Events

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Annual San Luis Obispo Events

January

Restaurant Month - sanluisobispocounty.com
Satisfy your hunger for a delicious meal at an appetizing price during the annual Restaurant Month in San Luis Obispo County. For 30 days, participating restaurants will feature three-course prix fixe menus for only $30, plus tax, per person. Meals can be paired with award-winning wines from Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo wine country at an additional charge. Restaurant Month will showcase the many fine dining spots in the county that are known for their innovative menus and mouth-watering appetizers, entrees and desserts featuring fresh ingredients available locally.

Jewish Film Festival - jccslo.com
The San Luis Obispo Jewish Community Center presents a mini film festival, featuring six films in local theaters, along with the filmmakers who created them to share their experiences and answer questions. The festival kicks-off with the “Filmmakers Dinner” including a retrospective and presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to an outstanding Jewish person whose contributions to the Motion Picture Industry have made a difference in the pursuit of filmmaking excellence.


February

SLO Culinary Carnival - sloculinarycarnival.com
Join us for the Annual Culinary Carnival as many of San Luis Obispo's top chefs prepare small plates paired with local wine and beer. With live music and a silent auction, a splendid evening filled with culinary delights will once again delight lovers of fine food and spirits.

Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo - festivalmozaic.com
Enjoy a celebration of five centuries of music held on California's picturesque Central Coast. From Bach and beyond to Mozart and more, this world-class festival presents dynamic international artists in unique venues to create the ultimate experience. Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo Series includes two weekends of engaging musical experiences inspired by great works of chamber music, featuring the Festival's nationally renowned guest artists.
March

Paso Robles Wine Country Zinfandel Festival - pasowine.com
During Zinfandel Festival Weekend, Paso Robles wineries come together to celebrate Zinfandel, Zinfandel blends and all things Zin.

SLO International Film Festival - slofilmfest.org
Get your popcorn ready and join us for the Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Ten days filled with over 100 films, 12 special events, wine tasting, great dining and special appearances. A little bit of Hollywood brought to you throughout the Central Coast at some very unique venues- a movie experience you will never forget!

Art Eco Show- slobg.org
Art Eco is an annual art exhibition featuring art created from reclaimed and natural materials. This show is a unique opportunity to experience a synergy of art and garden on the Central Coast. Every year Art Eco evolves as it draws more participating artists and as the diversity of appropriated materials broadens. Viewers are delightfully engaged by the ingenious transformation of natural and cultural remnants into captivating sculpture.

April

Children's Day in the Plaza - slocap.org
Children's Day in the Plaza is held every April to celebrate the National Month of the Child. It is a day designed to bring education, fun, and families together with community resources. The event gives children the opportunity to explore music and creativity.

Cal Poly Open House - calpoly.edu
Open House is an annual Cal Poly event that showcases the campus' unique "Learn by Doing" approach to education. It's oriented to admitted and current students, their supporters, alumni, visitors and the San Luis Obispo community. The three-day event is the culmination of an entire year of hard work and dedication by a committee of student volunteers working under Student Life & Leadership's Orientation Programs in collaboration with the community, student clubs, faculty and staff.

San Luis Obispo Marathon - slomarathon.com
Whether you're training to win, just having fun with friends or its your first attempt, it's time to put on those running shoes and RACE SLO! Ready for a challenge and the reward of belonging to the endurance community? Our marathon and half marathon courses are USATF certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier. The 5K and Children's Fun Run at the Madonna Inn is a great way to get started!

Seven Sisters Quilt Show - aqgcc.org
The Seven Sisters Quilt Show is a multi-guild quilt show put on by the member guilds of the Associated Quilt Guilds of the Central Coast. Come and see what the art of quilting is all about on the Central Coast.

May

Paso Robles Wine Country Wine Festival Weekend - pasowine.com
Paso Robles Wine Country celebrates the 30th Annual Wine Festival with a packed weekend of events. The signature event on Saturday afternoon hosts more than 90 wineries in downtown Paso Robles to showcase more than 400 wines. Attendees can move to live music, taste artisanal foods and watch chef demonstrations showcasing the diversity that Paso Robles Wine Country has to offer.

