October 1-4: Central Coast Railroad Festival
The Central Coast Railroad Festival is designed for the casual train buff and the avid rail fan. It celebrates rail's history and future while experiencing all types of modeling, rail excursions, concerts, films, exhibits, ceremonies, historical presentations and special programs. Activities will take place at numerous historical and educational railroad locations throughout San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties. Most events are free and family friendly. For more information, please visit ww.ccrrf.com.
October 2-4: BUBBLYFEST By The Sea
BUBBLYFEST By The Sea - the new definitive weekend-long festival for the bubbles and Sunday Funday obsessed - promises over 40 Sparkling Wine and Champagne Producers with the gorgeous Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. Upscale, educational, with a touch of humor thrown in, this is a weekend not to miss! You'll party like Gatsby from seaside Cocktail parties, to a festival on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and end your weekend with a fabulous brunch filled with music, sweeping views, and all the bubbly you can drink! For more information, please visit www.bubblyfest.com.
October 5: Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves
Art in the Park @ Dinosaur Caves in Shell Beach is a once-a-month event taking place on the first Sunday of every month from 10am-4pm, May through November. Over 100 local artists and craftsmen sell and display their work, including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, textiles, jewelry, wood and metal furniture, and more. The event also features live music, hands-on children's activities, fresh flowers and plants, a BBQ, and on-site massage. For more information, please contact Shannon at 805-704-8128 or visit www.artintheparkshellbeach.com.
October 11: 20th Annual City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K & Kids' Fun Run
This point-to-point half marathon begins in downtown San Luis Obispo and ends in beautiful Pismo Beach. As a major fundraiser for Cuesta College's award-winning cross country and track and field programs, everyone is encouraged to participate in this family-friendly event. If 13.1 miles is not your preferred distance, you'll love our much shorter 5K race (3.1 miles), which takes place in beautiful Pismo Beach. And don't forget to sign your kids up and get them ready for the Kids' Fun Run (1/4 mile), which takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park! For more information, please visit www.citytothesea.org.
October 16-18: 69th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival
A community tradition since 1946, the Pismo Beach Clam Festival features a live parade, best local chowder contest, surf contest, food, Beer & Wine Garden and Pier Pub, music and the Friday night wine walk. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 or visit www.pismochamber.com.
October 22-25: 38th Annual Jubilee by the Sea Jazz Festival
This premier west coast jazz event features many of the most sought-after traditional jazz bands from across the nation, including 20 bands and several guest artists performing at five venues, all connected by a shuttle bus system. New Orleans-style jazz, big band performances, dancing, food and beverages are available. New to the festival this year are two Thursday night kick-off events including Oktoberfest featuring the Mud Skippers and WE 3 with special guest Larry Scala, followed by the highly anticipated Swing Dance Saturday Night event. For more information, please call 805-481-7840 or visit www.pismojazz.com/JubileeByTheSea.htm .
October 24: Pumpkins on the Pier
Join us on the pier from 10 am - 1 pm for this free, family-fun event. Children 12 and under are encouraged to participate in Halloween-themed activities including pumpkin decorating, costume contests, games, crafts, and bounce houses. Get there early to receive one of the 600 pumpkins to give away, first come-first serve. The costume contest will start at 11:30 am and includes prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place in four age divisions. An Adult Costume Contest will follow with an award given to the top two adults for best overall costume. The 10th Annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza will be held from 12 pm - 2 pm at participating downtown business locations. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Recreation Division at 805-773-7063.
October 31: Monarch Butterfly Grove Opening Day Celebration
Join us at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove as we kick off the 2015-16 season. There will be plenty of docents, activities, booths and butterflies for the whole family to enjoy. The grove will be open from 10am-4pm with informational talks given at 11am and 2pm daily through the end of February. For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-443-7778 or visit www.MonarchButterfly.org.
Wednesdays: Pismo Beach Farmers Market
Shop on Wednesdays from 2pm-5pm at the Pismo Beach Pier for fresh produce, food and handmade items. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 or visit www.pismochamber.com.