets the perfect mood for the holidays with brilliant displays of boat decorations and colorful lights sparkling at the seaside. This year’s 2018 theme is “Rocking on the DOCK Side of the Moon,” is a nautical play on words paying homage to the timeless '70s Pink Floyd album, “Dark Side of the Moon.” For information, call 805-477-0470.

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December 15, 2018 - December 16, 2018

The Nutcracker with Live Orchestra

SANTA CRUZ - A Santa Cruz tradition! Enjoy the 17th production with full professional orchestra at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Over 70 local dancers perform choreography by Robert Kelley with sumptuous costumes and scenery. Guest starring SCBT alumna Melody Mennite, principal dancer with Houston Ballet. The 52 piece Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre Orchestra is conducted by Music Director Pamela Martin.

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December 15, 2018

Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace 2018

VENTURA - This festive seaside event harks back to traditional celebrations with complimentary Santa and Mrs. Claus photos, live reindeer, and faux snow fall! Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace at Ventura Harbor Village offers the perfect setting this holiday season. Every 15 minutes take a wintery selfie under the faux snowfall, listen to Dickensian Carolers, and more. The Annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks follows at 6:30 pm.  Free entrance & parking.

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December 15, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Las Posadas at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - Costumed docents lead the Las Posadas procession through the mission grounds with songs in Spanish and English. The tradition dates back over 400 years in Mexico and reenacts the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem.

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December 26, 2018 - April 15, 2019

Whale Watching Season in Oxnard

OXNARD - Whale Watching Season continues through mid-April. Visitors can see the magnificent Pacific Gray Whales on excursions to the Channel Islands National Park via Island Packers or Channel Islands Sportfishing. Both offer 3 ½ hour non-landing narrated trips with morning and afternoon departures.

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December 31, 2018

Rock & Soul New Year’s Eve Bash

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Embassy Suites SLO featuring Unfinished Business, with special guest Roy Henry. All tickets include live entertainment, dancing, a buffet dinner with cash bar service, free parking, and special overnight hotel rates. Tickets available online (http://bit.ly/EmbassySLO-NYE), and include individual tickets, full table purchases, and a special VIP seating section up front with table-side bar service.

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December 31, 2018

New Year’s Eve Sleepover

MONTEREY - A new year is on its way! Ring in 2019 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with your family, friends and favorite fishes. With a sundae bar, sparkling cider New Year's toast, pajama dance party and more—this is a perfect way to wrap up the holiday season and celebrate the year ahead.

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December 31, 2018

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Lompoc

LOMPOC - Ring in the New Year in style at the Hilton Garden Inn Lompoc with an elegant celebration of sensational music and fine food from 7 pm to 1 am. Enjoy unforgettable Jazz, R&B and Soul. Savor a four-course meal prepared by the amazing chefs at Valle Eatery + Bar. Your choice of prime rib, salmon or vegetarian entree! Seating by 7:30 pm. Party favors and a champagne toast included in your package. No-host bar available. Black Tie. Must be 21+.    

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December 31, 2018

New Year’s Eve Pops

SANTA BARBARA - Ring in the New Year with the Santa Barbara Symphony! Guest Conductor Bob Bernhardt will conduct popular hits as well as Broadway classics, and aerial performers from Troupe Vertigo make for a rousing show. Make your last show of the year the best, and get tickets before they sell out! Photo: Visit Santa Barbara

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December 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Rava Wines Champagne & Cabaret New Years Eve Soiree

PASO ROBLES - Ring in 2019 with style at this all-inclusive New Year’s Eve extravaganza featuring the Sunset Winos all-star band, a full cabaret show and a multi-course gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Will Torres of Farmhouse Corner Market. During dinner, guests will be wowed by a lively cabaret show featuring a slew of tantalizing acts. The all-inclusive tickets are $250 per person.

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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 11 - January 13

45th Annual Santa Cruz Fungus Fair: Mushrooms as Medicine

SANTA CRUZ - Learn the fascinating world of mushrooms during this the three-day event featuring hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion. The Fair showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids' Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Bring the kids and stroll through a re-created woodland forest displaying hundreds of wild mushrooms.

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January 17 - January 20

Carmel-by-the-Sea Fitness & Nutrition Retreat

CARMEL - 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.

