Paso Robles, CA Summer Events: May-August 2012

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Summertime in Paso Robles, CA is a lively and festive time for locals and visitors alike. From outdoor concerts to food and wine festivals and arts shows of all kinds, Paso Robles plays host to a wide assortment of fun summer events. Settled in the beautiful coastal mountain range of Central California midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, this scenic destination is the perfect getaway for families, couples and groups of friends looking for the ideal summer vacation where they can unwind and have a good time. This vast wine region boasts over 200 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a historic downtown grassy square surrounded by local artisan shops, and a wide selection of accommodations.

Below is a roundup of not-to-be-missed events happening this summer. For more information on attractions, dining and lodging, visit http://www.travelpaso.com. For the latest news on the area, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com, join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/travelpaso and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/travelpaso.

–MAY–
National Train Day - May 12
Wine Rail Excursions – May - Oct
San Luis Obispo County
Leading up to the fourth annual Central Coast Railroad Festival, held Oct. 4-8, are a variety of events including National Train Day on May 12 in San Luis Obispo, a day to celebrate the 143rd anniversary of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad. In addition, Central Coast Railroad Festival Wine Rail Excursions are offered the second Sunday of every month. The trips include a ride on Amtrak's Coast Starlight up or down the Cuesta Grade between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, complimentary wine tasting, light lunch snacks, rail history and a private bus trip in the opposite direction from the rail trip. The trips generally stop at one or two rail related wineries. Tickets for most trips are $49 for adults and $39 for children 15 and under. Excursions are limited to 24 guests and generally sell out in advance. For a list of excursions, visit http://ccrrf.com. For more information about National Train Day, visit nationaltrainday.com.

30th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival
May 18-20
Paso Robles City Park
Combining past traditions with innovations of the future, the Paso Robles Wine Country comes together to honor 30 years of the Paso Robles Wine Festival in Paso Robles City Park this May. World-class wines, farm fresh culinary delights and winemaker seminars make this festival the place to be for wine enthusiasts. Guests can experience the character and rich history reflected in each glass of Paso Robles wine. This celebration will include the finest food and wine and embrace all that defines Paso Robles Wine County. Whether crisp whites or bold reds satisfy your palate, the Paso Robles Wine Festival has something for everyone. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (800) 549-WINE or visit pasowine.com.

Festival of the Arts
May 25-27
Downtown Paso Robles
Celebrate summer with this magical three-day event for families. New this year is a Plein Air Masters exhibition, two-day workshops (taking place the week prior to the main events), guest lectures and an Art Tour. Saturday starts with a Plein Air Quick-Draw and auction, followed by a fine art show, a public mural project, hands-on youth art stations, the Travel Channel’s Sand Masters constructing giant sand castles, street performers, adult art seminars, live music, dance performances, stilt walkers and other musical and visual surprises for kids. This three-day family event features guest lectures on Friday, and an Awards Brunch followed by the Exclusive Westside Art Tour of two private collections on Sunday. (888) 988-PASO (7276). Event tickets are available at pasoartfestival.com; the Saturday Main Event is free; Media Contact: Shonna Howenstine, (805) 227-7236, tourism(at)prcity(dot)com.

Great Western Bicycle Rally
May 25-28
Paso Robles Event Center
Gather some friends, hop on your bikes and get ready for a thrilling weekend of bicycling through the rolling hills of stunning Paso Robles. A variety of routes are geared for all levels of riders so everyone can join in. This is a fun and reasonably priced family vacation option. For more information and to register, call (866) 909-4927 or visit greatwesternbicyclerally.com.

  • JUNE –

First Annual BBQ Fun Fest and Kids Day in the Park
June 1-3, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., June 3, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Downtown Paso Robles City Park
Get ready for the First Annual BBQ Fun Fest and Kids Day in the Park, a three-day event filled with mouthwatering BBQ, including pulled pork, turkey legs, chicken, tri-tip and sausage available for purchase as well as beer and wine. On Friday night guests can enjoy live music from Steve Sturgis & Roadhouse, with a special introduction by the Paso Robles High School Jazz Bank, followed by a BBQ Cook Off Contest on Saturday. Fun for the whole family, there will a giant bounce house for the kids to enjoy and a “Kahuna Kids’ Kids Day in the Park” on Saturday, featuring vendors, crafts and youth demonstrations. For more information, visit pasoroblesdowntown.org. Media Contact: Norma Moye, (805) 238-4103, mainstreet(at)tcsn(dot)net.

Model A and Model T Car Show
June 2, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel
Join the fun at this free event when the local antique car clubs exhibit their unique old Model A and Model T automobiles on the original old highway that runs in front of the Adobe. Vote for your favorite and participate in the 50-50 drawing. Added interests this year include the Santa Lucis Rockhounds showing their wares in the Information Center and Central Coast Lavender displaying and illustrating their fragrant lavender products. Food will be for sale by the "Three Amigos" - super cooks Terry Scantlin, and his wife, Mary, and Monica Cisneros. Dance to music by Ron Domingos and Friends and sip wine in the old bar in the Adobe by Tackitt Family Winery of San Miguel. For more information, call (805) 238-0506 or visit pasorobleschamber.org.

