Morro Bay Area Events
- August, 2014
Visual Encounters at the Art Center
August 14, 2014
Show dates: August 14 through September 25
Reception: August 17 from 2 – 4 pm
Featured Artists: Park Merrill, Ron Meyers, Carolyn Braun, Flo Bartell
5th Annual Morro Bay Fish Fry
August 30, 2014
Hosted by Morro Bay Rotary and Central Coast Women for Fishery. For just $10 per plate, come enjoy locally caught fish cooked to perfection by the Central Coast Women for Fishery. Each plate includes rice pilaf and coleslaw with all the fixings. Time: 12pm – 5pm
Labor Day Weekend Art in the Park
August 30, 2014
August 30, 31, & September 1 – 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 during Labor Day weekend. As you enter the city on Morro Bay Boulevard, cast your eyes to City Park and the sea of white tents displaying a rich mixture of works in a variety of mediums for purchase. Presented by the Art Center, this festival attracts both artists and crowds from near and far over this holiday weekend from 10 am to 5 pm.
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.
Fall Clean Up Week – Morro Bay Garbage Co.
September 8, 2014
Clean-Up Week is a free service provided to single family residential garbage customers. Customers can put out an additional 2 cubic yards of material to be collected at no additional cost. You may set out up to 12 bags, boxes, or bundles, each not to exceed 75 pounds and 4 feet in length. Bundles must be tied.
Should you have bulky items, please call our office at 805-543-0875 to schedule pick up. Special pricing for bulky items is $10 each, limit of 2 and is valid only during Clean-Up Week. You must call one week before your collection day, to schedule the pickup of the bulky items, or these items will not be picked up.
Please place your Clean-Up Week garbage on the curb no later than 6:00 AM on your regular garbage collection day. Please don’t block your waste wheelers; we will still run automated trucks. Please do not put out your trash until your collection day.
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.
Cruisin' with the Steve McCann Jazz Trio
September 19, 2014
Come and enjoy one of their “first kickoff performances”! This trio blends the unique vocal stylings of Steve McCann (crooner) and the unmatched musical abilities of Bill Wingfield on Bass and Brett Mitchell on keyboard. Bill started playing when he was only 15 and Brett, when he was 14. This will be an evening to remember! Of course Chef Len will be offering his mouth watering cuisine and you can buy your favorite beverage from our no-host bar.
Begin boarding at 5:45 p. m. For more information visit the Special Events Page at Onboard Nautical Events.
Don’t drive home after this late night cruise. Stay the Morro Bay Way!
30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
September 20, 2014
Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), the state’s largest volunteer effort to remove the debris that has accumulated on our beaches and inland shorelines over the past year. The Cleanup helps to to protect the marine wildlife and habitat that can be badly damaged by marine debris. The event will take place across the state at more than 800 locations on Saturday, September 2Oth, from 9 AM to Noon. Four sites in Morro Bay are registered for the 2014 Coastal Cleanup Day, to see locations and to sign up visit this page on Eco SLO.com
San Luis Obispo County Hunger Walk
September 20, 2014
Join us for the 6th annual San Luis Obispo County Hunger Walk. The walk will take place on Saturday, September 20th at 2:00pm. We will all walk together from St. Timothy’s Church to the Morro Bay Rock! Check-in begins at 1:00 PM and the walk begins promptly at 2:00 PM. The walk is approximately 1 mile and comfortable for all ages and abilities. To learn more or to register for the walk Click Here.
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.
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.
- 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.
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!
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.
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.