SLO Architectural Tour - visitslo.com
The Architectural Tour will focus on an eclectic selection of architectural styles. There are six sites featured, beginning with an early 1800s adobe, a Classic Revival, two types of Victorians, a mid-century modern and a state-of-the-art sustainable "green" residence. If you are an architect, or just an architecture fan, you do not want to miss this tour!

California Festival of Beers - californiafestivalofbeers.com
The California Festival of Beers is one of the largest and oldest regional beer festivals in California. Each year attendees sample, learn, and enjoy beers from over six dozen breweries from around the world. Growing from a humble event in the back parking lot of a local pub in San Luis Obispo, the California Festival of Beers has become one of the largest and oldest festivals paying tribute to beer.

June

SLO Vintner's Roll Out the Barrels - slowine.com
Enjoy the first wine celebration of the year as the local winemakers roll out their barrels and release the “fruits of their labor” for all to enjoy. Experience a weekend full of wine events throughout the SLO Wine Region.

Downtown SLO Concerts in the Plaza - downtownslo.com
Summer evokes a joy and zest unlike any other season, and summer in San Luis Obispo is no exception. San Luis Obispo's Mission Plaza comes alive with the sounds of a summer concert series featuring a variety of local San Luis Obispo bands and regional favorites, every June through September. Concerts in the Plaza is the premier concert series on the Central Coast, as a free, two-hour show right in the heart of downtown at Mission Plaza. The shows are every Friday night from 5-8pm and feature a different local band each week. The events are family-friendly.

Cal Poly Graduation - calpoly.edu
The commencement ceremonies and featured weekend activities for the graduates of Cal Poly State University.

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show- remnantsofthepast.com
This antique show is a gathering of unique, creative vendors in one place with passion and creativity bursting at the seams. It is one of the largest in the vintage and antique shows United States. With over 70 one-of-a-kind, home & garden vendors, the show will transport you back in time as you find reclaimed treasures, antique accents and vintage pieces to complement your home.

San Luis Obispo Concours Car Show - sloconcours.com
Benefiting Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo Concours promises to be a day of elegance showcasing some of the most beautiful and exceptional vehicles on the West Coast.
July

Downtown SLO Concerts in the Plaza - downtownslo.com
Every Friday from 5-8p.m. at Mission Plaza, this free summer concert series features the local musicians from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Local restaurants and eateries provide snacks and food for hungry concert goers. Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages are also provided.

Central Coast Wine Classic- centralcoastwineclassic.org
In the month of July at various locations across California's scenic Central Coast, this four-day celebration features wine, cuisine and art that welcomes guests from across the globe.

Festival Mozaic Summer Series - festivalmozaic.com
For ten days in July, the Summer Festival is a celebration of five centuries of music held year-round in spectacular venues on California's picturesque Central Coast.

Pride in the Plaza - ccgala.org
The annual Pride Festival at Mission Plaza on July 11 will celebrate 15 years of pride with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA).

SLO Triathlon - slocity.org
The annual SLO Triathlon takes place in July at Sinsheimer Park/SLO Swim Center. This short course (or sprint) triathlon consists of a 0.5 mile swim, 15.3 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.

California Mid State Fair - midstatefair.com
The California Mid-State Fair is held annually at the Paso Robles Event Center and runs for 12 days at the end of July. The fair features concerts by some of the biggest names in the music industry, livestock shows, a rodeo, rides, displays as well as food and drink.
August

Downtown SLO Concerts in the Plaza - downtownslo.com
Summer evokes a joy and zest unlike any other season, and summer in San Luis Obispo is no exception. San Luis Obispo's Mission Plaza comes alive with the sounds of a summer concert series featuring a variety of local San Luis Obispo bands and regional favorites, every June through September. Concerts in the Plaza is the premier concert series on the Central Coast, as a free, two-hour show right in the heart of downtown at Mission Plaza. The shows are every Friday night from 5-8 p.m. and feature a different local band each week. The events are family-friendly.

Pallet to Plate - pallettopalate.com
Pallet to Palate's mission is to broaden the awareness of the San Luis Obispo County community about the importance of fresh, local food to the lives and wellbeing of the SLO county community. This includes the local farmers that grow the food, the families, institutions and chefs that purchase and prepare the food for their friends, families and customers.

