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. Seasonally, Chorro Street and Broad Street may also be in use.
Sorry, no dogs are allowed at The Market!
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.
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.
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