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March 2016
March 12, 2016

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival

Come check out the 2016 Wine & Chili Festival! Sample from over 30 wineries and 20 chili / salsa cooks! Your ticket includes a souvenir wine glass; unlimited wine (over 21) and chili tastings; live entertainment by The Caverns and more! Play bocce ball, horse shoes, table tennis, mega sized beer pong and cornhole!

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May 2016
June 2016
June 2, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Annual Santa Maria Elk Rodeo

Grab your cowboy boots and cowboy hat and head for the Elks Rodeo! Join us for action packed PRCA sanctioned Rodeo performances that take place every day from June 2nd - 5th. All performances are held at the Santa Maria Elks Unocal Event Center. Each rodeo performance is loaded with edge of your seat entertainment!

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July 2016
July 1, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Hollister Independence Rally 2016

The Hollister Rally began in 1947. It’s believed to be the event that gave rise to the “American Biker” and was the inspiration for the powerful 1953 cult classic movie, “The Wild One”, starring Marlon Brando and Lee Marvin. The cast, adorned in leather jackets, introduced hipster biker phrases to movie audiences and defined biker fashion for decades to come. The movie is considered a cultural milestone and motorcycle enthusiasts return to Hollister every 4th of July weekend to celebrate…

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July 9, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Obon Festival

FREE admission and fun for the entire family! Exhibits and displays include Bonsai, Karate, Judo, Crafts and Craft Workshop in addition to authentic entertainment such as classical Japanese and Okinawa dance, Taiko Drumming, and children’s games. Also, oriental foods such as teriyaki chicken and beef, Japanese rice (sushi), udon (hot noodles), Japanese pastries, and farmers market. For more information visit www.oxnardbuddhisttemple.org or call (805) 483-5948.

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July 29, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Come to the 2016 Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 29, 30 and 31) for great garlicky food, live cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family! You’ll also find live entertainment on three stages, cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children’s Area too.

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August 2016
August 3, 2016 - August 14, 2016

Ventura County Fair

The Ventura County Fair began in 1875, when the primary focus of the fair was horse racing. The fair was enjoyed so much that it continued every year up until today- with the exception of a few years during World War II. The tradition continues with the 141st Ventura County Fair, “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” August 3-14.  We look forward to making lasting memories with you, your friends and your family.

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August 20, 2016 - August 21, 2016

Wings Over Camarillo

With the feeling of an old time barnstorming air show crossed with a big party, the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show has something for everyone from ages 2 to 92. This year’s airshow includes aerobatic performances from Vicky Benzing, classic warbirds from the CAF and John Collver, military aircraft, experimental aircraft, antique cars and motorcycles, helicopter and airplane rides, War Veteran’s Tent, WWII re-enactment camp, VIP Chalet tent, as well as a variety of food and street vendors.

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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 3, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Rock on the Dock – Saturdays

Saturdays in September (September 3, 10, 17, 24) 2016 3–6pm Every Saturday in September from 3-6pm visitors can catch live music performances from the water!

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September 10, 2016

Annual All Ford Car Show and Swap Meet

The 14th Annual All Ford Car Show will be September 10, 2016 and will once again be held in Old Town Orcutt adjacent to the Orcutt Union Plaza. First & Second place trophies in 10 classes, plus Best of Show--all participant chosen Proceeds to benefit Allan Hancock College Automotive Technology Scholarship Program.

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September 14, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Five days of fun and festivities, including a large carnival, live music and more. Safe, fun and affordable.

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September 15, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Indie Biz Expo

The Indie Biz Expo is a celebration and showcasing of local companies and their products. Local businesses from across Santa Cruz County are coming together in a night of exhibition and commerce to promote the many benefits of shopping, buying and thinking local. There will be many booths put on by participating businesses, with a wide variety of wares and services. The Expo will feature a beer garden for our older guests, multiple exhibits, food and more. Cost $5

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September 16, 2016 - September 18, 2016

80th Annual Solvang Danish Days

Danish Heritage Festival, September 16-18, 2016 – Little Denmark! Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free, and includes three parades, folk dancers and Danish musicians performing around town, plus other feature events on Saturday evening: the Danish Days Dinner Dance, followed by live music and dancing; the Solvang 2nd Century Street Party, featuring live music and much more!

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September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

2016 Bottle Bash Harvest Celebration

Please join Nicholson Vineyards to celebrate the harvest season! The 2016 Harvest Red Blend is ready - it's your turn on the bottling line! Enjoy wine tasting and a bbq lunch hot off the grill. Additional wine may be purchased by the glass or bottle to enjoy during lunch.

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September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival

Two-day music festival with the redwoods as your backdrop. Artists include George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Sheila E., Steve Kimock and more! Beer and wine garden, food and merchandise booths.

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September 23, 2016 @ 8:00 am - September 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Monterey Bay Birding Festival

The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is home to one of the most spectacular birding and wildlife venues in North America. September marks the peak of fall migration, with wintering shorebirds arriving en masse. You won't want to miss this opportunity to see more than 250 species in one of the world's greatest environments. Join us for fantastic field trips on land and sea, sensational speakers and much more!

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September 24, 2016 - September 25, 2016

25th Annual California Lemon Festival

You’ll find wonderful food, a fantastic family atmosphere, and variety of entertainment and activities that have made this the most anticipated event in the Goleta Valley. This weekend also includes the Goleta Fall Classic Car and Street Rod Show and the ever-popular 'Safety Street.' Don’t miss our pie-eating contests, and the arts and crafts vendors.

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September 24, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

19th Annual Thunderbirds on the Wharf

Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz

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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 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Cambria Scarecrow Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Cambria Scarecrow Festival has grown into a community-wide event with hundreds of scarecrows bowling, bathing, painting, pedaling, fishing and flying through Cambria, San Simeon and Harmony as residents and businesses join in to build these hand-crafted works of art. Over the years, the festival has grown into one of the most artful and unique scarecrow festivals in the U.S., drawing thousands of visitors from across the country. And 2016 will be no exception! In…

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October 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Fall Passport Weekend

First weekend in Oct -Fall Passport ( Oct 1-2, 2016) We will invite again all passport holders to our Friday night group social. ( Sept 30th) Sat and Sunday is our regular passport weekend and NEW this year you will be able to visit participating wineries through the month of October.

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October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Boccali Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy a day in the country, and choose from a farm fresh collection of pumpkins, squash and corn! Open seven days a week, with daytime hayrides offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

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October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Taste of Carmel

Save the date for the annual food and wine event at the Carmel Mission Basilica! More details and ticket sales will be available later in the year!

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October 7, 2016 - October 9, 2016

30th Annual California Avocado Festival

AVOFEST is one of the largest free festivals in California proudly boasting three days of fabulous food, a premier lineup of music, environmentally-friendly practice and a great family experience.

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October 8, 2016 - October 9, 2016

Seaside Highland Games

The Seaside Highland Games returns to Ventura County Fairgrounds with a full array of Scottish and Celtic activities, bagpipe bands, Highland dancers, Clans, sheep herding demos, British Cars, children's glen, Harp Glen, Gaelic language lessons, fiddles & heavy athletics with competitions in each area. Special guest is the US Marine Band from Miramar-3d Marine Aircraft Wing Band. Four stages filled with entertainers from Celtic Spring to Eric Rigler to Celtic Rock and more!

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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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October 14, 2016 - October 29, 2016

Boccali’s Haunted Hayrides

The pumpkin patch goes haunted after dark on Fridays & Saturdays October 14-29th! Come early for an authentic Italian buffet on the lawn!

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October 15, 2016

Santa Barbara Beer Festival

Once again we're gearing up for a great afternoon of sampling the best brewers in the west. And we're bigger and better than ever. Join us from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016, for some phenomenal brews, food, and tunes. Your ticket gets you a tasting glass and the opportunity to cruise the grounds of beautiful Elings Park for an afternoon, sampling the best brewers in the west. Plus, your ticket purchase helps support two local Santa Barbara nonprofits, so…

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October 15, 2016

Santa Barbara Harbor and Seafood Festival

The annual Harbor and Seafood Festival, held on the second Saturday in October, draws thousands of people to the Waterfront to enjoy succulent seafood like fresh lobsters and barbequed albacore, plus a host of other seafood treats and marine-related information and demonstrations.

