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Central Coast Festivals – 2024

The Central Coast region is one of our favorite places to travel – for many reasons, actually, but high on the list is enjoying California’s culinary delights courtesy of the land, the sea and the grapevines.

Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, CAWhile there certainly doesn’t need to be a festival or restaurant week on the agenda to have a fun and tasty Central Coast vacation or weekend getaway, planning your visit around one can provide an efficient way to sample all the deliciousness here. 

Many of these events take place in the summer, when fruits and vegetables are at their peak, and of course there’s really no bad time to enjoy a wine (or beer!) festival.

This Central Coast area festival list is arranged by month, and you can easily determine what’s happening there during your visit. For each entry on the list, you’ll find the date(s) it’s scheduled to occur, the hosting city, plus a link to a website that provides additional details.

At present, the list shows predominantly 2023 festival dates but more 2024 dates should be available after the new year. When added, 2024 dates are ***noted with a triple asterisk*** to avoid any confusion.

Many of these events are held annually and often scheduled to occur around the same time every year, so if a 2023 event looks interesting you may want to click through to see if the organizer’s website now provides the new date. Also, if you plan to attend an event, we strongly recommend that you make note of the website and recheck it closer to the actual date.

You may want to check out the Central Valley list, as well, for more Central California festivals. And, here are some jump links that you can use to quickly skip to a certain month’s events:

January ### February ### March ### April ###
May ### June *** July ### August ###
September ### October ### November ### December

January

Santa Maria Valley Restaurant Month
January 12 through February 11, 2024***

Eco-Farm Conference, Monterey
January 17-20, 2024***

Big Sur Foragers Festival
January 20 & 21, 2024***

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks
January 21 through February 3, 2024***

Cambria Art & Wine Festival
January 26-28, 2024***

Los Alamos Mushroom Festival at Bedford Winery
January 27, 2024***

February

Garagiste Southern Exposure Festival, Solvang
February 9 & 10, 2024***

Chocolate Bar Alchemy at The Inn
at Mattei’s Tavern, Los Olivos

February 10, 2024***

Rhone Rangers Experience, Paso Robles
February 18, 2024***

Lompoc Valley Restaurant Week
February 19-25, 2024***

Blendfest on the Coast, Cambria & San Simeon
February 22-25, 2024***

World of Pinot Noir at the
Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

February 29 through March 2, 2024***

March

At Her Table Women’s Culinary
Celebration Week, SLO County

March 1-10, 2024***

Women Winemakers Dinner, Los Olivos
March 6, 2024***

The Beer Garden Fundraiser,
Santa Barbara Botanical Garden

March 16, 2024*** – SOLD OUT!

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
March 17, 2024***

Central Coast Craft Beer Fest, Atascadero
March 23, 2024***

Cowboy for a Day, Buellton
March 23, 2024***

Fascinating Fungi Worshop at
Gainey Vineyard, Santa Ynez

March 23, 2024***

Santa Barbara Burger Week
March 2-8, 2023

April

Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival
April 4-7, 2024***

SLO Coast Wine Classic
April 6 & 7, 2024***

Lagerville – Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Buellton
April 13, 2024***

Sta. Rita Hills Wine Alliance
Saunters & Sips, Santa Barbara

April 13, 2024***

Natural Coast Wine Fest, Santa Barbara
April 20, 2024***

Rosé the S.L.O. Way at Hotel SLO
April 21, 2024***

Hospice du Rhône, Paso Robles
April 25-27, 2024***

Strawberry Bush at San Luis Obispo Botanical GardenSanta Maria Strawberry Festival
April 26-28, 2024***

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
April 26 through May 5, 2024***

Santa Rita Hills Saunters & Sips
April 27, 2024***

Paso Robles Taco Fest at
Estrella Warbirds Museum

April 27 & 28, 2024***

May

Atascadero Tamale Festival
Weekend Fiesta Friday!

May 3, 2024***

Atascadero Tamale Festival
May 4, 2024***

Roar & Pour at the Santa Barbara Zoo
May 4, 2024***

Buellton Brew Fest
May 4, 2024***

Pacific Grove Good Old Days
Street Festival & Fair

May 4 & 5, 2024***

Santa Maria Barbecue Festival
May 11, 2024***

Paso Robles Olive Festival & Central Coast Lavender Festival
May 11, 2024***

Cookie Adventure at the
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero

May 12, 2024***

Taste of Santa Barbara
May 13-19, 2024***

Paso Wine Fest
May 16-19, 2024***

Santa Lucia Highlands Sun Wind & Wine Festival
May 18, 2024***

Carmel Culinary Week
May 31 through June 8, 2024***

Pebble Beach Food and Wine FestivalLobsterfest, Chamisal Vineyards, San Luis Obispo
May 19 & 20, 2023

June

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles Event Center – Frontier Pavilion
June 1, 2024***

