Farmers’ Market

Barbecued ribs, fresh produce, locally made products, live entertainment… you can find it all at the lively Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market!

article_farmersHeld every Thursday night, Downtown SLO 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 Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market mascot, Downtown Brown.

Recognized as a leader of such activities in California, Downtown SLO 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 barbeque ribs, or the cornucopia of color of freshly picked produce delight your senses? Then Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market is the place for you to be from 6 to 9 PM every Thursday.  With more than 120 vendors providing everything from ribs, sausage, tri-tip, fresh flowers, fresh 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.

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market FAQs

Q: When is Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market?

A: Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day or if it’s raining). Barbecues and entertainment begin at 6 PM. All activities close at 9 PM.

Q: Where is it held?

A: Downtown SLO 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. Click here to view the Downtown SLO Parking Guide. You can park free on side streets. But don’t park on the street after 5:30 PM anywhere you see “No Parking” notices attached to parking meters, or in private parking lots.  There is also an app which provides rates and locations for parking in the Downtown area. The app also marks your car location and sends you reminders when your meter is getting low. Click here to learn more about the ParkMe app.

A: Ride your bike to Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and park at the Bicycle Valet located at the intersection of Morro and Higuera streets. The Downtown Association is proud to protect our environment, encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic congestion by hosting the SLO County Bicycle Coalition’s 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 PM to 8:45 PM.

Q: Can I bring my dog to Downtown SLO 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.

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.