The Classic California beach town of Pismo Beach, is situated on California's celebrated Central Coast halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Offering 26 miles of uninterrupted, pristine ocean views, Pismo Beach is one of San Luis Obispo County’s most sought-after vacation destinations offering beautiful weather and Wine & Waves. In autumn, Pismo Beach’s Indian Summer is one of the most picturesque, peaceful, and affordable times of year to experience California’s Central Coast. During this period, the days are warm and mild, and hoteliers are able to offer a wide range of accommodations at pleasing seasonal rates.
It’s always a great time to visit Pismo Beach, however, our fall season has the very best of everything. See the harvest, take in the great outdoors, get away together, experience unforgettable events, and more… In Pismo Beach, you make your moments memorable, any day, any season, and in any way you choose to enjoy your Wine & Waves vacation with us!
Some of Pismo Beach’s upcoming events and attractions this season include:
California Wine Month September 2018: Tasting Rooms & Wineries to Explore
Pismo Beach offers the perfect pairing of Wine & Waves with beautiful beaches and a taste of California wine country at your fingertips at our oceanfront resorts and distinct restaurants. Learn about the local culture and discover new grape varieties produced here in the historic winemaking regions of Edna valley, Arroyo Grande and Avila Valley all of which are located just 30 minutes outside of downtown Pismo Beach.
Still Frothy Surf Festival, September 21-23, 2018
This exciting and unique 3-day event (September 21-23) includes the only Tow-At (jet ski assist) Air Division on the Central Coast, high-lighting traveling and local pros, Youth Divisions, JR Guard Challenge & a Pro-Am Contest. Plus, free giveaways will be taking place all day on both Saturday and Sunday at the Pismo Pier. The event kicks off Friday night at Cool Cat Restaurant in Pismo with auction items and special musical guests. More details here: http://www.stillfrothy.com and www.facebook.com/StillFrothy
The Surfing for Hope Annual Longboard Contest Weekend will take place in Pismo Beach, California. This event is designed to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing. The event begins on Friday afternoon with Opening Ceremonies. The Ceremonies include a Memorial Paddle Out to honor friends and loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer. Following in the paddle out, a Benefit Reception featuring foods and wines of the Central Coast, silent auction, and will take place at Avila Beach Lighthouse Suites. On Saturday the Annual Longboard Surf Contest and Cancer Resource Health Fair will be held at the Pismo Beach pier. The contest is open to ages 10 and up with a variety of divisions. The Health Fair focuses on business and local groups which support, educate and help people who are going through the cancer experience. All proceeds from Surfing for Hope benefit the Surfing for Hope Foundation in San Luis Obispo, California. Since 2012, Surfing for Hope has raised more than $200,000 to support and assist cancer patients and their families. Beneficiaries last year included the Pure Stoke Youth Program and local cancer resources for current families battling cancer.
Clam Festival: Friday, Oct. 19 - Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018
Celebrate the 71st Anniversary of the Clam Festival in Pismo Beach which includes regional food, wine & brews, music, entertainment, parade, Wine Walk, Chowder Contest, Clam Dig, Surf Contest, Clam Bake, and so much more. Tickets sell out early.
Pismo Jazz Jubilee: Thursday, Oct. 25 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018
Jazz and Wine Lovers gather to celebrate the 42nd Annual Jubilee by the Sea Jazz Festival featuring New Orleans-style jazz, big band performances, dancing, local food and beverages. This year, the Basin Street Regulars presents the most ambitious of band line-ups ever featured at the Jazz Jubilee by the Sea in Pismo Beach. New Bands include Syncopated Times writer, Adrian Cunningham, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band from New Orleans, Tom Hook and the Terriers, The Au Brothers and Blue Street Jazz Band. Three Days, five venues, over 25 bands.
Welcome the Monarchs
The Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is one of only five sites in the state that has counts of over 10,000.Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. The grove is easily accessible and is located on CA State Highway 1 at the south boundary of the city limits of Pismo Beach.
