The Long Opening Weekend
October 5 thru October 9

Monday, October 9 is a federal holiday, so we’re encouraging you to think big. Plan a long, long weekend.

Kick it off in style by attending the annual Salute to Scarecrows Gala on Thursday, October 5, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Cambria Nursery. This annual party helps fund the Festival and is your chance to hear firsthand the announcement of the winning scarecrows. Enjoy passed appetizers, wine, live music and a silent auction of local treasures.

On Friday, plan to wander among the scarecrows in advance of the weekend crowds. But first start out with a hearty breakfast at one of our great local morning spots, like Mojos or Sandys.

For your scarecrow viewing, park in the East village and walk along Burton and Main Street to check our your favorite scarecrows. Then drive over to the West Village, park, and stroll from Cambria Drive to Highway 1 to see another great assortment. Want more? Take a drive along Moonstone Beach and head up to San Simeon. Finished with scarecrows? Maybe stop at the San Simeon Beach Bar and Grill for a glass of wine as you watch the ocean. Later that night, consider a special musical show with Monte Mills and the Horseshoe Band at the Cambria Center for the Arts.

On Saturday, why not explore the broader area? Head up to Ragged Point and plan to have lunch and get a great view of the Big Sur’s southern edge. Then on your way back, view the elephant seals north of San Simeon. If you have more time, maybe check out historic Sebastians in San Simeon. Maybe you can also find time for wine tasting at one of our local spots like Cutruzzola or Moonstone.

Here’s an evening suggestion: In October, there are special tickets for extended evening tours at the Hearst Castle state park. This is a unique way to see this historic site and enjoy a sunset.

On Sunday, consider other opportunities for exploration. Take a walk along Moonstone Beach, the Fiscalini Ranch or Harmony Headlands State Park. Want a bike ride. Check out some ideas on Central Coast Rides. Shopping for antiques or art or just interesting merchandise? Be sure to visit both the east and west villages of Cambria, and also visit nearby Harmony, population 18.

Don’t forget dinner plans? The town is full of great dinner spots. Here’s just a few to consider: Black Cat Bistro, Robins, Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill , and San Simeon Beach Bar and Grill.

Get a good night’s rest. It’s back to civilization on Monday.

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