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1/1 - Polar Bear Ocean Dip - Cayucos
Annual Polar Bear Dip by the Cayucos Pier in Cayucos, California. Organizers of the event estimated 3,500 people attended, many of whom participated by running in and completely immersing themselves in the frigid winter waters of the Pacific Ocean in exchange for receiving a certificate of participation.
http://www.centralcoasttoday.com/video/polar-bear-dip-cayucos-pier
1/14 - Snow Night at Farmers Market Downtown San Luis Obispo
Thursday Nights From 6-9pm
Barbecued ribs, freshly picked produce, specialty booths and live entertainment... it's San Luis Obispo's lively Farmers' Market! Held every Thursday night, it's a street fair and produce market.
http://www.downtownslo.com/farmers.html
1/15 - 1/18  - Winter Bird Festival Morro Bay
Every Martin Luther King weekend over 450 birders visit Morro Bay, California, a Globally Important Bird Area, to see, photograph, and learn more about birds.  Morro Bay is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Flyway. 
The area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, an excellent natural history museum, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, best of all, thousands of birds.  Over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend.
http://www.morrobaybirdfestival.org/   
1/15 - 1/18 - Esprit du Vin Wine Fest Paso Robles
Come and celebrate Esprit du Vin, the Spirit of Wine, at Firestone Vineyard Paso at 2300 Airport Rd from 5pm to 7pm.  Nine wineries will gather for an exciting night of Wine, Cheese and Appetizers.  Wines will be expertly paired with different gourmet cheeses.  Stroll around our spacious tasting room and savor each pairing!  Gourmet olives, olive oils, breads and artisan Italian meats courtesy of Buona Tavola will also be served.
http://www.pasorobleswinerieseast.com/pasorobleswinerieseastespritduvin.html
1/29 to 1/31 - Art and Wine Festival Cambria
Friday opens the event with shopping deals, demonstrating artists and some wine tasting at local participating businesses.
http://www.seecambria.com/artwine/ 
1/31  - Model Railroad Train Show Oceano
New model trail layouts will be featured when the third annual Model Railroad Day steams into the historical Oceano Depot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.This free community event is sponsored by the Oceano Depot Association and the San Luis Obispo Model Railroad Association, which will set up several operating train layouts.
Oceano Depot is located at 1650 Front St., between Highway 1 and the Union Pacific railroad tracks. For more information, call Keating at 458-8734.
 
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2/12 to 2/15 - Bitter Creek Railroad Weekend Run Nipomo
The Bitter Creek Western Railroad (BCWRR) is a privately owned 7.5-inch gauge railroad operated for the benefit of children of all ages who enjoy playing trains.
http://www.bittercreekwesternrr.org/index.html
2/13 to 2/14  - Tall Ship "Lady Washington" Morro Bay
Lady Washington shows her colors as she passes Morro Rock
http://www.morro-bay.net/visit/tallships.htm
2/13 to 2/16  - Presidents Day Passport Weekend Paso Robles
Farout Wineries-President's Day Weekend VIP passport Fundraiser
http://www.localwineevents.com/Paso-Robles-Wine/event-161322.html 
2/20 - 2/21  - Dollhouse and Miniature Show Morro Bay
The Miniature Cottage Shop presents the 20th Anniversary Central Coast Dollhouse & Miniatures Show and Sale.
Located at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
http://calcoastnews.com/calendar/events/index.php?com=detail&eID=1107
 
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3/7 to 3/13 - Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Derby Paso Robles
Cutting is one of the fastest growing equine sports, offering tremendous excitement and drama for the horse, rider, and spectators alike. Cutting is like skating or gymnastics in that a panel of experts rates the horse’s performance in points that range from 60 – 80 in total. http://www.pccha.com/shows.asp
3/12 to 3/21   - International Film Festival San Luis Obispo
The annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival has now blossomed into a full-fledged celebration of film and video that features a wide variety of new contemporary films from around the world, while continuing the tradition of screening older films as well. This year, over 125 films will screen in thirteen different venues in various parts of San Luis Obispo county, making it the largest and most varied festival since its inception in 1993. http://www.slofilmfest.org/2010/index.shtml
3/13  - Beer Fest and Chili Cookoff Morro Bay
International Chili Society Cookoff. Central Coast Beers, live music. http://www.centralcoastbrew.com/
3/19 to 3/21 - Zinfandel Wine Festival Paso Robles
The complete picture of Paso Robles Zinfandel is a familial blend of the old bold rebellious vines and the vibrant new youthful vines. Zinfandel young and old come together in Paso Robles to create robust and bright wines that complement wine country cuisine, culture, and lifestyle. From backyard barbecues to gourmet dishes, from family dinners to romantic afternoon picnics, Zinfandel is the perfect companion to your wine country experience. http://www.pasowine.com/events/zinfandel-festival.php
3/26 to 3/28 - Orchid Festival Arroyo Grande
Displays represented by hobbyists, several local orchid societies and the show vendors showcase a multitude of blooming orchids at their very best. http://www.fcos.org/show_info.html
3/28  - Pacific Breese Concert Pismo Beach  
The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division is delighted to announce the return of the Pacific Breeze Concert Series on Sundays at Dinosaur Caves Park. Plan on joining us from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with your blankets, chairs, and the whole family, too. This series culminates with the final special event on Mother’s Day. For more information, or to become a sponsor or volunteer, call the Pismo Beach Recreation Division at 773-7063. http://www.pismobeach.org/
 
