San Benito County: Located east of Monterey and Salinas, San Benito County is the eastern gateway destination of Pinnacles National Park. This picturesque region is made up of the historic communities of Hollister, Tres Pinos, San Juan Bautista, Aromas, Paicines and New Idria. Less than 2 hours from San Francisco and 4 ½ hours from Los Angeles, San Benito County makes for an ideal travel destination with outdoor activities such as bird watching and hiking, golf and tennis, as well as a wine tasting trail, a delectable selection of dining options, boutique shopping, historic parks and museums, and a fun calendar of events!
For up-to-date event information and to plan your San Benito County adventure, please contact the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at 831-637-5315 or visit www.SanBenitoCountyChamber.com.\
Living History Days: Every 1st Saturday of the month, from 11am to 4pm, at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables and Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home. Tel: (831) 623-4881
Downtown Hollister Certified Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays from 3pm-7:30pm, May 3 -September 27, 2017. Enjoy the very best in fresh produce and flowers, organic meat and poultry, specialty baked goods, local olive oils and honey, sausages, BBQ, crafts and information booths, bounce house for the kids and live entertainment! Tel: (831) 636-8406
Apr. 30: Fremont Peak Day: Old fashioned picnic sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Native Daughters of the Golden West. The event commemorates Captain John C. Fremont and his expedition’s U.S. flag raising in 1846 in defiance of the Mexican government. Bring the family and enjoy a picnic lunch and children’s games, at Fremont Peak State Park in San Juan Bautista.
May 6: Wine & Beer Stroll: Participating businesses will be paired with a local winery where attendees will be poured a 1 oz. taste of wine. Craft beer tasting will also be available at participating restaurants. Downtown Hollister. Tel: (831) 636-8406
May 6-7: 33rd California Indian Market: Native American Arts/Crafts, Dancers, Foods. Peace Dance honoring Veterans, and Cinco de Mayo. San Juan Bautista. Tel: (831) 245-5440
May 13: 14th Annual Country Canyon Cruz & Car Show: 9am to 2:30pm, Downtown San Juan Bautista. Over 140 pre 1972 cars / trucks participate in this event and growing each year, bring the whole family! Sponsored by Gold Coast Rods, Inc. Merchant sponsored “Poker Walk”, Merchant Awards, Awards of Excellence, 50/50 Drawing held at 3:00pm,with DJ Ronnie playing your favorite oldies!
May 17: Historic Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstrations! 11am to 3pm at San Juan Bautista Historic State Park. “Ever wondered what to do with Grandma’s old cast iron pot?” Enjoy a day of historic cooking techniques and recipes focusing on Dutch Oven cooking and its role in everyday life in the past. Docents will be making several different dishes. Call the State Park at 831-623-4881
May 20: Gavilan Cutters Horse Show: Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421
May 20-21: Annual BBQ Rib Cook-off and Arts & Crafts Festival: Enjoy music, food and shopping in downtown San Juan Bautista.
May 20-21: Bi-Annual Cactus & Succulent Show: San Juan Bautista Community Hall. The show provides a great opportunity to get acquainted with the wonderful world of drought resistant succulent plants. Whether you have questions or are looking to buy unique cactus and succulents, this event has something for everyone. The show is sponsored by the Cactus & Succulent Society of the Monterey Bay Area. Info: Ruth Pantry (831) 758-6645.
May 27-29: Hickstival Memorial Weekend 2017: Come camp with your friends in the Grove. Play on the stage and eat lots of smoked meat. Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421
June 3-4: Hollister Portuguese Festival: The SDES Portuguese Hall will host the “Queen Coronation” and dance June 3, at 9 p.m., at 695 Seventh St., followed by the parade June 4, at 10 a.m. The parade route begins at the Hall, going East on Seventh Street, North on San Benito Street and West on 5th Street to Sacred Heart Church for the 11 a.m. mass. The mass is followed by the serving of Portuguese sopas, games and auction. A dinner and dance is held at the Hall at 6 p.m. Information – Anthony Silva (831) 801-5584.
June 17: DeRose Vineyards Library Party: Come taste select library wines and enjoy favorite food pairings. $40 tasting fee includes entrance, food and wine tasting. Event will feature Old Vine Zin, Cab Franc, Moon Merlot, Continental Cab, Hollywood Red, and more! Reservations: (831) 636-0100 or (831) 636-9143
June 17-18, 23-25: San Benito County Saddle Horse Show: Saddle Horse Association. Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421
June 30-July 12: Hollister Independence Rally: The roar of motorcycles will take over the streets for the Hollister Independence Rally, which has always been and will continue to be a FREE Rally welcoming all bikers. Known as the “Birthplace of the American Biker” the Hollister Independence Rally is the largest of its kind in California and one of the top ten in the United States. The top motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel vendors and major motorcycle manufacturers from across the country will be showing off and selling their latest and greatest products. Enjoy Live Entertainment, Poker Runs, Poker Walks, Food and Beverages and more with other motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country. For more information, please contact Randy Burke of Roadshows, Inc. at (775) 690-2035)
July 15: 31st Annual Street Festival & Car Show: Classic Car Show in Downtown Hollister featuring over 200 cars, 3 stages of live entertainment, chili cook-off, Kids Zone, merchant sales, vendors, demonstrations, and FREE watermelon. Tel: (831) 636-8406
July 21-29: California Gymkahana – State Finals: Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421
Aug. 11-13: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos.