Welcome to a July filled with excitement in San Luis Obispo County! As summer reaches its peak, this beautiful region of California comes alive with a medley of captivating events. From dazzling fireworks to mouthwatering street fairs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of culture, nature, and entertainment that awaits you in San Luis Obispo County this July.
With its picturesque coastal towns, scenic vineyards, and breathtaking landscapes, San Luis Obispo County provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable summer adventure. From history buffs to art enthusiasts, music lovers to foodies, the county offers an array of events tailored to diverse interests.
Join us as we uncover the top events happening this July in San Luis Obispo County. Whether you’re a local looking for new experiences or a traveler seeking a remarkable destination, this guide will ensure you make the most of this spectacular month in this captivating corner of California.
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1Circus Vargas (San Luis Obispo) – June 23 – July 10
Don’t miss this colorful, flashy, and fun-filled circus spectacular! This is a must-see Parisian-style circus production featuring world-renowned performers aerialists acrobats and more!
2July 4th Sand Sculpture Contest (Cayucos) – Tuesday, July 4 at 4am to 10am
Stunning sand sculptures this 4th of July weekend! Don’t miss out on this enchanting display of artistry. It’s a special treat for early risers, so gather your family and don’t forget your camera to capture unforgettable memories.
3The 4th in Templeton – Tuesday, July 4 at 7a to 3pm
Experience an unforgettable 4th of July celebration in Templeton! Indulge in a delightful pancake breakfast, immerse yourself in a lively parade, and partake in a host of exciting family-friendly festivities.
44th of July Pancake Breakfast (Avila Beach) – Tuesday, July 4 at 8:30am to 11am
Join the Avila Beach Civic Association for a 4th of July Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser! Enjoy pancakes while supporting a great cause. This event is a wonderful opportunity to dine with your community, fostering a sense of togetherness and camaraderie. Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy breakfast while making a positive impact in Avila Beach.
54th of July Doggie Parade (Avila Beach) – Tuesday, July 4 at 11am
Calling all fur baby enthusiasts! Get ready for a tail-wagging good time at the highly anticipated annual Doggie Parade and Doggie Costume Contest! Bring your furry friend, dress them up in their most charming ensemble, and prepare for a paw-some display of cuteness!
6Art in the Park (Morro Bay) – July 1-3
This art show has over 100 exhibitors from across California and the West. Prepare to be enthralled by a diverse range of captivating artworks crafted by talented artists. With free admission and parking, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
7Front Street Faire (Cayucos) – Tuesday, July 4 at 10am to 6pm
Get ready to shop ’til you drop at the Cayucos Street Faire! This event offers a variety of food vendors, free face painting for kids, and an array of clothing, jewelry, and gift options. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to indulge in shopping, delicious food, and family-friendly entertainment.
8“Safe and Sane” Fireworks (Five Cities) – 10a to 10p
Ignite the skies with an exhilarating display! Brace yourself for “Safe and Sane” fireworks in Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande & Oceano.
9Santa Margarita Fourth of July – Tuesday, July 4 at 10:30am
Celebrate 4th of July in Santa Margarita with the sponsored event by the Santa Margarita Village Association! Enjoy live music, thrilling carnival games, and a tasty hot dog lunch. Join the community for a memorable Independence Day celebration!
106th Annual Nipomo 4th of July Parade – Tuesday, July 4 at 11am
Join us for the 6th Annual Nipomo 4th of July Parade! Experience the beauty of Nipomo as the parade travels over 12 miles of scenic roads. Don’t miss this lively celebration of community and patriotism!
114th of July in The Village – Tuesday, July 4 at 11a to 1p
Enjoy free summer concerts at the Rotary Bandstand in Heritage Square Park, held every Sunday from July to September. Bring your picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets to indulge in live music.
12July 4th Fireworks in Cambria – Tuesday, July 4 at 11am
Experience a spectacular celebration in Cambria! Fireworks are back, accompanied by live music, relay races, pie eating contests, raffles, kids’ games, face painting, and delicious food. Join us for an unforgettable day of fun and community spirit.
