Things To Do in San Luis Obispo (SLO)

Family Events in SLO County

(Note: Please check with direct organizers for any last minute changes and cancellations, before attending an event.)

2024

April
April 5, 2024 (Fri) - Pokemon Library at Arroyo Grande Library from 2PM - 3PM. They will play games and make a craft. Bring your cards to show your new friends or trade. No registration is required.
We attended this Pokemon Party at the library last year! Read about our Pokemon Party experience under Day 5 of my Spring Break post. Address: 800 W Branch St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

April 6, 2024 (Sat) - Princess Elsa Frozen Party at Santa Margarita Library from 10AM - 11AM.  Join them and Princess Elsa for a Frozen party! Dress up and meet your favorite Princess. We'll dance, sing and play with A Wish your Heart Makes. Address: 9630 Murphy Ave., Santa Margarita, CA 93453

April 6, 2024 (Sat) - 2024 Children's Day in the Plaza at Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 10AM - 3PMThis event aims to connect children and families with resources throughout SLO County. This year the focus is on promoting STEM education for children of all ages. I go to this event almost every year with my kids! Address:  989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

April 14, 2024 (Sun) - Free Family Day at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden from 10AM - 2PM. This is free entry to the botanical garden. There is normally a fee. We've visited this botanical garden many times. See my instagram reel of our walk through the Children's Garden at San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden. Explore the magic of trees in the garden. Enjoy nature, games and crafts. Tree talk is at 11AM and 1PM. Address: 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo , CA 93405

April 18, 2024 (Thurs) - Moonlight Hours at San Luis Obispo Children's Museum from 5PM - 7PM. Free entry for two hours between that timeframe on this day. Address: 1010 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

April 19, 2024 (Fri) - In My Era (Cliff's Version) at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa in Shell Beach/Pismo Beach from 5:30PM - 7:30PM. Shake It Off on their oceanfront lawn for a Taylor Swift inspired party! Par-TAY with specialty cocktails & mocktails, live DJ, Instagrammable moments, and fabulous surprises.  It’s the perfect night to dress like hipsters so put on your rockstar glam and that red lip classic for a fun night dancing until the sun goes down. This is a free-entry family friendly event. No reservations required for entry. They welcome hotel guests and the local public to join. No outside food and beverage. Valet parking validated with purchase. Address: 2757 Shell Beach Rd., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

April 19, 2024 (Fri - Mon) - Earth Day Festival at Cambria Nursery and Florist at Cambria Nursery and Florist for 4 days. 20% off all plants, FREE lunch, children's activities, and more to inspire and educate our community about sustainable living and gardening practices. Family-friendly event. I love going to the Cambria Nursery. It is humongous and beautiful. Their gift shop (also located there) is like a wonderland. See my video reel on my walk through the Cambria Gift Shop at Cambria Gardens. Address: 2825 Schoolhouse Ln, Cambria, CA 93428

April 23, 2024 (Tues) - Learn, Swim, Grow in the H20 at SLO Swim Center from 11AM - 1:20PM. Children are free and adults are $4.25. Storytime starts at 11AM for 30 minutes. Their interactive Storytime combines reading, swimming, and fun for children of all ages. Storytime will focus on water safety books like (Llama, Llama Learns to Swim, Rande’s First Swim, Froggy Learns to Swim, and many more). Come down to Reader’s Reef for a fun Storytime and water play. All children who participate in the Learn, Swim, and Grow in the H2O Storytime, will have the opportunity to stay and swim for free at the SLO Swim Center’s noon therapy pool hours from 11:30 to 1:20 pm. Parents will need to pay for entry to the pool. I like taking the kids here during the school breaks. See pictures that I took while we were at the SLO Swim Center during Spring BreakAddress: 902 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

April 26 - 28, 2024 (Fri - Sun) - Morro Bay Kite Festival Weekend starting Friday night. Fun, free family event for all! Kite flying will be dependent on weather. Candy drops will happen twice on Saturday and Sunday, weather dependent. I went to this event last year and brought my own kite. See video below of my experience at the Morro Bay Kite Festival.

Address for GPS: 101 Coleman Drive, Morro Bay, CA 93442

April 27, 2024 (Sat) - Children's Day Festival Dia Del Nino from 11AM - 4PM at San Miguel Park. Touch-a-Truck, a BMX show, the mobile Aquarium, Paso Kids Museum, a farmers market, car seat safety check, bicycle safety demo, the SLO Symphony Instrument petting zoo and more! Address: 1325 K Street, San Miguel, CA 93451

May
May 3, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures). Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

May 4, 2024 (Sat) - Atascadero's 8th Annual Tamale Festival from 11AM - 7PM. Free entrance event. There will be a a variety of delicious traditional, gourmet and sweet tamales from local restaurants (as well restaurants from across California), margaritas (and a host of other adult beverages), merchandise vendors, live music, "best" tamale, tamale eating and pet costume contests, photo opportunities, and more for sale. Address: 6500 Palma Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422

May 10, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parking! Read more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures). Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

May 10, 2024 (Fri) - Mother Son Dance at Grover Beach Community Center from 5PM - 7PM. Get ready for an enchanting evening of glitz, glamour, and unforgettable moments at the red carpet movie themed Mother-Son Dance! Cost is $62 per couple and $26 for additional child. You have to reserve your tickets ahead of time from the City of Grover Beach's catalog online. I've been to 3 different Mother & Son dances. Read my review of Mother-Son dances. Address: 1230 Trouville Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

May 11, 2024 (Sat) - AAPI SLO Festival at SLO Public Market from 12PM - 3PM. Come support local AAPI businesses ranging from a diverse selection of AAPI delicious foods, beautiful art and jewelry, and exciting interactive performances! There will be a lion dance performance. See my pictures of food that I tried at SLO Public Market. Address: 3845 S Higuera St., San Luis Obispo CA, 93401



