Pismo Beach Celebrates Culture with St. Anthony’s Festival

Pismo Beach’s St. Anthony’s Festival is one of the most celebrated events along the Central Coast. Honoring the cultural traditions of the Portuguese descendants, the 700 year old ritual is deeply rooted in faith and giving. In fact, the original meaning of the custom was intended to honor the less fortunate, which why the event today provides food for all.

Running from August 20th to the 22nd, festivities include:

  • Saturday, August 20 –
    •  Donor’s lunch and auction at noon
    • Dance begins at 7:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Hall
    • Sunday, August 21 –
      • Celebratory parade begins at 9:30am at the beach and ends at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church for Mass
      • Sopas (the traditional dish of the Feast of St. Anthony, consisting of beef and cabbage stew and bread) severed from 11:00am to 2:00pm
      • Auction at noon
      • Dance commences at 7:00pm at Veteran’s Memorial Hall
      • Monday, August 22 –
        • Festivities come to an end with stew and beans served at noon

The Portuguese grounds are located at the end of Bello Street. All festivities are free and open to the public.

St. Anthony’s Celebration is one of Pismo Beach’s biggest summer events – and one of the busiest – so out of town visitors should book a hotel far enough in advance and in close proximity to the event’s epicenter for the full experience. Spyglass Inn , Cottage Inn, or Sandcastle Inn will place you near the heart of this historic celebration.

For more information visit: http://www.classiccalifornia.com/StAnthonys.htm



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