Thursday, January 16 through Monday, January 20

Morro Bay is a world-renowned destination for birding, and the Bird Festival is the perfect opportunity to experience all that this beautiful area has to offer. With over 200 events to choose from, there's something for everyone at the festival.

Here's just a sample of what you can do at the festival:

  • Go on guided birding walks and tours
  • Attend presentations by expert birders
  • Take part in workshops on bird identification, photography, and conservation
  • Visit the festival's exhibit hall and learn about local birding organizations
  • Enjoy a variety of social events and activities

The Morro Bay Bird Festival is a great way to learn more about birds, connect with other birders, and enjoy the beauty of the Central Coast.


Please note: The Morro Bay Bird Festival committee is in the early stages of planning the 2025 event. We will be finalizing details and will post the schedules and field trip leader/presenter information in the fall, 2024. Information found on this page is to help give you an idea of what to expect.



Participants photos from the 2024 festival via DropEvent

Wednesday3 pm - 6 pm
Thursday7 am - 5 pm6 am - 5 pm
Friday6 am - 5 pm6 am - 5 pm
Saturday6 am - 10 am 12 pm - 5 pm6 am - 5 pm
Sunday6 am - 2 pm6 am - 2 pm
Monday6:45 am - 9:30 amSee Registration Desk

Saturday, January 13, 2024 is Community Family Day. Free fun for the whole family!!

Schedule of events:

10:00 am - 3:30 pmOutsidePick up Passport to Knowledge at the Welcome Table
10:00 am - 4:00 pmBazaarHi-Mountain Lookout Condor Paper Plane
10:00 am - 4:00 pmBazaarSLO Beaver Brigade
10:00 am - 4:00 pmMultipurpose RoomNature Journaling
10:00 am - 4:00 pmMultipurpose RoomLATO Oak Ambassadors
10:00 am - 4:00 pmMultipurpose RoomOngoing Bird Related Arts & Crafts
10:00 am - 4:00 pmBazaarSea Otter Savvy
10:00 am - 4:00 pmBazaarPiedras Blancas Lighthouse
10:00 am - 4:00 pmBazaarPacific Wildlife Care Animal Ambassador
12:00 pm - 12:45 pmLoungeCurious Critters
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmLoungeCurious Critters
1:00 pm - 3:00 pmMultipurpose RoomOwl Pellet Dissection
Thank You! Morro Coast Audubon for use of several taxidermy specimens (as well as feathers, bones, and Snowy Plover displays) and Miner's Hardware for popcorn bag donations!

2024 Bird Festival Bazaar

The following businesses and environmental groups are participating in the 2024 Bird Festival Bazaar.

Hours - The Bazaar is open to the public (except for the Friday opening reception):

Friday: 12 pm to 4:30 pm,
(reception 5 pm to 6:30 pm is closed to public)

Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 10 am to 4 pm

Location - Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Ave, Morro Bay

Big Year Coffeehttps://www.bigyearcoffee.comBird-friendly coffee products
Birds by BIJShttps://birdsbybijs.com/Birding Tours
Dick Marshall Wildfowlhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/DickMarshallWildfowlOne of a kind hand carved wildfowl originals
Great Oaks StudioMetal sculptures
Hiromi Gibbs Fine Artwww.hiromigibbs.comOriginal watercolor paintings, prints, and cards
Julia Esdaile Arthttps://juliaesdaileart.com/Art, watercolor/greeting card
Linda NelsonPainting
Nikon Sports Opticshttps://www.nikonusa.comBinoculars and spotting scopes
Opticron LLCwww.opticronusa.comNature and sports optics
Out of this World Opticsoutofthisworldoptics.comBinoculars, spotting scopes
Rainey Day Studioraineydaystudio.comWildlife jewelry
René Reyeshttps://www.etsy.com/shop/reyespaintings/Original bird paintings, cards and prints
Rone Prinzroneprinz.comJewelry & art
Volumes of Pleasure BookshopBooks, clothing & gifts
Zeiss Opticshttps://www.zeiss.com Optics
Bureau of Land Managementpiedras-blancas-light-stationLand conservation
Hi-Mountain Lookouthttps://www.condorlookout.org/Condor Lookout Project
Morro Bay Bird Festivalhttps://www.morrobaybirdfestival.orgClothing, hats, pins & books
Morro Coast Audubonhttps://www.morrocoastaudubon.orgBooks, clothing & hats
Pacific Wildlife Carehttps://www.pacificwildlifecare.orgWildlife rescue
Sea Otter Savvyhttps://www.seaottersavvy.orgProtecting sea otters and wildlife-viewing public
SLO Beaver Brigadehttp://www.slobeaverbrigade.com/

Opening Reception

Opening Reception

Opening Festival Reception

Friday, January 12, 2024
5:00 to 6:30pm
Morro Bay Community Center

Enjoy wine and cheese while mingling with fellow birders at the Bird Festival Bazaar. Browse the vendor booths featuring optics, books, music, nature art & photography, woodcarvings, jewelry, educational exhibits, and more! Takes place at the Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay!

Pre-order Shirt Prices

Women's Scoop-necked Short Sleeved Tee$25
Unisex Short Sleeved Tee$25
Unisex Long-sleeved Tee$30
Unisex Hoodie$40