The California coast is full of spectacular views, but this summer and fall, visitors will also find a variety of entertaining events to choose from while cruising the coast. From art and music to food and wine, the event calendar along the California coast is as varied as its many residents and visitors.
In Southern California, art will come to life at the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. After dark, take in "The Big Picture," with productions nightly from July 7 to August 31. Celebrating 80 years of "living pictures" that re-create classic works of art, more than 500 volunteers from Laguna Beach and surrounding communities are transformed into life-sized world-famous paintings, sculptures and other works of art.
Heading north to the central coast, visitors can rock out to an eclectic variety of music at the Stone Soup Music Festival in Grover Beach, San Luis Obispo County on August 24. This popular two-day festival offers a great variety of live music on two stages, eclectic vendor booths, and plenty of international foods.
Or take a bite out of summer at the Avocado & Margarita Festival in Morro Bay on September 14 and 15. Sample guacamole till you see green! Quench your thirst with Cabo Wabo Margarita's. Held outdoors, there are contests for best guacamole and best local avocado-based recipes, live music and kids events. Beer and wine also available.
Up along the scenic Northern California coast, from August 30 to September 2 visitors can go back in time and say hello to Paul Bunyon and his big blue ox, Babe during the Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg, Mendocino County. It’s a lumberjack rowdy good time for the family – watch the logging show, vote in the Ugly Dog Contest, meet Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, stay out of the Kangaroo Kort, get wet at the Fireman's Water Fight, and enjoy fresh fish, BBQ, pies, and a whole lot more.
For more information on these and many other California coastal events: www.VisitCalifornia.com.
For more information about top events in California take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in California.