Longer days and warmer weather aren’t the only signs that spring is upon us. Just as the season welcomes blooming flowers and a bounty of fresh produce to the Central Coast, it also brings a season of fun events in Paso Robles. From lively holiday-driven events to those in honor of Zinfandel, we’ve got the lowdown on all the diverse events in Paso Robles happening all month long.
Paso Robles Event Center
On March 2 at the Paso Robles Event Center, the Friends of the NRA will hold its annual fundraiser anddinner banquet, showcasing a live and silent auction, raffles, and more for those who support the sport of shooting. Also at the Event Center is the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association’s Coyote Rock Ranch Roundup, taking place March 5 – 10, continuing the heritage of the legendary cutting horse with class events for all ages. Closing out the month is the Cattlemen’s Western Art Show at the Paso Robles Event Center March 29-30, showcasing original paintings and sculpture from 50 Western artists. It all kicks off with a Friday evening reception featuring wines from 15 local wineries, with proceeds from the weekend’s event going to sponsor agricultural activities for 4-H, FFA and Cal Poly students.
For a lively good time, head to Tooth & Nail Winery’s Mardi Gras Celebration on March 5. Starting at 12:30pm, enjoy live music, tasty fare inspired by New Orleans and, of course, plenty of wine, for a Fat Tuesday, wine country-style. If you need yet another reason to visit the Tooth & Nail castle on March 5, the Rhone Rangers will be joining forces with 26 Paso Robles wineries from 5:30 – 7:30pm for the Rhône Ranger Mardi Gras/International Women’s Day Celebration. There will be small bites, artisan cheeses and plenty of Rhone-style wine to be had. In celebration of the upcoming International Women’s Day, a percentage of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to the national Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund, designated for a female winemaking/viticulturist/wine business student.
From March 15-17, Zinfandel lovers won’t want to miss the annual Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend, a three-day celebration of Paso’s heritage grape, complete with winery events, seminars and parties throughout Paso Robles wine country.
While St. Patrick’s Day usually involves beer and corned beef and cabbage, Lone Madrone is providing a new way to ring in the holiday, thanks to their Burger Sunday on March 17. Forgo the green beer in favor of a glass of wine paired with gourmet lamb, beef and mushroom burgers.
On Friday, March 15, SLO Film Fest will be paying tribute to Paso’s industrial Tin City district with the premier of the Tin City Film at Park Studios, profiling the creative folks who make Tin City what it is today.
On Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00pm, Vina Robles Winery hosts its “Saturday Live” event, welcoming musical acts for a casual afternoon of wine and live music. Plan a visit for March 9, when Martin Paris and Debbie Wine will perform, followed by Jan and Ted’s Excellent Adventure on March 23 and Andy Scott on March 30. It’s a great prelude to the upcoming concert series at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, which kicks off with Willie Nelson on May 12.
It seems as though March is the unofficial start of a new season of fun here in Paso Robles, which gets us excited for all the upcoming events later this year, including the much-loved California Mid-State Fair in July. When looking for hotels in Paso Robles, let Adelaide Inn be your homebase during your spring and summer vacations. You’ll be located in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country, just minutes from wineries and historic downtown Paso Robles’ shopping, dining and wine tasting rooms.