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JANUARY 2017

January brings some of our nicest weather, although it does introduce the rainy season. The cool weather keeps the fog and haze away, offering up cool, yet clear blue skies in the daytime, and perfect weather for stargazing at night. Big Sur is known to astronomers as the best place in the country for observing the heavens because there is very little ambient light pollution.

Get a close up view of the California Gray whales as they make their annual southern journey from the frigid waters of the Bering and Chukchi Seas to the warm lagoons of Baja California. Each year the total population of the Gray Whales migrates twice along the coast of Big Sur. Once when going to Mexico (December-February) and once when returning to the Alaskan waters (March-May). Gray Whales are known to still have a few stragglers migrating up the coast throughout the summer months. Come see the California Gray Whale migration, easily visible from the roadside turnouts.


Female elephant seals continue to arrive on the shoreline in Southern Big Sur. Peak of births usually are the last half of the month.

Sea otter pups are born between January and March. Keep your eyes open for baby sea otters alongside their mothers. The male departs a few days after the mating and has no role in the upbringing of the pups.

January (Weekends)

Whale Watching & Condor Spotting
10:00 am - Noon

(831) 667-2315 California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching and California condor spotting. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California Gray Whales off the Big Sur Coast and keep an eye on the sky for soaring condors. Meet at the Vista Turnout located at Mile Marker 37, one mile north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Drop in. Rangers will be available with binoculars. Weather permitting.
January
Point Sur Lightstation Point Sur Lighthouse tours
Saturday & Sunday;10:00 AM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM
  Fernwood Resort 1/7 Russian Money
1/14 Speakeasy 3
1/28 Sky Country
January 13-15
Big Sur Foragers Festival The three day festival affords Big Sur area restaurants the opportunity to host the culinary expertise of notable chefs who will be preparing unique fare ranging from rustic to elegant, paired alongside the central coast region's amazing selection of wine and beer.

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FEBRUARY 2017

February is pretty quiet around here. To get a good idea of what life used to be during pioneer days and if you want the beaches or forests to yourself, this is the time to come. Bring your waders and fishing pole and explore the Big Sur River. Be sure to spend some time watching the Gray Whale migration. From most any roadside turnout you can see Gray Whales on their journey to the warm lagoons of Mexico. It may take a while to train your eyes to spot them. Watch for the spouts of water spraying in the air. They begin their return journey to the feeding grounds off the coast of Alaska as early as March and continue through spring.

Sea otter pups are born between January and March. Keep your eyes open for baby sea otters alongside their mothers. The male departs a few days after the mating and has no role in the upbringing of the pups.


Elephant seal births continue. The peak of mating is around Valentine's Day. More females leave.

February (weekends)
Whale Watching & Condor Spotting
10:00 am - Noon
(831) 667-2315 California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching and California condor spotting. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California Gray Whales off the Big Sur Coast and keep an eye on the sky for soaring condors. Meet at the Vista Turnout located at Mile Marker 37, one mile north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Drop in. Rangers will be available with binoculars. Weather permitting.
  Fernwood Resort 2/4 Hunter & the Dirty Jacks
2/11 Sean Hayes
2/17 Hét Hat Club
2/25 Scary Little Friends
February
Point Sur Lightstation Point Sur Lighthouse tours
Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 AM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM

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MARCH 20167

Mother Gray whales and their calves swim close to shore on their return migration to the Arctic. Spring bulbs begin to blossom; willows and calla lillies bloom along the creeks and wild iris appear in the forest. The hills are emerald green.

Sea otter pups are born between January and March. Keep your eyes open for baby sea otters alongside their mothers. The male departs a few days after the mating and has no role in the upbringing of the pups.

March
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 AM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM
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APRIL 2017
April is springtime in the gardens of the northern hemisphere and Big Sur is no different. The hillsides come alive with California Poppies and wildflowers and the streams are still running clear and deep.
Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours
April
Point Sur Lighthouse Lighthouse Tours
Saturday & Wednesday; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday; 10:00 AM
April 24
Big Sur International Marathon Once again the Big Sur Marathon has been voted the BEST MARATHON in North America by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons. Join us in Big Sur for the most spectacular run in America.

