Carnivores of San Benito County, gather your friends and sharpen your knives – this weekend is for you! Join SJB locals and tourists alike for a rib cook off so deliciously competitive, it takes two days to judge, Saturday and Sunday. Then on Tuesday, grab your digital or film camera and meet up with other photographers for a fun camera club gathering in Hollister. All skill levels are welcome.

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Friday, May 20th


Hollister

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

Enjoy the live music of DJ Junior D. For more information, visit ridgemark.com or call (831) 637-8151.

 

San Juan Bautista

5pm – 7pm, Bear’s Hideaway, 402 3rd Street

Reveal the answers to your life with Jaqueline Kabat.

For more information, call (831) 623-9363 or find Jaqueline Kabat on Facebook.


Saturday, May 21st


San Juan Bautista

10am – 6pm, Downtown San Juan Bautista

Prepare your taste buds for a weekend of savory barbeque goodness. Local teams are cooking up their tastiest rib recipes in a heated competition. Judging for “Best Ribs”, “Best Sauce” and “People’s Choice” happens on Saturday, and the winners are announced on Sunday. Cast your vote for your favorite rib flavor. Between tastings, you can walk around downtown to shop from the dozens of local vendors selling arts, crafts, foods and more.

For more information, visit sanjuanbautistaca.com or williamsltd.com.

 

Hollister

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

Enjoy the live music of The Blackouts at this 80s-themed party. Everyone is invited. For more information, visit ridgemark.com or call (831) 637-8151.


Sunday, May 22nd


San Juan Bautista

10am – 5pm, Downtown San Juan Bautista

Prepare your taste buds for a weekend of savory barbeque goodness. Local teams will cook up their tastiest rib recipes in a heated competition. Judging for “Best Ribs”, “Best Sauce” and “People’s Choice” will happen on Saturday, and the winners will be announced on Sunday. Cast your vote for your favorite rib flavor. Between tastings, you can walk around downtown to shop from the dozens of local vendors selling arts, crafts, foods and more.

For more information, visit sanjuanbautistaca.com or williamsltd.com.


Monday, May 23rd


Hollister

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

Share a delicious, themed meal with friends. For more information, visit ridgemark.com or call (831) 637-8151.


Tuesday, May 24th


Hollister

6pm – 8pm, San Benito First 5, 1011 Line Street #10

Partner with your child during this self-help class to teach them the skills they need to get ready for bed in the evening. Call the number below to RSVP.

For more information, visit first5sanbenito.org or call (831) 634-2046.

100 Dry Creek Road

This camera club is always looking for new members, so tell your friends! Photographers of all skill levels who work with prints, slides or digital images are welcome.

For more information, call (831) 637-3453 or (831) 524-5912.


Wednesday, May 25th


Hollister

6pm – 9pm, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, 3800 Airline Highway

Don’t be shy – sing your heart out at this laid-back karaoke night hosted by Leo Villar. For more information, visit ridgemark.com or call (831) 637-8151.


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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