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San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market

Barbecued ribs, fresh produce, locally made products, live entertainment… it's San Luis Obispo's lively Farmers' Market!

Held every Thursday night, Farmers' Market brings the community together to shop for fresh produce, sample San Luis Obispo's delectable and varied cuisine, browse local shops, listen to live music and interact with local entertainers. Keep your eyes open for the six-foot bear giving hugs and paw shakes – that's our Farmers' Market mascot, Downtown Brown.

Recognized as a leader of such activities in California, Farmers' Market is held on five downtown blocks of Higuera Street – between Osos and Nipomo Streets. The area is closed to vehicles to make room for this bustling event. Please remember that City Ordinance prohibits smoking as well as non-service animals from attending this event, so please leave your pets at home.

Food and Produce

Does the tantalizing scent of prepared bar-b-que ribs, or the cornucopia of color of freshly picked produce delight your senses? Then Thursday Night Promotions-Farmers Market is the place for you to be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Thursday. With more than 120 vendors providing everything from ribs, sausage, tri-tip, fresh flowers, organic produce and seasonal treats within walking distance of our historic mission. It's an amazing place to people watch, shop, and enjoy an event that has the distinction of being one of the greatest weekly events of California.

Table and Chair Seating

Located on the south corner of Broad and Higuera streets, Market goers can enjoy their “market meal” in comfortable chairs and spacious tables provided by the SLO Downtown Association . Seating is on a first come-first serve basis.

Farmers' Market FAQs

Q: When is Farmers' Market?

A: 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

Q: Where is it held?

A: Farmers' Market is held on Higuera Street in Downtown San Luis Obispo between Osos and Nipomo Streets. Watch for special activities at the intersections.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Try the municipal Parking structures 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.

A: Ride your bike to Farmers' Market and park at the Bicycle Valet located on Morro Street adjacent to Farmers' Market. The Downtown Association is proud to protect our environment, encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce traffic congestion by hosting the SLO County Bicycle Coalition's award winning Bike Valet at Farmers' every week. Bike Valet is like a coat check for bicycles. Simply ride to the market where a valet will give you a claim check tag and park your bike in a secure area during the duration of the event. Open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Q: Can I bring my dog to Farmers' Market with me?

A: City Ordinance prohibits dogs from attending. Please leave your four-legged friends at home.

Great American Main Street Award Winner

San Luis Obispo, California was awarded The Great American Main Street Award in 1999 by the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Since 1995, this esteemed award has been presented to five US Cities each year, recognizing them for their successful preservation-based downtown revivals.

Make Change Count

Click here for information on the Directed Giving Campaign: "Make Change Count Help the Homeless."

SLO Parking Guide

For information on parking in Downtown San Luis Obispo, how to avoid tickets and other helpful hints.

Click here to view the guide.

Downtown Public Restrooms Guide

Click here to locate public restrooms in Downtown San Luis Obispo.

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Old SLO Trolley

Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the Downtown core approximately every 15 minutes. The fare is 50 cents. Hours of operation are:

Click here for the Trolley and City bus schedule.

SLO Downtown Association

1108 Garden Street, Suite 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 541-0286
Fax: (805) 781-2647
E-mail: [email protected]


Ingredients for a Good Time

San Luis Obispo's Thursday night farmers' market & markets everyday of the week throughout the county

Loosen up with the locals, party with family and friends, and taste the best produce California has to offer at this weekly street fair. For more than 30 years, Thursday night's Farmers' Market has been the city's signature event.
A large section of the downtown is blocked off for three hours of festival-like fun, and there is something here for everyone. One end of the market is dedicated to produce, and the other showcases local merchants and restaurants. San Luis Obispo's legendary Thursday night Farmers' Market kick starts each weekend throughout the year. From 6-9 p.m. local farmers set up stands along the four blocks of Higuera Street downtown to sell seasonal fruits, specialty herbs, organic vegetables, fresh flowers and the legendary Central Coast barbeque tri-tip sandwiches.

Local musicians provide much of the entertainment, setting up concerts on adjoining streets allowing visitors and locals to drift to the tune of a myriad of sounds at their own pace. Most downtown merchants also enjoy the festivities by extending their hours for evening visitors. You will delight in the sights, sounds and smells that make farmers market one of the flagship experiences of the SLO life.

Elsewhere on the street, the aroma of flavorful foods from restaurant booths permeates the air. In select spots, BBQ smoke drifts above the crowd, drawing in people for tri-tip steak sandwiches, smoked salmon, ribs, and chicken. If you miss Thursday night's activities, don't worry we have a market everyday of the week just for you!
Sunday - SLO Market on Tank Farm Road
Kennedy Club Fitness Parking Lot
Monday - Baywood/Los Osos Market
2nd & Santa Maria Streets by the Bay
Tuesday - SLO Market on Broad Street
Grange Hall Parking Lot

Paso Robles Market
City Park
Wednesday -

Arroyo Grande Market
Spencer's Fresh Market Parking Lot

Atascadero Market
Sunken Gardens

Thursday - Morro Bay Market
Spencer's Fresh Market Parking Lot
Friday - Avila Beach Market
On the Promenade
Saturday -

SLO Market on Madonna Road
Cost Plus World Market/ Embassy Suites Parking Lot
8 to 10:30am

Arroyo Grande Market
City Hall Parking Lot

Templeton Market
Town Park

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