Upcoming Events

Tue 21

Design Committee Meeting

April 21 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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Every month on the third Tuesday
Thu 23

Farmers’ Market

April 23 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

fresh_picked_damon_castilloFresh Picked Concert Series at Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market

Thursday, May 7

Fresh Picked Concert Series presented by the San Luis Obispo Collection features great local music and takes place on select dates through the months of April to September at the Harvest Stage located in the Union Bank parking lot from 6:30–8:30 PM.

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Mothers_Day_FlowersMother’s Day Flower Giveaway

Thursday, May 7

Bring your mom to Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market on May 7 for our Mother’s Day Flower Giveaway. We’ll be handing out complimentary long-stemmed roses to the first thousand moms visiting the market thanks to the generous sponsorship of Wells Fargo and Eufloria Flowers.

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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

  • What’s Happening Around Downtown in April?

    Market-Kick-off-Event-BannerI like to think of Downtown as the living room of San Luis Obispo and our Downtown Association is the host. As a host we want our living room to be inviting and fun so that people leave with memories of a great experience. It is certainly necessary for us to advocate for clean streets, a strong mix of retail and hospitality, public safety and the overall promotion of our little district—but we also believe in putting on some of the best ongoing events in San Luis Obispo County. Playing host to these events often means that our staff gets to seek out local musicians and artists, local businesses, non-profits, kids groups, public agencies and members of the public to participate in events as small as Pumpkins on Parade in October all the way up to our Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market that happens every Thursday Night from 6–9PM. Sure it is hard work but it is absolutely worth it when we hear from people that they cannot wait to come back to visit us.  Read More

  • Notice to Downtown Businesses: Road Closures for SLO Marathon + Half

    slo-marathon-logoThe 4th Annual San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half will take place on Sunday, April 26. 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 23 for scheduled events prior to race day!  The 26.2 mile course starts at SLO High School and loops around beautiful Downtown, passing the Fremont Theater, City Courthouse and Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa before heading into the hills, vineyards and farmland of the Edna Valley and finishes at the iconic Madonna Inn.  The scheduled route means street closures  through the Downtown area. Streets will be closed to all vehicles, with the exception of marathon staff and emergency vehicles.  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 click here.

  • Meet Our Spring Interns


    The SLO Downtown Association welcomes our Spring 2015 interns, Vanessa Martinez, Kayla Ryan, and Caitlin Lima.  They are all Cal Poly students and as interns this quarter, they will gain experience from our organization by working on our Farmers’ Market, Bunny Trail Downtown, Mother’s Day Flower Giveaway, Downtown Brown’s Birthday and much, much more!

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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.