Calendar of Events

State Park Activities

+ONGOING - State Park activities for the whole family

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is open. Day Use Parking lots one and two are open for picnic areas. The Warden's Path, River Path, Nature Trail, and Liewald Flat trails are open. Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View, Buzzard's Roost, Oak Grove Trail, Mount Manual Trail and the Big Sur Gorge remain CLOSED due to fire and flood damages. Please respect park closures and stay out of these areas for your own safety.
Andrew Molera State Park is open to the beach via the Creamary Meadow Trail.The parking lot at Andrew Molera State Park is also being used for shuttle service to the bypass trail at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
• Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is open for hiking west of HIghway 1 including overlook trail at McWay Falls and Partington Cove.
• Garrapata State Park is open west of Highway 1. Hiking trails and the rest of the park east of Highway 1 remain closed until further notice.
• Pfeiffer Beach is closed until further notice due to flooding and road damage.
• Point Sur Lightstation is open.

State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities.
Please note the Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on the Warden's Path is now open Friday-Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm, come discover what lives here.

All programs meet at the Campfire Center.

Friday, August 18th
8:00 p.m.
"Movie Night: Hummingbirds: magic in the air"

Join us for a one hour film celebrating the tiniest of birds. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high-speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild help us understand their world as we never have before.

Saturday, August 19th
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS (children ages 7-12 only)

Geology Rocks!!! Come have some fun with the rocks of Big Sur. Meet Park Interpreter Sara for one hour of activities and games at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs: Earth (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents join Park Interpreter Sara for a half hour of fun. Hear stories about our planet and make your own finger paint earth art.

8:00 p.m.
Campfire Program "Creatures of the Night"

Join park interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals adapt to life in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (red if you have one)

Monday, August 21st
9:00 a.m.– 11.30a.m.
"Solar Eclipse Viewing Party"

Learn a little about the solar eclipse and view it safely with solar glasses, solar viewing scope, crafts and more. Big Sur is not on the path of totality but we will get a 70% partial eclipse, peaking at 10:15 am. Never look directly at the sun without appropriate protection. Meet park staff and enjoy this 2 1/2 hour event at our campfire center.

Friday, August 25th
8:00 p.m.
"Movie Night: Saving Otter 501"

Join us for a one hour film sharing the story of Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. Follow Otter 501 as she learns how to dive, hunt, eat and fend for herself in the wild, where survival is a long shot at best.TV-PG

Saturday, August 26th
8:00 p.m.
"Movie Night: The Best of Big Blue Live"

Big Blue Live celebrates a wildlife success story and marine animal phenomenon in Monterey Bay, California. This is a one-hour film.

Thank you for visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Please be patient as we work to re-open areas of the park after the Soberanes Fire and winter storm damage. Buzzards Roost, Pfeiffer Falls, Valley View, Mount Manual and the Big Sur Gorge remain closed due to damages. For the latest information visit the Big Sur Station or Park Entrance kiosk. Please stay out of all closed areas and watch for falling rocks and trees in these zones.


Point Sur Lighthouse

"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300'. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.


Winter Hours
(September through March):
Saturdays and Sundays : 10:00 AM
Wednesdays: 1:00 PM

Summer Hours
(April through August)
Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 PM
Wednesdays: 1:00 PM

Adult $12.00
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover accepted

Moonlight Tours
Tuesday, September 5; 6:30 PM
Wednesday, September 6; 6:30 PM

Ernst Ewoldsen Nature Center

Located along the Warden's Path on the south side of the Big Sur River is open for visitors every day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come discover what lives here in the park!

Molera Ranch House Museum

Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

California Condor Discovery Center

Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park.

Music Calendar

+Saturday, August 26 ~ Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us

Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us
10:00 PM

Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us

+Saturday, September 2 ~ The Carolyn Sills Combo

The Carolyn Sills Combo
10:00 PM

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers

+Friday, September 8 ~ Mark Lettieri with Points North

Mark Lettieri with Points North
10:00 PM

Mark Lettieri

+Saturday, October 21 ~ Moshe Vilozny

Moshe Vilozny
10:00 PM

Moshe Vilozny

+Saturday, October 28 ~ Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us

Songs Hotbox Harry Taught Us
10:00 PM

Post Street Rhythm Peddlers