Upcoming Events

Fri 26

Concerts in the Plaza

August 26 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wed 31

Issues Evaluation

August 31 @ 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Sep 01

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

September 1 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
San Luis Obispo

concerts_young_dubliners_2016Concerts in the Plaza

June 10th-September 9th

Celebrating 21 years, Concerts in the Plaza presented by Sunset Honda and brought to you by SLO Downtown Association, is sure to please crowds with the finest of local talented musicians every Friday 5–8 PM from June 10th until September 9th in beautiful Mission Plaza.

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Fresh_Picked_BannerFresh Picked Concert Series with Occasional Mustache

Thursday, September 1st

Occasional Mustache celebrates variety – in both their music and facial hair! These Central Coast natives are ready to bring their local perspective to our Fresh Picked Concert Series on September 1st. Occasional Mustache draws its musical styling from a wide variety of genres including roots rock, classic country, blues and folk.

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chorro_growingChorro Street Expansion

June – September

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market is growing with an expanded produce section of The Market! Starting Thursday, June 2nd, look for the “Fresh Harvest” section on Chorro Street.

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Downtown News

  • Concerts in the Plaza featuring Damon Castillo

    damon_castilloLocal favorite Damon Castillo returns to the Concerts in the Plaza stage, this Friday, August 26th!  Each member of the Damon Castillo Band is a master musician with a diverse past that allows them to create a sound that is a statement among today’s manufactured music. The band puts on an exceptional display of a distinctive sound of rock/soul that is uniquely Californian. The band features Damon Castillo, Kristian Ducharme, Larry Kim, Abraham Robles, and Ben Del Giorgio.

    THE premier summer concert series is presented by Sunset Honda and hosted by SLO Downtown Association and runs every Friday from June 10th through September 9th from 5 – 8 PM.    Read More

  • Sponsorship Opportunities Available for Holiday Parade & Holiday Tree

    parade_trolleyWant to get involved, promote your business and support Downtown? Become a sponsor for our annual Holiday Parade or Holiday Tree in Mission Plaza.

    We currently have eight sponsorship opportunities available  for our Holiday Parade.  Our procession is the county’s most popular event attracting thousands to Downtown SLO.  Sponsors receive recognition at all announcer stations throughout the parade route and free entry into the parade.  Sponsors’ logos are placed on all print media including Holiday posters, flyers and advertisements as well as in the Downtown Association’s social media platforms, website and weekly newsletters.

    We also have a sponsorship opportunity for our Holiday Tree in Mission Plaza.  The almost 25-foot tree adorned with lights and ornaments lights up Mission Plaza from the first week of December through New Year’s Day.  The sponsor receives signage in front of the tree in addition to logo placement on all print media and in the Downtown Association’s social media sites, website and weekly newsletters.

    For more information, please contact Special Events Manager Jennifer DiSanto at (805) 541-0286 Ext. 11 or Jennifer@DowntownSLO.com

  • Downtown Perspective

    dominic_higueraThis month I want to take a break from the interview series that I have been writing about Downtown SLO personalities. It is not because the series has not been fun to write but simply because I have something that I would like to share about a recent trip to New York City. You see, there are many trips that I have been on that left me with fond memories and arguably changed my life, however, this trip to NYC will be one of the few professional trips that I will reflect on years later and recall how it shaped my life.

    In late June, the International Downtown Association hosted a week long program for 26 emerging leaders from around the world with an emphasis on more effective downtown management. This was to be the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ELF) of which I was privileged to be a part of. The program included training about leadership styles and better understanding how to work in teams, Public Private Partnerships (P3), urban place-making, financial analysis of a downtown and current trends in the industry. I realize that on paper that may seem pretty boring to many people but trust me, downtown folks love this stuff and the people in the program amplified its positive energy.  Read More

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.

San Luis Obispo Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647

(805) 458-5153

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 PM to 9 PM - Year Round
  • Fridays - 5 PM to 9 PM - June-Labor Day
  • Saturday - 5 PM to 9 PM - April - October

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.