It’s our favorite time of the year in SLO County. It’s filled with pumpkin patches, pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween events for the entire family to enjoy. If you’re local or visiting SLO County this October here is a list of the best things to do this month. Make sure you check our: Halloween List, Pumpkin Patch List, & Haunted House List!
Scarecrow Festival (Cambria) – OCTOBER
This October, more than 400 imaginative and lively scarecrows will line the streets of Cambria’s East and West Villages, Moonstone Beach, and San Simeon.
49th Annual Atascadero Colony Days (Atascadero) – Saturday, October 1 @ 10am
Colony Days began in 1973, as a celebration of the community of Atascadero. Since then, it has held a parade each year since 1974.
OktoBEARfest (Paso Robles) – Sunday, October 2 @ 12pm
Visit Cal Coast Beer as they celebrate their 2nd annual OktoBEARfest!
Art in the Park (Shell Beach) – Sunday, October 2 @ 10am
Featuring over 50 artisan vendors, food booths, music and amazing views right on the cliffs in Pismo Beach. Bring the whole family.
The Wallflowers (San Luis Obispo) – Tuesday, October 4 @ 8pm
The Wallflowers live at The Fremont Theater in SLO.
Incubus at Vina Robles (Paso Robles) – Thursday, October 6 @ 8pm
With more than 23 million albums sold, rock superstars INCUBUS are set to light up the stage at Vina Robles Ampitheater.
Central Coast Railroad Festival (San Luis Obispo) – October 7-9
The Central Coast Railroad Festival (CCRRF) is a broad-based festival that focuses on railroading of many types with an eye toward the beauty of the central coast of California.
SLO Tease: Tease or Treat (Los Osos) – October 7 & 8 – SOLD OUT
Details SLO Tease is ready to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you with fun, sexy, stunning neo-burlesque performances!
Big Ditch Market (Arroyo Grande) – Friday, October 7 @ 4pm
Visit Arroyo Grande’s Big Ditch Market and enjoy local artists, handmakers, music, and food! It happens every first Friday.
Maritime Museum Family Fun Day (Morro Bay) – Saturday, October 8 @ 10am
Bring the entire family to a special day in Morro Bay. There will be contests, demos, stories, and fun!
SLO Oktoberfest (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, October 8 @ 12pm
Open Studios Art Tour (SLO County) – October 8, 9, 15, & 16
24th Annual Open Studios Art Tour – A countywide exhibition of local artists’ work and processes. Participants self-guide their Tours by selecting studios listed in the catalog.
92nd Annual Pioneer Day Parade (Paso Robles) – Saturday, October 8th @ 7a
Bring the entire family and enjoy viewing running antique tractors, horse-drawn wagons, marching bands, mounted equestrian groups, dancers, floats, fire engines, vintage cars and more.
The SLORoll Presents: Rollerween Costume Boogie (Atascadero) – Saturday, October 8 @ 6pm
Grab your skates for some Halloween fun! Wear a costume and skate with your community. There will be a dj, food, drink, and best of all skates and good vibes!
Third Annual Stories Matter (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, October 8 @ 7pm
It’s the 3rd annual Stories Matter in collaboration with The Reboot Storytelling ReImagined — an incredible evening of live storytelling featuring local and visiting storytellers of all ages and experience levels.
11th Annual Cioppino and Vino (Paso Robles) – Sunday, October 9th @ 1pm
Cioppino & Vino is a Food and Wine event that benefits the Paso Robles Children’s Museum. It features cioppino and wine tasting from local chefs and wineries plus live and silent auctions, live music and more.
76th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival – October 14-16
A community tradition since 1946, the 76th annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival, attracts generations of families and visitors from all around, who look forward to spending three days overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach.
Zombie Hunt 2022 (San Luis Obispo) – October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29
Make your way on a mission throughout the 10 acres armed with a ZOMBIE GellyBall Blaster the entire time!! You will ward off the ZOMBIES at every turn while you try to collect serums and other necessities to make it out alive.
Reptile Expo (San Luis Obispo) – October 15 – 16
Experience the 2nd annual San Luis Obispo Reptile Expo. There will be tons of reptiles for sale, workshops, guest speakers, and educational displays.
Children’s Business Fair (Avila Beach) – Saturday, October 15 @ 10am
Come join us to observe the opportunity for children to launch their very own startup business! Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers at our one-day marketplace
Celebrate Community Fun Run & Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, October 15th @ 10am
support the movement to end gender-based violence in San Luis Obispo County. Enjoy music and a silent disco, food & beverages, raffle prizes, a resource fair, and lots of family-friendly activities.
28th Annual Classic Car Show (Cambria) – Saturday, October 15 @ 10am
The annual Car and Motorcycle Show will include a variety of vintage, classic, and exotic cars, trucks, and motorcycles.
Art in the Park (Paso Robles) – Saturday, October 15 @ 10am
Paso Robles Art in the Park is pleased to present it’s fall show of 140 fine artists and craft designers.
