Featured Morro Bay Events
During 2014, join the community of Morro Bay as we celebrate Morro Bay’s 50th anniversary. Visit the Morro Bay 50th Anniversary website for complete details!
A myriad of year-round events energize this small coastal community, drawing visitors from far and wide to celebrate major holidays and take part in the fairs and festivals unique to Morro Bay. Devoted birders, binoculars in hand, migrate to the coast each year for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival. The annual Morro Bay Harbor Fest salutes the bounty of the sea and our coastal lifestyle. Other nautical events include visits by historic Tall Ships and the Blessing of the Fleet.
Major holidays mean major events, and Morro Bay knows how to celebrate them right. Fourth of July brings Art in The Park, a funny and family-friendly costumed bike parade, and of course, dazzling fireworks. December’s holiday events include the spectacular Lighted Boat Parade, always a delight for young and old with its sparkly vessels cruising the harbor.
No matter what your interest, Morro Bay has an event for you. We update both of our event pages regularly, so keep checking back so you’ll know what to do in Morro Bay.
All Morro Bay Events
- July, 2014
Project Surf Camp
July 9, 2014
Project Surf Camp (PSC) is a charitable organization designed to educate individuals with special needs. Their mission is to build self confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy. They further provide opportunities to build social skills, improve physical fitness, develop healthy outlets for stress reduction, and foster independence. Outcomes are achieved through the modality of surf instruction and/or beach and aquatic activities.
Their camps are split into half day sessions of 4-hours. Our focus is on specialist intervention. As a result, camp participants will also receive consultation, feedback, and support from three paid specialists.
Learn more about this great camp by visiting the Project Surf Camp website.
California Mid State Fair
July 16, 2014
Live music, rodeos, bull riding, prize farm animals, arts & crafts displays, live entertainment, carnival rides, rodeos, monster trucks, wine tasting, food and much more at this hugely popular event.
See a full schedule of events and activities on the California Mid State Fair website.
Need a place to stay while going to the fair? Stay with us in Morro Bay!
- August, 2014
Merchants Street Faire
August 3, 2014
Take the family down Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for music, dancing, kiddie entertainment, food and gifts. This event is a good time for everyone, and offers the chance for you to buy that unique item for someone special. Admission is free. For more information contact the Morro Bay Merchants Association.
No need to shop around for a place to stay? Stay the Morro Bay way!
44th Annual F-100 North-South Run
August 16, 2014
Pickups Limited of Southern California and Ford F-100 Elite of Northern California are taking the 44th Annual F-100 North-South Run to Morro Bay in 2014! On Saturday, August 16th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., come out to Tidelands Park and enjoy viewing classic F-100 trucks. Tidelands Park provides the picturesque setting where you’ll have the chance to meet the truck owners and ask questions.
Those seeking additional information can contact the North Chairperson, Earl Pecka, at 209-835-7626, the South Chairperson, Rosie Blanco, at 562-692-8663, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No need to drive back home, stay here in Morro Bay!
Labor Day Weekend Art in the Park
August 30, 2014
August 30, 31, & September 1 – Join with the Morro Bay Community as we celebrate local art and artists. This free event is open to everyone. Attendees will have the opportunity to see art in action and purchase beautiful, local art. The event takes place at Morro Bay City Park and runs from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. all three days.
Visit the Morro Bay Art in the Park website for more information.
After you Art in the Park It, stay parked in Morro Bay for a great getaway! See where to stay.
- September, 2014
September 5, 2014
September 5 & 6 – Join us at the Morro Bay Community Center on Friday, September 5th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception featuring: a flower show, information tables, speakers, and the crowning of a new Dahlia Princess. On Saturday, September 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration continues with the Dahlia Parade. Since Morro Bay is celebrating its 50th anniversary, you can expect more surprises.
Avocado & Margarita Festival
September 13, 2014
September 13 & 14 – Enjoy the BEST California avocados in all variations of culinary delights as well as refreshing margaritas, beer, specialty foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and the beautiful Embarcadero, Morro Bay. You could win a year’s supply of avocados. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The festival takes place at 714 Embarcadero. See you there!
For the most up-to-date details, visit the Avocado & Margarita Festival website.
30th Annual Central Coast Writers Conference
September 19, 2014
Anne Perry, one of the 20th Century’s top 100 suspense bestselling, award-winning authors, will stay in Morro Bay celebrating the 30th Central Coast Writers Conference. Twenty fiction and nonfiction authors, agents, poets, and publishers will share industry secrets during 36 interactive sessions at Cuesta College. “12 Steps to Amazon Success” and “Take Charge of Your Talent” plus sessions to improve craft, develop new techniques, traditional and ePublishing and “getting started.” Teen and teachers workshops, critique sessions with professional editors, and networking with writers of diverse genres and experience. Registration begins early June packages with attractive Morro Bay weekend stays.