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4/10 - Children's Day in the Plaza San Luis Obispo
Children's Day in the Plaza is held every April to celebrate the National Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is a day designed to bring education, fun, and families together with community resources. This year's theme is "Express Yourself: Dance to the beat of your own drum." The event will give children the opportunity to explore music, creativity, and individuality, while it provides adults and parent's access, information, and resources to a variety of services and organizations within San Luis Obispo County. http://www.discoverourtown.com/CA/SanLuisObispo/Events/250634.html
4/11 - Pacific Breeze Concert Pismo Beach
The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division is delighted to announce the return of the Pacific Breeze Concert Series on Sundays at Dinosaur Caves Park. Plan on joining us from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with your blankets, chairs, and the whole family, too. This series culminates with the final special event on Mother’s Day. For more information, or to become a sponsor or volunteer, call the Pismo Beach Recreation Division at 773-7063. http://www.pismobeach.org/
4/15 to 4/17 - Cal Poly Open House San Luis Obispo
Open House is an annual Cal Poly event that showcases the campus to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, and the San Luis Obispo community. The three-day event is the culmination of an entire year of hard work and dedication by a committee of student volunteers working under Student Life & Leadership's Orientation Programs, in collaboration with the community, student clubs, faculty, and staff. http://studentlife.calpoly.edu/orientation/openhouse/
4/16 to 4/18- Earth Day Food and Wine Festival Santa Margarita
The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is a weekend celebration of sustainable produced, award-winning food and wine grown on California’s scenic Central Coast. Enjoy the feature event on Saturday, April 17  and join us for barrel tasting, cooking demonstrations, live music, and vineyard tours throughout the weekend. http://www.earthdayfoodandwine.com/
4/17  - Greenhouse Garden Tour Nipomo
The CCGGA was originally organized in the late 1980's.
It currently represents approximately 17 local nursery businesses in the general Nipomo - Arroyo Grande - Santa Maria area. Many of these businesses are family owned and operated, and have been located on the Central Coast for twenty to thirty years. Many of the grower/owners live on their nursery sites and in all cases, the management staff of these businesses are residents of our local area making CCGGA truly a home-grown organization with its roots in the local community.
 http://www.ccgga.com/
4/17 - Chili Cook-off and Car Show Cambria
This exciting event has it all! Enjoy gourmet chili, lively music, raffle drawings, and great beers while viewing some of the coolest classic cars on the Central Coast. It’s all happening at the Vets Hall & Pinedorado Grounds on Saturday, April 17, from 10-4.
http://northcoast.kcoy.com/content/cambria-chili-cook-and-classic-car-show
4/22  - Rib Cook Off San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo is justly famous for its Thursday night Farmers' Market, a weekly street fair that closes five downtown blocks to auto traffic. Sample the entries at vendors' booths and cast your ballots for the People's Choice awards. http://www.downtownslo.com/
4/24 - Kite Festival & Parade Morro Bay
Discover Your Better Nature Parade and Kite Festival. The Festival will include food, arts & crafts vendors, Professional Kite Pilots, Kite Wranglers, exhibitions by Kite Boarders and a candy drop for the kids. There is no better way to spend a Saturday with the family, so grab the kids for a parade and a day of kite flying fun. Rick Carr, Events Director. 805.674.4408 or rickcarr@morrobay.org
4/25 - Pacific Breese Concert Pismo Beach
The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division is delighted to announce the return of the Pacific Breeze Concert Series on Sundays at Dinosaur Caves Park. Plan on joining us from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with your blankets, chairs, and the whole family, too. This series culminates with the final special event on Mother’s Day. For more information, or to become a sponsor or volunteer, call the Pismo Beach Recreation Division at 773-7063. http://www.pismobeach.org/
4/30 to 5/2 - Cruisin' Morro Bay Car Show Morro Bay
The first Cruisin' Morro Bay Car Show in 1997 had 125 entries from various parts of California. The 2004 show had over 500 entrants from all over California and other surrounding states, as well as numerous vendors and trophy sponsors. The Morro Bay community is very supportive of the car show, not only through generous donations from local businesses, but from residents who participate and enjoy the show as well. http://www.morrobaycarshow.org/
 
