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Special Autumn Events 

HARVEST FESTIVAL takes place in Olohan Alley in the heart of the Historic Village of Arroyo Grande Sept. 25 (4-9pm) and Sept. 26. Fresh veggies, a parade (on Sat. at 10am), arts and crafts, and more. Info:


OAKTOBERFEST takes place at River Oaks Hot Springs in Paso Robles Sept. 26-27 from noon-5pm. Info: 238-4600 or


CAMBRIA OKTOBERFEST takes place on Oct. 3 from noon-8:30pm at the Vet’s Hall, located at 1000 Main St. in downtown Cambria. German beer, food, car show, and music by The Mudskippers. $7. This event raises funds for local charities. Info: or 927-3063.


MORRO BAY HARBOR FESTIVAL takes place Oct. 3-4 from 10-6pm at the Embarcadero and features three stages of entertainment, wine and beer, maritime displays, arts and crafts, seafood, and more. Info:


1ST ANNUAL CENTRAL COAST RAILROAD FESTIVAL takes place Oct. 8-12. A variety of events and activities will take place at various venues throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara Counties. Attendees celebrate railroad history and future while participating in all types of modeling, various train rides, exhibits, ceremonies, dedications, historical presentations and special programs. Numerous rail organizations, historical societies, libraries and tourist attractions will be involved with the events. Info: or 773-4173.


ATASCADERO GARDEN FESTIVAL AND LANDSCAPE SYMPOSIUM takes place on Oct. 10 from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Colony House, 6600 Lewis Ave. Info: 461-7217 ext. 22 or log onto and click on “calendar.”


PIONEER DAY IN PASO ROBLES TURNS 79 and takes place on Oct. 10 in the downtown area with a car show, petting zoo, parade, live music, horseshoe pitching contest, and more. A pre-pioneer barbeque and dance takes place on Oct. 3 at 6pm at the Paso Events Center. Info: 238-2038 or


HARVEST FESTIVAL WINERY WEEKEND takes place at wineries all over SLO County the weekend of Oct. 16 and has the best of what art and autumn has to offer. Plus the wine. Info: or call your favorite local winery.


COLONY DAYS IN ATASCADERO takes place on Oct. 17 and includes Tent City, a parade starting at 10am, and an homage to the good ole days. Info: 462-0177 or


PISMO BEACH CLAM FESTIVAL takes place Oct. 17-18 from 9am-5pm. Parade, live music, clam dig, art, and of course, the clams. In downtown Pismo. Info: 773-4382 or


CAL POLY MULTICULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS CULTUREFEST takes place on Oct. 18 from 11am-4pm at Mitchell Park, located on the corners of Pismo and Osos Streets in San Luis Obispo. This year’s “Construction of Culture” is a collaborative public festival with more than 25 campus and community organizations showcasing their rich heritages with booths and displays. Music, dance, hands-on activities, entertainment, performances, and food. Free. Info: 756-1405 or


AVILA BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE CAR SHOW in its third year takes place Oct. 22-25 with gourmet dinners, wine tasting, road rally, car displays and a special reception and film screening at the historic, and newly renovated, Fremont Theater in SLO. Info: 544-2266 or


30th ANNUAL LOS OSOS/BAYWOOD PARK OKTOBERFEST AND CAR SHOW Oct. 25 starting at 8am with a pancake breakfast and 4-mile run. At 2nd Street, Downtown Baywood Park. Crafts, vendors, kayak races, food, beer, live music, art show and more. Info: 528-4884 or


POURING WINES FOR CANINES takes place Nov. 11 from 5-8pm at Rons Nursery located at 1207 S. 13th St. in Grover Beach. Enjoy a silent auction, raffles, and a percentage of sales benefits the Feline Network, Befriended Felines and the North County Humane Society. Come and support the animals, enjoy wines and shop at Ron’s Nursery which will be beautifully decorated for the holidays. Info: 489-4747.


CHRISTMAS AT THE DANA ADOBE takes place Dec. 13 from 1-3pm starting with a Las Posadas pageant, which features local children singing traditional songs. Other highlights include a piñata, hot drinks and Mexican treats, and docent-led tours. Books and other gift items will be available for sale. Admission is free. Dana Adobe, 671 South Oakglen Ave. in Nipomo. Info: 929-5679 or


CAMBRIA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL takes place Jan. 29-31 with events happening all weekend including jazz music, wine tasting, raffles, receptions, art show, artist demos, and artists’ faire. The hub of the weekend will be the Vet’s Hall located at 1000 Main Street. Info: or 927-3624.


SYMPHONY BALL, AUCTION AND HONORS CELEBRATION presents Carnival in Venice on Feb. 27 at 6pm at the Embassy Suites Hotel in SLO. A gala evening of dining, dancing and bidding, all in support of the artistic and educational programs of the San Luis Obispo Symphony. $120. Info: 543-3533 or

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