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October 15, 2016

Ojai Day

Ojai celebrates its centennial this year during our annual #Ojai Day! The entire community comes together as we celebrate the magical valley we call home, with handcrafted wares, farm-fresh food, fun offerings for kids, live music and much more for #Ojai Day October 15th!

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October 21, 2016 - October 23, 2016

Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival

70th Anniversary of the famous Clam Festival in Pismo Beach Food, Vendors, Music, Entertainment, Parade, Wine Walk, Chowder Contest, Clam Dig, Surf Contest, Clam Bake, and so much more! Tickets sell out early.

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October 26, 2016

Taste of Ojai

Savor the best cuisine #Ojai has to offer, along with local wine, beer, and tequila tastings! Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, and silent auction on the pastoral grounds of the legendary @OjaiValleyInn&Spa golf course!

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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 12, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Holiday Home Look In

Sponsored by the Ojai Festival Women’s Committee, this timeless holiday tradition offers an exclusive tour of stunning Ojai homes to celebrate the art of living.

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November 19, 2016

46th Annual Homecrafters Marketplace

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

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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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November 25, 2016 - December 23, 2016

Cambria Christmas Market

Join us for the 5th Annual Cambria Christmas Market, a festive ongoing gathering in the style of Germany's Christmas Markets with nightly entertainment. 5pm to 9pm nightly. Admission prices are $5, $10, or $15 depending on the night. Kids 5 and under are always free. Please view our calendar of events for pricing. The last shuttle to the Market is at 8:00pm, ticket sales close at 8:15pm, and the last shuttle from the Market leaves at 9:15pm. Please allow at least one…

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November 25, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Monterey County Holiday Events

Holiday celebrations in Monterey County bring back memories of a golden era and create new memories to last a lifetime. Here, the holiday season is centered around beautiful lights, the joy of sharing and simple pleasures like a cup of hot cocoa with an ocean view. Late November and early December are packed with events that evoke the feelings these holidays were meant to engender. We invite you to join in the good cheer with us!

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December 2016
December 1, 2016

Christmas Tree Lane

In 1992, the nearby City of Ventura’s residents of Candy Cane Lane (Teloma Drive) decided to pass the torch of the well-known Ventura County tradition to Oxnard's ‘F’ street. Donated decorations and lights, including no less than 3 scaled-down animated merry-go-rounds, were trucked to Oxnard and a new tradition began. The event was organized and renamed Christmas Tree Lane by past neighboorhood Chair, ‘F’ Street resident Steve Buratti. The holiday spectacle grew when local resident, Harris Berger, added another 5 blocks of adjacent ‘G’ Street…

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December 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Solvang Julefest

Solvang sparkles with lights and events during Solvang’s annual Julefest (Yule-Fest) Celebration in December. With Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Live Nativity Pageant, Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk, Shop, Mingle Jingle and much more! Solvang Julefest is one of the top ten most Christmassy small towns in America.

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December 2, 2016

Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade

More than 65,000 spectators line State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara each year in anticipation of Santa Barbara’s only nighttime parade, the 64th Annual Downtown Santa Barbara Holiday Parade. The parade begins at 6:30 PM at State and Sola Streets and concludes at Cota Street. Officially kicking off the holiday season, this signature Downtown Santa Barbara event brings a colossal contingent of high-stepping marching bands, fabulous holiday-themed floats, spectacular performance groups, local personalities, and a celebrity Grand Marshal.

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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

Parade of Lights

Channel Islands Harbor will hold its 50th annual Parade of Lights noon – 8 p.m., Dec. 12, with the parade beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day of holiday activities, including a snowplay area, Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday artists’ market, exhibitors, live music, children’s activities, and much more.

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December 10, 2016 - December 11, 2016

Christmas on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail

The wineries on Foxen Canyon produce award-winning wines in a friendly, welcoming setting, while also providing jobs in viticulture and in the service industry. The participating wineries are: Andrew Murray Vineyards; Cambria Winery; Cottonwood Canyon Winery; Fess Parker Winery; Firestone Vineyard; Foxen Vineyard & Winery; foxen 7200; Kenneth Volk Vineyards; Koehler Winery; Martian Ranch & Vineyard; Rancho Sisquoc Winery; Riverbench Vineyard & Winery; Tres Hermanas Winery; and Zaca Mesa Winery.

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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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January 21, 2017

Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Passport Celebration Days

SCMWA Passports are 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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January 28, 2017 - January 29, 2017

WHALEFEST MONTEREY 2017

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. Fisherman's Wharf Association #1 Old Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940

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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 12, 2017

Romance in the Redwoods at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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!

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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 1, 2017 - April 30, 2017

Ojai Pixie Month

Each year in April we celebrate the harvest of our indigenous Pixie Tangerine. Ojai’s unique micro-climate offers optimal growing conditions for our petite, ultra-sweet tangerines. The whole community comes together and celebrates by offering Pixie-centric hotel packages, libation and culinary specials, spa treatments, retail discounts, outdoor activities and much more!

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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 20, 2017 - April 23, 2017

Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend

The 35th Annual Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend returns to Santa Barbara Wine Country with four signature events each highlighting new wine releases complemented by unique wine experiences.

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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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April 28, 2017 - April 30, 2017

30th Annual Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival

The festival supports local agriculture and encourages the healthy indulgence of strawberries, all in a fun-filled, three-day weekend community event. Festival gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. The carnival may stay open until midnight. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for youth 6-11 years old, $7 for seniors 62 years old and above, and children under 5 years old are free. Carnival unlimited daily ride wristbands are $30 each.

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April 29, 2017 - April 30, 2017

SLO Marathon

Join us in our annual SLO Marathon where there are four races to choose from—Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Races. This year, the race begins and ends near Madonna Inn and goes through the beautiful Irish Hills, and loops through downtown SLO.

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April 30, 2017

Big Sur International Marathon

Considered one of the most scenic marathons in the country — and one of the most difficult — the Big Sur International Marathon gives athletes the rare opportunity to run 26.2 miles of coastline affording some of the most stunning views on the West Coast. With live music, devoted volunteers, and efficiencies borne of more than two decades of experience staging the run and its accompanying events, the Big Sur Marathon is so popular that it sells out almost every year.

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May 2017
May 7, 2017

25th Winemakers Celebration

The Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association hosts the county’s signature wine event, the Winemakers’ Celebration in picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Celebrating the wines and winemakers of Monterey County’s world class growing region, the event will display over 100 incredible wines as Dolores Street (between Ocean & 7th) is transformed into an atmosphere reminiscent of a European village street festival.

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May 16, 2017

Amgen Tour of California

Come watch the elite cyclists of Amgen’s Tour of California ride through San Luis Obispo on May 16th! This 700-mile race begins in San Diego and ends in Sacramento. Watch the riders compete for the day’s sprint jersey along Higuera Street. Then stick around downtown SLO after the riders pass through and enjoy the street party and televised race finish.

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May 17, 2017

The Foodie Edition – Celebrity Chefs and International Bestselling Food Writers

The Foodie Edition features celebrity chefs and internationally known food writers, Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Evan Kleiman, at the Sunset Center Theater and is a benefit for the Carmel Public Library Foundation. 7 PM Wine Tasting and Book Sale. 8 PM Program, followed by Book Signing. Tickets required - see website.

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May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017

24th Annual Carmel Art Festival

Combining plein aire painting and live sculpting with exhibits and sales, and lots of live music, the Carmel Art Festival takes over Devendorf Park and nearby side streets for three days of artistic creativity and consumption. Artists create in the park and outdoors throughout Carmel-by-the-Sea and Carmel beach. This free event features Sculpture in the Park, along with live music, awards, and live and silent auctions of the plein aire pieces.

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May 20, 2017

SLO Jazz Festival

For the fourth year in a row, SLO Jazz Festival will be offering a variety of different jazz performances in Mission Plaza. With four exceptional stages to choose from, guests will hear several unique genres of jazz music.

