The May Flower Initiative
Launched during the first COVID shutdown in May 2020, The May Flower Initiative aims to bring hope to the community through art. In its second year, in 2021, the May Flower Initiative blooms downtown. Downtown SLO was one of ten communities nationwide to receive a grant from Main Street America through the Main Street Resiliency Grant Program, made possible by the Grills Fund for Main Street Revitalization.
Walk around downtown and enjoy the blossoming flowers going up on 87 artist-decorated windows by 75 artists, a Plaza Pop-Up at the Mission featuring a floral picture frame created by Karson Butler Events, and a student-built ornamental horticulture installation "Springs Wings" by the Cal Poly Rose Float Team.
Families can pick up a card with clues for a scavenger hunt at Mission Plaza, which will lead to five different locations throughout Downtown. Children will use their way-finding skills to follow butterflies around Downtown and learn about how monarchs navigate in the wild. Upon completion of the scavenger hunt, children will receive a packet of milkweed seeds to plant in their garden. Brought to you in partnership with the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum.
Thursday Night Farmers’ Market
The Downtown SLO Thursday Night Farmers’ Market is back! Stop by Thursdays from 6 PM – 9 PM on Higuera Street. Masks are required.
Concerts in the Plaza — Returning August 2021!
Downtown SLO is proud to announce Concerts in the Plaza will be returning this summer 2021! The free summer concert series will run every Friday night, August 6 – September 24. This years’ concert series will feature musical genres across the spectrum — from reggae to pop, soul, California roots rock, and more. Join us each week in Mission Plaza for music, dancing, beverages, and more!
Business Education Series
Our first Busines Education Series session of 2021 focused on Downtown Homelessness featuring speakers from the County of San Luis Obispo, City of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Police Department, and Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo.
If you have an event happening in Downtown SLO or hosted online by a Downtown SLO merchant or retailer, please submit it below to be added to our online calendar!