Calendar of Events

State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Day Use Parking lots one and two are open for picnic areas. The Warden's Path, River Path, Nature Trail, and Liewald Fla, Valley View, Mount Manual and Buzzard's Roost trails are open.
CLOSED TRAILS: Pfeiffer Falls and the Pine Ridge trails. OPEN TRAILS: Gorge, Mount Manuel, Buzzard's Roost, Valley View, Liewald Flats, Redwood Deck, Nature Trail, River Path and Warden’s Path. 
Andrew Molera State Park is open to the beach via the Creamary Meadow Trail.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is open for hiking west of HIghway 1 including overlook trail at McWay Falls and Partington Cove.
CLOSED TRAILS: Ewoldsen, Tanbark, Waters and the Tinhouse Fire Road trails. 
Garrapata State Park Trails west of Highway 1 are open. Soberanes Canyon Trail is partially open. It will be open exclusively from the main, gated trailhead across from Gate 8 of the Garrapata coastal trail. Hikers will be able to proceed to the back of the canyon along the 1.25 mile length of the trail. It will be an out and back hike since the Rocky Ridge portion of the trail will remain closed due to hazardous conditions.
Pfeiffer Beach is open.
Point Sur Lightstation is closed for repair.

Music Calendar

+Saturday, February 23 ~ Balto

10:00 PM


"Balto sound like the kind of band you’d want playing in the background as you cruise down the highway with a road soda clutched in your hand." - What Youth 

Following an ill-fated six-month stint as a copy editor and telemarketer in Moscow, guitarist and songwriter Dan Sheron returned to the US and recorded a record called October’s Road. The debut garnered the attention of dozens of blogs and publications worldwide as an underground songwriting gem of 2011.

Over time, Balto transformed from a songwriting vehicle into a rock n roll band – performing a boozy, swaggering style of American music rooted at the intersection of Motown, Big Star, Plastic Ono Band-era Lennon, and Jackson Browne. More releases followed: Monuments – 2012, Call it By Its Name – 2015, Strangers – 2017, Songs for Viktor - 2018; upon which the band toured the lower 48, Alaska, Europe, and Russia and joined national acts (David Nail, The Revivalists, Blind Pilot, The Current Swell, etc) all over the Northwest. Their interactive live performances have drawn comparisons to fiery indie rockers My Morning Jacket and Wilco, while Seattle-based curators Artist Home describe last year’s LP Strangers as “a tangle of beautiful, messy emotions, wrapped up in a sound that’s warmly familiar yet brimming with soul and tiny details that are touched by magic.” 

+Saturday, March 2 ~ Trouble in the Wind

Trouble in the Wind
10:00 PM

Trouble in the Wind

Trouble in the Wind has been labeled as folk, Americana, alternative, country, surf rock…etc but the Southern California quartet likes to call themselves "rock and roll".

The band's stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by songwriter Robby Gira, whose staggering powerful voice creates the center of attention of their songs. The group's instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers.

+Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10 ~ KIKAGAKU MOYO

10:00 PM

Kikagaku Moyo

+Saturday, March 30 ~ Y Axes

Y Axes
10:00 PM

The Y Axes

The Y Axes are a San Francisco-based indie outfit who play a unique blend of dreamy, synth-glossed pop and rhythmically muscular rock. Having initially formed as a recording project by vocalist Alexi Rose Belchere and guitarist Devin Nelson, the duo decided to take on the project full time after premiering a set of songs at their space and prom-themed joint birthday party in July 2011.
Their lineup completed by bassist Jack Sundquist and drummer Paul Conroy, The Y Axes collaborate to create energetic and hard-hitting pop with intricate instrumentations and ethereal vocal melodies that can stick in your mind for weeks.
Their latest album, Umbra, was produced by Aaron Hellam (Finish Ticket, Rin Tin Tiger, Black Map, etc.) at Hellam Sound and released November 26.

+Saturday, April 6 ~ Electric Howlers

Electric Howlers
10:00 PM

Electric Howlers

Electric Howlers are a female fronted Rock n Roll band from Southern CA with garage, indie, punk, classic rock, and blues influences. Their sound is LOUD, unique and full of energy.

+Saturday, April 13 ~ Johnny Tsunami and the Shoulder Hoppers

Johnny Tsunami and the Shoulder Hoppers
10:00 PM

Johnny Tsunami and The Shoulder Hoppers


We keep the Tavern quiet for the Big Sur International runners because they have to get up at sunrise to run the marathon.

+Saturday, May 4 ~ Whiskey West

Whiskey West
10:00 PM

Whiskey West

Whiskey West combines the sounds of outlaw country, bluegrass and honky tonk to create an edgy toe tapping, good time acoustic honky-tonk sound. Kinda like if Johnny Cash & June Carter adopted a freight train, gave it some acoustic instruments and a drum kit asked Tom Waits to conduct the combo and said "play something that swings.

+Saturday, May 11 ~ The BASSment

The BASSment
10:00 PM

+ May 17-19 ~ HIPNIC XI



We are selling three-day camping and event packages. 13 years of age and older. Children age 12 and under are free with their parents. (This will include tickets for all three days of music). All tickets are NON REFUNDABLE. They are transferrable but NON REFUNDABLE. It is all general admission camping whether you are sleeping in a tent, an RV or under the stars. This includes the music event and camping for 3 nights 5/17, 5/18, 5/19, 2019


If you are bringing an RV we recommend that you come in the day before the event starts or arrive early on Friday 5/19 to make sure you can get parked and situated before the tenters arrive.

Check in time is after noon on 5/17. Check out time is 11:00am on Monday, May 19, 2019.

We are going to ask you to please leave your pets at home for the event.

For Motel, Tent Cabin, Adventure Tent and Cabin accommodations call Fernwood Resort at 831-667-2422 to RESERVE THEM DIRECTLY OVER THE PHONE starting Monday, Dec 17, 2018 @ High Noon.

All Motel Rooms, Tent Cabins, Adventure Tents and Cabins come with festival tickets. DO NOT buy your tickets on Eventbrite unless you are buying a 3 DAY CAMPING PACKAGE, If you are staying in one of the other types of units your accommodations will include tickets to the event and can only be secured by calling the resort.


PARKING LIMITATIONS! As usual, parking is limited for this event and we strongly encourage carpooling to the event. There is NO PARKING ALLOWED ON HIGHWAY 1. All people coming to this event must be registered guests, there is no day use allowed and ALL cars for people coming to the event must have car passes and be parked in the campground or in established parking spaces in front of your accommodations. If you are planning on coming to this event and you do not have a car pass, YOU MUST CARPOOL. There is NO overflow parking. The future of outdoor music events at Fernwood Resort depend on your cooperation. Thank you.

Thank You for in advance for your cooperation in making this annual weekend event in Big Sur safe and environmentally friendly. Lets have a great weekend of music, camping and friends and protect and respect the precious eco-system of our home, Big Sur.

Diana Ballantyne
General Manager
Fernwood Resort