Check Out the San Benito County Fair

If you are staying over at any of the hotels near Hollister for a vacation (or even a business trip), be sure to spare some time to check out the San Benito County Fair.

“The county fair, which was established in 1922, will run from September 29 to October 2 at the Baldo Park San Benito County Fairgrounds in Tres Pinos, California.”

The San Benito County Fair starts September 29th with Kids Day.

The county fair will open at 10 a.m., followed by the opening of the carnival at noon. The James Wesley Concert, which comes free with admission, starts at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 30, is Senior Day. The county fair opens at 10 a.m. while the carnival opens at noon.

Saturday, October 1, is Military Appreciation Day. The Junior Livestock Auction starts at 9 a.m. while the county fair opens at 10 a.m. The carnival opens at noon.

Sunday, October 2, is Community Cultural Day. The county fair opens at 10 a.m. followed by the opening of the carnival at noon. The Taste of San Benito organized by The San Benito County Heritage Foundation will start at noon and will run up until 2 pm.

Leading up to the San Benito County Fair dates, there will be a horse show and livestock judging. Apart from these events, residents of the county will showcase a wide variety of works, ranging from agriculture and floriculture to home arts to fine arts and photography. Each participant is motivated to win with the goal of earning a blue ribbon as well as the idea of showcasing the best San Benito County has to offer.

Tickets for adults are priced at $10 while tickets for seniors are priced at $7. Children aged between six and 12 pay $5 to get in while those aged five and below get in for free. On Kids’ Day, children aged 12 and below get in for free. On Senior Day, seniors will need to pay only $6. On Military Appreciation Day, you can get in for free by showing a military ID. The organizers are also selling discounted fair season passes which are good for the run of the fair. Tickets are priced at $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $12 for kids aged between six and 12.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Pre-Sale Family Fun Pack which includes tickets for two adults, two children and parking. The Family Fun Pack is sold at $25. Pre-Sale Carnival passes, priced at $18, allow you to get a single-day unlimited ride for one person or 30 ride tickets that can be shared by the whole family. The San Benito County Fairgrounds is located just eight miles south of Hollister and is a popular venue for events like weddings, conferences, dances and family picnics. The venue is also a popular year-round camping ground where families can choose to camp under the trees or on paved areas.
And to reserve your room for this year’s San Benito County Fair click here.

Northern California Renaissance Faire

The Northern California Renaissance Faire:  Travel back in time to the Renaissance! A time when the world rose up from its deep slumber called the Middle Ages. A time of wonderment and curiosity, of merriment and invention. Travel back in time to this period with the Northern California Renaissance Faire. What can you expect from one of the most anticipated San Benito events? A lot.

The California Renaissance Faire will be on all the weekends between:

“September 17 to October 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Casa De Fruta Orchard Resort.”


This year’s festivities won’t be complete without the Celtic Rock Concert Series. Gates open at the jousting arena at 5:45 p.m. and the concerts begin at 6 p.m. Featured performers include The Angry Brians, O’Craven, Wicked Tinkers, Whiskey and Women, and Tempest. The organizers of the Renaissance Faire has also lined up a diverse array of shows for the enjoyment of visitors. These shows include performances from MooNiE, Manly Men in Tights, Broon, Arcana, The Mongers Guild, Naughty Minstrels, Mad Jack and Kate, Bosch the Conjurer, Siamsa La Cheile, No Parchment Needed Improv Troupe, and Finisterra.

Food and drinks

Whether you are looking to sample traditional Renaissance foods and beverages or you simply want to eat modern fare, the Renaissance Faire offers a wide variety of options. You can drop by the Food Court located at the front gate or sample offerings by different vendors in the Enchanted Garden, Trader’s Market and the 21 & Over Stage. There are also vendors who cater to vegans and those who wish to feast on gluten-free fare.

Games and crafts

The California Renaissance Fair will host more than 200 artisans who will sell their wares in different locations around the village. These wares include beads, pottery, knives, sculptures, clothing, fine art, glass art, gourmet food and drinks, hats and accessories, jewelry, leather goods, perfumes, soaps, oils, metal products, toys, furniture and more. There are several activities that you and your family can try including archery, axe throwing, earth darts, javelins, knife throwing, pistol bows, face painting, tarot card reading and visiting animals at the petting zoo. Ticket price for the fair is $28 for adults while children 12 years and below get in for free. Ticket price includes all entertainment. Guests are not required to come in costume but if you wish to immerse yourself in the spirit of the faire, there are costume rentals available for adults and kids. Tickets can be purchased online here. And to reserve your room for the California Renaissance Faire click here.

60th Annual Kinship – Wine and Food Tasting

60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting - Joshua Inn Hollister, CA60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting: Summer may have already bid adieu, but this doesn’t mean the fun is over. There are still a lot of activities to be enjoyed, especially in San Benito County, and they are absolutely perfect this nippy fall.

If you’re looking for a fantastic way to celebrate the changing colors of the season, on September 10, 2016, consider the 60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting at the Gabilan Chapter Kinship Center. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., you can enjoy delectable dishes and some of the finest wines the region is known for.

This grand social event: the 60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting

will be held outdoors so the wonderful natural scenery of this little corner of the Sunshine State can serve as a fine backdrop as you leisurely sip wine and sample the delightful fare from 30 of the most celebrated restaurants in the area. This year, there are 24 wineries participating, so the wine tasting will most certainly be extra special; get ready for a whole lot of sipping, rolling in your mouth, and spitting if you want to sample as many wines as you can. Better get your wallet ready, too, because you may just find the wine that perfectly satisfies your palate – it’s good to buy a bottle or two for your future enjoyment.

But don’t think of the 60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting as merely one big party or a mere opportunity for socialization and yummy eats and drinks because this is all for a great cause. The proceeds of the event will go to the Kinship Center’s mission to create and support a safe, permanent home for children coming from abuse, neglect or abandonment.

When you take part in this event, you’re actually doing your part in alleviating the harsh conditions that a lot of young people are living with. What can be better than having fun, meeting new people, celebrating life, and helping those in need all at the same time?

“This fall, make the time you spend on recreation more meaningful.”

The 60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting is one event that will allow you to do so. Bring your parents, your spouse and friends; stay close to the event venue all weekend (there are accommodations nearby, such as the incredibly charming, historical Joshua Inn) and take part in this splendid fund-raising activity that aims to restore hope to young ones experiencing challenging circumstances.

Tickets for the event are still on sale through And to reserve your room for this year’s 60th Annual Wine and Food Tasting click here.