Every October, the seaside hamlet of Cambria comes alive with a celebration of the harvest unlike any other. The annual Scarecrow Festival includes plenty of fall festivities, including a trail of handmade scarecrows displayed throughout the town’s East and West Villages. Events throughout the season include a 5K race, an Octoberfest beer garden, an old-fashioned harvest festival, wine tasting, a games day, and more.
The All-New, Socially-Distant Scarecrow Festival in 2020
The Scarecrow Festival is back and ready to welcome visitors in a whole new way! With social distancing in mind, the displays are set up in a new and exciting way, and you will love the fun themes, unique creations, and whimsical interpretations of current events. Some are spooky, some are silly, but all are sure to make you smile! Book your stay in Cambria this October to experience the magic of the Scarecrow Festival in person—you won’t want to miss this must-see event! Download the Visit Cambria app available on iOS and Android before you come to preview the scarecrows on display this year.
This year, there will be four displays set up around Cambria that allow for visitors to walk or drive past the displays, while maintaining current safety guidelines. The scarecrows will be positioned and displayed in well-defined areas around town that can be viewed by parking and walking. This year’s inaugural Scarecrow Walks are unique in that each display is outdoors, and they can all be easily enjoyed while maintaining social distancing. Use the Visit Cambria app as a guide through the festival, with location details and previews of the scarecrows.
The first scarecrow festival took place in 2009, with 30 scarecrows lining the streets of Cambria’s East and West Villages. Since then, the event has expanded to include 500 scarecrows, crafted by hand by businesses, students, and individuals throughout Cambria. (That’s about 1 scarecrow for every resident in Cambria!) Ranging from cute and charming to spine-tingling, the scarecrows attract thousands of visitors to town each year.
The heart of the Scarecrow Festival is the scarecrows themselves. These unique works of art are made by community members and displayed throughout the town from October 1 through 31. Before and during the month of October, a number of events are open to the public to celebrate the season and support the festival.
Held on the grounds of the Cambria Historical Museum, the annual Harvest Festival brings old fashioned fun to one and all. The free event features live music, pumpkin decorating, face painting, family activities, art, rootbeer floats, taffy, and…scarecrows! Come to the coast for a traditional harvest celebration that harkens back to simpler times.
Wines of the Old World
This fun and educational event allows visitors to explore Old World wines and compare them to locally produced New World wines. Each wine comes with an appetizer or mini-dessert, making for a delicious evening. The event is held at the historic Squibb House Barn, a beautifully restored building dating back to the late 1800s.
Game Day at the Ocean
Everyone wins at this fun event by the sea! Held in a private home on the coast, the afternoon event includes wine, gourmet snacks, and team games for prizes.
This free family fun day features live music, games, an arts and crafts fair, food, beer and scarecrows, of course! The day kicks off with the announcement of the winners of the Scarecrow Festival competition, followed by lots of free fun on the historic Pinedorado Grounds.
Scarecrow Classic 5K
A fundraiser for the Cambria Youth Athletic Association, this family run/walk event spans Cambria’s beautiful coastline. Dressing up as a scarecrow is encouraged, so dust off your overalls, floppy hats and flannel shirts!
MUST SEE: Don’t miss the opportunity to walk through history with the Cambria Historical Society’s Walking Tour. Learn about the many historic buildings that have been preserved over time, as well as the businesses and families that occupied them. Just pick up a map at the Cambria Historical Museum and take yourself on a journey back in time.