Summer Events in Paso Robles, California: May-August 2013

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Summertime in Paso Robles, CA is a dynamic and festive time for locals and visitors alike. Featuring outdoor concerts, food and wine festivals, arts shows and the renowned California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles plays host to a wide assortment of fun summer events.

The vast region boasts over 250 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a historic downtown grassy square surrounded by local artisan shops, art galleries, restaurants, wine tasting rooms and a wide selection of accommodations.

Summertime in Paso Robles, CA is a dynamic and festive time for locals and visitors alike. Featuring outdoor concerts, food and wine festivals, arts shows and the renowned California Mid-State Fair, Paso Robles plays host to a wide assortment of fun summer events. Located in 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 to relax, unwind and have fun. The vast region boasts over 250 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a historic downtown grassy square surrounded by local artisan shops, art galleries, restaurants, wine tasting rooms 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 –

5/11: National Train Day
Wine Rail Excursions– Year Round
San Luis Obispo County
Leading up to the Central Coast Railroad Festival, held Oct. 10-14, are a variety of events including National Train Day on May 11 in San Luis Obispo, a day to celebrate the 144th 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. 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 $59 for adults and $39 for children 15 and under. Excursions are limited to 25 guests and generally sell out in advance.

5/17 - 5/19: Paso Robles Wine Festival
Paso Robles City Park
Combining past traditions with innovations of the future, the Paso Robles Wine Country comes together to honor 31 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. New in 2013, the wineries for the Grand Tasting will be arranged by region to create an even more enjoyable and memorable tasting experience. Wineries will be organized into five “regions” for tasting: Bordeaux, Rhône, Zinfandel, Burgundy and other wild wines for your tasting pleasure. 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.

5/24 - 5/26: Festival of the Arts(free!)
Downtown Paso Robles, Memorial Day Weekend
Celebrate summer with this magical 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. The weekend kicks off with a party on Friday night, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday including a Plein Air Quick-Draw and auction, followed by a fine art show, a public mural project, and a hands-on youth art stations. Watch the Travel Channel’s Sand Masters construct giant sand castles, street performers, adult art seminars, live music, dance performances, stilt walkers and other musical and visual surprises for kids. Sunday is a full day of strolling open galleries. For more information, call (888) 988-PASO (7276).

5/24 - 5/27: Great Western Bicycle Rally
Paso Robles Event Center, Memorial Day Weekend
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. For more information and to register, call (866) 909-4927.

– JUNE –

6/1: Model A and Model T Car Show (free!)
Rios-Caledonia Adobe in San Miguel, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Join the fun at this free event where local antique car clubs exhibit their unique old Model A and Model T automobiles on the original highway that runs in front of the Adobe. Vote for your favorite and participate in the 50-50 drawing. Enjoy food, wine and live music. For more information, call (805) 440-7173.

6/2: Paso Pinot and Paella Festival
Templeton Community Park, 6th Street Templeton, 2 – 5 p.m.
Join the Pinot Noir producers of Paso Robles and 20 amazing local chefs for an afternoon of great wine and creative Paella dishes in the beautiful tree-lined and grassy Templeton Park. Dance to the live Latin guitar world fusion beats of Incendio. $65 per person. For more information, call (805) 239-2565.

6/8: Kids Day in the Park
Downtown Paso Robles City Park.
Fun for the whole family, Kids Day in the Park will feature vendors, crafts and youth demonstrations. http://www.travelpaso.com

6/10 - 6/15: NRCHA Derby
Paso Robles Event Center, 8 a.m. daily
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. This premier event is for four–five year-old cow horses, and gives post futurity horses a further chance for great earnings. For more information, call (580) 759-4949.

6/14 - 8/23: Concerts in the Park (free!)
Downtown City Park, Friday evenings from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
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.

6/22: Trading Day and Kids Flea Market
Downtown City Park, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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.

6/22 - 6/23: 46 West Wine Flight Weekend
Various Locations
Throughout this special weekend, 17 of the wineries along 46 West will offer a complimentary flight of selected wines. Guests can enjoy exclusive offers such as pre-releases and special reserves.

– JULY –

July 6: Forks & Corks Festival
Halter Ranch Winery
Another fabulous new festival in Paso Robles will bring people from all over California together in one setting to enjoy all beverages that have been "cork'd" such as whiskey, gin, wine, Port, beer, hard ciders, champagne and more! Local chefs will be put to the test to pair gourmet meals that are prepared at the BBQ pit. Enjoy live entertainment rotating, on the stage, as well as live art. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (805) 781-2750.

7/12 - 7/28: Central Coast Shakespeare Festival
River Oaks Amphitheater
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6 - 8 p.m.
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.

7/13: Lavender Festival (free!)
Downtown City Park, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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.

7/17 - 7/28: California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles Event Center
This star-studded annual event features the brightest stars in show business. Headliners this year include Tim McGraw, John Mayer, Matchbox Twenty with the Goo Goo Dolls, and Rascal Flatts. Accompanying the live music are carnival rides, fabulous fair food and amazing Paso Robles wine. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (800) 909-FAIR.

–AUGUST –

8/10: Winemakers’ Cookoff
River Oaks Hot Springs, 6 - 9 p.m.
More than 30 winemakers will show off their culinary talents, pairing gourmet grilled food 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.    

8/17: Olive Festival
Downtown City Park, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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.

8/30–8/31: Paso Robles Classic Car Weekend
Downtown Paso Robles
A Paso Robles tradition, every Labor Day Weekend classic car owners converge on Paso Robles and fill downtown. Enjoy a Friday cruise, Saturday car show and Sunday BBQ with live music. travelpaso.com

About Paso Robles, CA & The Travel Paso Robles Alliance
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. Founded in 2008, the Travel Paso Robles Alliance (TPRA) is a group of 19 area hoteliers with the mission to market Paso Robles as world class visitor destination. The extensive variety of activities and experiences provide enjoyment for everyone including untouched natural beauty, more than 250 wineries, renowned cultural attractions such as 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.

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