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All Are Welcome In SLO


The SLO life is for everyone (and we mean everyone). To help you feel like a local when you’re here, SLO county celebrates LGBTQIA+ identities and history with a variety of celebrations, community events and special venues all year long. First time in town? Make the GALA Pride & Diversity Center near downtown San Luis Obispo your first stop for more information.

Events & Happenings

Trans* Youth Support Group

A safe place for trans* and gender non-conforming youth, as well as those questioning, meet every Tuesday to swap stories, share advice and even get creative with art projects.

Pandora’s Pizza Party at Benny’s Pizza Palace

Queer? Ally? Just love pizza and good conversations? Join us at Benny’s Pizza Palace & Social Club, a safe space for LGBTQIA+ meetups, every Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Burlesque & Drag Shows

There are lots of places to watch local kings and queens strut their stuff on stage, whether you’re in town for Central Coast pride or following the SLO Tease Burlesque’s shows.

The fun doesn’t stop when May ends. Central Coast Pride signs off with a huge three-day, three-venue Pride Celebration. It’s your chance to live the SLO Life in full color, so start planning your Central Coast Pride Getaway now – we can’t wait to welcome you!

Where to Stay During Central Coast Pride

San Luis Obispo is your homebase away from home – not just during Pride Month, but all year long. Post up in a SLO hotel, close to the action, or book a cozy homestay where you can relax and unwind after the festivities.

LGBTQIA+ Eats & Hangs

Luna Red

Brunch? Brunch. After a long night out, locals love to meet at Luna Red for a late meal and plenty of signature cocktails. Try to grab a seat on the patio–the downtown view is gorgeous.

NOVO Restaurant & Lounge

Novo has been a proud supporter of San Luis Obispo’s LGBTQIA+ community for years, and we give back by booking tables for their legendary (and classy) brunches, lunches and dinners.

Libertine Brewing

Thank Gay’s It’s Friday is just one of the queer-friendly events local brewery Libertine hosts throughout the year. Check their calendar for upcoming shindigs if you’re thirsty for more.

SLO Provisions

With its warm weather and abundance of outdoor eateries, there are plenty of places you can visit for fresh on-the-go food in SLO. Don’t miss a lunch at SLO Provisions where people line up to order rustic baked goods and mouth-watering rotisserie.

Skipper’s Brew Coffee House

Skipper’s Brew is a female queer-owned coffee shop. Featuring a delectable matcha menu and a slew of seasonal drinks. You can also grab a special puppacino for a beloved friend.

Junk Girls

The Junk Girls have a passion for giving found, vintage, and forgotten objects new life. Founded in 2009, they create art, lighting, furniture, jewelry, and home decor. They find beauty in the ordinary and character in a life well-lived. 

Sidecar Cocktail Co

The music plays on at Sidecar, a retro space enclosed by brick walls and bookshelves. Order an eclectic original cocktail or take a leap of faith and let their mixologists whip up a custom creation.