In July and the end of June temperatures inland can get extreme and often when that happens gets foggy on the coast. You may want to plan accordingly and be flexible; there are many microclimates in the area and you can often find your perfect desired conditions close by. If you are on the coast and its cool and overcast or foggy it could be a good time to head on a wine tasting adventure inland to warm up; if the heat is to much head to the coast for a cool off.
ONGOING every Monday through Saturday 2016(except federal holidays) until early September -- Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tours : two hour tour of the historic Piedras Blancas Light House and Light Station grounds. Tour meets 9:45 AM the old Piedras Blancas Motel, about 1.5 miles north of the Lighthouse on Highway 1. You will be met there and escorted to the lighthouse in your car (do NOT go to the light house or wait by entrance gate). No tours on Federal Holidays. Groups of 10 or more need to make special arrangements. $10 adults/ $5 for children 6-17, Children under 5 are free. Call 805-927-7361 or email PiedrasBlancasTours@gmail.com
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The PasoPops July 2, 2016 a Paderewski Festival event presenting PasoPops featuring the San Luis Obispo Symphony and Youth Symphony followed by a fireworks show.
4th of July Independence Day Gone last year but for the 2016 Independence Day celebration the fireworks are back! Bring the family to Cambria’s old-fashioned July 4th celebration Monday, July 4th, at Shamel Park. Big fun, great food, prizes, live music, dancing, and more! : This will be the usual Castle Country gala celebration with live music and dancing, swimming and other children's activities, a pie eating contest plus more old fashion family fun, food, entertainment and this year with a fireworks display...you may also be able to see fireworks in Cayucos, Morro Bay, Pismo Beach and Paso Robles.The California Central Coast is a very patriotic place and the 4th of July celebrations bring the most rambunctious partying of the year. The best places to celebrate are the beach communities, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach are some that have big extravagant celebrations, Cayucos has a parade, now famous sand sculpture competition, BBQ, beach play and is one of the best but the others like Atascadero, Templeton & Paso Robles not mentioned have celebrations & events that are inviting.
Saturday July 9th 2016, 12-8PM-- annual Central Coast Oyster Festival -- At Avila Beach, largest oyster festival on the west coast! The fourth annual Central Coast Oyster Festival will be in Avila Beach at the Golf Resort this year. Featuring oysters from the Morro Bay Oyster Company, all day live music, 40+ food vendors, local wines, exclusive micro-brew beer, shucking contests, competitions, specialty cocktails, foodie stare and lots of live entertainment. Benefiting OPTIONS Family of Services (805) 459.0701 and the Guerilla Garden Club; Purchase tickets online or pay $5 more at the door..
July 13 through the 17th, 2016--Central Coast Wine Classic: 4 days of Wine Education, Celebration & Benefits: Experience the beauty and diversity of California's Central Coast! Barrel tasting, reserve tasting, various Symposia on specific wine types, cooking demonstrations, outdoor winery concert and much much more; (805-544-1285)--an even broader array of special venues for 2016, including San Simeon, Paso Robles, Templeton, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo including the Edna Valley, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, Arroyo Grande, Santa Maria, Los Olivos, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara and Montecito.
Saturday July 9th, 2016, Morro Bay -- Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Fun Run: Year 2016 marks the 47th running of the Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier Fun Run. The run/walk is approx. 6 miles in length and takes place on the hard packed sand from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to participate. You may also be interested in 5th annual Rock'n Around the Pier Half Marathon July 9th, 2016 The course will begin at Morro Rock and follow on the Beach to the Cayucos Pier. Runner will go around the pier and head back to Morro Bay on the Beach. At Azure St (1.5 miles from the finish), runners will head off the beach (through soft sand) and onto the path for a 1 mile loop around the pond at Cloister's Park returning to the beach (through soft sand) at Azure and continuing to the finish line at the Rock. Registration fee will include a Performance t-shirt, finisher's medal, there will be many aid stations along the way as well as breakfast back at the Rock. Proceeds from this event will used for Morro Bay Recreation and Parks' Youth Sports programs.
July 13th/24th, 2016 -- 47th annual Festival Mozaic - Classical Music Festival: Summer Festival with over 20 concerts & musical events; concerts in historic, spectacular venues all over the county such as the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, Chapel Hill in wine country, Hearst Castle, Mission San Miguel and in the county’s many scenic wineries, parks and gardens.. (805-781-3009).
