Events and Activities 10-19-2023

Written by Sullivan

October 22, 2023

Join in a Sea Shanty Sing-along at the Morro Bay Maritime Museum

Sat., Oct. 21 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. The Morro Bay Shanty Project will perform sea shanties and other songs of the sea at this free event. Audience members will be encouraged to sing along and share favorites.

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“The Central Coast Weavers Guild’s 16th Annual Sale & Showcase is a once a year opportunity to shop for the county’s finest handwoven and handcrafted items. It all takes place November 3 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. and November 4 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and November 5 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Strawbale Barn Weaving Studio (9156 Santa Margarita Rd., Atascadero). They can be reached at 805-438-5501 or go to Items for sale include handwoven clothing, household items, gifts and a gallery show of fine crafted handwoven items, including wall displays, clothing and jewelry. Looms and spinning wheels will be on display as well as ongoing demonstrations of weaving and spinning throughout the show. Fiber artists reside in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria. Every item for sale of on display is handcrafted by members of the Central Coast Weavers. Photo features “Water Shawl: (Central Coast Weavers Guild) by Sandra Rude


El Morro Church of the Nazarene (1430 Santa Ysabel Avenue in Los Osos) presents its 20th Annual Family Fall Festival on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This Festival is free and open to all families in the community. However, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tons of fun. Many inflatables supplied by Bubble Fun, games and prizes galore with plenty of candy from Trunk or Treat activities.

Food will be available – Tickets can be purchased for the food items. No scary costumes. Park vehicles at Los Osos Middle School (1555 El Moro Avenue) and use the shuttle to get to the festival location.

For more information, call (805) 528-0391.


Something to Crow About – October Free Screenings

One of our 2023 Cambria Festival highlights was the world premiere of “Something to Crow About.” Each weekend during October (Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., October 6 through October 29), this documentary about Cambria’s annual scarecrow festival screens in the Studio space of the Cambria Center for the Arts. Watch the film, check out the information display, and then walk the streets of Cambria to discover this year’s crop of scarecrows.


Join the Historical Society of Morro Bay for The Case of the Headless Corpse on October 22 at 3 p.m. at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 480 Monterey Ave. Morro Bay.

Franklin Riley found a headless body on the beach. The next meeting of HSMB will look into what happened next in this true story.

Join them for a re-enactment of the coroner’s inquest into this death. Does it raise any questions in your mind? This event is free and open to the public. 


“Songs for the Season” is back Dec. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Fox’s End Barn, 2735 Main St. in Cambria with a festive afternoon of savory and sweet small bites, provided by Robin’s restaurant and local community bakers, along with local wines as well. Musical entertainment by three talented local musicians TBD. They will also have an online auction which kicks-off on Nov. 21 and close they after the event on Dec. 3. All the amazing auction items will be on display at the event to further entice bidders. Additionally, there will be some items available in a raffle that will take place during the event.

There are only 125 tickets to the event. They are $40 if purchased in advance and $45 at the door if there are still tickets left to sell. Purchase available at or in their shop at 604D Main St, Cambria. Tickets are on sale now.


The City of San Luis Obispo brings back the Boo Bash Meadow Park on Friday, October 27,  from 5 to 9 p.m. Every year, the SLO Parks & Recreation Department transforms Meadow Park into a family-friendly Halloween festival, complete with a costume party, food, games, activities, and a fun haunted house attraction. Community members are encouraged to bring canned goods for The Food Bank Coalition of SLO County. The annual Dia De Los Muertos event is back in Mission Plaza on Sunday, October 29, 2023, from 2 to 6 p.m. This free, family-friendly Celebration of Life is hosted by the Latino Outreach Council and will have Aztec dancers, Ballet Folklorico dancers, Mariachi Santa Cecilia, directly from Mexico, face painting, costume contest, Altars/Ofrendas to delight. Guests can stop by a variety of food, beverage, arts, crafts, and community booths. The event concludes with Nexus DJ Latin Dancing in the Plaza.


Cal Poly Pier Open House. Photo by Joe Johnston/University Photographer/Cal Poly 11-16-19

Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences cordially invites the community to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. 

The Cal Poly Pier is just over a half-mile long (1.2 miles round trip). Event activities will be held at the end of the pier located on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. Visitors will enjoy 360-degree views of San Luis Bay and interact with touch tanks full of live marine creatures. 

Guests will have the opportunity to view tiny marine species through microscopes and learn about whale migrations and the recent red tide and bioluminescence phenomena. Interactive displays will offer insights into local marine environments and scientific studies conducted by Cal Poly researchers and students on protection of Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, mapping ocean currents and much more. 

Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to answer questions. 

