There may be plenty of sand and no snow in Cambria, but winter on the Central Coast is full of fun activities for the whole family. From a Christmas Market that will dazzle children of all ages to wine tasting events that will delight wine lovers’ taste buds, the events in and around Cambria are not to be missed.
Cambria Christmas Market
Friday, November 29 – Monday, December 23, 2019
The Christmas Market is a time-honored tradition all over the world, but on the Central Coast, Cambria takes the yule log cake. From lights to live entertainment and more, you and your family won’t want to miss this holiday favorite. Cambria’s 2019 Christmas Market is open from Friday, November 29 through Monday, December 23, with closures on some dates. Gates open at 5 p.m., and there is no entry after 8:30 p.m. The market closes at 9 p.m. Click here for more information about parking. If you are staying at a lodging property that offers a Christmas Market Package, you also have access to a FREE shuttle that will pick you up at your hotel and take you back after you’re done from 4:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Call your lodging property for more information. You should allow yourself at least an hour to see the lights, open-air stalls, and performances, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself lost in this winter wonderland!
Hearst Castle Holiday Tours
Friday, November 29 – Monday, December 30
Every year on select evenings from Friday, November 29 through Monday, December 30, Hearst Castle is decked out in holiday splendor. View the estate as Mr. Hearst’s guests enjoyed it in the 1920s and 1930s during the Christmas season. From the large outdoor wreaths to towering trees in the large social rooms, you will enjoy the extravagant décor and endless holiday cheer during December. Today, Hearst Castle staff proudly carries on the historical tradition of decorating the estate for the holidays, adding beauty to the estate and a special and warm experience for visitors.
Cambria Art & Wine Festival
Friday, January 24 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
From Friday, January 24, through Sunday, January 26, the Cambria Art & Wine Festival will celebrate two of the things that make Cambria so unique. With wine tasting, art shows, auctions, wine and food pairings, and artist demonstrations, wine and art lovers from all over California will find plenty to do during this festival weekend.
Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration
Saturday, January 18 – Saturday, February 29, 2020
For seven weeks, the Coastal Discovery Celebration brings coastal San Luis Obispo County vibrantly to life. During this seven-week collection of events, adventure awaits! Back by popular demand, the Visitor Center at Hearst Castle State Park will offer free weekly screenings of National Parks Adventure. Narrated by the Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. The film takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks.
Other eye-opening experiences include beach clean-up on Moonstone Beach, docent-led nature walks in Fiscalini Ranch, and elephant seal docent educational walks in San Simeon. No matter how you spend your Coastal Discovery Celebration, you’re sure to leave invigorated, informed and inspired.
Cambria Film Festival
Thursday, February 6 – Sunday, February 9, 2020
With a theme of “Love is in the Air,” the Cambria Film Festival will bring short films about romance, romantic comedies, and the complexities of love to the Central Coast for an exciting four-day event. From Thursday, February 6, through Sunday, February 9, the festival will showcase more than 50 features and shorts from around the world in seven different venues, including a closing gala at the Hearst Ranch Winery Tasting Room. Book your stay in Cambria and purchase your tickets now for this much-anticipated event!
BlendFest on the Coast
Thursday, February 20 – Sunday, February 23, 2020
The only event dedicated to blends will return in 2020! Paso Robles Wine Country’s 5th annual BlendFest will take place in Cambria from Thursday, February 20 to Sunday, February 23. Paso Robles’ winemakers love to blend, mixing varieties to craft something unique and delicious. BlendFest celebrates these rule-breaking, unconventional wines throughout the weekend on the beautiful California Coast. This wine-filled weekend includes some fun blend-themed events: the Grand Tasting, Winemaker Dinner, two Blending Seminars, BlendFest Brunch and a painting class! Tickets will be on sale soon—stay tuned!