|Talley Farms pumpkin patch.|
The green vineyard leaves are slowly rusting on the vines, the pumpkin patches are brimming with bright orange splotches, and the farmers markets are bursting at the seams with seasonal darlings like squash and apples.
The end of the year is imminent, and to help carry us into the holiday season is the warm month of October—jam-packed with SLO County festivals and annual seasonal events.
From digging clams at the Pismo Beach Clam Festival, to drinking local wines at Paso Robles Wine Country's Harvest Wine Weekend, to gawking at scarecrows at the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, October is shaping up to to be one of the most celebratory and flavorful months of the year.
Here's a peek at many of October's events throughout the county. Click on each link below to visit the event websites for more details. If I've left out any happenin' festivities, please feel free to share in the comments section below.
Get out your calendars, make some plans, purchase your tickets, and have some fun amidst the ideal SLO County autumn weather!
Cambria Scarecrow Festival
|Head to Cambria!|
During this festival's month-long run in 2013, over 420 scarecrows perched whimsically along the business streets of Cambria and San Simeon, mesmerizing visitors with their funny faces and imaginative garb. A tradition that started in 2009, the organizers claim this festival is truly a case of whimsy running rampant. So true, and you don't want to miss it.
Morro Bay Harbor Festival
October 4 & 5
This 33rd annual event takes place at the water's edge on the Morro Bay Embarcadero. A wine and beer court, an entertainment stage, live music, the Kid's Cove, and the Maritime Heritage Pavilion are the major highlights. If you've ever wanted to know what it takes to be a commercial fisherman, this is the festival for you.
|Organic Braeburns at SLO Creek Farms.|
Downtown Avila Beach
Sunday, October 5/Noon - 4pm
Take a bite out of fall with a festival that promises "all things apple." They'll provide music, apple grower booths, a vendor fair, an apple pie baking contest, a kids apple pie eating contest, apple juggling for the young and old, a kids caramel apple licking contest, and much more. Crunch on that!
Madonna Inn Expo Center
Saturday, October 11/Session One: 1:00 - 9:30pm; Session Two: 6:30 - 9:30pm
Get dressed up in your finest lederhosen and head to the iconic Madonna Inn for traditional German food and world-class beer. Ein Prosit!
Harvest Wine Weekend
Paso Robles Wine Country
October 17 - 19
If you plan on attending this vinous celebration, you're faced with some big decisions. With over 140 weekend activities at various wineries, you just can't drink it all.
Pismo Beach Clam Festival
October 17 - 19
This clam festival is in its 68th year, so head to the beach to celebrate these bivalve mollusks! Friday evening is all about the wine walk. Saturday is fun in the sun with an all-day surf contest, a morning parade, and a lunchtime clam chowder contest on the pier. Sunday at noon, head to the north side of Pismo Pier for a children's clam dig, then head to the pier for the annual clam bake. Fun!
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) Presents: BREAKING AWAY
|Josh Brolin at SLOIFF's September event at the Fremont Theatre.|
Saturday, October 25/7:00pm
The SLOIFF is turning 21 next year and they're coming of age jubilee has already started. This past month they brought THE GOONIES to the Fremont's big screen. Afterwards, actor Josh Brolin engaged the sold-out audience with an awesome Q&A. October's star-studded event will include actors Dennis Christopher and Paul Dooley when as join the audience for a screening of the 1979 comedy, BREAKING AWAY. See you at the Fremont.
BUBBLYFEST by the Sea
October 24 - 26
Proclaimed as the nation's only dedicated sparkling wine celebration, tickets are selling fast. Visit their website to find out which fizzy events are still available.
|Tinged wine grapes leaves in San Luis Obispo.|
"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."
~William Cullen Bryant