Another Reason To Stay… Paso Robles, California Winter & Early Spring 2011 Events

Below is a roundup of not-to-miss events taking place in Paso Robles, California, during winter and early spring 2011. With a vast wine region boasting more than 200 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries and a wide selection of accommodations, the range of activities allow visitors to plan an extended vacation around one or more of these events.

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Paso Robles, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2010

Whether you’re seeking a romantic getaway, a girls’ or guys’ night on the town or a family friendly vacation, Paso Robles is the perfect place for your next trip. Nestled in the coastal mountain range of Central California mid-way between Los Angles and San Francisco and just 30 minutes from the San Luis Obispo Airport, Paso Robles is a conveniently located respite to enjoy a relaxing getaway.

Below is a roundup of not-to-miss events taking place during winter and early spring 2011. With a vast wine region boasting more than 200 vintners, farm-fresh cuisine, a quaint downtown filled with local artisan shops and galleries and a wide selection of accommodations, the range of activities allow visitors to plan an extended vacation around one or more of these events.

For more information on attractions, dining and lodging, visit http://www.travelpaso.com. For the latest news, visit http://blog.travelpaso.com or follow us on twitter @travelpaso.

  • JANUARY -
1/14 - 1/16: Esprit du Vin
Firestone Vineyard, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Celebrate Esprit du Vin, “the Spirit of Wine,” with nine wineries from the area’s east side. Taste a variety of local wines paired with gourmet cheeses and appetizers for $20 per person or $35 per couple. For more information and to purchase tickets call Firestone Vineyard at (805) 591-8050.

1/14: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance Celebration (free!)
Paso Robles Senior Center, 5:30 p.m.
Gather with your family and friends to honor the powerful vision and message of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspirational words and music will fill the evening with celebration. Light refreshments will be served. For more information call (805) 237-4741.

  • FEBRUARY -
2/13: Valentine Movie Night
Park Cinema, 7 p.m.
Cuddle up in the dark next to your sweetheart to watch a Valentine’s Day classic at Park Cinema. Tickets are $12 and include complimentary popcorn, a soft drink or champagne and truffles. For more information call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

2/25: Flamenco Fantasia
Centennial Park Ballroom, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Let the rhythm of your soul awaken to soothing and energetic sounds. The evening will be a sensory delight featuring Latin music, flamenco dancers, delectable chocolates and local wines. For adults 21 years and over. Limited to 200 participants. Tickets are $12 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or visit http://www.prcity.com.

  • MARCH -

3/5 - 3/13: PCCHA Derby (free!)
Paso Robles Event Center, from 8 a.m. daily
Cutting horse competitors from all over the western US come to the Paso Robles Event Center each March for the PCCHA Derby. The event includes western vendors selling apparel, boots, saddles, leather, silver, jewelry and more. For more information visit http://www.pccha.com.

3/6: Wedding and Event Expo (free!)
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 11 a.m.
Showcasing the latest trends and newest styles, this is the place to be for planning the perfect wedding or event. For more information call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

3/18 - 3/20: Zinfandel Festival
Paso Robles Event Center, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate Zinfandel with over 50 wineries showcasing their zinfandel and zinfandel blends, Zin-perfect food and a unique wine country auction. In addition to the festival, wineries throughout the area will be holding Zintacular activities to add to the experience. Tickets from $60. For more information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.pasowine.com.

3/26: Dog Jog
Kennedy Club Fitness, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Dogs and their owners are invited to join in the fun and get some exercise at the same time. Parks-4-Pups is the sponsor of this event and is committed to providing recreational areas and events for dogs and their families in North San Luis Obispo County. Registration is $15. For more information and to register call (805) 239-4437 or visit http://www.parks4pups.org.

  • APRIL -

4/8 - 4/10: Cattlemen's Western Art Show (free!)
Paso Robles Event Center, Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Boasting original art from 60 superbly talented western artists, this three day extravaganza will spur excitement for the whole weekend. The event kicks off on Friday night with the Artists’ Wine and hors d'oeuvre reception (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $20 per person). For more information call (805) 472-9100 or visit http://www.cattlemenswesternartshow.com.

4/9: Fly, Fish And Feel (free!)
Barney Schwartz Park, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Gather your family and friends for the first “Fly, Fish, and Feel” Day. For more information call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or visit http://www.prcity.com.
This day features amazing 100-feet long kites, music, fishing and more!

4/10: Wine Country Half Marathon
River Oaks Hot Springs, 7:15 a.m.
Starting and ending at the beautiful River Oaks Hot Springs, this mostly paved course takes runners over rolling hills, through picturesque vineyards and down along the Salinas River.
After the race, take in breathtaking views and enjoy a complimentary breakfast bar, live music, raffles and the post-race award ceremony. Accompanying events include a 5K Race and a Kids' Half Mile Grape Stomp. First place winners of the half marathon run win their weight in wine. Entry fees: $55 1/2, $35 5K, $15 Stomp. For more information and to register visit http://www.winecountryruns.com.

4/16: Easter Egg Hunt (free!)
Downtown City Park
Children of all ages gather to hunt for thousands of Easter eggs filled with candy and prizes. For more information call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

4/16: Kite Fest (free!)
Barney Schwartz Park, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The whole family will enjoy watching the high-flying, brightly colored kites being shown off by professional and amateur kite flyers alike. Pack a picnic and head down to the park for a relaxing day on the grass. For more information call (888) 988-PASO (7276) or visit http://www.prcity.com.

4/24: Recycled Treasures, Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous and Bicycle Bonanza (free!)
Downtown City Park, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The highlight of this event is definitely the vintage sidecars of all ages, shapes and sizes. For more information call (805) 238-4103 or visit http://www.pasoroblesdowntown.org.

4/28 - 4/30: Hospice du Rhone
Paso Robles Event Center, 8 a.m.
Hospice du Rhône represents and embodies the spirit of Rhône varieties and those who produce the wines made of these unique grapes. Each year, Hospice du Rhône produces an exceptional three-day wine event that is globally regarded as the single most essential and enjoyable gathering of international Rhône wine producers and enthusiasts. Ticket prices vary. For more information call (805) 784-9543 or visit http://www.hospicedurhone.org.

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