September

San Luis Obispo Symphony's Pops by the Sea - slosymphony.com
Enjoy Labor Day with the sounds of San Luis Obispo. Tune in, Turn on and Rock Out at the Annual Pops by the Sea concert in Avila Beach. Enjoy a great concert featuring the music that defined a generation in a setting that simply cannot be beat.

I Madonnari Street Painting Festival - aiacentralcoast.org
Mission Plaza transforms with colorful, large-scale street paintings created by artists and young people. The artists or "madonnari" begin working on Saturday morning of the weekend and continue drawing throughout the two-day festival.

Bravo SLO - pacslo.org
Presented by the Performing Arts Center & the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center, BravoSLO is a preview of the upcoming season, showcasing more than 20 organizations that perform at the Cohan Center and Spanos Theatre throughout the year.

Open Studio Artist Tours - sloartscouncil.org
Arts are in the spotlight during late September/ early October in San Luis Obispo County, particularly over the weekends of Arts Obispo's annual Open Studios Art Tour, San Luis Obispo County's largest visual arts event. Local artists welcome the public into their studios, a record number of artists (300+) participate.

Savor the Central Coast - savorcentralcoast.com
Savor the finest food and wine San Luis Obispo County has to offer at this four-day extravaganza. The annual "Savor the Central Coast" weekend includes a special night at Hearst Castle, unique winemaker dinners, Sunset's Wine Awards Dinner, culinary and harvest day tours, and a Pavilion which will be center-stage for all the restaurants and wineries from the area. Rugby Tri Tip 7's Tournament - slorugby.org
San Luis Obispo Rugby Club hosts an annual Tri-Tip 7s tournament each September. Men's and Women's Teams as well as spectators are encouraged to participate.

Cal Poly WOW week - calpoly.edu
Cal Poly's Week of Welcome program, also known as WOW, is a week-long orientation event. It is a balanced combination of excitement, learning, and new experiences. New Cal Poly students participate in activities, events and presentations introducing them to the campus and community. WOW provides a thrilling environment for students to meet new people, become familiar with Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo, and prepare to start their college career.
October

Paso Robles Wine Country Harvest Wine Weekend - pasowine.com
Harvest in Paso Robles Wine Country is an essential experience that brings visitors to the vines. The weekend offers activities unique to this season and is the idyllic wine country getaway. Over 130 wineries host more than 150 individual events.

City to Sea Half Marathon - citytothesea.org
Get out your running shoes and start preparing for the annual City to the Sea point-to-point half marathon, which starts in America's Happiest City – San Luis Obispo and ends in the beautiful coastal town of Pismo Beach.

Open Studio Artist Tours - sloartscouncil.org
Arts are in the spotlight during October in San Luis Obispo County, particularly over the weekends of Arts Obispo's annual Open Studios Art Tour, San Luis Obispo County's largest visual arts event. Local artists welcome the public into their studios, a record number of artists (300+) will participate.

Central Coast Railroad Festival - ccrrf.com
The Central Coast Railroad Festival is a broad based festival which focuses on railroading of many types with an eye towards the beauty of the central coast of California.

Central Coast Bioneers - ecologistics.org
The Bioneers Conference is a leading-edge forum where you can see tomorrow today: a future environment of hope. Social and scientific innovators focus on breakthrough solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity. These visionaries are already creating the healthy, diverse, equitable and beautiful world we want to live in – our legacy for future generations and the web of life on which our lives depend. You can connect with hundreds or thousands of engaged folks making a real difference.

Opera SLO - propera.org
Opera San Luis Obispo has been San Luis Obispo County's "voice of the opera". OperaSLO offers a variety of opera productions, from familiar favorites such as La bohème and Tosca, to more unusual compositions such as Fidelio and Red Cloud. There is something for everyone who enjoys the artistic unity of good theater and music, the essence of opera.