Artichoke Festival, Monterey
June 8 & 9, 2024***

Monterey Wine Festival
June 15 & 16, 2024***

SLO Open Farm Days at
Farms throughout SLO County

June 21-23, 2024***

Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival
June 29, 2024***

Santa Barbara Lavender Festival
June 29, 2024***

Foxen Canyon Wine Trail Summer Passport
June 1 through August 31, 2023

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew
June 3, 2023

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival
June 3 & 4, 2023

Pinot & Paella Festival, Templeton
June 4, 2023

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
June 10, 2023

Monterey County Winemakers Celebration, Carmel-by-the-Sea
June 10, 2023

Chef Charlie Cooking Demo
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

June 15, 2023

Juneteenth Santa Barbara, Funk Zone
June 18, 2023

Surf & Turf Winemaker Dinner
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

June 23, 2023

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
June 24, 2023

Avila Beach Macaroni & Cheese Festival
June 24, 2023

Accordian Player and Singer at Santa Barbara French FestivalSanta Barbara French Festival
CANCELLED for 2023

July

Santa Barbara County Fair
July 10-14, 2024***

California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
July 17-28, 2024***

California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara
July 19 & 20, 2024***

Cajun Shrimp Boil at
Clean Slate Wine Bar, Solvang

July 20, 2024***

Central Coast Renaissance Festival, San Luis Obispo
July 20 & 21, 2024***

Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Fiesta
July 31 through August 4, 2024***

Santa Barbara Indy Hops Beer Crawl
July 1-31, 2023

British High Tea at Arrowsmith’s, Solvang
July 1, 2023

Monterey Beer Festival
July 8, 2023

Ice Cream Zoofari
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero

July 15, 2023

Annual Tamale-Making Class
Santa Barbara
July 22, 2023

Downtown Santa Barbara Summer Brewfest
July 23, 2023

High Tea Kickoff for the Charles James Fashion & Culture
Exhibition at Anderson’s Bakery & Restaurant, Santa Barbara

July 24, 2023

Monterey Gyro Fest
July 29, 2023

August

Paso Robles Distillery Trail Weekend
August 9-11, 2024***

Wine and Fire, Sta. Rita Hills AVA
August 15-18, 2024***

Salinas Valley Food & Wine
Festival, Old Town Salinas

August 5, 2023

British High Tea at Arrowsmith’s, Solvang
August 5, 2023

California Turkish Arts & Culture Festival, Monterey
August 5 & 6, 2023

SLO County Distillery Trail Weekend
August 11-13, 2023

Central Coast Cider Festival, Atascadero
August 12, 2023

Paso Robles Winemaker’s Cookoff
August 12, 2023

Indulge in Wine & Cheese Somm Class
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

August 12, 2023

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Fest, Carpinteria
August 12, 2023

Summer Crab Boil at Cass
Winery, Paso Robles

August 18, 2023

Atascadero Cruisin’ Weekend
August 18 & 19, 2023

Sand City West End Celebration
August 26 & 27, 2023

Monterey County Fair
August 31 through September 4, 2023

September

British High Tea at Arrowsmith’s, Solvang
September 2, 2023

Barbeque University with Steven Raichen
at Alisal Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley

September 4-7, 2023

Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival,
Monterey State Historic Park

September 8-10, 2023

Wine Dinner Series with Matt Kettmann
(with Apples to Zucchini Cooking School)
at Garden Street Academy, Santa Barbara

September 13, 2023

Solvang Danish Days
September 15-17, 2023

Coleman Family Farms with LA Times Food Bowl, Carpinteria
September 16, 2023

Taste of Downtown Paso Robles
September 16, 2023

Coleman Family Farms with LA Times Food Bowl, Carpinteria
September 16, 2023

Santa Barbara Burrito Week
September 21-27, 2023

Los Alamos Old Days
September 22-24, 2023

Santa Barbara Greek Festival
September 22-24, 2023

Autumnal Equinox Beer Dinner at Barbareño, Santa Barbara
(beer from Ojai Valley Brewing – click Experiences at link)

September 23, 2023

Santa Barbara County Farm Day
September 23, 2023

Rhone Rangers Viognier Festival
at Rideau Vineyard, Solvang

September 23, 2023

Barrelhouse Brewing Oktoberfest, Paso Robles
September 23, 2023

IGGPRA Harvest Hoedown, Creston
September 23, 2023

The Art of Olive Oil
at Cass Wines, Paso Robles

September 24, 2023

Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley
September 28 through October 1, 2023

Tillamook Cheese VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast FestivalArroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 29 & 30, 2023

Mid-Coast Fire Brigade Harvest Moon
Ball at Glen Deven Ranch, Carmel

September 30, 2023

Oktoberfest at Wild Fields Brewhouse, Atascadero
September 30, 2023

San Luis Obispo Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023

Olive Oil Tasting & Food Pairing Luncheon
at Kiler Ridge Olive Farm, Paso Robles

September 30, 2023

Goleta Lemon Festival
September 30 & October 1, 2023

Avocado and Margarita Festival, Morro Bay
September 9-11, 2022 – ON HIATUS FOR 2023

