SPORT AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES

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  • Quicksilver Ranch Wine
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Of course an area needs more than just rich history to remain a popular tourist spot. There’s plenty to see and do in the Central Coast region and something for everyone to do, especially during the Fall.
The San Luis Obispo wine country has its annual Harvest on The Coast each year, a three day extravaganza to showcase the more than 60 wineries and restaurants in and around San Luis. This festival takes place from November 7th to November 9th. The Grand Tasting and Wine Auction takes place on Sunday, November 8th, in Avila Beach.
Avila Beach also gets into the holiday spirit during the winter. Winter Holiday festivities run throughout the downtown area on November 29th and on New Years Day the beach hosts the Avila Beach Polar Bear Plunge.
February is Coastal Discovery and Stewardship Month and each year Avila Beach goes all out. While activities primarily center around the Central Coast Aquarium, things also happen in the greater surrounding area. Avila Beach encourages taking care of the environment with their Coastal Cleanup Day, where participants can pick up a Cleanup Kit and clean up the beach in return for a tote bag.
The arrival of April means that the ever popular Avila Beach Farmers Market is back. It’s held every Friday, April through September, on the downtown promenade, from 4pm to 8pm. At the end of April, the Wine, Waves and Beyond festival takes place at numerous places across the county. That’s from April 30th – May 3rd.
For the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend come and sample some tequila, live music, local food, and fun in the sun during the Avila Beach's Tequila Festival. The next day hosts the Avila Beach Blues Festival, a blues concert held inside the cove.
There’s plenty more to see and do including the Haunted Lighthouse Tour. The Point San Luis Lighthouse has a meticulously restored Fresnel Lens and tours are offered all year round. During the Halloween season however, things even get a little spooky. Join in the Haunted Lighthouse tour between October 25th and 29th. There’s also a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater on the big day itself, October 31st. The lighthouse also offers special chances to experience the life of a lighthouse keeper with two more special events: Make Merry at the Lighthouse, held every Wednesday and Saturday in December, and Love at The Lighthouse, held each year on or near Valentine’s Day (February 14th).
Each winter, Los Osos hosts an annual Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, where over 500 bird watchers come to see and learn about the local variety of birds. That takes place January 16th – 19th. There are more than 200 different species of birds available to spot during the festival weekend.
There are also plenty of music festivals happening during the year in Los Osos. The Oktoberfest & Car Show, Junefest, Barefoot Concerts on The Green (taking place every Saturday, May to October), and the Red Barn concert series, keep music flowing nearly all year long. There’s also the Boatzart on The Bay music event where you can enjoy a free festival at the Baywood Pier.
With so much to do, you can stop by any time during the year and see what’s going on in the local area, there’s bound to be something!