Annual Festivals & Events
Family Egg Hunt & Festival
Join the fun during the annual Family Egg Hunt & Festival, sponsored by the City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department.
Since the festival began in 1989, between 3,000 and 4,000 participants enjoy this event each year. The Department hides over 10,000 goodie-filled plastic eggs for both children and adults egg hunts. In addition, the event hosts carnival games, egg toss games, sack races, a bounce house, fire truck and police car exhibits, and a free hot dog BBQ while supplies last.
The Egg Hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp on the Saturday before Easter, and takes place at Elm Street Park.
"The Premiere Festival of the Central Coast" during Memorial Day Weekend since 1983!
The Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival named the place to be on Memorial Weekend by Sunset Magazine!
As one of California's largest festivals and premiere festival on the Central Coast this family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds in shortcakes, funnel cakes, milkshakes, ice cream and by the box!
The wonderful May weather and ambiance of the historic downtown village also add to the festivals merriment.
Father/ Daughter Date Night
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department, Arroyo Grande Lions Club and Pacific Kitchen and Bath present an Annual Father-Daughter Date Night on the first Saturday of June each year from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch Street. This event for fathers and daughters includes an evening of dinner, dessert, dancing, contests, photo booth, canvas signing, Shirley Temples, king and princess crowning and more. The cost is $68.00 per couple, plus $22.00 for each additional daughter. Ages 4 years old through adult are welcome for this semi-formal affair. Couples can register at the Arroyo Grande Recreation Services office or on our web page starting April 1st each year.
For ticket information, call 805-473-5474.
Summer Concert Series
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park from June through September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes. Co-sponsored by the City of Arroyo Grande and the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association.
For additional information please call 805-473-2250.
Fourth of July in the Village
Join us in celebration of the 4th of July at the Rotary Bandstand. Enjoy the Village Band Concert at 1 p.m. Hot Dogs, Lemonade and Ice Cream will be served by the South County Historical Society! Arroyo Grande in Bloom representatives will again be present and handing out gifts! Sponsored by the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association.
Harvest Festival & Parade
Arroyo Grande takes pride in the old-fashioned family fun that abounds at local festivals and the Harvest Festival is a prime example of this time-honored tradition. Held the last full weekend in September, the Harvest Festival serves as a tribute to agriculture, the area's leading industry. Among the many attractions featured is a parade, toe-tapping entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and an array of food, games, and arts and crafts booths. This festival is focused on the local non-profit organizations that serve the community.
Since 1937, the people of Arroyo Grande have participated in this well-loved celebration. The Harvest Festival is a chance to look back at our history and past traditions.
Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department along with sponsors FRM, Kiwanis Club of Arroyo Grande Valley, and Scarecrow, Inc. present an Annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze on the Saturday before Halloween each year from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Elm Street Park (corner of Ash and Elm streets). Children of all ages and adults are invited to enjoy carnival games for candy and toy prizes, cookie decorating, hot dogs and hamburgers, the haunted maze, a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest. To enter the pumpkin decorating contest participants should bring decorated pumpkins from home. Tickets for the carnival and maze can be purchased at the Recreation office, 1221 Ash Street, or at the door. For more information and pricing, please call the Recreation Services office at 805-473-5474.
Turkey Trot Fun Run
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department along with the Arroyo Grande Lions Club have annually provided offered this community event since 1978. The Turkey Trot is a fun run for kiddos in Preschool through 8th Grade and offers prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place age group winners (girls and boys race separately). The distance begins for the youngest contestants at 1/8 of a mile and gradually increases to one mile for the oldest racers. First place winners receive a frozen turkey, second place winners receive a frozen chicken, and third place winners receive a frozen game hen. Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the races! Gobble, gobble! For more information or to register in advance, visit www.arroyogrande.org/catalog.
Christmas Concert & Parade
We usher in the holiday season on the last weekend of November with a Christmas Concert and Parade on Sunday. Live music will take place at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park at 3:30 p.m. The annual Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. at Traffic Way and Branch Street, then proceeds up East Branch Street to City Hall. The parade is followed by the tree lighting and Harvest Church nativity.