Saturday July 19th, 2016 -- 8th Annual Central Coast Lavender Festival at Paso Robles:
free event celebrates the local lavender industry, local lavender growers and vendors provide tastes of lavender cuisine, sampling of lavender oils, dipping sauces, lavender ice cream, free samples and education on lavender, lavender growing, and sustainable farming practices; free seminars on distilling lavender, benefits of lavender, and demonstrations, live music, a special children’s activities area, local lavender growers and vendors, arts, free samples and demonstrations...meet with the lavender producers from across the Paso Robles region, learn of its many uses, enjoy free samples, and much more! Vendors, food, refreshments, displays, and activities — it’s all about lavender! This event is in part sponsored by the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association and the Central Coast Lavender Growers Association., plus enjoy a variety of food and festival vendors at Paso Robles Downtown Park, Info Phone Number: 805-238-4103.
Mid July TBA, 2016 -- Annual Coastal Discovery Fair from the Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay: a popular family event with lots of activities for children of all ages. Multiple agencies partnered in resource protection with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks are represented. Activities can include, making colorful fish prints, and shaking fins and getting your picture with Sammy the Steelhead! See live animals, make a remotely operated underwater robot, learn how to help our local marine mammals, and enter exciting opportunity drawings; there are raffle prizes donated by our exhibitors, and lunch available.
July 16th & 17th 2016 -- 32nd Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival: unique historic festival, where over 800 costumed participants converge in beautiful El Chorro Regional Park to create Donneybrooke, an English Renaissance village, decorated for your medieval summer fantasy entertainment; good food, drink, fun games; a medieval feast for all the senses. Hwy One, San Luis Obispo(800-688-1477).
June through August 2016-- Vina Robles Concerts in Paso : Big name talent performing at this venue Vina Robles Amphitheater, this season includes top name musicians from past and present... located 3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles, CA,
July 16th-17th 2016-- 92nd Annual Portuguese Celebration: All events held at the Cayucos Vet's Hall, except for Mass. Everyone is welcome...this celebration is open to the public. Saturday: 5:00pm Linguica Sandwiches; 6:30pm Rosary; 7:00pm Folk dancing; 8:00pm Grand March and Presentation of Past Queens
Sunday 10:30amParade; followed by 11:00am Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church; 11:30am-2pmFree Sopas (Traditional Portuguese dish); 2:00pm Auction. For more information contact Cara 805-459-6330
Saturday July 16th & 17th, 2016 -- Annual Cambria Summer Arts & Crafts Fair - 9am-5pm Vets' Hall parking lot; On Saturday and Sunday, many artists and craftspeople from all over California will be presenting their wares at the Cambria Veterans' Building parking lot. Admission is free and there will be a pancake breakfast available from 8:00 am until 11:00 am at the adjoining American Legion club house. Contact: Vern Kalshan Phone: (800-525-7426)
July 20th through 31st, 2016 -- California Mid-State Fair Fair family Fun, Great World Class Live Music...concerts from nationally known groups for every taste, exciting pros rodeo, livestock exhibits, 4-H and FFA exhibits, carnival rides, wine tasting, and a full menu of fair food. The concerts lineup includes Tim Mcgraw, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang, Duran Duran, Don Henley, Fergie, Fall Out Boy, the Hollywood Vampires...and Many More! Numbeous great musicians and groups perform for free, for a real treat don't miss Asleep At The Wheel among the acts performing free concerts; each act will perform two concerts on the fair’s Frontier Stage, free with fair admission. Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles (805-238-3565)
July 16th 2016 --25th Annual American Truck Historical Society Antique Truck Show: Trinity Hall, 6565 Edna Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA: American Truck Historical Society Central Coast Chapter annual antique truck show. Admission free to the public. Food available. View a display of big and little, old and new rigs, big trucks, small trucks, shiny trucks, rusty trucks - fun for all ages. Dan Theroux (209 699-6532) --(annual July every 3rd Sat).
Saturday July 30th, 2016 -- the 16th Annual "Great Kitchens of Cambria" Self-guided Tour - 11 am - 3 pm; Eight kitchens in a wide range of styles plus many special features, at each the chance to sample gourmet treats, beverages, wine tasting, view kitchen related demos & displays, and raffle tickets for prizes may be purchases at all locations. Limited availability & sells out fast. Experience the spirit of Cambria through fabulous food drink and friends, have a fun, interesting day!
See unique and wonderful kitchens, each full of inspiring ideas you can apply to your own home, now or in the future. Taste delicious soup, hors d’oeuvres, wine and cheese, and more. Participate in a fabulous raffle with amazing prizes. All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, a 437 acre hiking and wilderness preserve along the coast in Cambria. For more information call 805-927-2856.
july 31st, 2016 -- Last Night California Mid-State Fair Fair family Fun, Great World Class Live Music...concerts from nationally known groups, livestock exhibits, 4-H and FFA exhibits, carnival rides, wine tasting, and a full menu of fair food. Paso Robles Event Center, 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles (805-238-3565).
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