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Fall and Holiday Family Events 2022 | SLO County

Posted by on Thursday, August 15, 2019 Under: Fall

2022 Update

Here's a list of free or popular family friendly events in Pismo Beach Area and San Luis Obispo County for the Fall and Christmas season of 2022 below. To see a list of pumpkin patches, go to this link. Scroll down to the end to see December events as this list is in order by date.

All of October - Scarescrows on display in Cambria and San Simeon. Hundreds of unique creations are expected to be on display between the 2 towns (Cambria and San Simeon of San Luis Obispo County). This is family-friendly and best viewed during the day.

Oct 5, 2022 (Wed) - Zoo to You at Santa Margarita Library at 3:30. Take an imaginary field trip around the world to discover the habitats where animals call home. Learn about the niche that animals fulfill in their environments and how they survive in an ever-changing world. Address: 9630 Murphy Ave, Santa Margarita, CA 93453

Oct 5 & 6, 2022 (Wed & Thurs) - Oceano Library Birthday Celebration from 2:30PM - 4:30PM. For their birthday celebration The Friends of the Library will be handing out pumpkins and books. Come join the party and sign up for a free library card! (Espanol: ¡Ven a celebrar el 17 Aniversario de la biblioteca publica de Oceano! Recibe un calabaza y un libro gratis. Ven a celebrar y registrate para un tarjeta de la biblioteca gratis!) Address: 1551 17th St, Oceano, CA 93445

Oct 7, 2022 (Fri) - Charles Paddock Zoo presentation at Cambria Public Library from 2PM - 3PM. The Charles Paddock Zoo is coming to the Cambria Library! Join them as we learn about the exciting animals you can visit at the zoo and meet some amazing animal ambassadors! Address: 1043 Main St Cambria, CA 93428

Oct 8, 2022 (Sat) - Maritime Family Fun Day in Morro Bay from 10AM - 4PM. Sandcastle building, fishing booth, chowder contest, treasure hunt, fish prints and more. Free event located in the triangle lot behind 1210 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442.

Oct 8, 2022 (Sat) - Harvest Festival at Cambria Historical Museum from 11AM - 4PM. Admission is free. Live music, food, craft beer, local wine, amazing vendors, fall and Halloween items, jewelry, watercolor paintings, face painting and kid friendly fun. Address: 2251 Center St., Cambria, CA 93428

Oct 8, 2022 (Sat) - Central Coast Railroad Festival at San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum from 10AM - 4PM. Tickets for members are free, adults are $5, children ages 4 - 15 years old are $3 and Children 3 years old and under are free. There will be a food truck there outside and wine tasting inside the Cuesta Lounge. Address: 1940 Santa Barbara Ave., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 (I've visited this museum before, see our review post of San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum here.)

Oct 15, 2022 (Sat) - Avila Beach Children's Business Fair at Avila Beach Community Center from 10AM - 1PM. Free and open to the public. Address: 191 San Miguel St., Avila Beach, CA 93424

Oct 15 - 16, 2022 - Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival. Clam Festival featuring live music, vendors, Clam Festival Parade, the Kids Zone, and annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off. Address: Pismo Beach Pier Parking Lot, 100 Pomeroy Ave., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Oct 15 - 16, 2022 - Paso Robles Art in the Park at Paso Robles Downtown City Park for two days. Sat Hours: 10AM - 5PM and Sun Hours: 10AM - 4PM. 130 booths representing 145 independent artists and craft workers. Address: Spring Street and 12th Street Paso Robles, CA 93446

Oct 16, 2022 (Sun) - Harvestly's 2nd Annual Harvest Festival from 11AM - 2PM at Irish Oaks Mercantile in Atascadero. Free event full of some great food, live music, farm animals, kids activities and more. To get updates before the event, you can register for this free event online. Address: 7425 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

Oct 20, 2022 (Thurs) - 17th Annual Great Pumpkin Contest from 4PM to 7PM at Mission San Luis Obispo. There will be education, tractors, face painting and giant pumpkins. Address: 751 Palm St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Oct 20, 2022 (Thurs) - Moonlight Hours at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum from 5PM - 7PM. Visit for free between those hours. Address: 1010 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Oct 22, 2022 (Sat) - Golden Oak Honey & Pumpkin Festival from 10AM - 5PM in Downtown City Park in Paso Robles. Free admission. Backyard beekeeping practices, honey tasting, arts, crafts, vendors, Navy Sea bees, yoga, spelling bee, monster mash dance, and more. Address: Spring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Oct 23, 2022 (Sun) - Harvest Festival at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria from 1PM - 4PM. Free event but they are requesting for registration in advance to help them plan. Select your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and decorate it. Play carnival games, try your hand at ax throwing, kids can enjoy some ooey-gooey caramel apples and adults can sample some local wine and beer. Hamburger lunch will be available for purchase for $10 a person. Address: 1473 Randall Dr., Cambria, CA 93428

