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Local events outside the gate


Spring is here, and that means we can play outdoors while the East Coast is still thawing out from last week’s storm. So break out the flip-flops and go explore our beautiful Central Coast.

Lompoc Valley

On Friday, the Lompoc Certified Farmers Market is open. If you’re needing fresh seasonal produce, flowers to brighten your home or office, or maybe something freshly baked, come to the Old Town Lompoc at the corner of South I Street and West Ocean Avenue from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Easter Brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sunday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 1201 North H St., Lompoc CA, 93436. Call (805) 430-7788 for reservations.

Don’t fret if you missed the Friday Lompoc Certified Farmers Market, you have another chance to stock up on fresh produce and other delectable foods. The Vandenberg Village Farmers Market is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Burton Mesa Boulevard in Vandenberg Village.

Santa Maria Valley

A scenic vineyard and a restored 1920’s craftsman house are the place for the Santa Maria Valley’s Easter Egg Hunt gala event on March 31, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Riverbunch Vineyard and Winery. Children ages seven and younger are invited to hunt for eggs at 11 a.m., all other ages may join the second egg hunt at 2 p.m. Plastic eggs are fill with candies for the children and special prizes for adults at Riverbrach Vineyard and Winery, 6020 Foxen Canyon Rd., Santa Maria CA, 93454.

Are you ready to hike in the moonlight? Come to the Los Flores Ranch Park for the end of March Moonlight Hike. A docent-led hike into the sunset reveals the magical nature of the park. Hikes starts at 6:30 p.m., a moderate, family friendly two mile roundtrip with some inclines; and an advanced to moderate four mile roundtrip hike with steep inclines. Dress warm, bring a flashlight, and leashed dogs are welcome. Los Flores Ranch Park, 6271 Dominion Rd., Santa Maria, CA 93455.

San Luis Obispo, Buellton and Beyond

Two words. Parliament. Funkadelic. George Clinton and P-Funk will be at the San Luis Obispo Fremont Theater, Friday, March 30 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $48 at Fremont Theater, 1025 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo CA 93401.

Easter Egg-Stravanganza at the Dinosaur Caves Park! This free event includes a bounce house, games, crafts, food vendors and a visit from the Easter Bunny, on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Children are asked to bring their own baskets. Starting with ages three and under at 10 a.m., and other age groups starting every 30 minutes. Located at Dinosaur Caves Park, 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach CA, 93449.

Have a great adventure on the Central Coast and enjoy the weekend!