Happy 4th of July weekend! San Benito County is hopping with events this weekend and next week, for young and old. Rev up your engine for the Hollister Freedom Biker Rally downtown, then step back in history in San Juan Bautista, both at Living History Days in the mission square and at El Teatro Campesino’s “Viva La Causa” interactive open house. Wind down mid-week and take a break from all the activity by sending your young ones to the SJB library for Discovery Camp.

 

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Friday, July 1st


Hollister

All day, Downtown Hollister, San Benito Street

Rev up your motorcycle and head to Hollister for this annual Fourth of July celebration, honoring the American biker. This free event features live musical performances all weekend, beer gardens, delicious food, and bike product vendors from all over the country.

For more information, visit hollisterindependencerally.com or call 407-721-9110.

9pm – Midnight, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, 3800 Airline Highway

Enjoy drinks with friends and the live music of local artists and bands. For more information, visit Ridgemark’s Facebook page or call (831) 637-8151.

 

San Juan Bautista

Various Times, El Teatro Campesino, 705 Fourth Street

Celebrate El Teatro Campesino’s 50th anniversary with an interactive walking tour through the halls of the ETC Playhouse and Museum. Each rooms creates a different experience for the audience, featuring retrospective exhibits and site-specific performances honoring the theater’s longstanding and rich history. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children older than 12 years, and $10 for children younger than 12 years.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit elteatrocampesino.com or call (831) 623-2444.


Saturday, July 2nd


Hollister

All day, Downtown Hollister, San Benito Street

Rev up your motorcycle and head to Hollister for this annual Fourth of July celebration, honoring the American biker. This free event features live musical performances all weekend, beer gardens, delicious food, and bike product vendors from all over the country.

For more information, visit hollisterindependencerally.com or call 407-721-9110.

  • Annual Biker “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast

7:30am – 12pm, Hollister United Methodist Church, 521 Monterey Street

Support a charitable cause and eat a tasty breakfast of eggs, sausage, coffee and more. Sip your morning Joe while listening to the live music of Rhema Blues Band and Scott Walters from the Reactors. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bikers welcome! For more information or for free meal delivery service that morning, call (831) 637-4240 or send an email to lmase16@gmail.com.

10am, Frazier Lake Airpark, 7901 Frazier Lake Road

Explore a large collection of vintage aircraft on display in a beautiful country setting at this free, monthly event. For more information, visit frazierlake.com or call (831) 634-0855.

6pm – 9pm, Pietra Santa Winery, 10034 Cienega Road

Guests 21 years and older are invited to enjoy a relaxing evening of wine and good music, featureing the musical talents of Mike Annuzzi. Tickets cost $10 per person.

For more information, visit pietrasantawinery.com or call (831) 636-1991.

9pm – Midnight, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, 3800 Airline Highway

Enjoy drinks with friends and the live music of local artists and bands. For more information, visit Ridgemark’s Facebook page or call (831) 637-8151.

 

San Juan Bautista

11am – 4pm, San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, 19 Franklin Street

Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables and Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home.

For more information, visit parks.ca.gov or call (831) 623-4881.

3pm, Bear’s Hideaway Bar, 402 3rd Street

Bring a dish to share and celebrate Bear’s Hideaway’s Sixth Anniversary. Val DJ will be mixing up the music while partygoers munch on BBQ and hot dogs provided by the management.

For more information, visit bears-hideaway.com or call (831) 623-9363.

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Various Times, El Teatro Campesino, 705 Fourth Street

Celebrate El Teatro Campesino’s 50th anniversary with an interactive walking tour through the halls of the ETC Playhouse and Museum. Each rooms creates a different experience for the audience, featuring retrospective exhibits and site-specific performances honoring the theater’s longstanding and rich history. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children older than 12 years, and $10 for children younger than 12 years.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit elteatrocampesino.com or call (831) 623-2444.


Sunday, July 3rd


Hollister

All day, Downtown Hollister, San Benito Street

Rev up your motorcycle and head to Hollister for this annual Fourth of July celebration, honoring the American biker. This free event features live musical performances all weekend, beer gardens, delicious food, and bike product vendors from all over the country.

For more information, visit hollisterindependencerally.com or call 407-721-9110.

 

San Juan Bautista

Various Times, El Teatro Campesino, 705 Fourth Street

Celebrate El Teatro Campesino’s 50th anniversary with an interactive walking tour through the halls of the ETC Playhouse and Museum. Each rooms creates a different experience for the audience, featuring retrospective exhibits and site-specific performances honoring the theater’s longstanding and rich history. The cost is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and children older than 12 years, and $10 for children younger than 12 years.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit elteatrocampesino.com or call (831) 623-2444.


