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Looking for that once in a year experience? We got you covered!

Here is our mini-bucket list of some of the top events and festivals in Half Moon Bay! So let the good times roll and find your next BIG experience from our list of some of the most popular annual events and festivals in Half Moon Bay.

Half Moon Bay is much more than just a summer vacation destination.   With its year-round events, indoor / outdoor activities, and tourist destinations there are many ways to  entertained yourself throughout the year.

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Ongoing Over Multiple Months

Coastside Farmers Market

A farmer-directed Certifed Market designed to link Coastside residents with their neighbors — the Coastside farmers, ranchers, fishermen and culinary artisans that produce some of the most beautiful, nutritious and creative food in the world.

Every Saturday from May to third Saturday in December. Click here for more information.

First Weekends ART Show

Located in the former Dunn-Mehler Gallery on the beautiful Half Moon Bay coast, 337 Mirada.

First Weekends ART shows are the first weekend of every month and feature local artists displaying and selling their work. For more info, visit www.337MiradaART.com

ART will be showcasing paintings by four Coastside artists March 3 through March 5.

• Ellen Joseph creates colorful paintings of the San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey County coastlines

• Ellen Silva uses recycled fence chunks to create one-of-a-kind pieces featuring flora and fauna

•  Marianne Schovsbo creates vibrant, free flowing oil paintings that capture the beauty of the natural world

• Sherri Hanna’s abstract paintings are based on images real and imagined

An artists’ reception will be held on March 3 from 5pm to 8pm. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10am to 5pm.

Johnston House Tours & Holiday House

Highway 1 at Higgins-Purisima Road., Half Moon Bay, CA

The Johnston House is open to visitors the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed October, November and December, except for the Holiday House held the first two weekends of November.

Group tours can be arranged by calling 650-726-0329.

Mavericks Surf Competition

TITANS OF MAVERICKS is the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event. This one-day, invitation-only surfing competition is held at the legendary Mavericks surf break located near Half Moon Bay, only 20 minutes south of San Francisco and near the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The 24 Titans will attempt to compete at the highest level of skill, risk and athleticism to stand out and effortlessly challenge these the massive swells on the biggest and best day of the winter season.


SOS Seafood Festival

Half Moon Bay Harbor

Sustaining Our Seas (Saturday, January 30) brings people together, inspires them and stimulates their minds with a fantastically fun and educational festival featuring our headliner: the SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs Pavilion with celebrity chefs’ demos.

Crab Week “The Big Catch” – On Hold

Half Moon Bay Harbor

Crab Week is a full week-long extravaganza featuring creative and enticing Crab Week-themed restaurant, hotel and merchant promotions, special offers and add-on events.

The big signature kick-off event will be Half Moon Bay Crab Fest, January-30-31, from 10 am to 5 pm under big tents in the outdoor lots surrounding Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.


Crab Week “The Big Catch” – On Hold

Half Moon Bay Harbor

Crab Week is a full week-long extravaganza featuring creative and enticing Crab Week-themed restaurant, hotel and merchant promotions, special offers and add-on events.

The big signature kick-off event will be Half Moon Bay Crab Fest, January-30-31, from 10 am to 5 pm under big tents in the outdoor lots surrounding Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.


Coastside Summer Camp Fair at New Leaf Community Market

This event is the perfect opportunity for families to learn about different local summer camp options for children of all ages and register.

The HEAL Project Presents 7th Annual Spring Ahead

The Heal Project presents its 7th Annual Spring Ahead on March 29th, 2017, at Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay at 6:30 pm. This fabulous strolling supper created by the finest chefs on the San Mateo County Coast will feature ingredients donated by local farmers and purveyors.

48th Annual Farm Day Luncheon

The Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau and First National Bank invite you to attend the 48th Annual Mel Mello Farm Day Luncheon which will take place at the IDES Hall on Main Street on Friday, March 31 from 11:30am–2:30pm.

Discover the Secrets of Pescadero Marsh with guided walks

Highway 1, 1/4 mile north of Pescadero Road.

Pescadero Marsh docents lead nature walks in the marsh twice a month: First Sunday of the month at 10 a.m., and Third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m.

4th Annual Coastal Wildflower Day

Saturday, April 15, 2017—California State Parks and the Coastside State Parks Association invite you to a day-long festival celebrating the return of spring wildflowers and the start of California Native Plant Week.


