Upcoming Events

Sat 10

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

October 10 @ 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Tue 13

Board of Directors Meeting

October 13 @ 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Tue 13

Food, Beverage & Services Committee Meeting

October 13 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

fire_prev_content_blockFire Prevention Night at Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

Thursday, October 9

Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market will be bustling with firefighters and big red fire engines in celebration of  National Fire Prevention Week! Come meet firefighting heroes from all over San Luis Obispo County and learn about fire prevention, fire safety and living the life of a firefighter.

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Halloween Festivities at Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

Thursday, October 29

Have a FUN and SAFE Halloween in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Come trick-or-treat at participating businesses and get your photo taken with GIANT pumpkins.  Also, get creative with your costumes and compete for some “wickedly” cool prizes in our Halloween Costume Contest!

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40th Annual Holiday Parade Applications Now Available

Calling all clubs, organizations, bands, businesses, dance troupes and musical acts– come be a part of our annual Holiday Parade on Friday, December 4!

The 40th Annual Holiday Parade, hosted by SLO Downtown Association and presented by The San Luis Obispo Collection, is one of the largest holiday events on the Central Coast.

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Downtown News

  • What’s Happening Around Downtown in October?

    Dominic_MissionEach year when October arrives I get the feeling that it just snuck up on me. Suddenly, the evenings are a bit darker, the surrounding hills turn a deeper gold and the Downtown business windows are filled with scarecrows, hay bales and gourds. It seems that at some point in time, my internal calendar would have recalibrated to prepare me for the winding down of summer in preparation for the holiday season but that is definitely not the case. Somehow, I get the feeling I’m not alone in this yearly surprise.

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  • Tell the County about Your Holiday Happenings

    2015 Downtown Holiday Gift Guide FlyerThere’s no place like SLO!!  Join your neighboring businesses in welcoming the County & tourists to experience and SHOP in Downtown SLO via the widely popular Downtown Holiday Guide.  The guide delivers to everyone in the County on Thanksgiving Day – going head-to-head with the big boy advertisers letting everyone know that all of their holiday shopping can be done Downtown!  And not only shopping, but dining, the parade route, Santa’s House, the carousel and all of the special events that make Downtown SLO the place to be.  Read More

  • Downtown Business Spotlight – Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

    Lush_CosmeticsIf you are looking for natural hair and beauty products, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics is the place to go! This new business is located at 1070 Court Street and is the first one to open in San Luis Obispo. It caters to anyone who wants to relax and have a fun experience that will excite the senses. Lush uses the freshest organic fruit, vegetables, and essential oils to create effective and innovative beauty products.

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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.

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.