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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

Santa Cruz American Music Festival

The Santa Cruz American Music Festival is set in a beautiful natural redwood amphitheater. Last year's performers included Buddy Guy, Josh Turner, Trombone Shorty and more.

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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 3, 2017 - June 4, 2017

Redwood Mountain Faire

An all-day family event with music on two stages, arts & crafts, food, beer, wine located right within the redwood forest. Visit the website for details and tickets.

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June 3, 2017 - June 4, 2017

37th Annual Sunshine Freestyle Surf-About

The Sunshine Freestyle Surfabout brings out the skilled watermen and women to compete in two days of watersports in multiple categories, ranging from skimboarding, to the top Waterman award. Held for three decades, the competition draws devoted fans and spectators, and an impressive field of athletes, to one of the most scenic beaches in the country for epic battles at sea.

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June 8, 2017 - June 11, 2017

The 71st Annual Ojai Music Festival

In early June, the Ojai Music Festival becomes the summer home for exceptional artists. Audiences are drawn into an immersive experience in the enchanting Ojai Valley, encompassing stimulating lectures and engaging concerts. Whether early morning sunrise performances on Ojai hilltops or inspiring late night concerts in Libbey Bowl, each day brings joyful, moving, and surprising moments in this annual iconic event.

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June 10, 2017 - June 11, 2017

12th Annual Capitola Rod & Custom Classic Car Show

Be prepared for an amazing weekend of rods, customs, classics and American muscle gleaming in the California sun at the beach in the heart of Capitola Village.  

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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 22, 2017 - June 24, 2017

Roll out the Barrels

Come celebrate SLO Wine Country’s 27th anniversary at Roll Out the Barrels! This three-day event, including local wine, food and music, occurs in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo and continues at the beautiful wineries in Edna Valley.

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June 24, 2017

24th Annual Woodies on the Wharf

The scenic and historic Santa Cruz Wharf is the perfect setting for a celebration of the surf spirit and classic surf wagons. Come out for music, prize drawings & woodie goodies.

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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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July 2017
July 15, 2017 - July 29, 2017

Carmel Bach Festival

The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates its 80th Anniversary in 2017 with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events. As always, the focus is not only on J.S. Bach, but also on the many artists he influenced, such as Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and more. Musicians from the around the world perform an amazing array of multiple concerts and more than 40 events in Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach. Multiple concerts every day. Full schedule at the Carmel Bach Festival website.

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July 21, 2017

Carmel by the Glass Fiesta Garden Party

Rich Pepe and Jack Galante are reviving the Summer Fiesta Garden Party in the outdoor gardens and pool area of the La Playa Hotel. Mingle and stroll while enjoying wines offered by the tasting rooms of Carmel, Fiesta-style food, and live jazz will set the scene for a lovely mid-summer’s evening.

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August 2017
August 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

People from all over gathered together 50 years ago for the first commercial American rock festival and the cornerstone event marking the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival has been credited for changing music history and later becoming the inspiration for subsequent music festivals including the Woodstock Music Festival. Join in the 50th anniversary with several musical performances, art exhibitions and special events scheduled May-Sept but the main event is June 16-18, 2017. Photo Credit: Tom Gundelfinger O'Neal

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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 11, 2017 - August 20, 2017

Monterey Car Week

Classic automobiles take over the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Car Week and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear. A tradition going back over half a century, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is where the world's collector cars meet and compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble…

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August 15, 2017

Concours on the Avenue/Concours Weekend

This is just one of the prestigious group of events that make up the area's internationally known Monterey Peninsula ten-day collector car gathering, celebrating the finest in automotive design and engineering. Carmel-by-the-Sea's world-famous Ocean Avenue is filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars will be showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries.

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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 1, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Titanic at The Reagan Library

The Titanic story in a way no Museum has told it before! A historic collection of real artifacts from onboard the Titanic alongside items used in the underwater discovery of the famed ship. Dramatically set with props and costumes from the blockbuster movie about the R.M.S. Titanic, it is a must-see collaboration of secrets, cinema and artifacts!

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September 1, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Twelfth Night

PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) presents Twelfth Night, one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies filled with a love triangle, mistaken identities and plenty of merriment; playing Wednesday-Sunday at the magical, outdoor Solvang Festival Theater. This is the final show of the 2017 PCPA summer season in Solvang, so don’t miss your chance enjoy the stars in the sky and on the stage!

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September 2, 2017

Living History Days

Step back to the early days. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Have an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. Take your picture with a historic horse-drawn vehicle inside the Plaza Stables and visit the Breen House (part of the Donner Party) and Zanetta family home.

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September 2, 2017

Rock on the Dock at Ventura Harbor Village

Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Sat. in September from 3-6pm featuring a line-up of musicians performing FREE to the public on a floating stage in the Harbor. Visitors catch the show from the water aboard kayak, SUP, and electric and paddle boats or sip and savor on the waterfront promenade patios at Harbor Village restaurants. Presented by Ventura Port District and sponsored by Ventura Boat Rentals. Today: Carmel and the Renegades (Country Rock)

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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 3, 2017

Camarillo Chili Cook-Off

Camarillo’s Labor Day Weekend tradition! Chili Cook-off, live music, Lions BBQ, craft beer tasting, Hold’Em Poker, classic car display, kids zone & more!

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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 8, 2017

Taste of the Grove

This intimate cocktail event is hosted at 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, hand-crafted spirits and live music for the ultimate evening. Culinary delights you’ll find at this year’s Taste of the Grove are provided Divine Street Catering, Fig Good Food, Flora and Fauna, Olea Farm, Trumpet Vine Catering, Thomas Hill Organics, Two Cooks and more!

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September 8, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Festa Italia

Embrace your inner Italian at Monterey's Festa Italia. Monterey transforms into a mecca for all things marinara as this Italian Festival takes over Custom House Plaza with Italian favorites like calamari, pizza, pasta, paninis and rice balls. The 3-day festival runs Friday from 3pm to 10pm, Saturday from 10am to 10pm and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. General admission is free.

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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 - September 10, 2017

8th Annual Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival

Ventura Harbor Village serves as the seaside backdrop for the 8th annual Ventura Art & Street Painting Festival to benefit FOOD Share, Ventura County’s regional food bank. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the waterfront promenade transforms into a working street art gallery and fine artisan marketplace. For artist application or sponsorship info, contact Barbara Hinton (805) 650-9858 or visit venturaartfestival.com.

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September 9, 2017

Rock on the Dock at Ventura Harbor Village

Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Sat. in September from 3-6pm featuring a line-up of musicians performing FREE to the public on a floating stage in the Harbor. Visitors catch the show from the water aboard kayak, SUP, and electric and paddle boats or sip and savor on the waterfront promenade patios at Harbor Village restaurants. Presented by Ventura Port District and sponsored by Ventura Boat Rentals. Today: Black Canyon Band (Rock 'n' Roll)

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September 9, 2017

La Purisima Mission State Historic Park Harvest Life Day

At California’s most fully-restored Mission, join the costumed docents and staff for an opportunity to observe and participate in the craft activities that supplied the needs of the mission residents. Come stomp grapes and thresh wheat at the harvest, and enjoy other traditional Mission activities. 11 am – 2 pm.

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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 9, 2017 - September 10, 2017

SLO Ultra

Race SLO’s trail running and mountain bike races all weekend at the SLO Ultra Dirt Festival in Avila Beach. This epic weekend includes: trail run and mountain bike races, live bluegrass and rock music, BBQ, VIP experiences with Krissy Moehl & Rebecca Rusch and more! Races will take you over wild undiscovered territories along the majestic California coastline.

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September 9, 2017

Avocado & Margarita Festival

This is a weekend celebration not to miss! Enjoy the best California Avocados in all variations of culinary delights as well as refreshing margaritas, beer, specialty foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors. Sample guacamole until you see green and quench your thirst with fresh margaritas!!!

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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 11, 2017

Reagan Forum with Dr. Bob Ballard

Among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers, Dr. Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, as well as his discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the German battleship Bismarck, and numerous other contemporary and ancient shipwrecks around the world. Dr. Ballard shares stories about his discoveries with our audience. This event is free, however reservations are required. Call 805-522-2977 or visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events.

