Summer is here which means the California Mid-State Fair is back for 12 packed days (July 17-28) of marquee concerts, attractions, and midway fun.
On Friday, July 19, experience the very best of the annual Central Coast Wine Competition by attending the Wine Industry Awards Night. This ticketed event features a walk-around tasting of the Gold Medal winning wineries of 2019 and a special presentation honoring this year’s top industry winners. If wine isn’t your preference, switch it out for the Craft Beer Tasting on July 24, or Get Crafty on July 21, a live competition where the region’s top mixologists create cocktails – that you get to sip – using the winning spirits from the California Craft Spirits Awards.
Get the kids involved with hands-on activities such as cake decorating, pony rides or stop by the petting zoo. Enjoy thrilling and classic carnival rides, with over 30 to choose from, or get competitive at the many games that are fun for all ages.
It wouldn’t be the California Mid-State Fair without music. Here you will have the chance to enjoy live free music throughout the fairgrounds, including Smash Mouth. You can also buy tickets to the concerts held at the Fair’s Chumash Grandstand Arena. Known for its top-notch line-up, the Fair has done it again with the bill of artists for 2019, ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Cardi B.
Paso has become a hub for live music and these summer events are the quintessential place to meet with friends, enjoy family and relax with beautiful wine-country views and weather. Did we mention they’re all free to attend, too?
Paso Robles Concerts in the Park happens every Thursday evening beginning June 6 through August 15 in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. This family-friendly series has become a favorite among visitors featuring a wide variety of genres. Spread out a picnic blanket and bring your dancing shoes.
With something going on Friday through Sunday every weekend, it’s no wonder Tooth & Nail Winery’s Summer Concert Series is a Paso favorite. This series features a wide range of musical styles, with many local favorites taking the stage. The outdoor venue comes with a view of the vineyards and Paso’s iconic rolling hills.
Free Run Fridays are also back for the season at Robert Hall Winery. This event features different musicians every Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, May through August. Enjoy a laid-back dinner with local food vendors at each event, and pair it with a bottle of Robert Hall wines for the ultimate date-night or family fun experience.
Birthed from the Paderewski Festival, a music festival held in November that celebrates Paso Robles’ rich musical history, Paso Pops is the pinnacle of Americana celebrations. With record-breaking attendance last year, Paso has become the capital of Independence Day festivities for the region.
Begin your evening with carnival rides, walk-around wine tastings and a table decoration competition. Stroll through the Paso Robles Event Center and peruse locally crafted goods on display for purchase. Entertain the kids with assorted activities, including face painting, interactive arts, and new carnival kiddie rides.
Plan dinner around your night of festivities with a picnic, or choose from a variety of on-site food trucks and vendors. Beverages will be available for purchase from some of Paso’s best, including beer from Firestone Walker Brewing and wine from Cass Winery.
At 8:00 pm, sit back as the show begins – the San Luis Obispo Symphony, led by its new conductor Andrew Sewell, and Youth Symphony Members are set to perform their annual patriotic concert. The night will end in a show of dazzling fireworks for a salute to America’s independence.
Sensorio is officially open – and it’s worth the hype. Sensorio sets out to captivate and engage its visitors through landscape design connecting art, technology and nature. The current immersive art installation features nearly 60,000 stemmed glass spheres lit by fiber optic, solar-powered cables that honor and highlight the natural topography of the land.
Called Field of Light at Sensorio, the massive landscape artwork was created by acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro, whose work has been featured all over the globe. The long-awaited art installation is his largest artwork to date.
Enjoy the summer weather by dining alfresco in Paso Robles this summer. Hit downtown for a bustling scene, fresh fare and an array of options, or head to a winery to enjoy beautiful scenery sunset vistas with your meal.
Jeffry’s Wine Country Barbeque in the heart of Downtown Paso Robles is a modern spot headed by local chef and multi-award winner Jeff Wiesinger, known for his award-winning mac and cheeses, house made potato chips and smoked tri-tip sandwiches. It features a beautiful outdoor courtyard with patio seating, string lights and industrial furnishings, perfect for your summer-time rendezvous.
