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.

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.

For additional information please call 805-473-2250 or 805-474-6646.

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 AGVIA.

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.

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.