May 12, 2024 (Sun) - Cookie Adventure at Charles Paddock Zoo from 11AM - 2PM. This Mother's Day, treat Mom to delicious cookies and a fun family outing to the Charles Paddock Zoo.  Enjoy a variety of cookies from local bakers and an opportunity to explore the Zoo and its unique inhabitants. The Cookie Adventure is included with regular Zoo Admission. See all pictures that I've taken at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero. Address: 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422

May 12, 2024 (Sun) - Mother's Day/Pacific Breeze Concert at Dinosaurs Caves Park from 1PM - 4PM. Free entry. Enjoy great music, beautiful views, kids activities and more. Pismo Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024. Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

May 12, 2024 (Sun) - Mother's Day Tea at Heritage House Garden in Arroyo Grande from 1:30PM - 4:30PM. Fee is $40 for 2 people. $15 for additional guest. This includes a wide selection of tea, lemonade, tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts. Charming crafts and other activities will be available. You'll have to register through the City of Arroyo Grande's website under the 'Events' section. Address: 126 S. Mason, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

May 17, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

May 18, 2024 (Sat) - Armed Forces Day at Charles Paddock Zoo from 10AM - 5PM. All active duty armed forces men, women and their immediate families (spouses and children) receive free admission at the Zoo. Bring valid military ID to show proof.  See pictures that I've taken at Charles Paddock Zoo from our personal visits. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422

May 18, 2024 (Sat) - Strawberries through Grover Beach at Ramona Garden Park Community Event from 10AM - 6PM. Listen to live music, shop, drink, and be berry! Vendors, kids zone. Address: 993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433

May 18 - 19, 2024 (Sat & Sun) - San Luis Obispo Toy-Anime-Comic Con from 11AM - 4PM at San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge. Event is $8 each day but if you mention their $1 off coupon then admission would be $7 per day. Kids who are 10 years old and under are free. Parking is free. Cameras are ok. The cosplay (costume) is promptly at 2:30PM. Sign up in advance the day of near the Admissions table. All ages are welcome. Address: 222 Elks Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

May 24, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

May 25 - Sept 2, 2024 - Mustang Waterpark in Arroyo Grande opens for the summer time. They always open between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Their schedule changes towards the end of the summer season so check their website. Read my personal review of Mustang Waterpark and our experience with booking a cabana there. Address: 6840 Lopez Dr., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

May 25 - Sept 2, 2024 - Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles opens for the summer time. Like Mustang Waterpark in Arroyo Grande, they are only open in the summer between Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend every year. I've visited Ravine Waterpark many times before and had even rented a cabana to celebrate our son's birthday. Read our personal review and thoughts about Ravine Waterpark. Address: 2301 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, CA 93446

May 28, 2024 (Tues) - Learn, Swim, Grow in the H20 at SLO Swim Center from 11AM - 1:20PM. Children are free and adults are $4.25. Storytime starts at 11AM for 30 minutes. Their interactive Storytime combines reading, swimming, and fun for children of all ages. Storytime will focus on water safety books like (Llama, Llama Learns to Swim, Rande’s First Swim, Froggy Learns to Swim, and many more). Come down to Reader’s Reef for a fun Storytime and water play. All children who participate in the Learn, Swim, and Grow in the H2O Storytime, will have the opportunity to stay and swim for free at the SLO Swim Center’s noon therapy pool hours from 11:30 to 1:20 pm. Parents will need to pay for entry to the pool. I like taking the kids here during the school breaks. See pictures that I took while we were at the SLO Swim Center during Spring BreakAddress: 902 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

May 31, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

June
June 1, 2024 (Sat) - Jamboree 2024 at Camp Arroyo Grande from 11AM - 4PM. Free fun for the whole family. Youth activities, music and lunch (free hot dog from 12PM - 1PM). Parking and shuttles at W. Branch St & Rodeo Drive, (near Women’s Club). Dogs must be on leash. Address: 250 Wesley St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

June 5, 2024 (Wed) - Kids Workshop - Daddy & Me Painting at SLO Public Market from 5PM - 6PM at the Event Center (upstairs). $25 per ticket. They will supply the paint and even set up a photo booth for you to capture some memories. Reservation link. Address: 3845 S Higuera St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

June 7, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

June 9, 2024 (Sun) - Pacific Breeze Concert at Dinosaurs Caves Park from 1PM - 4PM. Free entry. Enjoy great music, beautiful views, kids activities and more. Pismo Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024. Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

June 9, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

June 12, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

June 13, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024.AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

June 14, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

June 15, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert in at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. Free to public. Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket and low-back chair. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422


June 16, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

June 19, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

June 20, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

June 21, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

June 21, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

June 21, 2024 (Fri) - A Hollywood Family Dance at Heritage House Garden in Arroyo Grande from 6PM - 8:30PM. Come walk the red carpet, dance the night away, get your picture taken by local paparazzi, and feel like a Hollywood star with your special guest. Cost is $68 per couple, $22 for additional guest. This event is for 4 years old and older. Register at the City of Arroyo Grande's website under the 'Events' section. Address: 126 S. Mason St., Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

June 23, 2024 (Sun) - Day of the Child - FREE Community Resource Fair for the whole family at Boys & Girls Clubs of South San Luis Obispo County in Oceano from 10AM - 1PM. Over 25 local agencies are joining us to share resources for you and your family; job opportunities, education, family planning, and so much more. Enjoy free games, activities, and giveaways. FREE FOOD provided by Dignity Health and VACO, while supplies last. Address: 1830 19th St, Oceano, CA 93445