Visit the Historic Chapman House
The CITY OF PISMO BEACH and THE CHAPMAN ESTATE FOUNDATION opened the CHAPMAN ESTATE for PUBLIC ACCESS & DOCENT TOURS. The Chapman Estate, a historical and cultural site, was gifted by Clifford Chapman to the City of Pismo Beach in 2013 to be used for pubic enjoyment, neighborhood gatherings, private occasions, weddings, and other activities for designated non-profit organizations. This landmark property was developed over an extended period of time dating back to 1914, earning the name of “Windmill House,” because of its iconic windmill visible from both land and sea. For more information on the Chapman Estate, visit http://www.classiccalifornia.com/chapman-estate/. Hours of operation are TUESDAY & THURSDAY 11AM-1PM; FRIDAY 5PM -7PM. Group Tours available during public access hours. ADMISSION is $5 per person; Free Admission for 12 years and under; $5 Docent Tour; $25 Individual Season Pass & $50 Family Seasonal Pass. (1243 OCEAN BLVD, PISMO BEACH, CA 93449).
With over 26 miles of pristine coastline throughout our rich natural world, you can kayak or SUP along outstanding vistas of rugged coastline and oceanic caves nestled beneath palisades accompanied by migrating marine lifesuch as dolphins, whales, and sea otters and numerous bird species including warblers and adorable snowy plovers. Ride horseback along white sandy shorelines and a riparian estuary flanked by majestic Eucalyptus trees, home to our famous Monarch Butterfly Grove.
New Restaurants to Enjoy
After a day of exploring this amiable beach town, visitors are happy to find many restaurant optionsthat are sure to satisfy a variety of tastes and cravings. Pismo Beach offers a wide range of diningexperiences from exotic cuisineto gourmet coastal fare, inspired by the local wine country combined with the freshness of the local California farmlands. Two new and delicious restaurants include the Central Coast Meat Market and Bodega, a tapas and wine bar conveniently located downtown.
See Canyon Apple Season
Home to some of the best tasting apples on the Central Coast, the See Canyon apple season opens September 1 through early December. Grown in a perfect micro-climate that enhances their crisp, juicy, fragrant, fresh apple essence, the Avila Valley’s apple farms are each unique and special in their own way. Come explore the Avila Apple Trail to learn all the apple varieties grown. Visit the orchards to taste fresh apple cider, hard ciders, still and sparkling apple wines. Enjoy homemade baked apple pies and pastries, and variety of apple products pie along the bucolic See Canyon Apple Trail. Apple season is a special time of the year on the Central Coast. Tasting locally grown apples picked right off the tree, will give you a completely new appreciation of this beautiful fruit. Read more on locations near Pismo Beach.
Canine Travelers Welcome in Dog-friendly Pismo Beach
In Pismo Beach, we know how important every member of the family is, including your canine kids. We’ve even created our own dog-friendly website dedicated to your canine traveling needs and interests listing dog friendly beaches, dozens of dog friendly accommodationsand activities.
About Pismo Beach CA
The Classic California beach town of Pismo Beach is located on California's famous Central Coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along Pacific Coast Highway and CA-Highway 101. Overlooking more than 26 miles of pristine Pacific coastline, enjoy Pismo Beach's great weather, plethora of outdoor activities, rich wild life and nature preserves, seaport inspired cuisine and fresh farmland produce, downtown wine tasting rooms, and neighboring world class wine producing regions of the Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Avila Valley, Paso Robles,Santa Maria Valleyand Santa Rita Hills. Pismo Beach offers the perfect pairing of Wine & Waves with a truly “ClassicCalifornia”experience.Pismo Beach is also noted for being one of the most dog-friendly towns in America. See our wide variety of lodging choices accommodating every budget and lifestyle, by visiting Classiccalifornia.com.Also, join us on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube,Instagram, and Pinterest. Media inquiries, please contact Georgina Stassi at firstname.lastname@example.org at 310.613.7445.