Things to Do in Pismo Beach, CA

August 2018

  • August 18–20, 2018

    St. Anthony's Celebration 

    The St. Anthony’s Celebration Committee sponsors this annual event to celebrate the cultural contribution of the area’s Portuguese descendants. The parade begins on Sunday at 9:30am with sopas being served at the St. Anthony’s grounds at 390 Bello St. For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-443-7778 or visit www.pismochamber.com.
  • August 25, 2018

    Taste of Pismo - SUDS IN THE SUN 

    Saturday August 25, 2018 - VIP Gates open at 11:30am, General Admission gates open at 12:30pm, & Event ends at 4:30pm. Dinosaur Caves Park: 2701 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA Giant Beer Pong, Corn Hole, and more! Live Music by The Tex Pistols & The Byrom Brothers! Home Brew Competition - Judging takes place between 11:30am & 12:30pm!

September 2018

  • September 2, 2018

    Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves 

    Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a once-a-month event taking place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm, May through November. Over 100 local artists and craftsmen sell and display their work, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children’s activities. For more information, please contact Jan at 805-704-7083 or visit www.artintheparkshellbeach.com. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Location: Dinosaur Caves Park - 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • September 15, 2018

    34th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day 

    The 34th annual Coastal Cleanup Day event invites volunteers from our community to clean up trash. Every year since 2005, ECOSLO coordinates beach cleanups from San Simeon to Nipomo. Even though Central Coast beaches are cleaner than some, last year we removed nearly 6,500 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, waterways and lakes. In California, Coastal Cleanup Day holds the distinction of drawing the most participation of any volunteer event over its thirty year history. As County Coordinator, ECOSLO works with the California Coastal Commission to bring out our community in the campaign for healthy coasts, shorelines, and oceans. Last year, 1,300 volunteers removed trash and recyclables from 30 cleanup locations throughout San Luis Obispo County. Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • September 21–23, 2018

    Still Frothy Surf Festival 

    This exciting and unique 3-day event (September 21-23) includes the only Tow-At (jet ski assist) Air Division on the Central Coast, high-lighting traveling and local pros, Youth Divisions, JR Guard Challenge & a Pro-Am Contest. Plus, free giveaways will be taking place all day on both Saturday and Sunday at the Pismo Pier. The event kicks off Friday night at Cool Cat Restaurant in Pismo with auction items and special musical guests.

October 2018

  • October 6, 2018

    Surfing for Hope Annual Longboard Contest 

    Surfing for Hope was created to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing. The success of our Surfing for Hope Annual Longboard Surf Contest, combined with great community support, encourages us to grow to help even more in the fight against cancer by taking to the water. The Surfing for Hope Annual Longboard Contest Weekend will take place in Pismo Beach, California. This event is designed to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing. Surfing is the ideal format to help people in this situation by showing how positive and healthful our sport is and it gives the surfing community the opportunity to give back to people in need by sharing what we love. All proceeds from Surfing for Hope will benefit the Surfing for Hope Foundation. in San Luis Obispo, California. Since 2012, Surfing for Hope has raised more than $200,000 to support and assist cancer patients and their families. Our beneficiaries last year included the Pure Stoke Youth Program and local cancer resources for current families battling cancer. The event begins on Friday afternoon with Opening Ceremonies. The Ceremonies include a Memorial Paddle Out to honor friends and loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer. Following in the paddle out, a Benefit Reception featuring foods and wines of the Central Coast, silent auction, and will take place at Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites. On Saturday the Annual Longboard Surf Contest and Cancer Resource Health Fair will be held at the Pismo Beach pier. The contest is open to ages 10 and up with a variety of divisions. The Health Fair focuses on business and local groups which support, educate and help people who are going through the cancer experience. This is a great opportunity for both the surfing world and the medical world to join up to support people who are challenged with this disease. We are so stoked about our sixth consecutive year and with your support we know it will be our best ever!
  • October 7, 2018

    Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves 

    Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a once-a-month event taking place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm, May through November. Over 100 local artists and craftsmen sell and display their work, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children’s activities. For more information, please contact Jan at 805-704-7083 or visit www.artintheparkshellbeach.com. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Location: Dinosaur Caves Park - 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • October 11–14, 2018

    Pismo Beach Open 

    World Surf League (WSL) men’s Qualifying Series (QS) with the Pismo Beach Open QS1,000 presented by Dignity Health. This marks the first-ever WSL event to descend on Pismo Beach’s shoreline and its pier will play host to a critical final event on the North America QS schedule that may ultimately decide its champion.
  • October 14, 2018

    City to the Sea 

    Since 1995, City to the Sea has been the premier fundraiser for the Cuesta College track and field and cross-country teams. Your race registration helps ensure that the athletes can continue training and racing in one of the California Community College’s preeminent track and cross-country programs. Thank you for your support! HALF MARATHON (13.1 MILES) The City to the Sea half marathon course is a point-to-point race that starts in downtown San Luis Obispo. The course winds through the city, takes runners along scenic backroads, including the Bob Jones Trail, and ends alongside the Pacific Ocean, with incredible view of the Pacific Ocean, in the coastal community of Pismo Beach. SEASIDE 5K (3.1 MILES) Our Seaside 5k course (3.1 miles) is out-and-back and begins and ends in Pismo Beach at Dinosaur Caves Park, near the finish expo for the half marathon. The scenic course winds through the beautiful neighborhoods of Shell Beach with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. There is one challenging climb on this otherwise gentle course. October 14, 2018 from 7:00am - 3:00pm
  • October 19–21, 2018

    72nd Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival 

    This highly anticipated event attracts visitors from the entire state. Generations of families look forward to spending 3 days overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. Join in this City Celebration with Live Music, a Beer & Wine Pub, Best Local Clam Chowder Contest, Clam Bake, Clam Dig, Food Trucks, Vendors, a Family-Fun Kid Zone, and more! Admission: FREE! Unless participating in a premium scheduled activity. Location: Pismo Beach Pier Parking Lot, 100 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449. Friday: Pismo Chamber Hosted Wine Walk: 5:00pm-7:30pm Drawing at 7:30pm (must be present to win) Saturday: Esteem Surf Co. 80’s Surf Showdown: 8:00am-4:00pm Parade at 10:00am Beer & Wine Stage: 11:00am-6:00pm Live Music, Kid Zone, Food Trucks, Vendors & More: 11:00am-6:00pm Best Local Clam Chowder Contest: 12:00pm ($15) – Local Pismo Beach restaurants will compete for the title of Best Local Clam Chowder Winner – and you get to be the judge! Sunday: Beer & Wine Stage: 11:00am-5:00pm Live Music, Kid Zone, Food Trucks, Vendors & More: 11:00am-5:00pm Clam Dig: 12:00pm-1:00pm Clam Bake: 1:00pm ($30) – Enjoy a delicious meal of little neck clams, sausage, heirloom potatoes, sweet corn, local produce, corn bread and more specially crafted and baked on the beach to perfection by Chef Casey Walcott of SeaVenture Restaurant and served within the Pismo Beach Clam Festival.
  • October 25–28, 2018