June 23, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

June 26, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

June 27, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

June 28, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

June 28, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

June 29, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

June 30, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

July
July 3, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

July 4, 2024 (Thurs) - Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2024 (Thurs) - Fourth of July in the Village Concerts at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande. Free entry. The first band will play between 11AM - 1PM and the second band will pay between 2PM - 4PM. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts throughout the summer. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

July 4, 2024 (Thurs) - 4th of July Music Festival in Atascadero from Event ends at 8PM but starting time is TBD (either 2PM or 4PM from conflicting resources). Live music, boating, bounce houses, games and more. Free to attend. Bring camp chair or blanket. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts throughout the summer. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

July 4, 2024 (Thurs) - July 4th Fireworks at 9PM at Pismo Beach Pier. 
I walk on this pier often. See my nearly 1 minute walk on the beach on my instagram reel and the amazing ocean views. Address for GPS: 100 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

July 5, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

July 5, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

July 6, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024. Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

July 7, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

July 7, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

July 10, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

July 11, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

July 12, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

July 12, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

June 9, 2024 (Sun) - Pacific Breeze Concert at Dinosaurs Caves Park from 1PM - 4PM. Free entry. Enjoy great music, beautiful views, kids activities and more. Pismo Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024. Address: 2701 Price St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449

July 14, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

July 14, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

July 17, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

July 17 - 28, 2024 - Mid State Fair in Paso Robles. There are rides, carnival games, food, shows and more. This cost money for entry except if you are 5 years old or younger. We try to go this state fair every year. See pictures that I've taken at Mid State Fair in Paso Robles. Address: 2198 Riverside Avenue, Paso Robles, CA 93446

July 18, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

July 19, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

July 19, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

July 20, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

July 21, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

July 21, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

July 26, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

July 26, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

July 27, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

July 28, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

July 28, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

July 31, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

AUGUST
August 1, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

August 2, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

August 2, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

August 3, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

August 4, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

August 4, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

August 7, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

August 8, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

August 9, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

August 9, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

August 10, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

August 10, 2024 (Sat) - Movies in the Park at Colony Park Community Center from 8PM - 10PM. Free movie to the public starting at dusk (approximately 8PM). Movie name is TBD. Concessions will be available for purchase.  Be sure to bring a low-back chair or picnic blanket! Address: 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA 93422

August 11, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

August 11, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

August 14, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

August 15, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

August 16, 2024 (Fri) - Avila Beach Farmers' Market (Seasonally) at Avila Beach Promenade from 4PM - 8PM. Free entry. Enjoy fresh local produce, hand-crafted artisan foods, crafts, area restaurants selling delicious local fare, live music and fun for everyone! Catch the FREE trolley into town so you don’t have to worry about parkingRead more about my personal experience on the free trolley and the Avila Beach Farmers Market (with pictures)Address for GPS at Avila Beach Promenade: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

August 16, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

August 18, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

August 18, 2024 (Sun) - Summer Concert Series at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach from 3PM - 6PM. Free entry. Bring your own low-back chairs or blanket to sit on. Grover Beach is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address for GPS: N. Ninth St. & Ramona Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

August 21, 2024 (Wed) - Templeton Recreation Concerts in the Park from 6PM - 8PM. Bring your family and friends (no dogs please) with your low-back lawn chairs and blankets. Templeton is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 550 Crocker Street, Templeton, CA 93465

August 22, 2024 (Thurs) - Concerts in the Park at City Park in Paso Robles from 6PM - 8PM. Free community event for all ages. No pets or smoking/vaping at the concerts, no bbq permitted but bringing your own food (including beer and wine) is permitted but must be kept inside the concert perimeter. Paso Robles is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024AddressSpring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

August 23, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

August 24, 2024 (Sat) - Movies in the Park at Colony Park Community Center from 8PM - 10PM. Free movie to the public starting at dusk (approximately 8PM). Movie name is TBD. Concessions will be available for purchase.  Be sure to bring a low-back chair or picnic blanket! Address: 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA 93422

August 24 - 25, 2024 (Sat & Sun) - Stone Soup Festival at Ramona Garden Park. Free event, 12 bands, 2 stages, kids zone, food, crafts and more. I went to this event before and had a great time! Bring some low back chairs and blankets to get comfortable on the lawn. Address: 993 Ramona Ave, Grover Beach, CA 93433

August 25, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420, 

August 30, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. Free to the public and family friendly. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

August 31, 2024 (Sat) - Saturdays in the Park Summer Concert Series at Atascadero Lake Park from 6:30PM - 8:30PM. FREE to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket, low-back chair, and the entire family to relish the warm summer evenings at Atascadero Lake Park. Atascadero is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422

September
September 1, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

September 6, 2024 (Fri) - 2024 Concerts in the Plaza Series in Downtown San Luis Obispo from 5PM - 8PM. San Luis Obispo is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024
Free to the public and family friendly. Address: 989 Chorro St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

September 8, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

September 15, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

September 22, 2024 (Sun) - Summer 2024 Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande from 1PM - 3PM. Free outdoor event. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. Bring your sun hat, chairs and blankets. Arroyo Grande is one of ten cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting free concerts. See the entire list of cities in San Luis Obispo County that is hosting a free concert for 2024Address: 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

September 27 & 28 (Fri & Sat)  - Harvest Festival and Parade in Arroyo Grande.
 Harvest Festival serves as a tribute to agriculture, the area’s leading industry. Among the many attractions featured is a parade, toe-tapping entertainment, agricultural exhibits, and an array of food, games, and arts and crafts booths. This festival is focused on the local non-profit organizations that serve the community.  Address for GPS: 200 Olohan Alley, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
October
October 19 & 20, 2024 (Sat & Sun) - 78th Annual Pismo Beach Clam Festival starting with the Clam Festival parade at 10AM on October 19. This is a two day event and it is free admission and includes free kids zone with bounce house and inflatables. I go to this event almost every year. Read my review and past experience of the Pismo Beach Clam Festival with pictures I took. Address for GPS: 100 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