Fall Antique Street Faire (Cayucos) – Sunday, October 16 @ 7am
Enjoy beautiful Cayucos-by-the-Sea while shopping for antiques, collectibles, and vintage items. Rain or shine, stay for the weekend or make it a fun day at the beach!
Harvestly Harvest Fest (Atascadero) – Sunday, October 16 @ 11am
Bring the whole family out to meet some of our amazing local vendors for a day of great food, live music, farm animals, kids activities and more.
17th Annual Great Pumpkin Contest (San Luis Obispo) – Thursday, October 20 @ 4pm
Come to Mission Plaza for fun, education, tractors, face painting, and of course giant pumpkins!
Golden Oak Honey & Pumpkin Festival and Kids’ Flea Market (Paso Robles) – Saturday, October 22 @ 10am
Learn all about the magic of bees! This family fun event will feature education on backyard beekeeping and best practices. Of course there will be honey tasting too! Bring the entire family out for this fun event!
Witches and Warlock Paddle (Morro Bay) – Saturday, October 22 @ 4pm
This bewitching event is open to the public and benefits the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Don your favorite witch or warlock costume and meet at Coleman Park
Camp Ocean Pines Harvest Festival (Cambria) – Sunday October 23 @ 1pm
Select your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, and decorate in some spooky way. Play carnival games, or try your hand at ax throwing. Kids can enjoy some ooey-gooey caramel apples, and adults can sample some local wine and beer.
Brookshire Farms Night Maze (San Luis Obispo) – October 22, 28, & 29
Grab your flashlights and your friends! Explore Brookshire Farms Night Maze this fall!
Halloween at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market (San Luis Obispo) – Thursday, October 27 @ 5pm
Mid-State Fair Market (Paso Robles) – October 28 – 30
The Mid-State Fair Market at the Paso Robles Event Center features local crafters and artisans from throughout San Luis Obispo County selling handmade and unique items.
1st Annual Rockin’ SLO Boofest (San Luis Obispo) – October 28 – 30
Come to SLO Brew Rock for live music, family activities, and a Makeshift Muse market to celebrate Halloween Weekend!
Boo Bash at Meadows Park (San Luis Obispo) – Friday, October 28 @ 5pm
Join the Parks and Recreation Department for a family friendly costume party and haunted house.
Dana Adobe Halloween Bash (Nipomo) – Friday, October 28 @ 6pm
Grab your ghouls and goblins for a spooktacular good time. It’s time to trunk or treat at Dana Adobe!
The Castle Costume Ball (Paso Robles) – Friday, October 28 @ 7pm
Tooth & Nail Winery’s epic Costume Ball is back and we’re ready for all you witches and warlocks to STORM THE CASTLE. Come dressed in your Halloween best to be entered into the castle costume contest.
10th Annual From the Barrel (Santa Margarita) – Friday, October 28 @ 7pm
Prepare your palates for the finest ciders, Bourbons and barrel-aged beers to be presented on the Central Coast! In celebration of 86 years since the end of Prohibition!
Pumpkins in the Park (Pismo Beach) – Saturday, October 29 @ 10am
City of Pismo Beach Recreation presents Pumpkins in the Park. There will be Downtown trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and more!
Wiggle Waggle Fall Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, October 29 @ 12pm
Come out for a special community pet celebration. Woods Humane Society will be hosting kids’ and canines’ costume contests, canine carnival activities, local food and shopping, and photos in the Pup-kin Patch or with Santa Paws.
Trick or Treat (Morro Bay) – Saturday, October 29 @ 2pm
Celebrate the 8th Annual Trick or Treat event in Downtown Morro Bay. Kids can enjoy trick or treating and other Halloween activities.
Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze (Arroyo Grande) – Saturday, October 29 @ 4:30pm
The City of Arroyo Grande Recreation Services Department presents an Annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze. Children of all ages and adults are invited to enjoy all the halloween festivities.
Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo (Atascadero) – Saturday, October 29 @ 5pm
It’s Halloween fun for all ages at the Charles Paddock Zoo! Get your best costume ready and bring the entire family out to a not-too-scary evening at Zoo Boo!
BHBC presents COUNTRY WILD (Paso Robles) – Saturday, October 29 @ 5pm
Dust off your (outlandish) western attire, and grab your friends for one of Barrel House Brewing Company’s biggest parties of the year.
Salute to Scarecrows (Cambria) – Saturday, October 29 @ 6pm
Come to Cambria and stroll through a scarecrow-decorated garden beneath autumn skies while sampling food and wine from local restaurants and wineries at this special event.
Trunk or Treat (Cambria) – Monday, October 31 @ 4p
Get ready for the THIRD Annual Trunk or Treat in Cambria. All the festivities take place at the Pinedorado Grounds!
Safe & Fun Halloween Downtown (Paso Robles) – Monday, October 31 @ 4pm
Celebrate Halloween day in Downtown Paso Robles for a safe & fun event. Costumes, photos with witches, dance demos, Trick or Treat, and more!
Trick or Treat Downtown (Atascadero) – Monday, October 31 @ 4pm
Downtown Atascadero is celebrating Halloween! People and pets of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy family, children, and pet costume contests, hay maze, and of course, Trick or Treating!