Category: Events

Farmers Markets: Offering Local Fare and Fun!

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  Growing up on the Central Coast one of my favorite things to do was to go to the local farmers markets. Where else can you sample cuisine from multiple local restaurants, listen to a variety of local musicians, and get your grocery shopping done all in one place? Make it a family or friend’s…

MONARCH BUTTERFLY GROVE, PISMO BEACH

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  There are so many wonderful things to enjoy around Pismo Beach — and so many are free to the public. Not the least of which is the Monarch Butterfly Grove on the border of Grover and Pismo Beach — have you ever been?  The Grove is really easy to get to — right off…

Cambria Christmas Market

Three years ago our family discovered the magic that is the Cambria Christmas Market and it immediately became a family tradition. Designed with traditional German Christmas Market’s in mind, this is truly a fantastic event. There are local musicians, from classical trios to acoustic guitar to trendier tunes – something for everyone. Vendors sell hand-crafted…

Choose Your Trot!

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Stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, spinach-au-gratin, green beans with fried onions, home-made rolls AND the crown jewel – the TURKEY … ah that great holiday we hold dear is just around the corner. But before you tuck into that calorie-laden, once a year meal you can do something for the community and offset a few…

Pismo Beach Pumpkins on the Pier!

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Halloween is going to be tricky this year – literally. For parents of young children who still enjoy dressing up and trick-or-treating, the fact that this year’s spook-fest falls on a Monday is no laughing matter! While many of you will still trot your ghouls and goblins around on the actual holiday, it will be…

Cambria Scarecrow Festival

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Where Whimsey Runs Rampant If you are looking for something fun, free and fantastic to do this month I highly recommend taking a drive to Cambria for their annual Scarecrow Festival. The whole town — including San Simeon and Harmony — take part in the festivities for the entire month of October.  Stroll through the…

79th Annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival – Bridging Our Past to The Future

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Mark your calendars and make sure you come to this year’s Harvest Festival in the historic Village of Arroyo Grande. This year marks the 79th annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival with the theme of “Bridging Our Past to The Future”. This year’s Fall Fest will be held September 23rd and September 24th. It is the…

Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire

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Grover Beach is a happening little beach town all year long but come August of every year, it is a rockin’ town with their fantastic Stone Soup Music Festival & Street Faire.  The dates this year are Saturday, August 27th from 10am-9:30pm and Sunday, August 28th from 11am-5pm.  Some streets are blocked off near Ramona…

Happy to welcome “Hapy” to Pismo Beach

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For the past several months I had heard whispers here and there about a new restaurant coming to Pismo Beach. It was to fill the void next to Orchard Supply, left there when a spa retailer moved on to another location. Now I’ll admit that a strip mall restaurant isn’t usually something to get super…

31st Annual Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

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Pismo Beach Car Show Returns for 31st year in 2016 June 17th through the 19th a signature event is returning to the Central Coast! The Classic at Pismo Beach brings the hottest classic cars and people from all over the State of California and as far away as Alaska and Australia to the breathtaking Central…

2016 – Miracle Mile for Kids

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We are pleased to report that for the second year in a row the Pismo Beach Homes Team joined their fellow Keller Williams Realty Central Coast agents and families to support Family Care Network’s 12th year organizing the Miracle Mile for Kids event. We run for children is the motto of the event – and…

Spring Street Faire – Nipomo Chamber of Commerce

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The Spring Street Faire is returning to Olde Towne Nipomo with fun for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21. Nipomo Chamber of Commerce plans to close West Tefft Street between Wilson and Mallagh streets to create the free fair that will include activities for children, food, drink and entertainment. Fun…

Wine Waves and Beyond | Apr 29 – May 1st

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In it’s 7th year this four-day long event has quickly become an establishment here on the Central Coast marking the beginning of our Summer – even though it is technically still Spring. Built around a Surf Classic contest, this event has raised over $130,000 for local Central Coast non-profit organizations – and this year will…

Taste of Pismo, a Premier Wine & Culinary Event

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Pismo Beach holds their annual Taste of Pismo on Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from 12pm to 4pm. This Premier Wine & Culinary Event, celebrates Central Coast wines, artisan brews, and regional cuisine  Perched on the cliffs overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean at Dinosaur Caves Park, guests will enjoy premium beverages from local wineries and micro breweries as well as the sumptuous samplings…

Cambria Christmas Market — Now a Christmas Tradition!

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The Central Coast is a magical place during this time of the year. We do California Christmas right with beautiful sunsets as our back drop for paddle-boarding angels, palm trees engulfed in lights and Christmas Parades in every town with a population of 1000 or more. In fact, we have so many events that highlight…

69th Annual Clam Festival

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One of the many reasons to love living in a small town like Pismo Beach and the surrounding communities are the seasonal festivals that mark the passage of a year. Like clockwork we have the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival in May, Taste of Pismo in April, Harvest Festival in September, Morro Bay Harbor Festival early in October…

The Central Coast Critic – Kathy Marcks Hardesty

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With over thirty years in the food business, Kathy Marcks Hardesty provides great information about our local Food & Wine businesses here on the Central Coast. She loves writing about great food and wine, entertaining your senses and placing you on the edge of your seat as you look forward to trying the next great new restaurant…

The 3rd Annual Chemistry of Cocktails – Nov 3rd, 2013

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On November 3rd, 2013, 2-5pm we are having our 3rd Annual Chemistry of Cocktails fundraising event, where chemistry and cocktails collide! The public is invited to the Exploration Station to enjoy an afternoon of food, live music, fun activities, a silent auction, and cocktail tastings. Local mixologists from the area’s top restaurants and social gathering…

Fireworks at the Pismo Beach Pier

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Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Pismo Beach was ruined by the weather: Low Coastal Fog obscured the entire 770 shell show. People come from all over the country to experience our nation’s independence day on the 1200′ Pismo Beach Pier. With nearly 100,000 people on the beach and in downtown Pismo, its a…

Roll Out the Barrels Wine Weekend

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The 23rd Annual Roll Out The Barrels summer celebration has set the pace for good times, good vibes and good wines in San Luis Obispo County. The festivities began with a Thursday evening “Barrels in The Plaza” grand tasting adjacent to the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. Here, the wines of SLO Wine…

The 28th Annual 2013 Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show

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Downtown Pismo Beach played host to the 28th Annual Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show this Father’s Day weekend as it has for nearly thirty years. It is a Father’s Day tradition in our family to stroll through the cars and try to recognize the ones that my folks’ drove back in their hey days…

Wine, Waves & Beyond — Barrel to Barrel in Pismo Beach

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There are a few icons that define the Central Coast of California and this past Friday all of them were on display at a great event I had the opportunity to attend for the first time. This past Friday evening was the Barrel to Barrel night during the annual four day Wine, Waves & Beyond…

The Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival

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This year we celebrate the 30th Annual Strawberry Festival. Every year Memorial Day weekend brings thousands of people to the Village of Arroyo Grande to celebrate summer and our wonderful locally produced strawberries. Some people say the central coast produces the best strawberries in the world. Yum! 🙂 This year was amazing with hundreds of…

The Taste of Pismo Beach 2013

My memory may be fading (I am turning 40 this year after all) but of the many Taste of Pismo events my hubby and I have attended I think this year was unequivocally the best. Maybe it was the great “Farm Fest” Farm to Fork event that ushered in the Taste the Friday night before.…