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 and no stranger to 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.
Additionally, Pismo Beach hosts a multitude of annual food & wine festivals and outdoor events that celebrate the bounty of the local region, bringing together food and wine lovers, surf aficionados, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Visitors come to enjoy experiences that are unique to Pismo Beach, such as viewing the “butterfly trees” at the Monarch Butterfly Grove, home of the largest gathering of Monarch Butterflies in California during their migration from October through February, or sampling chowder at the annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival, a community tradition since 1946. Pismo Beach is renowned for its proximity to award-winning wineries and its vast outdoor recreation opportunities. In the fall, visitors can enjoy blue skies and warm sunny days while surfing and kayaking, hiking a myriad of trails across varied terrain with breathtaking views, and visiting the celebrated winemaking regions of Edna Valley, Paso Robles, Arroyo Grande Valley, Santa Maria Valley and Avila Valley. Downtown Pismo Beach offers even more for visitors to see and do, with a diverse collection of boutiques, surf shops, gift and collectibles markets, and wine tasting rooms, with all roads leading to the famous Pismo Beach Pier. Excellent shopping opportunities are close by at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets, which boasts over 40 top retail brands such as Calvin Klein, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach.
After a day of exploring this amiable beach town, visitors are happy to find many restaurant options that are sure to satisfy a variety of tastes and cravings. Pismo Beach offers a wide range of dining experiences from exotic cuisine to seaport-inspired coastal fare, all inspired by the local California farmlands and wine country.
Pismo Beach’s proximity to the ocean allows nearly every hotel to be situated right on the beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Pismo Beach offers lodging for all types of vacations and lifestyles, from luxury suites to charming inns to vacation rentals. Oceanfront rooms are plentiful for guests seeking a luxurious escape, while fully-equipped RV parks provide a more natural experience for visitors with adventurous spirits. From surfing events to culinary festivals, Pismo Beach has something for everyone, every budget and every vacation this fall. 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.
Pismo Beach’s upcoming Autumn events include:
Still Frothy: Saturday, Sept. 24 - Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016
Still Frothy Surf Festival is a contest to fire up and motivate the youth in California to get off of their computers & video games and go surfing and once surfing -- never stop.
Surfing for Hope: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
The Surfing for Hope Annual Longboard Contest Weekend is an event designed to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing.
All proceeds from Surfing for Hope will benefit the Hearst Cancer Resource Center.
SLOPOKE Western Art Rodeo: Saturday, Oct. 8, - Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
The 6th Annual SLOPOKE Western Art Rodeo is a juried art exhibition, sale, and live auction to promote the work of the best contemporary artists available to art buyers and collectors. The SLOPOKE Western Art Rodeo is an experience for art lovers and collectors, which many now believe has the legs to become a legacy event half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
City to the Sea Half Marathon: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016
Since 1995, the City to the Sea half-marathon race has been organized to raise funds for the Cuesta College track and field and cross-country teams. Your race registration helps ensure that the athletes can continue training and racing in one of the California junior college system’s best programs. The City to the Sea event is family-friendly, so if 13.1 miles is not your preferred distance, you’ll love their 5k race which takes place in beautiful Pismo Beach.
Clam Festival: Friday, Oct. 21 - Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016
Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Clam Festival in Pismo Beach which includes regional food, music, entertainment, parade, Wine Walk, Chowder Contest, Clam Dig, Surf Contest, Clam Bake, and so much more. Tickets sell out early.
Jubilee by the Sea: Thursday, Oct. 27 - Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016
Jazz and Wine Lovers gather to celebrate the 40th Annual Jubilee by the Sea Jazz Festival featuring New Orleans-style jazz, big band performances, dancing, food and beverages.
Late October marks the arrival of thousands of Monarch Butterflies migrating from the north. The butterflies cluster in the Eucalyptus grove at our easily accessible Pismo State Beach. This natural wonder is beautiful, enjoyable and educational.