Events in Santa Maria Valley

Wicked Wine Run – Spring 2017

March 18
Gainey Vineyard, Santa Ynez, CA, 93460

Join us for an evening run, jog or walk through our favorite vineyards or our unique race venues. Whether you are a wine lover, avid runner or just plain love a good night out, this is the race for you. Start your race like any other, but that’s where the ordinary stops. You’ll celebrate your run unlike any event you’ve run before – WINE after your race or during! Stay, play and rock out with a live band, food trucks…

Mid-Coast Veterans Alliance TRI-TIP Barbecue

March 25 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Veterans’ Memorial Community Center, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

The Mid-Coast Veterans Alliance will host a special event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 25 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Santa Maria to raise money to support local veterans. The public, especially area veterans, are invited to the event that will feature barbecue, raffles and special guest speakers. Tri-tip barbecue meals will be available with a $10 donation. The Mid-Coast Veterans Alliance works to help veterans and their families in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo…

Santa Maria BBQ Festival

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Pioneer Park, Santa Maria, CA, 93455

This event is a fundraising festival on April 22nd at Pioneer Park in Santa Maria and will benefit our local Kiwanis for Kids program. There will be a professional competition with local celebrity judges that will vote on the “Best BBQ” in our area as local businesses and professionals compete for bragging rights, and our #1 Branding Iron award. There will also be a separate competition for “best backyard cook” and will have beer tasting available from 12 different Local…

Family Kite Festival

April 23
Rotary Centennial Park, Santa Maria, CA, 93454

Our Free Family Kite Festival is an awesome opportunity for Central Coast families to spend a fun day out in the sunshine flying kites, eating good food and spending quality time together. The largest annual event hosted by the Discovery Museum featurs professional kite-flying demonstrations, contests, food, vendors and music! Event held each year at the Rotary Centennial Park, 2625 South College Drive in Santa Maria.  

Strawberry Festival

April 28 @ 11:00 am - April 30 @ 10:00 pm
Santa Maria Fairpark, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

The Santa Maria Valley Strawberry Festival kicks of the valley’s Strawberry Season, supports our local agriculture and encourages the healthy indulgence of strawberries, all in a fun filled, three day weekend community event. We showcase local talent, and offer a wide variety of interesting things to do and see. With your paid admission enjoy a variety of FREE attractions, everything from cooking demonstrations to educational and wildlife exhibits, FREE. Naturally, we also feature FREE* strawberry tasting and desert eating contests.…

22nd Annual Elks Car Show

June 24
Elks Lodge #1538, Santa Maria, CA, 93454

The 22nd Annual Elks Car Show will be held on the lawn at the Elks Lodge on June 24, 2017. We expect about 135 cars, trucks and motorcycles. This show is unique in that it is open to all years and types of vehicles. Proceeds from the show benefit Elks and local charities. For information feel free to call Bob Oathout (805) 598-7407.

Santa Barbara County Fair (Santa Maria)

July 12 - July 16
Santa Maria Fairpark, Santa Maria, CA, 93458

Bringing in the Fun since 1891! 2017 will celebrate 126 years of the Santa Barbara County Fair, sure to make it, “A Fair to Remember”. Each year, thousands of visitors attend the Santa Barbara County Fair. Our Fair showcases the community’s interests and talents, offering a unique assortment of activities to do, and see. From jams and jellies, to pies, photography, homemade quilts and floriculture, the Santa Barbara County Fair provides visitors with an abundant, interesting mix of both community…

46th Annual North/South Run

August 18 - August 20
Historic Santa Maria Inn, Santa Maria, CA, 93454

The North/South Run, Classic Truck Show, travels all over and this year have decided to return to Santa Maria after being away for 16 – 17 years! The North/South Run is an annual classic truck show which unites all the clubs from Northern California and Southern California in addition to many out of staters who love the event. Admission is FREE to the public! The club is dedicated to enthusiasts of the 1948 to 1956 Ford Trucks, and to bringing…

Autumn Arts Grapes & Grains Festival

October 7
McClelland Street Civic Corridor (400 to 600 South McClelland Street), Santa Maria, CA

The Autumn Arts Festival is a free and fun-filled community festival featuring a fine art show, arts and crafts vendors, chalk art expose, youth/teen activities, scarecrow decorating contest, Active Aging section, classic car show, delicious festival food, and more! Also enjoy a Wine and Beer Tasting Event hosted by the Santa Maria Noontime Kiwanis. For ticket information visit Kiwanis for Kids: New this year, there will be a Santa Maria Style BBQ Cook-Off hosted by American General Media and PLAY, Inc. For…

Santa Maria Christmas Parade of Lights

December 2 @ 5:20 pm - 8:00 pm
, Santa Maria, CA, 93454

The Rotary Clubs of Santa Maria & Nipomo, Santa Maria Times and KCOY invite your participation in the Christmas Parade of Lights. The parade is a lovely event focused on the holidays and spirit of giving. Be sure to wear warm clothing (and maybe a blanket) since it is in the evening and the temperatures can drop once it is dark. You will also want to arrive early to find a good parking spot and viewing spot. Don’t forget your folding chairs…

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