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ExploreLompoc Celebrates History, Wine, Flowers, and Food With Festivals and Events

Published on Mar 4, 2020
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Visitors who long for sun, relaxation, outdoor activities, and fine wine, will discover a host of events — February through June — during their 2020 visit to Lompoc. Here, escapees from traffic congested cities can decompress, as they discover the wide-open spaces of the Lompoc Valley and prime wine country begging to be experienced. Any time of year, there’s something remarkable happening. The line-up of engaging events could well tempt anyone to make Lompoc a priority getaway or annual vacation destination.

Below is a list of Lompoc’s events for spring and early summer. For a complete list of Lompoc’s year-round events, wineries, restaurants, lodging establishments and other attractions, visit

Jeannine Goeckeritz

March 13,2020

Classical music plays front and center when internationally renowned flutist, Jeannine Goeckeritz, performs at the First Methodist Church. Known for her rich signature sound and highly sought-after performances, this renowned recording artist can be heard on movie soundtracks, TV broadcasts, Broadway scores, and her YouTube channel. She is principal flutist with the Orchestra at Temple Square, Salt Lake City and performs with piano.

Event hours: 7 – 10 pm

Admission: $25

Location: 925 N. F Street, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 588-5971

Traditional Mission Life Day at La Purisima Mission                                                                                          

March 14,2020                                                                                                                                      

Learn tortilla making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery and more as costumed docents engage visitors with demonstrations and a day of learning the crafts of yesteryear.

Event hours:  11 am to 2 pm

Admission: $6 parking fee                                                                                                                        

Location: La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 733-3713

Mountain Men Encampment at La Purisima Mission                                                                          

March 28,2020                                                                                                                                          

American Mountain Men, attired in buckskin, share mountain men history and skills such as cooking, hide preparation and tanning, leather working, rope making, and blacksmithing. 

Event hours: 10 am to 4 pm

Admission: $6 parking fee

Location: La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 733-3713

Natural History Day at La Purisima Mission

April 4, 2020                                                                                                              

Discover the great outdoors and the colorful flora and fauna of spring with the Park Rangers at La Purisima Mission State Historic Park. Learn about the park’s wild inhabitants at the Mammal and Bird station, check out the Scales and Tales Reptile Encounter, and hit the trail for a wildflower/wildlife hike. 

Event hours:  10 am to 2 pm

Admission: $6 parking fee

Location: La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 733-3713

Lompoc SpringFest                                                                                                                                                  

April 17 – 19, 2020                                                                                                                                                                       

Step into spring with a three-day celebration showcasing food and craft vendors, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, a car and motorcycle show (Saturday), and BBQ competitions (Sunday). No pets are allowed in the park during the festival. The event is presented by the Lompoc Valley Festival Association.

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 1:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Carnival opens on Friday 2:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am. Admission: Free to festival; tickets required for carnival rides

Location: Ryon Park, 800 W. Ocean Avenue, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 735-8511

Sheep Shear Mission Life Day at La Purisima Mission                                                                

May 2, 2020                                                                                                                                 

Witness sheep get their annual ‘hair cut’, and learn about wool production during mission times with engaging activities for the whole family.                                           

Event hours: 11 am – 2 pm 

Admission: $6 parking fee.

Location: La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 733-3713

Lompoc Flower Festival                                                                                                                                                  

June 24 -28, 2020                                                                                              

Celebrate Lompoc’s floral heritage at this annual event  featuring family activities, carnival rides and games, craft and commercial vendors, food booths, and musical entertainment at the annual themed “Pirate’s Treasure,” presented by the Lompoc Valley Festival Association.The carnival, food booths and commercial vendors are open all five days. The Arts and Craft vendors are open Wednesday through Sunday. A highlight of the event is the Lompoc Flower Festival Parade that starts promptly at 10 am on June 27, 2020, and pays homage to the valley’s agricultural heritage with floats, marching bands, equestrian units, drill teams, and more! All floats are designed and constructed by local organizations and feature flowers and/or natural materials. Paid parking is available on site for a nominal fee. No pets are allowed in the park.                                                                                                                      

Event hours: 10 am to 8 pm (arts and crafts) and 11 am to 8 pm (food booths). 

Call ahead for carnival booth hours.

Admission: $5 for ages 13 & older; free for those 12 & younger and a 4-Day Admission Pass is $15. Carnival rides are at an additional cost.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the event is FREE to the public.                                                       

Location: Ryon Park, 800 W. Ocean Avenue Lompoc, CA 93436                                                       

Phone: (805) 735-8511


Fabing-McKay-Spanne House Tours                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Mondays & Thursdays

Fourth Saturday of the month

Tap into history via a tour of the Fabing-McKay-Spanne House, an 1875 Victorian House and property named for the three families who had lived in it. This was the first two-story, wooden residence constructed in the city of Lompoc. Operated by the all-volunteer Lompoc Valley Historical Society, this Victorian “farmhouse” has been fully renovated and furnished. Visitors can also tour the Carriage House, Blacksmith Shop, Museum Room and Reference Library.

Hours: 8:30 to 11 am (Mondays and Thursdays) and the fourth Saturday of the month on select months

10 am to 1 pm. Visit website for specific dates

Admission: Free, donations appreciated

Location: Fabing-McKay-Spanne House, 207 North L Street, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 735-4626

La Purisima Mission Guided Walking Tours                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Wednesdays to Sundays, September through June; Daily July and August

Gather with La Purisima guides as they lead visitors through a walking tour of the Visitors Center, historic buildings and share stories about mission life and the people who once lived there. Walking shoes recommended.  The 1 ½ hour tour covers approximately one mile through rustic terrain and up some stairs.

Event Hours: 1 to 2:30 pm

Admission: $6 parking fee

Location: La Purisima Mission State Historical Park, 2295 Purisima Road, Lompoc, CA 93436

Phone: (805) 733-3713

Lompoc Certified Farmers Market                                                                                

Friday Afternoons, Year Round                                                                              

Browse and shop Old Town Lompoc as farmers and vendors gather every Friday afternoon to sell fresh-picked seasonal produce, fresh cut flowers, succulents, baked goods, and more. Rain or shine.                                                                                                

Event Hours: 2 – 5 pm Winter and 2 – 6 pm Spring to Fall                                                                   

Admission: Free                                                                                                                                         

Location: Parking lot at the corner of South I Street and West Ocean Ave., Lompoc, CA 93436 Phone 

Phone (805) 305-9829

More About Lompoc

Lompoc spotlights the splendor of the fully restored La Purisma Mission, colorful outdoor murals in Old Town, exceptional Pinots and Chardonnays along the Lompoc Wine Trail, plus biking, hiking, birding, surfing, sky diving and world-class golf.  Located off Highway 101 where scenic Highway 1 meets Route 246, just 155 miles northwest of Los Angeles, this easy-to-reach destination is a magnet for visitors year-round. It is the closest city to Vandenberg Air Force Base, just 10 miles from the main gate, and has become a popular destination from which to witness the many thrilling West Coast rocket launches by NASA and SpaceX from VAFB. With 12 hotels and motels to welcome visitors, Lompoc Valley makes a great base for exploring the California Central Coast, nearby beaches and quaint towns.

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