October 25 & 26, 2024 - Halloween Carnival and Haunted Maze: 2 Day Monster Mash in Arroyo Grande. This is a 2-day Halloween event at Elm Street Park (corner of Ash and Elm streets). Children of all ages and adults are invited to enjoy unlimited bounce-n-play, carnival games for candy and toy prizes, food vendors, the haunted maze, a costume contest and a pumpkin decorating contest, and more! To enter the pumpkin decorating contest participants should bring decorated pumpkins from home. Tickets for the carnival and maze can be purchased at the Recreation office, 1221 Ash Street, or at the door. Address: 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

October 26, 2024 (Sat) - Zoo Boo at the Charles Paddock Zoo from 5PM - 8PM. Get your best costume ready and bring the entire family out to a not-too-scary evening at Zoo Boo! You can expect Halloween decorations throughout the Zoo, carnival games, a costume contest, Halloween-themed activities, a haunted house, and tricks & treats to enjoy! Admission is $16 for regular admission, $15 for Zoo members and free for kids 2 years old and under. Tickets are purchased at the zoo. We went to this event before! See my instagram reel of our experience from the past at Zoo Boo at Charles Paddock Zoo. Address: 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, CA 93422

October 31, 2024 (Thurs) - Safe & Fun Halloween Downtown Paso Robles from 3PM - 6PM. Free event. Trick or treat and take photos with witches. Address for GPS: Spring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

October 31, 2024 (Thurs) - Trick or Treat Downtown in Atascadero from 5PM - 8PM. Free event. People and pets of all ages are welcome to come and enjoy family, children, and pet costume contests, games, and of course, Trick or Treating! Address for GPS: 6905 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

As more events are announced in San Luis Obispo County, I will add them here to this page.

November
November 29, 2024 (Fri) - 38th Annual Downtown Lighting Ceremony at City Park in Paso Robles at 5:30PM. Mrs. Claus will be there. Address for GPS:  Spring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

December
December 1, 2024 (Sun) - Holiday Parade at the Village in Arroyo Grande at 5PM. It starts at East Brunch Street that is next to City Hall. Address for GPS: 300 E Branch St Arroyo Grande CA 93420

December 7, 2024 (Sat) - 63rd Annual Christmas Light Parade in Paso Robles at 6PM. Theme is "Sleigh Bells Ring, Area you Listening'". Santa will be at the parade. Address: TBD

December 8, 2024 (Sun) - Tree Lighting and Snow at Elm Street Park in Arroyo Grande from 5PM - 7PM. Free entry event. However, last year, I had to pay for wristbands for the kids to use the bouncy houses because that service was not free. I'm not sure if that will be the case this year so come ready with money. Event includes TONS of snow and Santa lighting the tree at 6pm. This event typically includes food vendors, s’more station, horse drawn wagon rides, photos with Santa, and more! Also, last year, the snow lasted for awhile and so I came back a couple of days later to the same park to play in the snow without the crowd. See my instagram reel to see the leftover snow from this event from last year. Address:  1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

December 13, 2024 (Fri) - Winter Wonderland at Sunken Gardens in Atascadero from 5PM - 9PM. Over 70 tons of snow! This year’s snow-themed event includes bungee jumps, obstacle courses, community entertainment, Joe's Little Train (brought to you by the Elks Lodge) Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more! Address: 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

December 14, 2024 (Sat) - Breakfast with Santa in Arroyo Grande. This cost money. This event includes a pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, entertainment, crafts, and more! More information to come!

December 21, 2024 (Sat) - Holiday Magic at the Charles Paddock Zoo from 10AM - 1PM. Join us for the annual Holiday Magic celebration, where our dedicated zookeepers step in as Santa’s Elves to prepare special gifts for the animals. Santa will be at the Zoo on Saturday, December 21st, to help welcome visitors and deliver gifts to the animals. Event is included with regular admission (costs money) at the zoo. See pictures that I've taken at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero. Address: 6907 El Camino Real. Atascadero, CA 93422

Throughout 2024 - Field of Lights in Sensorio (famous art light installations) in Paso Robles is usually open from Thurs - Sat evenings but for special occasions, they'll open more days. Weather permitting only as it's all outdoors. See my review, videos and photos that I took at Sensorio. Light at Sensorio Address: 4380 Highway 46 East Paso Robles, CA 93446

Free Things To Do in SLO

Monarch Butterfly Grove

You'll find Monarch butterflies around here seasonally from late October - February (sometimes longer) but this state park is always open and free with occasional special events! The grove is located between Grover Beach and Pismo Beach and you park off the road. There are no designated parking areas. Once you walk around the grove, if you are up for it, you can actually head to the beach continuing on the trail towards the back! The trail heading towards the south side is beautiful. See pictures and blog of the Monarch Butterfly Grove and the Meadow Trail that connects to it. Address: 400 S Dolliver St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449




Bubblegum Alley

Bubble Gum Alley in Downtown San Luis Obispo is always free to explore! The walls are filled with bubble gum and you are welcome to add to the collection. Address: 733 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401



Avila-Pismo Beach Trolley

This FREE trolley service connects you from the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets all the way to Port San Luis via Avila Beach, Avila Valley (Avila Barn, Bob Jones Bike Trail, Avila Hot Springs Resort, and KOA campground) and various resort hotels in Shell Beach and Pismo Beach. Connections from the trolley are available at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets for SCT (Route 21 and Route 24) and RTA (Route 10). The trolley runs in 3 seasons with varying schedules. Regular schedule runs Friday, Saturday, Sunday. to see more info, go to the Avila-Pismo Beach Trolley website.

