May is the perfect time to celebrate all the important women in our lives, especially on Mother’s Day. This month, SLO county is bustling with a variety of events and activities that will provide an opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones, support the local community, and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. From Paso Wine Fest and PrideFest to Bike Month and various festivals, there is something for everyone. So, grab your friends and family and check out our list of things to do in SLO county this May, including some special ways to celebrate Mother’s Day!
1SLO Pridefest (ALL MONTH)
Throughout the month of May, you’ll be able to find a wide swath of opportunities to show your colors — from educational events and opportunities for advocacy, to fabulous performances and special events from local groups and businesses.
2Bike Month (ALL MONTH)
Get ready to pedal your way through May, because it’s officially Bike Month in San Luis Obispo County! This year, we’re excited to celebrate the power of community with a month-long festival that’s Powered by the People. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, Bike Month is the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and explore the joys of biking. From exhilarating group rides to informative workshops, there’s no shortage of fun events.
327th Annual Cruisin’ Morro Bay Car Show! (Morro Bay) – May 4-6
Get ready for a weekend of automotive excitement and family fun at the annual Morro Bay Car Show! Taking place over the first weekend in May, this three-day event is a celebration of all things automotive and draws visitors from all over San Luis Obispo County.
4Central Coast Pride Kickoff (San Luis Obispo) – May 5 @ 5p
Get ready to kick off the 2023 Pride season in style with Central Coast Pride at the SLO Museum of Art! Enjoy a night of unforgettable evening of fun, family-friendly activities, and fabulous entertainment.
5Art After Dark (San Luis Obispo) – May 5 @ 5p
Unleash your inner art enthusiast with Art After Dark – a one-of-a-kind, self-guided art walk that invites you to explore the vibrant world of visual, literary, and performing art in a variety of galleries and venues throughout the community. Taking place on the first Friday of every month, Art After Dark is a chance to dive into the local arts scene and discover new talents and perspectives.
6Shabang Live Music & Arts Festival 2023 (San Luis Obispo) – May 5-7
With over 50 live performances across 4 stages, Shabang is a feast for the senses. You’ll discover incredible breakout talent from the local area and beyond, as well as artisans and artists showcasing their unique creations.
77th Annual Atascadero Tamale Festival (Atascadero) – May 6 @ 11a
Get ready for a delicious day of food, fun, and festivities at the 7th Annual Atascadero Tamale Festival! With over 30 tamale vendors from all over California, this is the ultimate destination for tamale lovers.
8Derby Day Wine Fest at Windfall Farms (Paso Robles) – Saturday, May 6 @ 1p
The Rotary Club of Paso Robles Sunrise is excited to offer our second annual Derby Day Wine Fest at Windfall Farms wine tasting event. This exclusive experience will showcase the wines of over thirty Central Coast wineries while streaming live coverage of the Kentucky Derby.
9Spring 2023 Antique Faire (Cayucos) – Sunday, May 7 @ 7a
Experience the charm of Cayucos-by-the-Sea while discovering treasures at the 2023 Spring Antique Faire! Held twice yearly, this event is a beloved tradition for antique collectors, vintage enthusiasts, and anyone who loves one-of-a-kind finds. Stroll along N. Ocean Avenue and explore over a dozen vendor booths featuring a variety of antiques, collectibles, and unique items.
10Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves (Shell Beach)
Shell Beach celebration awaits you at this Artisan Market on the Bluffs. With stunning views overlooking the ocean and Pismo Beach, this event is the perfect opportunity to enjoy live music and a day out with your loved ones. Browse through the exquisite work of over 50 artisan vendors and treat yourself to delicious bites from a variety of food booths.
114th Annual Downtown SLO Sip ‘n’ Saunter (San Luis Obispo) – Sunday, May 7 @ 1p
Taste local flavors and explore downtown San Luis Obispo’s diverse lineup of retailers. Local wineries, beverage providers, restaurants, and caterers from around the county will serve up tastings and small bites at downtown retail locations.
122nd Annual Spring Fest (Grover Beach) – Saturday, May 13 @ 10a
Visit the Filipino Cultural Center as they honor Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of South SLO County. It’s a chance to connect with the community, celebrate diverse cultures, and give back to a great cause.
13AAPI SLO Annual Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, May 13 @ 12p
SLO Public Market & the Asian American & Pacific Islanders of SLO will be hosting a celebration of culture and community. Come and honor the rich heritage and contributions of the AAPI community.
14SLO Botanical Garden’s Faerie Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Sunday, May 14 @ 10a
It’s time for a magical adventure at the First Annual SLO Botanical Garden’s Faerie Festival! Immerse yourself in a whimsical world of enchantment where you can interact with faeries, create crafts, and enjoy musical performances – all while surrounded by the beauty of the garden. Bring out your inner child and dress up in your favorite wings and flower crowns to fully embrace the enchanting atmosphere. Best of all, admission to the Garden and many children’s activities will be completely free, so bring the whole family for a day of fantastical fun!