Monday, July 4th


Hollister

5pm – 8pm, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, 3800 Airline Highway

Share a delicious meal with friends. Theme of meal changes weekly, for example, Irish food, Italian food, Mexican food, BBQ, Pizza Night, etc. For more information, visit Ridgemark’s Facebook page or call (831) 637-8151.

9:30pm, Hollister Municipal Airport, San Felipe Road

Bring a chair and your family to this spectacular fireworks show the Hollister Airport this year. Limited seating will be available on the airport ramp from the San Felipe Road entrance. Viewing will also be available from Aerostar Drive off of Flynn Road. Spectators are encouraged to arrive one or two hours early to secure their viewing spot before the show begins.

For more information, call the Hollister Downtown Association at (831) 636-8406.

 

San Juan Bautista

3pm, Bear’s Hideaway, 402 3rd Street

Munch on light appetizers while enjoying the musical talents of owners Joan and Peter. Celebrate independence day with friends! For more information, visit bears-hideaway.com or call (831) 623-9363.


Tuesday, July 5th


San Juan Bautista

9am – 12pm, San Juan Library, 801 Second Street

Do your kids need something constructive to do this summer? Send them to the SJB Library for a week of innovation and discovery! They’ll learn about levers, pulleys, Morse Code and will create obstacle courses to play on. The cost is $28 per child. Children ages 8-12 (grades 3rd to 7th) are welcome. Register online by clicking here or pick up a registration form from any of the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

For more information and to register, click here or call (831) 623-4687.


Wednesday, July 6th


San Juan Bautista

9am – 12pm, San Juan Library, 801 Second Street

Do your kids need something constructive to do this summer? Send them to the SJB Library for a week of innovation and discovery! They’ll learn about levers, pulleys, Morse Code and will create obstacle courses to play on. The cost is $28 per child. Children ages 8-12 (grades 3rd to 7th) are welcome. Register online by clicking here or pick up a registration form from any of the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

For more information and to register, click here or call (831) 623-4687.

Hollister

3pm – 7:30pm, Downtown Hollister

Purchase fresh San Benito County produce and other handmade, homemade delicacies, such as fruit and veggies, baked goods and home remedies, handmade clothing and local meats, organic honey and fresh flowers, plus much more. Bring the kids to play on the bouncy houses and enjoy live entertainment. Sponsored by the Hollister Downtown Association.

For more information, click here or call (831) 636-8406.


Thursday, July 7th


San Juan Bautista

9am – 12pm, San Juan Library, 801 Second Street

Do your kids need something constructive to do this summer? Send them to the SJB Library for a week of innovation and discovery! They’ll learn about levers, pulleys, Morse Code and will create obstacle courses to play on. The cost is $28 per child. Children ages 8-12 (grades 3rd to 7th) are welcome. Register online by clicking here or pick up a registration form from any of the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

For more information and to register, click here or call (831) 623-4687.

6:30pm – 8pm, Bear’s Hideaway, 402 Third Street

Let local artist Darlene Boyd guide you through the steps of painting during this evening of laughter and creativity. Everyone will paint the same subject and then compare artwork at the end. The cost is $15 and includes everything you’ll need to paint: brushes, paint, a table easel and canvas. Participants must be 21 years or older to join.

For more information, visit darleneboyd.com or call (831) 623-9363.


Ongoing Events

Sundays

  • Bird Walks at Pinnacles National Park

Explore the diversity of local and rare migrant birds in Sandy Creek. Please contact the Visitors’ Center for this week’s specifics and to make your reservation.

  • Ultimate Frisbee in the Park

10am – 12pm, Brigantino Park, 2037 San Juan Road, Hollister

Rain or shine! Ultimate Frisbee is a drop-in sport. Join the group on Facebook or call Catherine at 410-340-4636 to learn more.

  • All You Can Eat Brunch and Trio

Dona Esther’s Mexican Restaurant, 25 Franklin Street, San Juan Bautista

9am – 3pm, All You Can Eat Brunch Buffet

Trio Alborado performs from 12 – 1pm.

Weekdays

8am – 5pm: 22100 Airline Highway,  Paicines

The stand offers olive oils, custom gift baskets, unique gourmet foods, high quality bath and body care items, saddle oil, dried lavender and other ranch related products.

