Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival - The return of wintering birds to Morro Bay, California, is celebrated each year at the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, held over the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend. Located on the central California coast, the Morro Bay area is known for its natural beauty and is a Globally Important Bird Area on the Pacific Flyway. Dozens of Festival events appeal to all birders and to persons interested in Morro Bay, a designated national and state estuary.
Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove - 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. The grove is easily accessible. It is located on State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach. Spectators come from all over the Central Coast and throughout the state to view the Monarchs. Visitors are greeted by knowledgeable and well-informed volunteer docents offering daily talks and information.
Flower Festival - Celebrate Lompoc Valley's Annual Flower Festival with friends and family. The festival is officially declared open by the Flower Festival Queen Wednesday evening and continues throughout the week. Take a ride at the Carnival, sample delicious foods at the many food booths or sit back and relax on the lawn while listening to a live music entertainment. Be sure not to miss the Flower Festival Parade on Saturday!
Central Coast Lavender Festival - The free event celebrates the lavender industry–an emerging local product–and features lavender producers from throughout the county, who will serve tastes of lavender cuisine, sampling of lavender oils, dipping sauces, lavender ice cream, and education on lavender, lavender growing, and sustainable farming practices. There will be free seminars on distilling lavender, benefits of lavender, and demonstrations throughout the day in the City Park Gazebo. Features: Music, a special children’s activities area, local lavender growers and vendors, arts, a Lavender Tasting Garden with tastes to purchase, and free samples and demonstrations. Accompanying the Lavender Festival is a juried arts show, plus a variety of food and festival vendors.