15Mother’s Day Tea Party (Arroyo Grande) – Sunday, May 14 @ 1:30p
Celebrate Mother’s Day in style with a charming and family-friendly tea date! Indulge in a wide selection of teas, lemonade, tea sandwiches, scones, and delectable desserts that are sure to please your taste buds. Enjoy fun activities such as crafts, a raffle, and more to keep the party entertained all day long.
16EXPO at the Expo (San Luis Obispo) – Wednesday, May 17 @ 4p
The Central Coast’s largest business tradeshow, the annual EXPO at the Expo, is back! Featuring over 100 local exhibitors and attracting more than 2,000 attendees, this event is the perfect opportunity to connect with businesses and entrepreneurs from all around the region.
17Paso Wine Fest 2023 – May 18-21
Experience the best of Paso Robles wine country at the highly anticipated Paso Wine Fest! This premier event is the ultimate showcase for wine lovers, with over 150 individual activities at the region’s top wineries. Sample award-winning wines, indulge in delectable cuisine, and immerse yourself in live music and entertainment. With four days of festivities including winemaker dinners and tastings, there’s no better way to experience the vibrant culture and diverse flavors of Paso Robles Wine Country.
18Folk-n-Soak Festival 2023 (Paso Robles) – May 19-21
Enjoy a unique festival experience as you soak in the healing mineral water of the hot springs and camp out under the starry night sky, while enjoying live music from the pool. With the perfect blend of relaxation and entertainment, this is the ultimate getaway for music lovers and hot springs enthusiasts alike.
19LakeFest 2023 & Children’s Day in the Park (Atascadero) – Saturday, May 20 @ 10a
Join the Friends of Atascadero Lake, The Link Family Resource Center, and the City of Atascadero for a spectacular day of family fun at the 2023 Atascadero Lakefest and Children’s Day in the Park. Enjoy a variety of exciting activities, including a cardboard boat race, fishing derby, and more, while also learning about valuable family resources.
20Armed Forces Day at Charles Paddock Zoo (Atascadero) – Saturday, May 20 @ 10a
Join Charles Paddock Zoo in showing appreciation for our active duty Armed Forces and their families by visiting the only zoo on the Central Coast – for FREE! Simply present your valid military ID for complimentary admission for you, your spouse, and children.
212023 Olive & Lavender Festival! (Paso Robles) – Saturday, May 20 @ 10a
Celebrate all things olive and lavender at the 19th Annual Paso Robles Olive Festival and the 15th Annual Lavender Festival. Admission is free, but for those interested in wine-tasting, passes will be available for purchase. Immerse yourself in the world of olives and lavender with seminars, demonstrations, and tastings. Explore the diverse arts, crafts, collectibles, and culinary delights offered by local vendors, including beer and spirits tastings.
22Best of the West (Santa Margarita) – May 25-28
Experience a journey back in time at the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, where antique machinery from tractors, engines, cars, steam trains to airplanes will be showcased. Get up-close and personal with these fascinating pieces of history and learn about their significance in shaping our world today. This family-friendly event is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness the past come alive on California’s stunning Central Coast.
23Art In The Park (Morro Bay) – May 27-29
Experience a vibrant celebration of creativity at the 67th Annual Outdoor Art Show where talented artists and craftspeople come together in a picturesque outdoor setting to showcase and sell their exquisite works of art to a discerning and appreciative audience.
2415th Annual Golden State Classics Car Show (Paso Robles) – Saturday, May 27 @ 9a
The 15th Annual Golden State Classics Car Show is revving up for another exciting year! Enjoy a day filled with gleaming chrome, roaring engines, and classic car enthusiasts from all over California. The show will feature coveted trophies and merchant awards, an impressive big raffle, toe-tapping music, delicious food vendors, and a vibrant Manufacturer Row.
25Viva La Cerveza: SLO Beer & Taco Festival (San Luis Obispo) – Saturday, May 27 @ 1p
Join us for the ultimate fiesta at the Viva La Cerveza: SLO Beer & Taco Festival! Sample the finest local brews and savor delicious tacos while enjoying music, games, food trucks, and more. Don’t miss out on the taco showdown as vendors compete for the title of best taco. Be sure to vote for your favorite and help determine the winner! And if you’re up for a challenge, sign up for the exciting taco eating contest.
263rd Annual Backyard Jam (Paso Robles) – Wednesday, May 31 @ 5p
Enjoy an evening celebrating community-funded youth arts, with delicious food, drinks, and great company at the Backyard on Thirteenth in Downtown Paso Robles. This special event aims to raise awareness and support for the Youth Arts Band and the FREE Visual & Performing Arts Program that serves nearly 700 local students (5-18) annually, offering 45 FREE classes per week in Art, Theater, Music, Dance, and Creative Enrichment!