A trip to San Luis Obispo would not be complete without a stop at the world-famous Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market, happening every Thursday night, or the Saturday morning market at Madonna Plaza Shopping Center. Food is something to celebrate in San Luis Obispo, where local farms and agriculture thrive and grow fresh, flavorful produce all year-round.
In the heart of the city, Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market takes over Higuera Street on Thursdays, spanning 5 blocks of downtown. If you aren’t in town for Thursday, kick off the weekend right with a trip to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market to round up your snacks and goodies, happening from 8:00 – 10:45 a.m. These farmers’ markets are a culmination of weekly harvests plus a full-on foodie festival for the community, featuring live music, local craft goods and more.
Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving Day or if it is raining. Starting in July through September, the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market will expand onto Chorro Street with beer and wine in addition to the local favorite, Giuseppe’s wood fired pizza.
Why go to San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Markets?
Entertainment for the Whole Family
Thousands of visitors roam the market each week, enjoying free live music and entertainment including local bands; unique hand-crafted goods; face painting and bounce houses; barbecue, corn-on-the-cob and other unique food stands; in addition to the seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, boutique olive oils, local honey, preserves and other locally grown and produced products.
Fresh, Seasonal Produce
Try out the some of the many deliciously ripe and sustainable fruits and vegetables while strolling through San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market. Be sure to taste the apricots and strawberries in Spring, tomatoes and figs in Summer, apples and persimmons in Fall, and squash and tomatillos in Winter.
Yields to Bicyclists
Thursday evening Farmers’ Market SLO also features a bike valet program for guests who wish to cruise through the charming downtown and avoid any parking challenges. Additionally, on the first Thursday of each month, there is a lively Bike Happening following the market, when massive groups of cyclists loop around downtown in costumes—a must-see for any bicycle enthusiast.
LIST OF FARMERS' MARKETS IN SAN LUIS OBISPO
Monday: Los Osos, Santa Maria and 2nd Street – 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Paso Robles, City Park – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Pismo Beach, Pier Promenade – 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Arroyo Grande, Smart & Final Parking Lot – 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday: Atascadero, Atascadero Sunken Gardens – 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: San Luis Obispo, Downtown Higuera Street – 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday: Morro Bay, Spencer’s Fresh Markets Parking Lot on Main Street – 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: Cambria, Veteran’s Hall Parking Lot in Cambria’s West Village – 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: Cayucos, Veteran’s Hall Parking Lot at Cayucos Drive – 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Friday: Avila Beach, On the Promenade (April – September) – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: Paso Robles, Walmart Parking Lot on Niblick & River Road – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday: San Luis Obispo, Embassy Suites Parking Lot on Madonna Road – 8:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Saturday: Morro Bay, Downtown Main Street – 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Templeton, Templeton Community Park at 6th & Crocker Street – 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Saturday: Arroyo Grande, Olohan Alley in the Village – 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Saturday: Paso Robles, City Park – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Nipomo, Monarch Dunes Country Club Parking Lot – 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.