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San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – March 7- 11, 2012
The festival is happening in venues all over the San Luis Obispo County this year with films screening in Paso Robles, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo, Avila Beach and Shell Beach. Don't miss all the fun activities, which will include a Silent Auction, several filmmaking panels and workshops, red carpet events, and Hollywood & Vines events.
Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival – March 16 - 18, 2012
Save the date for the 20th Annual Zinfandel Festival Weekend, March 19-21, 2010. More than 100 wineries will host an array of special events throughout Paso Robles Wine Country during the Zinfandel Festival weekend. Winemaker dinners, food pairings, seminars, open houses and special tastings are just a few of the activities in store.
Roll Out the Barrels – April 2012
Come and experience the SLO life in the heart of wine country. San Luis Obispo is located midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and is a small town escape. The 22nd annual Roll Out the Barrels weekend features entry to 20 wineries to experience wine and food pairings, reserve barrel tastings, entertainment and more.
Earth Day Food & Wine Festival Weekend – April 2012
The Earth Day Food & Wine Festival is a weekend celebration of award-winning food and wine grown on California's scenic Central Coast, held in Santa Magarita. Enjoy the feature event on Saturday, April 17 and join us for barrel tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and vineyard tours throughout the weekend. Organized by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, a local non-profit dedicated to sustainable winegrowing since 1994, the event's proceeds support research, education, and farmworker outreach.
Chili Cook-off & Classic Car Show – April 2012
The aroma of mouth-watering chili will draw you to the Pinedorado Grounds for the Annual Chili Cook-Off and Car Show. Chili tasters can enjoy hot cars as well as hot chili at this annual event where chili cooks and car owners compete for trophies and prizes. Music, prizes, entertainment, and great beers all add up to great fun for everyone. It's all happening at the Veterans Memorial Hall and Pinedorado Grounds at the corner of Main Street and Cambaria Road.
Mother's Day Concert, Jack House in San Luis Obispo – May 2012
Enjoy an afternoon of music and appreciation for mothers, Sunday from 1-4 pm. 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, for $2.
Blues & Beers Festival – May 2012
Annual California Festival of Beers: Enjoy this annual Festival of Beers, celebrating over 125 microbrews beers from over 50 breweries in SLO County and the state in a beautiful oceanside setting. Live music from two local bands. Tickets sell out fast, so reserve early! Stick around for the 18th Annual Avila Beach Blues Festival
24th Annual Strawberry Festival, Arroyo Grande – May 2012
As one of California's largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast the Strawberry Festival 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.
Pismo Beach Classic Car Show – June 15 – 17, 2012
The Classic at Pismo Beach is one of the largest classic car and street rod shows on the West Coast and "one of the finest." Pismo Beach, California, is the host city for this classic car show, now coming up on its 27th year. This show pulls in 1000 classic cars and street rods and over 125,000 spectators over three days.
Morro Bay Music Festival – June 2012
Show your moves on Morro Bay's largest out door dance floor while you listen to music featuring local favorites and national rising stars! In between bands we will entertain you with dance troops and demonstrations by community groups. We're sure that you'll have a great time on our beautiful waterfront.
Paso Robles Digital Film Festival – June 2012
A cuttin' edge Wild West Film Fest here in the magic Central California Mountains, just up the El Camino Real from the Pacific Ocean, and in Cowboy Wine Country just South and Sideways of Sundance, half way between Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and a round trip tank of gas to experience the Digital Future.
Pismo Beach 4th of July – July 4, 2012
Celebrate Independence Day throughout the weekend, including firework displays in Pismo Beach, Cayucos, Cambria, Morro Bay, and Paso Robles, as well as a parade in Cayucos and Templeton.
Festival Mozaic, San Luis Obispo – July 2012
Festival Mozaic remains rooted in the rich legacy of five centuries of music, presented to you in ways that you can't experience anywhere but here. Immerse yourself in a musical excursion!
