Live Music on Highway 1

Highway 1’s dynamic live music scene plays out at a multitude of unique venues. From cozy bars to renowned stages, Highway 1 offers an eclectic array of live musical experiences to suit every preference. Visitors find that Highway 1 concerts transcend traditional spaces, unfolding at lighthouses, beer gardens, vineyards and tasting rooms—even Highway 1’s famous farmers’ markets ring with enchanting melody. From rock and blues to jazz, folk and reggae, uncover fresh musical discoveries in a truly captivating coastal setting.

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Discover Live Music on Highway 1

Ragged Point & San Simeon

Concerts in the Plaza at Ragged Point Inn

Perched above the scenic cliffs of Highway 1, Ragged Point Inn offers a serene retreat combining live music and staggering ocean views. The highlight of Ragged Point’s entertainment offerings is Concerts in the Plaza, held on Saturday and Sunday each July-October from noon to 4 p.m. This dynamic outdoor venue hosts a diverse lineup of musical performances, from folk and jazz to rock and blues. Accompanied by food vendors, the Plaza boasts a vibrant atmosphere where guests can dance, dine and delight in the spirit of live music. The grassy outlook also provides an unparalleled vantage point for a show stopping sunset. Guests can unwind on complimentary lounge chairs or cozy up with a blanket on the manicured grass, savoring the breathtaking views. The onsite restaurant also entices taste buds with local wine, craft beer and gourmet delights. Experience luxury living with cliffside room accommodations or simply enjoy “dinner and a show.”

Ragged Point Inn
Live music with a view at Ragged Point Inn


The Canteen at Oceanpoint Ranch

Oceanpoint Ranch in Cambria hosts live music in a one-of-a-kind coastal setting at its seaside venue, The Canteen. This casual and relaxed hangout is a true destination for visitors seeking live tunes paired with a stellar ocean view. Groove to country, jazz and singer-songwriter acts on Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m., when iconic sunsets grace the water. Nestled along the majestic shores of Moonstone Beach in Cambria, this unique Highway 1 music venue offers up a serene escape where live music meets coastal elegance. Visitors can stay the night or simply kick back for the evening and enjoy the grounds, which include nine acres of picturesque Highway 1 landscape. Plus, enjoy family-friendly lawn games, a private beach trail and easy access to nearby attractions like Hearst Castle and acclaimed wineries.

Stolo Vineyards

Experience the storybook charm of Music in the Meadow at Stolo Vineyards in Cambria. Home to world class wines grown in close proximity to the Pacific, this family-friendly outdoor tasting room encourages all ages to connect on the lawn together. With a sprawling green “meadow” as a dance floor, Stolo Vineyards is the ultimate Highway 1 oasis for live music on a sunny day. Sip award-winning cool climate wines, visit the onsite goat and spread out on a blanket or at the adirondack chairs and picnic tables provided. Visitors can expect soulful singer-songwriter artists featured alongside acclaimed string bands, jazz and acoustic groups. With live music scheduled regularly, visitors are encouraged to check the Stolo Vineyards events calendar to see what bands are coming to the meadow next.

Stolo Vineyards
Music in the Meadow at Stolo Vineyards



Catch great live bands and more at Schooners, a Highway 1 favorite known for casual eats and local entertainment. Located in the heart of the quaint beach town of Cayucos, Schooner’s is renowned for fresh seafood, steaks, fish ‘n chips, and burgers. That said, the right tunes have a way of elevating the entire experience. The upstairs patio offers unparalleled coastal views, creating an idyllic setting to enjoy breezy acoustic music. Visitors can immerse themselves in the nautical-themed ambiance, sip craft cocktails, or peruse the carefully-curated wine and beer lists. Be sure to check out Schooners ongoing songwriter contest, encompassing a dozen local artists for multiple rounds of friendly competition. With open mic nights, local bands and more, this time-honored hangout combines lively community color with friendly hospitality. Plus, each summer brings Schooners Beachside Live, a highly anticipated seaside concert series featuring exciting live music performances all season long.

