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Weekend festivities on the Central Coast span from mac & cheese to Pride, and everything in between

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Posted at 11:45 AM, Jun 22, 2023

Summer events are in full swing and there is a lot to do this weekend. Here are some of the many events taking place.

Multi-day festivals and events

Lompoc Valley Flower Festival
June 22nd-25th, Ryon Memorial Park

Beginning Thursday, and lasting through Sunday the Lompoc Valley Flower Festival will bring color to Ryon Memorial Park. This year the theme is “Country Road” and it is sure to be a colorful weekend!

Here is a look at the hours of the festival each day.

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Old Santa Ynez Days
June 23rd through 25th, Santa Ynez

Friday through Sunday it is Old Santa Ynez Days, a great time to celebrate the wild west. Fun-filled activities include a kick-off party Friday night, a parade and street fair Saturday as well as rodeo performances both Saturday and Sunday.

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Live Oak Music Festival
June 23rd through 25th, El Chorro Regional Park
Friday through Sunday is the Live Oak Music Festival at El Chorro Region Park in San Luis Obispo. Three stages will anchor the weekend of live music, art, and camping.
The three stages of music will feature talent from all over the United States and across the globe performing bluegrass, soul, Americana, world music and much more. Plus, there will be a collection of vendor booths, music workshops, fireside jamming, and entertainment for children of all ages.

Click here for full details and to purchase tickets!

June 23rd through 25th, Cal Poly University Union

PolyCon is hosted by a non-profit student group at Cal Poly State university. They feature a family atmosphere and have such events as the Free Friday Night Ice Cream Social, Saturday BBQ, The Mad Mad Waffler What Waffles at Midnight, and Bad Movie Night in addition to a huge board game room, many private RPG spaces, a LARP area, outdoor events plaza and Miniatures gaming area. This year we will feature Catalyst Sponsored Battle Tech, an Escape Room built by Cal Poly Amusement Park Engineers and Designers, Black Friar's School of Fence, and Dystopia Rising.

Full details can be found here.

Friday, June 23rd

Concert in the Plaza
Mission Plaza, 5p.m. to 8 p.m.

Concert's in the Plaza kicks off Friday with the rock 'n' roll band Ghost\Monster from 6-8 p.m. and opener Natalie Haskins from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Full information on the bands and the concert series can be found here.

The "Big" Event for Big Brothers, Big Sisters San Luis Obispo County
Online and in person, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The annual fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters San Luis Obispo County is taking place on Friday, a small group of in person attendees and online attendees will be able to participate in the fundraising evening. A live auctioneer and silent auction will take place.

Full details can be found here!

Saturday, June 24th

5K Beer Fun Run
Barrel House Brewing Co. 7 a.m.

The 5K Beer Fun Run is a family-friendly event held at Barrelhouse Brewing Company and co-hosted by the Templeton Recreation Foundation! All proceeds go toward youth programs in Templeton, registration is $65 the day of the event.
Pre-check in at Templeton Recreation on Thursday or Friday, June 22 or 23 from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Check-in the day of the event will begin at 7:00 AM. The run starts at 8:00 AM.

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Marine Swap Meet
Morro Bay Maritime Museum, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Discover a treasure trove of marine and nautical items, including boats, watercraft, marine supplies, boatbuilding tools, equipment, marine hardware, fishing gear, scuba and dive equipment, surfboards, surfing-related items, marine art, and collectibles. The Morro Bay Marine Swap Meet is the perfect opportunity to find incredible deals on everything you need for your next ocean adventure while supporting the Morro Bay community and its waterfront.

Full details can be found here!

Elks Car Show
Santa Maria, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 27th annual Elks Car Show will showcase over 150 cars, trucks and motorcycles. Admission is free and open to the public, there will be food and beverages available alsongside a live DJ, vendors, raffle prizes, drawings, and a beer tent.

Details about the Elks Car Show can be found here!

Next week the car themed fun continues in Santa Maria with the 50th Mini Meet West. Events span from Monday June 26th to Thursday June 29th.

Details for Mini Meet West can be found here!

Macaroni and Cheese Festival
Avila Beach, 2 p.m. to 6 .m.

If you love mac and cheese this one is for you! The Avila Beach Macaroni and cheese festival will bring together 25 talented central coast chefs Saturday from 2 to 6 pm for this tasty festival at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

In addition to the best mac and cheese that the Central Coast has to offer, attendees also get to sample beer, wine and spirits from wineries, breweries and more. Live music will last all afternoon. This is a 21+ only event.

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Santa Ynez Valley Pride
Solvang, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2nd annual Santa Ynez Valley Pride Parade and festival will make for a whole lot of fun Saturday. The parade kicks things off 11 a.m at the intersection of Alisal Rd. and Oak St. the family-friendly festival starts at noon with live music, vendors, beer and wine garden and other activities lasting until 5 p.m.

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Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival
Atascadero Lake Park, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It is wine time Saturday at the 26th Annual Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, from 4 to 8 pm more than 100+ wineries, food vendors, and exhibitors will take to Atascadero lake park for an evening of fun. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Charles Paddock Zoo.

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Conditions this weekend will improve significantly for the weekend, more sunshine will take over Saturday. Cloud cover is expected to linger at the beaches but 80s will return to the interiors with sunshine.