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 first Saturday from 11am-4pm, step back to the early days of San Juan Bautista at the San Juan Bautista State Historic Park. 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.

Downtown Hollister Certified Farmers’ Market – Wednesdays starting May 4, 2022, from 3pm-7pm. Enjoy the very best in fresh produce and flowers and so much more.


May 7: Downtown Hollister Wine & Beer Stroll – Wine & Beer Stroll through downtown Hollister from 1:00 – 5:00pm.  Participating businesses will be paired with a local winery where attendees will be poured a 1 oz. taste of wine.  Craft beer tasting will also be available at participating restaurants. 

June 4: River Run 5K & Family Fun Run –
This family-friendly event takes you inside the Southside Sand and Gravel Quarry to see the working quarry site, the banks of the San Benito River, specialized equipment that processes the rock, and beautiful natural surroundings. The River Run benefits the YMCA of San Benito and begins at 8:00 a.m. JUNE 4, 2022 at 5632 Airline Highway, Hollister, CA 95023.

June 18: San Benito County Saddle Horse Show & Rodeo – Bolado Park Event Center and San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos.

July 16: 35th Annual Street Festival & Car Show – Classic Car Show of over 250 cars, 2 stages of live entertainment, Kid Area, merchant sales and vendors. Free event in downtown Hollister.

San Benito County Chamber


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