Enjoy a SLO Weekend… Puttin’ on the Dog

Schedule of Events

Master of Ceremony: Lenny Jones

Celebrity Contest Judges:

  • Terry Parry, Animal Shelter Adoption Partners
  • Scott Bratcher, Manager, Lemos, Arroyo Grande store
  • Valerie Levulett, SLOPOST Board Member

Event Photography by Mark Zammitt

Music Courtesy of Jeremy Carnevali

Event Time Entry Fee
Event/Vendor Set-up 8:30am
Registration Opens
Visit the Registration/Information booth to sign up for contests, pay for BBQ and raffle tickets, buy a T-shirt, or make a donation.
Vendor Booths Open
Dog-related merchandise, demonstrations, and information, food and other sales items from local businesses and non-profit groups. On-the-spot pet services such as microchipping, vaccinations, nail clipping, and ear cleaning. Visit our sponsor and vendor section for a complete list.
Opening Ceremony: Welcome 10:00am
Doggie Fashion Show NEW
Sponsored by Wonderful Weiner Wear Fashions
Here’s a chance for your dog to model the latest fashions! Advanced sign-up is required, so please call or text Ronnie Coffman at (805) 550-2384 with your dog’s measurements.
10:00am Free!!
DogLympics Agility Course Opens
Kids (of all ages) are encouraged to test their doglympians’ skills on our home-made agility course. It’s free and fun and every dog is a winner!
10:00am Free!
Raffle Opens
Compete to win a variety of raffle prizes worth at least $100 each.
10am Tickets
2 for $5
5 for $10
Contest: Best Dressed Contest (Big, Small, Dog-Owner Look-Alike)
Who’s best at “putting on the dog”? Here’s a chance for your dog and you to strut your stuff!
10:30am Free!
Contest: Best Fetch NEW
Show off your furry friend’s ability to fetch a ball and bring it back to you.
11:00am Free!
Barbeque (Hot dog, chips, drink; vegetarian option available)
Sponsored by: Arroyo Grande Valley Kiwanis
11:00am – 1:30pm $5.00
• K9 Law Enforcement Drug Search by SLO County Sheriff
• Agility by SLODOG
• Flyball by SLODOG
Raffle Prize Winners Posted 1:00pm
Contest: Musical Sit NEW
Join a round of canine musical chairs! Last dog to sit near a cone in the arena is eliminated.
1:00pm Free!
Contest: Cutest Nudie Beauty (Big & Small)
If you’re like most owners, you think your dog is the cutest. Here’s your chance to prove it! Separate awards for big and small dogs. (No costumes allowed)
1:30pm Free!
DogLympics Agility Course Closes 2:00pm
Vendor Booths Close 2:00pm
Closing Ceremony: See you next year! 2:00pm

Enjoy a SLO Weekend… Obon Festival



Come out and spend a great day at this amazing cultural festival! This is fun for the whole family. We’ll be there! This Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 1 pm to 8 pm.

From their posting…

“A great day filled with local vendors selling handmade items, food vendors, performances, traditional festivities, and so much more. This year we’re at a new venue because of the festival’s popularity and growth. This is our annual fundraiser and we are looking forward to welcoming EVERYONE to learn about an important celebration in Japanese culture. *Vendors will have both asian and non-asian goods and food”

Enjoy a SLO Weekend…Lopez Lake Events- Nature Boat Cruise & Bats Campfire Show



Did you know that Lopez Lake, near Arroyo Grande, offers great events all year round? The lake isn’t just for fishing and camping, it is also for discovering the uniqueness of SLO nature. The Park Rangers are more than happy to show you everything that the Lopez Lake Preserve has to offer. This Saturday isn’t any different and there are 2 cool events for the whole family. We try to make our Enjoy a SLO Weekend feature a showcase for FREE events in the area but sometimes a small fee is worth it. So, if you want to escape the “city” head to Lopez Lake for a morning, evening, or all day nature feast.

Nature Boat Cruise 9:15 to 10:45 am  $6/adults $3/kids and $10/Park Entrance

Reservations required- (805) 788-2381

The 2 hour cruise covers the natural history, fauna, flora, etc.


All About Bats Campfire Show 8:30 to 9:30 pm   FREE event just pay $10/Park Entrance

Outdoor Concerts in SLO County

outdoor concertsWe’re blessed to have amazing weather on the California Central Coast and cities throughout the county celebrate with outdoor concerts. We love attending concerts in the park and when we moved here I started asking around about events in our new home. So, I thought I would share this information with all of you newbies and locals alike. I hope to run into you at the concerts. Please let us know if you have a concert series you’d like to list!

All of these events are FREE and family friendly!


