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A Guide to Spending Labor Day Weekend 2022 at San Luis Obispo

Aug 4, 2022, Uncategorized
A Guide to Spending Labor Day Weekend 2022 at San Luis Obispo

Labor Day 2022 is fast approaching! It’s time to start thinking about your Labor Day weekend getaway and where else should it be than in one of the Happiest City in America – San Luis Obispo. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or family-friendly fun, SLO has plenty of activities to keep you happy this three-day weekend. Fill your Labor Day weekend with unforgettable Labor Day events in SLO. From art exhibits to car shows, there’s all sorts of fun for everyone!


Day 1 – September 3


Pinedorado Days 2022


When: September 3-5, 2022

Where: Pinedorado Grounds, 940 Main St, Cambria, CA 93428 | 40 minutes from Sands Inn and Suites

For your first day, head to Cambria for the Pinedorado Days 2022 – a traditional labor day weekend event held each year at this seaside village in San Luis Obispo. Now on its 72nd year, this year’s event is dubbed as “Roaring Back” after the event’s one year of hiatus due to the pandemic. It’s held each year on Labor Day weekend at the Pinedorado Grounds. 

The weekend of activities kicks off at 9:30 am on September 3rd with a Parade featuring floats, bands, dancers, clown cars, and the Lions Club Calliope along the Cambria’s Main St. Afterwhich, you can head to the Pinedorado grounds for food, drinks, live music, dancing, carnival rides, and all sorts of family-friendly fun for everyone to enjoy up to Labor Day itself, September 4. 

On Sunday, September 4, from 10am to 4pm, catch the 14 Annual Cambria Pinedorado Car Show at the Vets Hall parking lot before heading out to the carnival or maybe the beach this time for some down time. The show draws over 150 cars of all makes and models with classifications and awards for: Mustangs, Corvettes, T-Birds, Foreign Cars, and more.

You can also catch the Pinedorado Follies for their production of Cambria OZ. The show will run on September 2, 3 & 4 at the Cambria Vets Hall at 7pm.


National Motor Fest


When: September 3, 10am tp 5pm

Where: Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

For the ultimate car show experience, nothing comes close to the National Motor Fest. Formally known as Cali Auto Fest, the show features over 750 cars, trucks, specialty vehicles, race cars, boats, off-road vehicles, motorcycles, RVs, trailers, and even helicopters and more. Additionally, there will be helicopter landings, smash a car with a sledgehammer event, an exhaust competition, a mobile dyno, and vehicle limbo.

Bring your family and friends, too. There will be a variety of food and tap trucks, as well as kid-friendly entertainment options including a bounce house, a mobile gaming trailer, and an RC race track. It’s a fun and unique family things to do Labor Day weekend


Pops by the Sea 2022 by the San Luis Obispo Symphony


When: September 3, 2022 | Gates opens at 2:45pm and music will begin at 4pm

Where: Avila Beach Gold Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Rd, Avila Beach, CA 93424 | 

Celebrating their 60th year anniversary, the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s Pops-by-the-Sea is returning this Labor Day weekend with music by John Williams, Aaron Copland, John Phillip Sousa, and more under the direction of Maestro Andrew Sewell. 

Promising an ‘​​an afternoon by the sea of sun, fun, and great music’, the Pops-by-the-Sea concert has been running for 30 years now and is loved by music lovers from all over Central Coast. Tickets are available on the SLO Symphony’s website.


Movies in the Gardens – Atascadero


When: September 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Sunken Gardens, 6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422

If you don’t fancy the SLO Symphony concert or would want to go to a free event instead, head to the Sunken Gardens at Atascadero and watch Marvel’s Eternals under the stars! Bring a low-back chair or a picnic blanket and some pillows for comfort. The movie starts at 8:15 pm. 


Day 2 – September 4


Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park


When: September 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Dinosaur Caves Park, Shell Beach, 2701 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Score local arts and crafts such as wood and glass arts, paintings, jewelry, handcrafted bath and beauty products, and more from over 50 artisan vendors at the Art in the Park at Dinosaur Caves Park on September 4. Bring your family and friends or get some solitude and come alone and enjoy food, music and stunning views right on the cliffs of Pismo Beach. 


Greener Pastures Farm Sanctuary Tour Day


September 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Where: Surprise! They’ll let you know once your purchase the tickets.

Here’s a fun and nice thing to do in SLO, whenever you’re around: join the Greener Pastures Farm Sanctuary Tour Day!

The Greener Pastures Farm Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that ‘rescue, rehabilitate, and provide lifelong care for animals saved from neglect situations, kill pens, and factory farms’. You will meet their rescued residents of up close and hear their inspiring stories  from the farm’s weekly volunteers during the farm tour. 

Be sure to show the animals some love as you visit the farm and get to know them, whether it’s a gently pet or a belly rub. To prevent people from leaving unwanted animals in front of the farm, you need to purchase your tickets before they give you directions to the far. 


Arroyo Grande Concerts in the Park


When: September 4, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Where: Historic Heritage Square Park, 201 Nelson St, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Spend a relaxing Sunday enjoying good food, good drinks, and good people while listening to Soul Kool, a local band that plays upbeat music from many genres, at Arroyo Grande’s Historic Heritage Square Park. All ages are welcome to attend this free community program. Bring a chair with a low back, some blankets, and sunscreen. 


Day 3 – September 5


SLO Public Market Labor Day Celebration


When: September 5 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: 3845 S Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401

Celebrate Labor Day 2022 at the SLO Public Market with live music from SLO Based R&B / Soul band – IMUA. There will also be an inflatable bounce house on-site so bring your kids, if you have kids, or come with friends. 



To make your trip even more unforgettable, make Sands Inn and Suites your home in San Luis Obispo this Labor Day weekend. Just walking distance from downtown SLO, our pet-friendly hotel makes a great “base” for your escapade around the county. Our extra-clean and cozy rooms, outdoor heated pool, and spa are perfect treats after a long day of adventure. For reservations, call us at (800) 441-4657 or click the link below! 

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