After twenty years of restoration, planning, and construction the Octagon Barn Center project is complete. While some finishing touches will be added throughout the fall, the Center is ready for its debut as a brand-new community gathering place centered around the iconic and historic Octagon Barn.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Octagon Barn under construction.

The Grand Opening on Saturday September 21 will be an all-day event with live music, a wide variety of food, wine tasting from five Edna Valley wineries, free kids’ activities, an art show by the San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment, and more. The event is free to attend from 11am-5pm. Starting at 5pm there will be a ticketed benefit concert inside the Barn featuring the Shawn Clark Family Band. For a schedule and a complete list of musicians and vendors, please visit OctagonBarn.org.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of this incredible project! For over 20 years, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County has been working diligently to bring this vision to life. It would not have been possible without so many supporters and volunteers who have given so much to the Barn, and I am grateful to every individual who committed their energy to this special place. We are throwing open the Barn doors in September and this is a celebration you won’t want to miss! We can’t wait to welcome so many people who will experience the Barn Center for the first time, and welcome home those who have worked alongside us to make it happen.”

In addition to being a community gathering place and the eventual trailhead for the extended Bob Jones Bike Path, The Land Conservancy is eager to share the Octagon Barn Center to connect people to their rich agricultural heritage and the open spaces that make San Luis Obispo County remarkable.

The Octagon Barn Center

Built in 1906 and a treasured cultural icon, the Octagon Barn is a symbol of this county’s long-standing commitment to productive and natural lands and direct link to local agricultural history. The Octagon Barn Center is now accepting reservations for both private and public events in 2020. As the future trailhead for the Bob Jones City-to-Sea Trail when the bike trail extends from Avila, the Center will be critical to facilitating bike-friendly transportation and recreational trails.

The Octagon Barn Center will serve as a community gathering place to host events; from non-profit fundraisers, workshops, weddings, and farmer’s markets, to film and music events. It will be a tourist destination that welcomes thousands of visitors each year as they approach the southern entrance of San Luis Obispo. Visitors of all ages will learn about SLO County’s rich dairy history, honoring the legacy of local farming and the efforts of local families who helped shape the community.

The Octagon Barn Center will be a special place for people to learn about and celebrate San Luis Obispo County’s unique history and local lands. Because of its central location in the County and its proximity to the City of San Luis Obispo, the Octagon Barn Center will serve a diverse constituency including San Luis Obispo County residents, businesses, and families of varying socio-economic backgrounds. Regularly scheduled docent led tours will available beginning in the Summer of 2020.

For more information about the Barn Center, and for booking inquiries, visit OctagonBarn.org.

Funding it still needed for construction and start-up costs. To make a tax-deductible charitable donation to support the Octagon Barn Center, visit The Land Conservancy’s website at LCSLO.org or call Kaila Dettman, Executive Director, at 805-544-9096.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County


The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is a community-supported local nonprofit land trust working to conserve and care for the diverse wildlands, farms, and ranches of the Central Coast, connecting people to the land and to each other. The land trust helps to protect drinking water sources, prevent poorly planned development, restore wildlife habitat, promote family farmlands and ranches in the region, and connect people of all ages and backgrounds to the land. The Land Conservancy leads collaborative efforts which have resulted in the permanent protection over 24,000 acres of land in San Luis Obispo County.