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September 15, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Monterey Jazz Festival at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center

This is the 60th Anniversary! The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival, attracts all of the top names in jazz, and boasts art exhibits, jazz clinics and seminars. The Festival features over 500 artists performing on eight stages spread over the Monterey County Fair and Event Center

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September 15, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Cruizin’ For Life 14th Annual Car Show and Friday Night Cruise

Cruzin' for Life's mission is to raise funds for patient support through the following local organizations, Marian Cancer Care and Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties. There is a free Survivors Cruise on Broadway on Friday night, a Car Show on Saturday and live music from Burning James and the Funky Flames and Grammy award winner, Louie Ortega.

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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 15, 2017 @ 8:00 am - September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

81st Annual Solvang Danish Days

Celebrate 106 years of Scandinavian heritage with authentic foods, free music, live entertainment, dancing, 3 parades (Torchlight on Friday night, Main Parade on Saturday afternoon and Children’s on Sunday afternoon), arts & crafts, Living History exhibits, plus aebleskiver breakfasts, eating contests, beer & wine garden and more. 805.688.6144

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September 16, 2017

57th International Sandcastle Building Contest

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

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September 16, 2017

Rock on the Dock at Ventura Harbor Village

Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Saturday in September from 3-6pm featuring an electrifying line-up of musicians performing FREE to the public on a floating stage in the Harbor. Visitors catch the show from the water aboard kayak, SUP, and electric and paddle boats or sip and savor on the waterfront promenade patios at Harbor Village restaurants. Presented by Ventura Port District and sponsored by Ventura Boat Rentals. Today: Freedom Of Expression (Reggae)

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September 16, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Northern California Renaissance Faire

Step back in time to Renaissance Europe and enjoy hearty ales, fine foods, and handmade crafts, plus hundreds of costumed performers roaming the streets and shows on 5 different stages. Don’t miss the exciting new Tournament of Horses! Open Saturdays and Sundays, September 16 to October 15, at Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort in Hollister.

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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 16, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Oktoberfest Monterey Bay

This year’s event will be very special as we return the festival back to its birth place at the Barnyard, September 16th-17th from noon to 6pm. Join us in raising your first admission beer and singing ”Ziga Zaga! Oi Oi Oi” to Andre. Live music, Spaten beer food and drink, Miss Oktoberfest & Miss Jr. Oktoberfest, Beer Stein holding contest and Beer Keg team races.

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September 16, 2017

20th Annual Taste of Downtown

Sample food from over 35 Paso Robles restaurants and wineries and “take a taste of downtown” that you won’t forget. This popular annual event invites merchants to open their doors for one-on-one sampling. Your $25 event pass entitles you to samples from downtown restaurants and wineries and a DJ performance in the City Park.

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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 19, 2017

Reagan Library Lecture & Book Signing with David Keene

Mr. Keene will discuss Reaganism in the Trump Era. Is President Trump a Reagan conservative? Does Mr. Trump deserve across-the-board support or should conservatives be wary of his Administration? Is Trump redefining conservatism? Following the program, Mr. Keene will join co-author Tom Mason in the Reagan Library Museum Store for a signing of their book, Shall Not Be Infringed.

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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 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival

Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival is a 2-day event held to showcase products like Scarecrow Contest, Salsa Contest, Diaper Derby, Agriculture Pavilion, Big Ditch Derby, Homegrown Growing Contest Vegetables, Flowers and Fruit, Spelling Bee, Paws of Thunder ~ Wiener Dog Races, Harvest Festival Parade and much more etc. in the Consumer & Carnivals industry.

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September 23, 2017

Rock on the Dock at Ventura Harbor Village

Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Saturday in September from 3-6pm featuring an electrifying line-up of musicians performing FREE to the public on a floating stage in the Harbor. Visitors catch the show from the water aboard kayak, SUP, and electric and paddle boats or sip and savor on the waterfront promenade patios at Harbor Village restaurants. Presented by Ventura Port District and sponsored by Ventura Boat Rentals. Today: Live Wire (Rock Party Favorite)

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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

Monterey Beach SportsFest

The Monterey Beach Sportsfest is a celebration of wellness both for people and for the ocean we love and enjoy so much. Join in on two exciting days of competitive events in the waters and along the shore of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Monterey Beach SportsFest also hosts an Ikaika Challenge which is a combination of swimming, strength and running.

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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 27, 2017

Cabrillo High School Aquarium Open House

See what the students have been up to over the summer, including new juvenile jellyfish and a wide variety of corals in the warm wetlab. Free admission. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

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September 28, 2017 - October 1, 2017

San Benito County Fair

Stately oak trees and rolling hills set the stage for our traditional-style San Benito County Fair. It's all about family fun, great food, incredible entertainment, friendly competition and community. Our county fair is an expression of the dedication and hard work of the youth of our county. We feel that there is no better investment than in the youth of today who are the citizens of tomorrow.

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September 29, 2017 - October 2, 2017

Celebration of Harvest

Buellton is part of a four-day wine and culinary experience in Santa Barbara County put together by the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association. The event celebrates the annual wine grape harvest with the Taste of Santa Barbara Wine Country (ocean-front outdoor tasting event in Santa Barbara featuring 50 wineries alongside mouth-watering bites), wine dinners, vineyard excursions, winery open houses, and the Harvest Experience Passport (complimentary wine tastings, a sneak peek at harvest happenings, and exclusive special offers).

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September 29, 2017 - October 29, 2017

Halloween@Night at Gilroy Gardens

Discover a whole new kind of magical, mystical Halloween fun this October at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park! As the sun sets, “Halloween@Night” comes to life, with tricks, treats, and plenty of spooky-but-not-too-scary fun for the entire family. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, September 29-October 29, from 7-10 pm.

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September 29, 2017 - October 2, 2017

Celebration of Harvest Weekend

Presented by the Santa Barbara Vintners this four day wine and food celebration includes winemaker dinners, winery open houses, vineyard walks and all around Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.

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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

Rock on the Dock at Ventura Harbor Village

Rock on the Dock Concert Series launches at Ventura Harbor Village every Sat. in September from 3-6pm featuring musicians performing FREE to the public on a floating stage. Visitors catch the show from the water aboard kayak, SUP, and electric and paddle boats or sip and savor on the waterfront promenade patios at Harbor Village restaurants. Presented by Ventura Port District and sponsored by Ventura Boat Rentals. Today: Frank Barajas and the Corsican Brothers (old school Rock 'n' Roll)

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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

Concerts on the Bay: Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and Elektric Voodoo

Elektric Voodoo is a "World Beat Rock & Roll" band from southern California that blends classic afrobeat, latin, rock & roll, psych, jazz, blues and other influences into its own unique genre that straddles the line between modern and vintage. Rick Estrin, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, “is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” Rick serves up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.

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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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September 30, 2017 - October 1, 2017

SLOPOKE Art Rodeo

Pismo Beach Veteran's Hall SLOPOKE Art Rodeo is the biggest event of its kind on California's Central Coast. As a museum-quality fine art show, it is different than the usual commercial art show or fundraiser because it is an event for artists that places the highest premium on quality.

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October 2017
October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest

Throughout October scarecrows can be found throughout the Santa Ynez Valley as a fun and unique way to celebrate the autumn and harvest season. For 31 days one can see hundreds of scarecrows put up around town by participating local businesses, individuals and organizations. They range from silly, scary, quirky, sweet, traditional and everything in between. Residents and passersby have the opportunity to vote on their favorites.

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October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Scarecrow Festival

October in Cambria and San Simeon holds a special appeal! The weather is at its most spectacular and the Annual Scarecrow Festival is in full swing. It's a great time to experience the area at its quirky and creative best. All month long, scarecrows showcase the artistic creativity, whimsical spirit and sense of humor that is Cambria. Hundreds of scarecrows line the streets, shop windows and beach fronts of these coastal communities.

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October 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017

Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley “Scarecrow Fest”

During this month-long festival enjoy the scarecrow sights and related events. The Valley boasts more than 200 scarecrows, with the public invited to judge and vote for their favorites.