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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 18 - January 21

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 19 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

4th Annual Tamale Festival

ATASCADERO - The 4th Annual Tamale Festival will be held in the Sunken Gardens in downtown Atascadero. Due to the events popularity, it will be expanded to include all of Sunken Gardens and Downtown on Entrada in 2019! The variety of tamale vendors will also be expanded in order to offer more tamales available for purchase. You will be able to find everything from gourmet to traditional to sweet tamales featuring tamale vendors from across California!

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January 20

Spanish Hills Country Club Bridal Show

CAMARILLO - The Spanish Hills Country Club Bridal Show returns on January 20, 2019. Bridal parties come ready to experience the latest in the wedding fashions and trends.

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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 1 - March 10

The Humans

SANTA PAULA - The Humans, a play by Stephen Karam. An aggressive, hopeful, heartbreaking play pre-sented with humor and compassion. Won Best Play in the 2016 Tony Awards.

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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 17 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Brunch on Wheels

Avila Beach - Come enjoy another beautiful day at Brunch-on-Wheels on Sunday, February 17th from 10am - 2pm. The best of the county's local food trucks will be serving up specialized Brunch menus, with the beach at your toes. The February edition of Brunch on Wheels will feature live music by Conner Cherland, lawn games, and the ever-popular Mimosa and Bloody Bars!

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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

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Spring Passport

SANTA CLARA VALLEY - Follow the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail and enjoy wine tasting at 30+ wineries the entire month of March! With your Spring Passport, you can expect up to three one-ounce pours at each winery you visit during the month. Wineries may also provide food and entertainment, pour special select or library wines, and offer attractive discounts.

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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 1 - March 31

Change of a Season for Elephant Seals

SAN SIMEON - Catch the end of pupping season at the Piedras Blancas rookery in San Simeon. Elephant seal pups, referred to as “weaners,” will be testing their swimming skills on the beach. Some of the weaners you’ll find on the beach have been fed by two mothers, giving them extra baby weight. These “super weaners” try to shed those pounds before moving into the water for their first swim.

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March 1 - May 31

Whale Trail Viewing Starts in Spring

SAN SIMEON - Each year one of nature’s most spectacular migration happens underwater along a path called the Whale Trail. This trail stretches from Canada to Mexico, giving the Central Coast stunning views of more than 30 species of whales. Book a tour of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Station and walk the bluff to visit NOAA scientists that have setup massive binoculars to conduct the annual gray whale count.

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March 5

Fat Tuesday at Tooth & Nail Winery

PASO ROBLES - WINE-MUSIC-FOOD! Need we say more? Celebrating Mardi Gras one glass at a time. Enjoy the musical talents of Vince Cimo and indulge in some amazing New Orleans-inspired dishes by our whimsical Chef Brenen. Tooth & Nail is the place to be on Fat Tuesday! The kitchen will be open from 12:00pm-7:30pm with music from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

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March 8

Women Winemakers Dinner

SOLVANG - On March 8, 2019, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the third annual Women Winemakers Dinner showcasing the winemaking talents of more than 20 Santa Barbara County women winemakers, will be held in the Santa Ynez Valley wine country destination of Solvang, California. The charitable event – 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM at K’Syrah Catering & Events – benefits the Women’s Fund of Northern Santa Barbara County.

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March 9

Carmel Art Walk

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Carmel Art Walk is the second Saturday every month from 5pm-8pm and is FREE! Tour artist-owned galleries and meet the artists who carry on the Carmel-by-the-Sea artist colony legacy!

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March 10

Return of the Evening Sun with a Daylight Savings’ Sunset Paddle

SANTA BARBARA - Daylight savings means more time for adventure! Come watch the sun set from a unique perspective as you paddle in the beautiful Santa Barbara Harbor. This twilight trip is a great way to end a full day. We meet before sunset for a comprehensive kayaking lesson and then we head out to where we watch the colors change and stars appear.

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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 12 - March 17

SLO Film Festival

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Film, Wine, Fun! That’s what you can expect at the 22nd Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Join us for a wide variety of movies, parties, workshops and wine tasting – and the chance to rub elbows with Hollywood and extreme sports celebrities. This is an ideal weekend of exceptional wine and movies. Festival passes are available now.

