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Top 5 Things to Do in SLO County Before Summer Ends....

Summer seems to get shorter every year, and it's already speeding by. While BBQ's, swimming, bike rides, and ice cream usually figure in to most everyone's summer plans, here are a few suggestions for summer fun (most of which end when summer ends). Put these on your calendar, before summer slips away like the tide.

 

1.Local Summer Concerts

With concerts on set days throughout the county, you can usually find live music, and it's FREE. Most shows feature beer/wine and snacks for purchase, if you can't bring your own to enjoy with the show. So bring your picnic blanket and chairs (or don't, who's sitting still at a concert), and get ready for some great music! 

Mark your Calendars! Monday September 5, Live on the Rocks @ The Cliffs

Mark your Calendars! Monday September 5, Live on the Rocks @ The Cliffs

Wednesdays ~ Templeton

Thursdays ~ Downtown Paso Robles

Fridays ~ Downtown San Luis Obispo

Saturdays ~ Atascadero  or Los Osos/Morro Bay  

Sundays ~ Arroyo Grande

 

2. Movie Under the Stars

Warm summer evenings are meant to be spent outdoors, and what makes a better experience for the family than sitting outside for your favorite movie. With one of the last few drive-in movie theaters in the California, you can't pass up a show at the Sunset Drive-In, which opened in 1950. Pack your sleeping bag and snacks (or buy some there) for the true movie experience.

Click here for showtimes and more information!

3. Bocce Ball @ Baileyana Vineyard

Summer is about relaxing, and there's nothing as relaxing as soaking up the view of a vineyard filled valley while sipping an award winning glass of wine. Play a game of bocce ball on their courts while picnicking (buy cheese, salami and crackers there or bring your own), and you will feel like you've been transported to Tuscany. Quite an escape, just a few miles away!

4.Pick of the Season

While most of our Farmers' Markets are available year round, Summer Produce is not! The sweetness of a vine ripened tomato, the crunch of fresh corn, or the snap of beans just picked from the vine, there truly is nothing like it. If you're visiting, grab some fresh juicy peaches and plums warmed by the sun or if you live locally, fill your basket with goodies to throw on the grill (squash and eggplant ~ just a little olive oil, salt, pepper & garlic, the best!). Not to mention the music, entertainment and prepared foods that you can find at our local markets too.

Here is information about the seasonal Avila Beach Farmers' Market and the year-round San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market!

5.Campfire on the Beach

While it is imperative to follow the rules and regulations, summer is not complete without at least one bonfire! Roasting hot dogs and s'mores (although oftentimes they end up in the fire), telling stories, warming hands, and celebrating friendships over a roaring fire is what summer memories are made of. Fire pits are available on a first come, first serve basis in Avila Beach (the middle beach over the bridge).

For more information, click here!

Top 5 Central Coast Food & Drink Events in May

May is a wonderful time to visit SLO County. With our beautiful weather and many fun events, there isn’t a better month to experience all that our region has to offer. Some of our favorite local food and drink events just so happen to take place during this month. Be sure to check out our top 5 and get your tickets soon!

 

1. International Chardonnay Symposium – May 12th through May 14th in Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo’s wine region.

The International Chardonnay Symposium brings top Chardonnay producers from around the world to our region for an in-depth exploration of the world’s favorite grape and its impact on viticulture, tastemakers and the market. This event goes beyond the usual tasting experience and brings you a truly immersive and educational weekend. The 2016 line-up will feature a grand wine tasting, seminars & panel sessions, winemaker dinners and plenty of opportunities to talk Chardonnay with industry leaders, tastemakers and fellow enthusiasts. Some highlights open to the public include a seminar on French Chardonnay held at Sycamore Mineral Springs on Friday, a blind tasting skills seminar held at The Cliffs Resort and the Grand Tasting featuring more than 80 wineries held at Greengate Ranch and Vineyard on Saturday. More information at http://thechardonnaysymposium.com/.

Photo: http://www.pismobeachtravellog.com/2016-international-chardonnay-symposium-celebrates-the-worlds-favorite-grape/

Photo: http://www.pismobeachtravellog.com/2016-international-chardonnay-symposium-celebrates-the-worlds-favorite-grape/

2. Central Coast Cider Festival – May 7th in Atascadero

Over the past few years, the Central Coast has distinguished itself as a leading producer of hard cider in California. This burgeoning industry has taken root in our towns with many local cider producers popping up. What a better way to taste each of these crisp varieties than at the Central Coast Cider Festival which will be held at the Atascadero Pavilion on the Lake. The festival will feature 20 plus craft cider producers including local favorites Bristols Cider, See Canyon Hard Cider, and Reef Points. In addition to cider tasting, there will be a traditional pig roast dinner, and live music. More information at http://www.centralcoastciderfestival.com/

Photo: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-coast-cider-festival-tickets-22590419553

Photo: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-coast-cider-festival-tickets-22590419553

 

3. Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival – May 28th and May 29th

Always on Memorial Weekend, Sunset magazine called this event one of the best festivals in California for the Memorial holiday. Held in the old-fashioned village of Arroyo Grande, it features the Strawberry Stampede 5K & 10K races, a carnival for the kids, scrumptious strawberry treats of all kinds, arts and crafts booths, and classic Central Coast small town hospitality. If you are traveling here with the kids on Memorial weekend, make this one of your stops for a true taste of our region. More information: http://www.arroyograndevillage.org/strawberry_fest.shtml

photo credit: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/163/arroyo-grande-strawberry-festival

photo credit: http://www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com/events/163/arroyo-grande-strawberry-festival

 

4. California Festival of Beers – May 28th in San Luis Obispo

If craft beer tasting is more your thing, then the 30th Annual California Festival of Beers has you covered. This quintessential SLO County event started humbly in the back parking lot of a local pub and has grown considerably over the years. This year’s event will be held at Madonna Meadows and will feature many local and international breweries as well as food, games, and live music. This event also benefits Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. More information: http://www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/

Photo: Good Electrons

Photo: Good Electrons

 

5. Apple Farm Backyard Winemaker Dinner – May 27th

For nearly four years, the Apple Farm has teamed up with local wineries to present a unique San Luis Obispo Wine Country dining experience at their Backyard Winemaker Dinners. In May, they are proud to present a five course meal of local cuisines paired expertly with wines from Claiborne and Churchill of San Luis Obispo. Executive Chef Patrick Dawson, along with winemaker Coby Parker-Garcia will be on hand to guide you through each course. The dinner is held on the beautiful garden patio at the Apple Farm Restaurant and will also feature live acoustic music. Seating is limited, so be sure to reserve your seats soon. More information: http://www.applefarm.com/dining