Attendees may take the tour at their own pace and are encouraged to bring cameras to take photos of seals, pelicans, sea creatures and the incredible coastal views.

To best prepare, guests should be aware of the following:

• Pets must be left at home.

•  The event is a walking tour on a pier with grating — closed-toe walking shoes are required (safety rules prohibit flip-flops or heels).

• Visitors should bring their own water bottles.

• All visitors will be required to sign a safety waiver prior to entering the pier. 

Parking is very limited near the pier. Tour attendees are encouraged to park in the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier. 

For more information about the event, go to or call 805-756-6777 (recorded line). Rain will cancel the event. Photo courtesy of Cal Poly


Join local novelist Teri Bayus for her class How to Write a Novel in 90 Days on Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of Cuesta’s Community Programs.

The presentation will guide the writer through a 90-day process, giving them daily prompts to finish the novel’s first draft, memoir, or nonfiction. It will include broad topics broken down into specifics, such as: 

What To Write, Make A Commitment, Maximize Your Time, Theme, Create an Outline, Create Characters, Writing Every Day, Compelling Narrative, Reward Yourself, Dialog Exploding, Dealing with Writers Block, Envisioning Success, Three Plot Points, Self-Editing and more. 

On Nov. 2 Teri returns with Community Publishing Workshop, It’s No Longer Self-Publishing! How To Create Your Book by Using Your Community, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. . 

Self-publishing has been a lonely act. Most authors stumble along without support or success. This workshop will show you how to build a team, where to find trusted sources, and publish your book to victory.

Classes are $40 each. Register at under events.


The City of Morro Bay will launch an update of the Climate Action Plan. Folks are invited for the first community workshop to help update the CAP. It takes place Wednesday October 25, 2023 from 5 to 630 p.m. at the Morro Bay Community Center. The workshop will be led by Cal Poly masters of city and regional planning students. Join us to learn, envision, and collaborate!


Boston Brass will be the guest ensemble of Cal Poly Bands for the Bandfest concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Harold J. Miossi Hall of the Performing Arts Center’s Christopher Cohan Center.  

Bandfest is the event that launches the season of concerts presented by the band program, and it’s the one time each year when three Cal Poly Bands are featured on stage: Mustang Band; Wind Ensemble; and Wind Orchestra. 

The world-famous Boston Brass will perform alongside the ensembles as well as treat the audience to its own set on the program.

“From before the start of the quarter, our students have been providing music and spirit for university and athletic events,” Director of Bands Christopher J. Woodruff said. “With Bandfest, those 300 students will get to share their work with an audience gathered in a beautiful space. And we are delighted to welcome back Boston Brass to share their expertise with our students. Our audience will be blown away by the musicianship that all will bring to Miossi Hall!” 

At the conclusion of the first half, the concert bands will come together in a jazz medley arranged by Dave Becker that will feature Boston Brass. Becker is a lecturer at Cal Poly who is directing the University Jazz Band this year. He also teaches at nearby Cuesta College and at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. 

The 220-member Mustang Band will conclude the concert with arrangements of popular music the group is performing at this fall’s football games in Mustang Memorial Field Presented by French Hospital. Along with traditional school songs, the band will perform music by Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.  

In recognition of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, the program will include selections honoring military veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Tickets to the event are $15 and $20 for the public, and $10 for students. Event parking is sponsored by the PAC. Tickets are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 

For more information, email or call 805-756-2406.


Join the Harbor Hut in Morro Bay in conjunction with Vitco Foods for a “Meals for Maui” charity fundraiser on Saturday, October 28 from 12 – 3 p.m

They will host a taco feed with all proceeds going to the Maui Strong fund to support those affected by the Maui fires.



LO Skiers, a local, non-profit sports and social club for adults is

having its next monthly meeting at Dairy Creek Golf Course Clubhouse in

San Luis Obispo at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 1.  Meetings are free,

and yearly membership is only $65. Social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.



hursday, October 26, 2023, from 5–8 p.m. kick-off Halloween weekend with the downtown Trick-or-Treat Trail, a Costume Contest in Mission Plaza, the “Scary-oke!” karaoke contest, and a costume-clad Farmers’ Market! 

The Trick or Treat Trail is from 5–8 p.m. sponsored by the Puzzle Effect & Insomnia Cookies. Families can follow the Trick-or-Treat Trail to 30+ downtown businesses and collect candy. Start at Mission Plaza and follow the map through downtown. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to bring their own treat bags and print maps at home. The Trail map will be published online at Additionally, select Farmers’ Market vendors will be passing out candy starting at 6 p.m. 

The Costume Contest in Mission Plaza registration is at 5 p.m. with the contest from 6:30–8 p.m.


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