Things to do in and around Cambria during the

Cambria Scarecrow Festival

While the festival does not officially begin until October 1, most of the scarecrows are anxious to be in place in time for Sunset Magazine’s Savor the Central Coast Event in September 27 & 28.  Plus, this year there will be a few Adventure Tours in and around Cambria on September 26th.  There is something for everyone during Cambria’s most fun month:

Savor Adventure Tours 2014 

Experience the Dream at Hearst Castle

September 26   10:00 – 2:00

Kick off the spectacular Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast weekend with an exclusive tour of what the legendary William Randolph Hearst called La Cuesta Encantada—the “enchanted hill” in Spanish. Experience the incredible opulence and history of Hearst’s remarkable estate on a special guided tour. Learn insider information about stars and celebrities who once used the castle’s gardens, pools, terraces, and guest homes as their private playground. Finish with an appropriately gourmet lunch on the mezzanine of Casa del Mar, the largest of the three guesthouses, with unrivaled views of the California coast.

Roam with the Clydesdales at Covell Ranch in Cambria

September 26  10:00 – 2:00

Get a rare chance to see beautiful stands of native Monterey pines from a spectacular vantage point: a hay wagon pulled by elegant and enormous Clydesdale horses. Cambria’s historic, 1,500-acre Covell Ranch, now protected with a conservation easement from The Nature Conservancy, is home to expansive stands of these endangered pines. It’s also home to another rare site: over 100 noble Clydesdales that roam the ranch’s coastal hills. Tour the rolling hills in the company of the Clydesdales, then relax with a deluxe picnic lunch paired with Central Coast wines as you take in pristine views from ranch to ocean.

October Events

Cambria Scarecrow Festival Kick-Off Party

October 2, 2014

Join in on the fun and be the first to hear which scarecrows won the 2014 awards!  Wine tasting by the Pacific Coast Wine Trail (7 local wineries all in one place), beer tasting  by Cambria Beer Company and appetizers by La Terazza Mexican Grill.  Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) will be available at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and at Cambria Farmer’s Market after September 5th.  Tickets are limited.  Kick Off Party Flyer

Annual Harvest Festival

October 11, 2014  11 – 4

Held on the museum grounds – free admission; includes the $5.00 Pie Tasting Contest.   For more information visit:

Cambria Historical Society Farm Tour

October 13, 2014 

Includes lunch –  Details tba.  For more information visit:

 Open Studios Art Tour

October 11-12, 18-19, 2014

During ARTS Obispo’s Open Studio Arts Tour, about 200 local artists open their studios for visitors to tour, including many in Cambria.  Full details on participating artists and studio open times can be found at


October 17 & 18 7:00pm

A double feature movie night showcasing the giant screen films Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk and Mystery of the Nile. Doors open at 6PM for concessions and lobby activities. Tickets available at Cambria (767 Main St. Cambria, Ca. 805.927.3624) and Morro Bay Chambers of Commerce and online at Child ticket: $10. Adult ticket: $15. All proceeds from Movie Night benefit the Cambria Education Foundation. Contact: Erin Martin 805-305-7838.

Ongoing Tours

Hearst Castle Evening Tours – Hearst Castle San Simeon

On most Friday and Saturday evenings. Tours run through October 1 thru December 31.Hearst Castle will feature the Living History Program that emphasizes the bygone lifestyle of this great estate. Allow two hours and ten minutes for this tour. Prices are $30 for adults and $15 for youth ages 6 through 17. for additional information or to make a reservation, contact the web site  or call 800-444-4445 .  Web site:

Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Tour

Tours are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, excluding Federal holidays.  Meet at the former Piedras Blancas located 1 1/1 miles north of light station at 9:45 a.m.   Do not wait at the gate to the lighthouse. $10 for adults. $5 for ages 6 and up.  Free for children 5 and under.  Special arrangements must be made for groups of 10 or more:  call 805-927-7361.

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