Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today, there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
One of my favorite record stores is Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo, CA. Their upstairs area is filled with treasures from all decades of music and all nicely alphabetized, which makes for such a pleasureful way to shop for records.
Upcoming dates for Record Store Day are April 18, 2020, April 17, 2021 and April 16, 2022. Click here for more information on participating stores and events.