MORRO BAY 50TH CELEBRATION EVENTS
Central Coast Women for Fisheries Legacy Art Sculpture
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.
Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2014
The Morro Bay Kite Festival is a FREE annual event for kite enthusiasts and families on the beach north of Morro Rock. The first 500 children to show up on Saturday will receive a free kite. The event occurs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Visit the Morro Bay Kite Festival website for more details.
Thursday through Sunday, May 1-4, 2014
Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show returns for the 17th time in 2014! Starting Thursday evening, rare cars will begin arriving in Morro Bay for registration. On Friday, secure a spot on Main Street for Cruise Night as classics and other rare cars cruise past. Continue the party on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and talk with the car owners. The event wraps up on Sunday morning with the announcment of the best cars.
Visit the Morro Bay Cruisin’ Car Show website for more information.
50th Anniversary Bike Tours
Free Morro Bay 50th Landmark City Parks Bicycle & Trolley Tour – May 10, 2014
Join us on a bicycle tour of Morro Bay’s many parks and learn more than you thought you would. Find out where Morro Bay’s smallest park is located. Discover which park is the City’s newest park. Are any of the parks orphaned? Can they be adopted? Our route will take us from Yerba Buena to Bayshore Drive in a meandering fashion.
As much as we can, we will ride on separated bike paths away from motor vehicles. Sometimes though we will ride with traffic and we will do it safely. Your guide will explain how you can safely navigate with the group. Also, we will experience a couple of steep hills, but they are short hills. Don’t feel bad if you get off your bike and push it up the hill. You won’t be the only one.
A couple of tips – wear comfortable and colorful clothing. You want to be seen. Make sure your bike is in good shape; a good bike mechanic is hard to find when you’re out on the road. Bring water, snacks, eye and skin protection, spare tubes that will fit your bike wheels and wear a helmet, even if you are over 18.
Free Morro Bay 50th Landmark & Legacy History Bicycle Tour – October 18, 2014
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?
May, Memorial Weekend - 4th of July Weekend - September, Labor Day Weekend
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 pieces of art.
Visit the Morro Bay Art in the Park website for more information.
Wednesday through Sunday, May 28 - June 1, 2014
California Healey Week 2014 will be held at the seaside village of Morro Bay. This year, CHW celebrates their 40th anniversary by returning to the first annual event location in Morro Bay. This return is fitting considering our 50th anniversary. The primary reason for CHW is to gather together Austin Healey enthusiasts and celebrate these classic sports cars.
Visit the Austin-Healey Association website for more information.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Morro Bay Harbor Festivals, Inc. announces plans for the return of the Morro Bay Music Festival, Saturday, June 7th from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is only $2 and kids 12 and under get in free. The following bands are participating this year: Chicago Mike Swanberg (11:00 a.m.), Lenny Blue Band (12:00 p.m.), Lou Lou and the Cow Tippers (1:30 p.m.), Back Bay Betty (3 p.m.), Louie and the Lovers (4:30 p.m.), and Lou Mars (6:00 p.m.). The remaining lineup will be announced soon. Attendees can also expect local food, wine, and beer. Don't forget your lawn chairs!
Visit the Morro Bay Harbor Festival website for more details.
June 8, 2014
The whole family is invited to Tognazzini’s Dockside Too for Morro Bay oysters and beer! A $20 ticket covers 1/2 dozen bar-b-qued oysters and a pitcher of beer. Also, children will receive free hot dogs and sodas. Guests will enjoy live music with Lenny Blue and a live auction. All proceeds from the event go towards fireworks for Morro Bay’s 4th of July event. The party starts at 1 p.m. and goes until it’s dark. You can find more event details here.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Celebrate your independence all day long with Morro Bay’s unique 4th of July event. Activities happen all day long including: a skateboard race, live music, a bike parade, children’s activities, patriotic activities, and fireworks. Local food and beverage vendors will be onsite to fix your appetite needs. Events begin at 10 a.m. and end at 9:30 p.m.
View the 4th of July website for more details.
45th Annual Rock to Pier Run
Saturday, July 12, 2014
This event has been a part of Morro Bay since near the beginning! Join this run on the beach from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. The event is open to participants of all ages and abilities. Registation will begin on May 5, 2014. Proceeds from this event will used for Morro Bay Recreation and Parks’ Youth Sports programs. The registration fee ($50-70) will include a performance t-shirt, finisher’s medal, aid stations at miles 2.5, 4, 6, 8, 10.5 and 13.1, and breakfast back at the Rock.
Founders Day Community Picnic
Thursday, July 17, 2014
On July 17, 1964, Morro Bay became an incorporated City. Join the community of Morro Bay as we celebrate the official 50th anniversary with an old-fashioned picnic. Take the family and your picnic basket out to Tidelands Park from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as we watch the sun set over Morro Rock. Attendees can expect children's activities, ice cream, 1960's music, and nostalgic memories. More details soon!
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stranded in Morro Bay
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 and food tastings ($30). Planning to camp? The cost is $250/couple for campers which includes camping fees, cocktail house, Friday tour, three breakfasts, two lunches, and wine tasting. For more details, contact Mary Golden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
View all regularly updated Morro Bay events below. Please check back regularly for updates. For more complete event information, visit morrobay.org/events