Sunset Savor the Central Coast
September 25, 2014
September 25, 26, 27, & 28 – Join the finale of San Luis Obispo County wine month by attending Sunset Savor the Central Coast. Reserve your spot for one of the many Adventure Tours taking place throughout the County that will happen between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, attend a special dinner event at Hearst Castle. Last, visitors won’t want to miss the main event taking place between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The main event features local wine, beer, and cuisine. Your Morro Bay host will help you plan out the perfect wine weekend.
Visit the Sunset Savor website for complete details and pricing.
- October, 2014
33rd Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival
October 4, 2014
October 4 & 5 – Join us for the 33rd Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival, one of the premier events on California’s spectacular Central Coast. Taste the freshest seafood straight off the boat at the popular Commercial Fishermen’s BBQ and sample wine and beer from many of our local wineries and breweries in our incredible Seafood, Beer and Wine Court. Bring the kids and be delighted by the many interactive activities. The festival takes place on the Embarcadero, just before you approach Morro Rock. Admission is $8 and gets you into the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit the Morro Bay Harbor Festival website for additional details and updates.
Morro Bay Vintage Trailer Rally
October 16, 2014
October 16, 17, & 18 – Join us along the Morro Strand State Beach on Saturday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to see beautiful vintage campers (FREE) and enjoy wine, beer and restaurant tastings; all the while listening to a great blues band ($30).
Planning to camp? The cost is $220 for one trailer and one adult (additional adults at the same campsite is $100/person). This fee includes camping fees, welcome happy hour, three breakfasts, potluck fun Friday night, Saturday BBQ and the wine tasting event.
- November, 2014
Surfboard Art Festival
November 1, 2014
November 1-28, 2014: Morro Bay in Bloom presents the 1st Annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival. This all-month-long event will support Project Surf Camp and Morro Bay in Bloom. Twenty renowned artists and community groups will have their surfboard art creations displayed publicly throughout the City of Morro Bay from November 1st through the 28th. Join us on November 29th at the Inn at Morro Bay for the Surfboard Art Festival Gala Auction from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
View the event flyer here.
Morro Bay Triathlon
November 2, 2014
Morro Bay Triathlon is back and better than ever. It is a true destination triathlon with California flavor. Swim the bay, ride historic Highway 1, and run on the hard packed sand on the beach, board walk, dirt roads and paved roads. Come out and enjoy some of the finest multi-sport terrain on the west coast! We offer an alternative kayak and stand-up paddle board course to the non-swimming multi-sport athletes. Runners and their support teams will meet at Coleman Park at 8 a.m. Sign up now and enjoy early bird pricing for all events. Click below to register now!
Discover specific race options, pricing, and more on the Morro Bay Triathlon website.
Christmas Street Faire
November 30, 2014
Take the family down Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for holiday festivities, kiddie entertainment, food and gifts. This event is the perfect place to find a special gift just in time for the holidays. Admission is free. For more information contact the Morro Bay Merchants Association.
- December, 2014
Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting
December 6, 2014
Come to the Embarcadero in Morro Bay and secure a spot along the waterfront to watch a procession of some of the most beautifully-decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts, fishing boats, cutters, sailboats, and kayaks at 6:30 p.m. Please call (805) 772-4467 for more information.
- January, 2015
Morro Bay 2014 Winter Bird Festival
January 16, 2015
January 16, 17, 18, & 19 – The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival is a yearly eco-tourism event promoting an understanding and appreciation of birds and other wildlife and an awareness of environmental and conservation issues of the Central Coast, while contributing to the well-being of the Morro Bay community. The 2015 Festival will be the 19th year of this annual event. It all begins with the opening reception on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Visit the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival website for more information.
- April, 2015
12th Annual Morro Bay City-Wide Yard Sale Weekend
April 11, 2015
April 11 & 12 – Shop at over 300 different sale locations and find treasures you didn’t even know you “needed”. This is a fun time to come to Morro Bay, spend at least 2 days (because you can’t go to all the sales in one day) and get almost anything you can imagine. We clean out….you clean up.
Cruisin' Morro Bay Car Show
April 30, 2015
April 30th through May 1, 2, & 3 – Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show returns for the 18th time in 2015! Starting Thursday evening, rare cars will begin arriving in Morro Bay for registration. On Friday, secure a spot on Main Street for Cruise Night as classics and other rare cars cruise past. Continue the party on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and talk with the car owners. The event wraps up on Sunday morning with the announcment of the best cars.
Visit the Morro Bay Cruisin’ Car Show website for more information.