Up The Sky Fourth of July
corporation composed entirely of non-paid volunteers who work to
raise donations. All of the donations go to the purchase and
production of the ONLY fireworks display on the San Mateo County
Coast, free to all, a parade float, and an art and education
contest for more than 2,200 school children.
The festival takes
its name from a complex Portuguese folk dance that is part of
the celebration. A holiday of thanksgiving dating back to Queen
Isabel of Portugal, it has 100 year tradition in Half Moon Bay.
Also known as The Holy Ghost Festival, it is held on the 6th
Sunday after Easter in Pescadero, and on the 7th Sunday after
Easter in Half Moon Bay. Festivities include a Catholic Mass, a
parade with the annual Queen, entertainment in the form of a
carnival, a barbecue, auction, and dance.
See the parade! At
noon in Half Moon Bay, kids and grown-ups line up with their
horses, ponies, antique autos, carriages, and decorated bicycles
and tricycles for an unforgettable parade down Main Street.
Moon Bay Coastal Flower Market
Held on the 3rd
Sunday of May through September from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Market themes, entertainment, and demonstrations throughout the
day. Wide variety of flowers and flowering plants that are all
grown on the San Mateo County coastside. The markets are known
for the variety and quality of floriculture products.
Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival
festival is a major event for the Bay Area. Half Moon Bay,
Pumpkin Capital of the West, hosts the pumpkin weigh-off on
Columbus Day, which is always the Monday before the
Festival. The Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival is open
from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. See top
artists and craftspersons from all over the country selling
their wares. On Saturday at noon, the Great Pumpkin Parade
with children in costume, floats, and jugglers. Pumpkin
carving and pie-eating contests, wine tasting, and great
foods to eat.
In December and
January, observe gray whales migrating close to the shoreline
from their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic to their warm,
shallow, winter breeding area in Mexican waters. They return in
March and April with their calves. Look for a "blow",
a double-plumed misty jet of vapor, and whale "footprints,"
smooth patches of water left by the powerful tails as the huge
mammals swim just below the surface of a choppy ocean.
Held on the 3rd
Saturday of November through April from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at La Piazza on the corner of Main Street and Miramontes
Avenues. Market themes, entertainment, and demonstrations
throughout the day. Wide variety of flowers and flowering
year (except early December)
Nuevo State Reserve
of the largest mainland breeding colony of northern elephant
seals and an unusual variety of natural resources. Advance
reservations are required only during breeding season (December
to March) when, for the protection of both visitors and seals,
docents lead walks to a distance of 20 feet from the huge
mammals. Visitors may see two-ton bulls in fierce combat for the
right to dominate a harem, a pup born, or mating. From May
onwards, visitors can enjoy an occasional docent-led walk or
wander freely and talk with roving naturalists on the Point.
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