The San Luis Obispo County Open Studios Art Tour, a program of SLO County Arts Council, takes place over two weekends in October each year. Free to the public, fine artists and crafters open their studios to showcase their art and share their processes. Visitors create their own self-guided tours using the catalog.

First Weekend – October 14-15, 2023

Second Weekend – October 21-22, 2023

A Kick-Off Celebration will be held on Friday, October 13th from 6 to 9 PM. The celebration will also inaugurate the SLO County Arts Council’s new office location at The Bunker (810 Orcutt Road, SLO). There will be food from Big Wave Sushi and Baguette About for sale along with beer/wine. DJ Peaking Lights will perform and inside there will be a gallery exhibition with artwork by local artists participating in the Open Studios Art Tour. Purchase a ticket to show your support.

NEW to the 25th Annual Open Studios Art Tour are planned routes! If you’re new to navigating the catalog or just want a themed or location-based route already made for you, check out our twenty-four different planned routes across the county. Each map will have options to view all registered 2023 OSAT artists as well as the planned routes for each region. When going on a planned route, pick up a card at your first stop and get it signed by each artist on your route to enjoy a reward at a sponsoring local business!

Highway 1 Road Trip recommends the Pacific Coast Highway Route and North Coast Routes.

Throughout the tour weekends, several artists plan to host workshops, talks, and demonstrations of their work and process. Find out which artists are offering scheduled events and consider adding one into your tour plans. This is a great way to get a deeper experience at some of the studios you might be planning to visit, expect to walk away inspired!