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Pismo Beach Clam Festival: Something For Everyone

Hip-hip hooray! The Pismo Beach Clam Festival starts this Friday!

Back in the day, Pismo Beach was called the “Clam Capital of the World.” There’s even a type of clam named after the town, called the Pismo. Many residents in the 40’s and 50’s were filled with enthusiasm and excitement about the abundance of clams found in Pismo Beach, and created its most famous festival – the Pismo Beach Clam Festival – in 1946.


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Now, exactly 73 years later, many of the clams are gone due to sea otters and overzealous hunters. But the Pismo Beach community keeps its roots and celebrates the festival every year. New traditions have been added, but there’s always been a parade, great food, and a fun celebration! Read on to learn about the activities that have been enjoyed throughout the history of the annual Clam Festival and what’s new this year in Pismo Beach. Don’t miss a thing at this year’s festival, happening Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th.

For The Foodie: Best Chowder Contest

If you know Pismo, you know the area is known for its amazing clam chowder! The contest will take place from 12-1 pm on Saturday on the pier, pitting some of the best local Pismo Beach restaurants against each other for the title of Best Local Clam Chowder Winner. The best part is, is that you get to be the judge! Come taste chowder and watch surfers compete in the Esteem Surf Co. surf contest. We’re hungry just thinking about it!

(c) cayla via unsplash
(c) cayla via unsplash

For The Kids: The Clam Dig

A clam dig has been part of the festival for years, and is one of the more traditional parts of the agenda this year, taking place on Sunday at 11 am – 12 pm. Kids 11 and under can participate and dig for clams near the Pismo Pier in order to win prizes. Have those kiddos get their hands in the sand, while you relax and listen to live music from some of the best local musicians.

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For The Wine Lover: The Wine Walk

When the festival began in 1946, the Central Coast wasn’t known for its wine. But now, we have amazing wineries that produce fantastic wines in our coastal region, and wine tourism is a vital part of our town and culture. The Wine Walk is a returning event that celebrates our city’s developing wine culture. It takes place from 5-7:30 pm on Friday. Pick up a wine glass, stroll down downtown Pismo Beach, sample wine and food from vendors, be entered to win a raffle and enjoy the Classic California charm.

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If You Need A Place To Stay

Travelers come from all across the country to be a part of this fun festival! Whether you’re 30, 300 or 3,000 miles from home Pismo Lighthouse Suites and Shore Cliff Hotel  are just down the road with to make this a perfect weekend!

No matter how you chose to enjoy the festival, we know you’ll have a great time! For more information about the festival, don’t hesitate to browse their official website! You can find the entire itinerary and information on who to contact with questions.

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