Time to bring out your green and gold! San Luis Obispo welcomes Cal Poly parents, supporters, families and alumni for Cal Poly Mustang Family Weekend, happening October 20-22, 2017 throughout San Luis Obispo. If you are looking to put together your trip itinerary, fill your free time with some of the many things to do in San Luis Obispo.

Friday, October 20

Cal Poly Mustang Family Weekend kicks off with check-ins in the University Union Plaza, where parents will receive their Mustang swag and weekend agenda. Fill your Friday morning with tours and campus Q&A sessions, or head downtown to enjoy local farm-to-table dining and a stroll through Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.

As the day winds down, head to Myron’s for a wine and cheese reception with Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture students, followed by an evening Cal Poly volleyball game against CSU Northridge. If volleyball isn’t your thing, cruise over to the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center for an a cappella meets country experience with the nationally renowned group, Home Free.

Saturday, October 21

The fun ramps up on Saturday with a variety of events for Cal Poly families and alumni to enjoy such as the Aerospace Engineering Rocket Competition, the Computer Engineering Robot Demo, free Recreation Center access and Mustang Lanes Bowling Alley use, Cal Poly Talks, inspired by TED Talks, and so much more!

Spend lunchtime enjoying the Architectural Engineering Family Weekend BBQ or head to the Legacy Lunch to meet other Cal Poly alumni whose children are also joining the Mustang herd. After your relaxing lunch, take a guided hike up through Poly Canyon to Architecture Graveyard to experience unique structures designed by Cal Poly Architecture students. What better way to close-out your Saturday than by joining in a campus-wide tailgate before attending a Cal Poly football game or Mustang Volleyball game.

Mustang Family Weekend 2016 from Cal Poly Parent & Family Program on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 22

Sunday is where the real fun begins! Wake up and enjoy a late morning Parent Farewell Breakfast with the Parent Advisory Council before having the rest of the day to do what you want. Here’s your chance to really experience all that San Luis Obispo has to offer visitors. Discover on campus sites to see and off campus classics during your getaway to SLO.

SLO Many Things to Do

  • Taste local craft beers or artisanal wines: New San Luis Obispo breweries seem to be popping up every day! You and your crew can hop on the  and explore all the local breweries. Safety first, don’t forget to designate a driver or use  . If you aren’t one for beer tasting, you are in luck, because San Luis Obispo is full of local, award-winning wineries, that you just don’t want to miss.
  • Take a hike: Relax, unwind and take in San Luis Obispo’s scenic beauty with a family hike. SLO has so many open spaces to choose from, you and your Mustang can enjoy a different hike every time you come to visit. Explore our list of top hiking trails around San Luis Obispo and begin planning this – and next – visit’s adventure, today!
  • Dine-out: We can guarantee that by the time you arrive your student is going to be ready for a meal out on the town. Luckily, San Luis Obispo is packed with delicious restaurants offering unique dishes and gourmet delicacies. For a nice night out, enjoy a creekside meal at Novo Restaurant. If you’re looking for something a little more casual, Taqueria Santa Cruz and Firestone Grill are all local (and student) favorites.
  • Catch a show: A family-friendly event that is sure to please the whole crew includes bundling up, grabbing some popcorn, and experiencing a movie (or two) the old-fashioned way at the Sunset Drive-In Movie Theater. If the drive-ins aren’t your style, San Luis Obispo also boasts three more theaters for you to choose from including the Fremont Theater, the Downtown Centre 7, and the Palm Theater.

This October, see for yourself what it means to learn by doing and experience the SLO lifestyle. With tons of Cal Poly festivities and things to do, you will have a blast during this fun-filled weekend in San Luis Obispo. Register for Cal Poly Mustang Family Weekend today!

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