Best Fall Family Activities in SLO

Autumn is one of the best times to get out and enjoy some fall family activities in SLO. The temperature is just right, and there are many festivities and food to enjoy this time of year in Central California. From festivals to butterflies and a Turkey Trot, these are 5 of the best fall activities in SLO that you can enjoy and look forward to with your family.


fall family activities in SLO

The Cambria Scarecrow Festival

This festival started rather small, but has since grown into a large community event that features hundreds of scarecrows. The scarecrows are built by local business owners and community members with a variety of materials. It draws visitors from all over the country to visit and is an event that you definitely don’t want to miss out on this fall season.

The festival runs until the 31st of October, so plan a date to visit now. You can read and learn more about the CSF at their website here: Cambria Scarecrow Festival


Monarch Butterfly Migration

It’s a little known fact that Monarchs migrate every fall and winter, but did you know you can watch the migration from Pismo Beach? The Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pismo Beach opens every late-October to late-February every year, and your family can watch thousands of Monarch butterflies in one of their winter roosts.

For more information, please visit their website here: Monarch Butterfly Grove

fall family activities in SLO

Colony Days Parade & Festival

On October 21st, the 44th Annual Colony Days Parade & Festival will take place in Downtown Atascadero. In addition to the parade and festivities scheduled, the third annual Dogtoberfest features wiener dog races and a pet costume contest. This is one of the most entertaining fall family activities in SLO!

If you happen to have a wiener dog or want to volunteer/participate in the parade, you can sign up at their website here: Colony Days Celebration


Turkey Trot

If you want to be more active with the family, annual Turkey Trots are a great way to get together for a great cause. Hosted by the Food Bank of SLO County, the SLO Turkey Trot raises funds for the Food Bank Coalition to serve those in need.

On Thursday, November 23rd, two races will take place; one race will be in Pismo Beach, while the other will be in Avila Beach. Check-in starts at 8am for both, so be ready to wake up early!

More information can be found here: Turkey Trot SLO

fall family activities in SLO

The Farms of SLO

There are many farms to visit in SLO county this fall, but here’s one of our favorites that cannot be missed.

Brookshire farms is a memory for many children who grew up in SLO. The farm is open for fall, and even though they don’t have the large corn maze this year, there are still many family-friendly activities like the hay climb, hay rides, and duck races that kids and parents will enjoy.

We also recommend purchasing the farm fresh eggs from them, too. Admission is $10 on the weekends and $8 on weekdays.

For more information, visit their website here: Brookshire Farms


fall family activities in SLO


One of the best parts about living at Avivo Homes is the proximity to many great family activities. San Luis Obispo is a beautiful place, and just a short drive away. Whether you want to enjoy great food, weather, or family time together, you’ll be sure to find something for the entire family.