MORRO BAY 50TH CELEBRATION EVENTS

Merchants Street FaireMorro Bay Merchants Street Faire

August 3, 2014

Take the family down Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for music, dancing, kiddie entertainment, food and gifts. This event is a good time for everyone, and offers the chance for you to buy that unique item for someone special. Admission is free. For more information contact the Morro Bay Merchants Association.

Central Coast Women for Fisheries Legacy Art Sculpture

TBD

One of the key milestones for our City is the "Central Coast Women for Fisheries Legacy Art Sculpture" dedication to the families of "Those Who Wait".  

The goal for our the community is to have the legacy art project fully funded before the end of 2014, Morro Bay’s 50th Anniversary year. You too can join in on the community stewardship efforts and become part of the legacy of our fine coastal town and our fisherman's heritage.

One of CCWF’s most challenging goals is to have a three piece sculpture erected in the vicinity of Morro Rock's south side near the harbor entrance, dedicated to"Those Who Wait". Envisioned are a mother and her children watching over Morro Bay Harbor. To our knowledge there is only one other sculpture that has been created with the same purpose as ours and it is located in Gloucester, Massachusetts. With our sculpture here, there will now be a west coast and east coast tribute to fishermen’s families. The city of Morro Bay has approved our project and will incorporate this sculpture into their future plans for the area. Upon completion the sculptures will be gifted to the city of Morro Bay.

This idea came as a result of the many family members in Morro Bay who have over the years ventured to this location to bid their loved ones farewell as they head out to sea. We thought it would be a lovely tribute to those waiting families and most notably the women who were left behind to tend to the many challenges of raising a family while their partners were away at sea, sometimes for months at a time. Many of our fishermen return home safely, for which we are grateful, but sadly some do not. We honor those lost at sea as well with the making of this public art piece.

Visit the Central Coast Women for Fisheries website.

3rd Annual Eelgrass Planting Week

Join the 3rd Annual Eelgrass Planting Week August 9 – 14, 2014 for a unique eco-tourism experience in Morro Bay. Eelgrass is one of the most important habitats in Morro Bay and has suffered a significant decline since 2010. The 2014 goal is to plant 8,000 bundles of eelgrass across the bay floor. Last year, over 100 volunteers helped plant 9,775 bundles of eelgrass.

This project provides a unique opportunity for families and colleagues to work together outside and help heal the bay. Volunteer opportunities exist both on-shore and in the water. Certified SCUBA divers are needed to help with harvesting eelgrass and planting bundles. Volunteers working on-shore will bundle and process eelgrass harvested from the divers. A volunteer flyer is attached. Information is also available online at www.mbnep.org. Volunteers can sign up for two or four hour shifts by contacting: kwinfrey@mbnep.org or (805) 772-3834 x13.

44th Annual F-100 North-South Run

August 16, 2014

Pickups Limited of Southern California and Ford F-100 Elite of Northern California are taking the 44th Annual F-100 North-South Run to Morro Bay in 2014! On Saturday, August 16th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., come out to Tidelands Park and enjoy viewing classic F-100 trucks. Tidelands Park provides the picturesque setting where you’ll have the chance to meet the truck owners and ask questions.

Those seeking additional information can contact the North Chairperson, Earl Pecka, at 209-835-7626, the South Chairperson, Rosie Blanco, at 562-692-8663, or via e-mail at jmd.ca@comcast.net.

Morro Bay 50th Art in the ParkLabor Day Weekend Art in the Park

August 30-September 1, 2014

Join with the Morro Bay Community as we celebrate local art and artists. This free event is open to everyone. Attendees will have the opportunity to see art in action and purchase beautiful, local art. The event takes place at Morro Bay City Park and runs from 10 a.m. t0 5 p.m. all three days.

Visit the Morro Bay Art in the Park website for more information.

Dahlia DazeMorro Bay Dahlia Daze | Morro Bay 50th

September 5-6, 2014

Join us at the Morro Bay Community Center on Friday, September 5th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a wine and cheese reception featuring: a flower show, information tables, speakers, and the crowning of a new Dahlia Princess. On Saturday, September 6th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the celebration continues with the Dahlia Parade. Since Morro Bay is celebrating its 50th anniversary, you can expect more surprises.

Would you like to enter your daughter or son to become Morro Bay's 50th Dahlia Daze princess or prince? Apply and find out details here.

If you're interested in participating in this special Morro Bay 50th anniversary Dahlia Daze parade, complete your application and mail it to MorroBay50th@gmail.com.

150th State Parks Quilting Competition

September 18, 2014

Join other Central Coast quilters to create a "Mantanir quilt." Once completed, quilters will submit a photo of their quilt via email by August 1st. The selected quilts will be hung on September 12th for the September 13th display lasting through November. Morro Bay will host a small reception in the Museum on Thursday, September 18th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stay tuned for details. 

