MBAA Presents…Morro Bay Plein Air Festival

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and social distancing guidelines we are unable to plan for exact dates. Please check back often. We will update this site as we know more. We hope that you will be able to join us for a week of incredible plein air events, in the future. Please disregard dates throughout this site. Thank you.

Plein air is a French expression that means “in open air” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors.

Morro Bay Plein Air Festival has two fun Categories:

The Professional Category is a juried exhibition. Professional category will compete for prize money. All paintings created during the week will be available for live auction at our exciting outdoor Art Party.

The Non-Professional Category is open to all plein air painters. All paintings created will be available for silent auction at Art Center Morro Bay.

Fun for Visitors & Collectors too!

Celebrate plein air with us. Enjoy wine, light bites, live music, raffle prizes, & live auction of professional art work done during the week and quick draw competition artwork painted before your eyes! Find all the details here.

Enjoy the festive outdoor party at Tidelands Park. Preview art that has been painted during the week. Bid on your favorites!

A Live Auction awaits you at our culminating Art Party . Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase incredible plein air paintings fresh off the easels.

Find all the information you need, in the dropdown menus above!

We can’t wait to see you at the next Morro Bay Plein Air Festival!


Our VALUED SPONSORS contribute to the success of the Morro Bay Plein Air Festival. Morro Bay Art Association is a board run, member supported, 501c3 non-profit organization.  Since its beginning in 1951, our mission has been “to champion art as essential to life and give our community a creative voice”.