The Winter calendar is packed with events and festivals on California’s Central Coast.
Enjoy seasonal events in December including the Parade of Lights in Ventura and Santa Barbara; shop for tribal gifts, catch the seaweed exhibition at Morro Bay, and see a play, music dance or art show between now and January. In February, head for Santa Barbara’s Film Festival, sip Rhone American wines in Paso Robles, and savour the annual clam chowder cookoff in Santa Cruz.
Events on California’s Central Coast: Worth planning around
From nori to giant kelp, this exhibition of color portraits, information panels and fascinating stories highlights local connections to seaweed, and the importance of preserving the kelp forests of the Pacific Coast.
Dressed up and ready to party, The Fun Zone’s Pearl Social transforms itself into a Christmas winter wonderland pop-up cocktail bar for the holiday season.
Pop-up markets at Santa Barbara’s Museum of Natural History featuring Mexican, Peruvian, and African imports. Includes alpaca fleece, palm baskets, bowls, and upcycled telephone wire baskets from Zimbabwe.
37th Annual: With a Holiday Disco theme, festivities begin at Winter Wonderland on City Pier, followed by a parade of paddlers and kayakers, tree lighting, and the sail-past finale of illuminated boats.
Ventura’s boat parade goes tropical with an island vibe as this year’s theme is Hula Holiday. Think bright lights, carnival rides, shopping, food, and more.
Song, dance and stories at Lobero Theatre. It’s Ellis Island on Christmas Eve and Irish, Russian, and German families stranded with their Mexican supervisors find ways to respect their differences.
Non-profit art association promotes interest in art and shows its artists’ work twice a year at Meals on Wheels, and at other venues including local wineries through the year.
39th Annual: Join the film buffs who flock to SBIFF for screenings of 200+ films, each celebrating the global art of cinema.
Non-profit organization showcasing American Rhone wines made from the celebrated grape varietals that feature in the French Rhone River Valley, loved for their range of flavours and pairing with food.
43rd Annual: Amateur chefs deliver their chowders on Saturday, and professional chefs serve up on on Sunday. Boston and Manhattan Clam Chowders feature on both days and proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.
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