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October 5, 2017 - October 8, 2017

29th Annual Taste of Carmel

Taste of Carmel is your gateway to exploring a quaint coastal village with world-class dining and top-rated wines while uncovering your own bohemian side. Over a long weekend, Taste of Carmel features local food and wine, live music, outdoor activities, culinary education and experiences, a silent auction showcasing area restaurants, inns and boutique goods — all set in an ancient forest near a white sand beach.

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October 5, 2017 - October 7, 2017

BubblyFest by the Sea

The definitive Festival Series for the bubbly and Sunday Funday obsessed. Bubblyfest by the Sea in Avila Beach at the Avila Beach Golf Resort promises over 50 Sparkling Wine and Champagne producers with the gorgeous Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. Upscale, educational, with a touch of humor thrown in: this is a weekend not to miss!

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October 7, 2017

3rd Annual Pumpkin Rolling Contest

Carmel’s Annual Pumpkin-Rolling Contest is now an official event of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s month-long birthday party celebrations throughout October. The official pumpkin-rolling course is right down Ocean Avenue - lined with hay bales and fencing to keep pumpkins from veering off track. Spectators have a front row view of the heart-stopping action.

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October 7, 2017

Santa Maria Beerfest

The 2nd annual Santa Maria Beerfest is an event showcasing local and regional craft beers as well celebrating beer in general. This year's event will have more beer available as well as a new venue. It will be outdoors and showcase over 30 breweries, food trucks, corn hole, beer pong and some great entertainment including The Molly Ringwald Project as the headline band. Proceeds are benefiting The Santa Maria Kiwanis Noontime group.

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October 7, 2017

Living History Days

Step back to the early days. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Have an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. Take your picture with a historic horse-drawn vehicle inside the Plaza Stables and visit the Breen House (part of the Donner Party) and Zanetta family home.

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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 7, 2017

Morro Bay Harbor Festival

Festival goers can purchase the freshest seafood from local fishermen, including oysters, shrimp, BBQ albacore, rock fish, and chowder right from the dock. There will be races and water craft demonstrations in the Bay and plenty of musical entertainment all day. Meet the Morro Bay commercial fishing fleet! Don’t know a troller from a trawler or a purse seiner from a sow’s ear? Learn about different kinds of boats, the gear, the industry, and its future first hand!

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October 7, 2017

Butterfly Parade & Bazaar

Pacific Grove's annual Butterfly Parade, a tradition that goes back almost three-quarters of a century, is held on the first Saturday of every October. The Butterfly Parade celebrates the return of the Monarch butterfly to Pacific Grove, the beautiful insects' annual wintering stop. This parade, which first took place in 1939, attracts people from both near and far to view the adorable children in their themed costumes.

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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 8, 2017

City to the Sea Half Marathon

The City to the Sea 5k starts in San Luis Obispo, winds through the city, and takes runners along scenic backroads and ends alongside the Pacific ocean in the coastal community of Pismo Beach.

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October 10, 2017

Reagan Forum with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

FCC Chairman Pai discusses his vision of the future of U.S. communications policy and explains how his agenda of cutting red-tape, promoting innovation, and creating a regulatory environment that encourages infrastructure investment will bring economic opportunity to millions of Americans currently trapped on the wrong side of the digital divide. This event is free, however reservations are required. Call 805-522-2977 or visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events.

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October 12, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Pirelli World Championship

One of North America’s finest and longest running auto racing series, the Pirelli World Challenge, will crown their 2017 champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The popular Series boasts a paddock of more than 70 race cars and consists of six classes of vehicles.

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October 13, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Santa Clara Valley Wineries Fall Passport Weekend

During Fall Passport Weekend, curious tasters and adept connoisseurs get to experience each unique winery as they meander along Santa Clara Valley’s Wine Trail. Over 25 participating wineries will provide guests with live music, barrel tastings, winery tours, new blend releases, special discounts, and souvenir wine glasses.

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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

America’s 1st Annual PAWlitzer Prize™ for Best Dogged LITTERature

The PAWlitzer Prize for Best Dogged LITTERature is both a recognition of the Pulitzer Prize celebrating 100 years of excellence in journalism and the arts, and a way to celebrate Carmel's literary history — and current passion for our four-legged family members. America’s dog lovers share their personal stories in hopes of winning the coveted PAWlitzer Prize Golden Paw Award. And what better venue to hold the Award Ceremony than Carmel, one of America’s most dog-friendly towns.

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October 14, 2017 - October 15, 2017

Oxnard Steampunk Fest

A blend of Victorian Era joins forces with a bit of science fiction and fantasy during Steampunk Fest held at historic Heritage Square in Downtown Oxnard.

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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

Seaside Highland Games

Upholding a Scottish tradition dating back over a thousand years, the Seaside Highland Games include athletic competitions, bagpipe playing, drum corp, children’s games, darts, and traditional dancing. The games share Scottish history, art, music (Celtic and more), and camaraderie. Ventura County Coast has games you’ve never played!

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October 14, 2017

2017 Pioneer Day Parade

Bring the entire family to enjoy the 2017 Pioneer Day Parade! This will feature antique tractors, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, dancers, floats, fire engines, vintage cars and more. The parade starts at 16th and Spring Street in downtown Paso Robles and events will continue throughout the day until the early evening.

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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 15, 2017

Fiesta del Mar at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions at our annual Fiesta del Mar event on October 15. The day will include live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids 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

Festival Mozaic WinterMezzo

Plan your trip to San Luis Obispo and experience the annual Festival Mozaic Wintermezzo. This season includes beautiful variations of chamber music that connects you to the musicians. The concerts are held in San Luis Obispo County and the venues range from concert halls, historic ballrooms, to intimate settings in private homes.

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October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017

Harvest Wine Weekend

Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time of excitement and celebration. The changing colors of the vines, crisp autumn air and the promise of a new vintage create a wine country experience not to be forgotten. Visit participating wineries and choose from over 100 events spanning over three incredible days! Costs to participate vary by winery and are often listed in their event descriptions.

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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

Downtown Gilroy Halloween Beer Crawl

Come out to historic downtown Gilroy the weekend before Halloween for a day of wild costumes, craft beers, great shopping, and an over-21 crowd. Costumes are highly encouraged!

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October 21, 2017

SLO Jazz Festival 2017 Fall Fest

Guitar Fest at 2017 Fall Fest presents three of the leading jazz guitarists in the Bay Area on one stage–Hristo Vitchev, Terrence Brewer, and Rick Vandivier. Joined by a stellar rhythm section, the ensemble’s colorful interaction and improvisational interplay serves as a tribute to modern jazz guitar master Pat Metheny.

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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 24, 2017

Reagan Library Lecture and Book Signing with Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards, author of Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty, is the preeminent historian of the conservative movement. But as this riveting memoir makes clear, he has not simply observed conservatism as a detached scholar; he has been active on the national stage longer than any other conservative in America. This event is free. Call 805-522-2977 or visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events.

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October 25, 2017

Cabrillo High School Aquarium Open House

Sharks! Bring your family and friends to see sharks all across the Aquarium, including our 750-gallon shark tank. You might even get to see shark pups only a few weeks old! Our lab room will also include hands-on activities all about these misunderstood beauties. Free admission. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

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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

101st 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 28, 2017

Cima Collina Growers’ Dinner

Palisades Vineyard is one of those precious secret places in the heart of Carmel Valley. Planted in 2005, the vineyard has been exclusively used for Cima Collina wines with the first vineyard-designated release in 2012. Local Chef Jerome Viel will present four-courses to complement Cima Collina’s 2012-14 vintages of Palisades Vineyard Pinot Noir, in addition to aging selections from Winemaker Annette Hoff Danzer’s cellar. Cost: $150 per person, Club members: $130 (pricing includes tax & gratuity).

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October 28, 2017

Old Town Lompoc Trick or Treat

Over 30 Lompoc businesses and organizations will be participating in Old Town on ‘H’ and ‘I’ streets as well as Centennial Park with trick or treating, face painting and carnival games. All activities are free to children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

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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 2, 2017 - November 4, 2017

Big Sur Food and Wine

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

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November 2, 2017 - November 5, 2017

The 2017 Paderewski Festival

Celebrate Paso Robles' rich heritage and its most famous resident, Ignacy Jan Paderewski - virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker – at the annual Paderewski Festival! Concerts, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy.

