The Village, Arroyo Grande
May 25-26, 2019
The Strawberry Festival in Arroyo Grande Village has been a staple event on the Central Coast since 1983—before this newspaper began publishing! On Memorial Day weekend, thousands bring their families to enjoy fresh, locally grown strawberries offered in every conceivable form—shortcakes, pancakes, milkshakes, chocolate-dipped, you name it—and for the 5K and 10K walk/run, live music and entertainment, kids' carnival, booths, arts and crafts, and more. Sunset magazine once called the Arroyo Grande Strawberry Festival "the place to be on Memorial Weekend." And admission is free!
141 Suburban Road, #C4, SLO
It's nearly impossible to not be aware of Shell Beach fine artist, muralist, and sculptor Colleen Gnos. Her colorful and dynamic images are everywhere from Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards wine labels to the Avila Beach lifeguard towers. Mermaids painted on surfboards are a common theme as well as hyper-colorful paintings of musicians in action. Gnos is also an upright bassist. In fact, her self-portrait with her bass graced the March 2018 cover of Bass World magazine. She's won this award before—last year and in 2016. One of her paintings became the poster for the 2016 Live Oak Music Festival. Basically, she's a badass.
777 Higuera St., SLO
M-W, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Th.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
791 Dolliver St., Pismo Beach
M-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
817 Palm St., SLO
888 Morro St., SLO
882 Ricardo Court, SLO
3800 Mill Road, Paso Robles
Th.-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
March 12-17, 2019
Th., 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
900 Main St., Morro Bay
M-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
112 E Branch St., Arroyo Grande
Sun.-T, 9 a.m.-midnight; W-Sat., 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
990 Industrial Way, SLO
Sun.-T, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
986 Monterey St., SLO
Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; M-W, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Th.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
978 Monterey St., SLO
M-W, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Th.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
365 Morro Bay Blvd., Morro Bay
T-F, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1335 Walker St., SLO
As a child, Malik Miko Thorne used to hold a portable tape recorder to the TV speaker to make mixed tapes of songs from Solid Gold, American Bandstand, and Soul Train. Is it any wonder he became a DJ? While attending Cal Poly, he started working at the college radio station KCPR 91.3 FM. Then he got a job at Boo Boo Records. Then he started DJing shows on local NPR affiliate KCBX 90.1 FM. Then he started DJing house parties and weddings and nightclubs. Then he started the SLO Record Swap with fellow DJ and Traffic Records owner Manuel Barba. DJ Malik currently owns and operates A Satellite of Love—a used, vintage, and consignment retail store at 1335 Walker St. in SLO, which hosts periodic live music concerts. Got an event you need DJed? Hit him up! He's the man!