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March 13 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Pompeii – The Exhibition Lunch and Tour

SIMI VALLEY - Go back in time with the spectacular exhibit, Pompeii: The Exhibition at Ronald Regan Presidential Library. Relive the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius through a 4-D eruption theater, artificats, frescoes, mosaics, gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, plates, furniture, jewelry, statues, and more. Enjoy a delicious meal followed by a docent-led tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and the Air Force One Pavilion.

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March 14 - March 17

Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - GourmetFest is an international food and wine festival in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The festival features the talents of Relais & Châteaux Chefs from around the world. Events include an opening night welcome party, a cooking demo, wine tastings, off-site tours combined with exciting lunches, featured chefs, world-class wine dinners, a rarities dinner, and a closing Champagne tasting.

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March 15 - March 17

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend

PASO ROBLES - Cheers to Zinfandel! Once a year Paso Robles toasts its heritage variety, Zinfandel. The 3-day celebration features winery events, a Zin seminar, and the infamous Z After Party. Some events are ticketed and require advance purchase. Over 200 wineries schedule a variety of activities throughout the special weekend.

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March 15 - March 17

Taste of Solvang

SOLVANG - Local, regional and Danish foods, wines and live entertainment celebrate the cultural and agricultural heritage of Solvang. Friday Sip + Savor reception with 25 chefs and their choice foods & beverages at Hotel Corque followed by an After-Party with live band and dancing. Saturday is the Culinary Tasting Trail with 30 taste stops downtown. The Wine & Beer Tasting Walk offers more than a dozen vintners and local craft beer brewers on Saturday and Sunday; plus Sunday brunch.

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March 15

World Premiere: Tin City Film at Park Cinema

PASO ROBLES - A special film premier as part of the SLO Film Fest, Paso Robles filmmaker Dina Mande profiles the creative souls who introduce us to the unique world of Tin City, an industrial epicurean playground in Paso Robles that has grown into a mecca for food, wine, beer and cider travelers from around the world. Tickets required.

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March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Morro Bay Leprechaun Crawl

MORRO BAY - On Friday, March 15, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, come out for an adult scavenger hunt with your choice of beer, wine, and whiskey! Dress in your favorite green.

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March 16

Rick Springfield: Stripped Down

PASO ROBLES - An intimate evening of music and storytelling with Rick Springfield: Stripped Down. Rick will be treating fans to a special solo performance with storytelling! You do not want to miss your chance to see Rick perform ‘Stripped Down’ and get up close and personal with the man and his music! Rava Wines + Events is the host of this night of music. Tickets required.

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March 16

St. Patrick’s Day Car Show

SANTA MARIA - Rain or shine! Features cars, trucks, and motorcycles from all years, makes and models. Live music by Unfinished business, as well as vendor booths and public safety displays. Come have a blast on your St. Patrick’s day!

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March 16

Shamrock 5k Fun Run/Walk & Corn-Hole tournament

FILLMORE - Join in the fun! With a 5k Run/Walk, Cornhole Tournament, Kid Zone and Beer Garden hosted by Wolf Creek Brewery. Food trucks, shopping, raffles, live music by Martini Drive, Reality Check, and more. 5k starts at 9am, followed by festivities 10am-5pm. For more information contact Parks & Recreation 805-524-1500 ext 713

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March 16

Zin Fest Weekend at Harmony Cellars

SAN SIMEON - Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend is filled with over 100 wineries celebrating the fruit of their harvest. Stay in San Simeon and celebrate with the coastal wineries like the Irish inspired celebration at Harmony Cellars. Take a drive through the hills of wine country for easy access to other winery events with sweeping views of the ocean.

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March 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Traditional Mission Life Day at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - Learn tortilla making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery and more as costumed docents engage visitors with demonstrations and a day of learning the crafts of yesteryear. 11 am to 2 pm. $6 parking fee.

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March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Zinfandel Tasting with Cheese Pairing and Pizza Bites

PASO ROBLES - Join Hearst Ranch Winery at its Paso Robles Tasting Room 12-3pm on Saturday March 16th and toast to the regional heritage variety, Zinfandel! To celebrate this Zinfest Vintage Paso Weekend they will be sampling favorite past vintages of  ‘Carpoforo’ Zinfandel in a Library wine tasting and cheese pairing. Irish-style pizza bites will also be served. $10 Club Member. $20 Non-Club Member.

