The first people to inhabit San Luis Obispo were the Chumash. One of their first villages lies just south of the city limits. The Chumash lived among a wide-reaching network of villages and mainly relied on the area's marine resources. When the Spanish were expanding throughout parts of California, Junipero Serra was ordered to begin introducing natives to the Catholic faith, as well as the Spanish language. Serra's first mass was held in 1772 near San Luis Creek. His departure from the area left Father Jose Cavaller to build the Mission that would eventually become the town of San Luis Obispo.
If you seek an area with varied and diverse entertainment options, San Luis Obispo is a city rich with culture, and it honors this culture with many different events throughout the year and many local entertainment venues. The Fremont Theater, built in the 1940s, was originally an Art Deco theater. The Palm Theatre is most noted for hosting the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. Every Friday in the summer, you can catch a free outdoor concert in Mission Plaza. If you seek something a bit more eclectic, people have been sticking chewed gum to the walls of Bubblegum Alley since the 1960s.