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This season, some of California’s most iconic destinations are hosting must-see events. Carmel-by-the-Sea, Morro Bay, Murrieta, and Solvang are among the most popular destinations in the Sunshine State. There is plenty to include in your end-of-year vacation, from celebrating local culinary excellence to art, history, the holidays, and more.
Margarita & Avocado Festival in Morro Bay
The retooled and rebranded 2022 Avocado Margarita Food and Drink Festival will take place from September 9 to September 11, 2022. This all-new experience will bring together some of the best chefs, bakers, mixologists, music artists, and retail vendors from the Central Coast and surrounding areas. The three-day festival will feature one-of-a-kind margaritas and gourmet avocado dishes, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Morro Rock and with stunning bay views from Tidelands Park.
Danish Days in Solvang
Solvang Danish Days, California’s premier Danish heritage festival, will return this year with a three-day, in-person event lineup, Sept. 16-18, 2022. The theme of the 2022 Solvang Danish Days, which has yet to be announced, will be celebrated during this year’s event, which honors Danish-Americans who founded Solvang in 1911. Solvang Danish Days 2022 marks the triumphant return of the beloved annual cultural event after an unprecedented pause in both 2020 and 2021 due to COVID. All advance, online tickets are or will be available for purchase at the following website: solvang-danish-days-2022.eventbrite.com.
The 59th Annual Sandcastle Contest in Carmel-by-the-Sea
On Saturday, September 17, 2022, the 59th Annual Sandcastle Contest will be held on the white sands of Carmel Beach. Starting at 8:00 a.m. Participants are encouraged to create a sand sculpture honoring the theme of “time travel” from any era in Carmel Beach’s history from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bribery (non-monetary) is encouraged, so platters of food, bottles of wine, chair massages, and other luxuries are frequently offered to the judges. More information and contest rules can be found at https://www.carmelcalifornia.com/event-59th-annual-sandcastle-contest 89.htm.
Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze at Solvang Farmer
The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, open seven days a week, opens for the scary season at the end of September. The entire family can enjoy multiple mazes on a 14-acre corn maze. Get lost in the season, from a children’s corn maze to a night corn maze. Bring the fun home with you by shopping the pumpkin patch for pumpkins, gourds, squash, and more. The pumpkin patch will be open daily beginning at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Follow @solvangfarmerpumpkinpatch on Instagram for updates and ticket information.
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