Elephant Seals in San Simeon

Come see the elephant seals in their natural habitat in San Simeon! Also part of SLO County and located close to Hearst Castle, any visitor can park near designated parking areas near the beach to see the elephant seals. Of course there's no admission because you're viewing them in their natural home. Amazingly, you can get close to them without them being bothered by it (but not too close!) and they seem to be so used to human visitors. There's a boardwalk and viewing area. Address: 250 San Simeon Ave, San Simeon, CA 93452. See more elephant seal pictures and a full review of San Simeon.

Playgrounds for Kids in SLO County

Sinsheimer Park in san Luis Obispo


Sinsheimer Park in San Luis Obispo is huge with a large playground area and a green hill where kids use cardboards to slide down. They have a lot of sitting areas and a large parking lot. Address: 900 Southwood Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Mitchell Park in San Luis Obispo

Located in downtown San Luis Obispo is Mitchell Park with a large playground, picnic tables and public restrooms. Parking is street parking. Address: 1400 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, CA 9340

Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo
Not too far from the famous Madonna Inn (about a 5 min drive) is a park with a playground and a trail called Meadow Park. With a lot of green grass area, families can come here and enjoy a picnic on a nice day out. Parking in their little lot can be difficult if the courts are used but there is street parking available. See all pictures that I've taken at Meadow Park. Address: 2333 Meadow St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Playground at SLO Botanical Garden in San Luis Obispo

During normal days, you'd have to pay to enter SLO Botanical Garden but every month, they host a free Family Day where everyone gets in for free. Once you enter the gates, next to the SLO Botanical Garden is a large playground with a parking area and benches. It's typically quiet when my kids and I come here. They have swings, slides, and it's very spacious. We would hang out at the Children's Garden at the SLO Botanical Garden first on Free Family Days and then end up at this playground. See my Instagram video reel of my SLO Botanical Garden adventure with my kids. Address: 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Dinosaurs Caves Park in Pismo Beach
Located in Pismo Beach is the beautiful Dinosaurs Cave Park with a playground. Right on the edge of the park are the cliffs with amazing views of the ocean! You can't miss a visit here. Like with any public parks, it is free to come here but the views are definitely world class as you see the cliffs and ocean. To see more pictures of Dinosaurs Caves Park and the cliff view there, go to: this blog entry: Dinosaur Caves Park Cliff Pictures. Address: 2701 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Chumash Park in Pismo Beach
[ Update: Chumash Park is temporarily closed until closer to mid 2024 ] Located in Pismo Beach is Chumash Park that has a large playground with a soft ground. There's also a basketball court, trail and clean private bathrooms. It's located around a residential street. Address: 156 Ventana Dr., Pismo Beach, CA 93401

Spyglass Park in Shell Beach
Spyglass Park (see my Instagram video reef of the breathtaking ocean view at Spyglass Park) is right by the bluffs too but smaller than Dinosaur Cave Park. Surrounded by homes, this park is a bit more private with a smaller parking lot and playground but still open to the public with a restroom. You'll find owners walking their pets here and people sitting on one of the benches and taking in the beautiful ocean view. See videos and more pictures of the ocean that I've taken at Spyglass Park. Address: Spyglass Dr, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Avila Beach Park 
With a pirate theme, right by the beach and close to shopping, tourists with kids and local families come here for swings, slides and sand fun! I've chaperoned for a field trip at the Central Coast Aquarium and it's right by this park. Two kindergarten classes were able to have a picnic here at the same time with enough space to fill a few more field trip groups! See pictures of the Avila Beach Pier and the Avila Beach. Address: 50 San Juan St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

16th Street Park in Grover Beach

16th Street Park is the largest park with a playground in Grover Beach. They only have one section as a playground, unlike other playgrounds that separate them for the little ones. It is meant to be in all-inclusive playground. I'd be wary about bringing little kids as my younger son has been buillied by older kids who were hanging around the area. One time, two older kids (maybe Middle School age) approached one of my sons and was encouraging him to try drugs if he wanted to "feel special". It was so sad that this happened. My son told me right away and I made sure I was right next to him. Those older boys were throwing around slurs and saying a lot of bad stuff that I know most parents do not want their little ones to hear. I'm not saying I would expect it to happen often but a couple of extremely bad experiences is enough to make me be a little hesitant to bring my little boys here. I have not encountered problems like this at any other park that I've visited. Address: 16th Street & Mentone Ave., Grover Beach, CA 93433

Hero Park in Grover Beach

Hero Park is located in Grover Beach area and has a playground for the smaller kids. It's located in a quiet residential area. It is street parking only. It has a basketball court and tennis courts. Address: 1600 Farroll Rd, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Elm Street Park/City of Arroyo Grande Parks & Recreation Park

Also known as Elm Street Dog Park, this has both a playground and dog park. There is also a Park & Recreation building there that has preschools and special programs for kids. Throughout the year, the City of Arroyo Grande would host special events here for the public. Address: 1221 Ash St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Rancho Grande Playground and Park in Arroyo Grande

Rancho Grande Park is one of the bigger parks in San Luis Obispo County that is very kid-friendly. It's a bit isolated and in a hilly part of a residential area in Arroyo Grande. It has two separate playgrounds with a small section for the little ones. Many families host birthday parties here. Address: 500 James Way, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Lopez Lake Playground in Arroyo Grande

Located at the Lopez Lake Recreation Area that is run by San Luis Obispo County, this playground is convenient for those who are camping there or hanging out for the day. There is an entrance fee to enter this county park. During the summer, they open up their Mustang Waterpark, which is an additional fee. Read our review of Mustang Waterpark. If you drive an electric car, make sure you charge your vehicle ahead of time as you won't see much anything except for nature for a long bit before reaching this recreation area. Address: 6800 Lopez Drive Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Oceano Playground Park in oceano
This large playground is only 2 blocks from Oceano Beach with a lot of green grass area! It has an open space layout. Be careful about not stepping on dog poop on the grass as we always see them when we'd come visit. Address: 1330 Dewey Dr, Oceano, CA 93445

