Some Pismo Beach visitors make their way here specifically to support a cause. September is chock-full of worthwhile events benefiting various groups, so whether you’re local, just visiting, or making an annual stop on the Central Coast, consider registering to take part in the following happenings and contribute mightily to the Pismo Beach community.
Beaches may bring to mind lazy days and lounging, but Pismo Beach is a treasure trove of activity for the able-bodied who have energy to spare.
Choose Your Fitness Speed on the Central Coast
There are fitness classes in Pismo Beach to suit everyone’s speed, interests, and abilities. Just spending a few days in Pismo? Drop in for a fun diversion. Expecting a longer stay on the Central Coast? Sign up for ongoing camps or courses.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more scintillating way to ring in the summer than with fine wine and fine people in one of the finest locations on the Central Coast. For the 23rd year, San Luis Obispo County proudly hosts Roll Out the Barrels, a signature event where good vibes, great wines, and happy folks come together for four delicious days.
Get Those Blues on the Run
Roll Out the Barrels kicks off its long weekend– June 20-23, 2013 – with a Thursday night grand tasting. “Barrels in The Plaza” is held adjacent to the historic Mission in downtown San Luis Obispo. The treats prepared by local chefs for this event are artfully paired with SLO wines for some amazing taste explosions.
On Friday night, San Luis Obispo wineries take the wine and food tastings one giant step further, teaming up with area restaurants to offer a stunning selection of winemaker’s dinners, whatever your taste.
Pismo Beach never has a shortage of things to do, especially in Summer. May and June are two of our favorite months for Central Coast events and celebrations.
Wine and Surf for a Good Cause
It’s that time of year again! Wine, Waves, and Beyond is the classic surf and wine event that celebrates San Luis Obispo wine country and the unique Pismo Beach surf culture. The events – surf contests, movie night, scrumptious dinners, wine and beer tastings, a VW display, live music, and more – take place at various venues throughout the county and all proceeds support the Association of Amputee Surfers (AmpSurf), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and rehabilitating individuals with disabilities through the healing power of the ocean.
There are always plenty of festivities to attend on Memorial Day weekend, but folks in the know opt to be in the historic Village of Arroyo Grande, just down the road from Pismo Beach, for the annual Strawberry Festival. Thousands of visitors make their way to Pismo Beach’s neighboring town to participate in or simply attend this merry festival.
You don’t have to be super-sentimental to plan a successful romantic getaway with your sweetheart. Though Pismo Beach may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of sneaking away with your partner, by the end of a few days and nights on the Central Coast, you’ll consider Pismo right up there with Paris.
Mother, godmother, grandmother, aunt, friend… Mother’s Day is the time to celebrate the women who personify the role of mother. While a mama’s job is far from simple, honoring mom is easy, especially when you’re in Pismo Beach. So put a few of these to-dos on your itinerary for May 12, 2013, and mom will be truly impressed.
Outdoor Entertainment in Pismo Beach
Moms are known for ordering their kids to, “Go outside and play!” Get some fresh air as a family with a scenic walk down Pismo Beach and the Pismo Pier. Or opt for a leisurely stroll on the Bob Jones Trail, working your way toward Avila Beach. Walk, run, bike, or blade it and stop at the quaint trail-side restaurant along the way for a snack and some vino.
How many times did mom sing you to sleep or sing away a boo-boo? Now it’s her turn. Budget a little time into the day to catch the first act of the Pacific Breeze free concert series at Dinosaur Caves when the Damon Castillo Band performs on Mother’s Day from 1 to 4 p.m.
It’s that time of year again! Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach begins in May and runs through November. Held the first Sunday of every month, this Pismo Beach tradition is anything but prehistoric.
Art in All Its Forms
The seventh season of Art in the Park is a gathering of the finest Pismo Beach offerings of art, music, and children’s activities, making it a more than worthwhile outing for the whole family. Over 100 artists and craftspeople will display their wares to be admired, coveted, and purchased.
Art in the Park is craftsmanship at its finest. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass art, textiles, jewelry, wood, and metal furniture are just some of the categories of amazing work that guests will encounter. The colors and atmosphere join to form a visual feast of creativity. From vases to clothing, wind chimes to woven baskets, you can’t help but be inspired by the likes of these fine artisans and their work.
On Thursday, May 16, the Amgen Tour of California bike race will ride through San Luis Obispo County and stop in Avila Beach. Sponsored by biotechnology pioneer Amgen, the Amgen Tour of California is America’s most successful annual cycling race, as well as one of the nation’s largest and most recognized annual sporting events. Consider it the United States’ equivalent of the Tour de France!
A California Bike Tour Like No Other
The Amgen Tour of California is an annual professional cycling race. A prestigious eight-day event, it features an elite collection of athletes and professional teams from across the globe who cycle their way across nearly 800 miles of scenic California highways and byways. The Amgen Tour is one of only two American races listed as a UCI 2.HC event on the international professional cycling calendar. World-ranking points are awarded to the top finishers.
The Amgen Tour was created in 2006 and is owned and produced by the California-based sports and entertainment presenter AEG Sports. AEG is committed to presenting the Amgen Tour as a free sporting event dedicated to promoting cycling, healthy living, and bicycle safety.
You don’t have to be a James Beard devotee to appreciate the fare that will be up for grabs at the 9th Annual Taste of Pismo. Presented by the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce from April 26-28, the Taste of Pismo gathers together the Central Coast’s finest food, wine, music, and more, at the scenic Dinosaur Caves Park.
Better Than Home-Cooking
Kicking off this epic weekend celebration of foodstuffs and drink, “Farmfest on the Coast” brings together Central Coast farmers, winemakers, and chefs to showcase sustainability and locally grown, harvested, and handmade foods and vintages for unmatched farm-to-fork pairings.
This event highlights San Luis Obispo Wine Country while offering a platform to champion the hard work of local ranchers, farmers, and fisheries to present fresh, local produce. Those in attendance at Farmfest will know exactly where their food comes from – and literally be able to shake the hands that feed them.