Barbecued ribs, freshly picked produce, arts and crafts, and live entertainment …it’s San Luis Obispo’s lively Farmers’ Market! Held every Thursday night, Farmers’ Market is a street fair and produce market. No dogs allowed, City Ordinance. Locals and visitors alike can shop for the county’s freshest produce and flowers, devour delicious ribs and sandwiches, browse local shops open late, and enjoy assortments of live entertainment. Recognized as a leader of such activities in California, Farmers’ Market is held on six downtown blocks of Higuera Street, between Osos and Nipomo streets. The area is closed to all through traffic to make room for this fabulous event. City Ordinance prohibits dogs from attending. Please leave your four legged friends at home. Look out for a six-foot bear — that’s mascot “Downtown Brown” giving out hugs and paw shakes to Market-goers.
The purpose of Thursday Night Promotions is to promote business in the downtown core. The event is organized by, administered by, and paid for by the Downtown Association. The Downtown Association is an advisory body to the City Council and is created and operated under state and local laws. The Downtown Association administers Thursday Night promotions in order to:
* create a positive image of Downtown San Luis Obispo
* expose community members to retail stores and services offered Downtown
* generate foot traffic on Thursday nights
* provide a forum for community activities
* maintain the Downtown as the center of retail, social, and civic activities enhance the community as a whole
Where is it held? Farmers’ Market is held on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo, between Osos and Nipomo Streets. Watch for special activities on Garden Street too. Where can I park? Try the municipal garages located at Palm and Morro streets and Marsh and Chorro streets, where the first 60 minutes are free. Overhead clearance is 8′ feet. Several small City-run parking lots are also nearby. You can park free on side streets. But don’t park on the street after 5:30 p.m. anywhere you see “No Parking” notices attached to parking meters, or in private parking lots.
When is Farmers’ Market? Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday (except Thanksgiving Day or if it’s raining). Barbecues and entertainment begin at 6:00 p.m. All activities close at 9 p.m
Farmers’ Market involves more than 120 vendors. Farmers park their trucks in the center of the street and restaurateurs wheel out massive barbecue pits for grilling ribs, chicken, sausages, tri-tip and even barbecued calzones under the evening sky. There are various food booths that offer everything from pizza-by-the-slice to warm-from-the-oven cookies.
You’ll also find freshly harvested fruits and vegetables (all delicious and many exotic), bouquets of garden-grown flowers, hand-pressed cider and other seasonal treats.
The Downtown Association, established in 1975 to address the needs of Downtown Merchants as a whole, is an advisory body to the City Council funded by sales tax proceeds from its district. While not an actual department of the City, as a government agency it follows the same guidelines as any public entity. All meetings are open to the public and with meeting notices posted at City Hall. Downtown Association boundaries are semi-irregular but form a rectangle around a Downtown core bordered by Santa Rosa, Palm, Nipomo and Pacific Streets. Nearly 600 businesses are licensed within this district. (See map elsewhere on this website).
Link to the City of San Luis Obispo web site: www.slocity.org
Link to the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce web site: www.slochamber.org
Fun things to do in Morro Bay
Located on California’s central coast midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Morro Bay is a historic fishing village that has much to offer its visitors and residents. The towns most famous landmark is Morro Rock. Morro Rock is a current State Historic Landmark that was formed about 23 million years ago from the plugs of long-extinct volcanoes. In 1542, Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo named Morro Bay’s magnificent landmark “El Morro” (Spanish for crown shaped hill). Morro Rock is also sometimes called the “Gibraltor of the Pacific.” The Rock is a bird sanctuary and home to nesting Peregrine Falcons and is therefore closed to any climbing or disturbance. At a height of 576 feet, Morro Rock was an important navigational aid for mariners for over 300 years and it is the most visible in a chain of nine peaks. It is probably the most photographed of all the Morros, and provides a unique outcropping to the entrance of Morro Bay. But, Morro Bay has much more to see and explore than just the Rock. For nature lovers and bird watchers, Morro Bay Estuary provides a nourishing habitat to more than 250 species of birds, including dozens of endangered species. Morro Bay has miles of unspoiled beaches and nature trails. You can take to the water for Kayaking, sailing, fishing or Whale watching. Morro Bay State Park features a lagoon, camping, and an 18 hole public golf course. Luxury accommodations include the Inn At Morro Bay, which is situated on the lagoon. The Morro Bay Natural History Museum is located in the Park, and if you drive farther down the coast you’ll discover Montaña De Oro. This park features over 8,000 acres of rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, and panoramic views of the coastline. Natur alists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park’s trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner’s Cove, across from the campground.
Fun things to do in Cayucos
Cayucos, California, located near Morro Bay on quiet Estero Bay, is a slow-paced small town on the central coast, a vacation destination for those seeking an unhurried getaway. Downtime is a specialty of Cayucos, known for its fishing pier, its long, peaceful white sandy beach and its historical main street, Ocean Blvd. There are a good variety of eateries, cafes and restaurants , plus antique stores, surf shops and gift boutiques in the little old town. Some of the buildings along Ocean Blvd are reminiscent of stagecoach days when thirsty cowboys visited the local saloon. The old livery is still servicing travelers, and the elegant Cass House Inn and Restaurant is a favorite among discerning travelers. Most downtown hotels, motels , and vacation rentals overlook Cayucos Beach, where surfers and sun worshippers hang out. Camping on the beach is also permitted. Cayucos is a relaxing village for vacation home ownership. Real Estate ranges from homes, to seaside estates, condos and cottages.
Cayucos events include New Year’s Day Polar Bear Dip, July 4th Sand Sculpture Contest and Fireworks, and November’s Classic Car Show. Just outside of town, the Cayucos Creek Barn is a popular venue for music and special events.
Stretching 940 feet out into the bay, the Cayucos Pier was once a regular coastal stop for commercial vessels of the Pacific Steamship Company. A relaxed (and lucky) afternoon of fishing off the pier might offer Halibut or Starry Flounder, and the pier is lit at night for a leisurely after-dinner stroll. For ecotourists, Estero Bluffs State Park (just north of town) offers a look at rich and diverse natural habitat, including inter-tidal, estuarine salt marsh dunes, and grasslands. It is also home for otters and seals, and a number of endangered species such as the Snowy Plover. Cayucos is located between Morro Bay and Cambria on California Route 1.
Fun things to do in Cambria
Cambria has everything a traveler could want in a coastal destination and much more. A visitor is immediately impressed with the care that the town of Cambria has taken to preserve its historic architecture, and the imaginative and unique presentation of virtually every local establishment. The town is divided into three business sections. Moonstone Drive and Moonstone Beach form one section of Cambria, following the coast parallel to Highway 1. Moonstone Beach is a great exploring and collecting beach, full of driftwood and agates for which the beach is named. A boardwalk follows the beach, naturally landscaped with flowers, sage, oxalis and rock rose. Stands of Monterey cypress form a natural canopy overhead. And the nearby shore is populated with colonies of elephant seals and sea lions basking or playing in the waves. The East and West Villages are home to businesses of every description: galleries showing unusual wares from local craftsmen and artists, restaurants for fine dining or a simple bite to eat, bed and breakfasts, boutiques and bookstores. The area’s main attraction is Hearst Castle, a State Historical Monument. The castle, with its pools and magnificent collection of art from the world over is an experience not to be missed. From the visitor’s center, guests travel the five miles inland up to the mansion. Reservations are recommended for any of the four tours offered. Cambria is midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the coastal highway.