Calendar of Events

State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family

State Park Activities

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sponsored activities run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Park day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside of the State Park.

Junior Ranger and Ranger Cubs Program & Activities

Hey, Junior Rangers!
Who: Kids ages 7-12 only

When: Daily at 10:00 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant.
What: An hour of fun games and activities about the Big Sur environment.

Hey, Ranger Cubs!
Who: Kids ages 6 and under (with parents)

When: Daily at 11:30 A.M.
Where: Meet staff at the Redwood Deck in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park adjacent to the Big Sur Lodge restaurant.
What: A half-hour of story telling, games and activities.

Activities For The Whole Family

Tuesday, August 19
8:30 PM
Walk "Ghosts of Big Sur"

Join Sarah for a 45 minute program including a short walk down to the river. Dress warmly and meet in Day Use Lot #1 to hear ghost stories from around the area.

Wednesday, August 20
2:00 PM
Nature Walk "Pfeiffer Photosynthesis"

Join Danielle on a walk to learn about how availability of light and moisture determine the varying plant communities in different parts of Big Sur. Wear sturdy shoes and meet at the Redwood Deck for this moderate, 1 1/4 mile hike up to Pfeiffer Falls.

Friday, August 22
3:00 PM
Nature Walk "Journey of a Steelhead"

Meet Danielle at the Redwood Deck for a 45 minute easy walk alongside the river to talk about the endangered Steelhead Trout that make the Big Sur River their home.

Saturday, August 23
11:00 AM
Nature Walk: "Where the River Meets the Sea"

Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a one-mile walk out through Molera Headlands for a view of the ocean. Bring a jacket as it may be windy. We will end at the ocean so you can take your time walking back (45 minutes one-way). Meet in the Andrew Molera State Park parking lot.

1:00 PM
Nature Walk "Fires in our Forest"

What happens after a wildfire? Join Danielle and find out about fire ecology and how the forest is recovering from the Basin Complex fire. This will be a moderate 1 hour hike to the Valley View lookout, wear sturdy hiking shoes and meet on the Redwood Deck.

3:00 PM
Nature Walk "Along a Flyway"

Join Sarah in learning about the birds and animals that live along the Big Sur River. Bring water shoes and binoculars if you have them. This will be a 45 minute easy walk in the river. Meet at the Buzzard's Roost Trailhead.

8:30 PM
Night Program "Starlight, Star Bright"

Sit back, relax, and gaze up at the stars. Hear legends and stories about the night sky, find constellations, and (weather permitting) get a closer look through our telescope. Bring blankets or chairs and a flashlight for this one-hour program. Park in day use lot #3 or #4 and meet Danielle on the softball field.

Sunday, August 24
2:00 PM
Nature Walk "Redwood Resilience"

Join Sarah in learning about the resilience of coast redwoods to wildfire and see the rejuvenation of the forest after December's Pfeiffer Fire. Meet at the Buzzard's Roost Trailhead.

3:00 PM
Nature Walk: "Big Sur through the Ages"

Discover the forces that have shaped the land and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer's Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Park Interpreter Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.

8:00 PM
Nature Walk "Creatures of the Night"

Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one) This is an easy 2/3 mile dog and stroller friendly walk. Meet at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Lot #1.

Monday, August 25
3:00 PM
Nature Walk "Big Biodiversity"

Join Sarah in discovering the amazing microclimates and resulting animal and plant diversity that Big Sur has to offer. From the redwoods to the chaparral, we'll see it all. Meet at the Redwood Deck for this 45 minute one-way hike up the 1 and 1/4 mile Valley View trail.

Tuesday, August 26
8:00 PM
Walk "Ghosts of Big Sur"

Join Sarah for a 45 minute program including a short walk down to the river. Dress warmly and meet in Day Use Lot #1 to hear ghost stories from around the area.


Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
"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.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.,
Sunday: 10:00 a.m., and Wednesday: 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m.
Admission Adult: $12.00; Ages 6-17: $5.00; Age 5 and under: free.

August 10 & 11, 7:15 PM
September 8 & 9, 6:30 PM
October 7 & 8, 5:45 PM

October 18, 25 & 31

Molera Ranch House Museum
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 Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center
Located near the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trailhead is open for visitors Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available. Come discover what lives here!

California Condor Discovery Center
Come learn about the magnificent California condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.
Ventana Wildlife Society

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Basin Complex Fire of 2008, Pfeiffer Fire of 2013 and winter mudflows. Oak Grove and Pfeiffer Falls trails remain closed due to damages. Please stay out of all closed areas.

Music in the Tavern

+Saturday, August 23 ~ Only You + Strange Ideas


Only You - Rachel Fannan

"Only You is Rachel Fannan, her mission, her heart, and an assemblage of some of the premier musicians in East LA. There's no confusion at this point, only one captain steers this ship. For visionaries like Fannan I think that's really the only way it can be. With Rachel free to create and play the music that makes her tick, Only You has become a genesis for a reimagining of music from a golden age. Wherever the Great American Songbook meets up with Americana and Psych that's where to find Only You. Artists that most of today's youth have left for dead like: Roy Orbison, Aretha, Presley, Carl Perkins, Costello and Johnny Cash would've been right at home hitting the road with Only You.

