Summer seems to pick up the pace to autumn once the Mid-State Fair, winery and downtown concert series come an end. The headliners prove Paso Robles is “on the map” for entertainment; attracting thousands of visitors most of whom land downtown for shopping, dining and more entertainment. New stores, restaurants and art galleries prompt the local’s curiosity and provide reason for our tourists to explore.  The new retail complex on the corner of 13th and Park is home to The Naked Fish, serving sushi, CaliPaso – Winery & Villa, and Park Street Gallery featuring fine art. A block east on 13th and Pine is Refinery filled with unique, vintage and replica home décor pieces. Just around the corner, Vine Restaurant offers New American cuisine, over 64 wines by the glass, craft beer and bubbles.

Bargains and Collectibles! Trading Day and Kids Flea Market 

Trading Day

Trading Day goers hit the booths to see what is new, old, collectible, and trade-worthy.

Who doesn’t love a bargain? Especially when it’s a surprise find on Trading Day! On August 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the City Park becomes North County’s biggest rummage, yard, bazaar and garage sale! Booths (vendor fee is $55) will be brimming with second hand stuff, vintage collectibles, antiques, collectibles, furniture, home décor, garden art, handmade crafts and more!

OK parents! This is your chance to teach your kids simple selling skills and merchandising, how to work with the public, make spending money for summer vacation and clean their rooms! For just a $5 booth fee, kids ages 7 to 13 with adult supervision can sell only kid’s merchandise priced at $10 or less. For Trading Day and Kids Flea Market booth registration, download application from pasoroblesdowntown.org.

Save the Dates! 

Pajama Party Movie

Pajama Party Movie

Pajama Party & Movie Night – Sunday, Sept. 10 at Park Cinemas. The vintage 1955 movie “Rebel Without a Cause” with James Dean and Natalie Wood shows at 7 p.m. for a $10 ticket that includes popcorn & soda. PJs are optional but encouraged for fun. Awards will be given to the best!

Taste of Downtown – Saturday, September 16 

Over 40 restaurants and wineries will offer their best tastes for the 20th annual event! Purchasing a Taste Pass is a perfect way to visit many of the newest eateries downtown. Contact the Main Street office in August to purchase your $25 pass and map of the restaurants and wine tasting rooms. While you’re wandering, check out Arte de Tiza sidewalk art that starts at 8 a.m. along Pine and 12th Streets, across from Studios on the Park.

Correction  

The recognition awards presented at the Pre-Olive Festival Mixer and Olive Festival itself are significant components in building a brand and helping small growers market their product. The following is a correction to the People’s Choice Awards presented at the Pre-Olive Festival Mixer. Chris Mole is a local producer from a ranch in Creston. Their Molefina Arbequina and Koroneike olive oils were each awarded Gold, rather than Silver. Additionally, Molefina Koroneiki Olive Oil received the first trophy ever awarded for Best of Show.