Best of SLO County 2023: Arts

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Best Community Event

Downtown SLO Farmers' Market

Higuera Street, SLO

(805) 541-0286

[email protected]

downtownslo.com

@downtownslofarmersmarket

Best Movie Theater

Palm Theatre

817 Palm St., SLO

(805) 541-5161

[email protected]

thepalmtheatre.com

@palmtheatre

facebook.com/ThePalmTheatre/?rf=1413260802299962

The Palm Theatre pretty much influenced which neighborhood I lived in when I moved to San Luis Obispo. What's not to love? It's solar powered, offers the best buttered $2 popcorn in the county, has a quaint old-school flair, and provides a curious gallery of alternative cinema from around the world. Nothing beats an evening stroll through Downtown SLO to watch a Palm film. I go every other week but became even more of a familiar face in April thanks to the theater screening some of the SLO International Film Festival shows. Support your local independent theater!

—Bulbul Rajagopal

LET IMAGINATION FLY The Academy of Creative Theatre—where kids are rehearsing to perform Peter Pan—is one of the reasons why the SLO Repertory Theatre was voted the Best Theater Group around. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • LET IMAGINATION FLY The Academy of Creative Theatre—where kids are rehearsing to perform Peter Pan—is one of the reasons why the SLO Repertory Theatre was voted the Best Theater Group around.

Best Theater Group

SLO Rep

888 Morro St., SLO

(805) 786-2440

[email protected]

slorep.org

@sloreptheatre

facebook.com/sloreptheatre

Best Dance Company

CORE Dance

882 Ricardo Court, SLO

(805) 541-2669

[email protected]

coredanceslo.com

@coredance.slo

facebook.com/coredanceslo

As someone who grew up as a competitive dancer, spending more than 20 hours a week in a studio, I know how important it is to find a place that cares for children on an individual level. CORE Dance Company is invested in its students; the students work hard and teachers help them grow—whether that's their technique or life skills in general. Since opening in 2010, thousands of students have experienced a positive, enriched dance experience in CORE's classrooms. The dance environment is clean, modern, and safe, and the studio offers a small store that sells shoes, leotards, tights, and other accessories. CORE offers programs for a variety of skill and commitment levels—starting from age 2 through adults. CORE can give your dancer the opportunity to perform, make lifelong friends, or try something new.

—Taylor O'Connor

Best DJ

DJ Bob

(805) 440-5504

[email protected]

djbobslo.com

@dj_bob_stock

facebook.com/DJBobslo

Best Band

Dante Marsh & The Vibe Setters

[email protected]

thevibesetters.com

@thevibesetters

facebook.com/thevibesetters

Best Live Music Venue

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles

(805) 286-3680

[email protected]

vinaroblesamphitheatre.com

@vinaroblesamp

facebook.com/vinaroblesamphitheatre

Best Place for Karaoke

Bill's Place

112 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande

(805) 489-9989

billsplaceag.com

@billsplaceag

facebook.com/billsplaceag

Best Place for Trivia

Bang the Drum Brewery

1150 Laurel Lane, suite 130, SLO

(805) 242-8372

[email protected]

bangthedrumbrewery.com

@bangthedrumbrewery

facebook.com/BangTheDrumBrewery

Best Record Shop

Boo Boo Records

978 Monterey St., SLO

(805) 541-0657

[email protected]

booboorecords.com

@booboorecords

facebook.com/booboorecords

Best Bookstore

Phoenix Books

986 Monterey St., SLO

(805) 543-3591

@phoenixbooksslo

facebook.com/pages/Phoenix-Books/121050681242482

Best Place to Buy a Musical Instrument

Lightning Joe's Guitar Heaven

100 E. Branch St., Arroyo Grande

(805) 481-2226

[email protected]

lightningjoes.com

@lightningjoes

facebook.com/lightningjoesguitarheaven

Best Kids Arts Program

SLO Museum of Art

1010 Broad St., SLO

(805) 543-8562

[email protected]

sloma.org

@slomuseumofart

facebook.com/slomuseumofart

BEAT GOES ON Music Motive drum instructor Dale Moon helps make it the Best Music School in SLO County. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • BEAT GOES ON Music Motive drum instructor Dale Moon helps make it the Best Music School in SLO County.

Best Music School

Music Motive

SLO, Arroyo Grande, Paso Robles

(805) 543-0377

[email protected]

musicmotive.com

@musicmotive805

facebook.com/MusicMotive

Best Sculptor

Dale Evers

1000 Park St., Paso Robles

(805) 434-9237

[email protected]

daleeversstudio.com

@daleeversartstudio

facebook.com/daleeversart

Best Photographer

Andrew Gin

[email protected]

@andrewginphoto

facebook.com/andrewginphoto

Best Painter

Susan Kounanis

(805) 441-4238

[email protected]

susankounanis.com

@susankounanis

facebook.com/SusanKounanisFineArt

Best Mixed Media Artist

Peg Grady

(805) 234-4623

peggradyart.com

@peggradyart

facebook.com/peg.grady.3

HAT TRICK The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is a triple threat! It won Best Kids Art Program, Best Museum, and Best Public Art. - PHOTO BY JAYSON MELLOM
  • Photo By Jayson Mellom
  • HAT TRICK The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is a triple threat! It won Best Kids Art Program, Best Museum, and Best Public Art.

Best Public Art

SLO Museum of Art - Murals

1010 Broad St., SLO

(805) 543-8562

[email protected]

sloma.org

@slomuseumofart

facebook.com/slomuseumofart

Best Museum

SLO Museum of Art

1010 Broad St., SLO

(805) 543-8562

[email protected]

sloma.org

@slomuseumofart

facebook.com/slomuseumofart

Best Art Gallery

Studios on the Park

1130 Pine St., Paso Robles

(805) 238-9800

[email protected]

studiosonthepark.org

@studiospr

facebook.com/StudiosOnThePark

WARM NIGHTS There's nothing quite like a summer evening at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. Readers knew what they were doing when they voted it this year's Best Live Music Venue and Best Event Venue. - PHOTO COURTESY OF VINA ROBLES AMPHITHEATRE
  • Photo Courtesy Of Vina Robles Amphitheatre
  • WARM NIGHTS There's nothing quite like a summer evening at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles. Readers knew what they were doing when they voted it this year's Best Live Music Venue and Best Event Venue.

Best Event Venue

Vina Robles Amphitheatre

3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles

(805) 286-3680

[email protected]

vinaroblesamphitheatre.com

@vinaroblesamp

facebook.com/vinaroblesamphitheatre

Best Event Planner

Anna Fergus - The Cliffs Hotel & Spa

2757 Shell Beach Road, Pismo Beach

(805) 773-5000

[email protected]

cliffshotelandspa.com

@thecliffshotelandspa

facebook.com/thecliffshotelandspa

Best Tattoo Shop

Traditional Tattoo

251 Higuera St., SLO

(805) 784-0822

[email protected]

tattooslo.com

@traditionaltattooandpiercing

facebook.com/slotraditionaltattoo

Best Limo Service

Lush Limousine Services

2235 Golden Hill Road, Paso Robles

(805) 226-5558

[email protected]

lushlimo.com

@lushlimo

facebook.com/lushlimo

Best Radio Station

KJUG 98.1

3620 Sacramento Drive, suite 204, SLO

(805) 549-8698

[email protected]

jugcountry.com

@981kjug

facebook.com/981KJUG

Best News Source

KSBY

1772 Calle Joaquin, SLO

(805) 541-6666

[email protected]

ksby.com

@ksbynews

facebook.com/ksbynews Δ

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