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Lompoc Unveils 2019 Festivals and Events

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Volunteers demonstrate break making techniques to little girls on Traditional Mission Life Day at La Purissima Mission Volunteers demonstrate break making techniques to little girls on Traditional Mission Life Day at La Purissima Mission

TASTE News Service, February 20, 2019 – Boasting a rich landscape woven with majestic rolling hills and lush vineyards nestled on California’s Central Central Coast, Lompoc is a good bet for a getaway to experience a stellar lineup of year-round festivals and events.

From art, history, culture and nearly 40 wineries and tasting rooms, Explore Lompoc has rounded up the city’s iconic events throughout the year, giving visitors “a space to explore.”

With its mild Mediterranean climate, this idyllic destination is a hidden gem for those seeking an off-the-beaten-track adventure. Whether it is Lompoc Restaurant Week in February, Lompoc Valley Flower Festival in June, West-Coast Cub Fly-In in July, one of many living history events at the La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, the Renaissance Faire in September, or one of the thrilling launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc offers a variety of experiences for visitors and families to enjoy.  

Lompoc spotlights the splendor of the fully restored La Purisma Mission, colorful outdoor murals in Old Town, exceptional Pinots and Chardonnays along the Lompoc Wine Trail, plus biking, hiking, birding, surfing, sky diving and world-class golf. Located off Highway 101 where scenic Highway 1 meets Route 246, 155 miles northwest of Los Angeles. It is the closest city to Vandenberg Air Force Base, just 10 miles from the main gate, and has become a popular destination from which to witness the many thrilling West Coast rocket launches by NASA and SpaceX from VAFB. With 12 hotels and motels to welcome visitors, Lompoc Valley makes a great base for exploring the California Central Coast, nearby beaches and quaint towns.

Outlined below are annual offerings worth the drive. For a complete list of Lompoc’s year-round events, wineries, restaurants, lodging establishments and other attractions, visit

Below are a few events scheduled for the near future that we found appealing. However, Lompoc boasts many other events throughout the year. For more information, including any costs involved, visit


Lompoc Restaurant Week Lompoc Wine Pour PicmonkeyWhites include Chardonnay and Rhône varieties                                                                                                                    

February 18- 24                                                                                                                                                                        

Lompoc Valley chefs, winemakers, and restaurants come together during the annual Lompoc Restaurant Week, a seven-day celebration of culinary and libation creativity and craft. Presented by the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and Shop Lompoc Shop Small, nearly 20 restaurants will be participating with breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, with either a prix-fixe meal for one OR two-for-one dining options. Select restaurants will offer wine or beer .


Lompoc Rotary Wine Tasting & Auction                                                                                                                  

February 24                                                                                                                                                                        

Taste great local wines from 11 am to 4 pm from 30 Lompoc and the Sta. Rita Hills wineries along with craft brews and delicious eats from some of Lompoc’s top restaurants at this popular wine tasting event with cool auction items, all for a great cause.  


Traditional Mission Life Day at La Purisima Mission                                                                                        

March 16

Learn tortilla making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery and more as costumed docents engage visitors with demonstrations and a day of learning the crafts of yesteryear.  Event hours: 11 am to 2 pm                                                                                                                                    


Mountain Men Encampment at La Purisima Mission                                                                       

March 30                                                                                                                                                              

American Mountain Men, attired in buckskin, share mountain men history and skills such as cooking, hide preparation and tanning, leather working, rope making, and blacksmithing.    


Natural History Day at La Purisima Mission

April 6                                                                                                                                                                        

Discover the great outdoors and the colorful flora and fauna of spring with the Park Rangers at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Learn about the park’s wild inhabitants at the Mammal and Bird station, check out the Scales and Tales Reptile Encounter, and hit the trail for  a wildflower/wildlife hike.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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