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Sea Otter Classic

Known as a sprawling and energetic “celebration of cycling”, Sea Otter is cycling’s North American season opener. Professional and amateur athletes alike make the annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter to participate in some of the sport’s most competitive and enduring events. Hundreds of pro cyclists, including national, world, and Olympic champions attend Sea Otter to race and meet with fans. Most of cycling’s racing disciplines are represented including mountain bike cross country, downhill, dual slalom and short track racing. Road cyclists compete in circuit, criterium, and road racing. Also offered are cyclocross and a number of non-competitive recreational events for riders of all ages. The Sea Otter Classic also hosts the largest consumer bike exposition in North America. The Expo holds hundreds of vendors who display new products, distribute free samples, and offer great bargains. The four-day, action-packed festival includes an international food court, entertainment, bike demos, stunt shows, and carnival activities for children.

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California International Airshow

The California International Airshow Salinas returns to the Salinas Municipal Airport for its 32nd year. Watch jaw-dropping aeronautical acrobatics from the USAF ThunderBirds, the Patriots, Canadian Forces CF-18, Sean Tucker, Jacquie Warda and more! There will also be military demos, military fly-bys and monster trucks.

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Big Sur International Marathon

The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world – and, for runners, the most challenging. The athletes who participate in the Big Sur International Marathon may draw inspiration from the spectacular views, but it takes major discipline to conquer the hills of Highway One on the way to the finish line.

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AT&T Pro Am

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am has evolved into one of the most prestigious stops on the PGA Tour since it was started by singer Bing Crosby in 1937. Run almost entirely by volunteers-many of whom work year-round-the tournament is also one of the Peninsula’s largest fundraisers, doling out a whopping six million dollars to local non-profits and other youth-oriented charities each year.

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California Rodeo Salinas

The California Rodeo Salinas is one of the top 20 Professional Rodeos in the United States and the largest in California. Known in the rodeo world for our big arena and beautiful buckles, we are most proud of being a not-for-profit organization that gives back over $350,000 each year to local non-profits. Visit our website to learn more about this 103 year old tradition!

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California Photo Fest

The California Photo Festival is five days of digital photography immersion. Intensive workshops, seminars, lectures, shooting, parties, and more with over 15 industry leading photographers and digital industry gurus designed to boost your creativity, spark your passion, and take your photography, art, or business to the next level. Whether symposium or individual portfolio review our team will deliver a learning experience unlike any other. Set against the backdrop of California’s beautiful central coast, you are sure to make some incredible images, learn the best tips, tricks, and techniques, and, most importantly, have a great time.

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Old Spanish Days – Fiesta

Fiesta originated in 1924 to celebrate Santa Barbara’s history and our Spanish and Mexican heritage through pageantry including dancing, parades, and general camaraderie. Part of California and Santa Barbara’s rich heritage is the vaqueros, the horsemen and cattle herders of Spanish Mexico who came to California in the 1700s and became the area’s first cowboys. The vaquero tradition continues in California and the rest of the United States to this day. The Fiesta Rodeo and Stock Horse Show continues this tradition of celebrating the vaqueros, with generations of cowboys and cowgirls competing, and in more recent years, the addition of the Professional Bull Riders. Fiesta itself has grown into a wonderful family affair, put on for locals and visitors alike, to celebrate the colorful history of this city and state, including vaqueros, folklorico dance, and traditional songs.

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The French Festival

France comes to Santa Barbara! Fresh baked french breads and pastries. Classic and nouvelle cuisine and regional specialties. Crepes, onion soup, quiche, pates, sausage, escargots, Cajun and French Moroccan food, salads and cheeses. Beer, wine, sparking Champagne. Orangina, Perrier, and frothy cafe au lait. Chef Michel Richard says it’s like going to France without paying for it.

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Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival

Kilts and bagpipes will return to Monterey County this summer! This very popular Celtic celebration brings the music, dance and athletic events of the mystical lands of Scotland and Ireland to Monterey County. Why fly to Scotland and Ireland when you can enjoy the cultural bounty of the region right here on the Monterey Peninsula! Featuring fun activities for the whole family, the 46th Annual Scottish Games and Celtic Festival will offer a variety of live Celtic entertainment with the thrilling massed pipe bands on parade, including California pipe bands and Highland and Irish dancers.

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Summer Solstice Parade and Festival

The summer solstice parade features more than 1,000 parade participants, complete with extravagant floats, whimsical costumes and creatively choreographed dancing ensembles. Festivities continue all weekend long in the park with food, music and vendors of all kinds!

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The Classic Car Show

The Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show is located in the beautiful downtown area and the on the pier on the Central Coast in beautiful Pismo Beach, CA. Each year Just Cruzinʼ Productions continues the tradition of one of the largest car shows in California. The Classic show is one of the most well-known and well respected shows in the nation. It is one of the largest shows in one of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. The Classic brings in approximately 175,000 spectators to the small town each year and over 1,000 show vehicles. Everyone is welcome and the event is FREE to the public!

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Top Attractions in the central coast Area

Butterflies in Andrew Molera State Park, Monterey
Cannery Row, Monterey
Hearst Castle State Historical Monument, San Simeon
Laguna Seca Raceway, Salinas
Monarch Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey
National Steinbeck Center, Salinas
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