Entertainment, Displays & Events

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

Festival Schedule and Map!

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


Up In the Air


Saturday 11:30 - 4:00 Up in the Air



Daily Special Bluegrass Band

The Daily Special Bluegrass Band is a local band that specializes in sweet vocals and sizzling instrumentals. The band is made up of banjo player Tricia Stewart, guitarist Kelly McKinley,  Ryan McKinley ( 1st Place Goleta Fiddle Competition, mandolinist Ray Berguia and bassist Sean Landers. Playing a variety of old and new grass revival, folk, country and old timey music, the group performs as regulars at the "Station Grill" in Grover Beach.  The group entertains as well as musically pleases. They are available for parties, weddings and garage sales.
Saturday - 11:30am – 4:00pm 



BanjerDan (Dan Mazer) is a banjo player/multi-instrumentalist based near Atascadero, CA. His music is an Americana mix, rooted in straight-ahead bluegrass and branching out to include folk, country, blues, oldies, and other styles. Dan has performed all over the U.S. and internationally, as a solo artist, as a member of bands, and in theatrical productions and symphony orchestras, and most recently as a member of “J.B. Beverley & The Wayward Drifters.” He's among the regular featured acts at The Last Stage West on Morro Road between Atascadero and Morro Bay on Highway 41, and can be heard at wineries, restaurants, craft beer houses, and events all over San Luis Obispo County.


Pacific Flips Gymnastics & Tumbling plus Galaxy Cheer

(youth gymnastics, tumbling and cheer leading)


"KMPR" Women's Barbershop Quartet

Friday 5:30-7:30 -  Olohan Alley Picnic Park
"KMPR" Women's Barbershop Quartet - Featured Singers from the Celebration


Dick Clark Big Band

The Dick Clark Big Band will be featured in a three hour performance on September 27th at the 76th Annual Arroyo Grande Valley Harvest Festival.    The sixteen piece band is well known on the Central Coast for keeping alive the big band swing style of jazz from the 1940’s  (the Glenn Miller era) and also offering more contemporary songs.  The band has been under the leadership of Lompoc resident Dick Clark for over fifteen years.   He has drawn together musicians from up and down the Central Coast and led countless concerts for appreciative crowds.  At the September 27th  event the band will also feature vocalist Bob Nations on such songs as “So Rare,” You Make Me Feel So Young,” and “America the Beautiful.”    The band will play such favorites as “A String of Pearls,”  “In the Mood,” and “Maple Leaf Rag.” 

Friday Night (5-8):  Dick Clark Big Band

1 Alto Sax

Don Gugeler

2 Alto Sax

Locksey Dorman

1 Tenor Sax

Leroy Irwin

2 Tenor Sax

Tom Spears

Baritone Sax

John Ovrebo






Forrest Stoll


Greg Stoll


Don Lopez


David Shanks






Tom Secor


Dain Lopez


Keith George


Bill Hrnjak








Donna Wood


Ross Mayfield




Geoff Moran


John Beck




Bob Nations



Get ready for some high-octane old-school Dixieland sound from Quintessential.  These five musicians combine youthful energy with a classic Dixieland sound.

Jonnie Sudano can't remember how many horns he plays, but he plays them with the Arroyo Grande High School bands, The Creole Syncopators and The Basin Street Regulars (among others).

The name's Barry -- like the fruit (only better).  Barry Galperin plays tenor sax in the Arroyo Grande High School bands, and for the Pismo Basin Street Regulars.

Zachary Beadle plays bari sax for Arroyo Grande High School's bands as well as Pismo's Basin Street Regulars, and holds that Tabasco sauce can be a delicious yet healthy snack.

Ben Jeffers usually plays tenor sax, but decided to mix it up a bit and play piano for Quintessential. "I’ve never had a formal piano lesson," Ben says, "so this has been a real learning experience for me. Right now I'm working on figuring out what those little black and white rectangles do."

Although he graduated in June from Arroyo Grande High School, Matt Barcus can't seem to get away. Matt plays the drums for Quintessential and helps out with the AGHS music programs as assistant band director. 