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MAY 2017
In May, the emerald green hillsides begin fading to the golden color of a lion's back and are covered in California Poppies, Lupine, and a variety of other wildflowers. The perfect month for a hike and a picnic. For information on hiking in the Ventana Wilderness call the Big Sur Station (831) 667-2315

The Ventana Wilderness Alliance maintains an On-Line Trail Conditions Report
of most, if not all, trails in the Ventana Wilderness Area. This is the place to check for the most current online information about trails.

Campfire Program begins Memorial Day weekend.

Ventana Wildlife Society has Condor Tours 
May (weekends)
Big Sur Historical Society
Sat & Sun.
11am - 3pm
Molera Ranch House
The Big Sur Cultural and Natural History Center in the Molera Ranch House showcases the rich heritage and diverse natural habitats of the coast. Located within Andrew Molera State Park.
May
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Wednesdays; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sundays; 10:00 AM
May 5-7
25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival (831) 659-3857 Each year the Jade Festival brings musicians, artists, crafts people, and rockhounds together in an annual fundraiser for the South Coast Community Land Trust. Held at Pacific Valley School. Friday's hours are from 12-6, Sat. and Sun. from 10-6
45 vendors of jade, gems, wood & stone. Food court, raffle, and live music.
Held at Pacific Valley School. 35 miles south of Big Sur center and 35 miles north of Hearst Castle.
FREE! Call for more information. Vender Information:
(831) 402-1143
e-mail:
surjade@hotmail.com

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JUNE 2017

The Junior Ranger Program, guided nature walks and nature discussions begin in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. These programs extend through Labor Day. Click Here to view the schedule.

Discovery Center - Ventana Wildlife Society Discovery Center located at Andrew Molera State Park. Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Condor Tours

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

Campfire Program in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.


June (weekends)

Big Sur Historical Society
Sat & Sun.
11am - 3pm

(831) 620-0541 Molera Ranch House
The Big Sur Cultural and Natural History Center in the Molera Ranch House showcases the rich heritage and diverse natural habitats of the coast. Located within Andrew Molera State Park.
June
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Wednesdays; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sundays; 10:00 AM
June
Big Sur International Marathon Run in the Name of Love (This race takes place in Carmel)

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JULY 2017

The Junior Ranger Program, guided nature walks and a nightly campfire program with slide shows, singing, and nature discussions begin in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Ventana Wildlife Society has a full schedule of events called Natural Science Discovery Camp for ages 8-11 and 12-17. Please visit their website for more information on this great youth program. VWS also hosts California Condor Tours.

Also of interest are the exhibits at the Nature Center which are designed to acquaint visitors with Big Sur's plant and animal life. Located next to Andrew Molera State Park and the Ventana Wildlife Society. At this same location is the new Big Sur Cultural and Natural History Center, located in the "Ranch House."

The Junior Ranger Program, guided nature walks and a nightly campfire program with slide shows, singing, and nature discussions begin in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.


Discovery Center - Ventana Wildlife Society Discovery Center located at Andrew Molera State Park. Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

July
State Parks Program Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months; Memorial Day through Labor Day. A series of activities for the whole family. Park day use fees apply for Nature Walks and daytime activities.
July
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Wednesdays; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sundays; 10:00 AM
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AUGUST 2017

August is a good month for family activities, tubing down the Big Sur River, exploring tide pools along the Big Sur beaches, having a barbecue in one of Big Sur's State Parks. Simply a beautiful time of year to be here. In the winter Big Sur is blessed with the Gray Whale migration. Summer brings us the largest mammals on earth, the Blue Whales. In addition the Humpback Whales , and Orcas are in town. Enjoy these giants from the roadside turnouts. Remember to bring your binoculars.

The Junior Ranger Program, guided nature walks and a nightly campfire program with slide shows, singing, and nature discussions begin in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Discovery Center - Ventana Wildlife Society Discovery Center located at Andrew Molera State Park. Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Get to know wild condors at MyCondor.org

Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

August
State Parks Program Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months; Memorial Day through Labor Day. A series of activities for the whole family. Park day use fees apply for Nature Walks and daytime activities.
August
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Wednesdays; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sundays; 10:00 AM

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SEPTEMBER 2017

September winds down the tourist season in Big Sur yet the weather is still some of the best of the year. Summer and Fall bring us the largest mammals on earth, the Blue Whales. In addition, the Humpback Whales and Orcas are swimming in our coastal waters at this time of the year. Soon to be replaced by the spectacular annual migration of the Gray Whales whose total population swims by our coastline twice every year. Once when going to the lagoons of Mexico to birth and breed, and once when returning to the Alaskan waters to feed for the summer. Enjoy these amazing adaptations to life on the blue, watery planet conveniently from the roadside turnouts. Bring binoculars. Some of the best theater in town!
Dates and times of these events are deemed to be accurate but check out the event you're interested in attending with the venue.

