Upcoming Events

  1. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

    April 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  2. SLO City Marathon + Half

    April 27 @ 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
  3. Farmers’ Market

    May 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  4. Art After Dark

    May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Health&FitnessNightHealth & Fitness Night

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle with Downtown Association’s 3rd Annual Health & Fitness Night at Thursday Night Promotions  Farmers’ Market from 6 – 9 PM on Chorro Street.

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concerts_resinationConcerts in the Plaza

June 13 – September 5

Your business can be a special part of THE premier summer concert series on the Central Coast!  Become an event or band sponsor and gain exposure to the thousands of people who flock to Downtown San Luis Obispo every Friday for the free family-friendly concert in beautiful Mission Plaza.

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Tree_Lighting_ProgramLight Up Downtown

Want to help “Light Up Downtown?”  Then, become a commemorative sponsor of our Downtown Tree Lighting Program!

Only a few trees remain available in the Downtown area along Higuera Street between Morro and Garden Streets.

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Downtown News

  • Directed Giving Campaign Donation Meters Unveiled

    donation_meter_dedicationThe City of San Luis Obispo, the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association and the United Way of San Luis Obispo County kicked off a Directed Giving Campaign on Thursday, April 24 with a celebration dedication of a donation meter station installed at Chorro and Monterey streets, near the entrance to Mission Plaza.

    This two-year pilot program known as, “Change for Change – Help the Homeless” includes seven specially marked donation meters installed throughout Downtown.  The giving stations, similar in appearance to parking meters, provide individuals a place to directly give financial support to home­less services depositing money into the meter (donations may also be made via the United Way website.) All monies collected are forwarded to the United Way of San Luis Obispo County who will distribute to local agencies supporting homeless services.    To learn more about the campaign or sponsorship opportunities, click here.

  • Welcome SLO Marathon + Half Athletes to Downtown

    slo_marathon_welcome_posterThe 3rd Annual San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  The “Small Town, Big Race” attracts thousands to Downtown SLO and the Central Coast.  Athletes and supporters may be arriving as early as Thursday, April 24 for scheduled events prior to race day!   You can welcome athletes and supporters into your business by hanging a “Welcome Athletes” poster in your storefront and offering special discounts to participants.

    Volunteers will be coming by your business early next week to drop off the posters or you can pick one up at our SLO Downtown Association office (1108 Garden Street, Suite 210).

    Also, a reminder that streets throughout Downtown and the city will be closed for the 26.2 mile run. In the Downtown area,  “No Parking” signs will be posted and cars will be towed if left on the streets at closure time.  For more information on road closures, please visit www.SLOMarathon.com.

  • Downtown Business Spotlight – Lynda Flynn at Willow Nest

    Willow_NestJust when you think Downtown San Luis Obispo couldn’t get any more charming, it does!  Lynda Flynn and her husband, Ludmil Marcov are bringing old-world European charm and romance to charming Downtown SLO with their new boutique, Lynda Flynn at Willow Nest!

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Great American Main Street Award Winner

San Luis Obispo, California was awarded The Great American Main Street Award in 1999 by the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Since 1995, this esteemed award has been presented to five US Cities each year, recognizing them for their successful preservation-based downtown revivals.

Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

  • Thursdays - 5 to 9 p.m. - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 to 9 p.m. - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 to 9 p.m. - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City Bus schedule.

Graffiti Watch

Help to maintain the beauty of our historic Downtown area.

To report graffiti on City property or on private property that hasn't been removed within 72 hours: graffiti@slocity.org

SLO Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647
E-mail: SLODA@DowntownSLO.com