Del Mar Park in Morro Bay
Del Mar Park is a lush nine-acre park featuring an outdoor basketball court, amphitheater, roller hockey rink, children’s play area, horseshoe pits, and two great barbecue and picnic areas.  Address: Island Street & Panorama Drive, Morro Bay, CA, 93442

Tidelands Playground in Morro Bay

Tidelands Playground does not have the traditional playground with swings and slides but it has a ship structure for kids to climb! I love the phenomenal view here of the Morro Rock. It has a large parking lot, which makes it easy. I've chaperoned for a field trip in Morro Bay before and we'd stop here for lunch. It was ample room for three classes and it could fit a lot more, easily. Address: 301 EmbarcaderoMorro Bay, CA 93442

Atascadero Lake Park

Located in Atascadero and next to the Charles Paddock Zoo is a large green park with a playground and a nice lake. The playground makes it very convenient for the kids after the zoo. They don't sell food at the zoo so you can bring a picnic here at this park (right outside the zoo) and enjoy a little a break. Address for GPS: 9100 Morro Rd, Atascadero, CA 93422

Nipomo Regional Park in Nipomo

Located on the outer edge of San Luis Obispo County is Nipomo. Nipomo Regional Park is the largest park of the bunch as it's also a sport complex. Every year, local organizations host special events to the public here. I've been to an Easter egg hunt a few times with my kids and we'd always have a great time. Address: 904 W Tefft St, Nipomo, CA 93444

Lawrence "Larry" Moore Park in Paso Robles

Lawrence "Larry" Moore Park is located in a residential area that is near Wal Mart in Paso Robles. They have trails that you can walk on, a playground, basketball courts, and a soccer field. It doesn't have swings but it has a couple of small slides. There is street parking right by the park. Address: 155 Riverbank Ln, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Downtown City Park in Paso Robles

Every time that we are in the downtown area of Paso Robles, it's a mandatory visit to the playground the Downtown City Park. It has swings, slides, areas designated for little ones and also a seesaw that fits 4 kids. Close to a lot of restaurants, shops, wine tasting rooms and even a movie theater, this is very centralized playground. It is street parking and on very busy tourist seasons, it can be hard to find parking. Address: Spring St &, 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Popular Beaches to Explore in San Luis Obispo County

San Luis Obispo County is lucky to have beautiful and many kid-friendly beaches including: Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Grover Beach and Pismo Beach. Here are a few suggested activities to do by beach.

Avila Beach

One of the best well-kept beaches, this beach town covers the bases for wine enthusiasts and families. They have swings right on the sand of the beach, a small pier, a full playground nearby and many restaurants along the beach. During the spring (mid-April) through summer months, they have a seasonal Avila beach farmer's market on Fridays from 4pm - 8pm. You can also take advantage of their free beach trolley during these busy months from Pismo Beach Outlets to many stops at Avila Beach, including First Street, near the farmers market. See pictures of the Avila Beach farmer's market and Avila Beach pier.

Avila Valley Barn
Free to park and free to visit the barn animals here!
 
Read more details about Avila Valley Barn! Address of Avila Valley Barn: 560 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

San Luis (SLO) Lighthouse
Go visit the Point San Luis (SLO) Lighthouse located on Avila Beach. This lighthouse is owned by Diablo Canyon Power Plant and runs tours on Wednesday and Saturdays year round for different times. There are more tour times during busy seasons. Costs are different for adults and children. Proceeds go towards their restoration efforts. Address: 1 Lighthouse Rd, Avila Beach, CA 93424
This aquarium is very, very small so if you're on a budget, I would consider skipping this one. However, it's right by the playground in Avila Beach so it is tempting to visit. Prices for admission is different for adults and children, and free for children 2 and under. If you have an EBT card, the admission price is significantly less. They have seasonal camps for kids throughout the year. See a list of summer camps for kids throughout San Luis Obispo County.

To see more pictures of Central Coast Aquarium taken by SanLuisObispoMom.com, click here.
Address: 50 San Juan St., Avila Beach, CA93424

Avila Beach PIER
You can find whales coming through here which makes Avila Beach so special. The Whale Trail sign is located at the entrance to Avila Beach Pier just off Front Street, adjacent to unique shops, tasting rooms, charming boutique hotels, vacation rentals and restaurants. The main Avila Beach Pier is currently closed for repairs. Address: Pier 3 Port San Luis, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Additionally, you can go on another pier at Avila Beach that is further down from the main road called Port San Luis Obispo Pier, also known as Harford Pier.

This pier is my favorite of all the piers at Avila Beach. See pictures that I've taken at Harford Pier/Port San Luis Pier. Address for GPS: 3950 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach, CA 

Pismo Beach

The most famous SLO beach is Pismo Beach and attracts the majority of the tourists who come to this area. Come to the Pismo Beach Pier to take in some beautiful ocean views. 

With clean beaches, a lot of shops and restaurants, many tourists, local families and surfers come to Pismo Beach for a nice day out. The boardwalk is also a nice stroll along the beach in Pismo Beach.

Oceano Dunes, part of Pismo State Beach, is only 3 miles south of Pismo Beach. Read more about Oceano, California.



HotShots Billiards & Family Entertainment at Pismo Beach
Don't let the word Billiards throw you off from coming here with your kids! They have a lot of arcade games in the back with some centered on little ones! You can buy food or draft beer while the kids have some fun. 

It's very close to the Pismo Beach Pier. You can park in the beach parking lot there and walk here. We came here with the little ones around 8pm and it is still family-friendly.

