Morro Bay Area Events
- September, 2014
Central Coast Woodcarvers Show
September 20, 2014
The Central Coast Carvers are holding their annual invitational woodcarving show Saturday & Sunday, September 20 & 21. Local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art. Demonstrations, competitions, raffle for carvings; tools and carvings for sale. Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm, Cayucos Vet’s Hall, at the foot of the Pier, Adults $2, under 12, free.
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
Harbor & Oyster Tours
October 2, 2014
Explore Morro Bay and an Oyster Farm during a tour through the estuary with a brief history and close look at many species of wildlife that call the estuary home. Upon arrival at the Oyster Beds the unique “farming” process will be explained while you witness the workings of a live oyster farm. During your visit learn about seafood sustainability and enjoy local oysters with a tasting of California wines. For more information or to register for an October tour, visit the Harbor & Oyster Tour page.
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 Beer-n-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 $12 for adults, $5 for kids age 6-12, free for kids 5 and under.
10 a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday, and 10a.m. to 6:30p.m. Sunday.
Visit the Morro Bay Harbor Festival website for additional details and updates.
ARTS Obispo's Open Studios Art Tour
October 11, 2014
The 2014 Open Studios Art Tour (OSAT) will take place the weekends of October 11/12 and October 18/19. OSAT is one of the largest Open Studios in the country, with about 200 artists participating annually by opening their studios for visitors to tour. Art in a huge variety of media and styles is displayed and sold by artists directly in their homes & studios, and many artists have live demos and works in progress, to see the art being created and get a feel for the process from concept to completion. For more information about OSAT visit ARTS Obispo.
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.
Harvest Wine Weekend
October 17, 2014
Join Paso Robles Wine Country in a celebration of the 2014 vintage during Harvest Wine Weekend, October 17 – 19! Immerse yourself in the harvest experience with unique activities at more than 140 Paso wineries! Explore Paso Robles Wine Country, but stay here in Morro Bay! Learn more.
From the Summit to the Sea
October 22, 2014
Join a LIMITED number of classic car enthusiasts October 22-24, 2014 as they cruise historic Hwy #41 from Yosemite to Morro Bay–FROM THE SUMMIT TO THE SEA–and commemorate the joint anniversaries of California State Parks, Yosemite National Park and Morro Bay!
Registration is $450 (single) or $550 (double) for a package which includes: one hotel night in Oakhurst, CA (Yosemite’s south gate), Yosemite tour, one hotel night in Morro Bay, CA (at participating lodging venues), a dash plaque (one per-vehicle), an event t-shirt (one per-person), and three hosted meals (plus hotel breakfasts). Yosemite passes can be purchased for an additional $10.
- 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 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 2 p.m. to 5 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.
November 2, 2014
Grand Ole Soupabration! Soup, Wine & Wildlife. A benefit for Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay where Central Coast chefs and restaurants compete for the best soups around, plus wine tasting offered by exclusive Central Coast wineries.
- 14 Chefs/Restaurants competing for the Best Holiday Soups!
- 5 Celebrity Judges that include, Chef William Werner, a James Beard 2013 nominee for his edgy San Francisco eatery, Craftsman & Wolves…and here’s one for MB Tourism: Lynne Andujar, editor-in-chief and publisher of 805 Living Magazine; Hal Abrams, Neil Farrell and Chef Philip Riccomini.
- 5 Artisan Food samplers
- 1 Celebrity Auctioneer, Jill Turnbow
- 5-6 Wineries and Breweries for tastings.
Learn more or buy your tickets HERE!
Morro Bay Bear Weekend
November 7, 2014
We invite bears from all over to come and enjoy the 1st Annual Morro Bay Bears Weekend, November 7-9, 2014. Your weekend includes a Bears on the Bay Cruise, a Bears Bonfire Beach Party, Bear Beer & Wine Crawl, a Bear Dinner & Brunch, Bear Bar Night with live music & games, plus much much more! Early bird deadline is October 3rd.
For more information or to register for this event, visit MorroBay.org/Bears.
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
Tall Ships Arrive in the Harbor
December 3, 2014
Steer toward Morro Bay December 3-8 for the highly anticipated return visit of the majestic tall-ship Lady Washington as well as the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain. During their stay, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be offering walk-on tours and two options for sailing excursions. Crew in 18th century costumes will welcome visitor’s dockside in Morro Bay for ship handling demonstrations, sea shanty singing and story telling. The ships will also host educational programs for K-12 students.
The Lady Washington
• Appeared as the Black Pearl in the 2003 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
• Launched in 1989
• Replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the West Coast.
• Main mast of the 99-ton vessel rises 89 feet off the water
• Crewed by U.S. Coast Guard professionals and a number of volunteers.
• Replica of a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century European merchant trader
• Launched in 1988
• Designed for cargo trade on the Hawaiian Islands, with influences from early colonial passengers and coastal packets that traded along the Atlantic coast
• 80-ton vessel rises 75 feet off the water, with a 4,200 square-foot sail area
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit historicalseaport.org.
Then stay in beautiful Morro Bay and make it a merry weekend.
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.
5th Annual Emergency Vehicle Show
April 18, 2015
Come enjoy a family friendly afternoon hosted by the Morro Bay Neighborhood Watch and the City of Morro Bay. The Morro Bay Police Department, Fire Department and Harbor District will have their emergency vehicles on display along with military and Special Service vehicles. On Main Street at the intersection of Morro Bay Blvd. For more info visit www.mbpd.info or call Mike Del Puppo (559-281-0902)
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.
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.