Morro Bay Area Events

Morro Bay, California offers one of the widest varieties of events and exciting things to do on California’s Central Coast. Know what to do in Morro Bay by checking this calendar regularly.

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  • August, 2015
  • Paint the County | Art Center Morro Bay Show
    Paint the County | Art Center Morro Bay Show

    August 13, 2015

    A Juried Open Show/Awards Presented. Plein Air encouraged.
    The gallery is open daily 12pm – 4pm.
    An Opening Reception will be hosted on Sunday August 16th, 2pm – 4pm. Show closes on October 5th. learn more.

  • September, 2015
  • Labor Day Weekend Art in the Park
    Labor Day Weekend Art in the Park

    September 5, 2015

    September 5th – 7th: Art in the Park is an annual tradition started by the Morro Bay art community to give artists and artisans a place to showcase and sell their work. As you enter the city on Morro Bay Boulevard, cast your eyes to City Park and a rich mixture of works in a variety of mediums. Presented by the Art Center, this festival attracts both artists and crowds from near and far, 10 am to 5 pm. Visit the Morro Bay Art in the Park website for more information.
    After Art in the Park, stay parked in Morro Bay for a great getaway! See where to stay.

  • Tour the Submarine "Avalon"
    Tour the Submarine "Avalon"

    September 5, 2015

    Guided tours inside the Avalon, a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV-2) and a Coast Guard Surf Rescue craft will be offered by volunteers of the Morro Bay Maritime Museum Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6 from 10-3 p.m. in Morro Bay at the Front Street parking lot adjacent to the Morro Bay power plant.  The Avalon was developed to rescue submerged, disabled submarines in 1971 after the loss of 129 men in the USS Thresher disaster. It is 50 feet long, 8 feet in diameter, weighs 37 tons and can dive to 5,000 feet carrying 24 passengers plus the crew. A donation of $5 for adults will help fund the relocation of the water craft to a permanent maritime museum location. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult who has made the $5 donation. For questions, email ccmma@morrobaymaritime.org.

  • Jewels of the Garden
    Jewels of the Garden

    September 5, 2015

    A standard flower show hosted by Floral Design Study Club. Free and Open to the Public. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way.

  • Art Walk at Marina Square
    Art Walk at Marina Square

    September 11, 2015

     

    Spend an enjoyable evening along the waterfront!  Converse with many talented local artists about their fine art, jewelry, crafts and more!  Have a work of art, signed by the artist!  Listen to local guitarist, Mike Swanberg. Enjoy refreshments provided by participating galleries and shops. 5pm – 8pm
    Location: 601 Embarcadero at the Marina Square Complex on waterfront side of the Embarcdero.




  • Avocado & Margarita Festival
    Avocado & Margarita Festival

    September 12, 2015

    September 12 & 13 – 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. Hosted on the beautiful Embarcadero across from Rose’s restaurant. For more details visit: www.avomargfest.com .

  • International Sour Beer Day Extravaganza
    International Sour Beer Day Extravaganza

    September 12, 2015

    Celebrate International Sour Beer Day! If there is one thing we know its sour beers, and we can assure you this will be the ultimate sour beer fest the central coast has ever seen! We will be tapping in tons of amazing sour beers from around the world as well as some new ones from the Libertine.

    Libertine Pub | 801 Embarcadero

  • 38th Annual Central Coast Woodcarvers Show
    38th Annual Central Coast Woodcarvers Show

    September 12, 2015

    Local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art. Demonstrations, competitions, raffle for carvings; tools and carvings for sale. $2 entry for Adults. Children under 12 are free.

    Sat. 10am-5pm. Sun. 10am-4pm. Cayucos Vet’s Hall (10 Cayucos Dr.) at the foot of the Pier.

    For more information contact George Newell: 805-542-0293 / gnewell@hotmail.com or Scott Lang 408-482-1951 / ltocs@aol.com

  • Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast
    Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

    September 24, 2015

    September 24-27 – Volvo Presents Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, a four-day culinary exploration that invites you to experience the food, wine and lifestyle of San Luis Obispo County. With its prime location halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, SAVOR is the perfect reason to visit Morro Bay and discover the Central Coast. For more information visit www.savorcentralcoast.com. Check back soon for Lodging Specials that include SAVOR tickets.

