Event Overview

September 17th, 2016 – April 30th 2017

Over 75 cities and 200 million people worldwide have participated in CowParade, one of the most successful art endeavors ever. Now it’s San Luis Obispo County’s turn.

CowParade™ is an international moo-ving public art exhibit that has been featured in major world cities including Paris, Hong Kong, Athens, Moscow, Milan, London, New York, Cannes, Rio, Rome and beyond. CowParade has been staged in over 75 cities and towns, bringing smiles to more than 250 million people worldwide. Each CowParade shares a few common elements – community involvement, sponsors, artists, charities, beautiful cows, increased tourism and notoriety.

More than 5,000 cows – no two alike – have gone on display since CowParade’s inception in 1999, benefiting scores of local non-profits by raising more than $30 million for charity.

CowParade SLO County will showcase 101 (for Highway 101) of these life-size, 120-pound, fiberglass works of art. Taking place September 2016 – May 2017, the event will give local artists a chance to showcase their talents on a global stage. The region’s agricultural history, growing arts scene and its ecotourism draw make CowParade the perfect conduit for a countywide event that will involve, unite and benefit the whole community.

A variety of events are scheduled throughout the year to exhibit these works of art until they are auctioned off for charity early in spring 2017, with net proceeds benefiting three title charities, including the California Mid-State Fair Heritage Foundation, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, and ARTS Obispo, as well as other county non-profit organizations.