Autumn on the California Central Coast is a beautiful season. Leaves may not change colors radically, and fall to the ground, but Autumn does mean that all along the central coast, pumpkin patches, as well as other amazing, spooky events sprout up in October. Whether you are in Santa Barbara, San Luis or Monterey County, there are fun events happening everywhere.
The Patch In Santa Maria
The Patch in Santa Maria is a local pumpkin patch that has partnered with Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and Betteravia Farms open throughout the month of October. Students are invited to come to the patch and work on it throughout the year to help them learn about local agriculture. The Patch offers more than just pumpkins to pick and take home for carving. They have local produce for sale, a corn maze, vendors, music and games. Throughout the month of October they have events for kids including a free craft day, and a costume day! For the 21 and over crowd, they also have a margarita tasting and mimosa tasting event.
Visit The Patch at Los Flores Ranch Park, 6245 Dominion Road in Santa Maria, and check out their website for more information at The Patch Santa Maria.
The Cambria Scarecrow Festival
Just a short drive up the coast to Cambria, another famous Fall festival comes to life during the month of October, The Cambria Scarecrow Festival. Heading into its 11th year, the scarecrow festival displays hundreds of scarecrows! People from the community, students and even businesses all gather together to make unique scarecrows that display each of the artist’s uniqueness. The Cambria Scarecrow Festival also hosts a variety of other events throughout October. The two events that you can still purchase tickets to this month include Octoberfest at the Pinedorado Grounds on October 19, and the Scarecrow Classic 5k on October 20th.
For more information about the Scarecrow Festival and other events happening in Cambria, check out their website at The Cambria Scarecrow Festival.
And in the Santa Ynez Valley, merchants will also welcome the season by kicking off the their annual Scarecrow Fest and contest on Oct. 1. Residents and tourists are invited to vote on their favorite creations throughout the month.
This year’s contest will include Ballard, Buellton and Los Olivos as well as Solvang, the town that started the Scarecrow Fest. Scarecrows can also be found around Santa Ynez and Los Alamos during October.
So much #Autumn here on the California Central Coast!! Follow Keys2thecoast.com. We’re here for your next adventure…if you dare!
By Jasmine Arechiga