Who says cotton candy, clambakes, and Ferris wheels don't mix? Find these and more at the following seasonal seaside celebrations.
Pismo Beach, California, October 17-19, 2014
Celebrate with the one time "Clam Capital of the World" as it celebrates its annual festival. A parade on Saturday morning kicks off the festivities, which include a Chowder Cook-Off with festival goers as the judges, vendors of all kinds, live musical entertainment, a beer & wine garden, and the weekend's highlight: the annual Kids Clam Dig. One hundred numbered clams are buried, and each one discovered carries a prize. The lucky kid who digs up clam 100 wins $100 and bragging rights for the next year. Don't plan to bring your other diggers, as pets aren't allowed.
2-Day Wine & Chowder Passes are $30 and 3-Day VIP passes (wine, chowder, & clambake) are $50; 800-443-7778 or pismochamber.com.