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5/2  - Art in the Park Pismo Beach
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves is proud to announce its seventh year of promoting local artisans of the Central Coast. This once-a-month event takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, along the path where the ocean meets the cliffs, on the first Sunday of every month (except July's will be on Saturday) from May through November with over 100 local artists and craftsmen selling and displaying their work. The art include paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Shannon @ 805-704-8128 http://www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/
5/2 - Antique Street Sale Cayucos
7am-4pm Downtown Ocean Ave.
Come one, come all and enjoy springtime while seeking out something old and something new! There is something for everyone at this sale. Downtown Ocean Ave. becomes a pedestrian zone while browsers and shoppers can checkout the many goods being offered by local and visiting vendors. Food is also on the menu, be it from a Cayucos eatery or one of our visiting vendors.  http://www.cayucoschamber.com/Calendar.html
5/8 - Day in the Shade Art Faire Templeton
On Mother’s Day weekend visitors to the market can also shop for paintings, jewelry, stained glass, ceramics and more while enjoying live entertainment, great food, and fine wine. The Templeton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 6th annual “Day in the Shade: A Celebration of the Arts”, which will be held on Saturday, May 10th, in Templeton Park from 9am until 5pm.  http://www.northcountyaccess.com/chamber-events.html
5/9 - Mother's Day Concert San Luis Obispo
Mother's Day Concert at the Historic Jack House and Gardens
Enjoy an afternoon of music and appreciation for mothers.  All mothers attending receive a complimentary flower and tours are free to families with three generations represented. Tour the Historic Jack House, 536 Marsh Street.
http://www.ci.san-luis-obispo.ca.us/PARKSANDRECREATION/historicjh.asp
5/9 - Pacific Breeze Mother's Day Concert Pismo Beach
The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division is delighted to announce the return of the Pacific Breeze Concert Series on Sundays at Dinosaur Caves Park. Plan on joining us from 1:00 - 4:00 pm with your blankets, chairs, and the whole family, too. This series culminates with the final special event on Mother’s Day. For more information, or to become a sponsor or volunteer, call the Pismo Beach Recreation Division at 773-7063. http://www.pismobeach.org/
5/21 - Downtown Art Tour Atascadero
The event includes businesses throughout the city of Atascadero. Four times a year businesses have artists' receptions on the same night at the same time. The event includes local wineries pouring selected wines at many of the participating businesses. Come out drink some local wine, view some art-much of it local-meet the artist, visit a favorite business or discover a new one. Many of the participating businesses have a special or something fun going on during the event. It's a great night out in Atascadero. http://www.americantowns.com/ca/atascadero/venues/atascadero-art-wine-tour-downtown
5/21 - 5/23 - Wine Festival Paso Robles
Paso Robles Wine Country comes together to celebrate the 28th Annual Wine Festival. Beginning the evening of Friday, May 21, select wineries will join together in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park to feature their reserve, barrel sample or library wines, as well as present a tasting of power whites and Rosés. Saturday, May 22, is a day packed full with a bevy of activities. http://www.pasowine.com/events/winefestival.php
5/29 to 5/31 Peddler's Faire Cayucos
9am-5pm Cayucos Creek Lot (between Hardie Park and Ocean Ave.)
Take a stroll along the many vendors selling antiques, homemade products, flea market items, clothing, jewelry, and more. Bring an appetite too, whether you choose to satisfy it with delectable from visiting vendors or some of Cayucos' great eateries. Note* Cost: $90.00 for the first space, $65.00 for each additional space http://brecksmith.com/cayucos.html
5/29 to 5/30 - Strawberry Festival Arroyo Grande
As one of California's largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box! http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/strawberry_fest.shtml
5/30 - Blues Festival Avila Beach
We have some great shows upcoming on the Central Coast. You'll want to explore our shows page where you'll discover the likes of the 17th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival this year featuring Jonny Lang, Tower of Power and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Sunday May 30th at the Avila Beach Resort... lots of live music on the Central Coast! http://www.otterproductionsinc.com/
 
