Find the perfect balance between urban and rural on California’s Central Coast. Artist enclaves in Carmel and Big Sur, celebrity residents, world-class resorts, an emerging wine region and a castle are part of the attraction, yet the atmosphere is relaxed and casual as you make your way along scenic Highway One from Monterey to Santa Barbara. Wildlife refuges, state parks and beaches inspire rambling hikes along the way.
California Rodeo Salinas - The California Rodeo Salinas is one of the top 20 Professional Rodeos in the United States and the largest in California. Known in the rodeo world for our big arena and beautiful buckles, we are most proud of being a not-for-profit organization that gives back over $350,000 each year to local non-profits. Visit our website to learn more about this 103 year old tradition!
AT&T Pro Am - The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has evolved into one of the most prestigious stops on the PGA Tour since it was started by singer Bing Crosby in 1937. Run almost entirely by volunteers-many of whom work year-round-the tournament is also one of the Peninsula's largest fundraisers, doling out a whopping six million dollars to local non-profits and other youth-oriented charities each year.
Big Sur International Marathon - The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world - and, for runners, the most challenging. The athletes who participate in the Big Sur International Marathon may draw inspiration from the spectacular views, but it takes major discipline to conquer the hills of Highway One on the way to the finish line.
California International Airshow - The California International Airshow Salinas returns to the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 32nd year. Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics from the USAF ThunderBirds, the Patriots, Canadian Forces CF-18, Sean Tucker, Jacquie Warda and more! There will also be military demos, military fly-bys and monster trucks.
Sea Otter Classic - Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling”, Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans. Most of cycling’s racing disciplines are represented including mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Also offered are cyclocross and a number of non-competitive recreational events for riders of all ages. The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children.
The Classic Car Show - The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show is located in the beautiful downtown area and the on the pier on the Central Coast in beautiful Pismo Beach, CA. Each year Just Cruzinʼ Productions continues the tradition of one of the largest car shows in California. The Classic show is one of the most well-known and well respected shows in the nation. It is one of the largest shows in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. The Classic brings in approximately 175,000 spectators to the small town each year and over 1,000 show vehicles. Everyone is welcome and the event is FREE to the public!
Summer Solstice Parade and Festival - The summer solstice parade features more than 1,000 parade participants, complete with extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles. Festivities continue all weekend long in the park with food, music and vendors of all kinds!
Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival - Kilts and bagpipes will return to Monterey County this summer! This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Why fly to Scotland and Ireland when you can enjoy the cultural bounty of the region right here on the Monterey Peninsula! Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the 46th Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival will offer a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling massed pipe bands on parade, including California pipe bands and Highland and Irish dancers.
The French Festival - France comes to Santa Barbara! Fresh baked french breads and pastries. Classic and nouvelle cuisine and regional specialties. Crepes, onion soup, quiche, pates, sausage, escargots, Cajun and French Moroccan food, salads and cheeses. Beer, wine, sparking Champagne. Orangina, Perrier, and frothy cafe au lait. Chef Michel Richard says it's like going to France without paying for it.
Old Spanish Days - Fiesta - Fiesta originated in 1924 to celebrate Santa Barbara’s history and our Spanish and Mexican heritage through pageantry including dancing, parades, and general camaraderie. Part of California and Santa Barbara’s rich heritage is the vaqueros, the horsemen and cattle herders of Spanish Mexico who came to California in the 1700s and became the area’s first cowboys. The vaquero tradition continues in California and the rest of the United States to this day. The Fiesta Rodeo and Stock Horse Show continues this tradition of celebrating the vaqueros, with generations of cowboys and cowgirls competing, and in more recent years, the addition of the Professional Bull Riders. Fiesta itself has grown into a wonderful family affair, put on for locals and visitors alike, to celebrate the colorful history of this city and state, including vaqueros, folklorico dance, and traditional songs.
California Photo Fest- The California Photo Festival is five days of digital photography immersion. Intensive workshops, seminars, lectures, shooting, parties, and more with over 15 industry leading photographers and digital industry gurus designed to boost your creativity, spark your passion, and take your photography, art, or business to the next level. Whether symposium or individual portfolio review our team will deliver a learning experience unlike any other. Set against the backdrop of California’s beautiful central coast, you are sure to make some incredible images, learn the best tips, tricks, and techniques, and, most importantly, have a great time.
Atascadero Wine Festival - The Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, an annual celebration of the viticulture and San Luis Obispo County Wine Region, is the creation of a group of community leaders to help support local community projects and the Charles Paddock Zoo. Celebrating the viticulture talents, flavors, scenery and people, this unique lakeside wine festival has grown to boast wineries, renown chefs, acclaimed artists and live music. Created as a cultural event that promotes and supports the diverse offerings of Atascadero and the Central Coast, Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival has immerged as an premiere event in a 'Norman Rockwell' setting beside the beautiful backdrop of Atascadero Lake.
