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Oct. 7th  Weekend Event to Feature Locally Caught Fish, Food, Friends & FREE ADMISSION

The Morro Bay Harbor Festival committee is pleased to present a celebration of “All Things Bay” at this year’s 36th event. The festival, on Saturday, October 7, 2017 with many other local happenings Friday and Sunday, will feature free admission for all attendees.

As in years past, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy a family fun-filled event in the real-live fishing harbor that makes Morro Bay so unique and beautiful.  The Harbor Festival’s main event will be held all on Saturday, October 7th.  The “Pedestrian Event Zone” will be open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the water’s edge on the Embarcadero – between Harbor and Marina Streets.  A bounty of Embarcadero restaurants will have seafood specials and live entertainment beginning on Friday and culminating with several Sunday Brunch opportunities.   Again this year – attendees are encouraged to park anywhere in town and take the free trolley to and from the event.

The Morro Bay Harbor Festival will soon announce this year’s live band entertainment line-up featuring some of the best local bands.  Stay tuned.

Local favorites such as the Oyster Eating and Hawaiian Shirt Contests along with Special Kids Activities will be offered at this year’s festival.

At the Festival, attendees will be able to purchase the freshest seafood from local fishermen at a variety of locations along the Embarcadero. This includes oysters, albacore, and spot prawns from the Morro Bay Fisherman’s Association, rock fish and tacos from South Bay Wild, and assorted fish and fish chowder from the Central Coast Women for Fisheries.

Additionally, maritime-heritage venues, mini-yacht races, water-craft demonstrations, the SuviveOars kayak races and harbor boat tours in the Bay will be offered.  Local wine and beer will be available for sale at the Festival along with a variety of other food, all from local vendors. Rumor has it there will be a Tall Ship in the Harbor all weekend too. Tours will be available.

At the Festival, local  San Luis Obispo County businesses and vendors will be presenting and selling their wares.  Ocean-related agencies will provide information about local resources and there will be plenty for children to do including a touch tank, and much more.

Spearheaded by the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Inc. organization, the Harbor Festival is a partnership between many organizations including the City of Morro Bay, the Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, the Commercial Fishermen Association, and the Morro Bay business community.

The Festival Committee is also working to acquire financial sponsorships for this year’s event.  Please contact the Morro Bay Harbor Festival Office for details on sponsorship opportunities. San Luis Obispo County businesses that want to have a booth in the “Pedestrian Event Zone” need to contact the Harbor Festival Office.

As is the tradition with the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, a portion of the net proceeds will go to a Morro Bay non-profit organization.   More information and details about sponsorships for 36th Annual Morro Bay Harbor Festival are available on the website, or by contacting the Morro Bay Harbor Festival Office at (805) 772-1155 and by email at


About the Morro Bay Harbor Festival:

The Morro Bay Harbor Festival located near the historic Morro Rock in Morro Bay, California is an annual celebration of the Central Coast’s unique lifestyle and working waterfront. Since 1982, it has been held every year on the first weekend in October.  The Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3 organization.                                    

2017 Morro Bay Harbor Festival Committee Board Members:

President – Jim Sanders

Secretary – Steve Mathieu

Director – Paul Van Beurden

Director – Tom Hafer

Director – Aaron Young

Office Staff:

Executive Director –  Don Doubledee

Director of Operations – Donna Drum

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