Attractions

Farmers Market

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San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market

Barbecued ribs, fresh produce, locally made products, live entertainment… it's San Luis Obispo's lively Farmers' Market!

Held every Thursday night, Farmers' Market brings the community together to shop for fresh produce, sample San Luis Obispo's delectable and varied cuisine, browse local shops, listen to live music and interact with local entertainers. Keep your eyes open for the six-foot bear giving hugs and paw shakes – that's our Farmers' Market mascot, Downtown Brown.

Recognized as a leader of such activities in California, Farmers' Market is held on five downtown blocks of Higuera Street – between Osos and Nipomo Streets. The area is closed to vehicles to make room for this bustling event. Please remember that City Ordinance prohibits smoking as well as non-service animals from attending this event, so please leave your pets at home.

Food and Produce

Does the tantalizing scent of prepared bar-b-que ribs, or the cornucopia of color of freshly picked produce delight your senses? Then Thursday Night Promotions-Farmers Market is the place for you to be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Thursday. With more than 120 vendors providing everything from ribs, sausage, tri-tip, fresh flowers, organic produce and seasonal treats within walking distance of our historic mission. It's an amazing place to people watch, shop, and enjoy an event that has the distinction of being one of the greatest weekly events of California.

Table and Chair Seating

Located on the south corner of Broad and Higuera streets, Market goers can enjoy their “market meal” in comfortable chairs and spacious tables provided by the SLO Downtown Association . Seating is on a first come-first serve basis.

Farmers' Market FAQs

Q: When is Farmers' Market?

A: Farmers' Market takes place every Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day or if it's raining). Barbecues and entertainment begin at 6:00 p.m. All activities close at 9 p.m

Q: Where is it held?

A: Farmers' Market is held on Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo between Osos and Nipomo Streets. Watch for special activities at the intersections.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Try the municipal Parking structures located at Palm and Morro streets and Marsh and Chorro streets, where the first 60 minutes are free. Overhead clearance is 8′ feet. Several small City-run parking lots are also nearby. You can park free on side streets. But don't park on the street after 5:30 p.m. anywhere you see “No Parking” notices attached to parking meters, or in private parking lots.

A: Ride your bike to Farmers' Market and park at the Bicycle Valet located on Morro Street adjacent to Farmers' Market. The Downtown Association is proud to protect our environment, encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic congestion by hosting the SLO County Bicycle Coalition's www.slobikelane.org award winning Bike Valet at Farmers' every week. Bike Valet is like a coat check for bicycles. Simply ride to the market where a valet will give you a claim check tag and park your bike in a secure area during the duration of the event. Open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Q: Can I bring my dog to Farmers' Market with me?

A: City Ordinance prohibits dogs from attending. Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Great American Main Street Award Winner

San Luis Obispo, California was awarded The Great American Main Street Award in 1999 by the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Since 1995, this esteemed award has been presented to five US Cities each year, recognizing them for their successful preservation-based downtown revivals.

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Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays - 5 to 9 p.m. - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 to 9 p.m. - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 to 9 p.m. - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.

SLO Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647
E-mail: SLODA@DowntownSLO.com

DOWNTOWN SECURITY
805-458-5153

Ingredients for a Good Time

San Luis Obispo's Thursday night farmers' market & markets everyday of the week throughout the county

Loosen up with the locals, party with family and friends, and taste the best produce California has to offer at this weekly street fair. For more than 30 years, Thursday night's Farmers' Market has been the city's signature event.
A large section of the downtown is blocked off for three hours of festival-like fun, and there is something here for everyone. One end of the market is dedicated to produce, and the other showcases local merchants and restaurants. San Luis Obispo's legendary Thursday night Farmers' Market kick starts each weekend throughout the year. From 6-9 p.m. local farmers set up stands along the four blocks of Higuera Street downtown to sell seasonal fruits, specialty herbs, organic vegetables, fresh flowers and the legendary Central Coast barbeque tri-tip sandwiches.

Local musicians provide much of the entertainment, setting up concerts on adjoining streets allowing visitors and locals to drift to the tune of a myriad of sounds at their own pace. Most downtown merchants also enjoy the festivities by extending their hours for evening visitors. You will delight in the sights, sounds and smells that make farmers market one of the flagship experiences of the SLO life.