Fannan is armed with a confidence, courage and conviction that can only come from cutting the safety net and walking the high wire alone. Free to pursue her vision, Fannan now looks like a woman poised to seize the future."

- Ben Irwin, Pinpoint Music



Strange Ideas

It kicked off in the summer of 2013 like a rabid wildebeest: Primitive folk singer-songwriter Matthew Hable launched his latest musical vision, Strange Ideas, and hasn't looked back. Though billed as a solo project, the Oakland-based performer usually enlists a drummer and bassist for his live shows.

The Monterey native cites his influences in legit, record store-geek fashion: "psych folk (Kurt Vile, Syd Barrett), garage rock (The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Thee Oh Sees), oldies soul (Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Fats Domino) and some traditional country influences (The Carter Family, Hank Williams)."

For its first live performance on Jan. 25, 2014, at Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey, Strange Ideas opened for Jake Bellows (Saddle Creek Records). The show sold out. The buzz was on.

"... primitive lo-fi glazed in folk dissonance that would make Kurt Vile proud... reinvented blues-meets-psych-folk."

"The memories of family karaoke have helped influence the foundation of the Strange Ideas' sound... Strange Ideas utilizes reverb-drenched guitar and a touch of dirty overdrive pedal. Hable has also traded in the Tom Waits whisky voice he brought to White Dogs for a more natural crooner

-- Monterey County Weekly


+Monday, August 25 ~ KARAOKE

Monday night Karaoke. (aka The "Dave Maloof Special")
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Monday night Karaoke

+Saturday, August 30 ~ David Holodiloff Band

David Holodiloff Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Dave Holodiloff

+Saturday, September 6 ~ TBA

To be announced
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, September 13 ~ The Burning of Rome

The Burning of Rome
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Burning of Rome

The Burning of Rome began modestly as Adam Traub's recording project in a laundry room in Oceanside, CA. It rapidly outgrew the four-track tape recorder on which it was born and demanded his complete devotion, as well as some talented extra musical hands, to bring it to life.

Enter the Romans: Oft barefoot axe wielder Joe Aguilar, whose specialties include scratchy guitar licks and spastic dancing. French bass man Keveen Baudouin, whose metronomic mind produces calculated bass lines with intelligence and fury. Slacker-era siren Aimee Jacobs who belts with operatic force while hammering on her glockenspiel and synthesizers. Zen guru Danny King, shredder behind the kit, who is, quite obviously, the terrestrial answer to the octopus. And Traub, manipulator of keyboard, guitar, light system—the proverbial kitchen sink through an amplifier—all while demonstrating a vocal gradation as yet undocumented elsewhere in nature.

Mix this all together and you have space rockers The Burning of Rome blasting their phonic waves at unsuspecting humanoids in Southern California for the past few years. The quintet has conjured a sonic palate replete with everything from death pop bliss, galactic rock, gypsy punk cabaret, to indie spaghetti western, and are now poised to harken the masses with the release of their forthcoming effort, Year of The Ox.

"We have assimilated," Traub says of the unit. "We share an unbridled passion to revere music as life rather than hobby."

+Saturday, September 20 ~ Conor Forsyth and Friends

Conor Forsyth and Friends
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Burning of Rome

+Saturday, October 4 ~ Brown Shoe

Brown Shoe
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Brown Shoe

Brown Shoe is for sure one of the top ten nicest group of bastards you’ll ever meet. Not literally, because they all have a dad—the same one, in fact. Going on ten years as a band, Ryan (vocals & guitar), Aaron (guitar), Bryson (bass) and Landon (drums) have four records, too many whiskey drinks and a half-dozen nationwide tours between them. They grew up in Folsom, California, a stone’s throw from the prison. They currently live in Los Angeles. Sometimes, they come this close to gouging each other’s eyes out in the name of music.

Brown Shoe’s fifth release, Lonely Beast, is a full-length album broken up into three EP’s, the second of which will be released on August 19, 2014. The idea behind breaking it up into three parts is a convoluted one; you could chalk it up to the changing landscape of digital media (or whatever), or to the shrinking attention span of the general public. You could call it a “think piece,” says Bryson, “(just kidding.)” But really, when the idea presented itself, the final point was this: Why not?

The band has always been pulled in two directions: simple and smart, and loud and big. Three EP’s means three concentrated sessions of recording and producing, rather than one long, protracted one. It means circumventing the pressure to release ten or twelve songs all at once simply because that’s the format an album was supposed to adhere to not that long ago. The band will write these new songs because that’s what’s exciting to them. It’s a way for them to be excited pretty much all the goddamn time, and to make music for people that feel the same.