Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is the purpose of the festival?

A: The Morro Bay Harbor Festival is an annual celebration of the Central Coast’s unique lifestyle and working waterfront. It is held annually on the first Saturday in October.

Since its inception, a primary goal of the festival has been to bring together a broad cross-section of members of the local fishing industry, civic and community groups, marine-related enterprises, small business, corporations, artisans, environmental organizations and individual citizens—to focus public awareness on what makes Morro Bay exceptional.

The Morro Bay Harbor Festival Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 community-benefit organization. Substantial proceeds from the Morro Bay Harbor Festival are shared with a nonprofit organization chosen by the Board of Directors.  The Festival Volunteer Program has awarded nearly $500,000 to participating nonprofit groups over the past 25 years.

Q: What’s new this year at the festival?

* All new musical entertainment
* Free-flowing festival layout on the Embarcadero between Marina and Harbor streets.
* FREE admission
* FRESH FISH sold by local fishermen right from the docks!

Q: How is this festival different from other Seafood and Wine festivals?

A: The Festival is unique in that it offers festival goers the opportunity to enjoy both a special Saturday in Morro Bay, one of the more popular vacation destinations along the California Coast, as well as a true taste of Central Coast wine, beer, cuisine, and working harbor lifestyle.

As recently declared by Lois Capps, 22nd District Congressional Representative: “The Morro Bay Harbor Festival is an excellent event and we encourage people to attend. It raises public awareness of the commercial fishing industry, seafood industry and coastal environment. California Fishermen and women are responsible stewards of ocean resources, and contribute to the health, economic well being and quality of life of the people of the state. The Morro Bay Harbor Festival showcases not only the products of the commercial fishing industry but also many of the finest wines of our region.”

Q: Are there activities specifically for kids?

A: Yes, there are numerous activities that kids will enjoy – from getting fresh fish from  local fishermen, seeing water rescue demonstrations in the harbor to the every-popular Hawaiian shirt contest. Tidelands Park is closer to the Festival than ever before.

Q: Are there marine and harbor-oriented educational activities?

A: There are numerous marine and harbor-oriented educational activities such as these that have occurred at previous festivals. The Maritime Heritage Pavilion presented by the Central Coast Maritime Museum Association, the Coast Guard & Harbor Patrol Department Open House, the Educational and Ecological Exhibits.

Q: Is parking difficult?

A: Parking and shuttles from convenient park and ride locations are provided free to the Public. Please call the Harbor Festival office for details (805) 772-1155.

Q: Are there other things I should see and do over that weekend?

A: Stroll the south end of the Embarcadero in Morro Bay, visit the many local shops and restaurants, enjoy the newly expanded Museum of Natural History, play a round of golf on one of many Central Coast golf courses, hike the beautiful trails of Montana de Oro State Park, relax on the beach, or take a guided tour at Hearst Castle. You could also just wander the festival and listen to great music!

Q: What kinds of accommodations are available in Morro Bay, and nearby communities?

A: Morro Bay is host to everything from the 3-star accommodations to roughing it and camping at the County Park or Morro Strand State Beach Campgrounds. Check out the hotel reservations page for any and all lodging  available in Morro Bay.

Book early.  The weekend fills up fast!