    Pismo Jazz Festival 

    PISMO JAZZ JUBILEE – “Sounds of New Orleans” Oct 25th-28th –  All day Friday and Saturday.  Sunday until 4:30. For over 40 years, hundreds of people from all over the West Coast have been coming to Pismo for music, dancing, shopping and fun. Three Days of Vintage Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Zydeco, Mardi Gras, Swing and the Sounds of the Big Bands will be at 5 venues in Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande. Join us at the Pismo Vet’s Hall*, St. Anthony’s Event Center (780 Bello St) or the end of Addie Street* at the beach. New venues are at the South County Regional Center* and the Arroyo Grande Community Center. Pick a venue and let the bands come to you. Purchase your badges online before the 25th and pick them up at WILL CALL at the Pismo Vet’s Hall. Or at the event, you can buy your badges at one of three locations: Vet’s Hall, Addie Street Tent and S.C. Regional Center. Admission: From $30 Sunday to $105 for all three days. Half price Evening badges available. Friday 10am – 9:30. $50 and $25 after 4:30. Special Sets, “Silent Films” piano,” Music of Tin Pan Alley” to name a few. Dancing and music all day long with 5 bands paying swing sets starting at 4:40 at the AG Regional Center. Saturday 10am – Midnight. $60 and $30 after 5:50.  The “Sounds of New Orleans” with tributes to Louis Armstrong, Shaw & Goodman. The dance party starts at 6:00 with Violinist, Tom Rigney, performing a Mardi Gras Special. Sue Palmer Motel Swing Band will feature the famous young trombone player, Haruka Kikuchi from New Orleans.  The finale will be High Street from Idaho who will have you dancing in the aisles or on the dance floor until midnight! Sunday 9am – 4:30pm $30 Wind-down Sunday with more specials, gospel sets at 9:00 and 10:20. New this year, our local Mariachi Autience band will perform early California Mariachi at 11:40 and 2:30pm
  • October 27, 2018

    Pumpkins in the Park 

    We are excited to host our Annual “Pumpkins in the Park,” Halloween celebration, on Saturday, October 27, from 10am to 1pm at the Dinosaur Caves Park. The event will also include: Pumpkin Decorating for 1st 500 Kids, Food & Beverages, Costume Contest, Games, Crafts & a Bounce House! Dinosaur Caves Park: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

November 2018

  • November 3, 2018

    40th Annual Marching Band Review 

    Marching Bands from around across California come to Pismo Beach to compete in several divisions in this annual qualifying event. Bands compete on Dolliver between Hinds and Main Streets from approximately 9am-12pm. Awards will be presented on the Promenade near the base of the Pismo Pier. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau at 805-773-7034.
  • November 3, 2018

    Monarch Butterfly Grove Grand Opening Celebration 

    Thousands of beautiful orange and black Monarch Butterflies can be seen clustering in the Eucalyptus and Cypress trees at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove every winter. From November-February the grove is staffed daily by our knowledgeable docents from 10am – 4pm, with talks given at 11 am and 2 pm. Located on Highway 1 just south of the Pismo State Beach North Beach Campground the grove offers FREE admission and FREE parking. Don’t miss this spectacular wonder of nature. For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-443-7778 or visit www.MonarchButterfly.org. Monarch Butterfly Grove: 400 S Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • November 4, 2018

    Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves 

    Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a once-a-month event taking place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm, May through November. Over 100 local artists and craftsmen sell and display their work, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children’s activities. For more information, please contact Jan at 805-704-7083 or visit www.artintheparkshellbeach.com. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm Location: Dinosaur Caves Park - 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • November 11, 2018

    Veterans Day Celebration by the Pier 

    Join us by the Pismo pier at 11:00am to honor all the brave Veterans who have served in all the wars to keep us free.
  • November 22, 2018

    Turkey Trot 

    Come have some fun on Thanksgiving morning and run, jog or walk off a few calories before the big feast! When: Thanksgiving morning November 22nd 8:30am – trot kicks off/sign in begins at 8:00am Where: Pismo Beach south side of the pier Why: To raise money for those less fortunate and enjoy our friends, family and community. This event is free, however, a donation of $1 or more is requested. Last year, we had over 2,000 registered who helped raise over $13,000 to be donated to the SLO County Food Bank!

December 2018

  • December 7, 2018

    Holiday Harmony & Tree Lighting Ceremony 

    Due to rehabilitation on the Pismo Beach Pier, the City of Pismo Beach is excited to announce its 18th Annual Holiday Harmony celebration on Friday, December 7th, 2018 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM has been moved to Dinosaur Caves Park.  This event is FREE to the public and the evening will include fresh snow, bounce houses, crafts, music, and cookie decorating. The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:00PM. In addition, kids will have the chance to visit and take a picture with Santa! This community event is provided by the City of Pismo Beach Recreation Division. For more information, you can call (805) 773-7063 or visit www.pismobeach.org/recreation. Dinosaur Caves Park: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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