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March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Whiskey Pairing Dinner

SOLVANG - Chef Crystal “Pink” DeLongpré of Solvang, California restaurant, Root 246, located in Santa Barbara wine country, hosts a Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Whiskey Pairing Dinner: four inventive courses of updated Irish fare, utilizing local ingredients. The whiskey-paired dinner also celebrates the launch of Root 246’s Whiskey Flights, highlighting a revolving selection of the spirit from their 125-bottle international and domestic whiskey list.

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March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival

BUELLTON - Come to the 2019 Buellton Wine & Chili Festival on Sunday, March 17th!  Sample from over 30 wineries, craft breweries and spirits. Over 25 chili and salsa cooks and at the beautiful Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton from 12-4:30 p.m.

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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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March 23 - March 24

California International Airshow

SALINAS - Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics from the United States Navy Blue Angels, Patriots Jet Team, Metal Mulisha, the Pemberton's Wing Suit Jump and more. There will also be military demos, military fly-bys and military/civilian aircraft displays.

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March 23

Santa Paula Theater Presents: An Evening with John Robles and Chucumite

SANTA PAULA - Chucumite specializes in “son jarocho” (son means “sound” and “jarocho” is a colloquialism applied to the people of Veracruz), a folk music genre from Veracruz, Mexico, with a long history dating back to the Conquest. The instruments are unique and their history will be revealed with the music. Come along for a delightful evening.

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March 24

Symphony of the Vines at Mission San Miguel – “Mendelssohn in Scotland”

PASO ROBLES - Mission San Miguel - a sacred place to share incredible music - is the location for this Symphony of the Vines performance. As a young man, Felix Mendelssohn traveled to Scotland and was inspired by the castles, landscapes, islands, and sea. These impressions are captured beautifully in his 'Scottish' Symphony, a work with the dark orchestrations, romantic melodies, and dancing, lilting rhythms. This will be a full orchestra featuring the finest musicians in the region. Tickets required.

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March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winemaker Dinner

CAMBRIA - Oceanpoint Ranch is hosting a Spring Winemaker Dinner with Hearst Ranch Winery. Revel in the rustic charm of Oceanpoint Ranch while sipping a variety of award-winning wines paired perfectly with our unique tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Thomas Drahos. Tickets are $95 per person and include a five-course paired dinner served at the Canteen at Oceanpoint Ranch. Limited space available, event will sell out.

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March 28 - March 31

Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours

LAGUNA SECA - The SRO Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours presented by Pirelli World Challenge returns with wheel-to-wheel action in what is the longest endurance race at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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March 29 - March 31

Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale

PASO ROBLES - The San Luis Obispo County Cattlemen’s Association presents the 29th Annual Western Art Show and Sale, showcasing over 50 artists exhibiting new and original works including western paintings and sculptures. The 2019 featured artist is Vicki Catapano, a California resident gaining world-renowned recognition for her western art.

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March 29 - March 31

Explore Lompoc Preview at La Purisima

LOMPOC - The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is charting a course for promising youth at the AJGA’s 3rd Annual newly renamed, “Explore Lompoc Preview at La Purisima,” a national Preview Series golf tournament. The three-day adventure attracts nearly 80 players, ages 12-19 years old, for 36 holes of stroke play. Teens from seven states and four foreign countries come together and participate with players from Lompoc and other California cities. Spectators are invited to attend the tournament at no cost.

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March 31

Cayucos Easter Egg Hunt

CAYUCOS - Dress up your favorite pooch in their best Easter bonnet and outfit for a parade! Prizes are awarded for Best Costume, Best Behaved, Best Bonnet and many more. Plus, an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids where they can meet the Easter Bunny. Sponsored by the Cayucos Lioness Club. Egg Hunt is 10am at Hardie Park.

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March 31 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Santa Maria Open Streets 2019

SANTA MARIA - Santa Maria Open Streets ¡Calles Vivas!* is a free, safe, and family-friendly event with NO motorized traffic from 11am-5pm 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. This will be the first annual Santa Maria Open Streets event. Come and become a part of history!

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April 2019

April 3 - April 7

Poppy Jasper International Film Festival

GILROY & MORGAN HILL - If you enjoy movies, you’ll love the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival! You can choose from a variety of ticket packages to enjoy short and feature-length movies that have been selected by a premier jury of industry professionals. PJIFF includes five days of film screenings, speaker panels, mixers, and community events in the historic downtown districts of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, California.