  • "Catch of the Day" Adventure Tour
    "Catch of the Day" Adventure Tour

    September 24, 2015

    During Sunset’s SAVOR the Central Coast, immerse yourself in the “Catch of the Day” experience in Morro Bay. Begin with a guided tour through the picturesque national estuary by kayak. We’ll provide all the gear for an adventurous morning of kayak fishing with Momentum Paddle Sports. After docking and learning how to fillet a fish, you will be whisked away to the newly renovated 60 State Park Restaurant & Lounge at the Inn at Morro Bay for an ocean-to-table luncheon. Enjoy live interactive demonstrations from Central Coast Women for Fisheries and peaceful views of the bay while your fresh catch is prepared by Chef Steven Smeets. Delight in sustainable aqua-culture paired up with the area’s most delicious selection of wines. Purchase your Adventure Tour tickets by Clicking Here. Check back soon for Lodging Specials that include tickets to the SAVOR Main Event.

  • SAVOR: The Main Event
    SAVOR: The Main Event

    September 26, 2015

    Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast’s Main Event is a playground of culinary delights and hands-on activities with cooking demonstrations by celebrity and master chefs, wine tastings and seminars, beer and music gardens, and a host of special activities. For more information visit www.SavorCentralCoast.com and check back soon for Lodging Specials that include tickets to the Main Event.

  • Lighthouse Bike Ride
    Lighthouse Bike Ride

    September 26, 2015

    San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club will host its annual Lighthouse Century Bike Ride on September 26, 2015. The Lighthouse Century starts and ends on Morro Bay High School. All routes travel North along the coast past San Simeon and the Piedras Blancas Light Station. The two longer routes include climbs into the coastal hills. Join 1,300 riders on this beautiful ride. The course will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. A Bike Valet will be available at Shamel Park. If you have any questions, please call the club at 805-543-5973 or visit www.slobc.org/lighthouse/index.html

     

  • Unveiling | Surfboard Art Festival
    Unveiling | Surfboard Art Festival

    September 26, 2015

    See these works of art, all in one place, before they’re installed around Morro Bay. and meet the artists. 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Forever Stoked 1164 Quintana.

    The Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival is a month-long  celebration  of the popular local surf-culture art form.  Surfboard art can be a painting that’s created using a re-purposed surfboard as the canvas or it can be a sculpture that uses a surfboard as the substrate material.  Twenty-five (25) renowned local artists and community groups  are creating beautiful works of nature and fantasy, and they will be displayed throughout the city.  A map showing all of the sponsoring locations will be available online at MorroBayinBloom.org.

  • Full Moon Circle
    Full Moon Circle

    September 28, 2015

    Monday September 28 / 6:30pm / Free / at Morro Rock, on the beach / with Teressena Bakens

    Celebrate the Full Moon!  Open to men, women and children. Feel free to bring a rattle or drum if you like. Bring a lawn chair if you do not wish to stand for the entire ceremony. Please respect and honor the ceremony by being on time, do not interrupt the ceremony once we have started. Most importantly, come with a loving heart as together we welcome Grandmother Moon in joyful celebration!

  • October, 2015
  • Surfboard Art Festival
    Surfboard Art Festival

    October 3, 2015

    The Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival is a month-long  celebration (Oct 3 – Nov 2) of the popular local surf-culture art form.  Surfboard art can be a painting that’s created using a re-purposed surfboard as the canvas or it can be a sculpture that uses a surfboard as the substrate material.  Twenty-five (25) renowned local artists and community groups  are creating beautiful works of nature and fantasy, and they will be displayed throughout the city.  A map showing all of the sponsoring locations will be available online at MorroBayinBloom.org.

  • Harbor Festival
    Harbor Festival

    October 3, 2015

    Free admission for all. Join us for the ALL NEW 34th Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival. Festival goers will be able to purchase the freshest seafood from our local fishermen, including oysters, shrimp, BBQ albacore, and rock crab right from the dock. There will also be races and water craft demonstrations in the Bay and plenty of musical entertainment all day long. Morro Bay businesses will be presenting their wares and ocean-related agencies will provide information about local resources.  Capping off the day will be a spectacular fireworks show over the Bay.  Website: www.mbhf.com

  • Harvest Wine Weekend
    Harvest Wine Weekend

    October 16, 2015

    Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is a time of excitement and anticipation shared by winemakers, growers, and tasting room staff alike. It is the culmination of a successful year of hard work and dedication to their craft, and is a glimpse into the promise of the new vintage. We invite you to experience for yourself a taste of Paso Robles. Awaken your senses with the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of harvest during three days of celebrations! Winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, library tastings, artisanal food pairings, live music and more create a vibrant harvest atmosphere not to be missed! More information at: www.pasowine.com/events/harvest.php

     

  • Doktor Kaboom! - Live Wire
    Doktor Kaboom! – Live Wire

    October 18, 2015

    Original, interactive Science Comedy for all ages! Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join him for a side-splitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful!) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain. For ages 5+.

