A selection of fantastic events happening in the fall of 2019 in San Luis Obispo County, Ca.
Village Summer Concert Series
Sept 8, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Free outdoor Sunday summer concerts with food, soft drinks, beer, wine and ice cream available. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a wide variety of musical presentations. Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande.
SLO Symphony Pops-by-the-Sea
Aug. 31, 4 p.m. Under the direction of conductor Andrew Sewell, the symphony will pay tribute to the historic Woodstock weekend that musically shaped a generation a half-century ago. Avila Beach Golf Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Rd, Avila Beach, CA. www.slosymphony.org.
Brews and Bites
Aug. 31, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Local brews, food, music and fun. Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo. Proceeds go to Woods Humane Society. Tickets sold at the door. slobrewsandbites.com, (805) 540-8040.
Sip and Taste Festival
Saturday, Sept. 7, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Unlimited samples of local wines, cider, beers, distilleries and food at Allegretto Vineyard Resort. Cooking Demos provided by Chef Eddie G and music by Shane Hall with special guest Kaleo from Pepper. 2700 Buena Vista Dr., Paso Robles, siptastepasorobles.com, (818) 636-7956.
Avocado and Margarita Festival
Saturday, Sept. 7 – 10, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at the Morro Bay Embarcadero. Tickets to the in advance are $5, $7 at the door. Children 10-and-under are free. The festival is a full-blown street party. Enjoy a full day of food, drink, arts and crafts, avocados, margaritas and music. avomargfest.com.
Creston Classic Rodeo
Sept. 12 – 15 – Team roping, mutton bustin’ and more at the rodeo grounds in Creston. crestonclassicrodeo.org
Taste of Downtown
Sept. 14, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Paso Robles merchants, restaurants and wineries open their doors for sampling food and beverages. $25 per pass. pasoroblesdowntown.org, (805) 238-4103.
Arte de Tiza Paso Robles
Sept. 16, starts at 8 a.m. Watch local artists create chalk paintings on the sidewalks at the Paso Robles park. Free. pasoroblesdowntown.org, (805) 238-4103.
Whale Rock Music and Arts Festival
Sept. 14-15 at Castoro Cellars’ Whale Rock Vineyard in Templeton. Features Toots & The Maytals, Xavier Rudd, and more. whalerockmusicfestival.com, (805) 238-0725.
Apples and Honey Festival
Sept. 22, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Family day featuring artisans, apple crafting, food, Charles Paddock Zoo animals, storytelling and more. Mitchell Park, 1500 Osos St., San Luis Obispo, (805) 426-5465.
Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
Sept. 27 – 28 – Celebrate the festival’s 80th year with a parade, scarecrow contest, wiener dog races, diaper derby, food, and more. agharvestfestival.com.
Cambria Scarecrow Festival
Oct. 1-31 – Hundreds of handcrafted scarecrows are bowling, bathing, pedaling, fishing and flying through Cambria, San Simeon and Harmony. cambriascarecrows.com.
Morro Bay Harbor Festival
Oct. 4 – 6 – Celebrating fishermen, fisherwomen, marine industries, the harbor department, Coast Guard and the National Estuary Program. Enjoy live music, great food, vendors and exhibits. For tickets see mbhf.com, or call (805) 722-1155.
Oct. 5, 1-5 p.m. Food and beer festival at Templeton Park. Admission includes unlimited 3 oz. samples. Tickets available online or at the door, $15, www.templetonoktoberfest.com.
Pioneer Day Paso Robles
Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. See at various locations throughout Paso Robles. Activities include classic car judging, little cowboy/cowgirl contest, Pioneer Day parade, free bean feed in the park and more. pasoroblespioneerday.org, (805) 835-7026.
Cayucos Antique Street Faire
Oct. 20, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ocean Avenue becomes a pedestrian zone to browse and shop the goods offered by local and visiting vendors. cayucoschamber.com, (805) 995-1200.
Harvest Wine Weekend
Oct. 18 – 20 – Explore more than 140 weekend wine activities in Paso Robles, including winemaker dinners, grape stomps, barrel tastings, artisanal food pairings and live music. pasowine.com/events/harvest.php
Oct. 18– 20 – A three-day party in Pismo Beach with vendors, food, entertainment, parade and family activities. For tickets: pismochamber.com, call (805) 773-7034.
Atascadero Colony Days
Oct. 4-5 – Celebrate the history of Atascadero with a parade and festival, including historic Tent City, Dogtoberfest and Wiener Dog Races. colonydays.org.
Golden Oak Honey Festival
Oct. 26, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come to downtown Paso Robles City Park for collectibles, arts, crafts, food and bee keeping seminars. Free. pasoroblesdowntown.org, (805) 238-4103.
Jubilee by the Sea Jazz Festival
Oct. 24-27, this Pismo Beach jazz festival includes New Orleans-style jazz, big bands, jazz, dancing, food and beverages and guest artists performing at five venues, all connected by shuttle bus, pismojazz.com, (805) 937-8402.
Pumpkins in the Park
Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. A family Halloween event at Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach includes pumpkin decorating, costume contests, games, crafts and more., pismobeach.org, (805) 773-7063.
Oct 31 – Nov 3, a four-day music festival celebrating one of Paso Roble’s most famous residents, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, virtuoso pianist and composer. Concerts feature world-renowned talent, exhibits, lectures and more. Tickets: paderewskifest.com.
Nov 8 – 10, Paso Robles celebrates the worldwide movement of renegade, cutting edge, small-production winemakers who refuse to follow the rules. Tickets: www.garagistefestival.com.
Elegant Evening Downtown
Nov 16, 5 – 8 p.m., free merchant open house debuts the holiday season with refreshments, carriage rides, prizes, live Nutcracker mannequins, dancers and music in Downtown Paso Robles. pasoroblesdowntown.org.