Events in San Benito County CA

(831) 637-5315


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




Apr. 26: Fremont Peak Day: Games, picnic, flag raising commemoration. Sponsored by VFW and Native Daughters of the Golden West. Info: 831.623.4320

May 1-3: 16th Annual The Great San Juan Bautista Rib Cook Off:
Historic San Juan Bautista

May 2: Downtown Hollister Wine & Beer Stroll:  Wine & Beer Stroll through downtown Hollister from 1:00 – 5:00.  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.

May 3: Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Tel: 831.623.2127

May 9: Aromas Country Garden Tour:
Featuring artists in the gardens.

June 13-14: The Model T Ford Club Endurance Run: The Santa Clara Valley Model T Ford Club will host their 51st Annual Endurance Run and Lowland Tour in downtown Hollister. 

July 3-5: Hollister Independence Rally: Hollister Freedom Rally on San Benito Street in Hollister, CA. The roar of motorcycles will take over the streets for the Hollister Freedom Rally.

July 18: 34th Annual Street Festival & Car Show:
Classic Car Show of over 200 cars, 3 stages of live entertainment, chili cook-off, Kids Zone, merchant sales, vendors, demonstrations, and FREE watermelon.  Downtown Hollister.  Free admission.

San Benito County Chamber


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