Are you looking for some exciting things to do in SLO County this month? Look no further! We’ve put together a fantastic list of events that will keep you entertained and engaged all month long. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly Easter egg hunt, a delicious Easter brunch, or just a good time, we’ve got you covered. Don’t let April Fools’ Day fool you, the events on our list are 100% real fun! So get ready to enjoy SLO County with us and make the most of this wonderful time of year!
Traffic Records 5 Year Anniversary Music Fest (Atascadero & Paso Robles) – March 31 – April 2
Get ready to join the party as Traffic Records celebrates their 5-year anniversary with a series of exciting festivities at both their Atascadero and Paso Robles locations. From live music to special discounts and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this milestone event. Don’t miss out on the fun and come join Traffic Records in celebrating five years of music, community, and good vibes.
Orchid Fest 2023 (San Luis Obispo) – April 1-2
Indulge in the enchanting world of orchids! Immerse yourself in the vibrant displays and unique offerings of seven distinguished orchid societies as they showcase their individual specialties. Discover the beauty and diversity of these captivating blooms as you explore the exhibition and take home your very own piece of floral wonder. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the splendor of orchids like never before!
SLO Beaver Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 1 @ 10a
Attention all eager beavers of all ages! Get ready to make a splash at the First Annual SLO County Beaver Festival, hosted by the SLO Beaver Brigade. With free entry and an exciting lineup of activities, including live music, beaver trivia contests, children’s activities, and inspiring talks by beaver eco-hydrologist Dr. Emily Fairfax, this event is sure to be a dam good time. Don’t miss out on the fun and come celebrate these incredible creatures at the SLO County Beaver Festival!
Kids Day 2023 & Egg Hunt (Nipomo) – Saturday, April 1 @ 11a
Experience the excitement of a free Easter egg hunt like never before, with an incredible 16,000 eggs waiting to be found in Nipomo! Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
Big Spring Show at Madonna Inn (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 1 @ 11a
Step into the world of creativity and discover over 75 independent brands, artists, makers, and businesses at the spectacular SPRING SHOW presented by Makeshift Muse, hosted at the iconic Madonna Inn. You won’t want to miss this incredible showcase of talent!
15th Annual Tour of Paso Bike Ride (Paso Robles) – Sunday, April 2 @ 7:30a
Get ready to hit the road for a great cause at the 15th Annual Tour of Paso. Join fellow cyclists for a picturesque ride through the stunning Paso Robles wine country, all while raising funds to support cancer patients and their families. Take this opportunity to ride for a purpose!
Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves (Pismo Beach) – Sunday, April 2 @ 10a
Discover a feast for the senses at our event in Pismo Beach! Featuring over 50 artisan vendors, delicious food booths, live music, and breathtaking views right on the cliffs, this is an experience not to be missed. Come join us for a day of fun in the sun!
Bunny Trail at the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market (San Luis Obispo) – Thursday, April 6 @ 6p
Join us for a fun-filled and family-friendly springtime event, completely free for everyone to enjoy! Head downtown with your little ones for an exciting adventure, collecting treats from local businesses and meeting our adorable Downtown Bunny. It’s the perfect way to welcome the season and make lasting memories with your loved ones!
FIRST FRIDAYS! (Atascadero) – Friday, April 7 @ 5:30p
Get ready for an unforgettable night out in Downtown Atascadero with First Friday’s! Groove to the beat of The Stellar Band at City Hall while indulging in delicious offerings from a variety of food trucks. And don’t forget to explore the #ATOWNDOWNTOWNPASSPORT Retail Crawl for some fantastic local finds.
32nd Annual Egg Hunt & Festival (Arroyo Grande) – Saturday, April 8 @ 10a
Calling all parents! Get ready for a fun day of free family fun at this Egg Hunt event! Let your little ones loose to search for eggs, and then treat them to free hot dogs, carnival games, bounce houses, face painting, and so much more. This is an event that caters to all ages, so bring the whole family along for an incredible day out!
Easter Eggstravaganza (Pismo Beach) – Saturday, April 8 @ 10a
Join us at Dinosaur Caves Park for a fun-filled day of bouncing, games, crafts, and more! Don’t miss out on the three exciting hunt times, with separate sessions for different age groups.
Children’s Day in the Plaza (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 8 @ 10a
Enjoy a wonderful celebration of children and families at Children’s Day in the Plaza! Held annually to mark April as the Month of the Child and Child Abuse Prevention Month, this event is all about providing resources and support to families throughout SLO County. But it’s not just about practicalities – it’s also a celebration of creativity, diversity, and individuality, where children can express themselves and have fun.
Spring Wine Walk (Paso Robles) – Saturday, April 8 @ 1p
Embark on a journey of taste and diversity in the heart of the Downtown Paso Robles Wine District! Sample the exquisite offerings of 16 wineries pouring 11 different Paso Robles AVAs, each paired with gourmet food selections that will leave your taste buds dancing.
Journey Eastwards – Sichuan Dinning Experience (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 8 @ 5p
Experience a culinary journey to a village feast in rural Sichuan, China without leaving SLO! Join us as Chef Garrett from Sichuan Kitchen SLO expertly prepares a menu that highlights the unique flavors and ingredients of the region. The dishes feature local, organic produce and gifts from nature, bringing an authentic taste of Sichuan to your table.
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Citywide Yard Sale (Atascadero) – Saturday, April 15 @ 8a
Mark your calendars for the ultimate treasure hunt in Atascadero! Join us for our Yard Sale event, where over 150 yard sales will be taking place all around town. Whether you’re searching for unique finds or simply looking for great bargains, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the community and discover some hidden gems.