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6/4- Concerts in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
6/6 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646. Click here
6/6 - Art in the Park Pismo Beach
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves is proud to announce its seventh year of promoting local artisans of the Central Coast. This once-a-month event takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, along the path where the ocean meets the cliffs, on the first Sunday of every month (except July's will be on Saturday) from May through November with over 100 local artists and craftsmen selling and displaying their work. The art include paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Shannon @ 805-704-8128 http://www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/
6/11 - Concerts in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
6/17 - Classic CA Golf Invitational - Monarch Dunes Nipomo
http://www.monarchdunes.com
6/18 - Concerts in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
6/18 - 6/20 - Pismo Beach Classic Car Show
The streets of Pismo Beach are shut down each year for the coolest classic car show the Central Coast can possibly host! The Pismo Beach Classic, part of a region recognized as Classic California, is one of the great events that brings woodies, street rods, hot rods, historic cars and fun cars to downtown Pismo Beach. With the ocean as a backdrop to this event that's filled with live music, food vendors and souvenir sellers, it is one more reason for you to hop in your car and flock to the Central Coast classic beach town, Pismo Beach.  http://www.thepismobeachclassic.com/
6/20 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.
6/25 - Concerts in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
    
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7/3 - 7/4 - Art in the Park Pismo Beach
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves is proud to announce its seventh year of promoting local artisans of the Central Coast. This once-a-month event takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, along the path where the ocean meets the cliffs, on the first Sunday of every month (except July's will be on Saturday) from May through November with over 100 local artists and craftsmen selling and displaying their work. The art include paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Shannon @ 805-704-8128 http://www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/
7/4 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.
7/4 - 4th of July Celebration on the Pier
Celebrate our Nation's Independence with live music, food, military bands, clowns and a Firework Show like no other right from our world famous 1,200 foot Pismo Beach Pier!
http://www.pismobeach.org/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=317
7/8 - 8/11 - Central Coast Wine Classic San Luis Obispo County
The Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation is pleased to announce the grantees for funds from the 2010 Twenty-Sixth Annual Central Coast Wine Classic, to be held from July 8th through 11th, 2010, in Avila Beach, Shell Beach, San Simeon, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. From net proceeds from the Wine Classic, the Foundation funds specific projects for 501(c)3 non-profit corporations in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County whose missions are in the Healing, Performing or Studio Arts. Over the past six years the Foundation has conferred grants totaling $1,370,025 to 62 such non-profits. Grants for 2010 will be conferred in early October in San Luis Obispo. http://www.centralcoastwineclassic.org/
7/10 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.
7/21 to 8/1 - California Mid-State Fair Paso Robles  
http://www.midstatefair.com/
7/24 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.
7/30- 7/31 - Arroyo Valley Cruise and Car Show - Arroyo Grande
One of the events that has created a great amount of interest for the past 6 years has been our Friday before the Car Show Evening Cruise.  The Cruise allows local residents to see many of the cars entered in the show, show off a part of the town and benefit the local merchants.  We would very much like to hold a cruise again this year and would be pleased if Arroyo Grande would agree to permit the use of a portion of Grand Avenue.  We propose closing Grand Avenue between Adler Street and Courtland Street from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the last Friday of July.  The cars would travel in a continuous circular pattern during this time. http://www.avcsho.org/
7/31 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.
    