Mondays – Sundays

Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second Street, San Juan Bautista

9:30am – 4:30pm

Tuesdays

Two sessions available per day: 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, 7800 Cienega Road, Lower Ranch

These three-hour, focused sessions happen twice a day every Tuesday at Hollister Hills Lower Ranch. If you’re a racer looking to improve your off-road technique or are a novice rider who needs to build skills and confidence in the dirt, this is the place to do it. These classes are small and allow for serious one-on-one time with the instructor. Lower Ranch is easy to get to and offers an opportunity to ride the vintage track, moto track, as well as a wide variety of trails. For more information, please visit the course schedule page.

6:30 – 7:30 pm, Off the Chain Bike Shop, 101 McCray Street #101, Hollister

Bring your bike, trainer, towel & water.

Class Cost: $5

Trainer rental: $5

6pm. Mom and Pop’s Saloon, 207 3rd Street, San Juan Bautista

  • Trivia Night

7pm, Grillin’ and Chillin’ Ale House, 401 McCray Street, Hollister

Wednesdays

  • Story Time at the San Benito County Free Library

10am, San Benito County Free Library, 470 5th Street

Kids and parents can enjoy stories, finger plays, songs, and crafts. The story time adventure begins in the multipurpose room. Story times:  9:30am for ages 0-24 months. 10am and 11am for ages 2 years and up.

For more information, call (831) 636-4107 or visit the library.

Thursdays

9pm, Johnny’s Bar & Grill, 526 San Benito Street, Downtown Hollister

2pm-3pm, San Juan Bautista Library, 801 Second Street

Children ages 0-8 are welcome to attend with an adult. Story time brought to you First 5 San Benito.

For more information, click here or call (831) 623-4687.

Fridays

Pick-Up Location: Bertuccio’s Lot, 2410 Airline Highway, Hollister

Pick-Up Hours:

Tri-Tip Sandwiches: 12 – 7pm

BBQ Tri-Tip, Pork Ribs, Chicken, Beans, and Garlic Bread: 2:30 – 7pm

Pre-Order Online: www.mansmith.com/locals-only

9pm, Johnny’s Bar & Grill, 526 San Benito Street, Downtown Hollister

8pm – midnight. Mom and Pop’s Saloon, 207 3rd Street, San Juan Bautista

Saturdays

8am – 10am, Off the Chain Bike Shop, 101 McCray Street #101, Hollister

Meet at 8am at the bike shop for a casual bike ride. This ride is great for newcomers. Brian will help and guide you out on a 15 mile ride to the back roads. The time typically takes 60 – 90 minutes.

  • The San Benito County Historical Society Museum

10am – 2pm, 498 Fifth Street, Downtown Hollister

The museum offers a wide range of historical displays of San Benito County. Free admission!

  • Night Hike at Pinnacles National Park

Night Hikes are offered weekly on Saturday evenings. Locations and start times vary. All night hikes are limited to 20 people. Call 831-389-4485 to inquire about this week’s logistics and to make a reservation. Bring a flashlight, warm layers and sturdy walking shoes. Topics include the night sky, owls, bats, and history.

Thursdays – Sundays

Pietra Santa, 10034 Cienega Road, Hollister

Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays: 11am – 5pm

Sundays: 11am – 1pm

Weekends

Enjoy a tasting of our wines, wines by the glass and outdoor seating with WIFI, plus a gallery of fine local art.

12pm – 5pm. 106 3rd Street, San Juan Bautista

Located in courtyard next to Mission Gallery.

Daily

Skydive Hollister, 155 Skylane Drive, Hollister

Hollister Soaring Center, 30 Airport Drive, Suite 101

19 Franklin St, San Juan Bautista

Tuesday – Sundays, 10am – 4:30pm

Call for reservations (831) 623-2753

Calera Wine, 11300 Cienega Road, Hollister

Tasting room is open daily from 11am – 4:30pm.

DeRose Vineyards, 9970 Cienega Road, Hollister

Monday-Friday, 11am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm

Magical San Benito County

Beautiful San Benito County, located in California’s central coast, is one of California’s travel gems. Here, amidst great natural beauty, you’ll find some of the state’s best wineries, spectacular outdoor adventures, world-class golf, and so much more. You’ll experience gracious, small-town hospitality, yet have all the modern comforts right at hand. Charming shops, a wide variety of well-reviewed restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfasts for every taste and budget, it’s all here. Set in an idyllic small valley surrounded by spectacular agriculture, San Benito County is only an hour or so from the Silicon Valley, just east of Monterey. It’s close to everything, yet feels like another world altogether. We hope to see you soon, and meanwhile, we invite you to sign-up below to receive special offers and discounts.

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