There is never an admission fee to enter the game area. Bring your quarters. Otherwise, bring cash to dispense some quarters here. Addre
ss: 250 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Grover Beach

As the smallest San Luis Obispo beach in South County of SLO County, Grover Beach is a local quaint beach area. Grover Beach is right in between Oceano and Pismo Beach and part of Pismo State Beach. The town is inviting with a lot of restaurant options. 

Grover Beach and Sand Dunes Beach Entry
There is entry to the beach from Grover Beach via Grand Ave. Limited vehicles are allowed to park pass the check point or toll road because this is where you can enter your 4x4, ATVs and trucks and cars on the beach!

If you are planning on spending a long time at the beach here, walk to this entry point by parking down the intersection where there is public parking available, behind Fin's Restaurant. See more beach pictures of Grover Beach taken by SanLuisObispoMom.com

Grover Beach Playground on 16th Street
About 16 blocks from the ocean is a residential playground that is open to the public in Grover Beach! With soft grounds, swings, slides and picnic tables, kids can roam freely with a lot of grass area. This is a great neighborhood park and there are also ADA-friendly swings. Address: S 16th Street & Mentone Avenue, Grover Beach, CA 93433

Cayucos

Located in the Northern part of San Luis Obispo County, this small beach town has a pier and a playground on the sand of the beach all centrally located side by side. There are many restaurants for you to dine at and the vibe is very relaxing. This town neighbors Cambria, another beautiful beach town in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County. 

Morro Bay

As one of the more popular places to visit for visitors and tourists traveling in San Luis Obispo County, Morro Bay also has a lot of activities family can enjoy. With trails, surreys and kayaks for rent, many tourists come here to enjoy some outdoor activity as well as some water fun.

Check out the weekly farmer's market here as well. Link to Morro Bay's SLO farmer's market info and other markets in SLO.

Morro Rock
An idyllic backdrop for Morro Bay, Morro Rock is the last of the (Nine Sisters)  extinct volcanic peaks along Highway 1 from San Luis Obispo. This 576' tall landmark stands at the mouth of our harbor and is home to nesting Peregrine Falcons. The Morro Rock is huge.

You can't miss it and this volcanic plug attracts many tourists. There is a beachside right by the rock too and a trail that you can walk around alongside.

Always free. See more photos of Morro Rock. GPS Address: 1300 Embarcadero, Morro Bay, CA, 93442

Sea Otters
See the Sea Otters for free right at the T-Pier on the bay! It's of course free to see them because this is their natural habitat! You'll see baby sea otters on the mommies. It's a cute sight to see and worth the drive coming here.

Morro Bay Trolley
Only operating seasonally and links the North Main Street and Downtown Business Districts, Embarcadero, and State Parks. Cost is only $1 per ride. Children under 5 ride free. They may have discontinued this, post-pandemic.


Paso Robles

Paso Robles, California is famous for their wineries and is located in the North County part of San Luis Obispo county. From award wining wines from dozens of wineries all over Paso Robles, it is a haven for wine enthusiasts. There are also a lot of kid-friendly things to do in this special town. Read about wineries that we've visited in Paso Robles.

They also have a nice downtown area with cool shops and delicious restaurants lined up for you to explore.

Paso Robles Children's Museum

The Paso Robles Children's Museum is a two story museum located in the downtown area of Paso Robles. It may be a bit intimidating for the smaller toddlers but it's still a great place for the kids if you're nearby. See more pictures of our visits at Paso Robles Children's Museum in this blog post. It is much smaller than the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum only open a few days out of the week, depending on their staff coverage for the season. Address: 623 13th St,Paso Robles, California 9344

The Ravine Waterpark (only open during summer season)
Open only during the hot summer months, The Ravine Waterpark is a great size for the family. Parking is free so you only pay for admission. On really busy days, the parking lot can get full so come early. You can also rent cabanas here. See hotels closest to The Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles. See a list of hotels close to Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles.

They offer active-duty military discount with valid military ID. Address: 2301 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, California 93446

California Mid-State Fair
Only 12 days during July, the California Mid-State Fair takes place at Paso Robles Event Center. Many famous singers come and perform! It gets really hot in Paso Robles around this time (like the 100s at peaks) so if you have a medical condition, please be careful.
With carnival rides, hundreds of vendors and great eats, it's fun for the whole family. Address: 2198 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Sensorio Field of Lights


At night, there is a famous light art display  in Paso Robles that you can visit by buying tickets called Sensorio Field of Lights. It's great for families, romantic dates and tourists . See pictures that I've taken at Sensorio in Paso Robles. Someone took me here for my birthday and we also took my husband here to celebrate Father's Day! You can bring a wagon or stroller to push the kids in because it is quite a walk! They don't allow outside food in but they have a few options to enjoy! Sensorio Address: 4380 Highway 46 East Paso Robles, CA 93446

I've dined at 16 different restaurants in Paso Robles of San Luis Obispo County. Read my reviews for all the Paso Robles that I've visited.

Check out the blog section to read about our most recent visit or activity in SLO County. 

Free Story Time 


Story times are great for little ones to get a chance to listen to stories with other little ones as well. They are always free at libraries and book stores like Barnes & Noble.


San Luis Obispo County Library Story Times

Story times at the public libraries are always free and great for the kids. They are usually located in the kid's section that has toys and computers for the kids to use. To see all story times at libraries all over the San Luis Obispo county area, go to the library story time page. They are always free.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore Story Times

In the past, Barnes & Noble usually hosted a free story time for children in the Children's area but after the pandemic, they have paused the program. There is a kids' area located on the second floor so take the steps or elevator up! They also sell toys at this level too. Address: 894 Marsh St Bldg G, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

SLO Farmers Markets (ongoing weekly as weather permits)


San Luis Obispo Farmers Market in downtown

San Luis Obispo Farmers Market in Downtown is iconic to the Central Coast and takes place every Thursday from 6PM - 8:30PM from November - February and 6PM - 9PM from March - October on Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 between Nipomo and Osos. Seasonally, Chorro Street and Broad Street may also be in use.

