Upcoming Events

  1. Classic Carousel in Mission Plaza

    December 18
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every day until December 24, 2014
  2. Economic Activities Committee Meeting

    December 18 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every month on the third Thursday
  3. Santa’s House in Mission Plaza

    December 18 @ 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    |Recurring Event (See all)
    Every day until December 20, 2014

holiday_happeningsHoliday Happenings in Mission Plaza

November 28 – December 31

Get into the holiday spirit with a trip to beautiful Mission Plaza in Downtown SLO!  Visit Santa’s House, take a ride on the Classic Carousel and be delighted by our giant decorated Holiday tree.


Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

Thursdays 6 – 9 PM

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.

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Light Up Downtown

Want to help “Light Up Downtown?”  Then, become a commemorative sponsor of our Downtown Tree Lighting Program!

Only a few trees remain available in the Downtown area along Higuera Street between Morro and Garden Streets.

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Downtown News

  • What’s Happening Around Downtown in December?

    dominic_holiday_photoEach year when December rolls around I begin a process in which I simply review the last 12 months and replay the different events of that time. Essentially I watch the highlight reel of life and all of the happenings that make it great. This year I got a bit of an early start and put that in motion for the last twelve months and that has inspired this month’s article for Around Downtown.

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  • Want to serve on our Board of Directors?

    DTA_LOGOIf you want to help make decisions that shape the Downtown Association, then please consider serving on our Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected by our membership each February.  Board members take office in April, and may serve up to two consecutive two-year terms.

    If you’re a business/property owner or a store manager in good standing with the Downtown Association membership and are interested in becoming a Board member, you must attend a mandatory informational meeting on Wednesday, January 14 at 8 AM.  For more information or if you would like to be a candidate, please contact Brent Vanderhoof at 541-0286 or Brent@DowntownSLO.com by Friday, January 9.

  • Downtown Holiday Shopping Guide


    The Downtown Holiday Shopping Guide, a joint project between the SLO Downtown Association and The Tribune, is filled with all things happening around Downtown during the Holidays– stories, schedules for the Carousel and Santa’s House, a map of the 39th Annual Holiday Parade and colorful ads and special holiday offers with write-ups about the businesses around Downtown.

    Click here to view this special publication.

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.

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 Holiday Trolley schedule.

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.