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August 2017
August 1 - December 31

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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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 16 - October 15

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 18 - September 24

The Pure Insurance Championship

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

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September 20 - October 1

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 - September 24

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 - September 24

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 - September 23

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

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

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

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 - September 24

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 - September 24

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

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 - October 1

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 - October 2

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 - October 29

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 - October 2

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 - October 1

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

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

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

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

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 - October 1

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 - October 1

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 - October 31

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 - October 31

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 - October 31

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 - October 8

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 - October 7

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

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

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

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

22nd Annual Multicultural Festival

Oxnard celebrates its cultural diversity during the Multicultural Festival. Highlights include musical entertainment, fun educational activities, international booths, car displays and more. Held at Plaza Park, Downtown Oxnard. Free.

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October 7

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - October 15

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 - October 15

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 - October 15

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

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

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 - October 15

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

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

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 - October 15

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 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 - October 15

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

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 - October 31

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 - October 22

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 - October 22

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 - October 22

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 - October 22

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

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

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

Los Olivos Day in the Country

Join us for Los Olivos’ most highly-acclaimed festival of the year, Day in the Country. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy country living the way it used to be in simpler times. And best of all, attendance is free! Celebrate our quaint country town with an early morning family fun run, small-town parade, hundreds of local and regional crafters, artists and food purveyors, wine tastings, tractor show, and more fun for all ages.

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October 21

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

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

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 - October 28

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 - October 28

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkins in the Park

Pismo Beach Dinosaur Caves Park.

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November 2017
November 2 - November 4

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 - November 5

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 - November 26

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 - November 5

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

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 - November 4

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 - November 5

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

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

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

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

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 10

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 - November 12

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

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 12

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

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 - November 19

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 17 - November 19

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

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

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 - November 26

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

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

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 25

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 28 - November 29

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 2

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

Olde Fashioned Christmas

A fun-filled day of exciting and enjoyable activities has been planned to celebrate Christmas in Los Olivos. Created for the entire family, there will be a variety of crafts and activities for the kids and an abundance of Christmas shopping opportunities for the adults. Many folks will also want to visit the Open Houses at our shops, restaurants and tasting rooms.

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December 8 - December 9

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 31

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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