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


June 30-July 2: 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


July 30: Farm-to-Table Benefit for the Arts with Chef Mike Fisher! San Benito County Arts Council. Tel: (831) 636-2787


Aug. 11-13: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival: San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos. Tel: (831) 635-0335

Aug. 13: 52nd Annual Antique & Collectibles Fair: Antiques, Collectibles, Nostalgia, Memorabilia and Food in downtown San Juan Bautista.

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

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

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