Currently, there are several pumpkin farms to visit in the Half Moon Bay area including:
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm, 850 North Cabrillo Highway (Highway One), Half Moon Bay, 650-726-4980, www.farmerjohnspumpkins.com
Lemos Farm, 12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half MoonBay, 650-726-2342, www.lemosfarm.com
Pastorino’s Farms, 12391 San Mateo Road Highway 92), Half Moon Bay, 650-726-6440
October 14th and 15th, 2017 is the annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival on Main Street with art, food and entertainment.
Here is a Farmers market to explore on the Coastside:
Coastside Farmers Market, Shoreline Station, 225 Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay. Saturdays 9:00am to 1:00pm. Locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show
April 30, 2017 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Half Moon Bay Airport, 9850 N. Cabrillo Highway (Hwy. 1)
This event showcases more than 2,000 motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries including luxury cars, powerful sports cars, custom cars and street rods, muscle cars, vintage and modern era high-performance race cars, art and pedal cars and modified street machines. The show benefits the Coastside Adult Day Health Center. For more information visit www.miramarevents.com.
There are several Christmas tree farms in Half Moon Bay including:
Santa’s Tree Farm, 78 Pilarcitos Creek Road, Half Moon Bay, CA, 650-726-2246, www.santstreefarm.com
Lemos Farm, 12320 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half Moon Bay, CA, 650-726-2342, www.lemosfarm.com
Repetto’s nursery, 12331 San Mateo Road (Highway 92), Half Moon Bay, CA, 650-726-6414, www.repettonurseryflorist.com
Four C’s Christmas Tree Farm, Highway 92 near La Nebbia Winery, Half Moon Bay, CA
The annual migration of the gray whale is currently underway, and Half Moon Bay is the perfect spot for witnessing the journey of these spectacular creatures. Beginning in early December through the end of March, approximately 15,000 gray whales swim south from the icy waters of the Arctic to mate and nurse their young in the warm, shallow lagoons along Magdalena Bay in Baja, California. For those who like to plan ahead, March through early April is a great time to spot humpback whales as they begin moving closer to shore.
Several local companies offer whale watching excursions:
•Huli Cat Sportfishing, (650) 726-2926, www.hulicat.com
•Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle, (650) 728-3377, www.hmbfishing.com
•Riptide Sportfishing, (888) 747-8433, www.riptide.net
Fishing in Half Moon Bay
Everyday, boats haul in their fishing catch and visitors can purchase fresh fish directly from the local fisherman. To find out the day’s catch, call Pillar Point Harbor, (650) 726-8724, ext.3.
Several local companies offer deep-sea fishing and whale-watching excursions.
Half Moon Bay Sportfishing & Tackle, (650) 728-3377, www.hmbfishing.com
• Bait & Switch Sportfishing, 650-726-7133
• Huli Cat Sportfishing, (650) 726-2926 www.hulicat.com
• Riptide Sportfishing, (888) 747-8433, www.riptide.net
• Queen of Hearts, (510) 581-2628, www.fishingboat.com
The historic Lady Washington ship will be in Half Moon Bay at Pillar Point Harbor on November 10- 12, 2012.
The historic James Johnston House will be having its annual holiday boutique on November 3 & 4 and 10 & 11, 2012.
Mavericks: Everest of the Seas Art Exhibit
January 14 – February 29, 2012
Champagne & Wine Reception at the Coastal Arts League in Half Moon Bay: Saturday, January 21st, 5 – 8 pm
Coastal Arts League – 300 Main St., Half Moon Bay – 650-726-6335
Año Nuevo State Park
Through March 31, 2012, guided Elephant Seal walks at Año Nuevo State Park may be purchased through ReserveAmerica at http://anonuevo.reserveamerica.com or 1-800-444-4445. Please read the Año Nuevo Guided Walks brochure for more information before making reservations. The Reserve is home to a large colony of Northern Elephant Seals which come ashore to give birth and mate from mid-December through March. A guided Public Seal Walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours and operates daily for individuals, families or groups at $7.00 per person. Equal Access guided walks are available for visitors needing mobility assistance along a wooden boardwalk. Equal Access Walks are offered on Saturdays and Sundays from January–March; walk times are at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations may be made by calling the Park at 650-879-2033 on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. otherwise nocturnal animals.
2012 Farm Dinners
Harley Farms’ Dinners are always local, seasonal farm cooking served with aplomb. Tour the farm with hors d’oeuvre in hand, and join Dee Harley for an introduction to your menu and the history of her farmstead dairy. Then enjoy five courses of delectable farm cooking served at the grand table made from a fir tree saved from the winter floods, with folk art chairs, pottery and pewter handmade by local friends. Monthly dinners sell out very fast; click here to book yours. 205 North Street, Pescadero ~ 650-879-0480 ~ www.harleyfarms.com
Irene Harbor Tours
The fully-restored Irene offers four tours on Saturdays and Sundays, starting at 10:00 a.m. with the last tour around 4:00 p.m. Tours leave from the far end of D-Dock off Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay. No reservation needed; purchase your tickets right on the boat with cash or credit card. Adults $17, children ages 6-13 $7, children five and under are free. The boat fits 18 passengers. 650-533-4385 ~ Irene Harbor Tours