San Luis Obispo Information, Events, News


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Every Thursday Night: Farmer's Market.

Every Saturday Morning: Farmer's Market.

First Friday Night Of Every Month: “Art After Dark” (all SLO galleries stay open and host visitors walking around)

Concerts on the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo start in Late June. through summer

Bayside Cafe thurs - sun dinner; mon - sun lunch

Open House at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is the Second  Saturday of the Month, from April to October.


Outings, Other

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County sponsors hikes: 

The Sierra Club sponsors hikes, nature walks, kayaking:

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden has exhibits of native and Mediterranean Plants:.  It is affiliated with the California Native Plant Society:

Cal Poly also has an arboretum:

EcoSLO is an environmental organization that sponsors hikes/events:

The Natural History Museum and National Estuary (Morro Bay) sponsor hikes, nature walks, geology/astronomy/biology … events:

There are 10s of hikes at all levels within easy drive of San Luis Obispo city.

Wine Tasting is available at about 100 San Luis Obispo wineries with tasting rooms. There's also the Sideways Tour over in Santa Barbara County.

Bird watching:

Driving around county (Big Sur, North County).  Spring is ideal for wildflower displays, fall for color and fruit stands/wineries.

Elephant Seal Colony (babies are born in January)

Geology Self-Guided Tour in Pismo Beach

Oceano and Nipomo Dunes

Golf: Black Lake, Avila Beach (about 10 courses)

Kayaking Morro Bay and Shell Beach

Hearst Castle

Montana del Oro Start Park (sea cliffs, canyons, wildlife (otter, seals, eagles, pelicans, tidal lagoons, )).


Santa Barbara  when in SB

Botanical Gardens

Island View nursery

Hiking in Santa Barbara County: and



Performing Arts Center (Cal Poly).  National talent, symphony, Cal Poly productions. 

Fremont Theater, special vintage Tuesday movies, plus the major first run movies. Palm Theatre, independent/foreign/art movies (2 theaters like those in Santa Monica)

PCPA Theater, Santa Maria

Little Theater of San Luis Obispo

Linneas Café in San Luis Obispo (music, poetry)

Blue Restaurant, Various kinds of live msic.

Cisco’s Sandwiches/Deli for music near the Mission, outdoors (noon to 4, Friday to Sunday)



Photo show at San Luis Obispo City Art Museum. Visions 2004.

Winter Bird Festival (14-17th in 2005), Morro Bay National Estuary.

Monarch Butterfly Tours (Pismo Beach (PB))




San Luis Obispo Film Festival Oscar Party (29th in 2004)

Monarch Butterfly Tours (PB)



Orchid Show Arroyo Grande (AG) (5-7 in 2004)

Newport Jazz Festival AG (17th in 2004)

Zinfandel Wine Festival PR (19-21 in 2004)



Wildflower Ride (SLO Bike Club)

Roll out the Barrels (29th to May 2, in 2004) – Wine Country Event



1st weekend) Roll out the barrels.  Or

Botanical Garden Festival (1st and 2nd in 2004) – San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

Paso Robles Wine Festival (14th-16th in 2004)

Strawberry Festival in AG (29-30th in 2004)



Fun in the Sun Classic Car Show (PB) – 3rd Weekend



Fireworks (PB, Cambria) on the 4th.



Central Coast Shakespeare Festival



Mozart Festival. (13-22nd in 2004)



Lighthouse Ride 19th in 2004.   SLO Bike Club

Italian Street Painting Festival (called I Madonnari; 18-19th in 2004)

Plein Aire Painting Festival 27th to October 3.



SLO Film Festival. 21-31st in 2004

Paso Wine Tour October Wine Tour 17,18,19 in 2003;

Clam Festival (PB)



1st Weekend.  Harvest Celebration. or 805.541.5868  4th-7th in 2004

Butterflies by the Beach (PB), 13th in 2004

Monarch Butterfly Tours (PB)



Holiday Parade (3rd in 2004)

Monarch Butterfly Tours (PB)





One of the best places to live -- right here

Results are in

County is third best place to live

Other parts of state among best, worst, book says

Julie Lynem


The Tribune


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY - beloved for its mild climate, historic downtowns and educational opportunities -- is the third best place to live in the nation, according to a new book that evaluated 430 metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada.

The top U.S. spots belong to Charlottesville, Va., and Santa Fe, N.M., according to "Cities Ranked & Rated: Your Guide to the Best Places to Live in the U.S. and Canada."

Santa Barbara County came in fourth place, followed in the top 10 by Honolulu; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Atlanta; Asheville, N.C.; Reno, Nev.; and Corvallis, Ore. Two California communities ranked among the worst places to live -- Merced and Stockton-Lodi.

Communities were ranked by economy and jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health and health care, crime, transportation, leisure, arts and culture, and overall quality of life.

San Luis Obispo, the city featured in the book's profile of the area, got high marks for being a "charming college town."

"It has resisted the development seen in other parts of the state and preserves a pleasant, off-the-beaten-path character."

However, the authors also noted some of the city's weak points.

"The absence of a strong commercial economy makes jobs difficult to find and future job-growth projections low."




New book ranks city in top 10 in U.S. and Canada

Julie Lynem


The Tribune


SAN LUIS OBISPO - A new book evaluating the best cities in the United States and Canada confirms what many San Luis Obispo residents and city leaders have known for years.

San Luis Obispo is ranked among the top 10 places to live among 430 communities analyzed in "Cities Ranked & Rated: Your Guide to the Best Places to Live in the U.S. and Canada."

The book, published by John Wiley & Sons, rates cities according to population statistics, education levels, crime rate, recreational and cultural opportunities, economic strength, job markets, cost of living, housing costs, climate, public school performance, commute times, health and health-care quality.

Authors Bert Sperling -- creator of Money magazine's "Best Places to Live in America" list -- and Peter Sander are scheduled to discuss the rankings this morning on NBC's "Today" show.

"We were surprised and pleased," said Assistant City Administrator Wendy George. "We would like to have (the publicity) encourage people to come visit us. We'll be working with the city's tourism professionals to see how we can use this most effectively in promoting tourism."

The publisher also will present a plaque to Mayor Dave Romero at a later date.

City officials said Monday that they did not know where San Luis Obispo fell on the top 10 list. The authors would not release the rankings or names of the other cities until today, George said.

This isn't the first time San Luis Obispo has received such praise.

Last year, the city made Men's Journal magazine's list of the best places to live and work out. Money magazine and the Milken Institute also have named San Luis Obispo as a best place to live.

In 2000, Wired magazine rated the city as the fifth hottest spot in the nation for tech growth