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
Email for the San Luis Obispo County Journal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Old SLO Trolley
Trolley service is provided from both of the parking structures and at convenient locations within the downtown core. The fare is 25cents. Hours of operation are:
3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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
After a three-month hiatus, table and chair seating is once again available at Farmers' Market. Located on the south corner of Broad and Higuera streets, Market goers can enjoy their “market meal” in comfortable chairs and spacious tables.
ASAP Movers, an established local moving company, is sponsoring the table and chair section of the market on a weekly basis. ASAP Movers are professionals trained in all aspects of moving and packing. Staff will be on hand to discuss their services. Stress free moving along with outstanding service at a reasonable price.
Come to Thursday Night Promotions, Farmers' Market and enjoy table and chair seating. 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 www.slobikelane.org 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.