A Season for Pismo Beach Festivals

Fall is upon us here on the Central Coast of California. And with fall comes the exciting sea of Pismo Beach festivals that will soon be taking place. From music to clams, there is a celebration for everyone.

Here are 3 of our most anticipated Pismo Beach festivals this fall:

68th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival

Gear up for three days of family activities, prestigious contests, specialty foods, and fine drinks, starting Friday, October 18th,2014 at the Pismo Beach Clam Festival.

Friday includes the much anticipated Wine Walk. The merchants of downtown Pismo Beach have teamed up with local wineries for an activity like no other. You will be provided with a wine glass, map, and passport. Follow the map to 13 locations, enjoying snacks and drinks along the way. Collect stamps for your passport at each stop. When done, return the completed passport for acclaimed prizes.

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A Run of a Lifetime: From the City to the Sea in Pismo Beach

Whether it’s the mild running weather, gracious support from a generous community, or breathtakingly scenic views, something draws runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to the exciting and challenging 13.1 mile road course known as City to the Sea.


Starting in downtown San Luis Obispo and ending at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach, participants will get the chance to take in historic buildings, a gorgeous countryside, and the most wondrous coastal views. Plus, they will be supporting the Cuesta College track and field and cross-country teams, ensuring athletes will continue to be able to train and race at one of the best programs in the California junior college system.

Don’t miss the 19th Annual City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K and Kids’ Fun Run that will be taking place on Sunday, October 12th, 2014.

Not sure which race is right for you? Let’s take a closer look at all the fun!

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The Pismo Beach Community to Celebrate the “Harvest of Good Fortune”

FallAs fall approaches, the kids are heading back to school, holidays are already on our minds and the sweet smell of the fall harvests is in the air.

The agricultural communities on the Central Coast of California are special. Rich, deep alluvial soil accompanies a maritime climate that promotes cool summers and warm winters, one of the greatest and most unique growing environments in the world. While the nature of this diverse and prolific agricultural potential provides many year-round harvests, fall has become the time of year in which we really enjoy celebrating the industry’s success and history.

One such great celebration is the annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival. This year’s theme is a Harvest of Good Fortune. It will be honoring the agricultural industry in the Arroyo Grande Valley and its thriving, lush and diverse crop seasons. Some favorite fall crops include: wine grapes, apples, avocados, cantaloupe, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, lavender, onions, oranges, peppers, pluots, potatoes, pumpkins and tomatoes.

Join in the fun at the 77th Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th. A short drive from Pismo Beach will put you in the Village of Arroyo Grande, where their agricultural heritage will be celebrated in the most delightful ways.

The list of contests, entertainment, and fun that will take place over the weekend keeps growing with anticipation:

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Pismo Beach Sponsors Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast

savor-central-coastThe Pismo Beach community is an excited and proud supporter of Sunset’s Savor the Central Coast 2014. Be prepared to taste and educate your way through 200+ wines and culinary samplings from over 30 chefs. This two day event features local master chefs, winemakers, brew masters, artisanal food producers and Sunset Magazine’s expert editors, all ready to wine, dine and educate you on the best of the Central Coast.

The Main Event will take place at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th. In addition to unlimited tastings, you will have the option to meet winemakers, brew masters and artisans as well as enjoy live music and attend seminars.

The event is spread out across several locations on the ranch, each specializing in their own categories of tasting, demonstrating and/or education.

The Marketplace will offer unlimited delectable samples of food and wine. You can also shop for regional specialties to take home including locally produced olive oil and almonds.

The Estrada Garden will be the perfect spot to relax with some brews and bites while listening to Central Coast musicians. Award-winning local chefs will be creating impressive dishes from fresh local ingredients and pairing each sampling with local microbrew beers.

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Run, Walk and Remember at this Year’s Central Coast Cancer Challenge

RaceA family-friendly day filled with 10K, 5K and mile-long races awaits on Sunday, September 7th , in the beautiful downtown of San Luis Obispo. Beyond promoting healthy lifestyles, this annual event is dedicated to the remembrance of loved ones and helping to raise awareness and support for cancer survivors and patients.

Join California’s Central Coast Communities as athletes of all abilities walk, run and compete at the Central Coast Cancer Challenge presented by Dignity Health/French Hospital Medical Center. This event has raised $40,000 since its inception in 2010, helping many people through their journey with cancer by providing such support services as free fitness programs and gas money for transportation to and from appointments or counseling sessions.

The Cancer Challenge team is dedicated to making an ongoing difference. This year’s races will be supporting Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center, Cancer Well-fit and The Maureen “Mo” Clancy Memorial Track Scholarship.

Each race starts at the beautiful Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and then takes to the streets of downtown, where the main roads will be temporarily closed to traffic so runners and walkers can enjoy the historic views.

There are several races taking place – any individual, group of friends or whole families will find just the right race to meet their needs and abilities.

 “No Mo Cancer” 10k

A great race on its own or an excellent training tool for a longer endurance event, this race will test your strength and stamina. Go the distance in memory of Maureen “Mo” Clancy.

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Beat Back to School Blues with Pismo Beach

Family Walking on BeachBackpack? Check. Lunch box? Check. Pencils? Check. It is hard to believe the start of the school year is right around the corner which also means summer is quickly coming to an end. Whether you have young kiddos just starting kindergarten or grown kids heading off to college, take advantage of the last few weeks of summer with the perfect Pismo Beach family vacation. You will be refreshed, energized and ready to take on whatever the fall season throws your way.

