Entertainment, Displays & Events

Here's a Peek at some of this years entertainment!

Map coming soon

Check out all the fun we're going to have on Friday and Saturday!

This year we have a great lineup of Entertainment for you with some of your old favorites and some new exciting venues too!  We also have a variety of displays and events, something for everyone in the family.

Entertainment and Displays throughout the Festival Grounds


Arts, Crafts, Games, Food & More
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Friday Night!

Judith & the Jazz Krewe


United by a love for making music and an appetite for good times, this
lively group of musicians features vocalist Judith Bean, Del Gomes on
clarinet and keyboard, Gary Thompson on Tuba, Bill Fortin on guitar
and electric bass, and Fernie Monreal on drums. There’s nothing we
like better than to put a little bit of Mardi Gras in the soul of our listeners
with some traditional, and some not-so-traditional tunes. The Krewe will
put a smile on your face and a tap in your toes as you travel with us
down to New Orleans.

This group will be opening the festival on Friday,
September 22 at 5:00 in the Centennial Gazebo.

Movie Night is back!!
Friday Night

Friday, Sept. 22nd at Rotary Bandstand (in Heritage Square Park)

Suggested donation of $1 per adult or 50c per child

Bring a lawn chair and blanket and join us for a FUN FAMILY EVENT!

Water, popcorn, and snacks available for purchase.  SHOW STARTS AT 7:10 PM

Sponsored by the Suprinski Family for the Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival


52nd Annual Arroyo Grande Rotary Fish Fry

Click on Flyer for details.

Friday Night, Sept. 22nd in Olohan Alley


Saturday 11:30am to 4:pm

Synergy, under the direction of Tara Behnke, is Coastal Dance and Music Academy’s newest Dance Company and was designed specifically for serious dance students ages 14 and up. Synergy dancers work with multiple choreographers throughout the year to develop a showcase of dances in numerous styles while focusing on technique, choreography, and stage presence.

Synergy dancers have the unique opportunity to choose their focus - jazz, contemporary, tap, character, hip hop, or a combination of styles. Together, our dance styles, dancers, and choreographers fully embody our dance company name - Synergy: The interaction or cooperation of two or more forces to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Along with performing at venues County and State-wide, Synergy dancers participate in enrichment opportunities such as master classes, goal setting, self-evaluations, and a performing arts centered trip. They will be traveling to New York City the summer of 2018!


Agriculture Pavilion

All day on Saturday on Bridge Street including:

Agricultural Displays
Homegrown Contest
Central Coast Greenhouse Grower’s Display
FFA Cow Milking, Farm & Other Activities
Grieb Ranch Historical Display
John Deere Pedal Tractors courtesy of Cal Coast Machinery
Big Tractors courtesy of  Cal Coast Machinery, Ikeda Farms and Quinn Company (Challenger, Massey Ferguson & CAT)
Restored Tractors courtesy of JB Dewar and Rutiz Family Farms
Winery Displays (Conway Wines, Laetitia, Talley, Toucan Wines,  Saucelito Canyon)
Veggie Decorating
California Rare Fruit Growers - Tree Grafting Demonstrations
Agriculture Booths and other Agricultural Historic Displays

McKinley Boys♪♫

This kicking trio loves to provide a solid repetoire of country, bluegrass
and rockabilly. Featuring Ryan McKinley on sizzling Fiddle, dad Kelly
McKinley on the stand-up bass and Gordon McKinley (not related, but a
musical brother nonetheless). This group plays local venues around the
county and always pleases with tight vocals and lively instrumental

See them at the Agricultural Pavilion on Saturday, Sept 23d
from 11:30 to 3:30.

New!!!  Wheelbarrow Races!

Come test your wheelbarrow wrangling skills on Nelson St.
A "highly technical' - wink wink -Figure 8 course
will be run by 4 competitors at a time.
 While running your course you will have to keep
an inflated beach ball in your wheelbarrow.
1 winner of each heat will move on to the final.