Movie Night is back!!
Friday Night, September 27th

Movie Time and Info


Agriculture Pavilion

Click here for ag Pavilion details!


At the IOOF HALL on Bridge Street

The "Washday Exhibit" is still up, a lighthearted look at the old days of laundry, complete with a clothesline running through the Hall.  Vintage irons including coal and gas powered models are on display, along with a case containing Victorian & Edwardian undergarments..


Rooster Display!

Arroyo Grande Public Art  (AGPA) will have “Roosters On Display” during the Harvest Festival at the IOOF Hall on Bridge Street.  All 20 roosters, sponsored by local businesses and residents, will be on display.  Very talented local artists decorated each of the one-of-a-kind roosters.  You will have the opportunity to vote for your favorite rooster in five categories:  Overall Favorite; Creative Rooster; Whimsical Rooster; Beautiful Rooster and Artistic Rooster.  Winners of each category will be announced at the October 6 kick-off celebration of Arroyo Grande Public Art at the South County Regional Center.  All 20 roosters will be auctioned off to 20 lucky people at the event.  Proceeds will go toward public art projects.  Live entertainment, food and wine, and works of art on display will be part of the celebration.  FREE Admission



Coastal Dance & Music Academy's Performance Troupe

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Coastal Dance & Music Academy's Performance Troupe for the Harvest Festival Program. Coastal Dance and Music Academy's Performance Troupe, under the direction of Kathy Schultz and Tara Behnke, consists of seven different groups, ranging in age from 6 years old to the Dancin' Divas, CDMA's senior age performers. Performance members study ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop as well as performance skills. The result is a non-stop high energy show with an array of colorful costumes and age appropriate music and movement. Performances this season have included the Mid-State Fair, Pier 39 in San Francisco, Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival, Avila Fish and Farmer's Market and the annual recital at the Clark Center. CDMA, located on Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande, is pleased to be a part of this year's Harvest Festival.



Studio of Performing Arts


     The Studio of Performing Arts (SOPA) has been in the Village of Arroyo Grande since the mid 1980’s.  We offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical, hip-hop, drama and voice for students 2 to adult.  Our mission is to motivate people to explore their talents, create new ones, and use those talents to entertain themselves as well as others. Through our instruction and performances, we strive to inspire art as an expression through discipline, dedication and most of all passion.

     The staff at SOPA is a group of highly trained professionals dedicated to offering students the best possible experience.  Students enrolled at SOPA are offered multiple opportunities to perform through out the year.  Approximately, 40 students participate in our competition groups that compete twice a year in Santa Clara.

     The choir focuses on vocal training and performs songs from various Broadway musicals.  The studios drama department has both an adult production company called Studio Players and a youth drama department. 

     For more information on the studio please call 805-473-0377

More at:  http://www.thestudioofperformingarts.com/

Big Ditch Derby

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Big Ditch Derby Info






- Cub Scout Pack 13 will have a Pinewood Derby Race

- Cub Scout Pack 425 will offer free crossbow shooting

- Troop 413 will have a Monkey Bridge

- Other Boy Scout Activities will be available

- Order of the Arrow will have a Tipi set up

- Venturing Crews Sea Scouts and Girl Scouts will be there



Haunted Maze


The Boys & Girls Club’s “Keystone” teen leadership program will create a bone chilling maze at this year’s Harvest Festival in Kiwanis Park.  Come find your way out amongst roaming monsters and spooks around every corner!   The haunt begins Friday the 28th, 4-9, and Saturday, 10-5.  The scares are appropriate for all brave ages and may get scarier when the night rises.

See you there... if you dare.

Haunted Maze Info

Arroyo Grande Rotary Fish Fry
Friday Night, Sept. 27th

Click for Details on Fish Fry

Arroyo Grande High School Robotics Team
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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.


Whiskerino Contest

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Antique Engines Display

Spelling Bee


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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 4:00pm 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

Ice Cream Making

Wiener Dog Races

Homegrown Fruit, Veggie & Flower Display & Contest

Baking Contest & Tasting



Times Subject To Change



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