First Annual Firestone Walker Invitational Brewfest
June 9
Paso Robles Event Center
Gather around for some of the best breweries in the U.S. as they pour their finest beers at this inaugural festival, where the brewers will be on hand to talk about their beers. Some of the Central Coast’s finest restaurants and food providers will show off their culinary skills as they pair delicious foods with the featured brews. This event benefits the Pioneer Day committee, which is dedicated to the preservation of the unique history and culture of Paso Robles. For more information, visit firestonebeer.com.

NRCHA Derby
June 12-17, 8 a.m. daily
Paso Robles Event Center
The NRCHA (National Reined Cow Horse Association) Derby, celebrates the working cow horse by upholding vaquero traditions with exciting displays of horsemanship, training and spirit. For more information, call (580) 759-4949 or visit nrcha.com.

Concerts in the Park
June 15 – August 24, Friday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Downtown City Park
Enjoy the sounds of live jazz, blues, rock, fusion and more at this free summer concert series in downtown Paso Robles. Savor a glass of J. Lohr wine for sale at the concert. Proceeds benefit the REC Foundation. For more information, visit travelpaso.com.

Trading Day and Kids Flea Market
June 23, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Downtown City Park
Find that coveted antique table or discover the perfect piece of artwork at this popular outdoor yard sale filled with collectibles and curiosities. Not be left out, children between third and eighth grades will learn the basics of entrepreneurship by selling their own items at the Kids Flea Market. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit travelpaso.com.

-JULY-
Central Coast Shakespeare Festival
July 13 – August 11
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 - 8 p.m.
River Oaks Amphitheater
Enjoy a summer of outdoor classical theater under the stars next to a beautiful lake. Be sure to bring low back lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic meal to enjoy during the show. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit centralcoastshakespeare.org.

Lavender Festival
July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Downtown City Park
Relax and recharge your spirit at this fragrant festival. Indulge in lavender ice cream and unwind with body oils and bath products infused with this aromatic herb. Learn about lavender cultivation, distillation and sustainable farming practices from growers from around the country. Guests will also be treated to live music, a special children’s activities area, a juried arts show, a lavender tasting garden and complimentary samples and demonstrations. For more information, visit cclavenderfestival.com.

California Mid-State Fair
July 18-29
Paso Robles Event Center
This star-studded annual event features the brightest stars in show business. Past headliners include Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Stone Temple Pilots, Justin Bieber, and Selena Gomez, just to name a few. Accompanying the live music are carnival rides, fabulous fair food, and amazing Paso Robles wine, of course. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (800) 909-FAIR or visit midstatefair.com.

-AUGUST-
Winemakers’ Cookoff
August 11, 6 - 9 p.m.
River Oaks Hot Springs
More than 30 winemakers will show off their culinary talents, pairing culinary creations with their finest wines to compete for the Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice awards. Proceeds from this event support local high school seniors in need of financial assistance for college. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (877) 264-6979 or visit winemakerscookoff.com.    

Olive Festival
August 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Downtown City Park
Bring the family for a day of olive-inspired fun. Enjoy complimentary olive oil and olive product sampling (including olive oil ice cream!) from producers from all over California, a “Culinary Row” filled with delectable local cuisine, local wine and beer tasting and an open olive dish cooking contest. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 238-4103 or visit pasoroblesolivefestival.com.

Wine Country Auction
August 18
Join your favorite local winemakers for the Paso Robles Wine Country Auction as they bring out rare wines from within their cellars to be auctioned off. Held at Summerwood Winery, guests will gather for a delicious locally-inspired meal and a riveting evening of competing bids. Funds raised through the Wine Country Auctions will benefit San Luis Obispo County organizations that support healthcare, education and greater community services. Summerwood Winery, 2175 Arbor Road, (805) 239-8463, pasowine.com.

Paso Robles Classic Car Weekend
August 31 – September 2
Downtown Paso Robles
A Paso Robles tradition, every Labor Day Weekend classic car owners converge on Paso Robles and fill the downtown. Classic Car Weekend includes a Friday Cruise, Saturday Car Show, and Sunday BBQ with live music. For more information, visit travelpaso.com.

About Paso Robles, CA
Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Central California Coast midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is a welcoming retreat that offers the authentic California experience. The extensive variety of activities and experiences provide enjoyment for everyone including untouched natural beauty, more than 200 wineries, renowned cultural attractions including nearby Hearst Castle, a bounty of fresh cuisine supplied by local organic specialty farmers, ranchers and fisherman, first-class shopping, golf and entertainment, and much more. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of accommodations, from historic hotels and boutique inns to leading brand properties and affordable, family friendly motels. For information on how to make the most of your stay in Paso Robles and to order a free visitor guide, visit http://www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email tourism(at)prcity(dot)com. For the latest news on the area, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com, join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/travelpaso and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/travelpaso.

About the Travel Paso Robles Alliance
The Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA) was founded in 2008 by a group of 19 area hoteliers with the mission to market Paso Robles as world class visitor destination. The alliance offers information on the 1,100 luxury, specialty, value, and budget room choices available to visitors, as well upcoming events, leisure and group activities and specialty promotions. For more information on Paso Robles and to order a free visitor guide, visit http://www.travelpaso.com, call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or email tourism(at)prcity(dot)com. For the latest news on the area, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com, join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/travelpaso and follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/travelpaso.

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