Immediately following the wheelbarrow races,
we will have a water balloon toss.
Team up with a partner and see how far you can successfully toss
and catch a water balloon without it bursting!

Sign up at the festival!


Critical Mass

Brought to life back in 2003, Critical Mass began as a group of Diablo Canyon
musicians, many of whom performed regularly in musical theater, worship
groups and other local bands.

Critical Mass is now a local favorite at venues
like the Sizzling Summer Concerts and Santa Workshop in Grover Beach,
Branch Street Deli in Arroyo Grande, The Shell Café in Pismo Beach, many of
the local fraternal organizations as well as wineries from Santa Ynez to Paso
Robles. Rock and country, oldies and contemporary, big band and ballad -
Critical Mass has something for anyone and a whole lot of fun for everyone!

This group will be entertaining the crowds on Saturday, September 23 at the
Centennial Gazebo.


     Dance Out Loud


Dance Out Loud, under the direction of Brianna Deveraux, is Coastal Dance and Music Academy’s original performance troupe. Ranging in age from 6 to 13, Dance Out Loud is made up of 5 troupes: Happy Feet, Razzle Dazzle, Ain’t Misbehavin’, All That Jazz, and Motivation. Our dancers bring to the stage a fun, entertaining, and eclectic show of Jazz, Tap, and Hip Hop styles.

Dance Out Loud, provides the serious dance student with a variety of performance opportunities on the Central Coast including venues such as Children’s Day in the Plaza, Harvest Festival, Paso Robles Mid-State Fair, Great America, and more. The training program is comprehensive and more rigorous than recreational classes. Music, costuming, choreography, and time requirements are age appropriate. A positive atmosphere and “family feel” contribute to the exceptional experience of being a part of this wonderful Troupe.


The Studio of Performing Arts
provides disciplined instruction and
performance opportunities to our community with unique inspiration, a
strong work ethic, and most of all passion!

They will be performing at the
Rotary Bandstand on Saturday, September 23d.

White Horse Carriage Co. - Free Carriage Rides

Catch the rides on Mason Street
next to Heritage Square Park
12:00pm to 2:00pm


Saturday - Roaming the festival

BanjerDan will  be strolling with his Banjo prior to the parade

“BanjerDan" (Dan Mazer) is a banjo player/multi-instrumentalist based in San Luis Obispo County, CA. His music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles.


Arroyo Grande High School Robotics Team
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Diaper Derby

The Recreation Services Department provides youth and adult programs, classes, camps, sports and fitness,
 volunteer opportunities, and community special events like the Harvest Festival Diaper Derby.

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Ballooney the Clown


       Always a favorite with the young and young at heart, Ballooney the Clown, aka, Mike Kilton, will perform for the Harvest Festival again this year.  Ballooney has been entertaining for more than 20 years throughout the United States, the Carribean and overseas, and has entertained in the Arroyo Grande area since 1994.

He takes part in the morning Parade and then entertains the children in his "Kid Zone" on the Village Green all afternoon.  With hundreds of props and a wild imagination Ballooney keeps the kids in stitches all day!   Not only does he perform for the children but he involves them in educational games and fun activities.


Spelling Bee

Sign up on Saturday at the Schoolhouse for the Spelling Bee


Kids Parade


        Three years ago Ballooney initiated his afternoon closing "Kid Parade"  This was a big hit and proves to be bigger and better this year!  The kids should gather with Ballooney next to the Rotary Bandstand at 3:30pm on Saturday to receive their costumes and instructions.  Once all are in costume the group will parade around the Village Green, across the Swinging Bridge and end up circling through the Olohan Alley.   Parents are encouraged to join their small children since Ballooney will have a costume for them too! 

And Lots Lots More!

See home page for.....

Homegrown Fruit, Veggie & Flower Display & Contest

Baking Contest

And more check out the

FESTIVAL MAP - coming soon

Click Here to See Full List!

Times Subject To Change



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