Elsewhere on the street, the aroma of flavorful foods from restaurant booths permeates the air. In select spots, BBQ smoke drifts above the crowd, drawing in people for tri-tip steak sandwiches, smoked salmon, ribs, and chicken. If you miss Thursday night's activities, don't worry we have a market everyday of the week just for you!
Sunday - SLO Market on Tank Farm Road
Kennedy Club Fitness Parking Lot
10am-1pm
Monday - Baywood/Los Osos Market
2nd & Santa Maria Streets by the Bay
2-4:30pm
www.northcountyfarmersmarkets.com
Tuesday - SLO Market on Broad Street
Grange Hall Parking Lot
3-6pm

Paso Robles Market
City Park
3-6pm
www.northcountyfarmersmarkets.com
Wednesday -

Arroyo Grande Market
Spencer's Fresh Market Parking Lot
8:30-11am
www.slocountyfarmers.org

Atascadero Market
Sunken Gardens
3-6pm
www.northcountyfarmersmarkets.com

Thursday - Morro Bay Market
Spencer's Fresh Market Parking Lot
2:30-5pm
www.slocountyfarmers.org
Friday - Avila Beach Market
On the Promenade
4-8pm
Saturday -

SLO Market on Madonna Road
Cost Plus World Market/ Embassy Suites Parking Lot
8 to 10:30am
www.slocountyfarmers.org

Arroyo Grande Market
City Hall Parking Lot
noon-2:30pm
www.slocountyfarmers.org

Templeton Market
Town Park
9am-12:30pm
www.northcountyfarmersmarkets.com

Here you'll find the best of San Luis Obispo County's abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and experience its unique beauty, history, arts and culture. Our mild, sunny climate, pristine beaches, world-class surf, stunning peaks and lakes, and quiet country roads offer something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors. You'll find popular attractions such as the famous Hearst Castle, historic missions, museums, wineries, performing arts, art galleries, antiques, boutiques, estuaries, wildlife and other points of interest. It is always a perfect time to visit the California Central Coast, conveniently located along Highway 101 half-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Adventure just waiting for you... Activities for all ages

Stroll hand-in-hand down the beach at sunset…

Cuddle up and enjoy the view from the top of a hiking trail…

Toast to the good life while dinning creek side…

Share a kiss with your loved one at the end of a pier…

Soak up the bubbles and relax with friends in the hot springs…

Lay back and stargaze where the only sounds will be the crickets…

Make out like school kids at the drive-in…

Ride horses through the rolling tides…

Pack a picnic, buy a bottle and create your own dining experience in the middle of a vineyard…

Enjoy a family bike ride through the tree lined streets of town… San Luis Obispo is the ideal place to start a vacation adventure. Locals and visitors alike live for the outdoors in this Central Coast destination. Between the local beaches and surf, hillside hiking trails and shaded banks of the downtown creek you will find adventures around all corners.
Named one of the nation's Best Adventure Towns by National Geographic Travel, San Luis Obispo has “30 miles of trails crammed inside city limits and the natural wonders that push beyond them: The city is ringed by a chain of trail-scratched Morros, longdormant volcanoes that extend to the rolling Santa Lucia Range and the Pacific coast.” There are so many things to do in San Luis Obispo and throughout the Central Coast that you will never be bored.
Explore. Discover. Live San Luis Obispo.

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San Luis Obispo County Attractions

Favorite Tourist Attractions on the Central Coast

Here you'll find the best of San Luis Obispo County's abundant opportunities to explore its unique beauty, history, arts and culture. You'll find popular attractions such as the famous Hearst Castle, historic missions, museums, wineries, performing arts, art galleries, antiques, boutiques, estuaries, wildlife and other points of interest.

San Luis Obispo County City of San Luis Obispo Pismo Beach Region North County Region

Hearst Castle

San Simeon

Magnificent Hearst Castle offers daily tours of this historic private 127-acre estate built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The castle consists of unique artifacts, Renaissance art, ornate swimming pools, fanciful gardens and over 165 rooms.

Historic Missions

San Luis Obispo

The county is home to two prominent missions. San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, was founded in 1772. Surrounding the mission is Mission Plaza, a venue for outdoor events -- festivals, concerts and special events.

Shopping & Farmer's Markets

San Luis Obispo

From Farmers' Markets to antiques and unique gift shops, San Luis Obispo County has big shopping experiences in a small, intimate setting. Farmers Markets and quaint antique stores can be found in almost every city on the Central Coast.

Wineries & Vineyards

San Luis Obispo

National acclaim has been bestowed upon the prize winning wines and premium vineyards in San Luis Obispo County. Over 80 wineries welcome visitors to sample prize-winning selections and current releases.

Oceano Dunes

Oceano

The dunes in Grover Beach and Oceano are one of the few places where you can drive your vehicle on the sand. The dunes adjoin the Oso Flaco nature preserve with rare plants and animals.

Pismo Beach/Shell Beach

Pismo Beach

Pismo and Shell Beach offer long white beaches, rocky cliffs and spectacular sunsets. This classic California beach town offers superb dining and shopping, golf, the dunes, horseback riding, surfing, body boarding, or fishing from a 1200-foot pier.

Village of Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande

Explore the Historic Village of Arroyo Grande, the Central Coast's unique turn-of-the-century downtown village. Here you'll find a unique array of antiques, specialty shops and fine dining, all nestled within the scenic atmosphere of historic buildings, natural beauty, and timeless treasures.

