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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.

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

Sunday, August 3
2:00 p.m.
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 p.m.
River Walk "Dam Busting"

Meet Sara at Day Use Lot #1 for a peek into the secret life in the Big Sur River. We will discover steelhead rainbow trout and find out how you can help these threatened fish in the their natural habitat. Wear your river shoes for this half-hour program.

8:30 p.m.
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.

Monday, August 4
3:00 p.m.
Nature Walk "Big Sur Then and Now"

While hiking up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls, travel back in time as we learn about the natural history of the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park today from the uplifting of the Big Sur coastline nearly five million years ago! This is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall (~45 minutes). Meet Sarah at the Redwood Deck, next to the Big Sur Lodge.

Tuesday, August 5
8:30 p.m.
Nature 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.

Special Event:
August 2, 2014
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Living History Day at Point Sur Lightstation

This special event celebrates the 125th anniversary of the first lighting of the Point Sur Lighthouse in August 1889 and the 150th year of California State Parks. Transportation to and from the top of Pt. Sur Lightstation every 15 minutes. Picnicking allowed - bring your own food. Visit the barn, blacksmith shop and Head Keeper's Quarters. Story-telling and singing; shipwrecks, children's stories and sea chanties...

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

+Wednesday, July 30 ~ KARAOKE

Karaoke Night!
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Karaoke Night

+Friday, August 1 ~ Evangenitals

10:00 PM ~ FREE


Avant Americana Pirate Gypsy Juggernaut Band. Like a bar fight in Lego Land.

The Evangenitals, founded by playwright/director Juli Crockett and opera, jazz & gospel singer Lisa Dee are an alt-country/Americana love revolution made flesh for your listening pleasure. On a quixotic crusade in the key of life hell-bent on breaking hearts open, they are a genre-bending, ever-creating force of nature.

Combining pioneer lineage with a love of performing arts, the Evangenitals push not only the frontiers of creativity, but strive to foster a renaissance of compassion, love and gratitude as the platform to engage in global collaboration, activism, and community building.

Filled with an insatiable desire to explore new forms of musical instrumentation and arrangements, the Evangenitals take listeners on a journey of passion and creative freedom, embracing all of life as source material, from the mundane to the sublime.

Ranging from truck-stop lullabies to Klezmer-punk-jazz, from ballads & barn-burners to hillbilly stomp, citing influences from the new-wave intelligentsia of the Talking Heads to the archetypal fire of Johnny Cash welded together with the mutant masterminds of Ween, the jukebox at the Mad Hatter's tea party is the Evangenitals.

+Saturday, August 2 ~ Julian Temple Band

Julian Temple Band
10:00 PM ~ FREE

Julian Temple Band

Julian Temple Band formed in Dunedin, New Zealand in February, 2004. They have independently recorded and released four albums; In Sea (2006), Quiet Earth (2009), Balance Escapes (2010) and Upsidedownbackwards (2012). Within a week of its release, "Upsidedownbackwards" debuted on the Official New Zealand Music Chart and quickly climbed from number 17 to number 7 over three weeks. The band have toured extensively across New Zealand, Australia and the U.S.A.

Temple released his solo album titled Nowhere Fast in October 2011. To promote the work, the troubadour embarked on a world tour which saw him play three countries in three consecutive nights and tour the U.S.A., Australia and New Zealand for six months.

After a change in line-up during 2012, including the addition of a violinist, JTB commenced work on their fourth studio album and various tours around N.Z. and abroad.

Members: PMK (drums), Albert Sanudo (bass), Julian Temple (guitar/vocals), Paul McMillan (bass) and Alex Vaatstra (violin).

+Saturday, August 9 ~ 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!

+Friday, August 15 ~ Talmon Owens

Talmon Owens
10:00 PM

Talmon Owens

Talmon Owens is a singer/songwriter living in Big Sur California. A booker and promoter at the Big Sur Taphouse by day and a singer-songwriter for life, Owens' material comes from the heart and is charmingly earthy and grounded.

+Saturday, August 16 ~ Luke Sweeney

Luke Sweeny
10:00 PM ~ FREE


A bicycle crash left a young Sweeney with his jaw wired shut for six weeks, and in recovering, his sustenance was on an acoustic guitar. What was he chasing? Perhaps something in a progression that led to the acquisition of a Yamaha MT-50 4-track recorder, seclusion in empty piano rooms on the campus of UC Berkeley, and hosting cassette release parties in his co-op, all while logging enough California-psych gold on tape to get a stretch of Highway 1 named for him. Branching out from celebrated San Francisco bands VOWS & Montra for the release of his 2013 solo debut 'Ether Ore', Luke Sweeney swung out on a limb with a stripped-down approach that garnered blossoms of critical praise for its "distinctly handcrafted feel" and "melodies that feel like opiates for the soul" (SF Chronicle). Yet the surface has only been scratched in revealing Sweeney's full portrait. Due for release in 2014 is a whole new sound from the troubadour's ever-spinning reels: 'Adventure:Us', a matchbox collection of electric psych-soul gems cut over two sessions in the autumns of 2011 and 2012 in Brooklyn with producer Robin MacMillan (Persephone's Bees, Shalants). Now with a cast of accomplished players Brett Eastman (x-Girls), Zach Ryan (x-Stone Foxes) and Rohini Moradi, Sweeney's band whips up the vast spectrum of his songs into a magnetic force, drawing ears who hear something familiar yet mysteriously new, as if plucked from an Earth-like planet just barely detectable on our Doppler. It's a sound that's hard to come by, thrilling to chase, and comforting to know.

- Tanner P Grey, Brontosonix

+Friday, August 22 ~ Marc Chapelle and the Casuals

Marc Chapelle and the Casuals
10:00 PM ~ FREE

+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


+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.