How do you pronounce “rodeo”? “Row-dEE-oh” or “Row-dAY-oh”? I doesn’t matter how you pronounce it, we call it “FUN!” The much-awaited Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo this weekend offers activities for the whole family, both for free and at a cost, so there is something for everyone. And if horses aren’t your thing, check out the car show on Saturday, swing dancing on Sunday, the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday or the week-long kids camp for the young ones. Take your pick! Summer is just getting started in San Benito County.

 

Rodeo


Friday, June 24th


Hollister

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

Enjoy the live music of DJ Sergio. For more information, visit Ridgemark’s Facebook page or call (831) 637-8151.

 

Tres Pinos

4pm – 6:30pm, 7pm, Bolado Park Event Center, 9000 Airline Highway

Get ready for this 3-day, annual event of horse ridin’ and ropin’, buckin’ and jumpin’. Come hungry to the family BBQ on Friday, 4pm – 6:30pm, and enjoy pre-show entertainment and music. Stay for the Western Art and Tack Show, mariachi band, and kids’ events. Bring out the whole family for yummy food, live action and sunny weather.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids, toddlers – 11 years old. Free entry for babies.

Call (831) 628-3545 for tickets, or pick them up in-person at the Bolado Park Rodeo Office in Tres Pinos or at Ranchers Feed on 354 First Street, Hollister.

For more information, visit sanbenitocountyrodeo.com.


Saturday, June 25th


San Juan Bautista

8am – 5pm, Downtown San Juan Bautista

Support St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the SJB VFW at this classic and custom car show in quaint San Juan Bautista. Car owners can post up in their spots by 7am, or arrive as a spectator at 8am. Judging begins at 1pm. You’ll enjoy live entertainment, hot food and even activities for the kids.

For more information, visit lospadrinos.com, or all (831) 261-2623 or (408) 413-8373.

 

Tres Pinos

1:30pm, Bolado Park Event Center, 9000 Airline Highway

Grab your cowboy hat for day 2 of this 3-day, annual event of horse ridin’ and ropin’, buckin’ and jumpin’. Stay for the Western Art and Tack Show, mariachi band, kids’ events and a Memorial Roping event on Saturday. Bring out the whole family for yummy food, live action and sunny weather. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids, toddlers – 11 years old. Free entry for babies.

Call (831) 628-3545 for tickets, or pick them up in-person at the Bolado Park Rodeo Office in Tres Pinos or at Ranchers Feed on 354 First Street, Hollister.

For more information, visit sanbenitocountyrodeo.com.

 

Hollister

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

Enjoy the live music of The Rod Band. For more information, visit Ridgemark’s Facebook page or call (831) 637-8151.


Sunday, June 26th


Aromas

7:30am – 11am, Aromas Grange, 400 Rose Avenue

Make this monthly pancake breakfast extravaganza a repeated tradition. At only $6 per person, it’s affordable and easy to add to your schedule.

For more information, visit aromasgrange.org or call (831) 726-7234.

2pm – 4pm, Aromas Grange, 400 Rose Avenue

Grab a partner and let loose at this swing dance party with a live band playing your favorite music. Tickets are $5 at the door. Bring your own snacks.

For more information, visit aromasgrange.org or call (831) 726-7234.

 

Tres Pinos

1:30pm, Bolado Park Event Center, 9000 Airline Highway

Gear up for the final day of this 3-day, annual event of horse ridin’ and ropin’, buckin’ and jumpin’. Stay for the Western Art and Tack Show, mariachi band, and kids’ events. Bring out the whole family for yummy food, live action and sunny weather. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids, toddlers – 11 years old. Free entry for babies.

Call (831) 628-3545 for tickets, or pick them up in-person at the Bolado Park Rodeo Office in Tres Pinos or at Ranchers Feed on 354 First Street, Hollister.

For more information, visit sanbenitocountyrodeo.com.


Monday, June 27th


San Juan Bautista

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

Are your kids already bored with summer vacation? Bring them to discovery camp at the library! Kids ages 8-12 (3rd-7th grade) are welcome at this week-long day camp. They’ll play games, create crafts and learn native culture, all for only $28 per child. Registration forms are available here online, or at the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

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

 

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, etc. For more information, visit Ridgemark’s Facebook page or call (831) 637-8151.

7pm – 8:30pm, Hollister Japanese Temple Garden, 920 Riverside Road

Free admission. Meditate with Reverend Cathy Toldi from Santa Cruz Zen Center. For more information, call (831) 261-8351 or email donbelt@garlic.com.


Tuesday, June 28th


San Juan Bautista

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

Are your kids already bored with summer vacation? Bring them to discovery camp at the library! Kids ages 8-12 (3rd-7th grade) are welcome at this week-long day camp. They’ll play games, create crafts and learn native culture, all for only $28 per child. Registration forms are available here online, or at the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

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

 

Aromas

6:30pm – 9:30pm, Aromas Grange, 400 Rose Avenue

Have you always wanted to learn CPR, in case you ever need to save someone’s life? Now is your chance to learn! Call ahead for reservations.

For more information, visit aromasgrange.org or call (831) 726-7234.

 

Hollister

  • Hollister Camera Club Meeting

Every 4th Tuesday of the month, 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, June 29th


San Juan Bautista

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

Are your kids already bored with summer vacation? Bring them to discovery camp at the library! Kids ages 8-12 (3rd-7th grade) are welcome at this week-long day camp. They’ll play games, create crafts and learn native culture, all for only $28 per child. Registration forms are available here online, or at the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

For more information, 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, June 30th


San Juan Bautista

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

Are your kids already bored with summer vacation? Bring them to discovery camp at the library! Kids ages 8-12 (3rd-7th grade) are welcome at this week-long day camp. They’ll play games, create crafts and learn native culture, all for only $28 per child. Registration forms are available here online, or at the following locations: San Juan Library, San Juan City Hall, San Juan Bakery and San Juan School.

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


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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