When I think of summer there are two main things that come to mind, festivals and strawberries. We are lucky enough here on the Central Coast to get both of those amazing thing together in one place with the 28th Annual Strawberry Festival! It will take place on the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th & 29th. The Strawberry Festival is San Luis Obispo County's largest free Festival and is the primary yearly fundraiser for the Arroyo Grande Village Improvement Association. (www.arroyograndevillage.org/strawberry.asp) This family-style event brings together thousands of visitors and residents to enjoy activities and entertainment, two carnival areas, the Strawberry Stampede, hundreds of art, craft and display booths, ethnic foods, and of course, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds as well as fresh strawberries by the box! Heritage Square Museums, antique shops, wineries and restaurants in the historic Arroyo Grande Village will also be open. The Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival has been named "the place to be on Memorial Weekend" by Sunset Magazine!
The Festival's entertainment line-up is once again packed with captivating performers on Nine Stages throughout the Village! Most types of popular music will be featured including ethnic, folk, blues, reggae, jazz, soul, country, Latin & rock 'n roll! Regional favorites such as the Shival Experience, the Crisptones, Oso Sol, the Demos, Maheyla & the Ritual, the Dentures, Cal Poly Jazz Bands and Bubba Ramey will be complimented by out of towners such as guitarist Brad Wilson and singer songwriter Crystal McKee. Additionally Ballooney the Clown and the Bob and Gypsy Parrot Show will delight the kids at the Rotary Bandstand Family Stage while Sadie the High Flying Trick Stunt Dog will be featured at the Teen Plaza. Various local dance studios, martial arts groups and Troupe Benat Serat belly dancers will also perform.
New this year is the Branch Street Teen Plaza across from Doc Burnstein's (the best ice cream parlor in the county) which will feature two great teen bands, dance performers, twirlers, color guards and attractions such as mazes, a spider mountain, rock climbing walls and bungee jumping. The featured teen rock group on Saturday will be the Sosa Sisters. They are six teen aged sisters who hail from Fresno. The sisters have performed their Latin Rock at numerous festivals and fairs around California and they have opened concerts for various headliners including WAR. The Sosa Sisters sang the National Anthem and Talk Me Out to the Ballgame at a San Francisco Giants game in the fall of 2010. Five Cities favorites the RKDians will perform four sets of pop and classic rock at the Teen Plaza on Sunday. They are a group of eleven local musicians ages 11 to 15 who are students at the Rhythm and Keys School of Music in Grover Beach. The RKDians will also be featured at the Santa Barbara Fair and Big Fresno Fair later this summer. This festival is one of the greatest blends of food, fun and entertainment and it is not one to miss this summer!
For more information on the Strawberry Festival and the many other yearly activities in the Village visit www.arroyograndevillage.org/strawberry.asp or call 805-473-2250.