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Are you looking for beaches, museums, parks, whale watching wine tasting, theaters, marine reserves, farms and ranches, golf, shopping centers, art galleries, surfing? The Half Moon Bay area, much like "Carmel," has it all. You won’t want to miss Half Moon Bay's charming and historic Main Street, with its historic buildings with a touch of the past; it’s the fun alternative to traveling through the area on Highway 1. Also, be sure to enjoy the natural beauty and historic sites of the Coastside and take in the small western town flavor of Pescadero or the historic and picturesque lighthouses of Pigeon Point Lighthouse south of Pescadero and Point Montara Lighthouse in Montara.
Visitors to Half Moon Bay coast sense the slower pace and relaxed mood of the ocean, mountains, open fields and small village-like towns. There are many annual events on the coast. Because of the small-town nature of the community, many are down-home, unpretentious folksy events, and most are free. Some of the major events include the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival in October, the Pacific Coast Dream Machines at the airport in April, and the big wave Maverick’s Surf Contest, held one day between November-March depending on Mother Nature and the size of waves.
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, noted for its award wining microbrewery and California coastline fusion cuisine, also delivers the finest in live entertanment in Half Moon Bay. Check out the monthly live music calendar here.
To view all events in the Half Moon Bay area, please click here. The HMB Chamber of Commerce site will open in a new window. Then you can click on the Events Calendar.
Below is a list of some of the additional fun things to do in the area.
The best quick weekend getaway hotel we could hope for. Absolutely beautiful room with a fantastic view.It even started off amazing. Allan called us the day we were scheduled to arrive and told us our room was ready by noon, when they usually don't allow check-in until 3PM. I've never ever had a hotel do that, and even though we didn't make it there till after three, I would have loved another 3 hours there. They keep a 'journal' in each room for the guests to write in, and the things the previous guests wrote were absolutely stunningly beautiful. I guess I should not have been surprised, but over half of their guests are from the local area. If you live here, I cannot recommend this highly enough. This was our first time, but we'll be back many, many times.