While there are several farmers’ markets in SLO, the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market on Thursday night is one of SLO’s most well known events and traditions – the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market has been a weekly occurrence since 1983 and is recognized as one of the best farmers’ markets in the nation. San Luis Obispo shuts down the main stretch downtown and fill the street with produce, food, local products and entertainment. The SLO Downtown Association’s weekly event is carefully designed to create a weekly community event to help support local farmers and local business.

Farmers’ Markets in San Luis Obispo County

If you’re trying to find information on other farmers’ markets in SLO, don’t worry, you can find info on that here to:

  • Arroyo Grande Farmers’ Market
  • Atascadero Farmer’s Market
  • Avila Beach Farmers’ Market
  • Cambria Farmers’ Market
  • Cayucos Farmers’ Market
  • Grover Beach Farmers’ Market
  • Los Osos Farmer’s Market
  • Morro Bay Farmers’ Market
  • Nipomo Farmers’ Market
  • Paso Robles Farmers’ Market
  • Pismo Beach Farmers’ Market
  • Templeton Farmer’s Market
  • San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market

 

San Luis Obispo Farmers Markets:

Arroyo Grande: Wednesday

1464 East Grand Avenue
Wednesday
Time: 8:30 am-11:00 am

Morro Bay: Thursday

2650 Main St
Thursday
Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

San Luis Obispo: Saturday

325 Madonna Road
Saturday
Time: 8:00 am – 10:45 am

San Luis Obispo: Thursday

Higuera Street
Thursday
Time: 6:10 pm – 9:00 pm

Arroyo Grande: Saturday

Olohan Alley
Saturday
Time: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Atascadero: Wednesday

8200 El Camino Real
Wednesday
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Baywood: Monday

668 Santa Maria Ave
Monday
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Paso Robles: Tuesday

800 11th St
Tuesday
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Templeton: Saturday

200 6th St
Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

San Luis Obispo: Tuesday

2880 Broad St
Tuesday
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Pismo Beach: Wednesday

South Promenade (Pier Entrance)
Wednesday
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Avila Beach: Friday

Avila Beach Promenade
Friday
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm
April – September

Cambria: Friday

1000 Main Street
Friday
Time: 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Cayucos: Friday

10 Cayucos Dr
Friday
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Memorial Day through Labor Day

Morro Bay: Saturday

800 Main St
Saturday
Time: 2:30pm – 6:00pm
Winter Market closes at 5:00pm November through March

Paso Robles: Saturday

800 11th St
Saturday
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Nipomo: Sunday

1645 Trilogy Parkway
Sunday
Time: 11:30am – 2:30pm

Grover Beach: Sunday

993 Ramona Ave
Sunday
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm
June – September

San Luis Obispo: Sunday

3889 Long Street
Sunday
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

The Thursday night San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market

The SLO Farmers’ Market on Thursday nights is much more than your average farmers’ market. While there are of course farmers’ selling fresh produce and flowers, here you can find an abundance of food, entertainment, and locally made products lining five blocks of Higuera Street from more than 120 vendors. In addition, there is always plenty of small town community – you will almost always run into at least one person you know at the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market.

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Where is the SLO Farmers’ Market? And When is it?

Let’s start with the basics, where is the San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market? The Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. If you’re trying to find the farmers’ market, just head in the general direction of downtown (seriously). Higuera Street (the main stretch downtown) is closed down to cars for five blocks between Osos Street and Nipomo Street. You can’t miss it. Lining Higuera Street will be local business selling produce, food, and local products. In the intersections up and down Higuera, you’ll find local entertainment. Keep in mind that when it is raining and on Thanksgiving, the farmers’ market will be cancelled.

Where to Park for the SLO Farmers’ Market?

Where should you park for the Downtown Farmers’ Market? There are city parking structures 842 Palm, 919 Palm, and 871 Marsh. Additionally, there is plenty of street parking available in downtown and the nearby neighborhoods. If you opt for the parking structures, the first hour is free and each additional hour is $1. If you stay downtown past 11:00pm, there is no fee to get out of the parking structures. If you head to Farmers’ early, make sure not to park in any street spaces marked “no parking”. Vehicles in these spots will be towed in order to make room for the Farmers’ Market.

