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CENTRAL COAST MONSTER SKATE PARK SERIES takes place on March 21 in Atascadero. April 4: SLO. April 18: Templeton. May 2: Paso Robles Skate Park, 19th and Riverside. May 16: Grover Beach. May 30: Los Osos. Participate or watch. But don’t miss it. Registration starts at 9am, contest at 11. Info:

AVILA BEACH FARMERS MARKET starts April 3 and appears every Friday through Sept. 18 from 4-8pm. Check out the fish and produce on the Avila Promenade, and enjoy live music and food. Info:

ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT will take place on April 18 from 11am-5pm in SLO’s Mission Plaza. Green-oriented businesses, service providers, food and beverage vendors, government agencies, health practitioners, teachers, students, artisans, musicians, and volunteers come together to raise awareness and offer tips for leaving a lighter footprint on the planet at this Green Living Expo. Sponsorship details, a vendor application, or volunteer opportunities: 544-8529 or  HYPERLINK ""

PASO ROBLES BALLOON FESTIVAL will include a mass hot air balloon launch at sunrise on Saturday, a concert by Sugar Daddy Swing Kings on Friday at 6pm, food, kid-friendly attractions, hot air balloon rides, and more April 24-26. Festival admission is $10 per car. Concert is $12 at 800 Clubhouse Drive in Paso Robles. Info: 238-1031,, or  HYPERLINK ""

RECYCLED TREASURES SHOW, GARDEN ART AND VINTAGE SIDECAR SHOW comes to downtown Paso Robles on April 25 from 9am-3pm in the downtown city park. Free. Info: 238-4103 or

AAUW GARDENS BY THE SEA TOUR is April 26 from noon-5pm. Tickets bear a map showing where the gardens are in Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Cayucos. $10 includes admission to eight gardens. Tickets are available at Miner’s Hardware stores, Coalesce Book Store, Volumes of Pleasure, and Pacific Coast Home & Garden. Proceeds benefit new books for libraries, the Cuesta College Music Program, and more. Info: 771-9180 or 423-6854.

CENTRAL COAST CELEBRATION IN GROVER BEACH takes place May 16-17 in Ramona Park. Saturday hours are 11am-7pm and Sunday from noon-5pm. Live music all weekend comes from Natural Incense and others. Enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, beer and wine, and various food vendors. City officials, a board member, and a certain former director of the Chamber have agreed to participate in the dunk tank. A silent auction and raffle includes a certified diamond. Info: 489-9091 or  HYPERLINK ""

GROVER BEACH SPRING GARDEN TOUR takes place May 31 from 1-4pm. Take a tour of Grover Beach’s most immaculate gardens. This event is free and includes a plant exchange. Artists will work in various gardens along the tour. Maps are available week before the event at HYPERLINK "", Grover Beach City Hall office, Miner’s Hardware, and local nurseries. Info: 473-4580.

BACH N’BIRDIES, presented by the SLO Symphony, is a Morro Bay Golf Course golf tournament benefiting nothing better than bringing music to children’s ears. Sign up for June 9 at noon. Info: 543-3533 or

LAKESIDE WINE AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL comes to the Atascadero Lake Park on June 27 from 4-8pm. $30. Hear live music by Mighty Croon Dogs. Info: 461-1234 or

PECHO RANCH DAY AT MONTAÑA DE ORO is July 11 from 11am-2pm. Enjoy a day of spinning, quilting, whittling, flint knapping demonstrations, authentic Victorian characters, old-fashioned refreshments, and a “Spooner History Walk.” Info: 528-0513.

THE 25TH ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL comes to El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo on July 18 and 19. Join more than 800 costumed participants on a journey to 1858 for jousting, music, food, drink, crafts, vendors, and lots of swords. Info:

ST. ANTHONY'S CELEBRATION celebrates the cultural contribution of the area's Portuguese descendants Aug. 15-17. The parade begins on Sunday at 11am with sopas being served at the St. Anthony's grounds at 390 Bello St. in Pismo Beach. Info: or 773-4382.

CENTRAL COAST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL will take guests back 400 years on July 18-19 at El Chorro Park, opposite Cuesta College in SLO. $10 and up. Info: 1-800-688-1477 or

PINEDORADO FEST IN CAMBRIA takes place Sept. 5-7 with an art show, parade, car show, and more off of Main Street. Info: 927-3624 or

HARVEST FESTIVAL takes place in downtown Arroyo Grande Sept. 25-26. Info: 473-2250 or

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