The Junior Ranger Program, guided nature walks and a nightly campfire program with slide shows, singing, and nature discussions begin in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Discovery Center - Ventana Wildlife Society Discovery Center located at Andrew Molera State Park. Open Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Get to know wild condors at MyCondor.org

Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

September
Point Sur Lightstation

Lighthouse Tours
Saturday & Sunday; 10:00
AM & 2:00 PM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM

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OCTOBER 2017

October brings Indian summer days with bright blue skies. The forest comes alive with color as leaves of deciduous trees turn golden. Monarch butterflies return to their annual wintering grounds and can be seen by the hundreds at Andrew Molera State Park and throughout Big Sur.

Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

October

25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival

Postponed until May 5-7, 2017 because of Soberanes Fire

Pacific Valley School
FREE!
Friday; noon - 6 pm
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

(831) 659-3857 Each year the Jade Festival brings musicians, artists, crafts people, and rockhounds together in an annual fundraiser for the South Coast Community Land Trust. Held at Pacific Valley School. Friday's hours are from 12-6, Sat. and Sun. from 10-6
45 vendors of jade, gems, wood & stone. Food court, raffle, and live music.
Held at Pacific Valley School. 35 miles south of Big Sur center and 35 miles north of Hearst Castle.
FREE! Call for more information. Vender Information:
(831) 402-1143
e-mail:
surjade@hotmail.com
October

Point Sur Lightstation

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Sundays; 10:00 AM
Wednesdays; 1:00 PM
October
Big Sur River Run
36th Anniversary
Canceled for 2016 because of Soberanes Fire.
"The most beautiful 10k in the world!" Held annually in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. All flat, black-top road loop alongside the Big Sur River through redwood and oak groves. The 10k Run and 5k Walk benefit the Big Sur Health Center and the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade.
October 31
Nepenthe Halloween Bal Masque. Every year Nepenthe sponsors a benefit for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. Considered one of the big events of the season with elaborate costumes, live music.

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NOVEMBER 2016

November begins the Steelhead Salmon fishing season and the very early, most ambitious Gray Whales begin their migration to the lagoons of Mexico. Twice every year the total Gray Whale population migrates past the Big Sur coastline. Spectacular viewing is available from nearly any roadside turnout. Bring your binoculars and get up close and personal.

Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours

Elephant Seals begin coming on shore to mate in Southern Big Sur.

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

November
Point Sur Lightstation (831) 625-4419 Lighthouse Tours
Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 AM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM
November 13
Big Sur International Marathon Half Marathon in is held in Monterey
November 26 & 27
Big Sur Harvest Fair
10 am to 5 pm at the Big Sur Grange Hall
The annual Big Sur Grange Fall Harvest Fair has beautiful handmade crafts from local artisans!
Jewelry, knitted garments, clothing, lotions & potions, art and much much more!
Thanksgiving Weekend

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DECEMBER 2016
Take a break from the holiday bustle. Off season rates make early December an economical way to experience the quiet beauty of Big Sur. The clear December skies make the night time star gazing spectacular and the day time sight seeing down the coast is equally amazing. Big Sur is known to astronomers as the best place in the country for viewing the heavens because there is so little "light pollution."

During the daytime hours one can while away the time watching the spectacular sights of the Gray Whale migration as they make their way to the lagoons of Mexico to have their babies. Overhead one can view the equally spectacular sight of the California Condor in flight. The Ventana Wildlife Society will be further adding to the growing population of California Condors who are now living in Big Sur. Learn more about the California Condor Reintroduction program by visiting our Condor information page. Elephant Seals come on shore to give birth, mate, and molt in southern Big Sur.

Elephant Seals begin coming on shore to mate in Southern Big Sur.

Ventana Wildlife Society Condor Tours

Download our local Big Sur Visitors Guide in Adobe PDF.

December
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturday & Sunday; 10:00 AM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM
December
Fernwood Resort 12/9 Harry and the Hitmen
12/16 KARAOKE
12/31 CB Brand
December
Henry Miller Library 12/10 Kendra McKinley / Kelly McFarling
12/17 An evening with Erisy Watt & Huddy Bali

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