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8/1 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.
8/1 - Last Day Mid State Fair - Atasadero
http://www.midstatefair.com/
8/1 to 8/29 - Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tours - Cambria
PIEDRAS BLANCAS LIGHT STATION ASSOCIATION   http://www.piedrasblancas.gov
15850 Hwy 1 - San Simeon - CA - 93452  927-3719 924-1114 -
The Piedras Blancas Light Station is located about 15 miles north of Cambria, on a rugged, windswept point. The Piedras Blancas Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875 as an important aid to navigation. There is a rich human history and natural history that come together at Point Piedras Blancas. Tours include the historic lighthouse, support buildings, and a 1/2 mile interpretive trail. Tour information is available at www.piedrasblancas.govmembershiip@piedrasblancas.org
8/1 - Merchant Street Faire - Morro  Bay
The Morro Bay Merchants Association sponsors two Street Faires. They are held on the First Sunday in August (Aug 2, 2009) and the Sunday Following Thanksgiving Day (Nov 29, 2009). Everyone enjoys the Street Faires - Arts & Crafts, Food, Entertainment, and lots of fun! All along Morro Bay Blvd in the heart of "Old Towne" Morro Bay. Faire booths are open to vendors with handcrafted items, gifts, home and garden accessories, entertainers, and food booths, as well as Morro Bay Merchant Association Members, subject to MBMA discretion. http://culturemob.com/events/5876316-summer-street-fair-ca-morro-bay-morro-bay-ca-venue
8/1 - Art in the Park, Dinosaur Caves Park - Pismo Beach
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves is proud to announce its seventh year of promoting local artisans of the Central Coast. This once-a-month event takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, along the path where the ocean meets the cliffs, on the first Sunday of every month (except July's will be on Saturday) from May through November with over 100 local artists and craftsmen selling and displaying their work. The art include paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Shannon @ 805-704-8128 http://www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/
8/6 to 8/8 - Rainbow of Gems Show - Nipomo
Come and join the fun at the annual “Rainbow of Gems Show” which brings craftsmen and lapidary artists from many California counties.  Several dealers will be presenting their wares of jewelry, gems, minerals and lapidary equipment.  Local craftsmen will be displaying fascinating jewelry in gold and silver as well as mineral specimens.  Also to be found will be collectibles, unusual gifts, fossils, rocks and geodes.  The indoor show and outside tailgate event is family oriented and is educational for both children and adults.  Kids get a free polished rock from the Rock Box.  No admission or parking fee is charged for the show. http://www.omsinc.org/tailgate.html
8/6  - Concerts in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
8/7 - Stride with the Tide - Pismo Beach Time TBD depends on tide
The City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division is holding its annual 5k and 10k fun run. The natural beauty of Pismo Beach's hard-packed sand in the early morning makes this fun run one of the Central Coast's most attractive running events this year.
The out-and-back 5k and 10k course is run on Pismo's shoreline. The run starts at 9a.m., with registration and check-in at 8a.m., on the south side of the pier. http://www.pismochamber.com/EventsMonth.asp?EventMonth=August
8/13 - Concerts in the Plaza San Luis Obispo 
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
8/14 to 8/16 - St. Anthony's Celebration - Pismo Beach

The St. Anthony's Celebration Committee sponsors this annual event to celebrate the cultural contribution of the area's Portuguese descendants. The parade begins on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with sopas being served at the St. Anthony's grounds at 390 Bello St. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 http://www.classiccalifornia.com/StAnthonys.htm

8/14 - Day with Creative Women - San Luis Obispo
Come join us for this year’s  Day with Creative Women 2010, which will be held Saturday August 14, 2010 at Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo.  Come early, stay all day, and then remain for the evening in charming San Luis Obispo.  We encourage visitors to our area to make a weekend of it.  For activities available through the City of San Luis Obispo, visit slocity.org/  
8/15 -  Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646
8/20 - Concert in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
8/27  - Concerts in the Plaza - San Luis Obispo
The concerts are performed by a mix of popular local professional jazz, country, salsa and rock groups. You might even see a popular central valley group performing. (Look for the summer concert posters in the store windows.) The usual summer concert schedule runs mid-June to the end of August. All are FREE and very popular with locals and visitors.
8/28  - Dune Run - Run - Grover Beach
Beautiful & scenic cross country run thru the Central Coast Dunes and the streets of Grover Beach. 5K and 10K run/walk. For men, women & children. http://eventful.com/groverbeach/events/dune-runrun-grover-beach-/E0-001-018287426-7
8/29-29  - Stone Soup Music Faire - Grover Beach
Spicy food, hot music and a cool ocean breeze is the recipe for summer fun at the Stone Soup Music Faire on August 28 & 29, 2010, Ramona Garden Park in Downtown Grover Beach. Top-notch bands take center stage while 80 + vendors will be selling tasty food & drink and plenty of other must-have purchases. http://events.sanluisobispo.com/grover-beach-ca/events/
8/29  - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646
    
