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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
January
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.
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
Moonlight Tour
Tuesday, April 11 at 6:45 PM
April 30

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.
Course Map and Caravan Schedule 

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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
Moonlight Tour
Thursday, May 11, 7:15 PM

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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
Big Sur River Inn Sunday Afternoon Music Schedule
7/23 Paige Too!
7/30 Roger Eddy and Friends
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
July
Fernwood Resort 7/22 Tom Lis Trio
7/29 Milky Way Sound Patrol
July
Henry Miller Library 7/16 An Afternoon of Stories and Songs with Alisa Fineman & Kimball Hurd
7/20 International Short Film Screening Series
7/23 Limerence, Loosely Interpreted: Video, Dance and Readings
7/22 International Short Film Screening Series
7/28 Sailing around the world with Magnus
7/29 "Cheaters, Liars and Thieves: Samuel Morse and the Monterey Peninsula"
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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
Big Sur River Inn Sunday Afternoon Music Schedule
8/6 Andrea's Fault Quartet Featuring Gary Meek
8/13 Tom Faia and Juice
8/20 Boss City - Lawrence McKenna
8/27 Paige Too!
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 1

Point Sur Lightstation
10 AM to 2 PM
$25 for adults
$15 for children 6-17
All proceeds go toward the restoration of historic structures.

Lighthouse Living History Day
An open house celebrating the first lighting of the Point Sur Lighthouse on August 1, 1889. Transporation to and from the top of Pt. Sur.
Costumed lighthouse keepers and their wives.
Sea Stories and Songs.
An opportunity to climb the lighthouse tower.
A scavenger hunt.
Picnicking (bring your own food).
Visit inside buildings... Download Flyer
August
Point Sur Lightstation Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Wednesdays; 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sundays; 10:00 AM
Moonlight Tour
August 7 & 8 at 7:15 PM (Monday, Tuesday)
August
Fernwood Resort 8/5 The Get Down
8/12 Luke Sweeny
8/19 Hello Dollface
8/26 Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us
August
Henry Miller Library 8/3 International Short Film Screening Series
8/6 White Fire. A reading by Ellio tRuchowitz-Roberts and an exhibit by Alan Stacy
8/10 International Short Film Screening Series
8/12 Newspapers: The Internet is Still Here, But So Are We!
8/17 International Short Film Screening Series
8/18 Jane Gallatin Powers early Carmel painter
8/24 International Short Film Screening Series
8/26 A short film, a reading and a Q&A presented by author Meredith May

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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
Big Sur River Inn Sunday Afternoon Music Schedule
9/3 Andrea's Fault
9/10 Tim Jackson and Friends
9/17 Along Came Betty
9/24 Kenny Stahl
September
Point Sur Lightstation

Lighthouse Tours
Saturday & Sunday; 10:00
AM & 2:00 PM
Wednesday; 1:00 PM
Moonlight Tour
September 5 & 6 at 6:30 PM (Tues., Wed.)

September
Fernwood Resort 9/2 The Carolyn Sills Combo
9/9 Sky Country
9/16 Post Street Rhythm Peddlers
September
Henry Miller Library 9/1 An evening of music with the Carolyn Sills Combo
9/2 When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors - A talk with Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

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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 6-8

25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival

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
Big Sur River Inn Sunday Afternoon Music Schedule
10/1 Jill Knight
10/8 Dick Whittington
10/15 Along Came Betty
October

Point Sur Lightstation

Lighthouse Tours
Saturdays & Sundays; 10:00 AM
Wednesdays; 1:00 PM
October
Henry Miller Library 10/29 Crary, Evans, and Barnick - Concert and workshop
October 28
Big Sur River Run
37th Anniversary

"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 2017

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 12
Big Sur International Marathon Half Marathon in is held in Monterey
November
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 2017
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

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