Top Things To Do This Summer in SLO: 2018

It’s officially summer which means more time to enjoy the “Happiest City in America.” With longer days and warmer nights upon us, San Luis Obispo is filled with endless activities and events that you will not want to miss. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in SLO that you’ll want to add to your summertime bucket list.

Suns Out, Buns Out!

San Luis Obispo is surrounded by several lovely beaches to satisfy your vitamin sea craving. Grab a volleyball and spike it over a net in Pismo Beach, throw around a Frisbee in Avila Beach, bring your furry friend to Fisherman’s Beach, or drive an ATV over the sand dunes in Oceano. However you choose to enjoy the waves and sun in SLO – don’t forget sunscreen!

Woman kayaking in the ocean

Take a Dip

Surf the waves or stay dry and enjoy the coastal breeze above the water. Paddleboard around Avila Beach or kayak along the coast in Cayucos. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of a whale breaching or otters at play.

Get Active

The beautiful summer weather leaves you with no excuse not to get outside and get active. Whether you prefer to climb a mountain and get that heart racin’, or a leisurely stroll, there are countless hiking trails in SLO to choose from. Every hike offers unique, awe-inspiring views of the Central Coast making cardio well worth it.

A couple hiking in San Luis Obispo, California

Thursday Night Farmers’ Market

Although you can get your fix year-round, nothing screams “summertime” quite like the sweet smell of mouthwatering BBQ and fresh corn-on-the-cob. Indulge in Firestone Grill’s famous tri-tip sando and check fruits and veggies off your grocery list at Thursday Night Farmers’ Market in Downtown San Luis Obispo. Every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Higuera Street is flooded with families and friends to eat, drink, shop, and embrace the magical atmosphere of this iconic weekly event.

A meal at Downtown SLO Farmers' Market

Sip on Sunshine

The summer sun brings the perfect excuse to cool down with a cold one. Grab a drink and catch up with friends over happy hour specials or sip on local craft beer and play games at one of the many breweries around town. Better yet, make an afternoon trip out of it and head out to Edna Valley for an afternoon of wine tasting. Enjoy chilled Chardonnay at Claiborne & Churchill or a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at Baileyana. There’s no better way to beat the heat than with a cool, refreshing beverage.

Grab a friend and enjoy a glass of wine in San Luis Obispo

Must-See Summer Events in San Luis Obispo

Concerts in the Plaza

Relax every Friday night this summer and listen to talented musicians that come to play at the beautiful Mission Plaza. Musical genres vary from electronic, gypsy rock, jazz, folk, pop and more, creating a series that draws a crowd. Concerts in the Plaza takes place from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and is free to the public. Beer and wine are available for purchase, or you can grab a bite at a nearby restaurant. Come out and dance along to the tunes with family and friends.

Pride Celebrations | July 6-8

Support the local LGBT community and come out to San Luis Obispo County’s 22nd Annual Pride Celebration. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend of festivities including Pride in the Plaza and an after party hosted at Libertine Brewing Company.

Bacon & Barrels | July 13-14

Bacon? Booze? How about both! Known as “The Coachella of Bacon,” this outdoor festival features unique bacon dishes from top chefs on the Central Coast, and samples of wine, bourbon, and craft beer. The best mixologists, brewers, and wineries will quench your thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. “Bacon Heaven” will include artisans and local vendors, games, music and more. Bacon & Barrels will undoubtedly have you bacon for more!

Central Coast Renaissance Festival | July 21-22

Take a trip back in time to 1585 at the 32nd Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival and see history come to life in a beautiful setting. Experience the Elizabethan era with live entertainment and hundreds of costumed participants at Laguna Lake Park. This family-friendly outing is appropriate for all ages and will have everyone in awe over the gigantic fire-roasted turkey legs.

Festival Mozaic | July 17-29

Immerse yourself in a “mosaic of music” at this year’s Festival Mozaic Summer Festival. The 2018 summer season will present 30 events in 19 venues throughout the county, creating powerful, live music experiences in spectacular spaces.


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