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7 Great Ways to Stay up with What’s Going on in San Luis Obispo County

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I recently added my google calendar feed to my website (look on the right side underneath “Archives”) highlighting some of the interesting events going on in San Luis Obispo County.

I try to attend a lot of social and business events going on in SLO County and I wanted to share the 7 public calendars I use to find all these events.

  1. My favorite calendar is from Softec the Central Coast Business Event Calendar Link: http://www.softec.org/softec_calendars/monthly_calendar.php which publishes a diverse list of events going on in San Luis Obispo County including the Chamber of Commerce’s events. My only issue with this calendar is Softec doesn’t publish the RSS feed for it so to find out about these events you have to check back with the calendar or merge the events with your own Google Calendar.
  2. EcoSlo’s publishes a good calendar focusing on environmental events Link: http://www.ecoslo.org/events/ Rss Feed: http://www.ecoslo.org/events/RSS My favorite event of EcoSlo’s are the “Meet and Greet” events with your County Supervisors here is the info for the next event http://www.ecoslo.org/meet-and-greet-with-your-county-supervisor-during-art-after-dark
  3. The SLO Economic Vitality Corporation lists their upcoming events here http://www.sloevc.org/events/I wish they used a google calendar for their events or at least a RSS feed so I could be notified about what’s going on with the EVC without having to check back on the website.
  4. Cal Poly hosts thousands of events yearly some of which can be found on their event index http://calpolynews.calpoly.edu/eventsindex.html and the Cal Poly RSS news feed http://www.calpolynews.calpoly.edu/calpolynews.xml For some reason though the RSS feed doesn’t include all of the listed events on the website, and the event page doesn’t even list all the events that go on at Cal Poly. There is no real easy way to find out what is going on at the University but the two links above are the best way I’ve found so far.
  5. My friend Samson Blackwell maintains one of the best individual calendars focused on local government meetings, farmers markets, and various environmental/social events. Here is the link to his calendar http://holeinthefence.net/ and here is the RSS feed link for the events http://feeds2.feedburner.com/google/sFdq
  6. To find out what’s going on in the Central Coast Wine scene check out the local wine events calendar http://www.localwineevents.com/Central-Coast-Wine/ and here is the RSS feed for the calendar http://feeds2.feedburner.com/Central-Coast-Wine-Events
  7. The San Luis Obispo Tribune posts a good calendar covering a very wide array of events going on in San Luis Obispo County. Here’s the link http://events.sanluisobispo.com/Like many of the other San Luis Obispo calendars though, I really wish they had an RSS feed attached to their calendar.
  8. BONUS! While not a calendar the #1 way I keep up to date with events and what’s going on in San Luis Obispo is Twitter. With Twitter I’m following at least 100 outspoken people who live in the Central Coast area who keep my completely up to date on what’s going on. The San Luis Obispo Tribune has even published a Twitter landing page http://www.sanluisobispo.com/twitter/ which will hopefully grow with more content but I highly recommend going on twitter and following the movers and shakers of San Luis Obispo County.

If anyone is wondering what is an RSS feed?? Check out:

What calendars/websites do you use to stay on top of what’s happening on the Central Coast? Please share them with everyone by leaving a comment with the link or feed url.

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  1. Thanks for the great info. Chris. Always nice to have a central location for things like this. It sounds like you do a lot of business networking. They have quite a few events through http://www.centralcoasttoday.com/

    Just browse through the business related groups (and you can even add RSS feeds for them!)

    emotainment

    April 16, 2009 at 9:11 am

    • Never heard of centralcoasttoday.com till now but I just signed up on the site, looks like a great place to find events. Thanks for the comment Aaron.

      Chris McCann

      April 16, 2009 at 6:45 pm

  2. Here’s how to add the Softec calendar to your own Google Calendar: right-click on the calendar; click on open frame in new window; in the URL, select the embedded email address, which, in this case, is: ec4h970tgh0d028qaeuk9f1ahc@group.calendar.google.com; go to your Google Calendar; click on Add a Friend’s Calendar; paste the email address – Voila!

    Ted Lester

    September 23, 2009 at 4:19 pm

  3. Just searching for local event feeds myself — to add to slopages.com (and tasteslo.com and golfslo.com) on the Play pages. I just hooked up a feed for americantowns.com for SLO events, but now am considering a change over to centralcoasttoday.com.

    SLO Pages

    September 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    • glad to see more people are thinking about how to display events in San Luis Obispo :)

      Send me an email with updated or additions and I can add it to this list

      Chris McCann

      September 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm


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