Events at a Glance
SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF
(42nd annual) Half Moon Bay, California
WHEN: October 12, 2015
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. (always on Columbus Day)
WHAT: Superstar Gourd Growing Greats and their hard-to-believe, titanic orange orbs gather for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. A special $30,000 bonus mega-prize will be awarded to any grower that breaks the world record at Half Moon Bay –– considered the "Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs". A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers contend for the coveted title, the $30,000 world record prize and thousands in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home a hefty $6 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin. Superstar grower John Hawkley's astounding 2,058-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd set a new North American record and obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2014 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. The grand champion gourd (along with the top five overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 17-18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.
WHERE: IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Half Moon Bay CA
HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL (45th annual) Half Moon Bay, California
WHEN: October 17-18, 2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (always weekend after Columbus Day)
WHAT: The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically ginormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun (not a contest), "Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands", the Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, luscious varietals from Half Moon Bay Winery's including their festival-label Red Table Wine, Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale, and tasty Pumpkin-ritas (margarita with a splash of pumpkin spice syrup).
WHERE: Main Street, between Miramontes and Spruce Street, Half Moon Bay CA
HALF MOON BAY CRAB FEST “The Big Catch" (1st annual), Half Moon Bay, California
WHEN: January 30-31, 2016
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHAT: Half Moon Bay celebrates its big crab fishing season with the introduction of Crab Week (Jan. 30-Feb. 6, 2016), a week-long series of events and activities on the San Mateo County coastline kicked off by Crab Fest (Jan. 30-31). The two day festival will feature the tasty and beloved crustacean sensation with a fabulous array of fresh crab delicacies served up at the festival by local restaurants and caterers, craft beer and premium wine tents, artisanal cocktails, live music, chefs demos, arts and crafts exhibitors, marine exhibits, a family-style festival plus fresh, just-caught whole Dungeness crab to buy and take home.
WHERE: Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Half Moon Bay CA, 20 miles south of San Francisco
PACIFIC COAST DREAM MACHINES SHOW
(26th annual) Half Moon Bay, California
WHEN: April 24, 2016
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
WHAT: There's nothing quite like this spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries—more than 2,000 ultra cool antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic displays for public viewing. Automobiles ranging from hot rods, dragsters, customs, low riders, imports, street machines and muscle cars to fanciful touring, luxury, and sports cars; also exceptional vintage warbirds, classics from the 40's and 50's and homebuilt aircraft, tricked out trucks and motorcycles, custom bicycles, fire engines, SWAT vehicles, antique engines and tractors, helicopter and plane rides, kinetic art, rolling sculptures, extreme toys, mega-modified machines, advanced "green" technology vehicles, jaw-dropping flyovers by historic military aircraft, restored military vehicles and equipment, a thrilling zip-line, bungee jump, remote-controlled NASCAR racing, kid's amusements, food and drink, and live music—to benefit the Coastside Adult Day Health Center.
WHERE: Half Moon Bay Airport, on Hwy. 1, 5 miles north of Hwy. 92, Half Moon Bay CA
ADMISSION: $25 for adults (age 18-69), $15 for ages 11-17 and 70+, Free for kids age 10 and under.
A LA CARTE AND ART (20th annual)
Mountain View, California
WHEN: April 30-May 1, 2016
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHAT: The Bay Area's popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off in Mountain View at this vibrant celebration of the arts with two days of live music, a juried arts and crafts show with 200 of the west coast's top artists showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drink with premium wine, microbrews, margaritas, and sangria, a farmers' market with fresh seasonal produce, "A La Car & Art"—a classic car show, kids' amusements in the Tons of Fun Zone. Admission is free.
WHERE: Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View CA
45TH OL' FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY PARADE
Half Moon Bay, California
WHEN: July 4, 2016
Parade starts at 12 noon and lasts approximately one hour.
WHAT: Half Moon Bay's delightful, home-spun 45th Ol' Fashioned 4th of July Parade celebrates Independence Day in small town America with an entertaining array of whimsical floats, marching bands, horses, community service groups, classically cool cars, decorated trikes and bikes, "Pooches on Parade", youth sports teams, dance and theatre troupes, a Color Guard by the American Legion, and local dignitaries and celebrities slowly winding their way through the crowded downtown along Main Street between Filbert and Mill Streets. The Half Moon Bay Lions Club will be hosting its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast at Mac Dutra Park beginning at 8 am. The parade is sponsored by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee and Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival.
WHERE: On Main Street in Half Moon Bay, CA
MILLBRAE ART & WINE FESTIVAL
(46th annual) Millbrae, California
WHEN: September 3-4, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (always Labor Day weekend)
WHAT: The Bay Area's biggest Labor Day weekend event, huge crowds transform downtown Millbrae into the "Big Easy" with a Mardi Gras-style celebration featuring two sun-splashed days of live music throughout downtown, a juried show with 250 professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted wares, festive food and drink, premium wines, microbrews, margaritas and mojitos, artisan specialty food, a microbrew tasting tent, an organic and green product showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, the "Classically Cool Car Show" and tons of fun for kids with the Streets Filled With Talent Music & Dance Showcase and an abundance of amazing amusements in Playland. Admission is free.
WHERE: Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae CA
MOUNTAIN VIEW ART & WINE FESTIVAL
(45th annual) Mountain View, California
WHEN: September 10-11, 2016
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (always weekend after Labor Day)
WHAT: Silicon Valley's World-Class Art & Music Festival is a vibrant multicultural celebration featuring 600 professional artists and craftmakers showing exceptional handcrafted wares, stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown, the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV, festive food and drink with premium wines, microbrews, sangria, mimosas and margaritas, artisan specialty food purveyors, an organic and green products showcase, health and wellness displays, home and garden exhibits, sensational young performers strut their showstopping stuff on the Community Stage in this "Mountain View's Got Talent" style showcase, and action-packed Kids' Park with Mobile Rock's 24' climbing wall, ultra thrilling bungee jumping, hula hooping, spine-tingling carnival rides and super cool body art. Admission is free.
WHERE: Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View CA