    “Doktor Kaboom! is one of the most innovative science presentations that I’ve ever seen, especially for young kids. An hour with Doktor Kaboom will remind anyone why science is fun.”  – About.com

    3:00pm Sunday October 18, 2015 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus) Tickets are $24, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet
    Alonzo King LINES Ballet

    October 20, 2015

    San Francisco’s LINES Ballet leaps to uncharted heights with bold new dance innovations that break the mold of traditional ballet, thriving on collaboration and pairing music from all over the globe with extraordinary dancers performing dazzling choreography that digs into the elegant mysteries of movement. In a sweeping program, audiences can look forward to the dynamic signature work, “Biophony,” featuring the sound collaboration of Bernie Krause and Richard Blackford.

    “Gripping, urgently beautiful choreography.”  – San Francisco Chronicle

    7:30pm Tuesday October 20, 2015 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus) Tickets are $30-$50, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Las Cafeteras - Dia de los Muertos
    Las Cafeteras – Dia de los Muertos

    October 25, 2015

    These immigrant children are remixing roots music and telling modern-day stories with what the LA Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.” The band is taking the music world by storm with its international instrumentation, crossing genres and musical borders with infectious live performances. In this “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) evening, audiences can expect a musical and cultural experience that engages the heart, mind and spirit. Las Cafeteras will remember and celebrate the living by honoring those who have passed through dance, movement, and songs.

    “Best Latin Alternative Band.”  –  The Current

    “Creative, socially conscious – it’s perfect!”  –  NPR

    7:00pm Sunday October 25, 2015 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus) Tickets are $34, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • An Evening with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
    An Evening with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

    October 29, 2015

    Whether on stage or late-night TV, no other band today plays with the rhythm, feeling or explosive power of the Dap-Kings and no other singer can match the energy and honest soul of Sharon Jones. Together, their eclectic sound drives straight to the heart, delivering a visceral rhythm and soul sound to an ever-expanding base of deeply loyal fans. High-volume performance
    “It’s Jones’ powerful, perfectly vibrato-laden voice that creates just the right emotion for every break up, hook up, fed up and uplifting (song).”   – Paste Magazine

    7:30pm Thursday October 29, 2015 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus) Tickets are $38-$58, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • "Stranded" in Morro Bay
    "Stranded" in Morro Bay

    October 30, 2015

    Vintage Trailer Rally to be held at Morro Strand State Beach, October 30th & 31st! Wine and food tasting! Craft show and more! Saturday night concert.  For more information call 805-748-8278 or go to  our website:  http://www.ccspa.info Brought to you by the Central Coast Natural History Association.

  • November, 2015
  • 5th Annual Soupabration
    5th Annual Soupabration

    November 1, 2015

    Pacific Wildlife Care (PWC)  is readying for it’s 5th Annual fundraising event- Soupabration! This year’s event will be a “Carnival of Soup, Wine and Chocolate.” Come sample some of the best soups on the Central Coast paired with boutique wines. It’s all happening Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015 from 12pm – 4pm at the Morro Bay Community Center. Please Note: Soup tasting ends at 2PM. All other events continue until 4PM.

  • Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band
    Jeff Daniels and The Ben Daniels Band

    November 4, 2015

    The celebrated movie actor and recent Emmy-winning star of HBO’s “The Newsroom” fronts a rocking, rousing concert with son Ben’s band.  He can deftly tell a story, but can he play?“The guy can finger-pick a nimble lead on guitar. He can growl a blues vocal or croon a gentle ballad. He writes songs that are funny, poignant, melodic and catchy.” – Toledo City Paper

    “Recalling John Prine, (Jeff) Daniels is a semi-autobiographical yarn-spinner in the mode of Mr. Guthrie and the much- missed Steve Goodman.”   – The New York Times

    7:30pm Wednesday November 4th, at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus)

    Tickets are $28 – $48 for Adults, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Auction | Surfboard Art Festival
    Auction | Surfboard Art Festival

    November 7, 2015

    If you make the winning bid, you’ll get to take home your favorite board. Join us at the Auction hosted at the Morro Bay Golf Course (State Park Rd.) from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

    The Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival is a month-long  celebration  of the popular local surf-culture art form.  Surfboard art can be a painting that’s created using a re-purposed surfboard as the canvas or it can be a sculpture that uses a surfboard as the substrate material.  Twenty-five (25) renowned local artists and community groups  are creating beautiful works of nature and fantasy, and they will be displayed throughout the city.  A map showing all of the sponsoring locations will be available online at MorroBayinBloom.org.

