Frequently Asked Questions:

What day and time is the market?

Every Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM (March - October) and 6 PM to 8:30 PM (November-February)

The market does not operate on major holidays (ex: Thanksgiving) or if there is heavy inclement weather. If there is weather forecasted, we will make the call to continue or cancel by 10 AM on market day.

Where is the market?

The market spans five blocks of Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo. It also includes two blocks across four cross streets that host special events and other market operations. The market map is published every week and can be found here.

Where do I park?

The market boundaries are closed to traffic starting at 5 PM on Thursday. Make sure you park outside the boundaries to avoid getting a ticket and/or getting towed.

Click here for the market boundaries/tow-away zones.

We recommend parking in the parking structures.

Your first hour is free in all three structures, and you can park all day for $6.

Parking structure locations:

Parking structure rates

Curbside and metered parking is available all throughout Downtown SLO and is enforced Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 9 PM, and Sundays 1 PM – 9 PM.

There is no parking in certain areas from 3:30 PM to 10 PM and from 5 PM to 10 PM due to the weekly Thursday Farmers' Market! Make sure to pay attention to all posted signs. For a market map of no parking zones, click here.

Can I bring my pet?

Unfortunately, the State of CA prohibits pets at the market due to health regulations. You are welcome to walk them on the sidewalk, though!

State and Local Codes:

California Health & Safety Code 114259.5 

City of San Luis Obispo Code 6.20.050 C

*Service animals trained to aid with a disability are allowed. Emotional support and therapy animals are not ADA Service Animals.

Do vendors take cards?

Some of our vendors take cards (and Venmo!), but most are cash only. Make sure to bring money with you!

Do you have bike valet?

Bike SLO County offers Bike Valet at the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market. The secure bike parking service, designed to encourage everyone to ride bicycles to community events, is located at the NEW Bike Plaza at the corner of Monterey Street and Morro Street. With over 37,000 bikes parked, Bike SLO County is the expert at protecting your ride. 

How to Bike Valet

Does the market accept EBT?

Yes! Learn about using EBT at the Market!

I lost something at the market. Who do I contact?

Contact Us or SLOPD

How do I become a vendor in the market?

Click here to find out how to apply!

How do I become an entertainer at the market?

Click here to find out how to apply!

How do I host my event at the market?

Click here to find out how to apply!

When did the market start?

We unofficially started in the late '70s. Downtown shops began staying open after hours, but customers stayed away when cruising became popular during that time. To encourage customers to return downtown in the evening, The Downtown Association shut the street down on Thursdays and invited the shops to set up tables outside.In1983, we invited farmers to participate and officially became the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market! In 2023 we will be celebrating 40 years!

What is the market's mission?

The mission of The Market is to provide a vibrant and safe weekly gathering that builds community and supports local businesses Downtown.

Our goals:

  • Create a positive experience in Downtown San Luis Obispo
  • Expose community members to retail stores and services offered Downtown
  • Generate foot traffic on Thursday nights
  • Provide a forum for community activities
  • Maintain Downtown as the center of retail, social and civic activities
  • Enhance the community as a whole

The Market is operated by Downtown SLO, a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation.

Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners!

More information on sponsorship opportunities coming soon! If you have questions, please feel free to contact us.