Downtown Association will announce whether or not Downtown SLO Farmers' Market will be canceled due to rain by 3 PM on Thursday.  If the event is canceled our Halloween Festivities will be rescheduled to Monday, October 31st from 5 PM - 8:30 PM.

Holiday Window Decorating Contest

AmbianceWindow2015There’s No Place Like SLO, especially during the holidays!  The beautifully lit trees that line Higuera Street twinkle all year but during the holidays, it adds to the festive feel in our neighborhood.  As do the whimsical storefront window displays throughout Downtown.  Each year, the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association Design Committee hosts a Downtown Window Decorating Contest where more than two-dozen Downtown businesses (see map below) compete and design unique, creative window displays for their customers.

This year’s Downtown Holiday Parade theme “There’s No Place Like SLO”  will prove overwhelmingly evident throughout Downtown when you see the warm and inviting displays in many of the storefronts. It’s one of the many perks of living in a smaller town and being a part of these events that bring the community together.  So this year as you stroll through the streets of our neighborhood– look twice, make note and click here to vote for your favorite decorated storefront window in our online survey between Friday, November 27th and Monday, November 30th and choose which business will earn the coveted title of the People’s Choice Award.

Then, later that evening the Downtown Association Design Committee will judge the participating windows to select
First, Second and Third Place winners along with a winner for Best in Theme.

Be sure to participate in this annual tradition and experience Downtown’s charm during the holidays!

Click here to download a printable version of the map.


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.

San Luis Obispo Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647

(805) 458-5153

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 PM to 9 PM - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 PM to 9 PM - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 PM to 9 PM - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.