Top Things to Do in Summer 2017

Summertime in San Luis Obispo is the absolute best. Longer, warmer days means there is a lot more time to explore all that SLO has to offer. Check out a few of our top things to do in SLO this summer below.

Take a trip to the beach

There is no better way to soak up the summer sunshine than at the beach on the Central Coast. You can catch a wave at Pismo Beach, splash around with your pup at Fisherman’s Beach (aka dog beach) in Avila, and even ride ATVs at the Oceano Dunes. San Luis Obispo is surrounded by several amazing beaches, each offering a little something different providing you with endless beach fun.

Take a hike

Enjoy the beautiful weather by taking a hike. Whether you prefer a strenuous workout or would rather take a leisurely stroll, there are many hiking options to choose from. Every hike offers unique, gorgeous views of the Central Coast, making the climb to the top well worth it…even as temperatures rise. Check out some locals’ favorite hiking spots around San Luis Obispo for inspiration.

Go on a boat tour

Relax and enjoy the cool, coastal breeze on the water. Take a boat cruise in Morro Bay, paddle board near Avila Beach, or kayak all the coast in Cayucos. If you’re lucky, you might even see some whales or dolphins while you’re out n’ about on the water! Set sail and explore on one of the many boat tours and cruises in SLO county.

Farmer’s Market

Nothing says summertime like some mouthwatering BBQ and delicious, fresh fruit. Get your fix at the Farmers’ Market in Downtown San Luis Obispo every Thursday from 6:00-9:00 pm. San Luis Obispo’s world famous market is truly a foodie paradise, with the heavenly aromas of BBQ tri-tip, freshly-fried mini donuts, and sweet, yellow corn on the cob. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of live entertainment at almost every corner of the market.

Must-See Summer Events in San Luis Obispo


Concerts in the Plaza | Starts June 9

Kick back, relax and enjoy your Friday nights this summer by attending Concerts in the Plaza. Kicking off on June 9th, this 14-week concert series takes place every Friday in Mission Plaza from 5:00 -8:00 pm. Bring your family or friends, a picnic dinner, and your boogie shoes. Find more details and the band lineup today!    

Roll Out the Barrels | June 22-24

Are you a lover of Central Coast Wine, delicious food, or live music? If you said yes to any of those, we suggest you get ready to Roll Out the Barrels. Start the weekend at Barrels in the Plaza right in Downtown San Luis Obispo and adventure throughout SLO Wine Country all weekend long. A weekend filled with wine events is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Check out our Roll Out the Barrels promotion today!

Pride Celebration | July 7-9

Celebrate and support the local LGBT community by attending San Luis Obispo County’s 21st Annual Pride Celebration. It will be a fun-filled weekend you won’t want to miss, with events all weekend long, including Pride in the Plaza, a free festival in Downtown San Luis Obispo full of live entertainment.  

Bacon & Barrels | July 14-16

You know what’s better than a glass of wine? A glass of wine with a side of bacon. If you are bacon-obsessed and prefer your drinks out of the barrel, Bacon & Barrels is the place for you. Known as “The Coachella of Bacon,” this outdoor festival at the Madonna Meadows features live music and games, the best craft barrel beverages, and numerous chef and mixology demonstrations and challenges. This event will have you bacon for more!

Central Coast Renaissance Fair | July 15-16

Take a trip back in time to 1585 at the Central Coast Renaissance Fair. Experience the Elizabethan era with live entertainment and hundreds of costume participants at Laguna Lake Park in San Luis Obispo. It is a great outing for friends and family of all ages. Plus, the gigantic fire-roasted turkey legs will have you saying Huzzah! 

Festival Mozaic | July 19-30

You will experience a “mosaic of music” from Mozart to Jazz at the Festival Mozaic Summer Festival. This two-week long event offers over 25 musical experiences for you to enjoy world-class music on the Central Coast.

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