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CENTRAL COAST MONSTER SKATE PARK SERIES takes place on March 21 in Atascadero. April 4: SLO. April 18: Templeton. May 2: Paso Robles Skate Park, 19th and Riverside. May 16: Grover Beach. May 30: Los Osos. Participate or watch. But don’t miss it. Registration starts at 9am, contest at 11. Info: ccmonsterskate.com.

AVILA BEACH FARMERS MARKET starts April 3 and appears every Friday through Sept. 18 from 4-8pm. Check out the fish and produce on the Avila Promenade, and enjoy live music and food. Info: visitavilabeach.com.

ANNUAL EARTH DAY EVENT will take place on April 18 from 11am-5pm in SLO’s Mission Plaza. Green-oriented businesses, service providers, food and beverage vendors, government agencies, health practitioners, teachers, students, artisans, musicians, and volunteers come together to raise awareness and offer tips for leaving a lighter footprint on the planet at this Green Living Expo. Sponsorship details, a vendor application, or volunteer opportunities: 544-8529 or  HYPERLINK "mailto:earthdayslo@gmail.com" earthdayslo@gmail.com.

PASO ROBLES BALLOON FESTIVAL will include a mass hot air balloon launch at sunrise on Saturday, a concert by Sugar Daddy Swing Kings on Friday at 6pm, food, kid-friendly attractions, hot air balloon rides, and more April 24-26. Festival admission is $10 per car. Concert is $12 at 800 Clubhouse Drive in Paso Robles. Info: 238-1031, EstrellaAssociates.com, or  HYPERLINK "http://www.RiverOaksHotSprings.com" riveroakshotsprings.com.

RECYCLED TREASURES SHOW, GARDEN ART AND VINTAGE SIDECAR SHOW comes to downtown Paso Robles on April 25 from 9am-3pm in the downtown city park. Free. Info: 238-4103 or pasoroblesdowntown.org.

AAUW GARDENS BY THE SEA TOUR is April 26 from noon-5pm. Tickets bear a map showing where the gardens are in Los Osos, Morro Bay, and Cayucos. $10 includes admission to eight gardens. Tickets are available at Miner’s Hardware stores, Coalesce Book Store, Volumes of Pleasure, and Pacific Coast Home & Garden. Proceeds benefit new books for libraries, the Cuesta College Music Program, and more. Info: 771-9180 or 423-6854.

CENTRAL COAST CELEBRATION IN GROVER BEACH takes place May 16-17 in Ramona Park. Saturday hours are 11am-7pm and Sunday from noon-5pm. Live music all weekend comes from Natural Incense and others. Enjoy a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games, beer and wine, and various food vendors. City officials, a board member, and a certain former director of the Chamber have agreed to participate in the dunk tank. A silent auction and raffle includes a certified diamond. Info: 489-9091 or  HYPERLINK "http://mail.newtimesslo.com/src/compose.php?send_to=info%40groverbeachchamber.com" info@groverbeachchamber.com.

GROVER BEACH SPRING GARDEN TOUR takes place May 31 from 1-4pm. Take a tour of Grover Beach’s most immaculate gardens. This event is free and includes a plant exchange. Artists will work in various gardens along the tour. Maps are available week before the event at HYPERLINK "http://www.grover.org/"grover.org, Grover Beach City Hall office, Miner’s Hardware, and local nurseries. Info: 473-4580.

BACH N’BIRDIES, presented by the SLO Symphony, is a Morro Bay Golf Course golf tournament benefiting nothing better than bringing music to children’s ears. Sign up for June 9 at noon. Info: 543-3533 or slosymphony.org.

LAKESIDE WINE AND FINE ARTS FESTIVAL comes to the Atascadero Lake Park on June 27 from 4-8pm. $30. Hear live music by Mighty Croon Dogs. Info: 461-1234 or atascaderowinefestival.com.

PECHO RANCH DAY AT MONTAÑA DE ORO is July 11 from 11am-2pm. Enjoy a day of spinning, quilting, whittling, flint knapping demonstrations, authentic Victorian characters, old-fashioned refreshments, and a “Spooner History Walk.” Info: 528-0513.

THE 25TH ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL comes to El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo on July 18 and 19. Join more than 800 costumed participants on a journey to 1858 for jousting, music, food, drink, crafts, vendors, and lots of swords. Info: ccrenfaire.com.

ST. ANTHONY'S CELEBRATION celebrates the cultural contribution of the area's Portuguese descendants Aug. 15-17. The parade begins on Sunday at 11am with sopas being served at the St. Anthony's grounds at 390 Bello St. in Pismo Beach. Info: pismochamber.com or 773-4382.

CENTRAL COAST RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL will take guests back 400 years on July 18-19 at El Chorro Park, opposite Cuesta College in SLO. $10 and up. Info: 1-800-688-1477 or ccrenfaire.com.

PINEDORADO FEST IN CAMBRIA takes place Sept. 5-7 with an art show, parade, car show, and more off of Main Street. Info: 927-3624 or cambriachamber.org.

HARVEST FESTIVAL takes place in downtown Arroyo Grande Sept. 25-26. Info: 473-2250 or arroyograndevillage.org.

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