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Monday, September 1, 2014

San Luis Obispo County: September 2014 Events

Cambria shining bright over Labor Day Weekend.
With a remarkable Labor Day Weekend behind us, September has arrived on the scene and promises plenty more excuses to enjoy life in San Luis Obispo County. With our Indian Summer just getting started, more warm, sunny days are ahead of us, and I for one am ready for the merriment. 

Following are several, but not all, of the upcoming September SLO County events. From the Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita a Taste of Downtown & Arte de Tiza in Paso an evening at the historic Fremont in Downtown SLO with actor Josh Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast at Santa Margarita Ranch, I hope you'll be able to immerse yourself in the SLO Life and enjoy some of these energized celebrations!

Dahlia Daze
Morro Bay Community Center
Dahlias grown in SLO County.
September 5 & 6
Behold lovely dahlias with other like-minded admirers of this tuberous varietal at the annual flower show, which will provide information tables, speakers, and even a Dahlia Parade. 

Morro Bay Avocado & Margarita Festival
Morro Bay Embarcadero
Morro Rock in all its glory.
September 13 & 14
Enjoy specialty avocado dishes and margaritas while you groove to the sound of live tunes. What more could you want? How about an all-inclusive big rock for your viewing pleasure (included with your entry ticket). 

Via Dei Coloro SLO
Downtown San Luis Obispo
September 13 & 14
Head to Downtown SLO for the vibrant "street of colors" chalk art festival.

Beaverstock Festival
Castoro Cellars, Templeton
September 13 & 14
A two-day music festival set in Castoro Cellars idyllic vineyards; this year's ticket sales benefit the Templeton Education Foundation.

30th Annual Cuesta College Writers' Conference
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo
September 19 - 20
I've attended this life-changing conference for most of the years I've lived in SLO County. This year's keynote speaker is author Anne Perry. Several practical, influential writing workshops are offered by writers, publishers, editors, and other industry professionals for those of us willing to show up, listen, learn...and write. 

Arte de Tiza 13th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art/Taste of Downtown
Paso Robles Downtown Park
September 20, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tickets are on sale to imbibe in samples from downtown Paso restaurants and wineries. Walk around, taste and sip, while catching a glimpse of the day's innovative chalk sidewalk art. 

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival screens "The Goonies"
Fremont Theatre, Downtown San Luis Obispo
September 20, 7:00 pm
Actor Josh Brolin will be in attendance for a Q&A after the screening of this 30-year-old film which gave Mr. Brolin his first major movie role. 

Sunset SAVOR The Central Coast
September 25 - 28
This four-day celebration of the California Central Coast holds its main weekend event at the historic Santa Margarita Ranch. But there's more: adventure tours around SLO County, as well as special events, dinners, and celebrity chefs. 

77th Annual Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival
Historic Village of Arroyo Grande
September 26 - 27
A summary of Westways Magazine's claim about this extravaganza: Rotary Club's fish fry, salsa contest, quilt auction, free outdoor movie screening, spelling bee, baking and canning contest, grape stomping (yeah!), pie-eating contest, wiener dog race (really?), carnival rides, and a parade. That packs a punch!
(Ok, I embellished a little). 
Center of Effort and Sinor-La Valle.

California Wine Month
Tis' the season to discover the many wines of California; hopefully you'll explore some of those made in San Luis Obispo County.

Vina Robles Amphitheater Concerts
Paso Robles
Big names like Chicago, Brian Wilson with Al Jardine from The Beach Boys, and Crosby, Stills & Nash will be bringing down this outdoor house. 

Click on the links above for more details about each event and ticket sales. 
Labor Day Weekend was simply amazing with blue skies and ideal temperatures gracing the coast. Pictured above are scenes from Morro Bay's Art in the Park. The lovely hand-crafted jewelry is the work of Karen Greenberg, proprietor of Mi Juleree. The steel wine-isms are the innovative creations of Mark and Richard Cruzen of Steel by Cruzen
In case you missed Labor Day Weekend in SLO County, here are a few videos to help make you feel like you were right here on the coast. See you in September!

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