Spotlight: What’s happening this weekend

July 15, 2010


The temperature is rising on the Central Coast, but there’s no need to get hot and bothered because these local events will be sure to cool you down.

On Friday night the temperature won’t be the only thing making you hot, the Chumash Casino presents popular Latino musician Alejandro Sanz. The Spanish artist has won 14 Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards, including the Latin Grammy for Album of the Year three times, more than any other artist. Tickets are on sale now and prices range from $55 to $125. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Cool down Saturday and Sunday with your children at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum. The museum will host a Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Workshop July 17 and July 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is limited for the workshop so call the museum to register. Samples will be available and there is a $2 class fee.

Take a step back in time and journey to the year 1585, courtesy of the 26th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival at El Chorro Regional Park on Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m. Park on the other side of Highway 1 at Cuesta College and ride the shuttle to the gate. More than 800 costumed participants provide family fun. Jousting, sword fights, archery, and a special appearance by Queen Elizabeth.

Get some good barbecue in your stomach after a day of ice cream and sugar at Mongo’s Saloon in Grover Beach. The saloon will host a BBQ Smoker and Rock n Roller afternoon where attendants can enjoy wood-smoked barbecue, great music and a myriad of sports games on the saloon’s six big screen televisions. The barbecue starts at 11 a.m. and the music kicks off at 2 p.m.

Help your kids work off their ice cream workshop sugar rush at a summer tennis camp held at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. The camp is for young children and teens and all levels of experience are welcome. The camp will even have specialized training for those with more experienced and will be held July 19 to July 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost of registration is $85. For more information call Cuesta College Community Programs at 805-546-3132.

After a food-filled weekend, enjoy a leisurely stroll through town. SLO Walking Tours is kicking off its Bright and Early Wednesday Walking Tours Through San Luis Obispo July 21. Attendants will visit some of San Luis Obispo’s most notable sites such as Bubblegum Alley and Old Chinatown as well as learn about the city’s most popular residents such as William Randolph Hearst and Julia Morgan. The weekly event will begin at the fountain at Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Admission is $10 and space is limited. For more information visit

Find more local happenings and movie show times on the CalCoastNews Event Calendar. You can search by type of event, the date or the venue.