Calendar of Events

State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family


Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active Guided Hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. Activities run from Memorial Day weekend. Junior Rangers and Ranger Cubs programs will run everyday through September 13, 2015. Then, weekend programs after that through September, possibly into October depending on the weather.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park amphitheatreSTATE PARK ACTIVITIES
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.

Saturday, October 3
8:00 a.m.
Nature Walk: "Valleys and Vistas"

Join Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate one hour, one-way hike to the Valley View overlook and discover the unique habitats of Big Sur. See impacts of the Basin Fire and how the forest is already springing back. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water for this two-mile hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck.

10:00 a.m.
Junior Rangers - Big Sur River Scavenger Hunt (children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun discovering the river habitat of Big Sur and we will go on a hunt for the different plants, animals, and bugs that live there. Come with your river shoes and prepare to get wet! Meet Dustin for an hour of activities at the Campfire Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents join us for a half hour of story telling, games and a short walk. Meet Dustin at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

2 p.m.
Nature Walk: "Gear Shifts: Rapid Changes in Big Sur's Terrain"

Although best known for its beauty and scale, Big Sur offers a great diversity of plants, animals and climates. We will explore how and why Big Sur can feel so different in just a matter of minutes. Meet Park Interpreter Sara for this one and a half hour walk at the Redwood Deck

7:00 p.m.
Campfire Program "Discovering Colossal Redwoods"

Join Dustin around the campfire and learn about the tallest organisms on Earth! Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for this one hour program. Feel free to bring your own S'mores for roasting after the show! Meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, October 4
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk "Buzzard's Roost
Meet Dustin at the Redwood Deck for a two hour hike all the way to the top of Buzzard's Roost. A moderate trek along the Park's western edge will take you along the river, through shady redwoods, then around a series of switchbacks among bay trees and tan oaks to the chaparral-covered top of Pfeiffer Ridge. Bring water and hiking shoes!

2:00 p.m.
"Big Sur River Gorge Exploration"

Join Dustin on an hour long adventure to one of our park's most beautiful places. Rock scramble, splash, and climb your way back to the best swimming hole on the river. Bring your river shoes and prepare to get wet! Meet at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3

Friday, October 9
Leave No Trace; Campfire Center Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
7pm – 9pm.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will lead a campfire center presentation at Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park.

Point Sur Lighthouse

"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300'. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.

Summer Hours
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM

Winter Hours
(November through March)
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 AM
Wednesday 1:00 PM

Adult $12.00
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.

Ghost Tours
October 17 & 24

An evening of ghostly fun will begin with a walking tour to the lighthouse in time to watch the sunset, then on to the Barn where a light buffet will be served. Later, Pt. Sur's professional actor/story-teller, Kevin Hanstick, will recount stories of Point Sur's ghostly past. Julie, our "paranormal investigator," will share the results of her ghost hunts. If you dare, explore inside one of Point Sur's real haunted houses, the un-restored Triplex. Dessert and hot drinks will be served in the Visitors Center.
An $85 donation, tax deductible as allowed by law for the Ghost Tour.


Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago. Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Music Calendar

+Friday, October 9 ~ Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell
10:00 PM

Midnight Pine

Jeff's onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and have found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, opening for multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

Selected as the winner of Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition out of over 13,000 entrants in 2013, Jeff Campbell released "In Spite of Everything", a 5 song EP produced by 6x Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, late that year. The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes Rock EPs and Singles Charts.

+Saturday, October 10 ~ McHugh & Devine

McHugh & Devine
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Midnight Pine

McHugh (Donegal, Ireland) and Devine (New City, New York) met in early 2014 at a West Coast Songwriters competition in San Francisco, CA. Both new to the scene at the time, they decided to combine forces and begin writing songs together. Fast forward almost two years later and you can find McHugh & Devine touring throughout the West Coast as a 4-piece band to support their self-produced EP titled The Movie Blues.

Constantly genre hopping, the band's live show is captivating. And it all stems from the duo's synergy. While Devine leads the way with strong lead vocals and rhythm guitar, McHugh carries the band as he switches instruments nearly every song and adds spot-on vocal harmonies. The end result is a contagious mix of positive energy and originality. Rock N' Roll, Americana, Pop, Bluegrass, Country, and Folk… that's McHugh & Devine. It's twenty-something blues with a nostalgic twist.

McHugh & Devine just placed 2nd in the 2015 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest for their single "Flame".