Oct 27, 2022 (Thurs) - Halloween Themed CaliKids Class at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 4PM - 5PM. Perfect for youth kids ages 5 - 8 years old and their parent/caregiver. Free. Comfortable/easy to move in costumes are encourages (no masks please). Promoting healthy habits through exercise. Join them for warm-ups, dances, relays, skills & grills and games. Healthy snacks and goodie bag provided for each child. Register here. Address: 201 Nelson St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Oct 27, 2022 (Thurs) - Halloween at the Downtown SLO Farmer's Market from 5PM - 8PM. Free event. Activities include the beloved Trick-or-Treat Trail at dozens of downtown businesses, a Costume Contest, festive photo opportunities. This event is free, family-friendly, and open to the public. Address for GPS: Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. We went to this event before. See Pinterest video clip below during our trick-or-treating adventure in Downtown SLO

Oct 28, 2022 (Fri) - Annual Carved Pumpkin Contest & Halloween Activities from 5PM - 8PM in Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach. Free event. Trunk or treat! Child 6 years old and under can enter a separate contest for decorated pumpkins only. Address: 993 Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

Oct 28, 2022 (Fri) - Boo Bash at Meadow Park from 5PM - 9PM. Join the Parks and Recreation Department for a family friendly costume party and haunted house. Youngsters (and their families) will enjoy food, games and activities, as well as choose to venture through a spooky haunted house. Concluding the night, enjoy the kid-friendly outdoor Movie Curious George: A Boo Fest on the Meadow Park lawn under the stars. The Food Bank Coalition of SLO County will be collecting canned food and participants who are able are encouraged to bring one or more items to donate. Address: 2333 Meadow St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Oct 28, 2022 (Fri) - Halloween Bash Dana Adobe in Nipomo from 6PM - 9:30PM. Cost is $10 per car. Trunk or treating is only between 6PM - 7PM. Movie is afterwards. Show off your awesome costumes in their costume parade, trunk or treat at all the trunks, then grab some popcorn and stay for the movie!! Grab your ghouls and goblins for a spooktackular good time. Parking fee per car. Address: 671 S Oakglen Ave., Nipomo, CA 93444 

Oct 28 - 29, 2022 (Fri & Sat) - Candy, Haunted House and Carnival at Elks Lodge 322 in San Luis Obispo from 6PM - 9PM. Free & Open to Public. Food for purchase, donations appreciated. Address: 222 Elks Lane, San Luis Obispo 93401

Oct 29, 2022 (Sat) - Pumpkins in the Park in Pismo Beach from 10AM - 1PM at Dinosaur Caves Park. Free event. Children 12 & under are encouraged to participate in pumpkin decorating, games, crafts, bounce houses, etc. for ages 12 & under. The costume contest will begin at 11:30 and will include multiple prizes for all age divisions. Food & Beverage will be available for purchase, please leave pets at home. See pictures that I've taken of Dinosaur Caves Park. Address: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Oct 29, 2022 (Sat) - Morro Bay Trick or Treat from 2PM - 5PM in Downtown Morro Bay. There will be trick or treating, bounce house, face painting, games and photo booth. Address for GPS: 2650 Main St, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Oct 29, 2022 (Sat) - 2022 Halloween Carnival & Maze at Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande from 4:30PM - 7:30PM. There will be carnival booths, Haunted Maze, costume contest, prizes, DJ and so much more. You can also bring a carved pumpkin for a pumpkin-carving contest. There will be an admission cost. Food will also be available for purchase. Carnival, Maze, and Family Passes can be purchased at event or ahead of time as it gets closer to the event. There will be food available for purchase. Address: 1221 Ash Street, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Oct 29, 2022 (Sat) - Zoo Boo from 5PM - 8:30PM at Charles Paddock Zoo! Admission is $15 per person; $14 for members and 2 and under are free. I went to this Zoo Boo event! See my video reel from our experience. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422 

Oct 30, 2022 (Sun) - Trunk or Treat at Paso Robles Army Recruiting Station from 3:30PM - 6:30PM. Haunted Army tent, face painting, trunk or treat and carnival games. There will be 51 vehicles handling out candy. Address: 211 Oak Hill Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Oct 30, 2022 (Sun) - Atascadero Trunk Or Treat from 5PM - 7PM in Sunken Gardens organized by local churches. There will also be games, food and other family activities. Address: 5942 West Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422

Oct 31, 2022 (Mon) - Trick or Treat on Entrada Avenue in Atascadero from 4PM - 6PM. People and pets of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy family, children, hay ride and pet costume contests. Trick or Treating! Event is free to attend and is sponsored by Downtown Atascadero's Business Improvement District and the City of Atascadero. 

