Events in San Benito County CA

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Located east of Monterey and Salinas, San Benito County in central California, is the eastern gateway destination of Pinnacles National Park and part of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. This picturesque region is made up of the historic communities of Hollister, Tres Pinos, San Juan Bautista, Aromas, Paicines and New Idria. Less than 2 hours from San Francisco and 4 ½ hours from Los Angeles, San Benito County makes for an ideal travel destination with outdoor activities such as bird watching and hiking, golf and tennis, as well as a wine tasting trail, a delectable selection of dining options, boutique shopping, historic parks and museums, and a fun calendar of events as listed below!


For up-to-date event information and to plan your San Benito County adventure, please contact the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (831) 637-5315 or visit or

Pinnacles National Park hosts a number of programs and guided activities that range from Junior Ranger Hikes to Ranger Talks and Evening Programs. For an up-to-date list of programs call (831) 389-4486 or visit


Living History Days: Every 1st Saturday of the month, from 11am to 4pm, at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables and Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home. Tel: (831) 623-4881


San Benito Oriana Chorale Christmas Concert: A Christmas concert featuring carkols, motets, spirituals, and Handel’s famous Hallelujah. Dec. 10: Christ Fellowship Church;  Dec. 12: Mission San Juan Bautista; Dec. 15: St. Benedict’s Parish.


Nov. 25: Annual Light’s On Celebration & Parade: Kick off your holiday season with the annual downtown Hollister community event that includes a day-long holiday boutique, car display featuring the Central Coast Impalas Car Club, live entertainment throughout the day, culminating with the much anticipated Lights On Celebration parade and arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! Tel: (831) 636-8406

Dec. 2: 12th Annual Holiday of Lights Celebration & Parade: Merchants Open House, Living History Day Park Decorating, Cowboy Christmas Songs, Saloon Dancing, Cider & Cookies, Parade, Pictures with Santa, Caroling. 11am-7pm, San Juan Bautista.

Dec. 2: Santa Clara Valley Producers Rabbit Show: Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. (831) 628-3421

Dec. 15: Holiday Bonfire & Santa: 5pm-10pm, San Juan Bautista Community Center.

Dec. 21: Winter Solstice Observation: 6am-7pm, Old Mission San Juan Bautista





San Benito County Chamber
Bolado Park Event Center


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