San Luis Obispo Fall Events: September – November
San Luis Obispo, CA – San Luis Obispo has many great culinary, cultural and outdoor events happening this Fall. With so many events to choose from, there is something for everyone, no matter your interests.
This event release will have events in the months of October – November 2019.
SLO Repertory Theatre presents, The Fantasticks – September 13 – October 13; slorep.org
“Try To Remember” a time when this romantic charmer wasn’t enchanting audiences around the world. The Fantasticks is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. A boy and girl fall in love. They stray. They return wiser and more in love. This love story includes bawdy humor and is best suited for kids ages 10 and up. Visit slorep.org for individual showtimes and tickets.
San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum presents, Central Coast Railroad Festival – October 4-6; ccrrf.com
Join the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum’s annual Central Coast Railroad Festival throughout the weekend of October 4-6. The Central Coast Railroad Festival celebrates on many types of railroading with an eye towards the beauty of the central coast of California. Welcoming of all ages, the Festival presents historical, educational and recreational events for locals and visitors alike. Learn more about the individual events happening throughout the weekend on ccrrf.com.
Opera San Luis Obispo presents, South Pacific: A City Wide Arts Collaboration – October 12-13; operaslo.org
Answer the call to Bali Hai and experience America’s favorite classic musical, South Pacific, in epic scale at Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo. Their brand-new classic setting of South Pacific features amazing dancing and singing, expansive sets, props, and costumes, all accompanied by the OperaSLO Grand Orchestra. The cast is led by returning favorite Gabriel Manro (Curley, 2018 Oklahoma!), who will be joined by recent PCPA graduate Skye Privat as Nellie Forbush, Dori Duke as Bloody Mary, Gregory Gorrindo as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, and William DeFuria as Luther Billis. A pre-opera lecture will be held one hour before curtain at both performances. Experience the collaborative, grand production at the Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on October 12 – October 13, Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets range in price from $29-$80 and are available at www.pacslo.org or by calling (805) 756-4849.
Women’s Right to Vote Centennial at The Monday Clubhouse – October 14-19; themondayclubslo.org
Join The Monday Clubhouse Conservancy as they present a week of celebration beginning with the grand reopening of their newly restored building, designed by Architect Julia Morgan and on the Register of Historic Places. Sit in on the notable women speaker series with talks on Julia Morgan and Clara Foltz. Enjoy tours of the clubhouse and view Atelier Morgan a national traveling exhibit of the work of Julia Morgan, on loan from the Robert E. Kennedy Library, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. The week will culminate with a walk-around food and wine tasting on October 19th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. featuring women winemakers, chefs and business owners. Suggested $10 donation at the door for October 14-18 events.
SLO Repertory Theatre presents, Mary Jane (Staged Reading) – October 18-19; slorep.org
As Mary Jane navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog’s remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace. This deeply moving staged reading is not suited for children as it contains adult language and situations. Visit slorep.org for individual showtimes and tickets.
Central Coast Ag Network presents, City Farm SLO Fall Harvest Festival – October 20; cityfarmslo.org
Celebrate the season with family and friends on Sunday, October 20 at City Farm SLO’s 3rd Annual Fall Harvest Festival at the Calle Joaquin Agricultural Reserve, 1221 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo. From 1 to 5pm experience a fun, interactive afternoon between farmers and the public, especially children and see the results of the activity that has been taking place at the farm, located along Hwy 101 between Madonna Rd and Los Osos Valley Rd exits. Tour the farm, meet the farmers, and learn about ways that you and your family can participate in harvesting and planting. Highlights of the day include a farmers’ market with produce grown at City Farm SLO, pumpkin u-pick, hayrides and live music by Miss Leo and her Bluegrass Boys. Grab the family and some friends to feed chickens, visit goats, and take part in the tomato toss at this 19-acre urban farm. For more information, visit cityfarmslo.org.
Central Coast Autism Spectrum presents, 5th Annual Zombie Invasion – October 26; zombieinvasionslo.com
The Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center will hold its 5th annual Zombie Invasion SLO 5K fun run for the whole family at Camp San Luis Obispo. The zombie apocalypse has infected San Luis Obispo, and only a 5k walk or run stands between you and the safety zone! Participants may either be Zombies, Survivors, or Both. During the SLO Autism Annual Zombie Invasion Run on October 26, runners can wear different colored flags to signal how quickly zombies move towards them. In the Family Friendly 1 mile race, the zombies will be nicer (and slower) as they already ate some breakfast. But in the Survival 5k run, the undead – hiding in bushes, under cars, and around corners – will chase you until you either escape or you’re infected! For more information, visit ZombieInvasionSLO.com.
