MORRO BAY 50TH CELEBRATION EVENTS
October 2, 2014
Explore Morro Bay’s Oyster Farm, eat and pair it up with some delicious California wines Thursdays through the month of October. Tour through the estuary with a brief history and close look at many species of wildlife that call the estuary home. Upon arrival at the Oyster Beds the unique “farming” process will be explained while you witness the workings of a live oyster farm. During your visit learn about seafood sustainability and enjoy local oysters with a tasting of California wines. For more information or to register for an October tour, visit the Harbor & Oyster Tour page (tour includes cruise, wine and oyster pairings).
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.
We are looking for some help with the Morro Bay 50th/ Morro Bay Tourism Booth at the Harbor Festival on Saturday and Sunday October 5th and 6th. We need one person per 3-hour shift per day but if you have a friend who would like to join you that is fine too . The Tourism bureau will be helping us man the booth and sell t-shirts. If you can Volunteer on: Saturday 10:00 - 1:00, 1:00 - 4:00, 4:00 - 7:00, or Sunday 11:00 - 2:30, 2:30 - 6:30, please email MorroBay50th@gmail.com
Visit the Morro Bay Harbor Festival website for additional details and updates.
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.
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.
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?
October 22-24, 2014
Join a LIMITED number of classic car enthusiasts October 22-24, 2014 as they cruise historic Hwy #41 from Yosemite to Morro Bay--FROM THE SUMMIT TO THE SEA. This historic ride will celebrate the joint anniversaries of Morro Bay, the Yosemite Grant (150th), and California State Parks (150th).
Participants will stay in two hotels, drive through Yosemite, enjoy dinner in Oakhurst, lunch at the historic Jack Ranch Cafe (where James Dean crashed), and another meal in Morro Bay. History will be made and photos will be taken. Complete details can be found at FromTheSummitToTheSea.com.
Event registration is limited to 150th cars. Registration is available online.
November 1, 2014 - November 1-28, 2014
Morro Bay in Bloom presents the 1st Annual Morro Bay Surfboard Art Festival. This month-long event will support Project Surf Camp and Morro Bay in Bloom. Twenty renowned artists and community groups will have their surfboard art creations displayed publicly throughout the City of Morro Bay from November 1st through the 28th. Join us on November 29th at the Inn at Morro Bay for the Surfboard Art Festival Gala Auction from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. View the event flyer here.
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:
- The “People’s Favorite” Soup
- Artisan food samplings
- Wine tasting
- Chef demonstrations
- Wildlife Ambassadors from Pacific Wildlife Care
- Auctions & opportunity drawings
Tickets go on sale August 15th:
- $50 (Gen admission, soup, food samplings)
- $15 (Wine tasting, includes souvenir wine glass)
Proceeds benefit Pacific Wildlife Care
November 7, 2014
We invite bears from all over to come and enjoy the 1st Annual Morro Bay Bears Weekend, November 7-9, 2014. Your weekend includes a Bears on the Bay Cruise, a Bears Bonfire Beach Party, Bear Beer & Wine Crawl, a Bear Dinner & Brunch, Bear Bar Night with live music & games, plus much much more! Early bird deadline is October 3rd. For more information or to register for this event, visit MorroBay.org/Bears.
November 30, 2014
Take the family down Morro Bay Boulevard and Main Street between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for holiday festivities celebrating our 50th year , kiddie entertainment, food and gifts. This event is the perfect place to find a special gift just in time for the holidays. Admission is free. For more information contact the Morro Bay Merchants Association.
December 3-8, 2014
Steer toward Morro Bay for the highly anticipated return visit of the majestic tall-ship Lady Washington as well as the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain. During their stay, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be offering walk-on tours and two options for sailing excursions. Crew in 18th century costumes will welcome visitor’s dockside in Morro Bay for ship handling demonstrations, sea shanty singing and story telling. The ships will also host educational programs for K-12 students. Here's some history and facts in honor of Morro Bay's 50th celebration:
The Lady Washington
- Appeared as the Black Pearl in the 2003 movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
- Launched in 1989 • Replica of one of the first U.S. flagged vessels to visit the West Coast.
- Main mast of the 99-ton vessel rises 89 feet off the water
- Crewed by U.S. Coast Guard professionals and a number of volunteers.
- Replica of a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century European merchant trader
- Launched in 1988 • Designed for cargo trade on the Hawaiian Islands, with influences from early colonial passengers and coastal packets that traded along the Atlantic coast
- 80-ton vessel rises 75 feet off the water, with a 4,200 square-foot sail area
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit historicalseaport.org.
Lighted Boat Parade and Tree Lighting
December 6, 2014
Come to the Embarcadero in Morro Bay and secure a spot along the waterfront to watch a procession of some of the most beautifully-decorated Christmas skiffs, yachts, fishing boats, cutters, sailboats, and kayaks at 6:30 p.m. Please call (805) 772-4467 for more information.
For more complete event information, visit morrobay.org/events.