  • Morro Bay Triathlon
    Morro Bay Triathlon

    November 8, 2015

    Swim or kayak in the bay, run on the beach, and bike along the coast for fun. Come out and enjoy some of the finest multisport terrain on the West Coast and be the Rock Star you know you are. To register, visit www.MorroBayTri.com

  • Melissa Etheridge
    Melissa Etheridge

    November 16, 2015

    “This Is M.E. Solo” The Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winning artist will shine in a solo acoustic show, performing songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.” Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs. (Fog effects)

    “Who needs a backup band? The rocker created a wall of sound with her own guitar in her solo show.”  – Greenville Online

    7:30pm Monday November 16, 2015 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus)

    Tickets are $50-$80, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Riverdance - 20th Anniversary Tour
    Riverdance – 20th Anniversary Tour

    November 17, 2015

    The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand in Riverdance — The 20th Anniversary World Tour. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Of all the performances to emerge from Ireland — in rock, music, theatre and film — nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.

    “The show is quite simply incredible. A phenomenon of historic proportions.”  –  The Washington Times

    7:30pm Tuesday November 17 and Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus) Tickets are $50-$80, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Annual Winter Faire | Art Center Morro Bay
    Annual Winter Faire | Art Center Morro Bay

    November 19, 2015

    A Juried Craft Show.
    The gallery is open daily 12pm – 4pm.
    An Opening Reception will be hosted on Sunday November 22nd, 2pm – 4pm. Show closes on December 27th. learn more.

  • Home for the Holidays Street Faire
    Home for the Holidays Street Faire

    November 29, 2015

    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, 2015
  • Tall Ships in the Harbor
    Tall Ships in the Harbor

    December 2, 2015

    December 2nd – 7th. Each year the “Voyages of Discovery” programs on Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain engage more than 9,000 students in hands-on experiential programs, which are designed to meet state standards for grades 4, 5, and 6. These programs can be tailored to the needs and interests of any age group in grades K-12. Special Needs participants are welcome. For details and the Click Here.

  • Lighted Boat Parade
    Lighted Boat Parade

    December 5, 2015

    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.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting
    Holiday Tree Lighting

    December 5, 2015

    The city of Morro Bay will be hosting the Holiday Tree Lighting at City Park with a special appearance by Santa! Starting at 4:30, Morro Bay High School Choir will perform while cookies and cider are served to all. www.morro-­bay.ca.us

  • January, 2016
  • Winter Bird Festival
    Winter Bird Festival

    January 15, 2016

    January 15-18, 2016 – Every Martin Luther King weekend over 450 (over 600 in 2014!) birders visit Morro Bay, California, a Globally Important Bird Area, to see, photograph, and learn more about birds. Morro Bay is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Pacific Flyway. The area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, an excellent natural history museum, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and, best of all, thousands of birds. Over 200 species are usually sighted during the Festival weekend — 204 species in 2014.
    For more information visit: www.morrobaybirdfestival.org

  • Los Lobos | Fiesta Mexico-Americana
    Los Lobos | Fiesta Mexico-Americana

    January 22, 2016

    A Celebration of Mexican-American Heritage, Fiesta indeed! The Mexican-American experience is gloriously celebrated through song, dance, music and film in a brand-new multimedia production. This spectacular showcase features Grammy Award-winners Los Lobos – the hugely popular band that has consistently evolved artistically, while never losing sight of its humble roots – and the highly skilled, colorful dancers of Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, who share a commitment to exploring and honoring Mexican culture and folklore.

    8:00pm Friday January 22, 2016, at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus)

    Tickets are $44-$64, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat
    Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

    January 24, 2016

    From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at Sally’s door, a rainy afternoon is trans- formed by the Cat and his antics. This delightful stage show, produced by Childsplay, proves that with some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in the Hat, the fun’s never done! For ages 5 and up.

    “You can boil everything down to fun… simple and clear. The Cat wants to have fun. And so do we! The show feels just as youthful and exhilarating as reading a Dr. Seuss book.”  –  David Barker, director

    3:00pm Sunday January 24, 2016, at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus)

    Tickets are $24, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

  • Moscow Festival Ballet
    Moscow Festival Ballet

    January 31, 2016

    Chopiniana and Romeo & Juliet: The dancers of the famed Moscow Festival Ballet speak to the soul through the body. In this double-ballet evening, the company of 50 dancers will perform Tchaikovsky’s original, magnificent Romeo & Juliet – one of classical ballet’s most cherished works – as well as Fokine’s rarely seen work, Chopiniana. An evening of beautiful ballet, danced by one of Russia’s premier companies.

    “This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.”  – Las Vegas Review Journal

    7:00pm Sunday January 31, 2016 at the Christopher Cohan Center (Cal Poly Campus) Tickets are $30-$60, available at: www.calpolyarts.org

 



During 2014, the community of Morro Bay celebrated Morro Bay’s 50th anniversary.

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.

 

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