Ocean Views by Day, Country Music by Night

The month of July is an exciting time in San Luis Obispo County. The festive summer draws people from all over the world to its various communities to take in the rich history, outdoor activities, shopping experiences and superior food, wine and beer.

One of these communities is the beautiful city of Paso Robles.

Paso Robles has been known throughout history for its hot springs, wineries, olive oil production, almond orchards, more recently skateboarding and its famous California Mid-State Fair.

The thermal springs placed Paso Robles (City of El Paso De Robles) on the map. Even before the mission era, the Salinan Indians recognized the land for its springs. During the mission era, Paso Robles became known as a rest-stop for travelers of the Camino Real trail, again focused on its mineral hot springs with the first baths being created by Franciscan priests from the neighboring Mission San Miguel. The pioneer settlers during this time period would be the ones to establish the cattle ranches, orchards, dairy farms and vineyards that have all been vital to the survival of the community.

The first California Mid-State Fair was held years later in 1946.


It was then known as the San Luis Obispo County Fair. It became a regional attraction in the 1970s and it is known today as “The Biggest Little Fair Anywhere!” It is held at the 40 acre Paso Robles Event Center, an important attraction of this charming and friendly city. This year the Fair takes place July 16th through July 27th.

Besides its strong roots in agriculture, equestrian performances, livestock shows and food & drink contests, the Fair is known for its grand nightlife. The carnival runs until 12:00am each night and the Fair is known for hosting some of the biggest names in the music industry, including past performances by Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Kenny Chesney and Christina Aguilera.

The Fair offers two stages of special performances each evening and night that are included with your fair admission.. There are also nightly Main Grandstand (Chumash Grandstand Arena) performances for an additional cost. Check out this year’s lineup!

The Chumash Grandstand Arena lineup this year includes the likes of Zac Brown Band, Kid Rock, Lifehouse with Hot Chelle Rae, The Fab Four, Demi Lovato with MKTO & The New Officials, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum with Jana Kramer, Journey & The Steve Miller Band and Train with The Wallflowers.

Tickets are still available!

Escape to Pismo Beach by day.

The downfall to a Paso Robles summer is its high temperatures. July is typically the warmest month of the year with an average well into the 90s. Why not take advantage of the best of San Luis Obispo County by staying close to the coast during the day and then heading north for your favorite concert in the evening.

Let Pismo Beach’s premier OceanFront Hotel SeaCrest provide you with gorgeous days of ocean views, beach access, mild weather and close proximity to delectable restaurants and fine shopping. Then, a short 40 minute drive or $15 shuttle ride will take you to an evening of Mid-State Fair fun to complement your summer beach stay.

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