Summer on the Central Coast might just be the best season all year, and 2017 is going to be one to savor. The weather is perfect day in and day out, but it still doesn’t get uncomfortably hot. Beaches are packed with people enjoying the season, and with more hours of daylight, there’s more time explore the natural world around San Luis Obispo. And with the great events and festivals that we celebrate every year, making a visit to the area is your best bet. We’re excited to check some of these off our summer bucket list in the next few months!
California Mid State Fair
The California Mid State fair takes place in Paso Robles every summer, and offers a variety of fun, family-friendly activities while also catering to larger crowds with massively popular concerts from some of the biggest names in music. It’s the traditional summer fair experience, with snacks like churros, waffles with strawberries, and BBQ, but with added entertainment that you’ll be guaranteed to look back on fondly. And with plenty of competitions, activities, and panels to break up time spent on carnival rides, you’ll always be entertained. Learn more about the fair here!
Sunday Brunch is truly America’s newest and favorite pastime, and Ventana Grill in Pismo Beach makes it a blast. Treat yourself one weekend this summer to a delicious meal with boozy cocktails and a great ocean view. The fixed price menu is ever-changing based on the season, but is always spectacular and extravagant. With a seafood station, omelet bar, and of course a full bar, the Ventana Brunch is a great way to enjoy life and bring a huge group together this summer.
Roll Out the Barrels Weekend
San Luis Obispo county is famous for its great wine, and the Roll Out the Barrels weekend celebrates this and more. Kick off the summer with the Barrels in the Plaza on Thursday, June 22 in downtown San Luis Obispo with dozens of participating wineries and great food. Overlooking the creek and in the shadow of gorgeous Mission San Luis Obispo, participating wineries from this coastal wine region will be pouring their best wines for you to enjoy as you chat and dance to live music. Follow up this event with more wine tasting throughout San Luis Obispo – the quintessential summer activity!
Art Bar & Art in the Park
Get your creative juices flowing this summer! Art in the Park is held on the first Sunday of the month all summer at Dinosaur Caves Park, overlooking the ocean. Over 75 local artists and craftsmen will be there to showcase their works, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, and jewelry. Another artistic option for the summer is paying a visit to the Art Bar at the Granada Hotel & Bistro in downtown San Luis Obispo, where professional artists help people mimic their creations with a lesson and a wine glass at hand.
There are SO many great farmer’s markets in San Luis Obispo county where you can purchase local produce, and see some of your favorite restaurants serving up great meals. Now that it’s summer and the sun is out later in the day, the Tuesday evening San Luis Obispo farmer’s market is an especially fun event that’s more of a fun, social outing than a grocery trip. Here’s a comprehensive list of other farmer’s markets in the area that are great to visit during summertime.
Dinner at Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse
For any special occasions that need celebrating this summer, pay a visit to the Paso Robles Inn for an unforgettable meal! Learn more about our menu here, with hearty American ranch food and more.
Events at Avila Beach
Feeling the ocean breeze during a concert makes it all the more fun, and it’s something you can experience all summer in Avila Beach. The Avila Bay Golf Club frequently hosts musical acts in addition to festivals like the annual Mac and Cheese Festival. Concerts coming up in the next couple months are UB40, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones; and there are also festivals celebrating yoga, art, and more. It’s a great venue that you should definitely take advantage of this summer!
Listen to Live Music
We talked about this in one of our recent blogs, and this summer is packed with tons of free events with live music, many of which are family friendly and showcase some of the best local artists on the Central Coast.
Yoga at Inn at the Cove
Our very own Inn at the Cove has just started hosting its weekly yoga series, taught atop the cliffs, overlooking the ocean, by Yoga with Lindsay. This unforgettable view and gorgeous atmosphere combined with the restorative techniques of yoga make it a great experience that will leave you stronger and more relaxed! The class is designed for beginners and those with experience, so try it out one week this summer.