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September 12, 2012


SLO County Locals events calendar: the most wonderful time of the year

by Ryan Baker
Fishing by Jetty

[Editors note - Winter and the holiday season gets the reputation as "the most wonderful time of the year" but on the Central Coast, fall is the best time to stick around. With the iconic run of local events - Savor the Central Coast, the Morro Harbor Festival, and Oaktoberfest, we have socializing on the mind. So we asked CCL's Ryan Baker, president of the Young Professionals Networking Group to get us in the loop. He will be contributing a monthly "social events" post for our SLO County Locals blog.]

Ryan Baker

Since this is my first Blog I’d like to start off by thanking Central Coast Lending for inviting me on to share some local events with all of you. While some of the events I post may not be what you are interested in, I hope I can at least spark your interest every once in a while. I promise to try and post a diverse mix of events.

There are a million things going on in our Central Coast community, which is one reason why we all love it. I can’t post it all, but I can draw on my knowledge from previous experience and word of mouth.

Since I am the President of the Young Professionals Networking Group (YPNG), I will be plugging our events as well, many of which are open to non-members. YPNG is a non-profit networking group. We put on events to create opportunities to build community, have fun, and facilitate professional development. All of our year end net-profits go towards local charities. (Note: “young” refers only to state of mind… anybody is free to join!)


Young Professionals Networking Group

This month for YPNG, we have a lot to offer.  Every second Wednesday of the month we have a free, open to the public, guided hike led by our Outdoors Director, Rob Frew. This month we are hiking the Upper Laguna Lake trail. Dogs are welcome.

Then on Saturday, Sept. 15 we are getting a crew together for ECO SLO’s coastal clean up day. We’ll be cleaning up Shell Beach and anybody is welcome to join.

Friday, September 28th YPNG will be at TedxSanLuisObispoTEDxSanLuisObispo brings decision makers and influencers on the Central Coast, in California and around the world together to discuss the power of community–both online and off–to impact relationships, businesses, behaviors and the world. This conference is an all day event taking place at Cal Poly.

All of the events I just listed above for YPNG can be found on our website.


Local Events

I’ve also put together a list of fun, local events coming up in the next 30 days. Another great thing about our community is that most events support a local non-profit or charity, so you can have fun while giving back to the community. Not all of the events I list are fundraisers, but they are at least a fun way of bringing people together to enjoy the wonderful Central Coast.

Wednesday, Sept. 12 =  Taste of San Luis:  Experience Downtown SLO’s annual Premiere gourmet dining event under the stars in beautiful Mission Plaza. Enjoy delicious epicurean fare provided by local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries.

Sept. 14 – 16th = Annual Creston Rodeo: Classic annual small town rodeo including roping, steer riding, kids riding bucking sheep, horseback riding, barn dances, food, and family fun!

Sept. 27 – 30th = Savor the Central Coast: TASTE more than 200 wines, INDULGE in locally inspired culinary bites, MEET localfarmers and winemakers, TOUR the Central Coast Pavilion and LEARN from Sunset Magazine’s expert editors.

Friday,  Oct. 5th = Art after Dark: On the first Friday of every month, dozens of galleries and non-traditional art venues (think restaurants, coffee shops, jewelers etc.) throughout downtown San Luis Obispo showcase the work of experienced and new local artists. Join in coming together to enjoy art, community, and culture. Art After Dark is a program of ARTS Obispo/San Luis Obispo County Arts Council.

Saturday, Oct. 6th = Oaktoberfest:  If you like beer, this is the event for you. Oaktoberfest is back and bigger than ever this year at Avila Beach Golf Resort. This is the Central Coast’s biggest October celebration brought to you by the Firestone Walker Brewery! And as most of the locals already know, Firestone Walker is not only local, they are known all over the world for their award winning beers.  This is a 21 and over event and there are free shuttles from Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo. Transportation courtesy of Pacific Beverage. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Woods Humane Society.

Oct. 6 – 7th = Harbor Festival: Seafood fresh off the docks? Local beer and wine tasting? Live music? A 50 percent chance of sun in Morro Bay? The Harbor Fest has it all. This annual festival celebrates the fisherman and marine lifestyle that make the small town by the sea one of a kind. Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for kids between 5 and 12.


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  1. Rylan Stewart
    Sep 12 2012

    Thanks Ryan! Too bad I am out of town for all of this. I suppose Massachusetts will have some pretty wonderful “October” festivals though.

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