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Central Coast Festivals – 2022 & 2023

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 2022 festival dates but more 2023 dates should be available after the new year. When added, 2023 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 2022 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

Cambria Art & Wine Festival
January 27-29, 2023***

SLO Restaurant Month
January 1-31, 2022

Carmel Culinary Week
January 14-23, 2022

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks
January 17-31, 2022

February

Outstanding in the Field at
Rancho el Rincon, Carpinteria

February 10, 2023***

Garagiste Southern Exposure Festival, Solvang
February 10 & 11, 2023***

Outstanding in the Field at
Rancho el Rincon, Carpinteria

February 11, 2023*** – SOLD OUT

Blendfest on the Coast, Cambria & San Simeon
February 23-26, 2023***

SLO Craft Beer Fest, Alex Madonna Expo Center
February 24 & 25, 2023***

Lompoc Valley Restaurant Week
February 21-27, 2022

March

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

March 2-4, 2023***

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

March 6-12, 2023***

Santa Barbara Burger Week
March 10-16, 2022

Paso Spring Release Weekend
March 18-20, 2022

Buellton Wine & Chili Festival
March 20, 2022

April

Lagerville – Figueroa Mountain Brewery, Buellton
April 15, 2023***

Strawberry Bush at San Luis Obispo Botanical GardenSanta Maria Strawberry Festival
April 28-30, 2023***

Santa Rita Hills Saunters & Sips
April 29, 2023*** – Early Bird Discount ends 12/15/22!

Taste of Pismo Wine & Culinary Event
April 23, 2022

May

Santa Lucia Highlands Sun Wind & Wine Festival
May 13, 2023***

Taste of Santa Barbara
May 15-21, 2023***

Viva Cerveza, San Luis Obispo
May 27, 2023***

Monterey County Winemakers Celebration, Carmel-by-the-Sea
May 7, 2022

Santa Barbara Spring Vintner’s Festival
May 7, 2022

Paso Robles Olive Festival & Central Coast Lavender Festival
May 7, 2022

Buellton Brew Fest
May 7, 2022

Roar & Pour at the Santa Barbara Zoo
May 7, 2022

Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
May 16-22, 2022

Santa Barbara Downtown Art & Wine Tour
May 19, 2022

Paso Wine Fest
May 19-22, 2022

Avila Beach Tequila Fest
May 28, 2022

June

Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
June 24, 2023***

Santa Barbara Wine + Food Festival
June 24, 2023***

Unvitational World Champions Celebration
Wild Fields Brewhouse, Atascadero

June 3, 2022

Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest
Paso Robles Event Center – Frontier Pavilion
June 4, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Santa Barbara Zoo Brew at Home
June 4, 2022

San Luis Obispo Greek Festival
June 4 & 5, 2022

Pinot & Paella Festival, Templeton
June 5, 2022

Los Olivos Jazz and Olive Festival
June 11, 2022

Artichoke Festival, Monterey
June 11 & 12, 2022

Avila Beach Macaroni & Cheese Festival
June 18, 2022

Juneteenth Santa Barbara, Funk Zone
June 19, 2022

Roll Out the Barrels Festival,
San Luis Obispo
June 23-26, 2022

Accordian Player and Singer at Santa Barbara French FestivalSanta Barbara French Festival
Postponed for 2022

Monterey Wine Festival
Postponed for 2022

July

Santa Barbara Indy Hops Beer Crawl Month
July 1-31, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Gainey Vineyard, Santa Ynez
July 2, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Outstanding in the Field at Gainey Vineyard, Santa Ynez
July 3, 2022

California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara
July 15 & 16, 2022

Lavender Harvest Celebration
Bernardus Lodge & Spa, Carmel Valley

July 16, 2022

Savoring Summer Table to
Farm Dinner, Los Osos

July 16, 2022

SLO Open Farm Days at
Farms throughout SLO County

July 16 & 17, 2022

Central Coast Renaissance Festival, San Luis Obispo
July 16 & 17, 2022

Monterey Scottish Games &
Celtic Festival

July 16 & 17, 2022

Pebble Beach Food and Wine FestivalCalifornia Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
July 20-31, 2022

Lobsterfest, Chamisal Vineyards, San Luis Obispo
July 22 & 23, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Monterey Beer Festival
July 30, 2022

August

Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Fiesta
August 2-6, 2023***

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

SLO County Distillery Trail Weekend
August 11-13, 2023***

Atascadero Cruisin’ Weekend
August 18 & 19, 2023***

Monterey County Fair
August 31 through September 4, 2023***

Salinas Valley Food & Wine
Festival, Old Town Salinas

August 6, 2022

Ocean Breeze Farms Field-to-Vase Dinner, Arroyo Grande
August 6, 2022

Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Fest, Carpinteria
August 13, 2022

Paso Robles Winemaker’s Cookoff
August 13, 2022

Ice Cream Zoofari
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero

August 13, 2022

Central Coast Cider Festival, Atascadero
August 13, 2022 – UNCONFIRMED

Wine and Fire, Sta. Rita Hills AVA
August 18-21, 2022 – Tickets on sale April 15!