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9/5  Pops by the Sea - Avila Beach
Enjoy great music outdoors by the ocean in beautiful Avila Beach. Bring your gourmet snacks and enjoy the great wines available to purchase. Come early to get a great spot and enjoy the ambiance. Admission: $12. http://www.slopages.com/listing.asp?id=popsconcert
9/5 - Art in the Park Dinosaur Caves Park - Pismo Beach
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves is proud to announce its seventh year of promoting local artisans of the Central Coast. This once-a-month event takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, along the path where the ocean meets the cliffs, on the first Sunday of every month (except July's will be on Saturday) from May through November with over 100 local artists and craftsmen selling and displaying their work. The art include paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Shannon @ 805-704-8128 http://www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/
9/11-12- I Madonnari Chalk Festival - San Luis Obispo
Each year in September, the plaza of the Old Mission in San Luis Obispo California is transformed with colorful, large-scale street paintings created by artists and young people. The artists or "madonnari" begin working on Saturday morning of the weekend and continue drawing throughout the two-day festival. The San Luis Obispo Mission is located at the corner of Broad and Monterey Streets. The Festival hours are from 10 am to 6 pm daily and admission is free. If you have any questions, please contact AIA at 805-541-6294. http://www.aiacentralcoast.org/I_Madonnari-info.html
9/12 - Village Summer Concert - Arroyo Grande
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand on the Village Green from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes.
For additional information please call: 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646
9/24-25 - Harvest Festival - Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande takes pride in the old-fashioned family fun that abounds at local festivals and the Harvest Festival is a prime example of this time-honored tradition. Held the last full weekend in September, the Harvest Festival serves as a tribute to agriculture, the area’s leading industry. Among the many attractions features is a parade, toe-tapping entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and an array of food, game, and arts and crafts booths. This festival is focuses on the local non-profit organizations that serve the community. http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/events.shtml
9/26 - 10/2 - Plein Air Festival - San Luis Obispo
Now in its ninth year, the San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival is presented by the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Fifty artists will be selected from the open call for entries to participate in a week-long paint out of the unspoiled landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes of this mostly rural county situated on the California coast midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Festival artists will bring both a studio painting and a plein air painting to exhibit in the Art Center’s premier gallery space for 4 days, prior to a juried exhibition that opens on Friday. The festival will also include live music, poetry readings, and a kids plein air day during the week. Since 1967, the San Luis Obispo has been a vibrant center for the arts in San Luis Obispo, providing exhibitions, classes and arts events. The San Luis Obispo Plein Air Painting Festival is a fundraiser for the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. http://www.artperk.com/ListingDetail.aspx?li=1147
9/30 - 10/3 - Savor the Central Coast Food & Wine Event - San Luis Obispo
Wine Education, Celebration: Sunset's Savor the Central Coast event will celebrate the beauty and the bounty of this unspoiled and largely unexplored part of the Golden State in an incredible four-day experience. Sunsets' expert editors, as well as celebrity chefs, will guide attendees through unique culinary tours, one-of-a-kind winemaker dinners, historic excursions and amazing culinary showcases.
http://www.savorcentralcoast.com/
    
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10/2 - Harbor Fest - Morro Bay

One of the California Central Coast's more dramatic scenes encountered along beautiful Highway 1 is Morro Rock, guardian of Morro Bay's natural harbor and active fishing village.
The Morro Bay Harbor Festival is an annual celebration of the Central Coast's unique food, wine, lifestyle and working waterfront that is held on the first full weekend in October every year.
The festival was first held in 1982 and included many of the festival's current popular activities such as the Californian Seafood Fair and Wine Tasting Pavilion, Maritime Heritage Pavilion, Sand Sculpture Spectacular, Carnival Cove, local businesses on display, and the opportunity to sample local seafood specialties.http://www.mbhf.com/

