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April 2021

April 30 - May 16

Art in the Garden at SLO Botanical Garden

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Thursdays through Sundays from 11 - 5 p.m. The art show fundraiser features over a dozen well-respected local artists. The show includes jewelry, glass, paintings, wood, ceramics, textiles, and MORE! You’ll find art for the home and garden, unique gifts, and one-of-a-kind jewelry. There’s something for everyone! All art will be for sale and a portion of all sales will benefit the SLO Botanical Garden.

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May 2021

May 10 - May 16

Paso Robles Wine Country Virtual Auction

PASO ROBLES - A week-long online auction runs from May 10 to 16, which precedes the traditional time when the annual Paso Robles Wine Festival takes place. This is a rare opportunity for bidders to acquire distinctive, exceptional lots not offered elsewhere. The auction features a variety of lots; one-of-a-kind experiences not available out of any retail channel, as well as rare wines, vertical collections, and large format bottles.

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May 15

Bike MS

VENTURA - A powerful fundraiser, each year nearly 75,000 cyclists around the country ride to raise money to combat multiple sclerosis. This single day portion of the Los Angeles Coastal Challenge begins and ends at San Buenaventura State Beach in Ventura, and takes riders through some of Southern California’s most beautiful countryside.

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May 20 - May 23

Paso Robles Wine Festival

PASO ROBLES - The 38th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival is a themed weekend that will not feature a single marquee event, but rather individual experiences at local wineries. 150+ wineries celebrate with 4 days of experiences. Wineries will be conducting business with groups of no more than six people per party, socially distanced, with all precautions in place for a safe environment.

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May 22

Gilroy Gardens Opening Day

GILROY - Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park had to wait a whole year to properly celebrate its 20th season, but this is one big birthday party you won’t want to miss! There will be health and safety protocols in place to ensure that children and their families can stay healthy while enjoying the beautiful gardens and over 40 rides and attractions.

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May 22 - May 31

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon and Half Marathon (Touchless and Virtual)

VENTURA - In different times, creative adjustments. Runners can run a marathon -- from the town of Ojai (downhill) to the beaches of Ventura -- a half marathon, or a 5K (along Ventura’s beachfront). How? Using the organizers’ app (it provides course maps, your pace and more), or your own GPS device, you run the course any time during the open window of days they provide.

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May 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Family Fun: The Mystery of Trees

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Bring the family for a morning of nature exploration at SLO Botanical Garden. Learn about the mystery of trees, take a guided hike, snack on food given to us by trees, plants seeds and more.  This family event is geared towards children in elementary school, but children of all ages will benefit as the cycles of plant growth, reproduction, and ethnobotanical history, emphasizing the mighty oaks will be discussed.

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May 25

An Evening at Ember

SAN LUIS OBISPO - Annual Winemaker Dinner at Ember returns to deliver an adventure of elegant Tolosa wines and exquisite coastal California cuisine! Savor a multi-course dinner alongside Winemaker Frederic Delivert and Executive Chef Brian Collins.

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May 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Birds and Botany Monthly Walk

SAN LUIS OBISPO - A monthly bird walk series on the 4th Thursday of every month which explores the intersection of birds and botany. This walk, led by Mark Mushkat and Ken Levine, studies birdlife amongst the plants of the botanical garden. The focus will be on which avian species are drawn to certain plants, what’s gained or lost in the exchange, and how this understanding can shape your own landscaping efforts to the benefit of fauna and flora.

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May 28 - September 10

Harmony Cellars Friday Twilight Concert Series: Summer 2021

HARMONY - Enjoy live music every Friday night at Harmony Cellars! Reservations required to ensure limited and carefully spaced seating. Call 805-927-1625. May 28: Jump Jax Band. $12/club, $15/reg.  June 4: Musician Emily Moore. $8/club, $10/reg.  June 11: Musician Jim Sweetwater. $8/club, $10/reg.  June 18: Rolf & The Chaos Band. $12/club, $15/reg.  June 25: Musician Amalia Fleming. $8/club, $10/reg.

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May 29

Concerts In Your Car – WAR

VENTURA - Known as the original street band, WAR has been sharing its timeless music and message of brotherhood and harmony with millions across the globe for over five decades. The live concert is at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Tickets start at $99. per car for up to four passengers, with additional passenger tickets available for purchase.  The number of passengers must not exceed the number of safety belts/seats in the vehicle.  Tickets are sold in advance and online only.