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April 4 - April 7

Annual City Wide Yard Sale

MORRO BAY - Mark your calendars for Morro Bay’s 16th Annual Citywide Yard Sale: April 4-7th. This year there will be more sales than ever listed. Which means hundreds of locations to explore. With such a high concentration of sites, you are bound to find something special to take home. Preview day begins Thursday afternoon – be the first to see what’s for sale. The excitement continues all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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April 6 - April 7

Model Railroad Exhibit

SANTA CRUZ - Kids can’t get enough of tiny trains, broccoli size trees and little red cabooses. Watch your child’s face light up as they play engineer chugging through the Redwoods, around railroad bends and over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Boardwalk with the miniature scale of the Central Coast spread out before them. Once the Model Railroad Exhibit feeds their imagination, the “Real Trains” will be waiting outside to transform imagination into reality.

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April 6 - April 7

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 6 - April 7

11th Annual Wine 4 Paws Weekend

PASO ROBLES - Join in the fun and help raise funds for the local Woods Humane Society! You can help our four-legged friends by visiting ANY of the over 80 local participating Wine 4 Paws tasting rooms, breweries and olive oil producers throughout the weekend, as a portion of their proceeds will be donated to Woods.

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April 6 - April 7

Eroica California

CAMBRIA - This world-renowned vintage cycling event has four routes of various lengths that showcase the best cycling in the area. As the only Eroica event in the USA, Eroica California is the perfect opportunity to experience the history of cycling first-hand in a stunning location. This region will soon enter every cyclist’s bucket list when Eroica California showcases Cambria in 2019 for the very first time.

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April 6 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Natural History Day at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - Discover the great outdoors and the colorful flora and fauna of spring with the Park Rangers at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Learn about the park’s wild inhabitants at the Mammal and Bird station, check out the Scales and Tales Reptile Encounter, and hit the trail for a wildflower/wildlife hike. 10 am to 2pm. $6 parking fee.

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April 11 - April 14

Pebble Beach Food & Wine

PEBBLE BEACH - Enjoy four days of the best in food and wine with an epic epicurean event, Pebble Beach Food & Wine. Over 75 celebrity chefs and over 250 wineries assemble at Pebble Beach to bring you the culinary experience of a lifetime. Enjoy lunches, dinners and wine tastings. Educate yourself with cooking demonstrations.

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April 11 - April 14

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 12 - May 19

Complications from a Fall

SANTA PAULA - Complications from a Fall, a playby Kate Hawley.  A long absent son must care for his 80 year old mother suffering from dementia following a bad fall. His journey of self discovery and reconnection will resonate with anyone who has ever needed to care for an ailing loved one. Filled with humor and pa-thos.

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April 13

Carmel Art Walk

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Carmel Art Walk is the second Saturday every month from 5pm-8pm and is FREE! Tour artist-owned galleries and meet the artists who carry on the Carmel-by-the-Sea artist colony legacy!

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April 13

Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll

GILROY - This popular event features numerous local wineries at “pour stations” inside Downtown Gilroy businesses as well as the work of local artists on display at the Gilroy Center for the Arts. This is a great chance to explore the charming downtown district, support local business owners, taste some outstanding wines, and enjoy the thriving arts scene in Gilroy!

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April 13

Egg Hunt & Chalk Art

FILLMORE - Egg-cellent adventures, music, Easter Egg hunt, prizes, Fun Zone, food trucks, and chalk art areas - get creative this Spring at Two Rivers Park. For more information contact Parks & Recreation , 805-524-1500 ext 713

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April 13

La Fete Du Pink

HARMONY - Sip Rosé from over 20 wineries while you picnic and play at the historic La Lomita Ranch in the heart of San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley. Enjoy the day with music, lawn games, and vendors. Enjoy rosé ice cream from Harmony Valley Creamery. VIP and overnight packages available.

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April 14

Free Family Kite Festival 2019

SANTA MARIA - Fly kites with the family at one of the biggest events of the year! Come and enjoy food vendors and live music. There will also be booths with arts and crafts that are sure to be tons of fun.

