Fall & Early Winter Events in Paso Robles, CA Wine Harvest, Paderewski, Victorian Showcase & Much More October – December 2012

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The fall and early winter seasons are an idyllic time to visit Paso Robles. Warm, sunny days unfold into crisp, clear nights, long windy roads are lined with brilliantly colored trees and the fresh air smells of earth and wine during the thriving harvest season. The area is alive with a multitude of celebrations - from premier wine and beer tasting events to the renowned Paderewski classical music festival and special holiday celebrations.

Nestled in the coastal mountain range of central California mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just 30 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport, Paso Robles is a centrally located respite for families, couples and groups of friends longing to enjoy a relaxing getaway. Boasting a vast wine region with more than 200 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries and a wide selection of accommodations, Paso Robles offers something for everyone.

Below is a roundup of not-to-miss fall and early winter events. Visitors can plan their stay around the following activities, or just come and relax. For more information on attractions, dining and lodging in Paso Robles, visit http://www.travelpaso.com. For the latest news, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com.

10/2 - 10/4: 2013 Miss Rodeo CA Pageant
Various Locations
Experience the passion and drive it will take for Miss Rodeo California 2013 to promote the sport of professional rodeo and the western way of life as contestants compete in the areas of horsemanship, speech, modeling and personal and horsemanship interviews. For more information and to purchase tickets call (805) 467-3032 or visit http://www.missrodeocalifornia.com.

10/6: Pioneer Day (free!)
Downtown City Park, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Visitors and locals alike with get a taste of what like was like back in the days of the early pioneers as they enjoy live music, a bean cook off, a pet show, a little cowgirl/cowboy contest, a car show and an exciting old fashioned parade through downtown. For more information, visit http://www.pasoroblespioneerday.org.

10/19 - 10/21: Harvest Wine Weekend
Various Wineries
Harvest is a time of huge celebration in Paso Robles wine country, and over this weekend more than 130 wineries will host 150+ individual events throughout the weekend. Enjoy special barrel tastings, blending seminars, grape stomping, food and wine pairings, live music and much more! For more information, visit http://www.pasowine.com.

10/24-11/4: PCCHA Futurity (free!)
Paso Robles Event Center, 8 a.m. daily
This October brings one of the top western equine events on the west coast to Paso Robles.
Cutting horse competitors from near and far will gather for the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse
Association’s (PCCHA) single largest annual event. The 2012 PCCHA Golden Hills Auto
Center Futurity will draw over 400 horse and rider teams from nearly a dozen states and Canada, who will compete for more than $1million in cash and prizes during the show’s 11-day run at the Paso Robles Event Center. All events and parking are free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.pccha.com.

10/31: Safe and Fun Halloween (free!)
Downtown City Park, 4 - 7 p.m.
Ghosts and goblins will love this spooky event that includes trick or treating, a barbecue, pumpkin carving, and even the opportunity to have a photo taken with a witch! For more information, visit http://www.travelpaso.com.
–NOVEMBER –

11/9 - 11/11: Paderewski Festival
Various Venues
Concerts of solo piano and chamber music, celebrations of local young musicians, an exhibit of Paderewski memorabilia and lectures by experts are planned to celebrate the famous composer's 150th birthday. For more information and a schedule of events, visit http://www.paderewskifest.com.

11/10: Elegant Evening Downtown (free!)
Downtown Paso Robles, 4 - 8 p.m.
Kick-off the holiday season with an elegant evening strolling and shopping at downtown merchants while enjoying local cuisine and wines. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

11/10: Paso Garagiste Festival
Windfall Farms, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
GARAGISTES - (gar-uh-zhe-stuh) n, Fr. - A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the "rules." It’s now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. The Garagiste Festival features Paso Robles winemakers who produce less than 1200 cases of wine per year. For more information, visit http://www.pasogaragiste.com.

11/23: Downtown Lighting Ceremony (free!)
Downtown Paso Robles, 5:30 p.m.
Mrs. Claus will officially kick off the holiday season when she lights the holiday tree in all its glory. Enjoy caroling, live music, cookies and hot chocolate. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.
–DECEMBER –

12/1: 51st Annual Christmas Light Parade (free!)
10th & Spring Streets, 7 p.m.
Grab some warm blankets and chairs and head downtown to enjoy the sights of twinkling lights and spectacular floats. You don’t want to miss the parade this holiday season featuring local establishments and of course, Santa Claus who is taking time off from his busy toy making schedule to visit Paso Robles. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

12/8: 25th Annual Vine St. Victorian Showcase (free!)
8th to 21st Streets, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thirteen blocks of Vine Street in Paso Robles close down for a night as the crowds of 15,000 plus roam up and down this exhilarating street, featuring beautifully restored Victorian houses, bedecked with sparkling Christmas lights and decorations galore. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

12/8 - 12/9: Adelaida Cellar’s Walnut & Wine Festival
5805 Adelaida Road, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Grapes aren’t the only thing harvested at Adelaida Cellars. Boasting over 700 acres of walnuts, Adelaida houses one of California’s largest walnut ranches. Visitors are invited to celebrate the walnut harvest with wine and food pairings, featuring Adelaida’s own delicious walnuts. Barry Lundgren, a local woodworker, will be present to showcase his work creating stunning bowls made from walnut wood. Guests will also experience olive oil pressing with Olea Farms, live music and more. For more information, call (800) 676-1232 or visit http://www.adelaida.com.

12/15: Victorian Teddy Bear Tea
Paso Robles Golf Club, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Grab those beloved teddy bears and head over to the Paso Robles Golf Club for tea and cookies. This is a great holiday treat for children and adults alike. Tickets are $7 for children and $13 for adults and will be available December 1st at the Main Street office, 835 12th St. in the Norma’s Alley. Seating is limited. For more information, call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.travelpaso.com.

About Paso Robles, CA
Nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Central California Coast midway between Los Angles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is an affordable and welcoming retreat that offers the authentic California experience. An extensive variety of activities and experiences offer something for everyone including untouched natural beauty, a bounty of farm fresh cuisine supplied by local organic and specialty farms and the nearby Pacific Ocean, more than 200 wineries, renowned cultural attractions, first-class shopping, golf and entertainment, and much more. Visitors can choose from a wide selection of accommodations, from luxurious resorts and boutique inns to leading brand hotels and affordable, family friendly motels. For information on how to make the most of your stay in Paso Robles, visit http://www.travelpaso.com or contact (805) 227-PASO, 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 help business, leisure and group travelers discover the Authentic California™ experience of the Central Coast. The alliance offers information for the 1,100 luxury, specialty, value, and budget room choices available to visitors. The organization consists of owners and operators of luxurious resorts and inns, leading brand hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts, motels and budget accommodations. For more information on the TPRA, visit http://www.travelpaso.com or contact (805) 227-PASO, tourism(at)prcity(dot)com.

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