Sea Fare in Avila - sealifecenter.org
Seafare is a yearly food & wine event in Avila Beach and is a fundraiser for the programs at the Central Coast Aquarium. It usually takes place in October under the big tent at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

Remnants of the Past Vintage Show- remnantsofthepast.com
This antique show is a gathering of unique, creative vendors in one place with passion and creativity bursting at the seams. It is one of the largest in the vintage and antique shows United States. With over 70 one-of-a-kind, home & garden vendors, the show will transport you back in time as you find reclaimed treasures, antique accents and vintage pieces to complement your home.
November

SLO Vintner's Harvest Festival - slowine.com
Celebrate harvest “SLO-style” with a weekend full of wine and food events. The weekend includes winemaker experiences, passport trips through the wine country and the biggest party of the year, where more than 50 wineries and restaurants pair up to feature wine tasting, food samples, music and more.

SLO Poetry Festival - languageofthesoul.org
The SLO Poetry Festival was created to encourage the writing, reading and listening of literature. To raise the quality of literary arts in the county of San Luis Obispo by providing award winning poets, writers and local authors a venue in the community to read and conduct workshops.

Straight Down Fall Golf Classic - straightdown.com
The Straight Down Fall Classic is a professional golf team tournament. It is played at San Luis Golf and Country Club in San Luis Obispo, California the weekend after the PGA Tour's final tournament of a season. It pairs a professional with an amateur who play as a team over two days. The format is 36 holes pro-am, four-ball stroke play at scratch.

Santa's House in the Plaza - downtownslo.com
Santa and the North Pole visit SLO's Mission Plaza every year from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.

Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo - festivalmozaic.com
Enjoy a celebration of five centuries of music held on California's picturesque Central Coast. From Bach and beyond to Mozart and more, this world-class festival presents dynamic international artists in unique venues to create the ultimate experience. Festival Mozaic's WinterMezzo Series includes two weekends of engaging musical experiences inspired by great works of chamber music, featuring the Festival's nationally renowned guest artists.

December

Cal Poly's Winter Graduation - calpoly.edu
The commencement ceremonies and featured weekend activities for the graduates of Cal Poly State University.

Santa's House in the Plaza - downtownslo.com
Santa and the North Pole visit SLO's Mission Plaza every year from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.

SLO Holiday Parade - downtownslo.com
SLO's holiday spirit comes alive in the annual SLO Holiday parade featuring floats from various SLO organizations. Santa and Mrs. Claus are on hand as well to finish the show!

Ballet Theatre Holiday Performance - bt-slo.org
Each December BT-SLO presents an original holiday program in association with our studio home Dance Obispo. BT-SLO is dedicated to outstanding, professional performance on stage. Our productions involve both classical ballet and contemporary dance forms. Our performances reflect the wide range of talent available in our area – dancers range in age from eight to eighty.

Mission Prep Christmas Classic - mpchristmasclassic.com
The Mission Prep Christmas Classic features some of the finest high school basketball players and teams in the country, competing for tournament honors in front of college coaches and adoring fans in the serenity and beauty of San Luis Obispo.

Ongoing Events

Downtown SLO Concerts in the Plaza - downtownslo.com
San Luis Obispo's Mission Plaza comes alive in the summer with a free summer concert series featuring a variety of local San Luis Obispo bands and regional favorites. Concerts in the Plaza features a different local band every Friday from 5-8 p.m. in June through September. The events are family-friendly.

Farmers' Market - downtownslo.com
Downtown San Luis Obispo comes alive every Thursday night. Shop for the freshest produce and flowers in the county, devour delicious ribs and sandwiches, browse local shops open late, and enjoy live entertainment. Open 6-9 p.m. on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Art After Dark - sloartscouncil.org
On the first Friday of every month you can explore galleries, special exhibits, open studios and drop-in receptions all in the downtown of SLO….and all for free! From 6-9pm business stay open late hosting receptions that feature local artists works on display. From jewelry on display in a restaurant to a photography exhibit in a coffee shop- you are bound to find a unusual, but artful tour of San Luis Obispo!

Performing Arts Center on the Cal Poly Campus - pacslo.org
The Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo is a state-of-the-art performance facility located on the beautiful Central Coast of California at the campus of California Polytechnic State University. The venue hosts over 200 shows a year.

SLO Little Theatre - slolittletheatre.org
San Luis Obispo Little Theatre is proud to be one of the oldest continuously running community theatres in the nation! Featuring a variety of shows year-round.

SLO Symphony - slosymphony.com
The San Luis Obispo Symphony is committed to great music, education and serving the community in which we live. The Symphony performs over 20 shows a year.
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