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April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Pismo Paw’p Fest

PISMO BEACH - Pismo’s premier Pet Party in the Park! Event will feature a “Yappy Hour” garden hosting local wines for your drinking pleasure, Ruffle (raffle), Food Trucks, Pet Tricks, Silent Pawction, and so much more. Peaceful leashed pups are invited to bring their peaceful humans to Dinosaur Caves Park! All net proceeds from Pismo Paw’p Fest will benefit Woods Humane Society and the Pismo Beach Police K-9 Program.

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April 19 - April 21

Lompoc SpringFest

LOMPOC - Step into spring with a three-day celebration showcasing food and craft vendors, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, a car show (Saturday), motorcycle show (Sunday), and BBQ competitions (Saturday/Sunday). No pets are allowed in the park during the festival. Presented by the Lompoc Valley Festival Association. Friday 2:30 to 11 pm; Saturday 10 am to 11 pm; Sunday 11 am to 8 pm. Free to festival, tickets required for carnival rides.

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April 20 - April 21

Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Hunt

SANTA CRUZ - Hop on Board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Roaring Camp. After riding Roaring Camp's real 1880s Steam Train under the majestic Redwoods, over Indian Creek Trestle and through the Santa Cruz Mountains, your kids will scavenge for chocolate eggs at the top of Bear Mountain. The magic of trains, mixed with the magic of the Easter Bunny. It’s...it’s…EGGSTRAORDINARY! Available on Easter Steam Train only, there is no Egg Hunt on the Beach Train.

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April 20

Santa Maria BBQ Festival: “Brews And Cues 2019”

SANTA MARIA - The 3rd annual Santa Maria BBQ Festival “Brews & Cues” is back with more BBQ and more fun! Join us and enjoy plenty of Santa Maria Style BBQ, beer, wine, and activities plus live music. Enjoy wine tasting, plenty of vendors, kids activities, plus much more!

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April 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Easter Eggstravaganza

PISMO BEACH - The City of Pismo Beach Parks & Recreation Department presents the annual Easter Eggstravaganza from 10am-1pm. Festivities will be held at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, and the hunt is FREE! The celebration includes games, bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist and much more. The Easter Bunny might even be available for photos, so be sure to bring your cameras!

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April 21 - April 28

17th Annual Sculptors Symposium

CAMBRIA - Following the annual week-long California Sculptors Symposium at Camp Ocean Pines, world-class and amateur sculptors exhibit and sell work created during the week at the Sculptures by the Sea event. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists as they work in fields overlooking the ocean. This unique, seaside art show will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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April 21

Easter Brunch on Wheels

AVILA BEACH - Come enjoy another beautiful day at Brunch-on-Wheels on Sunday, April 21st from 10am - 2pm! The best of the county's local food trucks with the beach at your toes! This edition of will feature a special visit from the Easter Bunny along with an Easter Egg Hunt, live music by Carbon City Lights, lawn games, and our Mimosa and Bloody Bars!

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April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Taste of Pismo

PISMO BEACH - You can always expect the best when you visit Pismo Beach. Enjoy great food, wine and ocean views. This outstanding event brings together delicious local food and superb central coast wineries – all in one exceptional location on the cliffs overlooking the sea at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach.

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April 22

Earth Day Sea Cave Kayaking at Channel Islands National Park

CHANNEL ISLANDS - At the Channel Islands National Park we are dedicated to providing unforgettable experiences for our visitors, while also protecting the island’s remarkable landscape. Come out on Earth Day on an incredible kayaking tours, and explore native wildlife and breathtaking sea caves. With knowledgeable guides, limitless discovery awaits.

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April 26 - April 28

2019 Santa Maria Strawberry Festival

SANTA MARIA - Annual event highlights the beginning of the Strawberry Season as well as the importance of the strawberry industry to the local economy. Also showcases variations of berries. Strives to provide a wholesome fun family event for everyone.

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April 26 - April 28

Morro Bay Kite Festival

MORRO BAY - The Morro Bay Kite Festival is a FREE annual event for kite enthusiasts and families. Hosted on the beach just north of Morro Rock which offers some of the best kite-flying wind in the world. Come enjoy a fun family event for all ages and lifestyles.

