This is the big one if you're looking for authentic, small-town celebrations. Colony Days is Oct.15th this year, a Saturday. Get up early and eat pancakes with the local Lions Club starting at 7 a.m. Grab a seat street-side along El Camino Real through the center of town for the best view of the big parade that starts at 10 a.m. Get set for food, food, food plus lots of quaint vendors and a KiddieLand featuring bounce houses and other activities for the kids. And if you are a HISTORY buff, don't miss Tent City. When Atascadero got started the early settlers lived in tents while their homes were being built. Tent City is authentic 1913. When you walk through the gate EVERYTHING and EVERYONE is as it was in 1913. Resident tents stand beside market tents and laundry tents and church tents. Admission is free, but if you want to buy something in Tent City you have to use authentic wooden nickels, puchased for a dollar apiece at the bank tent. There's a Tent City Stage with authentic musical presentations and don't be surprised if you're approached by a Suffragette soliciting your help to get the VOTE for women. Kids will love pie-eating contest and other games. Don't forget to stop by the old-fashioned ice cream store before you leave. For more information about Colony Days and all sorts of other good things in and around Atascadero go to