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State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family


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.

October 7 & 8, 5:45 PM

October 18, 25 & 31

Andrew Molera State Park
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 Saturday & Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
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!

Music in the Tavern

+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.

RIYL: Arcade Fire, Delta Spirit, The National


+Saturday, October 11 ~ The Bad Dogs

The Bad Dogs
10:00 PM ~ FREE

The Bad Dogs


Featuring Glen Rathbone, Art Dougall, and Wally Barnick

+Sunday, October 12~ Susan Vallie Band

Suzanne Vallie Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Suzanne Vallie


"Suzanne Vallie writes unusual folk songs that are at times sweet and childlike, and at other times haunting and seductive. A roots-y aesthetic runs through her music, and her lyrics paint vivid (and often weird) pictures of small town, rural life…Her honest, unadorned voice rings beautifully over her often spare arrangements….Vallie's four-song EP, Water Table, is an excellent introduction to her work, but it left me wanting to hear more…"
~ Meg Ruddick, NPR's Second Stage


+Saturday, October 18 ~ David Holodiloff Trio

David Holodiloff Trio featuring Steve Uccello and Nik Bortolussi
10:00 PM ~ FREE

David Holodiloff

About the Show:
Dave Holodiloff (Mandolin/Vocals) will be joined by Steve Uccello (Bass) and Nik Bortolussi (Drums) for an enchanted evening of music and dance at Fernwood Resort, nestled in the heart of wild and scenic Big Sur, CA. The performance will feature upbeat danceable rhythms from around the world including, but certainly not limited to, Latin Jazz, Celtic, Middle Eastern Fusion, Gypsy Swing, Bossa Nova, Bluegrass, Funk, and much more! In the past 12 months, Dave has released 6 CDs of diverse styles and will be highlighting tunes form the various albums as well as unreleased original material and favorite contemporary dance covers. CDs will be available at the performance. Be prepared for a globetrotting sonic adventure from Bluegrass to Bach and back! See you there!

Dave Holodiloff is a musician and band leader exploring the acoustic frontiers of the mandolin on the stages of Northern California and beyond. Heralded as "the hardest working musician in Monterey" by the Monterey County Weekly, Dave has made a name for himself both as a performer at festivals and concert venues and as an acoustic event entertainment specialist. His dynamic musical repertoire includes Jazz Standards, Bluegrass Traditionals, Sultry Sambas, Celtic Classics, Gypsy Swing, Latin Rhythms, and much more. An experienced percussionist, vocalist, and guitar player in addition to his skills on the mandolin, Dave is available as a studio musician, sideman or accompanist on select freelance projects. Whether you are searching for a high energy dance band or a relaxing combo for an intimate wedding ceremony in the forest, Dave Holodiloff will help you craft the perfect sound for any occasion.

+Saturday, November 1 ~ TBA

10:00 PM ~ FREE

+Saturday, November 8 ~ Billy Martini

Billy Martini
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Billy Martini Show

+Saturday, November 15 ~ Scary Little Friends

Scary Little Friends
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Scary Little Friends

Scary Little Friends is the Folk-Rock brainchild of Chris Jones with Charlie Knote on drums, Jon Payne on bass, and Patrick Blizinski on keys. Chris built his own studio in the Mission district to record their debut album, “From the Beginning”, which features lilting vocals (ala Jeff Buckley) and surfs-up psychedelic guitar; a trademark of the “San Francisco Sound”. Based in both Santa Cruz and SF with underlying southern soul roots, strong songwriting is really the bread and butter of this band. Scary Little Friend’s live shows combine an understated professionalism with raw talent. They connect with their audience the old-fashioned way by offering authentic heartfelt performances that fulfill our desire to connect. No gimmicks, no tricks. Just great songs about what you were thinking but couldn’t say.

Since forming in early 2013, the band has quickly risen up in the local Bay Area music scene, performing with Folkyeah! and Loving Cup Presents, playing major Santa Cruz and SF shows at Rio Theatre, Don Quixote’s, Moe’s Alley, Brick & Mortar, Boom Boom Room, and Bottom of the Hill. The band has shared the stage with a variety national touring acts, such as: Boy & Bear, Chuck Prophet, Caravan Palace, Stone Foxes, Baptist Generals, Streets of Laredo, Jimbo Mathus, Debauche, Wildlife (Canada), Jail Weddings, Coffis Brothers, as well as Terrapin Crossroads staples Midnight North and Go By Ocean. They even shared the bill with Norah Jones for her surprise visit to Santa Cruz’s Crepe Place!
Scary Little Friends is thoughtful and emotional rock/pop songwriting that we want you to hear. Awesome vocals and
+November 22 ~ Marc and the Casuals

Marc and the Casuals
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+December 8 ~ Kuckaw!

10:00 PM ~ FREE


Kuckaw! is a brand spankin’ new band, fresh out of Oakland, California. The band members, all seasoned players in the Bay Area music scene, have come together through happenstance in order to fulfill one common goal: to get some booties shakin’! Influenced by the music of Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Orgone, and Roy Ayers, Kuckaw!’s sound melds the driving, heavy rhythms of 70′s funk with the hypnotic, interlocking essence of Afrobeat, adding a touch of disco, and bringing the wild abandon of a Zappa-esk musical odyssey.

Adam Lowdermilk and Michael Wynar (both of Albino! Afrobeat), combined forces on bass and guitar respectively, with Ross McIntire on drums (of DRMS), who is fresh off the Bayou from New Orleans. Feeling the emptiness of a keyboard-less trio, the three conscripted long time flood pants advocate and all around musical wizard Casey Cameron to lay down an ever-shifting polyester blanket of harmony. Shortly after, the band roped-in Bulgarian folk music extraordinaire and Fulbright fellow, saxophonist Teddy Raven (MWE, Jazz Mafia). Recently new to the group, is fellow Albino! trumpet maestro Chris Brown (The Original). Together, the six notoriously funkified local heavy-hitters compile an outfit of epic proportions… Keep an ear out for this burgeoning ensemble, bringing the funk to a location near you!