The Maker Menagerie, a modern craft fair

Come out and Support SLOcal! Local Food, Local Artisans, and Local Bands!

FREE Event for the whole family

Saturday, November 9, 2013

11 am to 5 pm

Filipino Cultural Center

885 South 13th Street

Grover Beach CA 93433

Vendor applications are still being accepted. They are also offering a limited number of community booth spaces to promote your non-profit or local business. More information at makermenagerie.com

Enjoy a SLO Weekend… Obon Festival

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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”

California Mid State Fair

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California Mid State Fair 

July 17-28th, 2013

Paso Robles, CA

Yeehaw! It’s that time folks. Who doesn’t love a good fair? We’re huge fans of the California Mid State Fair and all it has to offer. There are HUGE concerts this year… did someone say Tim Mcgraw and Van Halen?! We can’t go without a special shout out to a personal and old friend of ours who is a GIANT name in music and we can’t believe that they were able to get him to perform too- you may have heard of him… Adam Lambert! Oh yeah, Keb’ ‘Mo and Matt Nathanson are playing FREE too, among others! There are big names playing Pay-to-see and Free concerts this year. We couldn’t be more excited.

The fair isn’t just about concerts, it’s about highlighting all that our region offers and excels in. Yup, agriculture all over the place. AgriCULTURE is what SLO County is all about. From cowboys to heirloom farming, the fair has it covered. Top it all off with food that shouldn’t be fried but tastes oh-so-good and you have yourself a grand ol’ time.

Click HERE for more fair info.

Enjoy a SLO Weekend… Central Coast Lavender Festival

Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 10 am to 5 pm in Paso Robles Downtown Park – FREE and family friendly

We’ve been so excited to attend the Central Coast Lavender Festival because we, absolutely, adore lavender! The smell is relaxing and it tastes fantastic in all forms. There will be local vendors with lavender infused everything, as well as food and local and handmade goods. This Saturday will be sunny and beautiful in the North County “valley” of SLO and a perfect day to get out and enjoy the festival.

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

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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!

Wednesdays

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

Fridays

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

Saturdays

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

Sundays

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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Enjoy a SLO Weekend…San Luis Obispo Greek Festival

We love a good festival and are excited to attend the San Luis Obispo Greek Festival this weekend in Downtown SLO! I’m not going to lie, I’ve been obsessed with Greece since I did a report on the beautiful country in 6th grade. We love the food, I’m so into the culture and it’s people, and they always throw a great party. Some of my best friends growing up were Greek and their parties were so joyous and they really made you feel at home.

The location of the festival couldn’t be better, right in Mission Plaza. So, after church this Sunday all my husband and I have to do is walk out of the doors and down a few steps! I can’t wait to stuff myself silly with baklava & galaktobouriko and join in a dance or two. Come out and join us!

Visit them on FACEBOOK or check out their WEBSITE.

Enjoy…

•Homemade Greek food and pastries
•Beer and local wines
•Authentic Greek music
•Performances by Greek dance groups
•Raffle Prizes
•Greek costume fashion show
•Community Booth
•Shopping at our vendors’ booths

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!

see & do…Charles Paddock Zoo

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The Charles Paddock Zoo is quaint but also allows you to get pretty close to the animals. We went on a Saturday and it was quiet, which made for a really nice visit. Admission is extremely reasonable at $5/adults, $4/kids 3-11, FREE/kids 2 and under. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, young and old. Visiting the zoo will only take you an hour but grab a seat and take your time. Bring a camera because this zoo is perfect for photography hobbyists and professionals alike. The zoo is connected to a great park for running, playing, and picnicking and they even have the, quintessentially SLO, “Santa Maria” grills. Getting here is only 20 minutes from San Luis Obispo center.

Our favorite animal at the zoo was the ADORABLE Red Panda. They have two of these long-tailed cuties. I could watch them sleep all day long, and we did for about an hour on a bench across from their pen! Enjoy your visit and let us know what you think!

tiger paddock zoo 2You can get so close to this Himalayan Tiger…about 3 feet!

red panda paddock zoo 2Our favorite- Red Panda!

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