The 2019 Strawberry Festival will occur on Saturday, May 25th, 2019 and Sunday, May 26th, 2019 in the Village of Arroyo Grande. The event normally attracts up to 100,000 visitors from throughout San Luis Obispo County and beyond for both Festival dates.
In response to this major influx of visitors, the Arroyo Grande Police Department will be implementing an operational plan that includes street closures, detour routes, designated parking areas, transportation for Festival visitors and increased police and security presence.
On Friday, May 24th at 4:00 PM, the Centennial Park between Mason, Nelson and Short Streets will be closed through Sunday, May 26th at 6:00 PM. On Friday, May 24th at 5:00 PM, Olohan Alley between Mason Street and Bridge Street will be closed through Sunday, May 26th at 6:00 PM. On Friday, May 24th at 10:00 PM, the parking lot north of Branch Street and east of Nevada Street will be closed through Sunday, May 26th at 6:00 PM.
Branch Street will be closed between Traffic Way and Mason Street from 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 25th and from 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, May 26th. Bridge Street will be closed between Branch Street and Traffic Way from 5:00 AM on Saturday, May 25th to 7:00 PM on Sunday, May 26th. Nelson Street will be closed between Traffic Way and Mason Street from 5:00 AM on Saturday, May 25th to 7:00 PM on Sunday, May 26th. Branch Mill Road will be closed between Tanner Lane and Garden Street from 8:00 AM until about 10:00 AM for the annual Strawberry Stampede run on Sunday, May 26th. In the interest of public safety, no vehicles will be permitted to enter the closed areas during the Festival.
There will be “No Parking” restrictions posted throughout the area of the Village during the Strawberry Festival. Vehicles found in violation of the “No Parking” restrictions will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense.
The detour route around the Strawberry Festival will be clearly marked with detour and informational signs. The detour route will be Branch Street, Mason Street, Poole Street and Traffic Way. The SCAT bus company has been advised of the detour route and will make adjustments to their loading and unloading locations. Residents who live east of the Village of Arroyo Grande should give special attention to this.
Lost and Found will be located at the Arroyo Grande Police Department Command Post at Traffic Way and Branch Street. Individuals who become separated or children who become separated from their parents should meet at the Command Post location.
Disabled parking will be provided at the Bank of America parking lot at Branch Street and Wesley Street and at the student services lot at Bridge Street and Traffic Way. Free bus transportation to the Strawberry Festival will be provided at Saint Patrick’s Catholic School on Rodeo Drive at West Branch Street, the dirt lot at Old Ranch Road at West Branch Street and the Arroyo Grande High School parking lot on Fair Oaks Avenue and Valley Road. The drop off and pick up point in the Village will be at Nelson Street and Traffic Way at the Firemen’s Park.
Spanish language translation will be provided for emergency situations by a member of the Strawberry Festival staff.
If you have any questions regarding the Arroyo Grande Police Department operational plan for the 2019 Strawberry Festival, please contact Commander Shawn Cosgrove at the Arroyo Grande Police Department at 805-473-5112.
Shawn Cosgrove, Support Services Commander