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April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Spring and Shout Dinner and Dance: Tribute to Neil Diamond and Ronny and the Classics

SIMI VALLEY - Kick off the start of spring with the 2nd annual Spring and Shout Dinner and Dance: Tribute to Neil Diamond and Ronny and the Classics! Hot August Nights provides a spectacular Neil Diamond experience with a dynamic Neil Diamond impressionist. Ronny and the Classics are a five-piece concert show and dance band playing the greatest rock songs from the '50s through the '90s. Reservations required by April 22, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.  Casual dress attire is suggested.

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April 27 - April 28

Steam Rail Festival

FILLMORE - Prepare to be entertained and amazed by what can only be imagined as the "Renaissance of Railroading." This festival is a celebration of the steam engine, railroading, antique tractors, vehicles and engines, vintage wares and oddities, unique performances, early transportation and culture mixed with a bit of Steampunk fun. Mark your calendars for one of the biggest Heritage Valley events in the little historic town of Fillmore, CA!

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April 27

Oso Libre Winery Annual Wine Blending Party

PASO ROBLES - Develop your inner winemaker! Create your very own custom blend at our annual Wine Blending Party. Enjoy a tour of the vineyard, catered lunch, and the opportunity to create your very own blend alongside our winemakers. All participants get to take home a blend of their own, and learn about the art of blending. $125 per person, includes lunch. Space is limited so make your reservation now!

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April 27 @ 12:00 pm - April 28 @ 5:00 pm

14th Annual Cambria Wildflower Show

CAMBRIA - Have you ever wondered about the wildflowers, shrubs, and trees you see flowering on your spring walks and drives on the central coast? You can have your wildflower questions answered by experts and view hundreds of bouquets of fresh wildflowers collected in northern San Luis Obispo County, labeled with botanical names and families along with common names. Enjoy great snacks at the Wildflower Café.

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April 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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May 2019

May 1 - May 31

Spring Evening Tours with Hearst Castle

SAN SIMEON - This evening tour allows you to view this historic California mansion in the twilight hours—just as Mr. Hearst’s own guests did in the 1930s. Wind your way through Casa del Mar, Casa Grande’s social rooms, the Main Library and Mr. Hearst’s own private Gothic Suite. Docents dressed in 1930s period attire complete the experience, bringing the Castle to life once again.

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May 2 - May 5

Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show

MORRO BAY - Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show returns for its 23rd year in 2019! Starting Thursday evening, rare cars will begin arriving in Morro Bay for registration. On Friday, secure a spot on Main Street for Cruise Night at 6 p.m. as classic and other rare cars cruise past. Continue the "Show & Shine" on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and talk with the car owners.

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May 2 - May 29

Coastal Colors

PASO ROBLES - Pick a view, any view. Wherever you look the coastal region of California is awash in color. Visit the Paso Robles Art Association gallery and enjoy a spectacular array of Coastal Colors created by their local member artists. On Saturday, May 4 from 5-7pm, meet the PRAA artists at the opening night's reception.

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May 3 - May 5

Wine Waves and Beyond

PISMO BEACH - Celebrate the best that Classic California has to offer. Enjoy three days of unforgettable events that embrace the love of California’s traditional surfing lifestyle and culture along with exceptional wine and food. Experience Central Coast wines, artisan brews, local California farm-fresh and seaport-inspired cuisine, as well as great music, art, and the amiable coastal community. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit GleanSLO.

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May 3 - May 5

Wildflower Triathlon and Festival

PASO ROBLES - Wildflower is not just another triathlon – it’s a 3-day party celebrating multi-sport, music wellness and outdoor adventure! Packed in with a full schedule of races, this iconic weekend triathlon festival boasts three action-packed expo venues featuring top-notch live entertainment, celebration Firestone-Walker beer garden, 15C wine tasting and informative race clinics by top pros and much more.

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May 4

Buellton Brew Fest

BUELLTON - The seventh annual Buellton Brew Fest is coming off its best year to date! Once again, over 50 breweries, wineries and spirits will be featured. Live entertainment by DJ Hecktik and Lompoc’s very own Richie Rey, Tony Balbinot and the Cadillac Angels. A great assortment of food trucks, plenty of restrooms, lawn games and of course great craft beer!

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May 4

Winemakers’ Celebration

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals will be available for sampling at the Winemakers’ Celebration in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Guests will also have the rare opportunity to ask questions and discuss the wines with the winemakers themselves.