San Luis Obispo Market on madonna Road

The San Luis Obispo Market near Madonna Inn is at address: 325 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 (World Market/Embassy Suites parking lot) in the middle of a large shopping center and take place on Saturday mornings from 8AM - 10:45AM.

Morro Bay Farmers Market

Morro Bay Farmers Market is located at Spencer’s Fresh Markets parking lot at address: 2650 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442 takes place on Thursday afternoons takes place from 2PM - 4:30PM.

Pismo Beach Farmers Market

Pismo Beach Farmers Market takes place right by the beach at Pismo Beach Pier at Pomeroy and Hinds Ave., Pismo Beach, CA 93440 every Wednesday from 4PM - 7PM between April - September only

Arroyo Grande Village Farmers Market

The Arroyo Grande Village Farmers Market takes place in old downtown Arroyo Grande at address:  193 Olohan Alley, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 takes place on Saturday Afternoons from noon - 2:30PM

Arroyo Grande Smart & Final Parking Lot Farmers Market

The Arroyo Grande Smart & Final Farmers Market is conveniently located at Smart & Final parking lot at address:  1464 East Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 and takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8:30AM - 11AM

Nipomo Swap Meet & Flea Market

Nipomo Swap Meet & Flea Market is fun and takes place every Sunday from 6AM - 6PM, weather permitting. They also have train rides called Choo Choo Safari inside the vicinity! It's great for kids! You pay a car entry fee of $4 to enter the Swap Meet & Flea Market to park. They have fresh produce, awesome Mexican food options all around the area and good yard sale type finds. Address: 263 N Frontage Rd, Nipomo, CA 93444

Attractions

San Luis Obispo Children's Museum

Prices: $10 for adults & children, $6 for seniors 60+, $8 for military members, $3 with EBT card for SNAP benefits and children 2 and under are free. Every once in awhile, they would have "Moonlight Hours" where anyone can come for free between 5pm - 7pm. Look out for that. See more pictures from our visit to San Luis Obispo Children's Museum. They are not open every day so check their website for clear hours. Address: 1010 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Paso Robles Children's Museum

Located in the northern part of San Luis Obispo County is the Paso Robles Children's Museum. It's significantly smaller than the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum but the little ones will still enjoy it. It's inside a 2 story building in downtown Paso Robles, California and there are many restaurants within walking distance. They close at 4pm and are only open for selective days so make sure you plan your visit accordingly. Address: 623 13th St,Paso Robles, California 93446

Charles Paddock Zoo

Admission Prices are: $13 for ages 13 and older, $8 for ages 5 - 12, $5 for ages 3 - 4 and Free for children 2 and under. See more pictures of Charles Paddock Zoo taken by SanLuisObispoMom.com. They also have a senior price at $9 if you're 65 and older. Charles Paddock Zoo Address: 9305 Pismo Ave., 
Atascadero, CA 93422

Hearst Castle

SLO County is home to the famous Hearst Castle! Now as a museum, the castle is open every day for the public. Ticket prices are more for adults compared to kids' prices but it's free for children under 5. Hearst Castle Address: 750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon, CA 93452. See more pictures and a full review of Hearst Castle from SanLuisObispoMom.com. 

San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

This is a 2 story museum that's great for kids and any train enthusiasts! Children 3 and under are always free here. Regular adult admission is only $5 and $3 for children ages 4 - 15 years old. They have special events throughout the year. Address: 1940 Santa Barbara Ave, San Luis Obispo, California 93401

The Ravine Waterpark

Located in Paso Robles, this Waterpark is only opened during the summer time from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Prices are Regular $37.99 (measured by height), Junior $29.99 (measured by height), and Senior $22.99 (65+ years old). Every year, they seem to have increased their prices by $2. They also sell season passes. Address: 2301 Airport Rd., Paso Robles, California 93446. Find hotels closest to Ravine Water Park.

Museum of Natural History - Morro Bay

I chaperoned for a field trip at Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay and after visiting here, this place is now my favorite museum for all of SLO County! The museum is small but still educational. You can see a wonderful view of Morro Rock. There are walking trails around it with phenomenal views. The museum is free for children who are 17 years old and under! Price for adults is only $3 each. Here's a picture that I took looking out of the window with the view of Morro Rock while inside of the Museum of Natural History.

Morro Bay's Morro Rock is one of the more famous landmarks of San Luis Obispo County. Read my blog entry about Morro Bay. Address of Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay: 20 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA 93442

Birthday Party Ideas

Pacific Flips Gymnastics Birthday Party

Pacific Flips has two locations: Grover Beach and Santa Maria. We've planned a birthday party for our child at the Grover beach location and had an excellent experience. Their birthday packages are either for 90 minutes or 2 hours. Parents are welcome to come watch.

They set up 2 tables ahead of time per your reservation and you just bring your decoraton. For more pictures and details, read about our detailed experience in this Pacific Flips Birthday blog entry.

Central Coast Aquarium Birthday 

For a  2 hour slot, you can have a birthday party for your child at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach. They host birthday parties on Saturdays and Sundays.  Their minimum birthday packages start at $250 and include 12 children for that price (additional cost for more kids).

To see more pictures of the aquarium, read our review blog entry of Central Coast Aquarium

Go to the SLO family-friendly restaurants section to see restaurants with a play area. These places are great options for birthday parties.

As always, you could always reserve a spot at a park with the city office for a particular date within San Luis Obispo County for parties.
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