+Saturday, October 24 ~ Junk Parlor

Junk Parlor
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Junk Parlor

Junk parlor is a gypsy junk rock band born from the mind and musical wanderings of Jason Vanderford. Sounds of rock, underlying gypsy jazz rhythms and a 50's tinge create a familiar yet twisted up sound that steers you off the beaten path. Vanderford has a throaty howling voice that ranges from a cool low croon to an all out bawl, alluding to tales of fantastical love, late night betrayal and wily satisfaction.

Vanderford leads the band with his beckoning vocals, acoustic banjo and rhythm guitar alongside Jimmy Grant's Django infused lead electric guitar. Backed by an uncompromising beat from drummer and cajón player Rt Goodrich and the growling electric fretless bass of Tim Bush, Junk Parlor is a dreamscape junkyard of sounds based out of San Francisco, California. Their debut album "Wild Tones" was released October 2013 and they recently completed their first Pacific Northwest tour.

Junk Parlor's members have played the gamut of festivals and prestigious venues including Outside Lands, Kate Wolfe Fest, Djangofest, Gaia Fest and SXSW to name a few. Jason Vanderford has played, recorded and toured with the Americano Social Club, The Hot Club of San Francisco, Clint Bakers New Orleans Jazz Band, Little Charlie's Caravan, Avatar Ensemble and Seth Ford Young Quartet. Jimmy has lead the Jimmy Grant Ensemble and accompanied George Cole, Gonzalo Bergara and Tim Kliphuis. Rt Goodrich has laid down rhythms and toured with Staggerwing, Beso Negro and Standing Room Only. Tim Bush has played extensively with Danny Montana, Sweetie Pie and the Doughboys, Chuck Day, Sam Andrew, Jim Martin, and Freddie Roulette.

+Saturday, October 31 ~ Gunkadeit

10:00 PM ~ FREE

Junk Parlor

GUNAKADEIT, pronounced (goo-naka-date) is the pop project of Natasha Kozaily, a third culture kid from the Cayman Islands, with Lebanese roots, now residing in California.

+Saturday, November 7 ~ Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers from Santa Cruz, CA evoke the sound of the epic party times of 1929. This distinctively high-energy crew lures their audience back in time through the Southern boulevards into a world of sinnin', salvation, and bathtub gin, revisiting a place where the hardships of life are cause for a high-spirited musical celebration. With piano, trumpet, clarinet, trombone, banjo, violin, drums, bass, and sassy female vocals at the helm, The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers bring a fresh twist to the genres of 1920's/30's New Orleans Prohibition era Jazz, Barrelhouse, Dixieland, and Old-Time by incorporating modernized themes into their lyrics and a small but present jamband component to their music. The Post Street Rhythm Peddlers have nearly sold out their very first two shows and hope to complete their first recording by years end.

Band members are an all-star cast coming from diverse musical backgrounds and local projects such as Flor De Cana, Shady Groove, Deep Ellum, Samba Stilt Circus, China Cats, Coffee Zombie Collective, Channel One, and more.

+Saturday, November 14 ~ Billy Martini Show

Billy Martini Show
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Billy Martini Show

Santa Cruz rockers, Billy Martini and Steve Allison have been playing and writing music together for years, but when Billy Martini stepped from behind the drum kit and took the microphone and a feather boa, The Billy Martini Show was born.

Hard rockin' tunes along the lines of Foo Fighters and AC/DC, and a stage show with costume changes and dancing girls that has been compared to The Tubes and KISS…

"The Billy Martini Show cranks out a full out fun show of rock the way it was meant to be performed: with style". –Skott Freedman (

"An infectious brand of high octane rock and roll". –Garrett Wheeler (Metro Santa Cruz)

The Billy Martini Show has shared the bill with national acts such as Pat Travers Band and The Tubes, have played at multiple festivals such as X-Fest in Modesto, and First Friday in Las Vegas. The band has played more than 300 shows in the 5 years they have been together.

Their first two albums, "Like No Other" (2007) and "Pajama Party A Go-Go" (2009), are available on iTunes and CDBaby, and their third release, "Love Sombrero" is due out this fall. Here's what the media had to say about the first two records:

"Welcome to The Billy Martini Show and be prepared to rock. From the first track to the last, this CD (Like No Other) is a testosterone pumped homage to the rock and roll lifestyle". – Darryl Gregory (

"Pajama Party A Go-Go is the full package. It's everything arena rock should be in a tight little shrink wrapped case: boisterous, flamboyant, full of catchy hooks and powerhouse lyrics". – Jessica Skelton (Your Music Magazine)

The Billy Martini Show also has a 70's Musical Tribute available for private events, Festivals, Casinos, and live music venues.