Morrow Bay Avocado and Margarita FestivalAvocado & Margarita Festival

September 13-14, 2014

Enjoy the BEST California avocados in all variations of culinary delights as well as refreshing margaritas, beer, specialty foods, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and the beautiful Embarcadero, Morro Bay. You could win a year’s supply of avocados. The event runs from 10:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The festival takes place at 714 Embarcadero. See you there!

For the most up-to-date details, visit the Avocado & Margarita Festival website.

Sunset Savor the Central CoastSunset Savor the Central Coast | Morro Bay 50th

September 25-28, 2014

Join the finale of San Luis Obispo County wine month by attending Sunset Savor the Central Coast. Reserve your spot for one of the many Adventure Tours taking place throughout the County that will happen between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday and Friday. On Thursday evening, attend a special dinner event at Hearst Castle. Last, visitors won’t want to miss the main event taking place between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The main event features local wine, beer, and cuisine. Your Morro Bay host will help you plan out the perfect wine weekend.

Visit the Sunset Savor website for complete details and pricing.

33rd Annual Morro Bay Harbor FestivalMorro Bay Harbor Festival | Morro Bay 50th Celebration

October 4-5, 2014

Join us for the 33rd Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival, one of the premier events on California’s spectacular Central Coast.  Taste the freshest seafood straight off the boat at the popular Commercial Fishermen’s BBQ and sample wine and beer from many of our local wineries and breweries in our incredible Seafood, Beer and Wine Court.  Bring the kids and be delighted by the many interactive activities. The festival takes place on the Embarcadero, just before you approach Morro Rock. Admission is $8 and gets you into the festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit the Morro Bay Harbor Festival website for additional details and updates.

Morro Bay Vintage Trailer Rally

October 16-18, 2014

Join us along the Morro Strand State Beach on Saturday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to see beautiful vintage campers (FREE) and enjoy wine, beer and restaurant tastings; all the while listening to a great blues band ($30).

Planning to camp? The cost is $220 for one trailer and one adult (additional adults at the same campsite is $100/person). This fee includes camping fees, welcome happy hour, three breakfasts, potluck fun Friday night, Saturday BBQ and the wine tasting event.

To sign up, please visit www.ccspa.info. Questions? Contact Mary Golden at mgolden@ccspa.info or call 805-748-8278.

Free 50th Landmark & Legacy Historical Bicycle Tour

Saturday, October 18, 2014 starting at 9:30 a.m.

If you missed the first Free Morro Bay 50th Bike tour this is another chance to join in the fun! Test your knowledge of Morro Bay as we pedal through town!  Come on the bicycle tour of Morro Bay’s historic sites and learn things you never thought you would.  And if you know something that your guide does not, correct him and bring the group up to date. Our route will take us from Yerba Buena to the Marina in a meandering fashion.

Come with us as we discover the site of the original Morro Bay International Airport. Where was the Officers Club and what happened to it?  What makes the “Criddle Griddle” unique?

Morro Bay Triathlon

November 2, 2014

Morro Bay Triathlon is back and better than ever. It is a true destination triathlon with California flavor. Swim the bay, ride historic Highway 1, and run on the hard packed sand on the beach, board walk, dirt roads and paved roads. Come out and enjoy some of the finest multi-sport terrain on the west coast! We offer an alternative kayak and stand-up paddle board course to the non-swimming multi-sport athletes. Runners and their support teams will meet at Coleman Park at 8 a.m. Sign up now and enjoy early bird pricing for all events. Click below to register now!

Discover specific race options, pricing, and more on the Morro Bay Triathlon website.

Soupabration! “Soups for the Hoidays"

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Join us at the Morro Bay Community Center from noon until 5 p.m. as 12 chefs/restaurants compete for best soups, picked by these celebrity judges: 

  • Chef William Werner from San Francisco; 
  • Chef Philip Riccomini, Paso Robles Culinary Arts Academy; 
  • Judy Salamacha, MB Citizen of the Year, Radio Host and Columnist;
  • Neil Farrell, Bay News Editor
  • 5th judge TBA—(checking her schedule…)

The "Soupabration" also features:Morro Bay Soupabration

  • The “People’s Favorite” Soup
  • Artisan food samplings
  • Wine tasting
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Wildlife Ambassadors from Pacific Wildlife Care
  • Auctions & opportunity drawings
  • Music

Tickets go on sale August 15th:

  • $50 (Gen admission, soup, food samplings)
  • $15 (Wine tasting, includes souvenir wine glass)

Proceeds benefit Pacific Wildlife Care

Information:  soupabration@live.com

www.soupabration.org

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