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Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks Docents, and California State Parks.

All events are free, a $10 parking fee is enforced at certain state parks. Biking and walking is encouraged. For more information regarding events and activities, please call (650) 726-8819 or email

Summer & Fall Activities along the San Mateo Coast

Half Moon Music in the Park - A Special Summer Event!
Thursday, September 8 from 5 pm to 7 pm 
EMJ Jazz Trio
Thursday, October 13 from 4 pm to 6 pm Coastsiders & DreamCycle
Join your neighbors and friends for a family friendly celebration of local music in our State Park!  Bring a picnic blanket, beach chairs, snacks and your dancing shoes and join California State Parks in welcoming Francis Beach’s monthly outdoor concert series. Held every second Thursday of the month, we will be highlighting local coastal musicians on the deck of our Visitor Center. 

Junior Rangers
Fridays and Saturdays at 2:30 pm
(through Saturday, September 3)
Play games, hike trails, create your own animal, discover tracks, observe wildlife, all while making friends your own age during this one- hour program for kids ages 7-12. Sorry parents, this program is for kids only! Please register your child 15 minutes before the program begins at the Francis Beach Visitor Center. Please be sure your child is dressed for active play in the outdoors. Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks. Earn your logbook and badge at your first program and begin your Junior Ranger journey.

Little Ocean Explorers
Saturdays at 2:30 pm 
(through Saturday, September 3)
Imagine, play, learn and explore during this thirty-minute program for children ages 3-6 and their families. Youngsters will be introduced to the beach and discover the California coastline.  Meet at the Francis Beach Visitor Center.

Campfire Programs
Fridays and Saturdays; start time vary between 7:30-8:30pm contingent on sunset 
(through Saturday, September 3)  
Join us in our campfire center for an evening of song and story. Serenade the glittering stars and learn about the plants and animals of the beach, creatures of the ocean, or stories of the park while relaxing under the night sky. Arrive 30 minutes early to learn how to build a campfire. Meet at the Half Moon Bay Campfire Center.

Guided Hike along the Gray Whale Cove Trail

Saturday, September 10 at 10 am
Saturday, October 8 at 10 am
Saturday, November 12 at 10 am
Saturday, December 10 at 10 am

Join us for a moderate two mile, two hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach.  Enjoy ocean views, coastal plants, and wildlife on this picturesque hike. Leftovers from the Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunkers will take you back in time along this trail.  Please meet on the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil’s Slide tunnel.

Guided Hike in Burleigh Murray State Park
Sunday, August 28 at 10 am
Sunday, September 25 at 10 am
Sunday, October 23 at 10 am
Sunday, November 27 at 10 am

Join us on a leisurely two and a half mile, two hour hike along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. Enjoy one of our area’s hidden treasures as you learn about the lives of the first pioneers and farming families.  Please meet at the Burleigh Murray State Park parking lot, located in south east Half Moon Bay. From Highway 1 turn east on Higgins Purisima Road and you will reach the park in about 1.5 miles.    

Guided Hike through Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
Sunday, August 21 at 1pm
Sunday, September 4 at 10am
Sunday, September 18 at 1pm
Sunday, October 2 at 10am
Sunday, October 16 at 1pm
Sunday, November 6 at 10am
Sunday, November 20 at 1pm
Sunday, December 4 at 10am
Sunday, December 18 at 1pm

Join us for a one mile, two hour guided walk along the Sequoia Audubon Trail in the Pescadero Marsh, an important stop along the Pacific Flyway. Learn about the fascinating human history of the Marsh from the days of the Ohlone to the present. Discover the byways of the Pescadero and Butano Creeks as they flow through this restored marsh to meet the Pacific Ocean. We suggest that you dress in layers, wear walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water. Dogs are not permitted. All walks will take place weather permitting. Please meet at the Central Pescadero State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 approximately 0.25 mile north of the junction with Pescadero Road.