Pacific Coast Dream Machines

Half Moon Bay Airport – Rare and custom cars, motorcycles, military aircraft, antique engines and tractors at Pacific Coast Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay, California.”

Admission: See Web for current pricing. Tickets are available at the gate only. Parking is free with admission.

Address: 9850 N. Cabrillo Hwy, Half Moon Bay, CA
Phone: (650) 726-2328
Website: https://dreammachines.miramarevents.com/



Pescadero Chamarita Festival

Stage Rd., Pescadero, CA     (650) 726-5701

Line up on Stage Road and watch the colorful, Portuguese festival parade that features elegant Queen’s courts, marching bands, flag/banner carriers and equestrian groups.  Interesting Examiner article

Portuguese Pentecost Festival

IDES Grounds to Our Lady of the Pillar Church, Half Moon Bay     (650) 726-2729

Line up on Main Street between IDES Grounds and Our Lady of the Pillar Church to view this colorful, Portuguese festival that features elegant Queen’s courts, marching bands, flag/banner carriers and equestrian groups. Interesting Examiner article >>

Rock the Block Coastside Block Party

Main Street, Half Moon Bay. A local favorite with a focus on food, music and neighbours.

Half Moon Bay Wine & Jazz Festival –

Address: Main Street, Half Moon Bay
Website: https://hmbwineandjazzfest.com/



Half Moon Bay “Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade”

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

The Old  fashioned Fourth of July parade takes center stage on Monday, July 04 at 12 noon.

Other Close by Fourth of July Celebrations include:

–  San Francisco

Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s premier spot to celebrate
America’s Independence Day holiday.  Pier 39

Farm + Fish + Flowers

(formerly Tour des Fleurs) Half Moon Bay, CA      (650) 726-8380

Visit the Half Moon Bay Coastside’s nurseries/greenhouses, historic sites, farms and a even a working harbor. Many of these businesses are not ordinarily open to the public except during “Farm + Fish + Flowers” when they invite visitors for a behind the scenes tour of their facilities and operations.  Check out their Website for more information and ticket pricing.


Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival

Pescadero, CA      (650) 879-0848

The celebration of music, food and crafts is designed to promote local artists and benefit local youth programs. Third weekend in August



Annual Coastal Cleanup Day

Meet at Poplar Beach at the west end of Poplar Street

Join Coastside Land Trust and more than 60,000 Californians as they clean our state’s beaches and waterways!

They need your help to restore the beauty of the California Coast.


End of Summer Music Festival

Saturday, September 25th at 1 pm to 7 pm in the John L Carter Memorial Park

Enjoy free music, face painting, cornhole, kids inflatable obstacle course and more at Half Moon Bay’s 3rd Annual End of Summer Music Festival Sat, Sept 25th 1 pm to 7 pm at John L Carter Memorial Park. !

Activities include: free music, face painting, cornhole and much more!


King’s Mountain Art Fair

13106 Skyline Blvd., Woodside, CA       (650) 851-2710

Saturday, Sunday & Monday
September 3, 4 & 5, 2022
10 am – 5 pm

Since 1963, Kings Mountain has been providing fine arts and crafts in a redwood forest setting to benefit the local volunteer fire brigade. It is now one of the top five fine craft fairs in California.


The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off – Oct. 12, 2020

No Spectators allowed. The event will be lived streamed.

The gathering of titanic pumpkins will take place at the strong>–Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off !  Nearly 100 participants will enter their massive pumpkins in hopes of capturing the coveted title and share of $30,000 in prize money.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival – Cancelled

Half Moon Bay, California – Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, food, wine and beer, and activities. It all creates a wonderful atmosphere of fun, fun and more fun.  Admission is free.

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches

Going to a real pumpkin patch and selecting the perfect pumpkin create wonderful family memories and marks the beginning of the Fall festivities

The Haunted House of Moss Beach

601 Kelmore Street, Moss Beach, CA

No admission fee, but donations are accepted for UNICEF. The 3-5 minute self-guided tours are limited to just two people. This haunted house will scare you! Not recommended for young children.  No infants or pets.

Click here to see more Halloween inspired activities in Half Moon Bay






 Christmas Tree Farm Locations

Getting Your Family’s Christmas Tree Can Become a Cherished Family Memory and the Beginning of a New Family Tradition!

See all Holiday Events at https://explorer1.com/halfmoonbay/half-moon-bay-christmas-events/


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