One of the world’s longest-running jazz festivals (since 1958) showcases big-name headliners over a long spring weekend.
Step inside local artists’ creative workshops over three weekends in October. The arts council also sponsors 'First Friday' art exhibitions on the first Friday of each month, including access to artists' ateliers at…
This annual six-day celebration of film has been a mainstay of the SLO cultural calendar since 1993. Events and screenings are held around the greater San Luis Obispo County area, including in Paso Robles and Pismo …
The jam-packed Gilroy Garlic Festival is held over the last full weekend in July. Show up for the chow – garlicky fries, garlic-flavored ice cream and more – and cooking contests under the blazing-hot sun.
Head 15 miles north of Monterey for 3D ‘agro art’ sculptures, cooking demos, a farmers market and field tours. A recent addition is a wine-and-beer garden with tasty beverages from around the region.
Oenophiles come for Paso's premier Wine Festival in mid-May, but the Vintage Paso weekend, focusing on Zinfandel wines, in mid-March and the Harvest Wine Weekend in mid-October are just as much fun.
Bird-watchers flock here for guided hikes, kayaking tours and naturalist-led field trips, during which over 200 species can be spotted along the Pacific Flyway.
Excellent four-day gastronomy-focused festival sponsored by the prestigious Food & Wine magazine. Held in mid- to late-April.
Classic-car show features vintage surf-style station wagons on Santa Cruz's Municipal Wharf.
Live music and over 100 independent film screenings. Animation, documentaries, features and short films are all covered.