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 calender regularly.

  • August, 2014
  • Cruisin' with a Jazz Duo
    Cruisin' with a Jazz Duo

    August 1, 2014

    Mary Anne Anderson has led many lives. She started as a street singer in Europe after college. She toured for four years in England, France, Germany and Spain. Upon her return in the eighties, she settled in L.A. and began collaborating with Jazz composers, earning a reputation as an award-winning lyricist (Grammy-nominated “Don’s Song,” a tribute to Don Ellis).She recently settled in Cambria and met L.A. veteran guitarist Doug MacDonald while performing at the Inn at Morro Bay. Doug has created a kind of “portable” career for himself on the West Coast, New York, Las Vegas and, more recently, internationally. You are in for a treat with this duo. Come enjoy Chef Len’s cuisine and 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!

  • Merchants Street Faire
    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
    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

    No need to drive back home, stay here in Morro Bay!

  • Cruisin' the Bay with Art Emr

    August 22, 2014

    Art is an amazingly talented Writer-Producer-Director-Baritone (Semi-Old Blue Eyes) that will really share a magical evening of songs and stories with you. As always, we will have our buffet of Chef Len’s delicious foods and you can purchase your favorite drinks from our no-host bar.
    Begin boarding at 5:45 p. m. For m
    ore information visit the Special Events Page at Onboard Nautical Events.

    Don’t drive home after this late night cruise. Stay the Morro Bay Way!

  • Lights of Hope
    Lights of Hope

    August 23, 2014

    As the skies darken on the evening of Saturday,  August 23, 2014, the lights on and around Morro Rock Beach will dim, leaving the soft glow of the Luminaria lighting the Beach’s perimeter. Each Luminaria bag will be decorated to honor a cancer  survivor or to remember a loved one lost to the disease.

    Please join us with your entire family for this inspiring, and moving event. The Luminaria Ceremony is the most inspirational part of Relay For Life. It is where we are able to honor our loved ones who are fighting the disease, celebrate those who have survived, and remember the ones we have lost. We do this by decorating white paper bags with the names and pictures of our loved ones, and lighting a candle inside before the ceremony starts. Gather your family and decorate Luminaria bags in honor of your loved ones, while making an effort in finding a cure for cancer! This short, but powerful,  event is not one you want to miss! After the Ceremony is over we will do a short 1K walk on the beach in remembrance of our loved ones.  No fee to register; $10 donation to decorate a Luminaria Bag

    For More Information on the Lights of Hope, visit the Morro Bay Relay for Life webpage.

  • Labor Day Weekend Art in the Park
    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
  • Dahlia Daze
    Dahlia Daze

    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.

    Cultivate an overnight stay in Morro Bay!

  • Avocado & Margarita Festival
    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
    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.

    View complete details at the Cuesta College website or stay updated on the CCWC Facebook page.

  • Cruisin' with the Steve McCann Jazz Trio
    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
    ore information visit the Special Events Page at Onboard Nautical Events.

    Don’t drive home after this late night cruise. Stay the Morro Bay Way!

  • Sunset Savor the Central Coast
    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
    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
    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.

    To sign up, please visit Questions? Contact Mary Golden at or call 805-748-8278.

  • November, 2014
  • Surfboard Art Festival
    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
    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.

  • Soupabration

    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.

    Learn more or buy your tickets HERE!

  • Christmas Street Faire
    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
    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.

    Hawaiian Chieftain
    • 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

    Then stay in beautiful Morro Bay and make it a merry weekend.

  • Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting
    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
    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
    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
    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.


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