Central Coast Art & Music Festival in Cayucos

August 7th, 2017

This weekend Cayucos will be debut a large-scale art installation designed to draw attention to the problem plastic pollution is creating in our oceans. The Central Coast Art & Music Festival will feature a variety of interactive music and art experiences.

The festival strives to be the most sustainable festival in existence, while also making sustainability a seamless part of the experience. Guests are encouraged to bring their own re-usable water bottle to take advantage of the free filtered water stations throughout the event. Speakers, including Shaun Frankson of the Plastic Bank and Sustainia Community Award winner will take the spotlight on Sunday to share the impact the plastic bottles and other pollution has on our oceans.

Americans use an estimated 50 billion plastic water bottles each year, and when discarded in California these bottles, which can take up to 700 years to decompose, can travel into the Pacific Ocean and be swept south toward Mexico by the California Current, potentially ending up in the powerful Kuroshiro Current near Japan, according to National Geographic. A collection of mostly plastic debris, known as the “great Pacific garbage patch” is “thought to be around 386,000 square miles with the periphery spanning a further 1,351,000 square miles” said The Guardian in 2016.

The musical line-up for the festival is set to include guitar legend Nick Maybury who’s shared the stage with Prince, Scott Weiland, Cherie Curie, Juliette Lewis, Perry Farrell, Michelle Branch, Billy Gibbons, and will headline Saturday night. On Sunday, performers will include KOLARS, Alison Tighe, Travis Braden, Noach Tangeras Band, and Panga.

In addition to the curated art and music experiences the festival will feature a rare and vintage skateboard show, as well as a skate competition benefitting the legendary Morro Bay Skateboard Museum. And you won’t go hungry or thirsty at the event. Food trucks from around the state will be on-site as will beer, wine and spirit vendors.

Admission to the festival is free and attendees are encouraged to pre-register for a Festival Adventure Pass. A ticketed reception with hors d’oeuvres, champagne, and the opportunity to meet the musicians, artists, speakers, and partners that bring the Central Coast Art & Music Festival to life will be held on Saturday evening.

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