Sideways Fest

Sideways Fest

Fifteen years ago, the sleeper hit Sideways catapulted the Santa Ynez Valley wine country into international fame. Today, not so much an aged-to-perfection film, Sideways is a cult classic that never goes out of style. To toast the movie’s anniversary 
and the wines it made famous, the Sta. Rita Hills 
Wine Alliance will hold Sideways Fest from Oct. 18 through 20.

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Holiday season on the Central Coast

Holiday season on the Central Coast

By Misty Hall

The holiday season is here! (Unless you’re a pumpkin spice fan, in which case you kicked things off in August at Starbucks.) The Central Coast plays host to hundreds of holiday events, from haunted houses to winter wine walks, so get out there and celebrate!

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Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals

There’s something glorious about a festival. People from all walks of life gather together to honor traditions, or celebrate regional flavors and products, or just to revel in the sheer, sometimes quirky, joy of their passions. Festivals are part of human civilization the world over and, since time immemorial, they have taken us out of the mundane and given us the spectacle, color, music, and variety we crave in life. We mingle and eat and browse and eat and marvel and eat and eat and eat! In our bounteous region, local foods and specialties are some of the things we celebrate most, but summer festival season is also the best time of the year to soak up the rich diversity of activities and culture the area has to offer.

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Lavender Festival

Lavender Festival

By Sami Zahringer

When you grow an herb that has been utilized in Ancient Egyptian mummification, used as an Elizabethan substitute for bathing, and as a lemonade flavoring, you know you have a useful plant. In the language of flowers, lavender can mean devotion, luck, success, happiness, and it can be used as a perfume, a flavor, and medicine. As the organizers of this festival, now in its 11th year, say, “Using essential oils enables us to connect to the living processes of earth and thereby rejuvenate, balance, and nourish our mind, body, emotions, and spirit.”

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Let the Festivals BEGIN!

Let the Festivals BEGIN!

Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties love their festivals — especially in the spring. The hills are still green and the weather’s warm, but the sea breezes keep things from getting too sweltering. After a wet and chilly winter, this spring’s festivals are sure to be even livelier. So whether you’re looking for something to do with your college buddies (beer and wine festivals), your grandparents (Art in the Park), or your kids (Kite Festivals), there’s tons of festivals to suit your tastes. Way more, in fact, than we can begin to list here! So get off the 101 and get to exploring these tastes of the region.

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