The Best Events in SLO County This September

September in San Luis Obispo is a captivating blend of sunshine, festivities, and vibrant experiences waiting to be discovered. As summer gracefully gives way to autumn, the city comes alive with a diverse array of events that promise to delight locals and visitors alike. From the excitement of Labor Day weekend celebrations to the traditional revelries of Oktoberfest, there’s no shortage of fantastic activities to fill your days. Join us on a journey through the best things to do in San Luis Obispo this September, where each day brings new opportunities to savor the season’s charm.

Big Ditch Market (Arroyo Grande) – Friday, September 1 at 4p

Explore the vibrant offerings of Big Ditch Market! Discover a captivating array of handcrafted artisans, innovative makers, and vintage connoisseurs, alongside a delectable selection of food trucks. Immerse yourself in the diversity of 30-35 thoughtfully curated vendor booths, complemented by an enticing variety of 2-3 food booths.

Art After Dark (San Luis Obispo) – Friday, September 1 at 5p

Art After Dark presents a captivating self-guided art walk, offering the community an immersive journey into the realms of visual, literary, and performing arts. Engage with galleries and diverse venues on the inaugural Friday of each month, as we celebrate creativity.

First Friday’s (Atascadero) – Friday, September 1 at 6p

Indulge in the magic of First Friday Concerts and entertainment! Whether it’s a romantic date night or a delightful family outing, Downtown beckons with its diverse tapestry of dining establishments, charming boutique shops, and captivating entertainment options!

Pinedorado Days (Cambria) – September 2 – 4

Kicking off the three-day celebration is the Saturday morning Pinedorado Parade, winding down Main Street and featuring floats, dancers, bands, clown cars, and the Lions Club Calliope.

Water Front Market (Morro Bay) – September 2-4 & 9-10

Come explore the unique offerings of the central coast. You’ll find a diverse range of one-of-a-kind gifts, including soy candles, stitched and knitted goods, bath and body products, incense, local snacks, jewelry, and more.

Art In The Park (Morro Bay) – September 2-4

Get ready for the 67th annual extravaganza where art and craft take center stage in a lively outdoor setting! With 108 vibrant booths featuring 125 independent artists and craft enthusiasts, this event promises endless creativity and unique finds. And that’s not all – delicious bites and refreshing drinks will be on hand to fuel your festival fun!

Wild West Fest (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 2 at 12p

Yeehaw! Join SLO Public Market for a rip-roaring time at their West Fest. Get ready for exciting activities, lip-smacking BBQ from Kitchen & Vine, and special themed offerings from local vendors.

Pops By The Sea (Avila Beach) – Saturday, September 2 at 2:45p

Mark your calendars for Pops-by-the-Sea!  Enjoy popular and patriotic tunes by artists like John Williams and John Philip Sousa in the first half. The second half features local sensation Damon Castillo and his band. Hosted by KSBY Daybreak team, it’s a family-friendly celebration of Central Coast’s charm in the sun-soaked ambience.

Mid-State Wedding and Event Expo (Paso Robles) – Sunday, September 3 at 1p

Searching for vendors to match your distinct style and event vision? Whether it’s a wedding, a grand family reunion, anniversary celebration, quinceañera, or any special occasion, the Mid-State Wedding and Event Expo has you covered.

‘Use My Kitchen, Tell Your Story’ Argentine Dinner (San Miguel) – Wednesday, September 6 at 5p

Indulge in an exquisite Argentine Dinner by Chef Pablo Lamon, presented by Edible Magazine. Join our ‘Use My Kitchen, Tell Your Story’ series, where immigrant chefs share their narratives through delectable dishes, fostering connections and understanding. This culinary journey is hosted in generous partnership with local restaurants, wineries, and individuals, who welcome us to their spaces to create an unforgettable evening of shared stories and flavors.

Art in the Park (Arroyo Grande) – Saturday, September 9 at 10a

Celebrate local artisans from San Luis Obispo County. Discover unique handmade treasures including jewelry, candles, clothing, glass art, and more.

Makers at the Market (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 9 at 11a

Shop locally and sustainably at the SLO Public Market’s Fall Market. They are teaming up with SLO General Store to bring local makers in the courtyard, a Fall Wreath Workshop, a Ceramics workshop, live music, and plenty of delicious food and drink!

Barrelhouse Market Days (Paso Robles) – Saturday, September 9 at 12p

Embark on a day of boundless enjoyment at Barrelhouse Brewing Co., nestled in the heart of Tin City. Immerse yourself in a captivating marketplace, where a treasure trove of delights awaits your discovery. Unearth vintage finds, stylish clothing, exquisite accessories, artisan jewelry, captivating home decor, fine artwork, prints, and an array of crafted culinary delights.

