When the sun goes down in North SLO CAL, fun heats up. Protected from cool coastal breezes, this oak-studded area is known for its warm, temperate nights and relaxed community events. Whether you’re looking to delight your date or entertain the whole family, look to the north for these 5 evening adventures.
When those cherry paint jobs cruise by, you know summer has begun in Atascadero.
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Cruisin' Weekend in Atascadero is all about classic cars and classic family fun. Bring the whole family and catch the cruise, or stay late with a date and dance the night away. Hot El Camino Cruise Nite motors through downtown Atascadero Friday, August 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., bringing loads of vintage automobiles through Atascadero’s laid back thoroughfare. The Mid State Cruizers Car Show will rumble into Atascadero Lake Park Saturday, August 19 from 3 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus, stay late on Saturday for dancing in the streets from 5 to 10 p.m. This isn’t your average gathering: expect a lively concert and dance party in Atascadero's charming Downtown Colony District.
Whether you park your RV in a vineyard or pitch a tent by the lake, summer is a great time to sleep mere steps away from the great outdoors. With virtually no light pollution, SLO CAL's northern cities are a prime spot for stargazing—and oh, how many stars there are to see!
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Relax in nature after a day of outdoor fun. Santa Margarita Lake is great for fishing and kayaking. Take advantage of water sports galore at Lake Nacimiento, just a few miles from Paso Robles wine country. Camp out under the stars: Cerro Alto camp ground, located between Morro Bay and Atascadero, is a natural wonderland perfect for stargazing on a clear summer night and hiking or mountain biking Cerro Alto during the day.
Concerts are the best in North SLO CAL. A mix of grassy venues, local wine and warm hospitality come together for a heavenly way to watch the day come to a close.
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Gather around the gazebo in Downtown City Park in Paso Robles and enjoy live music fun for the whole family. Did we mention there's wine, too? You’ll also want to check those event calendars for concerts happening in gorgeous park settings all summer long in Atascadero and Templeton, too. Vina Robles Amphitheater will host national touring acts all summer long. Enjoy an evening of tunes and laughs under the oaks at this Hollywood bowl-type venue. A few ideas? How about #IMomSoHard on June 16, Joe Bonamassa on June 9, or Alice in Chains on August 28?
Food festivals are a savory staple of summer nights. Come hungry and stay open to seconds (or thirds).
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It's time to Roll Out the Barrels with SLO Wine Country! This weekend long event starts on Thursday, June 21 at Mission Plaza in Downtown San Luis Obispo where over 50 wineries and local chefs will be dishing out delicious food and wine. Then, venture out across SLO wine country and get your (wine) passport stamped at various winery events. Seeking to be wined and dined further? Opolo Vineyards will host a classic sunset crab feed on Saturday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
What better way to unwind than in wine country? Swirl your glass and unburden your mind with these sip happy summer soirees.
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Taste hundreds of local wines in a gorgeous and serene setting. Plan to attend the Atascadero Lakeside Wine Festival, slated for June 23 at the Atascadero Lake Park. From 4 to 8 p.m., nibble on regional bites, slurp down the best from local wineries, breweries and cideries and shop unique art vendors. Even better? You get a free pass to Atascadero's famous Charles Paddock Zoo with your ticket! Tunes and Tastings on tap: Stop by Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles for Free Run Fridays. From July 18-29, nightlife in Paso Robles revolves around the biggest event of the summer: The California Mid-State Fair. When the sun goes down, the Ferris Wheel lights blaze on. Enjoy a plethora of rides, vendors, and concerts, including headlining musical acts like Demi Lovato, Pitbull, Florida Georgia Line, ZZ Top, and comedy by Gabriel Iglesias. Also happening each evening: The KJUG Barn Dance (which kicks off every night after dark), fair food vendors from across all flavor profiles, and carnival games galore.