Scarecrow Festival Returns to Cambria

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Scarecrow Festival Returns to Cambria

IMG_4288This 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.

IMG_4304Introduced 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 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.

Pinedorado Days Returns Labor Day Weekend

IMG_9607Tradition Takes Over Cambria

A time-honored tradition will return to Cambria this Labor Day weekend. The 68th Annual Pinedorado Days celebration extends from September 2 through September 5, full of fun, sesquicentennial-themed activities for the whole family. Pinedorado Days has taken over Cambria on Labor Day weekend since 1949, bringing a parade, car and motorcycle show, barbecue, art show, kids’ games and more into the roster of events over the years. Visitors will not want to miss this exciting series of events.


Early risers can get a jump on the day Saturday morning at the AFS-Pinedorado 25th Annual 5K Fun Run. The race starts at 7 a.m. at the Coast Union High School and follows the parade route. The entry fee is $15 and proceeds benefit the Coast Union’s American Field Service Program.

Join in the pre-parade festivities at the Joslyn Center’s Annual Waffle Breakfast. Start your morning off from 7 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 3 with a delicious breakfast featuring both regular and gluten-free waffles, pork or veggie sausage, organic strawberries and melon, and more! Tickets are available for $10 at the Joslyn Center office or the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.

The event kicks into high gear with the annual Pinedorado Parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 3. See Cambria’s artistic and whimsical spirit at its finest as the floats make their way along the parade’s route that winds down Main Street from East to West Villages.

IMG_9606After the parade, head to the Pinedorado Grounds off Main Street where the festivities continue throughout the weekend. Featuring food booths, beer & wine, carnival rides & kiddy cars, games for the kids, face painting, an art show and live music, this event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Concessions open daily at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5.

One highlight of the event is the renowned Pinedorado Barbecue, offering all your favorites – succulent top sirloin, tender chicken, hand-made burgers, fresh corn on the cob and mouthwatering baked goods. Raise a glass at the Wine & Beer Pub, where guests can enjoy local fare from some of the area’s finest wineries and brewers.

Visitors can get up close and personal with the exotic animal ambassadors from the Zoo to You” Wildlife Sanctuary out of Paso Robles on Saturday, September 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Pinedorado Grounds.

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On Sunday, September 4, be sure to check out the 10th Annual Pinedorado Car Show. Featuring over 150 cars on display, from vintage muscle cars and motorcycles to stock cars from the early 1900s to “souped-up” street rods, car enthusiasts will love this showcase of classic cars and bikes. Located at the Veterans Hall and Cambria Drive, the car show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pinedorado parking will be available at the Rodeo Grounds area west of Burton Drive and west of Highway 1 at Cambria Drive. The Cambria community bus will provide shuttle service to and from the parking lots to Main Street and the Pinedorado Grounds. Shuttle service will be available Saturday and Sunday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about Pinedorado Days, visit

Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.