From weekly Farmers' Markets, to year-round wine festivals and on-going entertainment, there is always something fun and exciting happening in San Luis Obispo County. The events below are just a few of the great events going on. If you click on the "Learn more" link, it will take you to that specific event's page that will describe how to get to and from the event without your car! You can also see “Getting here and around” for more on how to do it car-free!

1. Savor the Central Coast 2014

Savor the Central Coast

Don’t miss SLO Car Free at the Train Stop at the Main Event!

Dates: September 27-28

Location: Santa Margarita Ranch

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10. SLO Marathon Expo

SLO Marathon Expo

For the second year in a row, SLO Car Free will be at the SLO Marathon Expo!

Dates: April 25-27

Location: Madonna Inn

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3. Central Coast Railroad Festival

Celebrate Rail’s History, Future & Fun!

The annual event held every October features events and activities at rail related locations throughout San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties.

  • Special excursions on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and Pacific Surfliner
  • Amazing model layouts
  • Historic RR buildings & equipment
  • Concerts, storytelling & films
  • History walks, talks & exhibits
  • Family & children’s events
  • Plus beaches, wineries & more!

To find out more visit or call the Festival Office at 805-773-4173

4. Wine Rail Excursions

Presented by the Central Coast Railroad Festival

Wine Rail Excursions feature a ride on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight up or down the famous and scenic Cuesta Grade between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo. Trips include complimentary wine tasting at rail related wineries such as Templetons Pomar Junction, a light lunch, rail history and a private bus trip in the opposite direction of the train trip. Starting city alternates between Paso Robles and SLO.

To find out more and to get tickets visit or call the Festival Office at 805-773-4173

5. National Train Day 2013

National Train Day 2013

Over 13,000 came out to see the Los Angeles National Train Day on May 11, 2013, where they could check out great model train displays, speakers, vendors from all over the nation and more! SLO Car Free partnered this year with California State Parks- Hearst Castle and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce to host a booth, showing people all of the great things SLO County has to offer. Did you see our booth? Let us know what you though by filling out a testimonial.

6. Green Shorts Film Festival

Green Shorts Film Festival 2012

The SLO County Air Pollution Control District, was happy to team up with the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition and Mr. Eco (The Environmental Rap Superhero) on this year’s inaugural SLO Green Shorts Film Festival. On March 11, 2012, we attended the Green Film screening and were awarded 1st Place for our music video titled “When We Commute,” an original music video that promotes clean commuting options and alternative fueled vehicles.

Our next stop for our video was the Santa Barbara Green Shorts Film Festival on April 6, where we were awarded with the Traffic Solutions award (for a video that focused its message on sustainable transportation) and Third Place Overall!

Watch the video by clicking here!

7. California Sustainable Tourism Summit

Sustainable Tourism Summit at Lake Tahoe

SLO Car Free attended the 2nd Annual California Sustainable Tourism Summit in October. We partnered with the Santa Barbara and Napa Car Free programs to spread the word about the “California Car Free Movement.” The summit was held this year at the Ritz Carlton Highlands in Lake Tahoe and featured speakers such as Jim Moriarty, CEO and President of the Surfrider Foundation, Caroline Beteta with the California Travel & Tourism Commission, Roy Deitchman with Amtrak, Brett Rohring with the Walt Disney Corporation and more!

8. National Train Day 2010

National Train Day 2010

SLO Car Free celebrates the 2010 National Train Day at Union Station in Los Angeles!

Thousands showed up at the Union Station to join in on the celebration. Attendees were able to see old model trains, various educational booths and of course, SLO Car Free! SLO Car Free, the SLO County Air Pollution Control District and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce hosted a booth dedicated to showing people all of the pleasures San Luis Obispo has to offer.

9. SLO Car Free Launch Party!

SLO Car Free Launch Party!

On November 19, 2009, at the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport Hangar, SLO Car Free had a celebratory event allowing the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at an aircraft hangar that displayed the San Luis Obispo Car Free program, its members and the services they provide. Chairman of the APCD Board, Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, led the ribbon cutting ceremony. The launch party also featured live music provided by the band Impromptu, delicious cake and fun drawing prizes for those that were in attendance! Photography by Weston Neuschafer Photography. Visit our Facebook page to see all the pictures from the Launch Party!