Naturefest at DANA Adobe & Cultural Center (Nipomo) – Saturday, April 15 @ 10a
Join us for an unforgettable celebration of nature at the 2023 NatureFest! This year’s event is all about nature-centered arts & crafts, guided hikes, and exciting live animal presentations. From building bird feeders to dissecting owl pellets, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on our fantastic selection of local vendors, delicious food booths, tours of the Adobe, face painting, and so much more.
Cal Poly Truck and Tractor Pull (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 15 @ 1p
Rev up your engines and get ready for a thrilling day at the 42nd Annual Poly Royal Pull, proudly presented by the Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club! Bring your family and friends along for a day filled with heart-pumping action and excitement. This event promises to showcase some of the most powerful machines in the area, with skilled drivers putting them to the test in a competition you won’t want to miss.
The Craft of Distilling Whiskey (Atascadero) – Saturday, April 15 @ 11:30a
Elevate your whiskey knowledge with a truly immersive experience! Join us for an unforgettable gathering where you can sample whiskeys from around the world, expertly curated to showcase a diverse range of styles, grains, and flavor profiles. Owner Eric will walk you through the fascinating process of fermentation and enlighten you on the influences of barrel choices on the spirit. Get ready to savor the complex notes and aromas of some of the finest whiskeys while discovering a new appreciation for this timeless spirit!
15th Annual Wine 4 Paws Weekend (SLO County) – April 22-23
Calling all wine enthusiasts! This April 22-23, come together with over 75 esteemed wineries across SLO County for an incredible cause. Join forces to raise funds for Woods Humane Society, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of animals in our community. Sip and savor some of the finest wines the region has to offer while supporting a great cause.
Makers at the Market Earth Day (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 22 @ 11a
Join us for a celebration of all things sustainable and local at Makers at the Market – Earth Day🌎. Step into our beautiful courtyard and discover up to 50 talented local makers showcasing their unique creations. Immerse yourself in the festivities with Earth Day workshops, a 50/50 raffle benefiting the Central Coast Parks Association, and a Bike to the Market Incentive. Satisfy your cravings with delicious food and drink options, all while supporting environmentally conscious and socially responsible initiatives.
2nd Annual Rosé the SLO Way (San Luis Obispo) – Sunday, April 23 @ 1p
Prepare yourself for the ultimate pink party! Experience the finest selection of 20 premier Rosé wines, carefully curated for your tasting pleasure at the SLO Hotel. Indulge in delectable savory creations crafted by Executive Chef Ryan Fancher, perfectly paired to elevate your wine-tasting experience. Immerse yourself in the elegant ambiance and lively atmosphere as you sample and savor the best Rosé wines the region has to offer.
SLO FILM FESTIVAL (SLO County) – April 25-30
Don’t miss a full week of all that film has to offer! With over 100 films, filmmakers, special guests from around the country, live music performances, workshops, panel discussions, red carpet events, themed parties and mingling with familiar faces in the industry.
Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show (Paso Robles) – April 28-30
Located in the famous Paso Robles Event Center, the Three Speckled Hens Antiques and Old Stuff Show is a biannual event that specializes in selling one-of-a-kind antique and vintage items. There will be over 100 vendors will participate in the show, selling everything from antiques and vintage items to re-purposed treasures.
Morro Bay Kite Festival (Morro Bay) – April 28-30
Get ready to soar to new heights with your family at the Morro Bay Kite Festival! This highly anticipated annual event promises a weekend of exhilarating fun and adventure, as kite enthusiasts of all ages converge in the picturesque coastal town of Morro Bay.
Out of the Darkness Community Walk (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, April 29 @ 10a
The annual San Luis Obispo Out of the Darkness Community Walk will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education, research, and survivor support programs. In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walks give those who attend a chance to connect with others and know they are not alone, whether they walk in memory or in support of a loved one or in honor of their own mental health journey.
Paso Robles Taco Fest (Paso Robles) – Saturday, April 29 @ 11a
Experience the 1st Inaugural Paso Robles Taco Fest, located at the Estrella Warbirds Museum in Paso Robles. Indulge in mouth-watering tacos from top vendors throughout the central coast and beyond! With over 15,000 tacos to be served, there will be no shortage of delicious options to satisfy your cravings while enjoying live music, artisanal crafts, and a variety of activities for all ages.
Brew at the Zoo! (Atascadero) – Saturday, April 29 @ 5:30p
Get ready to kick back and savor a truly unforgettable evening at the Charles Paddock Zoo, as you dive headfirst into a world of tantalizing craft beers, ciders, seltzers, wines, and kombucha! With over an incredible range of libations to sample, you’re in for a night filled with laughter, great conversations, and memories.
Taste of the Back Roads Grand Tastsing (North County) – Saturday, April 29 @ 6p
Join almost 20 wineries in this grand tasting event, featuring live music and an array of delicious food showcasing the hidden gems and historical wineries of Paso Robles. Celebrate the pioneering spirit of winemaking and savor the diverse flavors of the Back Roads of Paso Robles wineries, with more than 17 wineries to choose from.
The Art of Creating Cocktails (Atascadero) – Saturday, April 29 @ 11:30a
Explore the art of cocktail creation with Forager Spirits in a hands-on workshop that will teach you the skills to make unforgettable drinks. Get ready to impress your guests with your newfound knowledge and creativity!
Teat to Table Workshop (Santa Margarita) – Sunday, April 30 @ 10a
Experience a farm-to-table adventure like no other! Start your day with a coffee klatch in the picturesque milking parlor, witness a milking demo, and even try your hand at milking a goat. As you explore the farm, you’ll meet and feed the resident goats, alpaca, and pot belly pigs. Finally, settle in for a hands-on lesson in crafting soft cheeses from the farm-fresh goat milk. Whether you’re an animal lover or just curious about farm life, this is a unique experience you won’t want to miss!