San Luis Obispo winter events
San Luis Obispo, CA – San Luis Obispo has many great culinary, cultural and outdoor events happening this winter. With so many events to choose from there is definitely something for everyone, no matter your interests.
Santa’s House — December 1-24; downtownslo.com
Children and families are invited to visit Santa’s House in Mission Plaza where every child who visits with Santa will receive a candy cane, toy and coloring book at no charge.
A Christmas Story — December 3-23; slolittletheatre.org
SLO Little Theatre presents A Christmas Story, the nostalgic holiday tale of Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, running December 3-23, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Holiday Beer & Wine Festival — December 17; santasbeer.com
Welcome to the holiday beer & wine festival where you can try lots of different holiday beers and wine alongside a bevy of holiday treats. There will plenty of time for New Year’s resolutions later! Tickets include souvenir tasting glass, beer & wine samples, food samples, treat samples, entrance to the Club Bubbly lounge and lots of cheer. Come bid on your favorite nonprofit’s fully decorated holiday tree in a silent auction, proceeds from each tree will directly benefit the individual organization.
Oz with Orchestra — December 31; orchestranovo.com
One of the most beloved films of all time, The Wizard of Oz, can now be seen and heard in a magical new production: Oz with Orchestra. Audience members will be mesmerized by the brilliantly restored images, accompanied by full symphony orchestra playing entirely new transcriptions of Harold Arlen’s brilliant lost scores. Hearing Judy Garland’s original 1939 studio recordings, backed by lush, live orchestration will create an extraordinary New Year’s Eve experience.
The Importance of Being Earnest — January 13-29; slolittletheatre.org
Join the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre for a young performers’ version of Oscar Wilde’s comedy masterpiece! The story revolves around one of the most ingenious, and hilarious, cases of mistaken identity ever put into a play: Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. The reliable Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen under the name Ernest while the adorable dandy Algernon Moncrieff has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack’s country home on the same weekend accompanied by the formidable Lady Bracknell, the gallants must grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions.
Rent — January 17; calpolyarts.org
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre; two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters – love.
The Price is Right Live! — January 20; calpolyarts.org
The Price Is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “come on down” to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Playing in theatres to sold-out audiences for nearly nine years, the Price Is Right Live! stage show has given away more than $12 million in cash and prizes through playing classic games like Plinko, Cliffhangers, The Big Wheel and even the fabulous Showcase!
Festival Mozaic WinterMezzo Chamber Music Series — January 28-29, February 24-26; festivalmozaic.com
Festival Mozaic’s internationally-renowned artists present concerts in spectacular venues on the California Central Coast. This season, Music Director Scott Yoo presents two weekends of great works of chamber music and offers three sequential ways to connect to the music and the musicians. The new season has also expanded to include two bonus artists, presented in collaboration with other San Luis Obispo County arts organizations.
Guys & Dolls — February 17-March 12; slolittletheatre.org
All the hot gamblers are in town, and they’re all depending on Nathan Detroit to set up this week’s incarnation of “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York.” Sarah Brown is short on sinners at the mission she runs, Miss Adelaide wants Nathan to finally marry her and Sky Masterson bets on the right girl at the wrong time. Add a generous helping of the Tony winning music and lyrics of Frank Loesser, and you’ve got the perfect Gala musical celebration for the 70th Anniversary year!
SLO Craft Beer Fest — February 24-25; slo-beer-fest.com
Get ready for fun at the San Luis Obispo Craft Beer Festival at the Alex Madonna Expo Center! Celebrate the brewers of craft beer and raise a toast to their unique and wonderful creations. Enjoy special educational beer seminars from guest speakers Chuck Hiigel of Wine Warehouse and Vanessa North of Luis Wine Bar. Tickets include souvenir tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, selected food samples, and access to all the great music.
And of course don’t forget to check out San Luis Obispo’s signature ongoing events:
Friday Night at the Museum — Friday evenings; 4-9 p.m.; historycenterslo.org
Every Friday evening, the History Center Museum will remain open for an additional five hours, from 4 to 9 p.m. with the exception of the first Friday of every month, when the History Center participated in Art After Dark. Enjoy a casual evening conversing with friends, participating in talks and demonstrations or with a book on local history in the city’s beautiful and historic Carnegie Library.
Moonlight Hours at the Children’s Museum — Every third Thursday; 5-8 p.m.; slocm.org
The 3rd Thursday of every month the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum opens its doors and offers free admission.
Farmers Market — Every Thursday night; 6-9 p.m.; downtownslo.com
Arts Obispo’s Art After Dark — Every first Friday; 6-9 p.m.; sloartscouncil.org
Cal Poly Sports — gopoly.com
Performing Arts Center — pacslo.org