Annual Festivals & Events
Egg Hunt & Festival
Join the City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department and Oceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge in the community favorite Egg Hunt & Festival. This event features a FREE egg hunts for all ages including the South County’s only egg hunt for adults, FREE Hot Dogs provided by the Oceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge, Bunny Hop Races, Egg Toss Competition, Carnival Games, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, and so much more. For more information, please call 805-473-5474 or visit https://www.arroyogrande.org/168/Recreation-Services .
2023 Date(s) & Information: April 8, 2023
Meet the Machines
Meet the Machines is a family-friendly event that will offer children a hands on opportunity to see, touch, learn and explore the vehicles that protect, build and serve our community. This is a FREE event located at the Soto Sports Complex Parking Lot from 9am-12pm.
2023 Date(s) & Information: February 25, 2023; first 300 kiddos will receive a FREE goodie bag
Dance (Formerly known as the Father Daughter Dance. All Family Variations Welcome!)
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department is excited to offer this special event. This event is for any variation of parent-child/guardian-child and includes an evening of sweet delights, dancing, activities, photo booth and more. Children ages 4 years old through adult are welcome for this semi-formal affair. Couples can register at the Arroyo Grande Recreation Services office or online.
For ticket information, call 805-473-5474 or visit www.arroyogrande.org/catalog .
2023 Date(s) & Information: June 23, 2023; Jungle Dance Party
Summer Concert Series & Fourth of July in the Village
Free summer concerts are held at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park on beginning in July through September on Sundays. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a variety of musical themes. For additional information please call 805-473-5474 or visit https://www.arroyogrande.org/739/Concerts-in-the-Park .
2023 Date(s) & Information: The 2023 Series will kick off July 4th with two concerts from the Village Band (11am-1pm) and Unfinished Business (2-4pm). The rest of the Series will be played 1-3pm every Sunday starting from July 9th-September 17th.
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. More information can be found at https://AgHarvestFestival.com .
2023 Date(s) & Information: September 29th & 30th in the Village of Arroyo Grande
Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze: 3-Day Monster Mash Marathon (Oct. 27, Oct. 28, Oct. 29)
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department presents the Halloween Marathon Monster Mash!!! This is the first 3-day Halloween event at Elm Street Park (corner of Ash and Elm streets). Children of all ages and adults are invited to enjoy unlimited bounce-n-play, carnival games for candy and toy prizes, food vendors, the haunted maze, a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest, and more! 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.
2023 Date(s) & Information: Friday-Sunday located at Elm Street Park
Friday, October 27: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Saturday, October 28: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Sunday, October 29: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
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 .
2023 Date(s) & Information: Sunday, November 12th located at the Arroyo Grande High School Track starting at 1pm
Tree Lighting & Snow
Join the City by bringing in the holiday season with the Tree Lighting & Snow event held at Elm Street Park. This is a FREE event that runs from 5-7pm that includes TONS of snow and Santa lighting the tree at 6pm. This event typically includes food vendors, s’more station, horse drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa, and more!
2023 Date(s) & Information: Sunday, December 10th, 2023 located at Elm Street Park from 5:00pm-7:00pm
The community of Arroyo Grande ushers in the holiday season with the Holiday Parade the first Sunday of December. The annual Holiday Parade typically begins at 5 p.m. at East Branch Street next to City Hall, then proceeds to Traffic Way and Branch Street. Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to enter the parade.
2023 Date(s) & Information: Sunday, December 3rd, 2023 | Register as a Parade Participant | Applications Due: Friday, November 24, 2023.
Breakfast with Santa (SOLD OUT!)
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department, Knights of Columbus, and Santa bring you Breakfast with Santa every December. This event includes a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, entertainment, crafts, and more! For more information and to register, please call 805-473-5474 or visit www.arroyogrande.org/catalog .
2023 Date(s) & Information: Saturday, December 9, 2023