Why is Pismo Beach the Perfect Place for a Family Vacation?

Because there is quite literally something for everyone! This classic Central Coast beach town offers fun for all ages across a wide array of activities, including beach adventures, cuisine appreciation, airplane rides, scenic views and more. You can’t help, but get lost in your escapades, forgetting the reality you will be heading back to at the end of your stay.

Explore more things to do in Pismo Beach.

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Pismo Beach – A Sea Otter Paradise

sea-otterHave you ever seen a sea otter? These cute-n-furry members of the weasel or mustelid family can be spotted floating, hunting, cleaning, sleeping and eating throughout the waters of Pismo Beach this time of year. Often all of these exertions are done with pups in tow as the pups are dependent on their mothers for five to twelve months.

If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to plan your visit to Pismo Beach to see these adorable creatures.

The Sea Otter Experience

During your stay, don’t miss the chance to do more than just view these amazing creatures. Get educated about their habitats and behaviors by visiting the nearby city of Morro Bay, which is hosting the Sea Otter Experience June 22nd through August 31st every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am until 3:00pm at Morro Rock.

Presented by California State Park Docents and the Central Coast State Parks Association, you are welcome to visit any time during the scheduled time frame for a free educational program that offers written materials as well as the chance to speak with knowledgeable and friendly museum docents. Then, take advantage of multiple spotting scopes and binoculars available for children and adults to spot these gorgeous and entertaining characters in their wild habitat.

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Broadway by the Sea

Here in Pismo Beach we love to celebrate summer. We also love to celebrate our local musical talent.

Join the Pismo Beach community as they warmly invite you to partake in one of the most inspiring alfresco concerts this August 16 featuring the talent of Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO).

Photo: OperaSLO

Photo: OperaSLO

OperaSLO is San Luis Obispo County’s sole professional opera company. The company’s first performance took place at Linnaea’s Cafe in downtown San Luis Obispo on June 4, 1985. Linnaea’s is still a local favorite, dedicated to good coffee, outstanding music, intriguing poetry and remarkable art. OperaSLO has continued to grow to become San Luis Obispo County’s “voice of opera” through a variety of productions including both familiar and new compositions.

OperaSLO’s mission is a “[commitment] to enhancing cultural life by producing excellent performances that entertain and inspire [their] audience” and Broadway by the Sea will be one of those performances.

Hosted as a benefit for OperaSLO, Broadway by the Sea will be an incredible afternoon of Broadway favorites, accompanied by miraculous ocean views from Pismo Beach’s own gorgeous seaside home, the historic Chapman Estate. This exquisite property is one of Pismo Beach’s most exclusive locations. The 1.5 acre estate was bequeathed to the city of Pismo Beach by Clifford Chapman who passed away in June of 2012. The City Council unanimously voted to accept the property in December 2013 and on December 31st the estate valued at nearly $17 million became city property.

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Beach Tips: Planning a Fun, Safe Pismo Vacation

family-fun-at-pismo-beachThe time for beach vacations has arrived. Here in Pismo we all but run, okay many of us actually run, towards the pristine coastline that invites everything from much needed relaxation to a long list of outdoor sports and activities for all ages. In fact, Pismo Beach has been considered a prime vacation spot for years by the likes of new couples, large families and singles alike all looking for summer amusement.

Now, all of you beach-goers should keep a few things in mind as you indulge in your sandy vacation to assure safety, health and a whole lot of fun. Here are 5 beach tips to help you prepare for your next Pismo Beach Vacation!

1. Protect what needs protecting

First off, protect yourself and your family from the inside out.

Pack food and plenty of water. We all get hungry and thirsty after spending some time on the beach, especially those kiddos who will be running around nonstop. Plus, fatigue and dehydration are two of the last things you want to experience while you are supposed to be enjoying time with family or friends.

When preparing food make sure you have a way of keeping it sealed well. You don’t want seagulls indulging on your favorite snacks while you are taking a dip in the ocean.

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Ocean Views by Day, Country Music by Night

The month of July is an exciting time in San Luis Obispo County. The festive summer draws people from all over the world to its various communities to take in the rich history, outdoor activities, shopping experiences and superior food, wine and beer.

One of these communities is the beautiful city of Paso Robles.

Paso Robles has been known throughout history for its hot springs, wineries, olive oil production, almond orchards, more recently skateboarding and its famous California Mid-State Fair.

The thermal springs placed Paso Robles (City of El Paso De Robles) on the map. Even before the mission era, the Salinan Indians recognized the land for its springs. During the mission era, Paso Robles became known as a rest-stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail, again focused on its mineral hot springs with the first baths being created by Franciscan priests from the neighboring Mission San Miguel. The pioneer settlers during this time period would be the ones to establish the cattle ranches, orchards, dairy farms and vineyards that have all been vital to the survival of the community.

The first California Mid-State Fair was held years later in 1946.


It was then known as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. It became a regional attraction in the 1970s and it is known today as “The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere!” It is held at the 40 acre Paso Robles Event Center, an important attraction of this charming and friendly city. This year the Fair takes place July 16th through July 27th.

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