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Events by Day

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Thursday - Campus Preview Night at Farmers' Market

Farmer's Market in Downtown SLO during Open House


Farmer’s Market: Thursday, April 12th, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Downtown San Luis Obispo

Farmer’s Market serves as a preview night for Cal Poly's Open House weekend as well as for the clubs and organizations that are involved on campus. It is an excellent way for prospective students to learn about the many ways to get involved on campus while also getting a taste of San Luis Obispo culture at Farmer's Market. Cal Poly clubs and organizations will line Broad Street, while prospective students and their supporters enjoy an informative night in downtown.


Friday - Admitted Students' Discovery Day

Nametags and boxes at Open House Check-In


Check-In: Friday, April 13th, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mott Lawn

Check-In for Open House begins Friday morning, followed by the University Welcomes. Bring a digital or printed copy of your ticket. You can RSVP here.

Open House attendees at University Welcome


University Welcome: Friday, April 13th

Recreation Center - Main Gym

The University Welcome is the initial interaction admitted students have with Cal Poly to learn about this school. There are two University Welcomes with three colleges in each. Important members of Cal Poly will be speaking about their experiences at and what we have to offer.

University Welcome I, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

We welcome Admitted students and their supporters from the following colleges:

University Welcome II, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

We welcome Admitted students and their supporters from the following colleges:

Open House attendees and booths at the Resource Fair


Resource Fair: Friday, April 13th, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Resource Fair is an informational event for prospective students and supporters attending Open House. This event showcases a large variety of resources on campus that will be relevant to incoming students and their supporters. Each resource will display what they do, how they do it, and why they are an important source for Cal Poly students. Furthermore, resources will set up booths, provide information, and answer questions for parents and supporters.

Open House attendees at Friday Night Invite in the University Union Plaza


Friday Nite Invite: Friday, April 13th, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

University Union Plaza

Friday Nite Invite is an event where prospective students will be able to have fun and meet each other in a fun environment.  This will take place in the University Union Plaza on Friday night. There will be a DJ, bowling, free pizza, games, crafts, and club booths.

An Open House volunteer interacting with new students and supporters


Transfer Mixer: Friday, April 13th, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

University Union, Room 220

The Transfer Mixer will be a chance for potential transfer students to meet and interact. There will also be an informational panel with time for students to ask questions. Food and drinks will be provided. 

A supporter talking to a presenter at Coffee House


Coffee House: Friday, April 13th, 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

University Union, Chumash Auditorium

While students are enjoying Friday Nite Invite, parents and supporters are invited to Coffee House, where they can talk to current students from all six of Cal Poly's colleges while enjoying coffee from local vendor BlackHorse. There will also be speakers from Administration as well as Parent & Family Programs.


Saturday - Poly Royal Celebration 

The start of the Poly Royal Parade lineup


Poly Royal Parade: Saturday, April 14th, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Perimeter Road

The Poly Royal Parade involves various groups, clubs, and organizations on and off of campus, showcasing the many opportunities that students at Cal Poly have to offer. Participants will be encouraged to make a float, sign, or other representation of what they do on or off campus. The Parade will occur on a designated route through Cal Poly’s campus.

Dean Bailey speaking at Opening Ceremonies


Opening Ceremonies: Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Dexter Lawn

Open House Opening Ceremonies is an event where important members of Cal Poly speak to the admitted students as well as their families.  Along with the speakers, the Poly Royal Parade Grand Marshals and Open House Committee will be honored.

One of the booths at the Campus Showcase during Open House


Campus Showcase: Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lower Campus

At Campus Showcase Cal Poly Clubs and Organizations get a chance to show off what they do with booths, activities, food, and much more. Over 200 clubs are represented at this fun and exciting event.

Two musicians performing on the Poly Royal Stage during Open House


Poly Royal Stage: Saturday, April 14th, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Dexter Lawn

The Poly Royal Stage is an event that showcases all of the talent that Cal Poly has to offer. These performances can include bands and other signing acts, or clubs and dance teams depending on the theme that is picked. Any other forms of entertainment can also participate in the Poly Royal Stage.

Special Events

Special Events are put on by other Cal Poly organizations and clubs to showcase their unique opportunities.

Poly Royal Rodeo & Concert: Friday, April 13th, 7:00 PM & Saturday, April 14th, 5:30 PM

Spanos Stadium

Poly Royal has been the premier rodeo in the West Coast region since the first Poly Royal Rodeo in 1940. It is the largest college rodeo west of the Mississippi and draws crowds of up to 11,000 spectators. The Poly Royal Rodeo is held each year in early to mid-April during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend. The rodeo is a favorite of regional competitors as well as Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo community members for its lively atmosphere, professional entertainers and high-quality awards. This year, the Rodeo will be held in Spanos Stadium, followed by a concert by Aaron Watson. Click here for more information of this year's Rodeo.

Tickets for the Poly Royal Rodeo can be purchased here.

Poly Royal Truck and Tractor Pull: Saturday, April 14th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Pasture on the corner of Highland Dr. and Mt. Bishop Rd.

The Poly  Royal Truck and Tractor Pull has been held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo almost every April since 1972. It is one of the largest events at Open House, drawing nearly 4,000 spectators and over 50 competitors from the Western United States. The event is run by Cal Poly Tractor Pull Club and the proceeds from the event bolster a scholarship endowment that goes to hard-working students of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences. In 2016, the scholarship fund gave out over $30,000 to students.

Alumni Beer & Wine Garden: Saturday, April 14th, 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Engineering Plaza

Join us for an afternoon of fun, reconnecting with alumni, faculty, staff, and student ambassadors. You will enjoy local beer and wine, as well as delicious appetizers. The event will be held rain or shine!


Cal Poly encourages inclusivity in all its programs and activities.  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, including (but not limited to) physical access or Deaf/Hard of Hearing services, please contact New Student & Transition Programs (openhouse@calpoly.edu) in advance of your participation or visit.

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