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May 4

16th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival

PASO ROBLES - Paso olives you! It’s all about olives during the annual Olive Festival. Bring the entire family to Downtown City Park for a day dedicated to area olives including sampling, vendors, demonstrations and an olive dish-cooking contest. Check out the mobile olive oil press, or take a stroll through Culinary Row to entice your epicurean fancy with local artisanal, farm-fresh food, and be sure to try the olive oil ice cream!

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May 4

Rancheros Visitadores Parade Through Solvang

SOLVANG - More than 600 “visiting ranchers” commemorate traditional travel on horseback and wagons; and parade through downtown Solvang to ride to a public blessing at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive) in the afternoon, followed by a week-long private encampment nearby.

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May 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Sheep Shear Mission Life Day at La Purisima Mission

LOMPOC - Witness sheep get their annual ‘hair cut’, and learn about wool production during mission times with engaging activities for the whole family. 11 am to 2 pm. $6 parking fee.

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May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The 37th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Festival

SANTA BARBARA - In its 37th year, the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival is truly the Original Santa Barbara Wine Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the Festival Grand Tasting on May 4, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m (Early Entry begins at 12:00 p.m.) at the beautiful Rancho Sisquoc Winery in the Santa Maria Valley. Featuring this year, a glimpse into the inner workings of wine making.

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May 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Art in the Park

PISMO BEACH - Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a once-a-month event taking place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm, May through December. Over 100 local artists and craftsmen sell and display their work, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children’s activities.

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May 9 - May 12

Conejo Valley Days

CONEJO VALLEY  - Over 60 years, Conejo Valley Days has showcased diverse musical styles and performers along with world-class carnival rides, live entertainment, local vendors, arts & crafts, games, food and wonderful community involvement. CVD provides a private experience for children with special needs and encourages all children within our community to read more with the Read To Ride program. Conejo Valley Days is truly a long-standing celebration perfect for the whole family.

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May 11

Carmel Art Walk

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA - Carmel Art Walk is the second Saturday every month from 5pm-8pm and is FREE! Tour artist-owned galleries and meet the artists who carry on the Carmel-by-the-Sea artist colony legacy!

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May 11

Spring Tea

OXNARD - Enjoy high tea in a beautiful outdoor plaza setting at Heritage Square, Downtown Oxnard. Entertainment includes live piano music of the 1920’s, a Charleston lesson and a 1920’s fashion show. High tea refreshments and a variety of tea sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit and desserts will be catered by La Dolce Vita. Event starts at 2 p.m.

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May 11

Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

SOLVANG - Enjoy a scenic course, running from downtown Solvang through Los Olivos and back to Solvang starting at 7:00 a.m. Celebrate at the post-race Wine & Music Festival in Solvang Park until noon.

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May 11

Miracle Mile for Kids 10k

MORRO BAY - The Family Care Network's annual Miracle Miles for Kids will take place on May 11. The 10k race course runs along the water's edge from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. There will be a post-race party with live music, lunch, and a diverse vendor fair. All donations will benefit foster and high-needs children and families on the Central Coast.

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May 12

Mother’s Day Brunch on Wheels

AVILA BEACH - Come enjoy another beautiful day at Brunch-on-Wheels on Sunday, May 12th from 10am - 2pm! The best of the county's local food trucks will serve up specialized Brunch menus, with the beach at your toes! The May edition of Brunch on Wheels will feature live music by B & The Hive, lawn games, and the ever-popular Mimosa and Bloody Bars!

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May 12 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Mother’s Day – Brunch with Mom

SANTA CRUZ - Treat Mom to something memorable with a delectable Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet accompanied with live music by Pat Hull. After a lovely brunch, relax with a train ride through the towering redwoods. $2 off train tickets with your admission to the Mother’s Day Brunch. Brunch served 9:30 am- 2:00 pm (last seating at 1:00 pm). Kids can create a special gift for mom at the crafts table from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Adults: $66. Children: $50.

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May 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Mother’s Day Brunch

SIMI VALLEY - Celebrate the mother in your life at the 13th annual Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library!  Spoil her with a champagne brunch in a grand setting. Tour the fantastic Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and the amazing Air Force One Pavilion from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A professional photographer will be available to take your picture. Reservations limited and must be made by May 6, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. “Sunday best” attire suggested.

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