Whether you want to attend them or avoid them, take note of these dates.
Morro Bay Harbor Festival: October 6-7
Celebrating all things marine related, the waterfront festival features a California seafood and wine pavilion, the Rocktoberfest beer garden, a home show, fine arts and crafts, food, a Carnival Cove for kids, three stages of entertainment, a “touch tank,” sand sculptures and many family-oriented events, displays and attractions. Admission charged ($10 adult, $5 children 5-12, free for children under 5). 800-366-6043 orwww.mbhf.com/
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Lighted Boat Parade: December 1
Boats of all shapes and sizes -- from sailboats, to cruisers to kayaks -- doll up in bright, festive lights and fantasy forms to transform the dark bay into a glittering showcase of holiday spirit. The boats cruise the Embarcadero from Morro Rock to Tidelands Park, passing waving spectators. Free. 805-772-4467
Winter Bird Festival: January 18-21, 2008
Every year on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, more than 500 birders converge on Morro Bay for more than 100 events, including trips on the bay, pelagic trips, whole- and half-day field trips on land, Morro Bay Natural History Museum events, guest speakers, self-guided tours and vendors. More than 200 species are typically sighted. Registration is subject to available space. Find a complete listing of events and registration information online. 800-231-0592, 805-772-4467 or www.morrobaybirdfestival.org
Morro Bay Kite Festival and Parade: April 28
A parade, tons of kites, arts and crafts, food vendors, all around the Rock. Find information at morrobaykitefestivalevent.com
Miracle Miles for Kids: April 27
An annual benefit for foster and high-needs children and families. Course runs from the water's edge in Morro Bay to the Cayucos pier. For more information, visit mm4k.com
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