Sand City West End Celebration
August 27 & 28, 2022

September

Festa Italia Fisherman’s Festival,
Monterey State Historic Park

September 9-11, 2022

Avocado and Margarita Festival, Morro Bay
September 9-11, 2022

Butterfly Ball at the
Octagon Barn, San Luis Obispo

September 10, 2022

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

September 10, 2022

Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center
Wine & Food Tasting, Paicines Ranch

September 10, 2022

Galante Vineyards “Laissez Les Bons Temps
Rouler” Concert Fundraiser, Monterey

September 10, 2022

Rhone Rangers International Grenache
Day Celebration, Paso Robles

September 16, 2022

Solvang Danish Days
September 16-18, 2022

Taste of Downtown Paso Robles
September 17, 2022

Santa Barbara County Farm Day
September 17, 2022

Santa Barbara Burrito Week
September 22-28, 2022

Tillamook Cheese VW Van at Sunset Magazine Savor the Coast FestivalArroyo Grande Harvest Festival
September 23 & 24, 2022

Monterey Greek Festival
September 23-25, 2022

Los Alamos Old Days
September 23-25, 2022

Santa Barbara Greek Festival
September 23-25, 2022

IGGPRA Harvest Hoedown, Creston
September 24, 2022

Goleta Lemon Festival
September 24 & 25, 2022

Pacific Grove Butterfly Days
September 30 through October 2, 2022

October

Paso Robles Harvest Wine Month
October 1-31, 2022

Cambria Scarecrow Festival
October 1-31, 2022

Blossom’s Farm Fest, Aromas
October 1, 2022

Carpinteria Avocado Festival
October 1 & 2, 2022

Taste of Carmel
October 6, 2022

Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival
October 7-9, 2022

Santa Barbara Vintners Fall Festival, Solvang
October 8, 2022

Monterey County Dance Foundation “A Toast
to Dance” at Scheid Vineyards, Greenfield

October 8, 2022

San Luis Obispo Oktoberfest
October 8, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Elder Flat Farm, Los Alamos
October 12, 2022

Harvest Festival Pig Roast
at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

October 14, 2022

Monterey Bay Tequila & Cuisine
October 15, 2022

Harvest Festival Grape Stomp &
Tacos at Cass Winery, Paso Robles

October 15, 2022

Seafood boil dinner at the Cracked Crab in Pismo Beach, CASanta Barbara Harbor & Seafood Festival
October 15, 2022

The Golden Oak Honey & Pumpkin Festival, Paso Robles
October 22, 2022

Great Valley Cook-off
Kalyra Winery, Santa Ynez

October 22, 2022

Firestone Walker From the Barrel, Santa Margarita Ranch
October 28, 2022

La Lomita Ranch Spring Wine Dinner, San Luis Obispo
October 30, 2022

Los Osos / Baywood Park
Oktoberfest & Car Show

October 30, 2022

November

Outstanding in the Field at Hearst Ranch, San Simeon
November 2, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Hearst Ranch, San Simeon
November 3, 2022 – SOLD OUT

Big Sur Food and Wine Festival
November 3-5, 2022

Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley
November 3-6, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
November 5, 2022

Outstanding in the Field at Big Sur Secret Location
November 6, 2022

Santa Barbara Wine Auction
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara

November 11 & 12, 2022

Wine Harvest on the Coast, Avila Beach
November 11 & 12, 2022

Garagiste (Artisan Winemaker) Festival, Paso Robles
November 11-13, 2022

Buellton Fall Festival
November 11-13, 2022

Atascadero Fall Festival
November 18-20, 2022

December

Atascadero Winter Wonderland
December 9, 2022

Press Gang Cellars Winemaker’s Dinner at
Clean Slate Wine Bar, Solvang

December 9, 2022

Dickens Christmas Dinner at
Plenty on Bell, Los Alamos

December 9, 2022

Annual Tamale-Making Class
Santa Barbara
December 11, 2022

Solvang Julefest
November 26, 2022 through January 6, 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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