As always, local residents don’t necessarily have to leave town in order to get out and do something. Here is a roundup of events happening in San Benito County this weekend:
Vaquero Heritage Days
The annual Vaquero Heritage Days event is set for Aug. 17-19 at the St. Francis Retreat in the San Juan Bautista area. For Friday activities, which are sold out, it will include an artisan show and sale from 4-7 p.m. with a chef’s delicious Hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar. According to the event website: It is a “special time to mix and mingle with invited artisans, gear makers, iconic vaquero horsemen, historians, all sharing their knowledge and skills influenced by early vaquero lifestyles – saddles, gear, rawhide riatas, bits, spurs, jewelry, books, fine art and more!”
Then from 7-8:30 p.m., there will be a concert under the stars with award-winning singer/songwriter and Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame member Dave Stamey.
On Saturday, tickets are $10. Doors open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for an artisan and exhibitor show and sale along with a chef’s lunch with beverages. From 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. is the horesemen presentations. Saturday evening includes a dinner and Juni Fisher concert, which is sold out.
On Sunday, doors are open 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the artisan and exhibitor show and sale with horsemen presentations from 11 a.m. to noon, and raffle prize drawings on the entrance patio at 2 p.m.
The weekend will include an array of poster art as well. Event proceeds benefit St. Francis Retreat on historic Rancho San Justo. For more information, go to the Vaquero Heritage Days website.
Ridgemark Golf Club will once again host entertainment over the weekend. On Friday, DJ Sergio will perform, and then on Saturday Kid Dynamite takes the stage. Both are from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Ready to get your swing on? The Aromas Community Grange, 400 Rose Ave., will host its monthly Swing Dance at 2 p.m. Sunday.