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What's there to do in San Luis Obispo, CA? Let's take a look at annual events and festivals in San Luis Obispo, CA.

San Luis Obispo County boasts a diverse range of annual events and festivals that cater to various interests and passions. Whether you're a wine connoisseur, a music enthusiast, an art lover, or someone who simply enjoys soaking in the local culture, there's an event for everyone. Here are some of the standout celebrations that grace the calendar year after year:

SLO International Film Festival:

Every March, cinephiles and filmmakers gather in downtown San Luis Obispo to celebrate the art of storytelling through film. This festival features a curated selection of independent films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world. It's a fantastic opportunity to engage with filmmakers, attend workshops, and immerse oneself in the world of cinema.

California Festival of Beers:

For beer enthusiasts, the California Festival of Beers is a highlight of the summer season. Taking place in San Luis Obispo County, this event showcases a wide array of craft beers from local and regional breweries. With live music, food vendors, and a lively atmosphere, it's a celebration of all things hops and malt.

Harvest Wine Weekend:

Fall is the time for wine lovers to descend upon San Luis Obispo County for the Harvest Wine Weekend. This event provides the opportunity to taste the finest wines produced in the region, paired with delectable local cuisine. Wineries open their doors, offering tours, tastings, and unique experiences, all set against the backdrop of the county's stunning landscapes.

Paso Robles Olive Festival:

Dedicated to celebrating the rich history of olive cultivation in the area, the Paso Robles Olive Festival is a culinary delight. Held annually, this festival features olive oil tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a marketplace where visitors can purchase artisanal products and locally grown olives.

Downtown SLO Farmers' Market:

A weekly event that takes place every Thursday evening, the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market is a true local gem. Here, visitors can peruse fresh produce, artisan crafts, and delectable street food while enjoying live entertainment. It's a vibrant expression of community spirit and a great way to experience the heart of SLO.

Top Event Venues in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo boasts an array of exceptional venues that play host to these annual events and festivals. Here are a few of the top spots where the magic happens:

Mission Plaza:

Located in the heart of downtown SLO, Mission Plaza serves as a central gathering place for events of all sizes. With its iconic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa as a backdrop, it offers a picturesque setting for concerts, festivals, and markets.

Vina Robles Amphitheatre:

This open-air amphitheater nestled among the rolling hills of Paso Robles offers a stunning setting for live music performances. From intimate acoustic sets to large-scale concerts, Vina Robles Amphitheatre caters to a variety of musical tastes.

SLO Brew Rock:

For those who appreciate a good blend of music and craft beer, SLO Brew Rock provides a unique experience. This venue features an outdoor stage, a spacious beer garden, and an industrial-chic indoor space, making it a popular choice for music festivals and beer-related events.


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Featured San Luis Obispo Event Venue:

Freemont Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA

Located in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA, the Fremont Theater is a historic movie theater, built in 1941.  Full of rich, art deco charm, this theater has hosted everything from war bond shows to Adam Ant and Yes. Seating capacity, according to sources, is lapproximately 900 people.

About San Luis Obispo, CA

San Luis Obispo is a city in the U.S. state of California, located 190 miles north of Los Angeles in Southern California's Central Coast region. The population was 45,119 at the 2010 census. The population of San Luis Obispo County was 269,637 in 2010. 

The city, locally referred to as San Luis, SLO, or SLO Town (as its county is also referred to as SLO) is the county seat of San Luis Obispo County and is adjacent to California Polytechnic State University.

The Madonna Inn is an eccentric landmark established by Alex Madonna in 1958. The Fremont Theater, an historic Art Deco theater from the 1940s, plays first-run movies on the huge screen. Murals adorn the walls of the main theater while neon swirls light the ceiling. The Palm Theatre boasts solar heating and is home to the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Since about 1960, people have been sticking chewed gum on the walls of Bubblegum Alley. The doctor's office on the corner of Santa Rosa and Pacific streets is one of very few commercial buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. San Luis also has a Carnegie Library which is now home to the San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum.

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