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May 29 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fiesta in a Bottle

AVILA BEACH - Come kick off summer in Avila Beach at Fiesta In A Bottle - 9th Annual Tequila Festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort. This takes place on Memorial Weekend (Saturday, May 23rd) and will feature live music by Ozomatli and La Marcha! Doors open at 12pm. Tequila Tastings 12-3pm; La Marcha 1-2:30pm; Ozomatlj: 3:15-5pm. Events ends at 5pm. 21+ to enter.

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May 30, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - May 30, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

27th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival

AVILA BEACH - A landmark Central Coast event highlighting top name entertainment. This is the party that kicks off the outdoor concert season! With VIP, Beach Club Balcony, reserved theater-style and table seating and General Admission Lawn tickets available for sale. Gates open at noon and the show will start at 2PM and continue until sunset! Approximate show times are: Christone "Kingfish" Ingram 2pm-3pm; WAR 3:30-4:45pm; George Thorogood & The Destroyers 5:15-6:45pm.

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June 2021

June 12

Concerts In Your Car – NELLY & BABY BASH

VENTURA - Nelly, and special guest star Baby Bash, join the Concerts In Your Car 2021 line up.  The Nelly and Baby Bash live concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 12th at 8:00 pm at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.  Tickets start at $99. per car for up to four passengers, with additional passenger tickets available for purchase.  The number of passengers must not exceed the number of safety belts/seats in the vehicle. Tickets are sold in advance and online only.

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June 19

Drive Monterey

MONTEREY - This popular, monthly Drive Monterey Road Rally series is back! Join in on Father’s day weekend for a day you’ll never forget. This 4-hour rally will end with a couple sunset laps at the World Famous WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Rallies include a guided tour on iconic roads, rally stickers and SWAG, wine tasting, food and Track experience. MTV will host an party after the rally!

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June 26 - June 27

Seven Sisters Quilt Show

SAN LUIS OBISPO - The Seven Sisters Quilt Show features a display of hundreds of quilts and garments showcased by members of six Central Coast quilt guilds. The show provides educational judging for the participants and sponsored monetary awards. Attendees can vote for their favorite quilt, challenge quilt and garment.

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June 26 - September 6

Gilroy Gardens 20th Birthday Party

GILROY - Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is celebrating its 20th season with the biggest and best birthday party ever—and you’re invited! Visit the Birthday Clubhouse to learn the Birthday Rap, gather at themed “party patios” throughout the park, sign the giant Birthday Card, and visit Memory Spots to share special memories. And of course, enjoy some birthday cupcakes with extra sprinkles!

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July 2021

July 22

Downtown Live Music Series

GILROY - Bring your lawn chairs—and your dancing shoes—to enjoy free live music concerts in the heart of historic downtown Gilroy on the evenings of July 22 and August 5. Enjoy a delicious dinner downtown and then dance the night away under the stars.

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July 23 - August 1

Gilroy Garlic Festival – Gourmet Alley Drive-Thru

GILROY - From scampi and calamari to pepper steak sandwiches and garlic fries, you can now enjoy all your favorite garlicky dishes from Gourmet Alley in a convenient “drive-thru”! This new Gilroy Garlic Festival experience will be held on the weekends of July 23-25 and July 30-August 1 at Gilroy Presbyterian Church at 6000 Miller Avenue in Gilroy.

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July 24

Gilroy Garlic Festival – Farm-to-Table Dinner

GILROY - Savor the freshness from local fields, orchards, and vineyards as you enjoy artisanal foods and amazing wines at a Farm-to-Table dinner at Fortino’s Winery (4525 Hecker Pass Highway in Gilroy) on the evening of Saturday, July 24. Check the Gilroy Garlic Festival website for chef and menu details.

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July 30

Gilroy Garlic Festival Golf Classic Tournament

GILROY - Tee off for a good cause in the Gilroy Garlic Festival Golf Classic tournament, which will raise funds to support the many charities and non-profit organizations who have volunteered at the Gilroy Garlic Festival for 40-plus years. The tournament will be held at Gilroy Golf Course (2695 Hecker Pass Road in Gilroy). Check the Gilroy Garlic Festival website for more details.

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August 2021

August 5

Downtown Live Music Series

GILROY - Bring your lawn chairs—and your dancing shoes—to enjoy free live music concerts in the heart of historic downtown Gilroy on the evenings of July 22 and August 5. Enjoy a delicious dinner downtown and then dance the night away under the stars.

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