San Luis Obispo Winter Events
San Luis Obispo, CA – San Luis Obispo has many great culinary, cultural and outdoor events happening this Winter. With so many events to choose from there is something for everyone, no matter your interests.
SLO Master Chorale – December 15; slomasterchorale.org
Bring your vocal scores and vocal chords, and sing-along with San Luis Obispo Master Chorale at its 4th Annual Messiah Sing-Along Holiday celebration at the San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center. This 90-voice chorale and chamber orchestra will sing some of the season’s most beloved choruses, including famous “Hallelujah Chorus”, and introduce more obscure songs, like “Wassail Song” and “Veni, Veni.” Tickets are sold for $15 and can be purchased online or by calling PAC box office. Visit the slomasterchorale.org for more information.
Cal Poly Arts presents Windham Hill Winter Solstice – December 19; calpolyarts.org
Celebrate the Winter Solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist Will Ackerman, Grammy-nominated Barbara Higbie and Alex de Grassi come together to lead a joyous holiday concert, filled with selections from their “Winter Solstice” composite releases and solo multi-platinum-selling recordings. Visit the website for more information.
Orchestra Novo’s New Year’s Eve 2018 – December 31; pacslo.org
Count into the new year with Michael Nowak and Orchestra Novo in celebration in grand style. This New Year’s Eve concert will open with aerial silks acrobat performance from Levity Academy and features artists of different genres like Inga Swearengin, Damon Castillo, Dave Becker and Terry Spiller. Finally, ring in the new year with an up-tempo version of “Auld Lang Syne” accompanied by the ball drop from Times Square in New York City. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit pacslo.org.
Pride and Prejudice at the SLO REP – January 11-20; slorep.org
One of the most universally beloved and admired English novels, Pride and Prejudice was penned as a popular entertainment. But the consummate artistry of Jane Austen transformed this effervescent tale of rural romance into a witty, shrewdly observed satire of English country life in the 1800’s. The fire and wit of Austen’s classic 1813 romance shines through in this vibrant new presented by the young performers of ACT. Visit slorep.org for tickets and show times.
Jon Batiste – January 12; calpolyarts.org
The bandleader for “The Late Show with Steven Colbert” is coming to the Central Coast. Jon Batiste’s style weaves his own personal stories with his cultural heritage that carries the listener from early jazz of New Orleans to the present day. This acclaimed singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist will introduce SLO to jaw dropping talent and a dapper sense of style, and leave you with a unique, intimate solo piano concert. For more information, visit calpolyarts.org.
Book talk with Bill Deresiewicz – January 17; sloclassical.org
Join San Luis Obispo Classical Academics in an evening discussion of Bill Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. Led by Paul McCullough, this talk will explore a thought-provoking analysis, provided by Deresiewicz, of the herd mentality overwhelming our education system. McCullough has been teaching literature at San Luis Obispo High School since the fall of 2015. Wine and cheese pairing from Opolo Vineyards are included. Tickets are $25 and are available online.
An Afternoon & Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin – January 18; calpolyarts.org
Join award winning Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable fun and sidesplitting laughter. This show is filled with warm and uniquely affecting experience, comical insights and witty observations about the human conditions. An audience Q&A follows. There are two shows offered, an evening performance and a matinee performance. Visit calpolyarts.org to purchase tickets or for more information.
Staged Reading: Dry Powder, Ubu’s Other Shoe – January 25-26; slorep.org
Join San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre in a staged reading of Sarah Burgess’s Dry Powder. This incendiary comic drama is a funny, sleek and well-told parable told from the finance-sector’s point-of-view about why money so often trumps humanity in a capitalist society. This may not be the world we want to live in, but it’s the world we have. Visit website for tickets and show times.
SLO Blues Society presents Tommy Castro & The Painkillers – January 26; sloblues.org
Save the date for award winning guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Tommy Castro, as he returns to the SLO Vet’s Hall for another thrilling live performance. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers is famed for their signature brand of tough, guitar driven rhythms and blues, exciting fans around the world with his incendiary live hits. Concert begins at 8 p.m. with openers Orphan John and the Abandoned. For more information, visit sloblues.org or their Facebook page.
AWAKEN: Nature at SLOMA – February 1 – 17; sloma.org
AWAKEN is year-long program celebrating art and community expressed though the imaginative creations of students in San Luis Obispo. Three student exhibitions will be displayed at San Luis Obispo Museum of Art throughout the year. This winter, middle schools share now the nature around them influence their lives through artistic expression. For more information, visit sloma.org.
Emails From Paris at SLOMA – February 1 – March 31; sloma.org
Visit San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s Emails From Paris, an exhibition of encaustic paintings and sculptures by artist S. Kay Burnett. Emails From Paris showcases Burnett’s life in Paris, as she translates her email diaries to artistic and visual stories. This exhibit seeks to evoke a range of emotions from struggle, fear, and trepidation to enthusiasm and joy. Visit sloma.org for more information.
SLO Symphony: Spanish Guitar – February 2; slosymphony.org
The San Luis Obispo Symphony is bringing Spanish guitar to the symphony with four world renowned Spanish guitarists. Guests are invited to pre-show dining experiences that includes a dinner buffet with an open bar of local beers. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit slosymphony.org.
Million Dollar Quartet at the SLO REP – February 8-28; slorep.org
This Tony Award-nominated musical is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. In this blockbuster musical experience, the actors play the instruments, sing the songs and take on the character of these four icons of popular music. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary December night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and hit songs like Blue Suede Shoes, Walk the Line, Sixteen Tons, Hound Dog, and Great Balls of Fire. Visit slorep.org for event dates and details.
Cal Poly Arts presents Kinky Boots – February 14; calpolyarts.org
Make a date for Valentine’s Day because Broadway’s huge-hearted, high heeled hit, Kinky Boots, is coming to San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center! With songs by Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots celebrates friendship and confidence to believe in changing the world one step at a time. Inspired by true events, this award-winning musical will take the audience from a gentlemen’s show factory in England to the glamorous catwalks of Milan, as main character Charlie Price struggles to live to his father’s expectations. Visit calpolyarts.org for tickets and showtimes.
SLO Blues Society presets Albert Castaglia – February 23; sloblues.org
Join Albert Castaglia for an evening of hardcore blues with a country flavor that will appeal to both rockers and blue enthusiasts. Dance the night away at the SLO Vet’s Hall where room is plenty to jam out Castaglia’s clean guitar playing. Experience a night you’ll never forget this February at 8 p.m. For more information, visit sloblues.org or their Facebook page.
And of course, don’t forget to check out San Luis Obispo’s signature ongoing events:
Farmers’ Market – Every Thursday night; 6-9 p.m.; downtownslo.com
Arts Obispo’s Art After Dark – Every first Friday; 6-9 p.m.; sloartscouncil.org
Cal Poly Sports – gopoly.com
Performing Arts Center – pacslo.org
SLO Repertory Theatre – slorep.org