10/3 - Art in the Park Dinosaur Caves Park - Pismo Beach
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves is proud to announce its seventh year of promoting local artisans of the Central Coast. This once-a-month event takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach, along the path where the ocean meets the cliffs, on the first Sunday of every month (except July's will be on Saturday) from May through November with over 100 local artists and craftsmen selling and displaying their work. The art include paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please contact event coordinator Shannon @ 805-704-8128 http://www.artintheparkshellbeach.com/
10/3 - Book and Author Festival - San Luis Obispo
The Central Coast Book and Author Festival is presented by the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries. It is a celebration of books and the people who create them. Authors, publishers, illustrators and book artists will display their works. An Art of the Book Exhibit will also be included. http://www.slolibraryfoundation.org/
10/7 to 10/11 - Central Coast Railroad Festival
The Central Coast Railroad Festival (CCRRF) is a broad based festival which will focus on railroading of many types with an eye towards general tourism. The Festival has been designed to attract the attention of avid and casual rail fans as well as curious tourists from across the Western United States. It will present historical, educational and recreational events for locals citizens, the area's large population of second home owners and visiting tourists.
http://www.ccrrf.com/
10/16 - 10/17 - Open Studios Tours - South Country
Visit the actual studios of over 220 local artists in the county. Meet them and see samples of their current works. SLO & South County artists this weekend, North County artists previous weekend. Many art galleries also participate. Guide book acts as ticket for and includes detailed map to each studio. http://www.sloartscouncil.org/
10/16 to 10/17 -  64th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival
The parade on Saturday morning kicks off this annual event. What follows is what has brought both residences and visitors back year after year. Local restaurants take the Chowder Cook-Off Title almost as serious as a political race. You must taste and cast your vote, otherwise you might feel left out!
Every year hundreds of vendors come to display things like paintings, carvings, pictures, T-shirts, jewelry and much much more. What's a festival without carnie food? Come hungry so you can try all the delicious varieties. BBQ, cotton candy, shaved ice, numerous strawberry deserts and every fluid you could imagine to wash it down with too!
Musicians from all over the United States submit demos and request to play live at this popular two day event. Check back later to see who's coming! If you know a great musician be sure to pass this event on to them!http://www.pismochamber.com/
10/21 - 10/24 - Concourse of Elegance Car Show - Avila Beach
Road Rally, gourmet dinners, wine tasting, BBQ, road rally, judging by the Ferrari Club of America (an official sponsor), display of top quality classic and antique cars, and more.... http://www.avilabeachpier.com/avila/businesses/events.html
10/24 - Halloween Carnival - Arroyo Grande
The Arroyo Grande Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will hold its annual Halloween Carnival andHaunted Maze on Saturday, October 27th. Children of allages and adults are invited to enjoy carnival games for
candy and toy prizes, cookie decorating, hot dogs andhamburgers, the haunted maze, a pumpkin decorating contest, and a costumecontest. Bring your decorated pumpkins from home for the pumpkin decoratingcontest. The event will be held at theVillage Green on the corner of Nelson and Short streets.  For more information, please call the Arroyo
Grande Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department at 473-5476.
10/29 to 10/31 - Jubilee-by-the-Sea Jazz Festival Pismo Beach
This traditional Dixieland Jazz Festival defines tradition! Imagine 20 plus bands from every border of the United States and beyond performing over this weekend. We suggest you make your accommodations and purchase your tickets months ahead. We couldn't think of a better time to suggest making this a three-day or more stay! Don't worry about the weather, we call it Paradise here for a reason! http://www.pismojazz.com/JubileeByTheSea.htm
10/31 - Trick or Treat in the Village
Village of Arroyo Grande.
    
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11/5 - Harvest Festival Arroyo Grande
Arroyo Grande takes pride in the old-fashioned family fun that abounds at local festivals and the Harvest Festival is a prime example of this time-honored event.  http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/events.shtml
11/6 - Marching Band Review - Pismo Beach
http://www.sanluisobispocounty.com/visitors/ca-central-coast-towns/pismo-beach/
11/28 - Christmas Parade Arroyo Grande
Join us for our Christmas Concert at the Rotary Bandstand from 3:30-4:40pm and Christmas Parade through the Village from 5:00-6:00pm, followed by a tree lighting ceremony. http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/
    
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12/1 to 12/24 - Christmas in the Village - Arroyo Grande
Thousands of miniature white lights transform Arroyo Grande into a winter wonderland for the holidays. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy strolling through the charming village, peering into decorated store fronts, and even sharing their wishes with jolly, old St. Nick. The entire month of December is filled with family festivities and old-fashioned Christmas treasures. http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/events.shtml
12/3 - Holiday Harmony and Tree Lighting on the Pier Pismo Beach
Holiday Harmony will take place from 6pm – 8pm in Downtown Pismo Beach at the Beach Bum Holiday Rental parking lot (off of Dolliver & Pomeroy). Kids will have fun with fresh snow, a bounce house, crafts and cookie decorating. There will also be live music for all to enjoy. Santa will be in Santa’s Village on this night! The Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Pismo Beach Pier. Join Santa & Carolers downtown at the Beach Bum Holiday Rental parking lot at 5:30 p.m. before he makes his way to the tree lighting ceremony on a fire truck. Participants can enjoy hot drinks and listen to carols as the tree is lit. A Polaroid picture of Santa will be available at no charge immediately following the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Santa’s Village, as the fun continues in the Holiday Harmony Event! This event is FREE.
12/5 - Elegant Christmas in The Village - Arroyo Grande
http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/events.shtml
    
