Morro Bay, CA, June 12, 2018
– Besides being designated as one of the 10 Best Bargain Trips for 2018
by Budget Travel
, Morro Bay
is THE place to celebrate all summer long. Located on scenic Highway 1 half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this active harbor town is pulling out all the stops this summer with exciting special events starting with annual 4th of July parades & Family Fun Day and ending with the renowned Avocado & Margarita Festival. Don’t miss out!
“We kick off summer with a bang every 4th of July! This family fun day starts with our annual skateboard race, then a patriotic bike parade, and we’ve added a new paddle parade through the harbor that ends up at Tidelands Park,” explains Jennifer Little, Morro Bay Tourism Manager. “We end the summer with an amazing food and libation event that focuses on our incredible avocado farming industry in Morro Bay. The annual Avocado & Margarita festival was named one of the 12 the Best Food Festivals
happening this fall nationwide by Travel & Leisure
in 2017. This is not to be missed.”
12 pm – Bike Parade: Deck out your bike in your patriotic best! No motorized bikes and under the age of 18 must wear helmet. Meet at northside of the Morro Creek Bridge at 12 pm. Ride to Tidelands Park, bike valet available.
2 pm – Paddle Parade: Patriotic decor suggested on your kayak, paddleboard or canoe! No motorized vessels please. Meet at Coleman Park at 1:45 and paddle to Tidelands Park.
Activities at Tidelands Park – Kid’s Carnival, Food and Music!
Play carnival games, enjoy the bounce house, and win patriotic prizes! Carnival wristbands cost $5 per child. Face painting and balloon art, Police Department dunk tank, Harbor Department boat tours, Firefighter relay race and more. Bring cash for food vendors, Kettle Corn, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, and more. Plus enjoy the Floating Bar from Lost Isle Adventures. Here’s the event stage line-up:
11 am Live Music by The Cinders
1 pm Opening Flag Ceremony
2 pm Magic by Chris Lopez
3 – 5 pm Live Music by Shameless
Take the trolley! Park and ride the trolley to Tideland’s Park. If you’re staying in a Morro Bay hotel just ask the front desk for a trolley token and your 4th of July ride is on us! Morro Bay Trolley picks up across the street from the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way. For more event info CLICK HERE or contact Morro Bay Recreation Services at (805)772-6278.
See the Fireworks Display From Cayucos, Our Neighboring Community to the North, Aboard the Deck of a Boat Launched from Morro Bay Harbor
After a full day of patriotic pizzazz in Morro Bay, keep the fun going and board a boat in the Morro Bay Harbor to watch the Cayucos Fireworks Show from the sea:
- Sub Sea Tours: Evening cocktail cruise to Cayucos for fireworks. Call for more information at (805) 772-9463.
- Virg’s Landing: Venture to Cayucos for the spectacular fireworks show from 7 pm-10 pm. Reserve your seat by calling (805)772-1222.
- Red Anchor Charters: Secure a private sailing charter to the Cayucos fireworks show
for up to 6 people. Call (805) 235-5488 to book.
- Morro Bay Landing: Call for more information at (805)771-5500.
Morro Bay Blvd & Harbor St, Morro Bay, CA, 93442
The 62nd annual Art in the Park Festival offers artists and crafts people a high quality outdoor setting to display and sell their wares. Morro Bay Art in the Park is looked upon as the finest display of handmade art and crafts presented in San Luis Obispo County. There will be 108 booths representing 125 independent artists and craft workers as well as a wide variety of food and drink available at the festival. For more information call (805) 772-2504.
Morro Rock at the end of the Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442
The 49th Brian Waterbury Memorial Rock to Pier Fun Run is a six mile event held entirely on the beach from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. Runners will run around the pier and head back to Morro Bay. At Azure Street beach access (1.5 miles from finish) runners will head to a 1-mile path around Cloisters Park where they will return to the beach to finish at Morro Rock. Proceeds will be used for the Morro Bay Recreation Department Youth Sport programs. For more information or to register CLICK HERE
September 7, 2018 from 5 – 8 pm
Highway 41, Morro Bay, CA, 93442
Seats are limited to only 200 guests on this intimate evening event hosted at the landmark Packing Shed, a Morro Bay Avocado Farm set minutes from town with rural agricultural ambiance. Enjoy all-inclusive farm-to-table pairings with area farmers and local chefs presenting tantalizing avocado-themed dishes. The culinary delights at Taste of the Grove are provided by incredible local chefs, restaurants & experts in their field including Divine Street Catering, Fig Good Food, Flora and Fauna, Olea Farm, Trumpet Vine Catering, Thomas Hill Organics, Two Cooks and more. Enjoy food demos, educational opportunities, live music, and dozens of local dishes as well as local mixology, wine, and brewery pairings. For more information and tickets CLICK HERE
September 8, 2018 from 10 am – 7 pm
700 Embarcadero Rd, Morro Bay, CA, 93442
Taste guacamole ’til you see green and quench your thirst with margaritas of every imaginable color and flavor. Enjoy great food, live music, art & crafts, specialty vendors, and a whole lotta fun right on the Embarcadero in beautiful Morro Bay. Proceeds support the local Chamber, the Morro Bay High School Music Boosters, and Athletic Boosters & Cheerleaders. For event schedule and tickets CLICK HERE
October 26-27, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Morro Bay will be honoring true heroes this fall with the inaugural First Responders Pub Crawl. Everyone’s invited to dress up like their favorite first responder and enjoy wine, beer, and food served at their favorite local retail store, restaurant or service business outlet. There will be a winemaker or brew master waiting inside local businesses to give a sip of their exceptional product while guests attempt to visit every business. The goal is two-fold: first to encourage guests to explore new businesses in Morro Bay and introduce a new set of customers to local wineries and breweries. Tickets are $15.00 each, ($20.00 at the door) and are all-inclusive. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department. The crawl begins at two locations with one finish line where passports will be collected, and the winners will be announced! This adult activity will finish up the next morning with a Walk of Shame Breakfast at local eateries serving a special breakfast to the crawlers. Watch for more info about this exciting event.
Special Summer Lodging Deals
Everyone who visits Morro Bay during the summer wins, including your wallet, because rooms start under $100 mid-week and under $200 for most weekends. This quaint fishing village is an amazing coastal destination offering boutique waterfront hotels, quaint inns, intimate B&Bs and several remodeled budget-friendly motels reminiscent of 1950s classic California complete with contemporary amenities.
Visitors will find plenty of great places to eat and drink
featuring local ocean-to-table cuisine, wine country fare, perfectly grilled steaks, juicy burgers, and fish and chips by the sea. Find local craft beer and locally sourced Paso Robles or Edna Valley wine at tasting rooms, pubs and wine bars throughout Morro bay. There are also plenty of fun FREE things to do
like tide pooling, hiking and beach combing for the abundant sand dollars found on Morro Strand Beach.
For more information on all the exciting things to do and see in Morro Bay, visit www.morrobay.org