SLO Blues Society presents, Café R&B – October 26, sloblues.org
Put a little sway in your step and groove to the music at the SLO Blues Society’s dance concert on October 26! Cafe R&B, featuring vocalist “Roach” and her guitar-slinging husband Byl Carruthers, have been wowing audiences throughout America, Canada, and Europe, since they were first discovered in Los Angeles by the likes of Ike Turner and Buddy Guy in the late 90’s. Advance Tickets for this kick up your heels show may be purchased in SLO at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills, in Santa Maria at Paradise Records, or online at My805tix. Day-Of Tickets are also available at the door.
SLO Repertory Theatre presents, Deathtrap – November 1-17; slorep.org
Comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller that Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway smash. Sidney’s plan, devised with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student for co-credit. Or is it? This ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Deathrap is a roller-coaster comic thriller that is appropriate for children 13 years or older. Visit slorep.org for individual showtimes and tickets.
Wilshire Hospice presents, Dia de los Muertos – November 2; diadelosmuertosslo.org
The festive, family-friendly, free community event is back for its 6th year, on November 2, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo! Join the festivities at the Mission Plaza for SLO’s annual Día de los Muertos grand celebration, brought to you by Wilshire Hospice & community partners San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Latino Outreach Council, and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. This event has decorated altars, traditional dances, mariachi music, poets, artists and sellers, art and crafts activities, educational talks, costume contests, Mexican food and beverages, decorating of sugar skulls and more! Traditional costumes and pictures of loved ones encouraged.
Canzona Women’s Ensemble presents, Coastal Soundscapes – November 3, canzonawomen.org
Featuring composers and poets from L.A. to Vancouver – from the Mexican Baroque to Joni Mitchell – this concert highlights the premiere of a new work for women’s voices by West-Coast composer Craig Russell with percussionist John Astaire on marimba. Fire on the Hills is set to a poem by Robinson Jeffers, a “coastal poet” who wrote many volumes of poetry at his iconic home Tor House in Carmel. Sponsored by the Shanbrom Foundation, Canzona Women’s Ensemble will honor the Coastal Awakening, an arts and cultural movement centered within and around San Luis Obispo County, where the physical landscape reflects a union of heart and mind. Join the Canzona Women’s Ensemble on Sunday, November 3, at 3pm at the San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church. Tickets range in price from $10-$35 and are available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling (805) 242-6065, and at the door.
Spokes Nonprofit Educational Symposium – November 15; spokesfornonprofits.org
Join Spokes on November 15 for a full day of action-packed, hands on professional workday where you’ll learn, collaborate, grow, and walk away empowered as the leader of your nonprofit organization. This full-day symposium will feature two exciting hands-on workshops including, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Self-Care and Wellbeing to Organizational Impact and later in the afternoon, Nonprofit Digital Resistance: The Secret Sauce to Creating a Digital Strategy for Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising. Beth Kanter, Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Blogger will guide attendees through both workshops with her over 35 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in capacity building. To learn more/register, visit spokesfornonprofits.org.
San Luis Obispo Master Chorale presents, Classically Speaking – November 24; slomasterchorale.org
Join the san Luis Obispo Master Chorale on Sunday, November 24 at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo for an afternoon honoring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classical masterpiece Requiem, KV 626 and Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of the Psalms. full of music and narrations of and about Mozart and Stravinsky. Accompanying the performance of this legendary masterpiece will be free lectures by scholars who will explore two perspectives: the rumors and scandals followed by the more likely cases of Mozart untimely death at the age of 35. The first presentation is by Dr. David Levy called “Mozart’s Requiem: Myths, Motives and Movies” on Friday, November 22 at 6pm in the Cal Poly Davidson Music Center, Room 218. The second presentation is by Philip Mackowiak, MD called “Why Mozart Died So Young? A Physician’s Perspective” on Saturday, November 23 at 7pm at the San Luis Obispo County Library. Tickets range in price from $10-$50 and available at pacslo.org or by calling (805) 756-4849.
And of course, don’t forget to check out San Luis Obispo’s signature ongoing events:
Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday night; 6-9 p.m.; downtownslo.com
Arts Obispo’s Art After Dark – Every first Friday; 6-9 p.m.; sloartscouncil.org
Cal Poly Sports – gopoly.com
Performing Arts Center – pacslo.org
SLO Repertory Theatre – slorep.org