Schooners Cayucos Pier
Listen to the band with breathtaking ocean views

Los Osos

Live Music at Sea Pines

Experience captivating live music at Sea Pines in Los Osos, an essential stop for music enthusiasts on Highway 1. The Sea Pines Live Music Series is hosted in spring, summer and fall, running from April 27-October 27 with outdoor music unfolding every Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Sunday, all year long. Visitors should note that in the chillier months of November-mid April, Saturday live music performances are hosted indoors from 6 to 8 p.m. This pristine lodge, restaurant and golf course offers up a symphony of sensory delights, with talented local musicians providing a range of styles and melodies. While artists perform, attendees are invited to savor delectable cuisine and refreshing beverages provided by Sea Pines Clubhouse Grill.

Sea Pines Music
The Sea Pines Live Music Series

The Olde Alehouse

The Olde Alehouse is a laid back music venue popular with Los Osos locals and travelers alike. With an outdoor stage illuminated with charming string lights, there’s no better way to enjoy a weekend night under twinkling stars. Dance to local and touring acts or kick back and dig into some sizzling comfort food, including mac and cheese, smash burgers, French dip sandwiches and shareable nachos. Naturally, Highway 1 travelers will also find an array of delicious drink offerings on tap, too: Tuesdays are “Pint Night,” when folks can enjoy discounts on craft beer, while Wednesdays are reserved for local wine deals (non-alcoholic options are also available). With bands featured most weekends, be sure to check the Olde Alehouse calendar for an updated roster of showstopping talent.

The Olde Ale House Los Osos
The outdoor stage at The Olde Alehouse

Edna Valley

Edna Valley Vineyards

Experience an enriching summer concert at Edna Valley Vineyards, tailored to delight visitors seeking entertainment with a side of fine wine. Every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. each August-September, attendees of the winery’s Summer Concert Series enjoy a harmonious blend of live music and culinary delights sourced from local food trucks. This engaging event unfolds against the picturesque backdrop of Edna Valley Vineyard’s tranquil back patio, bringing together diverse genres in a dreamy wine country setting. With Edna Valley Vineyards wines available for purchase by the bottle or glass, guests are invited to sip and mingle on the lawn—simply bring a lawn chair and blanket to combat cool evening temperatures. General and lawn seating require no reservations and Edna Valley Vineyards club members enjoy VIP seating and premium concert perks.

The Wineries of Edna Valley

SLO Coast Wines pair perfectly with live music. Embark on a journey through the Wineries of Edna Valley, where the vibrant ambiance is complemented by the sweet sounds of musical instruments. Backdropped by rolling hills and lush vines, these charming wine country venues boast sun-drenched patios, welcoming verandas and cozy wine tasting rooms. Beyond the tantalizing wines, visitors are treated to an array of artful experiences, including captivating live music events that add an extra layer of enjoyment to the tasting experience. From crooning country to stirring blues, smooth jazz and energizing rock performances, the musical offerings available at the Wineries of Edna Valley are as diverse as the wines themselves. Guided tours, tastings and educational offerings further enrich the experience, inviting guests to delve into the art of winemaking. With each visit promising a new musical discovery, The Wineries of Edna Valley offer an unforgettable blend of wine, music and scenic beauty, ensuring an enchanting escape for all who wander through the region.

Crafted on the Coast, Casitas Estate, Arroyo Grande
Live entertainment in the vineyards of Edna Valley

The Rock

Ensure a trip to SLO Brew’s The Rock, a time-honored music venue that sets the stage for unforgettable live music performances in the heart of San Luis Obispo County. Located just beyond the bounds of Edna Valley, The Rock is easily one of the hottest live music destinations along Highway 1. For close to thirty years, SLO Brew has provided authentic and intimate performances by both local talents and renowned musicians from around the globe. At the SLO Brew Rock Event Center, guests can expect top-notch concert lights, exceptional acoustics, and one of the largest LED screens spanning from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Situated against a wine country backdrop, enjoy a diverse lineup of acts from all genres paired perfectly with local beer, wine and food. An onsite restaurant and brewery make this Highway 1 concert-going experience unforgettable, to be sure. Plus, The Rock is located nearby downtown SLO, where an array of enticing nightlife experiences await. Whether visitors are seeking an evening of electrifying melodies or a leisurely afternoon of acoustic tunes, SLO Brew’s The Rock promises an immersive musical experience sure to leave audiences inspired.