California Mid State Fair – July 2012
Central Coast Wine Classic – July 2012
9th Annual Olive Festival – August 2012
Bring the family for a day of Olive Inspired Fun! Festivities include: free olive oil and olive product sampling, olive producers from all over California, olive oil tasting lead by the California Olive Oil Council, culinary row serving great food, wine & beer tasting, open olive dish cooking contest, and free olive oil ice cream!
The 74th Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival – September 23 & 24, 2011
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
SAVOR the Central Coast – September 29 – October 2, 2011
Join us this fall to savor the finest food and wine San Luis Obispo County has to offer at this four-day extravaganza. The second annual "Savor the Central Coast" weekend includes a special night at Hearst Castle, unique winemaker dinners, Sunset's Wine Awards Dinner, culinary and harvest day tours, and a Pavilion which will be center-stage for all the restaurants and wineries from throughout the area.
Central Coast Railroad Festival – October 6 – 10, 2011
The Third Annual Central Coast Railroad Festival will focus on rail excursions, modeling of all types and historical programs. Activities will take place at numerous railroad, historical and educational locations throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties. The Central Coast Railroad Festival is designed to please casual train buffs and avid rail fans as well as delight tourists and locals of all ages.
City to the Sea Half Marathon & 5K Walk/ Run – October 9, 2011
Get out your running shoes and start preparing for the 16th annual City to the Sea point-to-point half marathon, which starts in America's Happiest City – San Luis Obispo, CA, and ends in the beautiful coastal town of Pismo Beach. If you've never been to the area, the half marathon is one of the best ways to experience the beautiful downtown, back roads, and towns of SLO and Pismo.
Pismo Beach Clam 65th Annual Festival – October 14 – 16, 2011
A community tradition since 1946, the Pismo Beach Clam Festival features a live parade, beer garden, clam chowder cook-off, wine tasting, surf contest, sandcastle contest, food, music and more. For more information, contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 Venue - Downtown Pismo Beach
Paso Robles Wine County Harvest Wine Weekend – October 21 – 23, 2011
Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is an essential experience that can brings visitors to the vines. Harvest Wine Weekend offers a wealth of activities unique to this season and is the idyllic wine country getaway. Over 130 wineries will host more than 150 individual events throughout the weekend.
Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo – October 21-23, 2011
An engaging musical experience centered on great works of chamber music, featuring our Festival's nationally-renowned guest artists. Each Winter Mezzo weekend focuses on several works and offers you three progressive programs in which to experience them.
Poetry Festival, San Luis Obispo – November 2012
The Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival / Corners of the Mouth in conjunction with Cal Poly University WriterSpeak is passionate about encouraging the writing, reading and listening of literature. The Festival is held to help raise the quality of literary arts in the county of San Luis Obispo by providing award winning poets, writers and local authors a venue in the community to read and conduct workshops, and to work within the educational community providing creative writing workshops, poetry focused workshops concentrating on K-12 education.
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles – November 2012
Paderewski Festival celebrates the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski with four days of concerts and special events featuring internationally renowned performers, young pianists from the Central Coast Region, wine tasting, lectures and exhibits of Paderewski memorabilia.
36th Annual Holiday Parade – December 2, 2011
The parade kicks off at 7 p.m. at the corner of Palm and Chorro Streets. Entries include nearly 100 bright floats, fun music, marching bands, animal groups and classic carolers rocking the streets of Downtown San Luis Obispo. Parade watchers are encouraged to come early and set up their blankets and chairs for prime viewing spots.
Hearst Castle Holiday Tours – December 2012
Take a special tour of the infamous Hearst Castle throughout the month of December. During the Holidays, the Castle is cheerfully decorated from top to bottom for the Christmas season. Take part in the Experience Tour to observe the special atmosphere most thoroughly. They also offer an Evening Tour which features Living History Docents dressed in 1930s period clothing.