This fall, as cool winds begin to sweep through town and the leaves begin to change, Cambria will be transformed once again into an artistic showcase, with scarecrows hiding around every corner. Fortunately, there is nothing to be scared of, as these scarecrows are a part of the 8th Annual Scarecrow Festival, which features delightful characters crafted out of unusual materials, unlike their cornfield brethren.
During the entire month of October, visitors can enjoy hundreds of artfully crafted and unique scarecrows on display throughout Cambria’s East and West Villages and along Moonstone Beach Drive. Over the years, the Scarecrow Festival has grown into a community-wide event with over 400 scarecrows placed throughout town. This year, the theme is Cambria’s 150th Anniversary, which the town is celebrating all year. The Scarecrow Festival’s opening weekend is September 28 through October 1, and there will be a series of special events during this time.
Introduced by the Cambria Historical Society in 2009, this annual festival exhibits some of the most incredibly imaginative and creative scarecrows designed and handcrafted by local artists and business owners. The variety of materials used to create the scarecrows makes them exceptionally unique.
Visitors can enjoy the beautiful fall weather by browsing through Cambria’s exclusive shops and specialty stores, strolling along pristine beaches, or enjoying the local fare at some of the finest wineries and restaurants on the Central Coast, all while taking in these whimsical creatures that display the artistic spirit of Cambria.
Whether guests visit during opening weekend or any day in October, the Scarecrow Festival is a great way to experience one of the most charming towns along the Central Coast. Plenty of local inns provide opportunities to make it an overnight stay; scores of restaurants, shops, hiking trails, wineries and more offer ample ways to enjoy your time. Guests can find a map and guide to all of the scarecrows, as well as additional information, at CambriaScarecrows.com. Guests can also pick up a copy at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.
Opening Weekend Events Schedule:
- A Salute to Scarecrows Opening Gala. This starlit celebration offers local wine, beer, appetizers, music and a silent auction in the beautiful, scarecrow-decorated gardens of the Cambria Nursery. It takes place 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 29. Tickets are $35. Proceeds benefit the Festival and its student art programs.
- The VIP Sunset Tour and Dinner, sponsored by Harmony Cellars. A lucky 42 people will be given a guided walking and bus tour of the town’s best scarecrows. After a champagne toast to the sunset in San Simeon, guests will enjoy dinner at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria, featuring Harmony Cellars wine. The tour begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30. Tickets are $90.
- Saturday, October 1st, A Toast to the Coast will feature tastings from the Pacific Coast Wine Trail members and local microbreweries, food from local food trucks, and live entertainment. Beer and wine tasting will take place between 12:30 and 3:30. Find full event information, here.
- “And the Winners Are…” Award Ceremony. The Festival announces this year’s winners in all categories at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at the Cambria Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main Street. Cheer on this year’s winners. Admission is free.
Finally, the Cambria Trolley will run from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. The route runs from the East Village to the West Village to Moonstone Beach. Trolley rides will be free.