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Downtown SLO Farmers' Market Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Friday, June 30, 2023


FROM: Rachel Lackmann
Marketing & Communications Coordinator


A Block Party will be held at the Market on Thursday, July 6, 2023

San Luis Obispo, CA — The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market invites the community to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with a special Block Party at the intersections of Higuera and Chorro Street and Higuera and Garden Street on Thursday, July 6, 2023, starting at 6 PM.  This free, family-friendly event marks the commencement of the 40th year of the famous Downtown SLO Farmers' Market. It will coincide with the regularly scheduled market taking place from 6 to 9 PM.

Strike a pose at the 360° photo booth, learn about the Market's history, share your memories, engage with the community, score some one-of-a-kind freebies, and sing your heart out in an all-out 80s karaoke party.

80s Karaoke Party: 6–8 PM hosted by 93.3 KZOZ; sponsored by Kramer Events and SLO Sweets

The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market started in 1983, so we’re going back in time! Showcase your vocals at the 80s karaoke party! Compete for a chance to win tickets to see the B-52s or Sammy Hagar live at the California Mid-State Fair and treats from SLO Sweets. Registration starts at 6 PM and is free — 80s costumes are encouraged!

360° Photo Booth: 6-8 PM

Gather your friends and family and take a photo at the 360° Photo Booth! Enjoy digital photos and videos to commemorate your time at the Market.

Learn About the Market’s History

See snapshots and select news items from the storied history of the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market over the past four decades and discover the origins, growth, and impact of this iconic Market on the local economy and region.

Share Your Farmers’ Market Story!

The Block Party will include an interactive element prompting the community to share their own memories from the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market — whether it was a first date, a first impression of San Luis Obispo, or a favorite spot as a kid. Additionally, the public is invited to submit photos or memories via email to

Attendees can RSVP and invite friends on Facebook here. Find more information on the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market at, or on Instagram @DowntownSLOFarmersMarket.

The 40th Anniversary Block Party coincides with the regularly-scheduled Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market. For the full list of scheduled vendors and entertainment for Thursday, July 6, 2023, visit

The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market would not be possible without a partnership from the City of San Luis Obispo, generous sponsorship from Dignity Health: French Hospital & Marian Regional Medical Center, and media sponsorship from American General Media.

A Media kit for the Farmers’ Market can be found here. Please contact Rachel Lackmann, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, for additional materials and information:, or visit

About Downtown SLO: Downtown SLO is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit founded in 1975 whose mission is to foster an economically vibrant Downtown. Downtown SLO serves the community by working on initiatives like parking and beautification efforts, coordinating special events and the weekly Farmers’ Market, supporting economic activities, and examining Downtown issues.