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November 3, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Harvest@Night at Gilroy Gardens

Harvest@Night is a new Beer, Food & Wine Fest hosted at Gilroy Gardens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings in November. As you stroll through the park's 26 acres, you'll enjoy gourmet food, craft beers and fine wines, and live entertainment. Rides will not be running during Harvest@Night. While children are always welcome, this evening experience is intended for adults 21 and over.

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November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017

Harvest on the Coast

A weekend on the coast with our winemakers! That's what you will experience at our Harvest on the Coast Weekend. Friday, November 3rd, "Crafted on the Coast" collaborative winemaker dinner. Saturday, November 4th, Grand Tasting and Wine Auction at the Avila Beach Golf Resort featuring wine tasting, artisan foods, and live music by B and the Hive. Sunday, November 5th, "Surf's Up Sunday" at participating tasting rooms featuring free tastings, wine specials, live music and more.

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November 3, 2017

Art After Dark

Join us for a free tour of art galleries and exhibits for a night of art and community. Art After Dark occurs on the first Friday night of every month and is an opportunity to celebrate art with the most recognized and emerging local artists.

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November 3, 2017 - November 4, 2017

Ventura County Farm Days

Organized by SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education and Agriculture), this is an important event for us as it is the only region-wide event in Ventura County and emphasizes our agricultural assets, taking place at 27 participating farms ranging from orchards to berry farms to livestock ranches and more. The self-guided farm tours are free. The Farm Day BBQ is a ticketed event.

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November 3, 2017 - November 5, 2017

Yoga in the Wild – Channel Islands Adventure

A once in a lifetime weekend to Santa Cruz Island at the Channel Islands National Park. Spend three days and two nights exploring, learning, relaxing and of course practicing some yoga. This trip is meant to invoke the spirit of adventure that lives within all of us, but most importantly this is the time to turn “it” all off and just truly enjoy what nature has to offer.

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November 4, 2017

Living History Days

Step back to the early days. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Have an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. Take your picture with a historic horse-drawn vehicle inside the Plaza Stables and visit the Breen House (part of the Donner Party) and Zanetta family home.

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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 8, 2017

Reagan Forum and Book Signing with Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Please join us for a Reagan Forum and book signing with Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush for their brand new book, Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life (Publish Date: October 24, 2017). To purchase tickets and/or books, please visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events or call 805-522-2977.

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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 10, 2017

Reagan Libraray Annual Veterans Day Commemoration

To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event on Friday, November 10. The day’s activities include live musical entertainment, a civil war encampment, a military vehicle display and a program honoring all branches of our military. Outdoor Activities: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Program: 11:00 a.m., Book Signing: 11:45 a.m. Documentary Screening: 12:00 p.m.

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November 10, 2017 - November 12, 2017

The 7th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival

Celebrate the artisan winemaker at the 7th Annual Garagiste Festival, a place for the underground, the different, and the cutting edge of small production and winemaking with no rules. Head over to the Paso Robles Fairgrounds and meet the winemakers, taste their passion, and sample over twenty different varietals. Remember, whether you see the glass as half empty or half full, there’s always room for more wine!

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November 11, 2017

Reagan Library: An American Christmas OPENS

The holidays come alive at the Reagan Library! Enjoy a tour through our winter wonderland featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America’s road to greatness, from the Revolutionary Era to today. Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1700 and 2010 and beyond, thus tracing the evolution of America.

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November 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018

An American Christmas at Ronald Reagan Library

The holidays come alive at the Reagan Library! Tour through a winter wonderland featuring 25 trees decorated to celebrate the defining moments of America, from the Revolutionary Era to today. Each tree reflects the life and times of American society and culture during each decade between 1700 and 2010 and beyond, thus tracing the evolution of America. Also on display is a collection of beautiful hand-crafted Menorahs that were given to President Reagan while in the White House.

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November 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Cavalia Odysseo in Camarillo

The world's largest touring production on earth comes to Camarillo! An artistic equestrian and theatrical production with exceptional acrobatic techniques begins November 11, 2017. Presented under a massive White Big Top, this colossal production features over 110 artists and 65 horses Blending awe-inspiring equestrian arts with imaginative stagecraft, amazing acrobatic feats and cutting-edge technical effects.

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November 12, 2017

Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

The Half Marathon on Monterey Bay takes runners through historic downtown Monterey, over to Cannery Row, down the shore of Monterey Bay, into downtown Pacific Grove, and back along the coast to the grand finish at Custom House Plaza. Spectators can watch from anywhere along the course.

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November 14, 2017

Reagan Library: Lecture and Book Signing with Ken Walsh

Please join us for a lecture and book signing with U.S. News and World Report contributor Kenneth T. Walsh for his new book, Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History (Publish Date: October 13, 2017). This event is free. To reserve seats and/or books, visit www.reaganfoundation.org/events or call 805-522-2977.

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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

47th Annual Homecrafters Marketplace

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

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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 23, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Thanksgiving and Black Friday Weekend Sale at Gilroy Premium Outlets

Score on the best deals of the holiday season at over 145 brand-name stores like Kate Spade, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Gap, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Lucky Brand, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Sony, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, and more!

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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 24, 2017

31st Annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony

Christmas and holiday lights will illuminate the way to this year’s holiday festivities in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. At 6pm, Mrs. Claus will arrive and light the downtown, inviting all to share in the holiday joy. Enjoy live music, speeches, candlelight caroling, free cookies, and hot chocolate with the family. Admission is free!

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November 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017

Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train

November 24-25, December 2-3, 9-10, 16-23, 2017. Join a seasonal tradition in Santa Cruz by bringing the family to ride the evening Holiday Lights Train. Vintage cars, adorned with thousands of colorful lights, roll through the streets of Santa Cruz for a one hour excursion. Passengers join in a holiday sing-along, sip hot-spiced cider, listen to musical entertainment, and enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The merriment continues at Santa’s Kingdom at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

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November 24, 2017 - December 17, 2017

Christmas at Cannery Row

Monterey’s Cannery Row kicks off the holiday season with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and the arrival of Santa Claus on November 24th. Visit Santa’s reindeer, enjoy Christmas Carolers and balloon artists before meeting Santa Claus at Steinbeck Plaza. This event is from 5:00-8:30pm and is FREE. Santa Claus will also be in his workshop on Cannery Row every Saturday and Sunday through December 17th.

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November 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017

Cambria Christmas Market

Cambria Pines Lodge hosts the Cambria Christmas Market Nov 24 - Dec 23. The Market will be closed Nov 27-28, as well as Dec 4, 5 and 11. Cambria Pines Lodge continues its great tradition of spectacular lighting displays throughout the gardens and on the Main Lodge building. The pathway leading to Cambria Nursery and Florist hosts the Market, a festive ongoing event in the style of Germany's Christmas markets with food booths, musicians, and vendors selling locally made items.

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November 25, 2017

Lights on Parade

A wonderful family-friendly, community event in downtown Hollister. The parade (with over 80 entries) begins on Haydon and San Benito Streets and proceeds north Fifth Street. This year's parade theme is "Winter Wonderland". There is also a Holiday Car Display, Dec-A-Tree and Photos with Santa & Mrs. Clause and other entertainment.

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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 - January 5, 2018

Solvang’s Julefest Holiday Events

Solvang, named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Towns in America” sparkles again during the annual Julefest (pronounced Yule-Fest) from December 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018. This year’s theme is “A Danish Tradition” and will feature free visits with Santa “Julemanden” in Solvang Park; Shop, Mingle & Jingle Weekends; Holiday Wine & Beer Walk “Skål Stroll!”; traditional Community Tree-lighting Ceremony, Julefest Parade and free Nativity Pageant. There will be additional open houses at local retailers, special concerts and more.

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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 2, 2017

23rd Annual Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights

With more than 2,500 participants, the Christmas Parade of Lights is truly a signature community event for the Santa Maria Valley. On the first Saturday of each December, the town gathers as a festive parade of lights heads down Broadway, from Enos to Main Street, as participants show off their best holiday spirit with floats, sleighs, santa hats and, of course, lights! Brought to you by The Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria & Nipomo, the Santa Maria Times and KCOY.

