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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  • October, 2014
  • Art Center Morro Bay: Pastels USA
    Art Center Morro Bay: Pastels USA

    October 2, 2014

    Current Exhibit: October 2nd – November 8th

    Enjoy the 28th annual International Open Exhibition of “Pastels USA”. The Pastel Society of the West Coast is proud to present exceptional pastel works of art from artists throughout the United States.

  • Harbor & Oyster Tours
    Harbor & Oyster Tours

    October 9, 2014

    Explore Morro Bay’s Oyster Farm, eat and pair it up with some delicious California wines Thursdays through the month of October. 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 (tour includes cruise, wine and oyster pairings).


  • Engage the Rock
    Engage the Rock

    October 16, 2014

    Getting Engaged? Capture The Magical Moment With A Picture Of Your Engagement By ‘The Rock’ In Morro Bay And You Can Win $500 Towards Your Wedding!

    Learn more by CLICKING HERE

  • Halloween Party & Pumpkin Decorating Contest
    Halloween Party & Pumpkin Decorating Contest

    October 25, 2014

    Activities are planned for 3:00pm-6:00 pm during the Morro Bay Farmer’s Market on Main Street.

    Select a pumpkin from our courtyard to decorate. Decorating craft kits will be available. All ages are welcome participate. Prizes awarded for each category:  Scariest, Most Clever, Funniest, Best GRIN, Best Teeth. Just $5 per pumpkin.

    This is a  non-profit fundraiser for the Morro Bay Library.  Did you know that just 4 pumpkins buys 2 books?  100 pumpkins sold at this event buys 50 NEW books for our local library!

    FREE PHOTO OPP: Created by  Morro Bay’s local 4H Chapter. Come snap some pictures with our scarecrows, fun cowboy, and vegetable cutout boards throughout the month!

    For more information contact Grandma’s Frozen Yogurt & Waffle Shop, Corner of Main Street & Morro Bay Blvd. (307 Morro Bay Blvd.)

  • 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 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 Fish Bonez for the Surfboard Art Festival Gala Auction from 2 p.m. to 5 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.

    • 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 & Wolve, 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
    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 2015 Winter Bird Festival
    Morro Bay 2015 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.

  • February, 2015
  • 25th Annual Big Bad Ugly Surf & Turf Competition
    25th Annual Big Bad Ugly Surf & Turf Competition

    February 14, 2015

    The Estero Bay Surf Club proudly invites you to the infamous Big, Bad and Ugly Surf and Turf Invitational. “The Ugly” is one of the most challenging surfing events in the Coalition of Surfing Clubs’ schedule. The event will commence at Morro Rock.

  • Dollhouse & Miniatures Show and Sale
    Dollhouse & Miniatures Show and Sale

    February 21, 2015

    Miniature Cottage Shop presents their Dollhouse and Miniatures Show and Sale in Morro Bay, California. During show hours, attendees can enjoy commercial vendors, crafts, door prizes and mouth-watering BBQ. For more information call 805-772-7858


  • 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.

  • Morro Bay Bands on the Run
    Morro Bay Bands on the Run

    April 18, 2015

    Morro Bay Bands on the Run is a half marathon, 5k, and 10k race to benefit the Morro Bay High School Music Boosters.  This event will take you along the beautiful Morro Bay coastline.  Along the course you will be entertained by different local musical groups including Morro Bay High School students and Alumni!

    For more information visit:

  • 5th Annual Emergency Vehicle Show
    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 or call Mike Del Puppo (559-281-0902)

  • 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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