Gilroy Garlic Festival - Join us as we celebrate 35 summers of fun on the last full weekend of July at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and give cheers the “stinking rose,” which is grown, harvested, and processed in Gilroy and the surrounding area. Look for the cooking competitions and demonstrations, arts and crafts, entertainment, the children’s area and the teen zone. You can enjoy an astounding array of garlic-infused foods, calamari, scampi, pepper steak sandwiches and addictive garlic fries, as well as more unique offerings. Even if you missed the festival, we celebrate all year round. Visit one of the many shops in and around town which carry garlic products, presses, and souvenirs.
California Beer Festival - Legendary California Beer Festival (CBF) is back at the beautiful Mission Park in downtown Ventura! Let your taste buds dabble in a variety of delectable beers from local breweries.
Santa Cruz Fungus Fair - The Fungus Fair features a re-created exhibit of wild mushrooms found in the wild, cooking demonstrations, mushroom experts, food vendors, and more; the event is presented by the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the Fungus Federation of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Museum.
Castroville Artichoke Festival - This festival celebrates the importance of artichokes to Castroville, and you will find it fried, sautéed, grilled, pickled, and creamed. Artichokes aren’t the only thing being shown off at this two-day event, you’ll see a classic car show, a parade on Sunday, musical entertainment, and fun for the entire family.
Ojai Wine Festival - From its humble beginning in 1987, the Ojai Wine Festival has grown into a leading regional event attracting about 5,000 people from throughout the central coast and southern California. The festival has played a role in introducing people to the bounty of Ojai, which has been named by Sunset Magazine as one of the top five “Food and Wine Havens in the West.”
Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival - Strawberry lovers will unite for one of Watsonville's premier outdoor events at the Annual Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival in the historic downtown plaza. The multi-faceted celebration will serve up a menu of delectable strawberry delights, non-stop live community entertainment for young and old on two stages, gooey contests for berry lovers of all ages, arts and crafts, a special children's area with strawberry projects, Strawberry Carnival, and much, much more.
Paso Robles Olive Festival - Olive-inspired food will be prepared and served in Olive Festival Culinary Row. Cooking demonstrations and a cook-off will be held in the “Outdoors’ Kitchen Stadium” in the park. Home chefs can enter the Olive Dish Contest. They can also submit recipes for the Olive Festival Cookbook. There will be live music along with free olive oil ice cream. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, and olive product vendors.
California Avocado Festival - The Avocado Festival has evolved into one of the largest festivals in California with three days of fabulous food, terrific music, and great safe family fun.
California Lemon Festival - The festival has something for everyone: Listen and dance to live bluegrass, country, folk and pop bands; Sample the world's best lemon meringue pie and other lemon treats; Shop the Arts & Crafts booths; Enter the Pie-eating or Lemon Cooking Contests....It's fun for the whole family.
Monterey Jazz Festival - The Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs. We are proud to provide year-round Jazz Education Programs, showcased in our annual Next Generation Jazz Festival. We are pleased to present the world's best jazz entertainment in the Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest running jazz festival in the world.
Oxnard Salsa Festival - Spicy food, hot music and Oxnard's cool ocean breezes are on the menu for the Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. Plaza Park is the place for a two-day celebration of everything salsa – the food, the music, and the dance. You can taste it, you can dance it, and you can even take it home! Free admission and parking... it's Southern California's HOTTEST Summer Event!
Pismo Jazz - Every October, our Club hosts "Jubilee by the Sea", a world class traditional jazz festival held in beautiful Pismo Beach. This festival has been successful each year since it began in 1976, with fans streaming in from all over the country. It is held for three days at multiple venues, including the Pismo Beach Veteran's Memorial Building, Marie Calendars banquet room and tents located at the St Anthony's Fair Ground and "on the beach" at the Addie Street parking lot. Buses run continuously to get you to all of the venues for another great show!
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music - Artists come to the Cabrillo Festival to challenge themselves and play at the top of their game; and audiences come with open minds and open ears to listen, learn, and celebrate with a shared spirit of adventure. It is that confluence of passions, excitement and artistic excellence, that makes one season more remarkable than the next.
Road Show Revival - One of the largest tribute concerts on the West Coast returns as "A Tribute to the Music of Johnny Cash" takes over the Ventura County Fairgrounds. This annual event will feature outlaw country, rockabilly, bluegrass and Johnny Cash tribute bands, a pin-up girl pageant, hot rods, custom cars and motorcycles, Johnny Cash memorabilia, and vendors offering food, beverages, and collectibles.
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.