Family-friendly activities, a live orchestra, carnival rides, lots of delicious food, local beer, wine, and an impressive fireworks finale will be on display at the
Paso Pops celebration on July 4th at Paso Robles Event Center.
The fourth annual Paso Pops patriotic concert and Independence Day event is an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a late afternoon and evening under the stars.
Conductor Andrew Sewell will lead the San Luis Obispo Symphony, featuring more than 72 professional and student musicians. SLO Symphony is a longtime community supporter of music education.
Paso Pops schedule
At 4 p.m., children’s activities, carnival rides, and carnival games for the kids will be available. Helms & Sons Amusements will keep the kiddos busy all evening. For parents’ convenience, wristbands for unlimited rides can be purchased in advance for $10 each or $15 onsite. Single-ride tickets are $3 per ride. Carnival games are pay-as-you-go, which range from $3 to $5 per play.
At 8 p.m., master of ceremonies and emcee Casey Biggs, known to many as the debonair and dry-witted Paso Wine Man, will arrive to the Pops stage in grand fashion to host the event and kick off a dazzling fireworks display between 9:45 and 10 p.m.
“Last year, we had a video of Casey at the airport missing the helicopter, then ‘beaming’ down onto the stage using magic act effects,” said Steve Cass, president of Paso Pops. “I’m sworn to secrecy about this year’s entrance, so you’ll just have to attend and see!”
Food & Drink options
To keep the crowd satisfied throughout the event, more than 30 Paso Robles wineries will be pouring some of the best vino in the nation. Food trucks, service groups, and caterers will be on hand to serve edibles to the thirsty crowd, but organizers also encourage picnic lunches and decorations for the table contest.
General admission for the event is $30 for bleacher seating. Vice President tables seat up to eight guests and include perks such as wine tasting and VIP parking. Sponsored President tables add a gourmet buffet by Cass Winery, and wine and beer. Vice President tables run $750, and President tables hold a $2,500 ticket price, each with multiple-table discounts.
For active and retired military veterans (with military ID), and students and seniors, General Admission is $15. Families receive a discount, too. Kids age 12 and under get in free when accompanied by a paid adult admission.
Supporting Paderewski Festival
Net proceeds from this year’s Paso Pops will directly benefit Paderewski Festival youth programs.
“If we do really well, proceeds will be shared with other community youth arts programs, such as Studios on the Park, Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, and SLO Youth Symphony,” he said.
The title sponsor for the 2019 edition of Paso Pops is Travel Paso. Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are founding sponsors.
To support or for tickets: PasoPops.org