Downtown is blooming this May!

For the third consecutive year, Downtown SLO is excited to announce the return of the popular May Flower Initiative Community Art Project. Launched in 2020 during the first shutdown due to COVID-19, the May Flower Initiative brings artists, businesses, and property owners together to brighten downtown San Luis Obispo with beautiful and colorful florals. This year, the project returns bigger and better than before, with the never-done-before Skate Mission Plaza and fun activities throughout the month of May.

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Window Blossoms

This year, we paired together 50+ storefronts with local artists, who have collaborated to create beautiful floral artwork in their windows.

Enjoy a stroll downtown and follow the map on a trail of beautiful floral blossoms. Light poles around downtown will also be decked out in floral garlands. A map and list of all participating businesses and artists will be available in Mission Plaza.

Locations & Artists

Skate Mission Plaza

Get ready to roll — Downtown SLO is bringing a groovy new pop-up installation to Mission Plaza! Lace-up your skates and enjoy an outdoor roller rink right in front of the historic Mission San Luis Obispo!

Skate Mission Plaza

Sweet Pea Scavenger Hunt

with the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum

Sweet peas are sprouting all around downtown! Families can pick up a clue card in Mission Plaza, leading them to five different nearby storefronts that have incorporated sweet peas into their window displays. At the final location, children can show their finished clue card and receive a kit to grow their very own sweet peas, supplies and instructions for an adorable craft, and other sweet pea-themed goodies!

The scavenger hunt ties in with the Museum’s month of sweet pea programming; participate any time during the month of May!

SLO Children's Museum