In mid-August as the summer is winding down and the kids are gearing up to get back to school, a small North California town on the coast throws its biggest bash of the year to celebrate creativity. The Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival, taking place August 15th and 16th from 10 am to 6 pm, began as an outlet for local artists to gather the community around locally made arts and crafts – something the town has in abundance. Nearly 25 years later, the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival is a staple community event that, while completely free, has been a central fundraising source for the town’s youth and creative programs.
Just north of Half Moon Bay, Pescadero has the perfect downtown to enjoy the festival’s many vendors, performers, and chefs. This is truly a town full of talent, whom locals and longtime visitors alike come out to support each year for this fun event.
Vendors at the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival
With new applicants and vendors applying for a spot each year, they are always diligently judged before being allowed to display and sell their art at the festival. The application process ensures that all vendors have tasteful, and high-quality products – a reputation the festival is known to uphold. You are sure to see jewelry and home decor makers, painters, photographers and many mixed media artists who get their inspiration from the very ground on which the festival stands.
Paffy’s Kid Korral
Like any good small town festival, there are many special activities for the kids to keep them safe and occupied while you peruse the vendors and get ready for mealtime. Your kids will love this chance for creative play! Make sure they’re ready for face painting, craft making, and lots of bouncing around.
Live Music and Performances
Known for their killer lineups and stellar live performances, you can be sure to expect great music at the Pescadero Arts and Fun Festival. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Sunday afternoon Fashion Show, known for being a comedic rendition of high fashion and culture while also throwing in some avant-garde designs by local craftsmen.
Saturday, August 16
11 – 11:30 Sean Kohler
11:50 – 12:40 Cryin’ Shame
1:00 – 2:00 Pel & the Pelicans
2:20 – 3:20 Pathetic Honey
3:40 – 4:40 Zanzibar
Sunday, August 17
11-11:30 Jack Mullins
11:50 – 12:20 Boss Tim and the Laylows
12:40 – 1:40 Bundy Brown and the Expresso Rhythm Section
2:00 – 2:45 Mariachi San Carlos
3:00 – 3:45 Fashion Show
4:05 – 5:05 The D.B. Walker Band
5:25 – 6:25 The Gary Gates Band
If you are looking for an entertaining and inspiring weekend to visit the Half Moon Bay area, this mid-August slot is a great choice to be sure you get the full effect of these quirky Northern California towns. Located right downtown, the Mill Rose Inn makes for a convenient and elegant bed and breakfast that will give your vacation all the more comfort. August in the area is known for its temperate weather and some of the sunniest days of the year.
If you’re considering planning a trip to the area soon, definitely consider downloading our free vacation guide for more ideas on things to see and do in and around Half Moon Bay.