Baywood Park/Los Osos

Baywood Park

Baywood Park is a small town located next to Los Osos, and has incredible beaches, sunsets, nature preserves and dunes. Relax here, or use as a base to visit other parts of this very scenic county.

Cayucos

Cayucos

Downtown Cayucos still has the small town charm, while being located just steps from a great beach for swimmng, surfing and fishing. Enjoy the pier, great restaurants and antique stores in this charming old town.

Elephant Seals

San Simeon

Elephant seals can be observed along small coves just south of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse. Populations have grown from a few dozen in 1990 to current estimates of nearly 10,000.

Montana de Oro State Park

Baywood Park

A beautiful nature preserve on the coast in Los Osos. Great hiking and sightseeing opportunities. Tidepools. Make sure to visit beautiful Spooners Cove inside the park, which also offers a small natural history museum of local teasures.

Morro Bay Estuary/Morro Rock

Morro Bay

Morro Rock, the near by dunes, harbor and estuary are beautiful to look at and a year-round attraction to visitors. You'll find wonderful stores, art galleries and boutiques right next to the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

Paso Robles

Paso Robles

Paso Robles is in wine country and is known for its relaxed ambience and beautiful drives. The scenery is as delicious as the wines they produce. Enjoy wine tasting, historic downtown shopping, and annual wine festivals and car shows.

Town of Harmony

Harmony

Harmony is one of the smallest towns in the USA, with just 14 inhabitants. It offers historic buildings with small boutiques, pottery shop, glass maker, several crafters and artisans, and a charming winery overlooking the tiny town below.

Village of Cambria

Cambria

The quaint Village of Cambria is host to many boutiques, local artists and quality art galleries with paintings of the natural beauty of the area. Moonstone Beach in Cambria provides dramatic views of the ocean.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
(Mission Plaza in downtown SLO) This is considered by many to be the most beautiful of all California missions. Founded in 1772 and still an active church.

Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo
The state-of-the-art, 91,500 square foot center located on the Cal Poly campus is the result of a partnership between the city, Cal Poly and the Foundation for the Performing Arts. The 1,350 seat Harmon Concert Hall is acoustically one of the best halls in the world and has been JBL Professional's exclusive North American test and demonstration site.

Downtown
Bustling with activity, downtown offers great shopping, outdoor and indoor dining, night life, and its famous Thursday Night Farmer's Market where you can buy locally grown fresh produce and enjoy an outdoor barbecue.

California Polytechnic State University
Cal Poly is known throughout the world for its excellence in learn-by-doing education. Largest schools of engineering and architecture in the west. Visitors welcome. Walking campus tours are offered each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m., except major holidays. Self-guided tours can be taken anytime; call tour hotline 756-5734 for the latest update. Don't miss the Shakespeare Press Museum, Poly Canyon, horse and dairy units, and the ornamental horticulture greenhouses.

Railroad Depot
(South end of Santa Rosa Street) This restored depot brings back memories of the time when railroads were America's lifeline.

Jack House
(536 Marsh Street) Built in the late 1870s and deeded to the city by the Jack family in 1974, this historic Victorian home has been fully restored into a “living museum,” giving visitors a glimpse of life at the turn of the century. Admission $2. Call 781-7308 for recorded information about docent guided tours.

San Luis Obispo Art Center
(1010 Broad St.) San Luis Obispo's community art center in Mission Plaza features the works of many of SLO's most talented amateur and professional artists. Admission is free. Open to the public 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County Historical Museum
(696 Monterey St., next to the Mission) Tells the story of San Luis Obispo's colorful history via changing displays of old photographs and artifacts. Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission.

Cuesta College
(5 mi. west of SLO on Highway 1 north) Known statewide for its dedication to lifelong learning, this scenic 150 acre campus, bordered by Hollister Peak and Cerro Romaldo, is open to visitors.

San Luis Obispo's Children's Museum
(1010 Nipomo St.) A museum just for children and others who like to explore and learn. Kids can race to the scene of a fire on the back of a fire engine, watch themselves on television or zip down a dinosaur slide. Admission $4. Call 544-KIDS or visit the website www.kids.fix.net for more information.

Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center
(1039 Chorro St.) Not to brag, but our center has received rave reviews from more than one travel writer. Open daily, Sunday and Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Maps and complete information on San Luis Obispo and points north and south. Information on Hearst Castle and tickets. National Forest Adventure passes, special event tickets, books, postcards, and other souvenir items also available. Complete calendar of events going on throughout the city and county.

Golf Courses–Public
Cypress Ridge Golf Course El Campo & Halcyon Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 489-2781

Laguna Lake Municipal Golf Course
11175 Los Osos Valley Rd. San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 781-7309

Morro Bay Golf Course
201 State Park Road Morro Bay, CA 93442 771-4341 reservations

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