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Sustaining Our Seas Festival honors the Half Moon Bay area's major fishing industry and world-class fishing fleet out of Pillar Point Harbor and will be held Saturday, January 30 from 10 am to 5 pm in the vast outdoor lots surrounding Half Moon Bay Brewing Company overlooking the picturesque harbor in Princeton-By-The-Sea, the historic and funky fishing hamlet 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay.

Organizers of the Half Moon Bay Crab Fest recast their 2016 event as the SOS Seafood Festival as a result of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's emergency ruling to delay the opening of the commercial crab season due to high levels of domoic acid and all the uncertainty surrounding the season. SOS is the international Morse code distress signal being highlighted in our event name to call attention to the current state of ocean life and our need to address and remedy it.

Food & Drink

In addition to booths from the fantastic Google Food Team Off The Grid, Sam's Chowder House, Seville Tapas and Ultimate Souvlaki serving fabulous fresh, sustainable seafood and other incredible edibles in SOS Food Truck City.

There will also be and colorful SOS Beverage Bistros sprinkled throughout the event will feature a variety of local award-winning wines from Barterra Winery and Half Moon Bay Winery, world-class small batch craft beers from Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, South City Hard Cider and unique SOS specialty cocktails from Half Moon Bay Distillery.


The SOS Mavericks Concert Stage, located amidst a magnificent grove of Monterey Cypress trees, will feature a stellar lineup of all-day headliner entertainment featuring The House Rockers, Mustache Harbor, Rumbache and The Lady Crooners. The SOS Cool Coastal Marketplace will offer ocean-inspired arts and crafts, booths by local surf and watersports businesses plus ocean advocacy groups with exhibits and information on marine life, fisheries and sustainability.

Events & Pavilion

The world-renowned Earth Circus will wow festivalgoers with a stunning repertoire of high-quality, artistic entertainment from the mesmerizing to the thrilling...amazing stilters, fascinating acrobats and jugglers, plus unique facepainting for kids.

Across the street, in the 'Field of Dreams' lot overlooking the harbor, is the free-admission Fin-Tastic Funzone with an array of awesome attractions for kids including a high-flying zip-line, super-thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, challenging rock climbing wall, performers from the inimitable Sardine Family Circus plus food trucks and booths offering family-friendly food, fun and games?.

The SOS Seafood For Thought Chefs' Pavilion will include celebrity chefs' demos, talks on ocean warming and sustainability, the seafood chain, and the role of the restaurant industry and food-serving community in helping to shape the future of local seafood. Plus a complimentary tasting of award-winning wine from Half Moon Bay's Barterra Winery and Mavericks Brewing Company's newest version of its popular Tunnel Vision IPA brewed using recycled water. Chefs and speakers will be curated by the Google Food Team led by Teaching Kitchen Program Manager Liv Wu and award-winning Edible Silicon Valley Magazine led by Publisher and Editor Kerri Stenson.


Your ticket purchase is a tax deductible contribution to Mavericks Coastside Foundation, a 501 C-3 organization, as allowed by law. The primary charitable beneficiaries are Mavericks Coastside Foundation and the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

The primary charitable beneficiaries are Mavericks Coastside Foundation and the Cabrillo Education Foundation.

Ticket Info

  • Early Bird tickets on sale now: $45.
  • If not sold out, limited tickets available at the door, on January 30th for $50.

Tickets can be purchased on EventBrite, go to our Press page for a link to purchase you ticket in advance.

Book A Room for the weekend and be there for the whole day. You can find all available lodging here at Visit Half Moon Bay.

Note: Content is from the SOS website & the announcement at the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.