Being the bike friendly city that it is, SLO has options for those looking to ride their bike to Farmers’ instead of driving. On the corner of Higuera and Morro, you’ll find a bike valet conveniently waiting to watch your bike for you while you enjoy the farmers’ Market. This is a great option for those who don’t like dealing with parking or for people who just like to ride their bike. The bike valet is open from 6pm to 8:45pm and will give you a claim check tag when you check your bike in. Simply bring the tag and get your bike when you’re ready to pedal home.

842 Palm Street Parking Structure

Parking Structure
842 Palm Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

1st Hour is Free
$1/hr after that

919 Palm Street Parking Structure

Parking Structure
919 Palm Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

1st Hour is Free
$1/hr after that

871 Marsh Street Parking Structure

Parking Structure
871 Marsh Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

1st Hour is Free
$1/hr after that

640 Higuera Street Metered Parking Lot

Metered Parking Lot
640 Higuera Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

$1.25/hr

680 Monterey Street Metered Parking Lot

Metered Parking Lot
680 Monterey Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

$.75/hr

630 Palm Street Metered Parking Lot

Metered Parking Lot
630 Palm Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

$.75/hr

699 Monterey Street Metered Parking Lot

Metered Parking Lot
699 Monterey Street
San Luis Obsipo, CA

$.75/hr

What You’ll Find at Farmers’ Market

For starters, you’ll find tons of produce. There are farmers from all over SLO County at the farmers’ market. There are different fruits and vegetables rotating at the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market due to the seasonality of different crops so you never know what you’ll find. That said, there is usually a good selection of fresh citrus, leafy greens, and strawberries are a staple! Additionally, there are several vendors selling beautiful flowers; make sure to stop and check out the wide array of bouquets.

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The food is where the SLO Farmers’ Market really shines and separates itself from other farmers’ markets. Many of the great restaurants in San Luis Obispo line Higuera Street offering their top notch food. The Farmers’ Market is probably most well known for the mouth watering BBQ – Local restaurants such as Mclintock’s, Mo’s, and Old San Luis pull out their grills and cook up amazing tri tip, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and sausage. Another local favorite that is not to miss is the BBQ’d corn.

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While there is plenty of BBQ at the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market, it is definitely not the only style of food on the street. There are many other restaurants including Mexican food, Korean food, Thai Food, pizza, pies and sweets, clam chowder, crepes, and teriyaki to name a few. Every week there are tables and chairs set up on the corner of Broad and Higuera where you can eat your great food. Or you can site on the curb and enjoy your meal like the locals.

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Rounding out the farmers’ market is the entertainment. Every week there are local performers in many of the intersections and side streets off Higuera. There is a wide spectrum of local artists including local musicians and dancers – you’ll often find groups of kids performing for the community here as well. The San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market is even producing a full blown concert series featuring local musicians once a month at farmers on a full size stage – don’t worry it’s not hard to miss. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for a large bear roaming Higuera street – the mascot roams the farmers’ market offering hugs to visitors. There is even a bounce house typically available for the kids’ enjoyment.

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A recent addition to Farmers’ is STEAM Alley – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math – which is put on by local organizations to grown interest in the community for these fields. Here you’ll find engaging and interactive family friendly displays and attractions. STEAM Alley is on the last Thursday of the month at the SLO Farmers’ Market.

San Luis Obispo Bike Night at Farmers’ Market

No overview of Farmers’ Market would be complete without mentioning Bike Night which is put on by Bike Happening. This unique SLO monthly tradition, which started more than 15 years ago in 2000, occurs on the first Thursday of every month. While the tradition started with a handful of friends, it has grown into several hundred people who ride their bikes around downtown SLO.

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SLO Bike Night starts at 9:30pm, after the Farmers’ Market, where riders start off by meeting at the Mission Plaza. There is a theme for every month so even if you don’t want to ride your bike, there is plenty of great spectating. After the group is assembled, the bikers will all head out in one large group; leaving the mission plaza and heading out on Monterey and then taking a quick left onto Nipomo Street. After taking another left on Marsh, the riders will go all the way up Marsh and into the parking lot just north of Santa Rosa Street. At this point the group will “swarm” – regroup by riding (and shouting!) in circles. Once the group is all together they will all head down Higuera Street until they start another lap by making a left onto Nipomo Street again.