Oct 31, 2022 (Mon) - Safe & Fun Halloween Downtown in Paso Robles from 4PM - 7PM. Costumes required and admission is free. Address for GPS: Spring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Nov 12, 2022 (Sat) - Elegant Evening Downtown from 5PM - 8PM in downtown Paso Robles. Free open house refreshments, wine & bits & entertainment. Live Mannequins by Class Act Dance Studio. Address for GPS: 835 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Nov 18 - Nov 20, 2022 - Atascadero Fall Festival 2022 at Sunken Gardens. This is a 3 day family-friendly event with free admission. Check out carnival rides and games. Schedule: Friday, Nov 18th: 4PM - 10PM, Saturday, Nov 19th: 12PM - 10PM and Sunday, Nov 20th: 12PM - 10PM. Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

Nov 25, 2022 (Fri) - Downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony from 5:30PM - 7PM in Paso Robles. Free admission. Candlelight caroling, greetings from City officials, Mrs. Claus and the Elves, live music. Address: Spring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Dec 2, 2022 (Fri) - Holiday Harmony at Pismo Beach Pier from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. Lighting ceremony will be at 6PM. Free event. There will be kids activities: cookie decorating, bounce houses, 2 snow zones, tree lighting ceremony and Santa! Address to pier for GPS: 600 Cypress St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Dec 2, 2022 (Fri) - Annual Light Up at the Downtown Holiday Celebration from 5:30PM - 8PM in Sunken Gardens in Atascadero. Beginning at 5:30 pm, you can sip and shop with the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce’s ever-popular Art, Wine & Brew Tour! At 6 pm, gather in the Sunken Gardens area in front of Historic City Hall as our City officials and the community counts down to the lighting of our beautiful building. Soon after the lights come on, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving via an antique Model-A fire truck to the tune of “Here Comes Santa Claus.” You will then be invited to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the North Pole entrance located at the back of City Hall that faces Atascadero Middle School. Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

Dec 2, 2022 (Fri) - 46th Annual Downtown SLO Holiday Parade from 7PM - 9PM in Downtown San Luis Obispo. This beloved Central Coast holiday tradition will feature over 80 decorated floats, marching bands, vehicles, dancers, and more, representing all kinds of organizations. The Downtown SLO Holiday Parade is one of the largest parades on the Central Coast, attracting thousands of spectators each year. Address for GPS: 733 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Dec 3, 2022 (Sat) - South County Holiday Toyland Parade at 10AM in Grover Beach. Then, Santa Workshop begins in Ramona Garden Park after the parade. Address: 1230 Trouville Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

Dec 3, 2022 (Sat) - Lighted Boat Parade in Morro Bay by The Rotary Club from 6PM - 8PM. Address for GPS: Morro Bay Embarcadero or 1185 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Dec 9, 2022 (Fri) - Winter Wonderland in downtown Atascadero from 5PM - 9PM. Free event. Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens and the entire downtown will be transformed into a magical snowy paradise! 75 Tons of snow make up will offer larger snow pile play areas and will help make way for a massive snow slide built. This year’s snow themed events include a lot of kids' activities and Santa and Mrs. Claus! Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA, 93422 

Dec 10, 2022 (Sat) - Vine Street Christmas Victorian Showcase from 6PM - 9PM in Downtown Paso Robles. Free. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Snow King & Queen and Scrooge. Address: Vine St - Between 8th and 21st Streets Paso Robles, CA 93446

Dec 10, 2022 (Sat) - Breakfast with Santa in at Tar Creek Ranch in Arroyo Grande for $10 a person from 8:30AM - 11AM. Enjoy a pancake breakfast and picture with Santa. See my video reel of Tar Creek Ranch in a past visit on my instagram. Address: 2514 Huasna Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Dec 18, 2022 (Sun) - Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo from 10AM - 1PM. Their Annual Holiday Magic celebration has the zookeepers stepped in as Santa’s Elves to prepare gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. All of this is included with your regular admission. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422 

Suggested Unique Christmas Thing To Do in SLO County. 
Visit the Cambria Christmas Market. In Cambria, they have an amazing light display for blocks and opens from the day after Thanksgiving to the day before Christmas Eve. This is a very unique thing to do in San Luis Obispo County. Read more about Cambria.

To see other upcoming events all over San Luis Obispo county, go to the Family-Friendly Events page.

Already Occurred:

Sept 25, 2022 (Sun) - Los Osos International Festival from 11:30AM - 4PM. Free entry. Many food booths with many dishes for purchase, International Parade of Nations, International Costume Fashion Show, children's games and prizes, dance groups and multiple bands throughout the day. Raffle tickets as well. Address: Located at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church at 2050 Palisades Ave., Los Osos, CA 93402 

Oct 1, 2022 (Sat) - Annual Atascadero Colony Days with parade at 10AM and festivities in Sunken Garden afterwards. Free event. Address: 5942 West Mall, Atascadero, CA 93422 

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