SLO Brew
See a show at the SLO Brew Rock Event Center

Downtown San Luis Obispo

Downtown San Luis Obispo is known for intimate musical encounters that often require no cover charge. From cherished bars to cozy coffee shops, there’s something for everyone seeking a memorable night out. Experience a fun fusion of culinary delights and live entertainment with farm-to-table restaurants and global cuisines acting as an ideal precursor to the show. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the rhythm of downtown, where unique musical performances mingle with a tempting selection of cocktails, local beers and more. Whether folks are in the mood for a laid-back acoustic set or a full on rock band, it’s all happening in downtown San Luis Obispo. 

San Luis Obispo Downtown
Visit downtown San Luis Obispo for a variety of live music venues

Avila Beach

Live at the Lighthouse

Discover the magic of Live at the Lighthouse in Avila Beach, a popular Summer Concert Series set against the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse. Dating back to 1890, this iconic landmark serves not only as a venue, but also as a cherished historical, educational and recreational site, inviting the public to engage in tours and events. Here, concerts transcends boundaries, featuring a diverse array of genres, from bluegrass to ska, rock and more. Whether showcasing well-known artists or local talents, Live at the Lighthouse celebrates the rich blend of musical talent on the Central Coast while also offering a unique experience that combines history, music and panoramic ocean views.

Pierfront Wine & Brew

Experience the epitome of sophistication and musical entertainment at PierFront Wine & Brew in Avila Beach. Every Saturday from 3-6 p.m., patrons can enjoy a rich roster of live music unfolding against a breathtaking ocean backdrop. Located on the Avila Beach oceanfront, this seaside venue offers a luxurious setting for indulging in the finest wines, both local and global, as well as a selection of premium brews. Relax in Pierfront Wine & Brew’s inviting “beachfront living room” or soak up the sun on an outdoor patio while savoring delicious appetizers and decadent desserts (an array of board games to enhance the experience). For a serene afternoon by the sea or a lively evening of entertainment, PierFront Wine & Brew promises an unforgettable blend of elegance, diverse music and crashing waves.

Pierfront Wine & Brew
Beachside music in Avila Beach at Pierfront Wine & Brew

Avila Beach Golf Resort

At Avila Beach Golf Resort, revel in sun-drenched live music offerings overlooking the sea. For over two decades, the Avila Beach Golf Resort has been a premier destination for mainstream entertainment. Each year, from May to October, the Resort hosts a dynamic concert series tailored to appeal to a diverse audience spanning generations. Hosted on a grassy terrace, the resort’s Concerts at the Cove offer unparalleled entertainment accompanied by views of white sand and Pacific horizon. Nestled within the resort’s onsite venue, Paradise Cove, guests are treated to a memorable fusion of top-tier entertainment, intimate surroundings and local vendors offering unique merchandise. Attendees are invited to Indulge in a wide selection of beer, wine and specialty drinks complemented by fresh local cuisine from Mulligan’s Bar and Grill. With awe-inspiring ocean views and a welcoming atmosphere, Avila Beach Golf Resort promises a memorable evening of musical entertainment and relaxation.

Mulligans Avila Beach
Enjoy the band at Mulligan’s Bar and Grill

Arroyo Grande

Branch Street Deli

Branch Street Deli in Arroyo Grande welcomes guests with feel-good live music performances and famous seasonal pizzas and. Hosted 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. seasonally, concerts at Branch Street Deli feature an array of musical genres, from cover bands to acoustic acts and beyond. Situated within the historic Village of Arroyo Grande, this home-grown venue is a beloved local spot known for Italian-inspired food and a warm, welcoming ambiance. Visitors can indulge in a variety of lunch and dinner options, including Italian favorites and juicy burgers, complemented by local wines, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Locally owned and operated, Branch Street Deli is dedicated to providing travelers with a cozy dining experience that combines local music with culinary expertise.

