Upcoming Events

  1. Design Committee Meeting

    September 16 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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    Every month on the third Tuesday
  2. Promotions Committee Meeting

    September 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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    Every month on the third Wednesday
  3. Economic Activities Committee Meeting

    September 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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    Every month on the third Thursday
  4. Moonlight Hours at SLO Children’s Museum

    September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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    Every month on the third Thursday until November 30, 2014


Fire Prevention Night

Thursday, October 9

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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Farmers' MarketFarmers’ Market

Thursdays 6 – 9 PM

Held every Thursday night, Farmers’ Market brings the community together to shop for fresh produce, sample San Luis Obispo’s delectable and varied cuisine, browse local shops, listen to live music and interact with local entertainers.

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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 Up Around Downtown in September?

    September_JournalEach year our town undergoes a rather dramatic transformation during September. Not only do we get a change of seasons we get a change of pace as parents get settled in with their children starting classes again, harvest season arrives and college students move into our neighborhoods. It can be said that Autumn is the season of fullness; fullness with the bounty from orchards and gardens, fullness with our schedules as classes begin and vacations subside and fullness in our neighborhoods and streets as new students learn what it means to be a community member.

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  • Downtown Association Supports The Friends of Prado Day Center

    FriendsCheckSan Luis Obispo Downtown Association helped to present a check to the Friends of Prado Day Center in the sum of $8,500 earlier this week. The funds were generated from a collaborative effort among many different stakeholders at the City of San Luis Obispo, United Way of San Luis Obispo County and the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association. The three organizations formed and continue to operate as a group known as “The Directed Giving Campaign” with the purpose of helping homeless people in need of assistance, to get back into stable living situations.  The group has been working to create awareness about the negative impacts of panhandling and provide an alternative through donation stations. Since late April, they have been able to get seven donation stations installed and sponsored throughout Downtown.

    The check presentation to Friends of Prado Day Center is proof that each little donation of change can add up to be a big support for essential service providers in the community. The continued support from the community is helping more people each day get closer to that goal. Whether it’s the change in your pocket after lunch or credit card charge to support the Make Change Count Meters, it’s helping.  For more information on “Make Change Count” campaign and how you can participate, click here.

  • Thursday Night Promotions Farmers’ Market Survey

    farmers_over_crowdFor many years the SLO Downtown Association has strived to provide our community with the best Farmers’ Market possible each and every Thursday night. We want to make it better than ever and need your help! We hope you will take a few moments of your time to take our Thursday Night Promotions Farmers’ Market survey.

    We are also asking our members to please pass along the survey link to your patrons.  We truly appreciate your feedback so that we can continue to bring you the best Farmers’ Market possible.

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.