Explore Your Home Away From Home This May!

Join us for an exclusive fun-filled weekend created specifically for Cal Poly parents and supporters. SLO Discovery Weekend offers special events and excursions for you to experience San Luis Obispo (SLO) both on and off campus.

Registration Details

$30 per person | Open to all ages

Registration includes a SLO Discovery Weekend T-shirt and lanyard, weekend campus parking permit, exclusive local excursions and discounts, and access to over a dozen free activities both on and off campus. Registrants staying in a SLO hotel will also receive a limited edition SLO Discovery Weekend Bag!

In addition to the registration fee, registrants can also purchase tickets to several exclusive off-campus excursions. View the weekend schedule below for more information. 


Stay in SLO

Book your SLO hotel today to receive a limited edition SLO Discovery Weekend Bag! Please note that in order to receive a bag, participants must provide their hotel booking confirmation.

Weekend Schedule

Registration includes access to the following free activities throughout the weekend!

Friday, May 11

SLO Discovery Weekend Check-in

12-5 p.m. | University Union Plaza

Check-in to receive your SLO Discovery Weekend t-shirt, Cal Poly Baseball vs. UC Irvine tickets, lanyard and wristband. Limited edition weekend swag bags will also be handed out to those staying in San Luis Obispo hotels.

Location: University Union Plaza (Cal Poly Building 65)

Mustang Lanes Bowling

12-5 p.m. | Mustang Lanes Bowling Alley

Enjoy unlimited access to Mustang Lanes, Cal Poly's premier bowling alley! 

Location: Mustang Lanes Bowling Alley (Cal Poly Building 65)

Recreation Center Pass

12-5 p.m. | Cal Poly Recreation Center

Come explore, recharge and escape at Cal Poly's state of the art recreation center.

Location: Cal Poly Recreation Center (Cal Poly Building 43)

Cal Poly Talks

5-7 p.m. | University Union 220

Enjoy a TedTalk-style lecture series featuring top Cal Poly faculty, staff and special guests. Appetizers and beverages will be served.

Location: University Union 220 (Cal Poly Building 65)

Cal Poly Talks Speakers:

Mayor Heidi Harmon | City of San Luis Obispo 

Advocacy into Action

The best way to create a movement for change is to “show up, step up, and stand up.” SLO Mayor Harmon will talk about being an influential advocate for building community and causes that affect all of our lives, and how we can come together to be effective and responsible citizens and stewards of our local and global communities.

Calvin T. Stevens | Lecturer, Management and Human Resources

Can Organizations Behave?

A survey of a required class for business majors that holds surprising truths and opportunities for growth. A contrarian view toward long-held assumptions can yield the secrets to success in life and work.

Dr. Amelia Greig | Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

Rocket Science at Cal Poly

Be inspired and amazed at the incredible work our students are doing in the Aerospace Engineering department as you learn from one of Cal Poly’s own rocket scientists! Cal Poly students have been exploring space and launching satellites and rockets throughout the year – this is your chance to get an inside look!

Dr. Brian Greenwood, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Experience Industry Management

Win, Lose, or Draw? Healthy Competition and Sports-Based Youth Development

Participants will be engaged in a discussion regarding the current state of youth sports in the United States today, including perceptions of coddled youth, the role of club sports, and the proliferation of burnout and overuse injuries. The concept of healthy competition will be introduced, and Dr. Greenwood will discuss the role of sports-based youth development organizations in promoting wellness through sport.


Saturday, May 12

Explore SLO Railroad Museum

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum

All aboard! Whether you are looking for a new train set for your kids or are fascinated with railroad history, the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum is great for the whole family. With educational docents, exhibits and artifacts from the early railroad days, the museum is a must see as you enjoy the SLO life.

Location: 1940 Santa Barbara Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tour Dallidet Adobe and Gardens

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Dallidet Adobe and Gardens

Wine lover or history fanatic? This stop is for you. The Dallidet Adobe was home to the Dallidet family, the first commercial vintners in the San Luis Obispo area. Now owned and run by the History Center of SLO County, the Dallidet Adobe and Gardens is a great place to soak up knowledge on the development of the wine industry in the area while taking in beautiful landscapes.

Location: 1185 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tour Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

1:15 - 2 p.m. | Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

Travel back in time circa 1772 and enjoy a docent-led tour of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. The mission is a must-see for tourists and locals alike, standing as the fifth California mission founded by Father Junípero Serra.

Location: 751 Palm St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

SLO Discovery Weekend Reception

4-5:30 p.m. | Milestone Tavern

Meet and mingle with fellow Cal Poly parents and supporters as you enjoy free appetizers and beverages.

