Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

We are celebrating 35 years this year!

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.

Plan Your Visit

The Market takes place every Thursday evening from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (weather permitting and excluding major holidays) on Higuera Street between Nipomo and Osos streets.

California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 stipulates that live animals aren’t allowed in certified farmers markets (such as ours) and permitted food facilities, with the exception of service animals. Fraudulently misrepresenting service animals is a misdemeanor (California Penal Code 365.7 [a]). Please, leave your pets at home to keep our Market clean and safe for all guests.

Free bike valet service on Morro Street sponsored by San Luis Ranch and operated by Bike SLO County

The Downtown Trolley operates every Thursday night from 5 PM to 9 PM on a 15-20 minute loop.

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis along surrounding side streets as well as in Downtown parking garages.

Parking Map

Market Map

Thank you to San Luis Ranch for sponsoring the Bike Valet and to Bike SLO County for operating!

Farmers’ Market News

Farmers’ Market Entertainment This Week

*Please note entertainment subject to change.

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New City Ordinance In Effect

Did you bring your reusable cup? As of March 1, 2018, a City ordinance banning single use cups, straws, and bottles went into effect on City property and at special events on City property, like the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. Be sure to bring your reusable, refillable beverage containers to The Market from here on out!

The intention of the ordinance is to comply with the City’s Climate Action Plan, as well as educate and inspire residents to mitigate their carbon footprint and find alternatives to plastics. It is not intended to curtail sales or stifle business. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year- an incredible amount of waste that typically ends up in creeks, oceans, and open space.

The ordinance prohibits establishments from distributing single use straws to customers unless asked to do so. The ban also limits the sale and distribution of single use plastic bottles under 21 ounces and single use cups on City property and at special events on City property. As such, the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and Concerts in the Plaza, among other signature Downtown SLO events, will be affected by the ban. Patrons of The Market and Concerts in the Plaza should bring their own reusable, refillable beverage containers for these events moving forward. Downtown SLO is committed to maintaining high quality, community-enriching events that also align with the City’s larger goals and policies. You can learn more about the ordinance at slocity.org.

Thank you!

Explore our Market

The Market map will help you locate your favorite vendors and farmers in real time
See what our vendors and farmers have to offer, where they are located and when they will be out at The Market

History of the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

In the late 1970s, Downtown businesses began staying open past 5 p.m. on Thursday evenings to allow people the opportunity to shop after work. Taking advantage of the late night scene, teens started cruising Higuera Street and began deterring patrons from visiting the core of Downtown. In efforts to lure people back to the stores after hours, the Downtown Association barricaded six blocks of Higuera and began arranging for special activities and entertainment. Restaurants began offering food and barbecue ribs, and in the summer of 1983 farmers were invited to sell their produce, marking the official beginning of the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. Thirty four years later, we are proud to still be offering high quality produce, prepared foods, entertainment, and activities for the community and be known as the premiere event throughout the city on Thursday nights.

For more information about Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market please contact our Market Manager at (805) 541-0286 ext. 13 or farmers@DowntownSLO.com

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