Downtown SLO News

In 1772, when the San Luis Obispo Mission was built, the fathers of our community could not have conceived the bright future of this town. Now, nearly 250 years into our city’s evolution, Downtown SLO is at a pivotal moment. It is critical that downtown......

Did you know? If you work Downtown you may be eligible for a free City bus pass! This program was created to help alleviate Downtown parking demand.   Enjoy the benefits of the Downtown Access Pass: – Unlimited SLO City bus rides for 90 days......

WithCo Coffee Opened January 28, 2019 570 Higuera Street, Suite 190 https://withcocoffee.com/ WithCo Coffee has been a lifelong dream for founders Walker Sotello and Rydian Searles. The duo have been best friends since kindergarten and have been aspiring to open a business together ever since......

Concerts in the Plaza is a beloved San Luis Obispo summer tradition featuring free performances in Downtown’s Mission Plaza, every Friday, June 14 – September 13. Thousands of people representing all ages, backgrounds and walks of life attend the weekly event to enjoy two hours......

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SNOW NIGHT AT FARMERS’ MARKET JANUARY 31, 2019 6PM – 8PM   It’s snowing in Downtown San Luis Obispo! Come have fun with a sledding hill for all ages and a play area for children five years of age and under. Snow Night takes place......

Downtown SLO is pleased to announce curated, limited-edition gift boxes just in time for the holidays! Give the gift of Downtown San Luis Obispo and our world-famous Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market this season. Gift boxes are priced at $65 for the Farmers’ Market box and......

The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market is undoubtedly one of the most treasured events on the Central Coast and has a long history of bringing locals and visitors together to eat, shop, listen to music and connect with their community. We are celebrating 35 years this......

Our Window Decorating Contest has come to a close, but Downtown’s windows are still shining brightly! Come Downtown, see the windows in person, and support our Downtown shops this holiday season. We are pleased to announce our contest winners: 1st Place: Bluebird Salon for its......

Join Downtown SLO for an informative session on window merchandising and creating attractive spaces in your storefront on Tuesday, October 30 from 8-10 AM at Femme Jules D., located at 691 Higuera Street. This event is free. Cash in this holiday season and learn how......

Downtown SLO is pleased to announce that Bettina Swigger, who has successfully helmed Festival Mozaic for eight years, has been hired as the new Chief Executive Officer. Swigger will begin leading the organization starting October 16, 2018 and will work closely with Chief Operating Officer......

Only two more shows left this season! September 7 – The Mother Corn Shuckers September 14 – Our season ends with Moonshiner Collective Chamisal Vineyards | Firestone Walker Brewing Co. | Jean Marie Cidery available for purchase. Don’t forget to valet your bike for free at......

Downtown Business Spotlights

A San Luis Obispo institution for nearly 40 years, Woodstock’s Pizza recently reopened after a significant remodel and expansion that includes several new seating areas, an additional entrance, a renovated bar area, new kitchen equipment, several large screen televisions, shuffleboard, and more. With an additional......

Created by Cal Poly student Rafael Pintor and sold at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market, Atsá Foods superfood bars serve a unique twist: the key ingredient of Atsá bars is organic, wild-harvested piñon nut, grown commonly in indigenous communities. Rafael started the company with a......

The new Cider Bar located in The Creamery is now serving house made cider, beer and wine – as well as selections from across the globe. Co-owners Kevin McLaughlin and Roy Bruder formed the idea when the partners met at Spike’s Pub and saw an......

Downtown Perspectives

Our 43rd annual Holiday Parade is around the corner! This cherished holiday tradition brings together thousands from around the county in the most celebrated and attended parade on the Central Coast. This year’s theme, “A Very Vintage Holiday”, is sure to bring out the best......

Communication & Content Manager Zoya Dixon sat down with former San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce CEO Ermina Karim for an interview reflecting on her time at the organization and all things related to Downtown. Here’s highlights of their chat, edited down for size and......

Over the span of my life I have grown acutely self aware with regard to how my actions in the space we call Earth relate to other sentient beings and our shared environment. Growing up as an outdoorsman and rancher, I have spent a large......