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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
May 21, 2016 - May 22, 2016

California Strawberry Festival

The California Strawberry Festival is among the top festivals in the nation with over 50 food booths, contests, rides and attractions, over 200 Arts & Crafts vendors, concerts, celebrity chef demonstrations, and family fun! The 2016 California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is the perfect summer kickoff with proceeds benefiting the community in a BIG way. Join us May 21 & 22, 2016 10:00am - 6:30pm for an unforgettably sweet experience!

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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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July 30, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Welcome to Southern California's hottest summer event! Admission is free. General Concert Seating and $5 Salsa Tasting available. Salsa Bands & Salsa Dancing. Spicy Foods & Ice Cold Drinks. Salsa Tasting Tent. Beer & Margarita Gardens. Festival Marketplace. Kids Zone with Tortilla Art.

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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 5, 2016

Heritage Square Summer Concert – Fridays

Individual chairs are $7 each. Limit two (2) chairs per purchase. Sales of chairs begin at 5 pm the day of the concerts and are sold on a first come, first served basis. We provide 80 chairs in the Main Plaza in front of the stage and we do not take reservations of chairs. Dates: June 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 9, 16 Call us at 805.483.7960 or email us at HeritageSquare@aol.com for more info.

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August 6, 2016

Concerts by the Sea – Saturdays

Set against a summer sky with the sparkling water as a backdrop, visitors can enjoy a multitude of musical selections with the “Concerts by the Sea” Summer Concert Series.  A wide array of musical entertainment is offered including Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Swing.  Event is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this fun family event. Dates: July 2, 9 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27.

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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 - January 15

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

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 - January 29

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 @ 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 - February 12

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

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

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 - February 25

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

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 - February 26

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

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

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 - March 19

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 - March 19

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

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 - April 30

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

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 - April 23

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 - April 23

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

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 - April 30

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 - April 30

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 - April 30

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

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

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

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

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 - May 21

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

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 - May 29

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 - May 28

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 - May 28

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 - May 28

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 - June 4

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 - June 4

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 - June 11

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 - June 11

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

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

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 - June 24

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

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

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 - July 29

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

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 4 - September 8

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 - August 20

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

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 - August 20

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 - September 10

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

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

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 - September 4

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

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 - September 10

2nd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival

The Oxnard Jazz Festival is a cultural music celebration offering a diverse mix of Jazz, Latin, Soul, Blues and R&B. Besides music, visitors can enjoy vendor displays and international tastes. A great event to close out the summer festival season held at scenic Oxnard Beach Park.

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September 8

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

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 - September 10

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

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 - September 10

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

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

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

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 - September 10

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

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

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

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 - September 17

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 - September 16

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 - September 17

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 @ 8:00 am - September 17 @ 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

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

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 - 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 16

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 - September 17

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

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 - 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 19

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 - 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 25

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 - 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 1

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

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

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

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 2

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

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

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

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

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 - 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 8

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

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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