Become a Vendor:
Ready to join an incredible lineup of vendors?
Our application is open, and the link to apply can be found at the bottom of this page.
We look forward to reviewing your application, but before you begin the process, please keep in mind:
- Applying does not guarantee approval.
- Applying does not guarantee that all your products will be approved to sell.
- Applying does not guarantee the dates you select are available.
- Applications that do not have the required photos or documentation will not be reviewed, and the application fee will be forfeited.
- Eligible Downtown BIA members receive priority consideration when applying.
- You do not need to have a storefront or be located in San Luis Obispo to apply.
- Local businesses are prioritized during application reviews
Frequently Asked Questions - Click Here
Required documents & uploads can vary by vendor type. To find out what you'll be required to submit, Click Here.
We accept applications from the following:
Downtown Business Improvement Area Members (BIA) - A business within the pre-defined Downtown SLO Business Improvement Area boundaries.
BBQs - Operates an open flame as part of their vendor booth.
Certified Farmers - Grows what they sell and holds a certified producer certificate.
Craft Artisans - Sells items not meant for consumption and crafts them by hand. Item materials must be sufficiently modified from their original state to qualify. Vendors using co-packers are considered retailers and do not qualify for this category. We are at capacity for jewelry makers and applicants in this category will be waitlisted if they apply.
Entertainment - Performs for free and has a family-friendly act.
Food Artisans - Sells items meant for consumption and makes them by hand. Items must be pre-packed and sold to take home. Vendors using co-packers are considered retailers and do not qualify for this category.
Information/Commercial Leads - Generates leads/distributes information about their business but does not sell anything. Currently, we are at capacity for real estate companies/agents.
Non-Profits - A 501 c3 or 501c6 with valid EIN
Novelty Services - Provides a service or activity with a set price (ex: face painting)
Political Organizations - Has an FPPC or FEC Number or the purpose of the vendor's organization is politically aligned.
Prepared Food (Restaurants or Pop-Ups) - Prepares food or drink at the market for immediate consumption. Vendors who operate an open flame are considered BBQ Vendors and do not qualify for this category. Vendors who operate a food cart or truck are not eligible to apply to use their truck/cart at this time but can apply and operate from a booth.
Retailers - Has a physical storefront (branded with their name) offering resale and has regularly operated public hours (ex. M-F 9 to 5)
School Clubs, Organizations, and Classes - Are formally recognized and affiliated with the school.
*Vendors from outside San Luis Obispo County are eligible to apply if they are a craft artisan, food artisan, or novelty service.
At this time, we are not accepting applications from the following types of vendors:
- Food Trucks/Trailers (These vendors can apply if they plan to sell out of a booth)
- Food Carts (These vendors can apply if they plan to sell out of a booth)
- Sellers that operate out of a truck/trailer/cart
- Resellers without a storefront
- Non-certified Farmers
- Vendors offering age-restricted products (ex: alcohol, tobacco, CBD)
- Resale/Custom branding/Thrifting/Vintage apparel/items (unless they are a retail store)
- Direct-to-consumer companies
Application Fee - $40 (Waived for BIA Members)
Weekly Rates by Vendor Category for SLO County vendors:
BBQs - $280 (base rate for 10' x 30' space). Additional space is $1/sq.ft.
Certified Farmers - 7% of sales
Craft & Food Artisans - $55 for a 10' x 10' space
Entertainment - Click here to find out more about becoming an entertainer
Information/Commercial Leads - $100 for a 10' x 10 space
Non-Profits - $55 for a 10' x 10' space
Novelty Services - $55 for a 10' x 10' space
Political Organizations - $200 for a 10' x 10' space
Prepared Food (Restaurants) - $160 for a 10' x 10' space
Prepared Food (Pop-Ups) - $170 for a 10' x 10' space
Retailers - $100 for a 10' x 10' space
School Clubs & Organizations - $55 for a 10' x 10' space
Special Events - Click here to find out more about hosting your event at the market
Out of SLO County? You are eligible to apply if you are a craft artisan (you make items from start to finish), a food artisan (you make things offsite and pack them up to sell for takeaway), or an entertainer.
Ready to submit your application? Click here to get started.
Entertainment, click here to apply.
Returning vendors - Renewal applications are due May 15. If you did not receive your renewal application please email us.
Questions? Contact us.