The big events
in Big Sur happen mostly on an informal basis: a lurid sunset,
whales breaching offshore, or newlyweds vowing to return to 'their'
annual community events do take place throughout the year that
are well worth planning around. Please call for exact dates.
SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON Drawing top runners from around
the world, this event was voted 'Best Marathon in North America'
by besotted participants. In addition to the full and half marathons,
a relay run, 21 mile Power Walk, 5K and 10K events are offered.
Highway One closes to traffic for 5 1/2 hours. Lucky runners are
entertained by a grand piano at Bixby Bridge, Taiko drummers at
Hurricane Point, belly dancers and other diversions along the
route. Last Sunday in April. 831-625-6226, www.bsim.org
SUR JAZZFEST Three days of jazz music at venues around
Big Sur presented by the Big Sur Arts Initiative. The highlight
of the weekend event is "Saturday in the Park", when
bands play from morning to night in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
SUR RIVER RUN Runners at this annual October event enjoy
pleasant autumn weather and a level course through the redwoods
of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Benefits the Big Sur Volunteer
Fire Brigade and the Big Sur Health Center. 831-624-4112, www.BigSurRiverRun.org
GARDENS TOUR One day tour of private gardens takes place
in summer. Self-driving tour allows participants a privileged
peak into the most glorious gardens in Big Sur. Feel like a resident,
if only for a few hours. Artists and musicians in each garden
add to the ambience. Presented by the Big Sur Arts Initiative,
with all proceeds supporting arts and gardening enrichment in
the community. 831-667-1530
FESTIVAL Big Sur beaches are famous for their jade collecting.
Talk with local rockhounds, craftsmen and jewelry makers, shop
for unique crafts and jewelry, enter to win amazing prizes. Live
music and barbecue. This free event takes place annually in October
south of Big Sur at the Pacific Valley School. Benefits the South
Coast Community Land Trust. 831-394-8315.
MILLER LIBRARY Call for an events calendar at this community
treasure. Musical events, circus performers, open mic nights--stop
in and be astounded. 831-667-2574, www.henrymiller.org
A masked ball at Nepenthe famous for very imaginative costumes
by local artists. Prizes. 831-667-2345.
WILDERNESS SOCIETY NATURAL SCIENCE DISCOVERY CAMPS This
conservation group offers several five-day camps each summer.
BIRD-A-THON One-day bird count organized by the Ventana
Wilderness Society. Takes place at the end of April. 831-624-1202