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Plenty of summer fun along Edna Valley: Roll Out the Barrels
Roll Out Barrels

CA Highway 1 Discovery Route


SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Celebrate a healthy and vibrant lifestyle at music, food, wine, and outdoor events this summer along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Featuring 10 artisan towns within 101 miles of famous Highway 1 in Coastal San Luis Obispo County, the Highway 1 Discovery Route offers everything you need to have a memorable summer vacation especially if you like community events, spectacular sunsets or just plain relaxing. We are happy to report the Big Sur mudslide did not affect this breathtaking stretch of Highway 1 and we are open for business all along Highway 1 from Ragged Point and San Simeon to Oceano and Nipomo.  

While you're thinking about events along the Central Coast, don't forget about the annual Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration that takes place during the winter months and the ongoing Stewardship Activities offered all year long where you can make a difference while on vacation. Whatever it is you're looking for, we think you'll find plenty of it along the Highway 1 Discovery Route, especially this summer. Here's a sample: 


Ragged Point:
Ragged Point Cliffside Trail

The Ragged Point is home to one of the most epic hikes in SLO County. It's short but stiff, and you feel like a champion when you've completed it. One of the interesting things about this hike is that you start at the top and walk to the bottom of a 300+ foot cliff. There are steps, but the slip factor is high, especially after a rain. When you finally get to the bottom, the reward is a waterfall you can't see from above. The black sand beach is warm on a sunny day, and often there's only the shorebirds to witness your arrival. Be sure to check the tide height, wave activity, and put on sunscreen before you go. 


Edna Valley:

Roll Out the Barrels  

Kick off the summer in San Luis Obispo's Wine Country the 27th Annual Roll Out the Barrels Weekend, June 22-24. 

Your getaway to our coastal wine mecca begins Thursday, June 22, at Barrels in the Plaza, with over 50 wineries and local chefs dishing out delicious food and wine along with live music by Bear Market Riot.  Then on Friday and Saturday, sip your way through San Luis Obispo tasting rooms with our 4 x 2 Passport.  Walk the vineyards, barrel sample the new vintage, and enjoy open houses, wine tastings and festivities all day Friday & Saturday! Just pick up your wristband, wineglass and passport booklet at the first winery you head to and bring them along to enjoy the festivities.


Avila Beach July 8:

Central Coast Oyster Festival  

The "one of a kind" sixth annual Central Coast Oyster & Music Festival has been voted by Fox News as #4 of the Top Ten Oyster Festivals in the nation and is the largest Oyster Festival on the West Coast. You will not want to miss out! This spectacular tradition was a huge success with close to 4000 shuckers and jivers. This year will be a full day Music Festival along with amazing art installations held in the beautiful city of Avila Beach, California on Saturday, July 8th from 12-8pm. Local foodies and newcomers alike will truly experience the perks of the Central Coast. Morro Bay Oyster Company will provide the succulent oysters, which are some of the most renowned oysters on the west coast. Oysters will, of course, be the main cuisine of the event, but alternative choices will also be provided.  



American Legion 4th of July

Cambria's annual 4th of July celebration is held at Shamel Park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with family fun events, music and a BBQ all day long. Fireworks start at dusk. A trolley service will run from 10am to 6pm, from North Moonstone to Main Street to East Village with a turnaround at the Dog Park. 




Central Coast Art &

Music Festival Aug. 12-13

The Central Coast Art & Music Festival  in Cayucos is a two-day, destination festival that gives attendees a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience via music and art. The festival includes large-scale art installations, incredible musical talent, & interactive experiences for a unique adventure in one of the most breathtaking locations in the world #UnlockYourAdventure 



Summer concerts at

Blacklake Golf Resort

June thru August

Blacklake concerts in Nipomo are performed outside so bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and find a spot on the grass. There will be a full-service bar featuring draft beer, wine and cocktails, as well as Andy Nelson's famous BBQ to take care of your dining needs. No outside food or beverage allowed, but kids and dogs are welcome! All concerts are free and begin at 5pm.  


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