Atascadero - Colony Days 2010 - Funy Faces

Colony Days 2010 - "Get Your Funny On!" 

The 37th Annual Colony Days Celebration will be Saturday, Oct. 16th in Atascadero CA. This colorful annual event features an old-fashioned parade through the center of the city, a day-long historic re-enactment of the the early "Tent City," and food, vendors, music and kids activities in the scenic Sunken Gardens. There is no admission charge and the event is very family-friendly.

The 1.7-mile parade route brings marching bands, horse units, floats and other parade entries into and around the historic downtown area. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Get there early. The streets are closed at 9:30 a.m. This year's parade theme is "Get Your Funny On!" Participants are invited to get a little goofy! There are prizes for best entries. No charge to enter the parade. Get an application form at

"Tent City" is an authentic re-enactment of the way early settlers lived while homes were under construction. Cast members dress in authentic clothing and man domestic tents, business tents and more. Old-fashioned games show kids how they had fun way back when. There is no admission charge to step back in time in Tent City, but you can trade 21st Century dollars for wooden nickels at the Tent City Bank. Use the wooden nickels at the old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Yummy!

In the center of it all, beneath the impressive structure of the historic Atascadero Administration Building, visit can roam the pathways in the Sunken Gardens, grab a sandwich, peruse arts and crafts and watch the kids on bouncers and other game machines. There are nominal charges for food and bouncers.

If you're an early bird, consider showing up at the Sunken Gardens as early as 7 a.m. for the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. A few bucks gets you a first class meal the opportunity to meet the locals.

The whole event winds up at 3 p.m. By that time you should have wagon-loads of memories from the 37th annual Atascadero Colony Days Celebration.

For more information/parade & vendor applications please visit