October

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Month
October 1-31, 2023

Cambria Scarecrow Festival
October 1-31, 2023

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
October 1-31, 2023

Ethopian Dinner by Helen Abraha at
Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles

October 3, 2023

Fall Wine Release & Argentine Asado
at La Lomita Ranch, San Luis Obispo

October 5, 2023

Taste of Carmel
October 5, 2023

California Avocado Festival, Carpinteria
October 6-8, 2023

Sabor Del Valle Solvang Latino
Food & Wine Festival, Solvang

October 7, 2023 – SOLD OUT

British High Tea at Arrowsmith’s, Solvang
October 7, 2023

Thacher Winery Barn Dinner at
The Kentucky Ranch, Paso Robles

October 7, 2023**

Pacific Grove Butterfly Weekend
October 7 & 8, 2023

Carpinteria Avocado Festival
October 7 & 8, 2023

Vineyard Beekeeping Retreat
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

October 11 & 12, 2023

Chuck Wagon BBQ Weekend at
Cuyama Buckhorn, New Cuyama

October 13-15, 2023

Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival
October 13-15, 2023

Carmel “Meet the Makers”
Art & Wine Walk

October 14, 2023

Butterfly Ball at the
Octagon Barn, San Luis Obispo

October 14, 2023

Santa Barbara Vintners Fall Festival, Buellton
October 14, 2023

Kalyra Winery Grape Stomp, Santa Ynez
October 14, 2023

Santa Barbara Chowder Fest, Goleta
October 15, 2023

Barbeque Bootcamp at Alisal
Ranch, Santa Ynez Valley

October 15-17, 2023

Santa Maria Empty Bowls Fundraiser
October 18, 2023

Santa Barbara Independent Best Fest
October 19, 2023

Pismo Beach Clam Festival
October 20-22, 2023

Los Olivos Day in the Country
October 21, 2023

The Golden Oak Honey & Pumpkin Festival, Paso Robles
October 21, 2023

Tequila & Cuisine
Farewell Tour, Monterey

October 21, 2023

Seafood boil dinner at the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach, CASanta Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 21, 2023

Wine Dinner Series with Matt Kettmann
(with Apples to Zucchini Cooking School)
at Garden Street Academy, Santa Barbara

October 25, 2023

Outstanding in the Field at
Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Maria

October 26, 2023

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
October 28, 2023

All Hallow’s Eve Blending Party at
PasoPort Winery, Templeton

October 28, 2023

Los Osos / Baywood Park
Oktoberfest & Car Show

October 29, 2023

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
October 29, 2023

November

Santa Barbara Wine Auction
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

November 8 & 9, 2024***

Olive Harvest Retreat
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

November 1-3, 2023

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 2-4, 2023

Harvest on the Coast at Center
of Effort Winery, Arroyo Grande

November 3-5, 2023

Arroyo Grande Beer & Wine Festival
November 4, 2023

Wine Harvest on the Coast, Avila Beach
November 4, 2023

Olive Harvest Retreat
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

November 8-10, 2023

Buellton Fall Festival
November 10-12, 2023

Autumn Soirée: The SLO Way
at Hotel SLO, San Luis Obispo

November 11, 2023

Elegant Holiday Evening Downtown, Paso Robles
November 11, 2023

The Art of Olive Oil
at Cass Wines, Paso Robles

November 12, 2023

Wine Dinner Series with Matt Kettmann
(with Apples to Zucchini Cooking School)
at Garden Street Academy, Santa Barbara

November 15, 2023

Atascadero Fall Festival
November 17-19, 2023

Brazilian Day, Santa Barbara
November 19, 2023

Solvang Julefest
November 24, 2023 through January 5, 2024

December

Los Alamos WinterFest Weekend
December 1-3, 2023

Santa Barbara Empty Bowls Fundraiser, Goleta
December 3, 2023

Cab Franc Day, Paso Robles
December 3, 2023

Atascadero Winter Wonderland
December 8, 2023

Annual Tamale-Making Class
Santa Barbara – SOLD OUT
December 12, 2023

Wine Dinner Series with Matt Kettmann
(with Apples to Zucchini Cooking School)
at Garden Street Academy, Santa Barbara

December 13, 2023

Victorian Teddy Bear Tea, Paso Robles
December 16, 2023

If you know of any other Central Coast events we should add to this list, would you please use our Contact form to let us know?  (Thanks in advance!)

Photo of Santa Barbara Wine Festival by Roberta DePoppe via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Strawberry Bush at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden by Devra via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Wine and Waves Festival by Randy Aquilizon via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Santa Barbara French Festival by DieselDemon via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Chef David Meyers (of LA’s Comme Ça) at Pebble Beach Food & Wine by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas via flickr (Creative Commons); Photo of Tillamook VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast Festival by Joe Bierman via flickr (Creative Commons); and Photo of Dinner at the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach by emdot via flickr (Creative Commons).

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