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72nd Pismo Clam Festival and Grand Reopening of the Pismo Pier!

Pismo Beach Pier Parking Lot

Date: 10/19/2018 - 10/21/2018
Starts: Various Event Times
Ends: Some Events All Day

This highly anticipated event attracts visitors from the entire state. Generations of families look forward to spending 3 days overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. Join in this City Celebration with Live Music, Pierfest VIP Celebration, a Beer & Wine “Pier” Garden, Best Local Clam Chowder Contest, Clam Dig, Food Trucks, Vendors, an expanded Family-Fun Kid Zone, and more!

NEW THIS YEAR! The 2018 Clam Festival is a special year for the City of Pismo Beach, as the event will also mark the grand reopening of the iconic Pismo Beach Pier. Come at 10am Saturday morning to view the annual Parade, and follow the last entrant into the heart of the festival in the Pismo Pier Parking Lot for a very special ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a Pierfest VIP Celebration.


FREE! Unless participating in a premium scheduled activity.


Pismo Beach Pier Parking Lot, 100 Pomeroy Avenue, Pismo Beach, CA 93449.


Pismo Chamber Hosted Wine Walk: 5:00pm-7:30pm Prizes Drawing at 7:30pm (must be present to win)


Esteem Surf Co. 80’s Surf Showdown: 8:00am-4:00pm

Parade at 10:00am

Pismo Beach Pier Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11:30am

Pierfest VIP Celebration: 12:00pm ($40) – Come celebrate the grand reopening of the Pismo Beach Pier following an over 18 month rehabilitation project to protect the pier for years to come. This event also celebrates the recent reopening of Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana, after a devastating fire in July 2016 forced them to close their doors for almost two years. The event will feature Giuseppe’s signature wood fired pizzas, salad, dessert bites, beer & wine for purchase from the expanded Pier Garden, and live music by Wordsauce. This event is sure to be a sell out, so get your tickets quick!

Beer & Wine Stage: 11:00am-5:00pm

Live Music, Expanded Kid Zone, Food Trucks, Vendors & More: 11:00am-5:00pm

Saturday Band Lineup

12pm-2:30pm: Wordsauce

3pm-5pm: Truth About Seafood


Beer & Wine Stage: 11:00am-4:00pm

Live Music, Expanded Kid Zone, Food Trucks, Vendors & More: 11:00am-4:00pm

Clam Dig: 11:00am

Best Local Clam Chowder Contest: 12:00pm ($15) – Local Pismo Beach restaurants will compete for the title of Best Local Clam Chowder Winner – and you get to be the judge!

Sunday Band Lineup

11am-12pm: True Zion

12:30pm-2pm: Jineanne Coderre Band

2:30pm-4pm: Steppin Out