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December 2, 2017

Lighted Boat Parade

Features 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 2, 2017

Holiday Happenings in Oxnard

From tree lighting to parades to hot tamales, Oxnard rings in the holiday season with fun events! December kicks off with Tree Lighting at Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard on December 1. The Downtown Christmas Parade follows taking place December 2 at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the Oxnard Tamale Festival, both at Plaza Park. And, the annual Parade of Lights in Channel Islands is a crowd favorite on Saturday, December 9!

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December 3, 2017

Buellton Winterfest

Celebrate the holidays at Buellton’s Annual Winter Fest on December 3, 2017! Begin this family-friendly day eating breakfast with Santa and then work it off playing in 20 tons of snow! There is also a vendor showcase with wine, beer and food to enjoy. The day ends with a parade and the lighting of Buellton’s tree in the heart of town.

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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 - December 23, 2017

Island Packers Caroling Cruises

Cruise in style to view holiday lights with family and friends during Island Packers Caroling Cruise on select weekday evenings. Caroling is available onboard, but not required. Don’t forget to bring a scarf! Grab dinner in the Ventura Harbor Village before the cruise. Advance reservations recommended. Purchase tickets at IslandPackers.com or call 805-642-1393. December 8, 12-14, 17, 19-23, 2017. 6:30-7:30 p.m. $16 Adults, $13 Seniors, $10 Children.

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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 15, 2017 - December 16, 2017

Ventura Harbor Parade of Lights

Ventura Harbor celebrates the season with its 41st Annual Holiday Parade of Lights. Enjoy a festive outing for the whole family with a parade of more than 30 boats lit up for the holidays with this year’s theme of “When you Wish Upon A Star”, harbor cruises, a carnival and all culminating in Fireworks!

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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 17, 2017

Celebrate Chanukah in Ventura with a Special Seaside Festival

Gather at the Ventura Harbor Village for a waterfront Chanukah celebration including live music, Judaica boutiques, hot latkes, and more. Everyone is invited to join the festivities – and it’s free to all! Presented by Chabad of Oxnard.

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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 - March 25

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 - January 15

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 @ 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 - January 28

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 - March 1

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 - January 27

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 - February 13

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 - February 11

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

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

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 - March 5

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 - February 19

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 - February 18

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 - February 25

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

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 - February 24

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

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

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 - March 31

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 - March 4

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 2 - March 31

Wineries of Santa Clara Valley Spring Passport

Purchase your passport for just $45 and enjoy complimentary wine tasting and other special perks throughout the month of March at over 30 different wineries along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail. As a Passport holder, you have the opportunity to meet the talented winemakers and staff and learn how they produce some of the world’s finest wines.

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March 3

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 - March 11

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 10

Carmel Art Walk

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 13 - March 18

SLO Film Festival

Film, Wine, Fun! That's what you can expect at the 22nd Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Enjoy a wide vaeriety of movies, parties, workshops and wine tasting - and the chance to rub elbows with Hollywood and extreme sports celebrities. An ideal weekend of exceptional wine and movies. Festival passes are available now.

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March 14 - March 18

Taste of Solvang

Visitors from near and far as well as local residents are invited to experience the 26th annual Taste of Solvang. Enjoy locally grown foods, wines, beers and diverse cuisine plus discover the rich cultural and culinary heritage of the area. Events include Friday's Sip & Savor, Saturday's Tasting Trail, and Saturday and Sunday's Wine & Beer Walk.

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March 15 - March 18

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 - March 19

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 16 - March 18

Vintage Paso: Zinfandel Weekend

Cheers to Zinfandel. Once a year Paso Robles toasts our heritage variety, Zinfandel. The 3-day celebration features events at more than 100 wineries, a Zin seminar, and the Z Afterparty, pairing Zin with dessert and live jazz.

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March 16 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Morro Bay Leprechaun Crawl

From 6 to 10pm, we will be having an adult scavenger hunt with beer and whiskey. Tickets are $15 each, and you must be over 21 to sample beverages. 13 restaurants and pubs will have a sip of an IPA or a Whiskey for you to taste and a few bites to nibble on while you complete your Passport. A completely filled out Passport will be entered to win a prize for a full weekend of wining and dining!

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March 18

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

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 @ 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 - March 25

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

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

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 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Easter Eggstravaganza

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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March 31 @ 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 - April 8

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 5 - April 8

Poppy Jasper International Film Festival

Get ready to enjoy four days of independent film screenings, speaker panels, mixers, and community events in the historic downtown districts of Gilroy and Morgan Hill. Special guests include Randy Spendlove, President of Paramount Motion Picture Music, and Kevin Rubio, who created the characters Tag and Bink in the new Star Wars Movie "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

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April 6 - April 8

Annual City Wide Yard Sale

Visit Morro Bay on April 6-8, for the 15th Annual Citywide Yard Sale. Sellers will open at 8:00am each day. Get treasure maps at Brenda Sue's Consignment 248 Morro Bay Blvd. or The Chamber of Commerce, 695 Harbor Street.

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April 7

Downtown Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll

This popular event features 20 Santa Clara Valley wineries providing wine tasting at “pour stations” set up in local downtown businesses as well as the work of local artists on display at the Gilroy Center for the Arts.

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April 7 @ 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 8

Pismo Paw’p Fest

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 benefit Woods Humane Society.

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April 13 @ 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

Carmel Art Walk

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 14 - April 15

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 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 15

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Free Family Kite Festival

The Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum Free Family Kite Festival brings more than 2,000 young people and their families from all over together for an unforgettable quality outdoor family experience. This year’s 9th annual event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Santa Maria’s Rotary Centennial Park, and we hope you will join us again in making this highly anticipated free community festival possible.

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April 19 - April 22

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 - April 23

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 - April 22

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

Taste of Pismo

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 Shell Beach.

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April 21 - April 22

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 22

“Ever After” Gilroy Dream Wedding Expo

Gilroy is a great place to say “I Do”—and this special event will feature a wide range of wedding exhibitors plus music, tastings, contest giveaways, and a fashion show to help you plan your own special celebration. Brides will be admitted FREE, and guests will pay a discounted rate to enjoy the Wedding Expo and Gilroy Gardens.

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April 28 - April 29

Morro Bay Kite Festival

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 28

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

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 - April 29

Steam Railfest

Prepare to be entertained and amazed by what can only be imagined as the "Renaissance of Railroading." This festival in historic Fillmore is a celebration of the steam engine, railroading, antique tractors, vehicles and engines, unique performances, early transportation and culture mixed with a bit of Steampunk fun. There will be live steam locomotive train rides, antique carousel rides, creative vendors and artisans, unique exhibits, model train displays, live train turntable demonstrations, movie props, live entertainment, food, wine tasting and more!

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April 28 @ 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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April 29

Big Sur International Marathon

Considered one of the most scenic marathons in the country — and one of the most difficult — the Big Sur International Marathon gives athletes the rare opportunity to run 26.2 miles of coastline affording some of the most stunning views on the West Coast. With live music performed throughout the course, the big finish takes place upon reaching Carmel.

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May 2018
May 3 - May 6

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 4 - May 6

Wine Waves and Beyond

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 benefit GleanSLO.

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May 4 - May 6

Morro Bay Car Show

Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show returns! 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. The event wraps up on Sunday morning with the announcement of the prize winners.

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May 5

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

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

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

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

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 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Art in the Park

Enjoy Art in the Park on the first Sunday every month from 10am-4pm, May through November. 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, and hands-on children's activities.

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May 11

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

Carmel Art Walk

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 12

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

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 @ 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 14

Amgen Tour of California

The Amgen Tour of California will return to the Santa Barbara South Coast on May 14 for a Stage 2 Finish at Gibraltar Road. For seven days, some of the world’s top professional cycling teams will compete in a challenging course that includes 600+ miles of scenic California highways and roadways. Don’t miss this exciting event as it makes its way through Santa Barbara County.