Templeton– 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the Templeton Community Park- June 13 through August 22, 2013 (no concert on July 4th) – click here for lineup


Paso Robles – 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Paso Robles City Park Gazebo – June 14 through August 23, 2013 – click here for the lineup

San Luis Obispo – 5 to 8 pm in Mission Plaza – June 14 through September 6, 2013 – click here for more info and the lineup


Atascadero – 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Lake Park – June 29 through August 10, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Los Osos – 2 to 6 pm at Sea Pines Golf Resort – June 8 through July 27, 2013 – no outside food or beverage allowed – click here for their facebook page


Grover Beach – 3 to 6 pm in Ramona Park – June 2 through September 29, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Arroyo Grande – 1 pm at Heritage Square Park – June 9 through September 22, 2013 – click here for the lineup

Pismo Beach – 1 to 4 pm at Dinosaur Caves Park – June 9th, July 14th, and August 11, 2013 – click here for the lineup

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local eats…Branch Street Deli

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Branch Street Deli

203 E. Branch St.

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 489-9099

We are repeat customers at this great restaurant. It is the most consistent place to eat in the Arroyo Grande Village and is affordable to boot. They have a great outdoor dining area that you can rent out for parties and they also have live music every now and then. Inside the restaurant are a lot of tables and a couple TVs to watch sports. The burgers and sandwiches are huge. You can, easily, share an entree with someone but you don’t have to! I don’t! The burgers are super juicy and not greasy. The sandwiches are loaded up on fresh bread. I’m not too into the fries and onion rings as they aren’t anything special. They do have great potato salad and offer entree salads that I haven’t tried yet.

The service is quick and friendly. My favorite part of sitting outside would be the Hawaiian music they pump out, it makes for such a serene setting. Be aware that between 2-4 the middle schoolers and high schoolers come to hang out. Yup…a lot of tween and teen convo and rowdiness. Oh no…I knew this would happen…now I’m in a deep craving for Branch Street Deli…


  • Quality of food
  • Affordable prices
  • Ample free parking in the public lots throughout the Village
  • Outdoor patio seating
  • Service is fast and friendly


  • Kids on the patio when school lets out


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Enjoy a SLO Weekend…30th Annual Strawberry Festival

I cannot explain in words how excited I am about this weekend. I grew up coming up the coast to the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival every year and looked forward to spending the weekend with family and devouring all things strawberry. My grandparents, mom, aunt, uncle, cousins, and I would all spend the weekend eating strawberry shortcake, playing games, and enjoying the live music. As I got older, we didn’t come up the coast annually and eventually, not at all. Everyone has said that the festival isn’t like it used to be, bustling and large, but I don’t care. My husband can tell you that I talk about it all the time and in all the years we’ve been together we were never able to make it up as we planned.

Please come out and support this great event. I would love for it to return to its grandeur. I can promise you that you’ll have an amazing time and you’ll eat some heavenly treats! The village is beautiful and the weather will be absolutely perfect. Hope to see you there!

Local Eats…Rooster Creek Tavern

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Rooster Creek Tavern

200 E Branch St

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

(805) 489-2509

When we first moved here a lot of people gave us suggestions on where to eat. Yelp has always been a great resource in a new place and I have used that quite a bit, but not with much success. We’ve tried A LOT of places and I thought it would be nice to share our experiences with all the other SLO newbies. I’ll be calling this Local Eats and hopefully you’ll find it helpful. Please keep in mind that this is all my personal opinion and based on personal experience.

We were looking for a place to have the rehearsal dinner for our wedding and we happened upon the Rooster Creek Tavern website that said they have a private room for parties. We were still living in Los Angeles and didn’t have the chance to check out the space. When we came up to SLO to visit our family we stopped in to try the food. We were blown away by the quality of their food, the space was beautiful, and the whole place was our style. We talked to Debbie before we left and booked the side room.

Our guests adored the gourmet pizzas and salad we served at the rehearsal dinner. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Pizza? For a rehearsal dinner?” Yup! These pizzas are topped with goat cheese and farmer’s market veggies, tri tip steak, shrimp scampi, and any other gourmet item you can think of. Plus, these aren’t large pizzas but thoughtfully handmade. We have been there to eat quite a few times before and after our wedding and have enjoyed the experiences. The only thing we haven’t been impressed by is their Chicken & Waffles. Apparently, it’s a SLO thing to pair chicken STRIPS with waffles for this famous combo, not quite the same thing.

Rooster Creek Tavern is such a welcomed addition to the Arroyo Grande Village. They bring a sense of sophistication and a new air to the quaint neighborhood. The Village really needed a place to help kick them into the current times and Rooster Creek is definitely pointing them in that direction. We hope that some of the current establishments take a page from their book as residents really are craving something much more satisfying than many of the available options. They have many more options than gourmet pizza…check out their menu here.


  • High Quality ingredients
  • Food offerings
  • Ambience
  • Value
  • SERVICE!!!
  • Outdoor patio seating


  • Parking can be difficult on Saturday mornings during Farmer’s Market
  • Sometimes inconsistent, but just tell someone and they take care of you
  • Ginger Ale is just coke and sprite…ick…please use bitters!