13July 4th Parade and Picnic (Creston) – Tuesday, July 4 at 12pm
Celebrate the 4th of July with Creston’s Parade and Picnic! Join us for a festive day filled with family fun, hosted by local clubs and businesses.
14July 4th Paso (Paso Robles) – Tuesday, July 4 at 2pm to 10pm
Fireworks are back in Paso Robles, igniting the night sky in a spectacular celebration! Join us in North County for an unforgettable experience filled with live music, tantalizing food trucks, a vibrant Kid Zone, and a breathtaking fireworks show. Come and be part of the festivities that will create cherished memories. Don’t miss this thrilling event!
15Atascadero Fourth of July Music Festival – Tuesday, July 4 at 4pm to 8pm
Celebrate Independence Day in a serene lakeside setting, surrounded by majestic shady oaks, as three phenomenal musical acts take the stage. Enjoy an afternoon filled with captivating melodies, delectable food, and refreshing drinks. Best of all, general admission is free, ensuring everyone can join in the festivities.
16Pismo Beach July 4th Celebration – Tuesday, July 4 at 6pm to 10pm
The City of Pismo Beach warmly invites residents and visitors to join in the highly anticipated July 4th Celebration! Tickets guarantee a reserved seat, a delectable 3-course dinner catered by Ribline, lively DJ entertainment, breathtaking views, and the grand finale of the Pismo Beach fireworks show. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to indulge in a memorable evening of dining, entertainment, and mesmerizing fireworks.
17Cayucos Pier 4th of July Fireworks Show – Tuesday, July 4 at 9pm
Don’t miss the awe-inspiring Cayucos Fireworks Show at the pier! This captivating event draws thousands to the charming coastal community.
18FIRST FRIDAYS! (Atascadero) – Friday, July 7 at 5:30p
Whether it’s a delightful date night or a fun-filled evening with the family, Downtown offers an array of businesses to explore. Indulge in delectable dining, discover unique boutique shops, and revel in captivating entertainment.
19Open Farm Days (SLO County) – July 14-16
Explore the vibrant world of our local family farms as they open their gates to offer tours, tastings, and valuable insights into our agricultural heritage. Delight in captivating demonstrations, indulge in delicious flavors, and embark on fascinating farm tours.
2037th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival (San Luis Obispo) – July 15-16
Experience an extraordinary weekend at the Central Coast Renaissance Festival on July 15 & 16, 2023! With captivating entertainment, delicious food, and activities for all ages, it’s the perfect destination at San Luis Obispo’s Laguna Lake Park.
21Shepherd to Chef Event (Paso Robles) – Satruday, July 15 at 6p
Join FarmsteadED for a summer evening of savoring, sipping, and grazing at Rêves de Moutons as we celebrate the completion of their new dairy, accompanied by the renowned Black Market Cheese Company.
22California Midstate Fair 2023 (Paso Robles) – July 19-30
The California Mid-State Fair is held annually and runs for 12 days at the end of July. The Fair has hosted some of the biggest names in the music industry.
23Festival Mozaic (SLO County) – July 22-29
Experience the enchantment of Festival Mozaic, a celebration of music in unique venues across San Luis Obispo County, California.
24Baroque in the Vines (San Miguel) – July 29 – SOLD OUT!
Enjoy the opening of the 2022 Festival at Serra Chapel, featuring a beautiful evening of Baroque music and a concerto performance by Mozaic Artist-in-Residence, Abigel Kralik. Experience the magic firsthand.
25Tesla Takeover (San Luis Obispo) – July 28-30
Get ready for the ultimate Tesla experience at the second annual Tesla Owners California Takeover! Join us for the largest Tesla owners event in California this year and celebrate the best performing and safest cars on the road. But that’s not all – the true highlight of the event is the incredible Tesla community.