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Atascadero Cruisin’ Weekend will have driving, dancing in the streets

A red convertible Corvair cruises past Atascadero City Hall during the 21st Hot El Camino Cruise Nite in 2013.
A red convertible Corvair cruises past Atascadero City Hall during the 21st Hot El Camino Cruise Nite in 2013. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

The city of Atascadero is expanding its annual Cruisin’ Weekend event to this year include performances by five local bands, as well as food trucks, beer vendors and dancing.

The weekend event, held annually for the past 24 years, has historically included Hot El Camino Cruise Nite, featuring hundreds of local cruisers in a downtown parade along El Camino Real.

This year, Cruise Nite begins at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19, followed by the Mid-State Cruizers Car Show at Atascadero Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20, which will showcase an array of antique cars.

But this year, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Cruisers will line up their antique cars in the Sunken Gardens for the Dancing in the Streets event, which will feature the Mighty Croon Dogs from 5 to 7 p.m., a performance by Legacy Acrobatics, and a demonstration by ballroom dancers from the Colony Park Community Center.

From 6 to 8 p.m., the Martin Paris Band will play on the Entrada Stage with a performance by a local participant of “Dancing with Our Stars,” and the Colony Park Community Center will hold line dancing instruction. From 7 to 9 p.m., Ricky Montijo and the Mojitos will play the 805 Boardshop Stage.

From 7 to 10 p.m., Cocktail Shorty will play the Grape Encounters Emporium, and Burning James & the Funky Flames play at the Carlton Hotel.

All of the Cruisin’ Weekend events are free. For more information on the event or cost and details of car registration, please contact the city at 805-470-3360 or www.VisitAtascadero.com.

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