Where to Stop, Sip, and Stay on Your Highway 1 Roadtrip
A trip to San Luis Obispo would not be complete without a stop at the world-famous Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market, happening every Thursday night, or the Saturday morning market at Madonna Plaza Shopping Center. Food is something to celebrate in San Luis Obispo, where local farms and agriculture thrive and grow fresh, flavorful produce all year-round.
In the heart of the city, Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market takes over Higuera Street on Thursdays, spanning 5 blocks of downtown. If you aren’t in town for Thursday, kick off the weekend right with a trip to the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market to round up your snacks and goodies, happening from 8:00 – 10:45 a.m. These farmers’ markets are a culmination of weekly harvests plus a full-on foodie festival for the community, featuring live music, local craft goods and more.
Starting on May 6th, 2021 The Market will be returning in phases. The first phase will operate as a certified farmers’ market with other essential to-go items as defined by County guidelines for Certified Farmers’ Markets. Food and drink for onsite consumption, entertainment, and other vendor categories deemed non-essential will not be present during the first phase. The Market will take place from 6 to 9 pm on Higuera Street from Chorro to Osos. Some vendors will be located on Morro Street between Monterey and Higuera.
Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., except Thanksgiving Day or if it is raining. For more information on the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market and regular updates please visit https://downtownslo.com/events/farmers-market.
Thousands of visitors roam the market each week, enjoying free live music and entertainment including local bands; unique hand-crafted goods; face painting and bounce houses; barbecue, corn-on-the-cob and other unique food stands; in addition to the seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, boutique olive oils, local honey, preserves and other locally grown and produced products.
Try out the some of the many deliciously ripe and sustainable fruits and vegetables while strolling through San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market. Be sure to taste the apricots and strawberries in Spring, tomatoes and figs in Summer, apples and persimmons in Fall, and squash and tomatillos in Winter.
Thursday evening Farmers’ Market SLO also features a bike valet program for guests who wish to cruise through the charming downtown and avoid any parking challenges. Additionally, on the first Thursday of each month, there is a lively Bike Happening following the market, when massive groups of cyclists loop around downtown in costumes—a must-see for any bicycle enthusiast.
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