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

MARCH 2017:
March 25-26: Annual San Juan Spring Arts and Crafts Festival: 10am – 5pm, Downtown San Juan Bautista. Shop, browse, feast and discover thousands of “Quality Treasures” from over 150 of the finest Artists and Craftsmen in the West! FREE admission, fun for all ages! Bountiful food and drink and live music on main stage all weekend long.

APRIL 2017:
Apr. 8:
Spring Easter Parade: 1pm, San Juan Bautista.

Apr. 22-23: Open Studios Art Tour: San Benito Arts Council, Tel: (831) 636-2787

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 childrens games, at Fremont Peak State Park in San Juan Bautista.

MAY 2017:
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 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

JUNE 2017:
June 3-4: Hollistern 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 fifth 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.  





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