Black Market Cheese Co. Grand Opening (Paso Robles) – Saturday, September 9 at 1p

Come to the Black Market Cheese Co. Grand Opening! This cheesy extravaganza is happening at at Reves de Moutons. Get ready to indulge in the finest selection of locally made artisanal cheeses. Discover unique flavors, meet fellow cheese enthusiasts, enjoy live music, cheese flights and a curated food menu!

Roller Derby Double Header (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 9 at 4:15p

Get ready to witness adrenaline-pumping action and fierce competition at this roller derby double header. Skilled athletes will be battling it out on wheels, showcasing speed, strategy, and strength. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or new to the excitement, this event promises an unforgettable dose of energy and entertainment.

Brew at the Zoo: Take Two! (Atascadero) – Saturday, September 9 at 5:30p

It’s time for Brew at the Zoo! Say, “Hello” to the ‘Brew Team.’ They’ll be ready to pour a diverse selection of beers and ciders, offering you a taste journey that spans from our local favorites to craft beverages hailing from across the beautiful state of California. Get ready to savor an array of flavors while enjoying the unique atmosphere of Charles Paddock Zoo.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary Block Party Fundraiser (Paso Robles) – Sunday, September 10 at 11a

Enjoy Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band’s tunes, fine wines from top Paso wineries, cold beer, and Chef Charlie’s delectable food. Discover the beauty of horses through demonstrations and engaging activities. Don’t miss out on the thrilling silent and live auctions throughout the day. It’s a celebration of community, music, flavors, and equine wonders!

Shop Sip & Stroll (Morro Bay) – September 14 & 28

Discover what our local businesses have to offer while sipping on both alcoholic and refreshing non-alcoholic beverages as well as sampling some delicious treats at businesses nestled along the picturesque Embarcadero and our unique and welcoming Downtown in Morro Bay.

Int’l Grenache Day Celebration! (Paso Robles) – Friday, September 15 at 5p

Join the Rhone Rangers for an evening wine tasting of all Grenache wines – Sparkling, Grenache Blanc, Rosé, Grenache Noir and Grenache-based blend from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County wineries! Held in the barn at the spectacular Thacher Winery, the evening includes an appetizer selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie.

Taste of Downtown (Paso Robles) – Saturday, September 16 at 11a

Sample food from Paso Robles restaurants and wineries and “take a taste of downtown” that you won’t forget. Experience and Savor of what downtown Paso Robles has to offer and relish in this annual event that invites merchants to open their doors for one-on-one sampling. This is a great chance to get re-acquainted with downtown Paso Robles or discover what you’ve been missing.

6th Annual Rocktoberfest (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 16 at 12p

Break out your lederhosen and come join us for a full day of beer, great food / barbeque, FREE live music and plenty of games! Come enjoy full sets of FREE live music from Ragged Jubilee and The Tens!

Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival (Paso Robles) – September 16-17

Enjoy two days of wine-loving, peace and music in the vineyard benefiting Templeton Music Education. Two stages, 16 bands, art, yoga, craft beer, mouth watering grub and Dam Fine Wine!

Beda’s Biergarten Oktoberfest (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 16 at 1p

Mark your calendars, dust off your Dirndl and Lederhosen, and get ready for Oktoberfest as only Beda’s Biergarten can do it! This is your chance to celebrate the true spirit of Oktoberfest with friends and family enjoying time together.

Tequila & Taco Music Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 16 at 1p

Get ready for the ultimate flavor fiesta in San Luis Obispo! California’s largest traveling Tequila & Taco Music Festival is here! Sip top-shelf tequila, savor mouthwatering street tacos, groove to live music, and explore local craft vendors.

Gems by the Sea – SLO Gem & Mineral Annual Show (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 16-17

Unearth the extraordinary at our event: Gems, Minerals, Rocks, and Jewelry! Discover handcrafted treasures by local artisans, delve into the world of lapidary crafts, and find that perfect gem of a gift.

Bao Bun Workshop and Feast (San Luis Obispo) – Sunday, September 17 at 2p

Have a mouthwatering adventure at Saints Barrel in San Luis Obispo. Get ready to indulge in the delicious world of bao buns! Learn the art of making these fluffy, pillowy delights at their Bao Bun Workshop.

Edible SLO: Single Ingredient Dinner featuring “Tinned Fish” (Paso Robles – Wednesday, September 20 at 5:30p

Edible Magazine cordially invites you to enjoy their Single Ingredient Dinner Series – where one featured ingredient is expertly weaved into all of the meal’s dishes. Our next dinner features Tinned Fish, with a meal prepared by Chef Sara Hauman, perhaps best known to the general foodie audience through her superstar run on Bravo’s Top Chef.

