Summer Guide 2022

Make your sunny summer plans with the help of our annual comprehensive listing of fabulous, fun festivities
In-person activities, festivals, celebrations, live music, camps, and more continue to multiply as we cross our fingers and watch pandemic restrictions retreat behind us.

Summer Guide

27th Annual “Winning Images” Photography Contest

Entry period is from May 12 to May 31, 2022 by 5pm!
A photograph can capture a moment in a way that words simply can't.

Winning Images

Best of SLO County 2022

Do you have any marshmallows handy?

Best of SLO

Menus - Spring/Summer 2022

The Central Coast Guide to All Things Food and Drink


Spring Arts Annual 2022

Find all the artistic, in-person, post-pandemic events on the horizon.
Spring 2022 is shaping up to be chock-full of events—just like old, pre-pandemic times. New Times' annual Spring Arts issue has all the good ones ready for you to tick off your list, from gallery exhibits to plays to live music, crafting activities, wine celebrations, street fairs, and food festivals, Calendar Editor Caleb Wiseblood curated them all into a calendar just for you!

Spring Arts Annual

Get Outside - Spring 2022

The Central Coast Guide to Everything Outside
Welcome to your great outdoors You’re holding the first ever issue of the Central Coast’s newest magazine dedicated to life outdoors.

Get Outside

Season of love: New Times’ annual Weddings issue has stories about a historically busy industry, dresses without stress, becoming a minister, and the rise of the mini ceremony

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Times' annual wedding issue is back—and the wedding industry almost didn't skip a beat.


Health and Wellness 2022: Supplements, climate-change anxiety, and drumming through grief

Every January, we bring you stories about health and wellness, and this year's no different—plus, we're leaving COVID-19 out of it!

Health & Wellness

Volunteers 2022: The SLO Botanical Garden, Shower the People, and the Los Padres Forest Association

Each January, we put out a volunteers issue, but with another year of COVID-19 in the rearview mirror, it seems especially important this time around to pay homage to those who continued to give their time to help others.


Last-Minute Gift Guide 2021

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the gift-giving ante gets upped with each passing day.

Last-Minute Gift Guide

Holiday Guide 2021

Although social distancing, masking, and the weird haze of COVID-19 are still around, the holiday season of parades, tree lightings, and Santa pictures is back!

Holiday Guide

The 2021 New Times Music Awards delivers the goods

Video Courtesy Of Paul Irving And Big Big SLO Read Glen Starkey’s story here!

New Times Music Awards

Awareness Issue 2021: Language barriers to reporting domestic violence, the increase in incidences of later-stage cancer, and high school students who are getting the word out about partner violence

October shines a national spotlight on two things we should be paying attention to year round—breast cancer and domestic violence awareness. As a way of helping to get the word out, Staff Writer Bulbul Rajagopal wrote about language and cultural barriers Asian American and Pacific Islanders face when it comes to reporting domestic violence, Staff Writer Malea Martin covered the consequences of a lack of breast cancer screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Assistant Editor Peter Johnson spoke to Lumina Alliance volunteers about the zine they created to increase awareness about intimate partner violence.

Awareness Issue

Autumn Arts Annual 2021

Music, makers, masters, and more are heading your way this fall
Summer's over.

Autumn Arts Annual

Back on campus: For Student Guide 2021, we talk Cal Poly women's volleyball, renting outdoor gear, COVID-19 rules, and dining out

It's hard to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is still here as students start the 2021-22 school year. But it is, and we're getting you prepped for what to expect in our annual Student Guide issue.

Student Guide

Education Today 2021

It's that time of year again: back to school time. And this year, kids actually get to start the year in classrooms!

Education Today

55 Fiction 2021: Find winners of the shortest story contest ever

It doesn't sound like much, but 55 words can cover a lot of ground. The shortest stories in the universe tie up loose ends, surprise people, kill people, and love people.

55 Fiction

Food & Drink 2021

This year's annual Food and Drink issue comes out just as restaurants and bars can serve more customers with fewer restrictions.

Food and Drink Issue

Pride 2021

In this year's annual Pride issue, Assistant Editor Peter Johnson speaks with Cal Poly staffer Sam Byrd about connecting LGBTQ-plus students with the greater SLO community; Staff Writer Kasey Bubnash writes about a new Hometown Radio segment dedicated to all things trans and queer; and Staff Writer Karen Garcia takes you inside Skipper's Brew, a safe space for the LGBTQ-plus community.

Pride Issue


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Zongo All-Stars

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