San Benito County, California Events

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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



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

  • Civil War Days
    Civil War Days

Sept. 8: Walking Tour of Historical Hollister Homes & Buildings:
You will see some of Hollister’s historic buildings, learn their original purposes and owners while discovering the wide variety of architecture that Hollister has to offer. 2 hour walk ending at Fisher’s for a light meal on the patio. 5pm-8pm. $20 per person. Tel: (831) 637-5315

Sept. 8-10: Civil War Days: San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 635-0335

Sept. 9: 61st Annual Gabilan Chapter Food & Wine Tasting: You are invited to California’s oldest Annual Wine & Food Tasting Event! This year’s event features over two dozen wineries from world class vintners, twenty-five plus restaurants, a live and silent auction, music, and so much more. This is your chance to help Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center raise funds to help support our foster and adoptive services in San Benito County. Help our kids stay local! All proceeds will go towards the Kinship foundation.

Sept. 17: Mexican Independence Day Parade: Come celebrate Mexican Independence Day in Downtown Hollister with downtown’s annual parade starting at 11:30!  For more information, contact Ruben Rodriquez at (831) 902-5103.

Sept. 22-24: San Benito County Fair – Horse Shows: Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421

Sept. 28-Oct. 1: San Benito County Fair: Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421

Sept. 30: Vertigo Day: Tours, lecture and a movie at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Tel: (831) 6234881

Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Bi-Annual Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale: Community Center in San Juan Bautista.

Oct. 14: San Benito Olive Festival: It’s an Olive Date! Foodies and Families are all invited to enjoy local agriculture and culinary delights at the San Benito Olive Festival happening on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at the San Benito County Historical Park at 8300 Airline Hwy, Tres Pinos, approximately 8 miles south of downtown Hollister, CA. It’s a fresh culinary celebration with innovative creators and delectable pairings, live music and entertainment, cooking demos and artisanal products, wine and craft beer tasting, art and crafts, and more! Tel: 831 537-7270,

Oct. 27-28:  9th Annual Ghost Walk: Ghost walk and paranormal activities in San Juan Bautista. Tel: Jackie Munoz (831) 663-6071

Oct. 28: Faultline Derby Devilz / Roller Derby: Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 628-3421

Nov. 4-5: Annual El Teatro Campesino Day of the Dead Altars: Family oriented cultural festival that commemorates and honors the lives of the departed loved ones through dance, music, offerings and art. San Juan Bautista. Tel: (831) 623.2444

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day Parade: Come downtown Hollister to celebrate and remember the courageous men and women of the armed forces who protect and serve our country.  Contact Frankie Gallagher, (831) 638-6434.

Nov. 25: Annual Light’s On Celebration & Parade: Kick off your holiday season with the annual downtown Hollister community event that includes a day-long holiday boutique, car display featuring the Central Coast Impalas Car Club, live entertainment throughout the day, culminating with the much anticipated Lights On Celebration parade and arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tel: (831) 636-8406

San Benito County Chamber
Bolado Park Event Center





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