Music in Heritage Square Park

Celebrate the joyous spirit of summer at the Summer Concert Series at Heritage Square Park in Arroyo Grande. Visitors will soon find that this grassy gazebo setting has a way of uniting all ages and walks of life. From July 4th through September, the outdoor venue comes alive with captivating music, kicking off between 1-3 p.m. The Summer Concert Series features a bevy of genres, including bluegrass, ‘80s rock, funk, reggae, indie rock, classic rock, country, Latin and Americana. As melodies fill the air, guests can enjoy delicious food, beer and wine available for purchase. Blankets and chairs are welcomed, as organizers welcome everyone to relax on the lawn for some good old fashioned entertainment. This inclusive setting fosters a sense of community, where locals and visitors alike come together to enjoy the magic of live performances under the Central Coast sun.

Clark Center

A world of laughter, tears, and pure awe come to life at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande. With its impressive two-theater performance space, this esteemed venue plays host to an array of national and international touring acts, alongside productions from local performing arts organizations. Whether visitors’ passion lies in music, dance, comedy or theater, the Clark Center stands as the epicenter of quality entertainment, offering unforgettable musical experiences that resonate deeply with audiences of all tastes and backgrounds.

The Clark Center
Come to a show at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts


Blacklake Golf Resort

Gear up for an unforgettable concert experience every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at Concerts on the Course at Blacklake Golf Resort in Nipomo. Featured bands span a multitude of genres such as oldies, pop, jazz, classic rock, neo folk, contemporary jazz and more. Bring along a picnic blanket or lawn chair and unwind on the lush grass, a fitting place for groups of friends to connect and kick back. Refreshments are available for purchase, elevating the show into a celebratory occasion. For visitors seeking an even more elevated experience, VIP champagne tables are ready for toasting.

Great American Melodrama

The Great American Melodrama in Oceano inspires laughter, cheer and timeless musical fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. An old time vaudeville experience, visitors can expect song, dance and comedy all night long. Fans of the theater are sure to enjoy Highway 1’s best live musical experience all year-round, but especially during the holidays, when the festivities are kicked up a notch. Plus, snacks and refreshments are available for purchase, creating a true night out tradition. Visitors should expect an interactive format that encourages audience participation. This means folks of all ages are invited to boo, hiss and applaud the live actors in real-time—a great addition to the Melodrama’s over-the-top musical numbers.

Music and theatre come together at the Melodrama

Music Festivals

Live Oak Music Festival

The Live Oak Music Festival is a beloved annual music fest held every June to support KCBX Public Radio. Unfolding in the picturesque El Chorro Valley between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, this event offers a diverse musical lineup spanning funk, soul, folk, gospel, roots rock, Americana, jazz, bluegrass, blues, world music and more. The idyllic setting of the El Chorro Valley, with its temperate climate and majestic trees, sets the stage for a leisurely weekend of music and relaxation with family and friends. In fact, locals will attest that Live Oak Music Festival is the perfect way to kick off the lazy days of summer on Highway 1. At the heart of the Live Oak Music Festival is the KCBX Stage, featuring top-notch musicians from across the United States and around the world. Cultural entertainment and education are key components, with music curated by a talented crew dedicated to delivering an unforgettable experience. Throughout the weekend, festival-goers can enjoy basic camping accommodations, with many sites shaded by oak and sycamore trees. Limited reserved sites with RV hook-ups are also available for an additional fee. In addition to the music on the KCBX Stage, attendees can explore two additional stages, maker booths, music workshops, fireside jamming and late-night sets on Friday and Saturday. There’s also entertainment tailored for children of all ages, ensuring that the whole family can participate in the festivities. With a variety of daytime activities for children, the Live Oak Music Festival offers something for everyone to enjoy.

Festival Mozaic

Festival Mozaic provides a gateway to an enriching classical music experience on Highway 1 and beyond. Through diverse performances in picturesque venues, festival organizers invite visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of San Luis Obispo County while enjoying world-class classical concerts and events. Each July, enjoy classical music performances hosted in unusual locations, including historic Mission-era sites and spectacular outdoor spaces. The festival’s goal is to provide multiple entry points into the world of classical music, offering professional performances, outreach and education. As a cornerstone of the local community, this beloved festival aims to transform how locals and Highway 1 visitors engage with classical music, appealing to a wide demographic and enriching the lives of all who attend.

Avila Beach Mulligans Music
Catch a live show at one of the many music festivals

Stone Soup Music Festival

A smorgasbord of music, food and fun simmer to a boil at Grover Beach’s Stone Soup Festival. Held annually in August, this cherished street festival has endured for 30 years and counting, proving that there’s never a dull moment to be had. Featuring world-class musicians performing on two distinct stages—the Park Stage in Ramona Garden Park and the Street Stage on Ramona Ave—Stone Soup Music Festival serves a fun array of musical styles to suit every taste. Visitors can grab a lawn chair and enjoy the show, stroll the street vendors or get involved in a host of activities. In addition to the great live music, the Stone Soup Festival boasts a vibrant Street Fair, where local crafts, world treasures and a tempting array of food, beer, wine and beverage options await. Vendors come from across the Central Coast and beyond, adding to the festival’s eclectic atmosphere. Plus, the Kidz Zone in Ramona Garden Park offers bounce houses and outdoor fun for children of all ages. Visitors won’t want to miss the Annual Mardi Paws Dog Parade on Sunday, where furry friends strut their stuff for a chance to win prizes.

Shabang Music Festival

Everyone is invited to make memories on the dance floor at Shabang Music Festival, a vibrant weekend celebration of musical arts. This annual, decade-old event boasts dozens of diverse artists across multiple stages, from emerging electronic artists to world-renowned indie rock acts and beyond. Hosted each Spring in San Luis Obispo—and currently set against the backdrop of Dairy Creek Golf Course on Highway 1—attendees can enjoy the area’s rolling hills, majestic oaks and the ability to camp onsite with a tent or RV. With a unique vendor marketplace of food and drink options, aerial artists dancing in midair, a silent disco dance party, yoga offerings and more, there’s plenty of enticing wonders to discover before, during and after each star-studded Shabang musical performance.

Beer at the Pier Music
Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the outdoors

Whale Rock Music Festival

Music fans will appreciate the multifaceted energy of Whale Rock Music Festival, located off the beaten path in pastoral Templeton. Held each September at Castoro Cellars’ Whale Rock Vineyard, this colorful festival combines music, art and community, attracting diverse music fans from around the country and beyond. Here, genres span the gamut from world beats and Americana to reggae, always pushing for an ever-expanding definition of musical expression. Attendees are invited to experience the buzz of nationally-known headliners, discover local musicians and fall in love with rising stars. A celebration of creativity and togetherness, concert-goers can also dive into arts and crafts, yoga, kids’ activities and an eclectic family of vendors. Since its inception, the Whale Rock Music Festival (formerly Beaverstock) has been a platform for giving back to the community, with proceeds going to local charities and the local Templeton High School Band.

More Festivals

Highway 1 visitors are invited to explore a plethora of wine, beer and food festivals imbued with live musical entertainment and more. From elegant wine tastings overlooking picturesque vineyards to lively beer festivals featuring local craft brews, there’s something to delight every palate. Indulge in delectable cuisine from top chefs and local food artisans at food festivals that celebrate the region’s rich culinary heritage. Better yet, many of these events feature top shelf musical entertainment, along with an array of attractions such as artisanal vendors, cooking demonstrations and educational activities. Whether wine connoisseur, craft beer enthusiast, or simply a lover of good food and great music, visitors are sure to find that Highway 1’s food and wine festivals are sure to hit the spot.

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Experience local cuisine and live music at a festival along Highway 1