Atascadero will celebrate its 42nd annual Colony Days on Saturday.
The annual heritage event, celebrating the city’s founding as a colony in 1913, will include all of the traditional staples plus two new additions this year.
Those are a ticketed Tent City After Dark event with wine and music and Heilmann Dog Park’s 8th annual Dogtoberfest, which will be incorporated into Colony Days for the first time.
The day’s festivities will once again kick off with a 7 a.m. Lion’s Club pancake breakfast followed by the annual downtown parade at 10 a.m. Activities continue in the Sunken Gardens at El Camino Real and West Mall, with vendor booths, food and live music until 4 p.m.
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Historical re-enactments in the free Tent City attraction will go from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dogtoberfest will be held at the Sunken Gardens from noon to 4 p.m. and include wiener dog races and a race for all dog breeds under 25 pounds from 1 to 2:30 p.m., as well as a pet costume contest at 3 p.m. Race registration begins at 10 a.m.
The new all-ages Tent City After Dark will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. and feature food, beer and wine vendors and bluegrass music. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments for a sing-along and open jam session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youths and seniors and can be purchased online. Cost at the gate will be $12 for adult adults, $6 for youth and $5 for seniors.
Tent City After Dark proceeds going to future Tent City celebrations. The daytime Tent City attraction is still free.
For information on the day’s schedule of events, see www.colonydays.org.