Empty Bowls 2023 (Arroyo Grande) – Thursday, September 21 at 11a

Join in on the Twelfth Annual Empty Bowls event! Make a difference in the lives of families facing homelessness as you pick the perfect bowl and savor local soups. It’s a heartwarming luncheon back In-Person this year, complete with celebrity servers and a tempting raffle. Your ticket not only gets you a hand-crafted bowl and a free bowl of soup from a local restaurant, but it also supports our community. Come engage with neighbors, share in the spirit of giving, and help make a positive impact!

Give for Good: Diversity Coalition Annual Fundraiser (San Luis Obispo) – Thursday, September 21 at 5p

Enjoy a remarkable evening of celebration and inclusivity at the inaugural annual fundraiser of the Diversity Coalition in beautiful San Luis Obispo County! Give for Good will be an evening celebrating the richness of cultures and voices that make San Luis Obispo County truly unique, while raising funds for Diversity Coalition’s programs.

Alta Music Festival 2023 (Avila Beach) – September 23-24

Discover the magic of Alta Music Festival at the serene Avila Beach Resort, nestled between breathtaking mountains and a picturesque coastline. For two days, immerse yourself in a one-stage musical journey curated by music aficionados, designed for fellow enthusiasts.

Central Coast Bioneers Conference (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 23

Ecologistics, Inc., creating a resilient and healthy community for the residents of San Luis Obispo County, that is sustainable, both environmentally and economically. Join this conference to make a difference in our community.

Dine in the Vines (Paso Robles) – Saturday, September 23 at 6p

Indulge in an unforgettable evening at the enchanting ONX Estate for Dine in the Vines! An intimate and unforgettable experience, where exceptional food, remarkable wines, and genuine connections intertwine to create a truly magical evening.

Oktoberfest at Antigua (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 23 at 12p

Don your Oktoberfest finest and join us for a treat-filled day of games, shenanigans, prizes, and delicious food! It’s a festivity you won’t want to miss at Antigua Brewing Company.

BarrelHouse Oktoberfest (Paso Robles) – Saturday, September 23 at 2p

Enjoy an unforgettable experience filled with lively music from Brash Mash, steins of fest beer, delicious foods, and of course, Gutes Bier! Be sure to don your lederhosen or dirndl and join the fun, participate in exciting games, and raise your glass in a toast to good times at Barrelhouse Brewery!

Sunrise Sunday at SENSORIO! (Paso Robles) – Sunday, September 24 at 4:30a

Attend the very first SUNRISE at SENSORIO! As the world awakens, you’ll be invited  to immerse yourself in the magical hues of the rising sun, painting the sky with an array of colors to compliment our exhibition like you’ve never seen before!

Money Moves Women’s Retreat (Paso Robles) – September 27 & 28

Elevate your financial knowledge and set yourself up for lasting success at our exclusive two-day retreat for women in Paso Robles, California. Led by renowned educators and business coaches, this interactive retreat will empower you to learn about real estate investing, building generational wealth, teaching healthy money habits to children, and more.

Fall Folk-n-Soak Festival (Paso Robles) – September 29 to October 1

Dive into relaxation and tunes at the Fall Folk-n-Soak Music Festival hosted by Franklin Hot Springs, Paso Robles! Soak in mineral water at 100°F, camp under the stars, and groove to music by the pool for a weekend of blissful vibes and endless fun!

84th Annual Harvest Festival & Parade (Arroyo Grande) – September 29 & 30

Embrace the essence of community at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival, a beloved local tradition. From entertainment and culinary delights to contests, kids’ games, and movie nights, this event has it all. Celebrate unity with this year’s theme, ‘Community Together,’ while enjoying the heartwarming small-town charm of Arroyo Grande and its neighboring areas.

September Scramble (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 30 at 11a

Grab the family for an exciting September Scramble Family Adventure Course, brought to you by the San Luis Obispo Parks & Recreation Department. Taking place at the picturesque Laguna Lake Golf Course, this event is a thrilling experience for kids aged 5 and up (adults are welcome too!). Navigate over 20 innovative obstacles across a scenic 0.75-mile course, combining fun and fitness in a single unforgettable day.

SLO Oktoberfest (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, September 30 at 1p

Get ready for the ultimate Oktoberfest experience! Enjoy a delightful day of food, beer, music, contests, and games. The Hazelnuss Oktoberfest Band is bringing their Southern California party spirit, while DJ Flashback of Wild 106.1 hosts the fun and games. Your ticket includes entry, stein, first fill, souvenir tasting mug, and unlimited tasters. Don’t miss this Oktoberfest/beer fest hybrid with German beer steins and a variety of brews to sample. Get set to win big!




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