For the ideal date-night spot head over to Il Cortile. This Italian, fine-dining restaurant located in Downtown Paso Robles features seasonal menus, handmade pasta and fresh seafood. Pair it with a bottle of local wine for a true Paso experience.
If you’re looking for the ultimate romantic wine-country dining experience, then roll out to JUSTIN Vineyards. The gorgeous patio is set adjacent to the vineyards, and ideal for an intimate gourmet meal and wine pairings that change seasonally.
Paso Robles has a range of craft breweries to choose from, all with their own unique style.
Toro Creek Brewing Company is known for their American style Amber Ale or Belgian Style Saison. This brewery takes “not all hops are created equal” seriously with the hops and barley organically grown on the owner’s properties.
Try a seasonal craft beer at Silva Brewing – such as MJ’s Spicy Ginger Summer Release – made by Chuck Silva. Formerly from San Diego’s Green Flash, has relocated to Central Coast California to brew beer in wine country.
Located just five minutes from Downtown Paso Robles, Barrelhouse Brewing Company is home to incredible craft beer and live music, with bands playing on the bed of an old pickup truck in the beer garden.
Down the road from Barrelhouse Brewing you can find Firestone Walker Brewing Company, California’s craft beer darling. This brewery, most commonly recognized by the dueling Bear and Lion, is best known for their hoppy ales, creativity and Central Coast California vibes.
Don’t you hate when all of a sudden it’s National Rosé Day and no one told you ahead of time? Us too! For the record, National Rosé day is Saturday, June 8, but here in Paso Robles we will be celebrating all summer long.
Rosé is the perfect way to taste through the diversity of wine grapes grown in Paso Robles. Find fruity and acidic Grenache Rosés, herbaceous Tempranillo Rosés, bold Syrah Rosés and ruby-red Cabernet Rosés. In Paso Robles, the Rosé options are endless.
Use the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance website to explore the area’s wineries and plan your Rosé tastings.
If there is one thing we like here in Paso Robles, it’s a reason to celebrate with wine. From grand occasions like toasting Eberle Winery’s 40th anniversary in Paso, to weekly and nightly events such as winemaker dinners, pop-ups and wine country cookouts.
You have the chance to try one of Chef Jeffery Scott’s famous burgers every Sunday this summer, with Burger Sunday at Lone Madrone. Grab one of his delicious Lamb, Beef or Portobello Mushroom burgers and pair it with a glass of wine while overlooking the vineyards for the perfect wine-country gourmet cookout.
On June 2, attend the 16th Annual Paso Robles Pinot and Paella Festival. This festival celebrates one of Paso Robles’ best kept secrets– Paso Pinot Noir– paired with the variety of paella. The event now hosts 20 Paso Pinot Noir wines and their winemakers alongside 20 outstanding chefs creating their own version of paella.
Beat the summer heat and cool off in Paso Robles. With countless options to choose from, there is something everyone can enjoy.
Take the kids to Ravine Water Park for a variety of thrilling slides, vast waves pools and a relaxing lazy river. Escape to your own private cabana and relax while the kids enjoy themselves, or kickback with your favorite drink at the Tiki Bar and Grill.
Lake Nacimiento features numerous channels to swim in with plenty of hidden coves to discover. Boat rentals are available for a leisurely day of fishing, or a day of water-skiing and wake-boarding. Most days of the week you can find people enjoying a day at the lake jet skiing, tubing and wake surfing.
Drive 35-minutes West and find yourself in one of California’s classic sunny beach towns. Relax on Cayucos’ serene beaches, stroll the pier and search through tide-pools with the kids.
Or you can cool off in the many wines caves of Paso Robles’ 250-plus wineries. Halter Ranch Winery even offers a special Cave Tour for guests who are curious to learn more about the art of aging wine.
Paso Robles Visitors Center
1225 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446
Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 2pm