Location: 972 Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Cal Poly Baseball vs. UC Irvine

6 p.m. | Robin Baggett Stadium

Enjoy free appetizers and beverages as you cheer on the Mustangs!

Location: Robin Baggett Stadium (Cal Poly Building 160)

Sunday, May 13

Ranger-led Wildflower Hike

9-11 a.m. | Johnson Ranch

Enjoy and learn about local wildflowers on the Johnson Ranch loop, a moderate (1-2) hour hike.

Ranger led hikes are a great way to learn more about the open spaces you enjoy. Rangers cover topics from flora and fauna to local history of open spaces. These hikes are also a great way to get to know your local rangers and ask questions about the Ranger Service and responsible use of open space. 

Location: Johnson Ranch Trailhead (South Higuera and Ontario Rd.)

Mother's Day Brunch

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Various downtown SLO locations

Enjoy a delicious Mother's Day brunch at one of the following local restaurants.

Please note that brunch costs are not included in the SLO Discovery Weekend registration fee. Please contact each restaurant directly for information, pricing and reservations.

restaurant time details
Alex Madonna’s Gold Rush Steak House 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mother's Day Champagne Brunch. View menu.
Libertine Brewing Company 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Brunch menu which includes bottomless mimosas, a few special items added on the menu, plus an added free desserts for moms
Novo 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. View brunch menu.
SLO Provisions May 13 All orders must be made by 8 pm on Tuesday, May 8th. *Ham orders should be placed as soon as possible due to limited availability*. Payment made at time of order. Orders will be available for pick up between 2pm and 6pm on Saturday, May 13th. SLO Provisions will be closed on Sunday, May 14th. Cancellations after 9am on Wednesday, May 9th will result in a 100% charge of the total bill.
Edna Valley Vineyard 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a delicious and gourmet 3-course meal. Each delectable course is paired with a select limited release Edna wine. In addition, each guest will be gifted a beautiful hydrangea stem.

Mother's Day Concert

1-4 p.m. | Historic Jack House and Gardens

Join the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation Department for a Mother’s Day Concert at the Historic Jack House and Gardens. Bring a picnic and enjoy free flowers, Madonna Inn cake and live music by the Cal Poly Jazz Band!

Location: 536 Marsh St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Local Deals and Discounts

Local business details
Beda's Biergarten Mention Discovery SLO and receive a deal of buy 1 entree get 50% off the 2nd

Exclusive Off-Campus Excursions

In addition to the SLO Discovery Weekend registration fee, registrants can also purchase tickets to the following exclusive off-campus excursions!

Saturday, May 12

Downtown SLO Public Art Tour

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Open to guests 18+

Enjoy a 1 hour leisurely stroll through downtown SLO to discover both iconic and hidden public art gems. With a cup of complimentary local coffee in hand, you'll be treated to approximately two dozen murals, sculptures and other works of art -- all while hearing the stories that have made these public art pieces a treasure of the Central Coast.

Price: $20 per person

Available to SLO Discovery Weekend registrants only. Register through the SLO Discovery Weekend registration button above.

Art Bar SLO Workshop

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Open to guests 21+

Tap into your creative side at Art Bar in downtown SLO where talented, local artists will guide you step-by-step through a beautiful art piece (pictured above) for you to take home and display! 

The fee includes a canvas, easel, apron, brushes, paints, instruction from a resident artist and a complimentary cocktail.

Price: $40 per person

Available to SLO Discovery Weekend registrants only. Register through the SLO Discovery Weekend registration button above.

Breakaway Wine Tour

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Open to all ages

Visit three unique and diverse local wineries while enjoying an artisan picnic lunch on this chartered tour.

Price: $89 per person

Available to SLO Discovery Weekend registrants only. Register through the SLO Discovery Weekend registration button above.

Taste of SLO Walking Food Tour

11:30 - 2:30 p.m. or 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Open to all ages

Walk, taste and sip your way through five downtown SLO eateries. Enjoy Santa Maria style BBQ, freshly baked bread, Latin style food, fresh baked cookies, and local wines or specialty non-alcoholic drinks.

Price: $79 per person

Available to SLO Discovery Weekend registrants only. Register through the SLO Discovery Weekend registration button above.

Walking Beer Tour

12 - 4 p.m. | Open to guests 21+

Enjoy pizza and award-winning beers while learning the history, brewing process and highlights of four local breweries. Visit Central Coast Brewing, Barrelhouse Speakeasy, SLO Brew, and Libertine Brewing to discover rare and seasonal beers available only in the taprooms.

Price: $50 per person

Available to SLO Discovery Weekend registrants only. Register through the SLO Discovery Weekend registration button above.

Plan Your Visit

Looking for more activity ideas during your stay? Check out the following to-do lists:

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