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May 17 - May 18

36th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival

Four day celebration of Paso wine. Now in its 36th year, Wine Fest is a Paso Robles tradition when wineries bring the Paso Robles region to one central location for two days of events in the Downtown Park.

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May 18 - May 20

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 - May 20

California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard

The delicious heart-shaped fruit is the star at the 35th Annual California Strawberry Festival held at Strawberry meadows of College Park. The annual festival is one of the top festivals in the nation and features all-day fun for the entire family with concerts, "Strawberry Promenade" with celebrity cooking demonstrations, Strawberryland for the Kids with rides and attractions, gooey contests, and more. General admission $12; Seniors 62+ and active military $8; Youth ages 5-12 are $5; Kids 4 and under are…

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May 19

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 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Vintage Trailer Rally

The fun event is held annually at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort. Stop by and check out all the beautiful restored RVs and the works in progress from 10am-3pm.

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May 26 - May 27

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 - May 28

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 - May 27

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 @ 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

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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May 28

Memorial Day Ceremony in Pismo Beach

This annual event is designed as a remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Join us at 11am on the Pismo Beach Pier Promenade with special guest speakers to honor and remember those we have lost.

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May 31 - June 3

Elks Rodeo and Parade

Celebrate the 75th Anniversary Denim-and-Diamonds style! The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo is a four day extravaganza that is held each year at the Elks Unocal Event Center in Santa Maria, Calif. Each Rodeo performance features six adrenaline-rushing PRCA events including bull and bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bareback riding and WPRA barrel racing.

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June 2018
June 2 - June 3

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

Casa Pacifica Food and Wine Festival

The Festival offers many options to taste gourmet foods and sip special beverages. The festival is all inclusive: patrons may sample and sip as many delightful foods and beverages as they desire as often as they wish. The finest restaurants, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops from Santa Barbara to the Conejo Valley will offer delectable treats.

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June 3 @ 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 10 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

13th Annual Pirates Day in Ventura Harbor

Ahoy all you landlubbers and buccaneers - head to Ventura Harbor Village for a newly designed pop-up pirate experience. Pirates Day 2018 offers guests an unforgettable voyage around the Village as the “Streets of Port Royal” with pirate characters, entertainment, activities, and photo opportunities around every corner. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best pirate garb!

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June 15 - August 10

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

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 17

Annual Run-Walk in the Name of Love

Run in the Name of Love is a unique event offering runners and walkers the opportunity to honor or to pay tribute to an individual who is/was a very special person in their lives.

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June 20 - June 24

Lompoc Valley Flower Festival

Celebrate Lompoc Valley’s floral heritage with family activities, carnival rides and games, craft and commercial vendors, food booths, and musical entertainment at the 66th Annual Flower Festival themed "Space, The Final Frontier." The carnival, food booths and commercial vendors are open all five days. The Arts and Craft vendors are open Friday through Sunday. Paid parking available on site for a nominal fee. No pets allowed in the park. Presented by the Lompoc Valley Festival Association.

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June 20 - August 15

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 20 - June 24

66th Annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival

Celebrate Lompoc Valley’s floral heritage with family activities, carnival rides and games, craft and commercial vendors, food booths, and musical entertainment at the 66th Annual Flower Festival themed "Space, The Final Frontier." The carnival, food booths and commercial vendors are open all five days. The Arts and Craft vendors are open Friday through Sunday. Paid parking is available on site for a nominal fee. No pets are allowed in the park. Presented by the Lompoc Valley Festival Association.

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June 21

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

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 - June 24

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

24th Annual Woodies on the Wharf

Come see the more than 200 gorgeous, pre-1950s cars that feature wood bodies line the Santa Cruz Wharf for Northern California's premier woodie show. Highlights include music, T-shirts, memorabilia, Polynesian dance performance, Pearson Arrow surfboard display, woodie photo booth, games, and raffle prize drawings. Get your 2018 WOW poster and have it signed by the artist. Special trolley hours from downtown. Free bike valet!

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June 23

Carmel House & Garden Tour

Visit some of the most iconic and eclectic homes and gardens in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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June 23 @ 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

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

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

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 @ 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

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

Annual 4th of July Celebration

Join an old-fashioned, family-style celebration in Devendorf Park on Ocean Avenue in Carmel from noon to 4pm. There will be hot dogs, cold drinks, chips, ice cream, watermelon, and cookies! All food and festivities are FREE!

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July 4

4th of July Summer Sidewalk Sale at Gilroy Premium Outlets

Come celebrate your 4th of July at one of Northern California’s largest outlet centers, the Gilroy Premium Outlets. Shop more than 145 stores including 7 For All Mankind, Banana Republic, Columbia Sportswear, Kate Spade New York, Nike and many more.

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July 4

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

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 4

Cambria 4th of July Picnic in the Park

Everyone is invited to Shamel Park to celebrate our nation's independence! The day's festivities will include food, games, live bands, and dancing. There will be entertainment that the entire community will enjoy. Enjoy fireworks to complete your day!

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July 5 - August 9

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

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 11 - July 15

Santa Barbara County Fair

Come join the 127th Annual Santa Barbara County Fair for a new and exciting year of “Cowboys and Carousels.” The Fair showcases the community's interests and talents, offering a unique assortment of activities to do and see. This year’s free attractions also include many “big-name” musical artists such as: Smash Mouth, Trace Adkins, and Kool and the Gang.

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July 12 @ 5:00 am - August 9 @ 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 13 - July 15

West Coast Cub Fly-In

Acclaimed as one of the nation’s top fly-in events for historic aircraft, the annual West Coast Cub Fly-In in Lompoc allows visitors to walk among the aircraft, observe flying events and interact with pilots. More than 100 planes are expected to participate. Bring a lawn chair and your camera, and enjoy all of the activities. Limited free parking on site; additional parking nearby. Dogs must be on leash. Parents must closely watch children due to presence of taxing aircraft. Free.

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July 14 - July 28

Carmel Bach Festival

America's most important Bach festival, the Carmel Bach Festival, celebrates its 81st season with 15 days of performances, talks and educational events.  Musicians from the around the world perform an amazing array of multiple concerts and more than 40 events in Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach.

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July 14

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

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 - July 22

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 19 - July 22

Camarillo Fiesta & Street Fair

The Camarillo Fiesta Association is a non-profit 501(3)c that organizes and operates the annual Camarillo Fiesta and Street Fair in Old Town Camarillo. The mission: engage the community with a diverse event in a family friendly environment attract visitors and showcase the Camarillo Old Town neighborhood raise money for non-profits serving Camarillo area residents for 50 years.

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July 27 - July 29

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Celebrating 40 Years of Family Fun! Known as the world’s greatest summer food festival, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is held each year on the last full weekend of July. The 40th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival will be held on July 27, 28, and 29, 2018 at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California.

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July 28 - July 29

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Celebrating the food, music and dance - the Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates 30 years in 2018 with concerts on the main stage, Oxnard Salsa Tasting Tent, dance perfermances, children's fun area dn arts & crafts. $5 for Main stage seating and Salsa Tent.

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July 28

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 @ 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 @ 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

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

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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July 29

Taste of Camarillo Wine, Food & Brew Festival

A Taste of Camarillo is the longest running wine and food festival in Ventura County. Guests spend an afternoon sampling fine wines and gourmet foods on the grounds of the historic Camarillo Ranch. Live entertainment, a silent auction, and boutique shopping enhance the afternoon while guests visit with winemakers and local chefs in the shade of 100 year old trees. TOC promises a wonderful event for everyone while proceeds benefit local and Ventura County charities.

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August 2018
August 3

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 - August 5

Strawberry Festival in Watsonville

This multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of strawberry delights, non-stop entertainment, gooey contests, & more.

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August 4

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

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 @ 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 8 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Avocado and Margarita Festival

Sample guacamole 'til you see green, and quench your thirst with margaritas!!! Enjoy food, drink, live music, art & crafts, specialty vendors, and fun in beautiful Morro Bay on the Embarcadero! Don't miss out on this wonderful event and come support our local Chamber, the Morro Bay High School Music Boosters, Athletic Boosters & Cheerleaders!

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August 10

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

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

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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