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SPECIAL PLACES in the South County
 The Clark Center - Arroyo Grande
The new Clark Center for the Performing Arts offers professional entertainment. most weekends and some other days. Located in the "5 Cities" area, near Pismo Beach, Grover Beach, Oceano and Halcyon. "Where the Quality Shows" Location: Clark Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 487 Fair Oaks Ave.
Event City: Arroyo Grande
Phone: 805.489.9444
Parking: Free On Site
http://www.clarkcenter.org/cm/Home.html
Farmers Market
Farmers Market - Arroyo Grande Downtown
Date(s): Through Dec. 18th, 2010
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Every Saturday afternoon, local growers sell fresh-picked seasonal fruit, flowers. Entertainment. Taste the difference ! Taste the best of the Central Coast ! Held year-round.
Times: Noon - 2:30 PM
Location: Behind City Hall, Downtown
Address: 215 Branch St.
Event City: Arroyo Grande
Phone: 805.544.9570
Parking: Free on Site
http://www.slocountyfarmers.org/ 
Farmers Market
Farmers Market - Downtown San Luis Obispo
Date(s): Through Dec. 30th, 2010
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Every Thursday evening, enjoy one of the largest, oldest and best Farmers' Markets in the state. Barbeque, fresh fruit and vegetables, live entertainment, cuddly "Downtown Brown" for the kids and much more. Most stores stay open late. Taste the best of the Central Coast! Not held on Thanksgiving Day.
Times: 6 - 9 PM Location: Downtown San Luis Obispo
Address: Higuera St, between Osos and Nipomo St. Event
City: San Luis Obispo Phone: 805.541.0286
Parking: Free on Side Streets (out of closure area) Low Admission: Free http://www.slocountyfarmers.org/
The Melodrama
Comedy: "Back after the Break"
Date(s): Through Jun. 13th, 2010
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Set during the early years of television, this comedy revolves around the hilarious hijinks of the cast and crew as they try to ensure that their show will, indeed, be "Back After This Break." Linda & Larry play a happy couple in a TV show, while in real life things are not so good. Followed by a great vaudeville review. See why Sunset Magazine called us "An excellent year 'round company." Be part of our 35th Season! Beer, wine, soft drinks & snacks available. Reservations advised.
Times: Time / Dates Vary Location: Great American Melodrama
Address: 1863 Front St. (=Hwy 1)
Event City: Oceano
Phone: 805.489.2499 Parking: Free on Site
http://www.americanmelodrama.com/ 
Wine Tasting
Go Wine Tasting - San Luis Obispo Wine Country
Date(s): Through Dec. 31st, 2010
Recurring daily
Every day, many of the wineries in the southern part of the Central Coast - San Luis Obispo, the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande - offer wine tasting. (Most wineries offer wine tasting on weekends; check in advance.) Enjoy the wide variety of wines - and the beautiful Central Coast wine country scenery - of this up and coming California Wine Country region. Go to "Maps" section of toolbar to download map of our winery members. California Wine Country at it's best.
Times: 10:00 - 5:00
Location: South County
Event City: San Luis Obispo & Arroyo Grande
Phone: 805.541.5868
http://www.slowine.com/cm/Home.html
Hiking 
Walk thru Dunes at Oso Flaco Lake
Date(s): Through Dec. 29th, 2010
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday
Most Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays, enjoy guided walk thru the Oso Flaco Lake Natural Area, part of the Guadelupe - Nipomo Dunes Preserve. See rare plants and birds, as well as protected sand dunes. Many guided walks given on various days. Check for exact schedule. Dunes open daily to all visitors during daytime for self-guided visits.
Times: Varies
Location: Oso Flaco Lake
Address: End of Oso Flaco Lake Road
Event City: Nipomo
Phone: 805.343.2455
Sponsor: The Dunes Center Parking: $5 in parking lot
http://www.dunescenter.org/
Pismo State Beach
Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S.
Largest Monarch Butterfly Grove in the state. Grove Location, activities and Monarch resources. http://www.monarchbutterfly.org/
Lopez Lake
Located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, California, Lopez Lake Recreation Area is one of the top choices for camping and leisure trips. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70°, there is something for everyone; camping, fishing, boating, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, picnicking, hiking and equestrian trails, mountain biking, canoeing, birdwatching and so much more. Many visitors to the Central Coast make Lopez Lake their staging area for visits to wineries, golf courses, historic sites, and Hearst Castle. The warm climate of the Central Coast makes Lopez Lake the ideal, year-round recreational destination. Once covered by the sea, the surrounding hills of Lopez Lake are rich with relics of ancient days and studded with oak trees. Over 175 species of flowering plants, and more than 150 species of birds have been identified within the park. The naturally beautiful canyons were once hunting and fishing grounds for the Chumash Indians. Later homesteaders and ranchers inhabited the area and harvested grain crops for Mission San Luis Obispo. Lopez Lake was then created in 1969 to provide domestic water for the Five Cities area of the Central Coast.
http://www.slocountyparks.com/activities/lopez.htm

Mustang Waterslide: http://www.mustangwaterslides.com/

  
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