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Description

Contra Carnivale is a contra dance event in beautiful San Luis Obispo over Martin Luther King weekend. Since it coincides with the beginning of the season, we'll decorate in a Mardi Gras theme and encourage "Mardi Gras festive" attire - especially for the Saturday evening dance! Bring your sequins and feathers, and we'll supply beads for everybody!

Centrally located near the coast, mid-way between the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo is a great place to visit. We'll fill your weekend with high-energy contra dancing and recommend that you plan to spend Friday and/or Monday exploring & adventuring in the SLO area on your own.

Location & Directions

Contra Carnivale will be held at the San Luis Obispo Veterans' Memorial Building at 801 Grand Avenue. You'll recognize it by the ginormous tank sitting out front.

From the South: Take the Grand Avenue (Cal Poly) exit from Highway 101. Turn right onto Grand Avenue and look for the Vets' Hall on the right between Mill & Palm Streets.

From the North: Take the Monterey Street (Cal Poly) exit from Highway 101. Turn left across the freeway, then turn right onto Monterey Street. Turn right on Grand Avenue at the first light, then almost immediately left into the Vets' Hall parking lot.

There is no overnight parking in the Vets' Hall lot; this will be strictly enforced by the city!

San Luis Obispo is served by a small regional airport (SBP) that links to major hubs. You can also explore taking the train (Amtrak).

COVID Policy

We acknowledge the ongoing concerns, uncertainties, and differences of opinion surrounding COVID and safety protocols. With an eye to everyone's safety and drawing on the successful outcomes of several dance weekends on the West Coast, we will be asking all attendees to:

These guidelines may change in line with current conditions and health advisories, and we will provide plenty of advance notice, while also refunding the fees for anyone who feels they cannot comply with any changes.

Lodging

There are lots of 2 & 3 star motels within walking distance of the Veterans Memorial Building; Google Maps is a good way to find them (search for 2 people for that weekend). For best prices we suggest contacting the motels directly rather going through intermediary sites like booking.com or hotels.com.

A somewhat less expensive alternative is Hostel Obispo, which is about a mile from the hall.

Camping is available at several County parks and State parks in the area. Reservations are required.

There is no overnight parking in the Vets' Hall lot; this will be strictly enforced by the city!

Food

Abundant beverages and snacks are provided throughout the weekend. Continental breakfast and a light lunch buffet will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. There are a great many good restaurants in the area, many within walking distance of the hall.

Children & Pets

All children must be registered to attend the weekend.

Unfortunately, not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. For the comfort and safety of all, we must ask that you refrain from bringing any non-service animals into the building.

Please get in touch with us at contracarnivale@gmail.com if you have questions.