Annual Festivals & Events

Easter Egg Hunt & Festival


Join the fun during the annual Family Egg Hunt and Festival, co-sponsored by the Cities of Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach Recreation Departments.

Since the festival began in 1989, we have had between 3,000 and 4,000 participants each year. We hide over 10,000 plastic eggs and distribute approximately 50,000 pieces of candy. In addition to the egg hunt, we offer raw egg toss games, sack races, a bouncing castle, petting zoo, fire truck and police car exhibits, and a hot dog BBQ.

The Egg Hunt takes place at Elm Street Park.

Strawberry Festival


"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 $48.00 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, contact Brenda Barrow at 805-473-5476 or at bbarrow@arroyogrande.org.

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 or 805-474-6646.

Family Fun Day 
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department, the Arroyo Grande Lions Club, and LifePoint present an Annual Family Fun Day on the last Saturday of June each year from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Soto Sports Complex, 1275 Ash Street. This event offers a variety of fun activities for all ages. Some of the exciting activities scheduled are carnival games, a bounce house, a hot dog and tri-tip sandwich BBQ, photo booth, Kona Ice, popcorn, face painting, demos, crafts, water balloon tosses, three legged races and much more. For more information call Brenda Barrow, Recreation Supervisor, at 805-473-5476.

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.

Arroyo Grande Valley Car Sho


On the last Saturday in July, come see one of the largest car shows on the Central Coast draws enthusiasts from around the state!

Hundreds of cars, including everything from hot rods, muscle cars and trucks to motorcycles and vintage trailers fill the Village for the Annual Arroyo Grande Car Sho (yes, it's spelled 'Sho').

Cars are on display throughout the village. Activities take place around the gazebo. A best in show, major's, and president's trophy are awarded along with dozens of others for various categories.

The show is a fundraiser presented by the Arroyo Valley Car Club, although no admission is charged for the public. Proceeds from entry fees, a raffle and other activities are donated by the club to help charitable organizations in the South County.

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. The cost for the carnival area is $3.00 per child and $1.00 per adult. The Haunted Maze admission is $2.00 per person. Tickets for the carnival and maze can be purchased at the Recreation office, 1221 Ash Street, or at the door.  Barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers will be available for $2.00 and $3.00. For more information, please call the Recreation Services office at 805-473-5474. 


Christmas Concert & Parade


We usher in the holiday season on the last weekend of November with a Christmas Concert and Parade on Sunday. Grace Bible Church provides a 50 voice Christmas music choir at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park at 3:30 p.m. Our 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. At 7 p.m. there will be a free showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" at "The Spot" Theater, 116 West Branch Street, next to Harvest Church.

During the month of December, enjoy fairyland of lights throughout the village every night. Santa will be in the village from November 30 until Christmas on Wednesdays and Fridays from 3 to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.