43rd annual Colony Days
Since 1974, El Camino Real has been home to the Colony Days parade, and 2016 marks the return of the historic parade route, from Pueblo Avenue to Traffic Way.
For a decade and a half, a dedicated troop of characters have filled downtown Atascadero with tents and actors to recreate Atascadero life from 1916. Come see us this year!
For nearly a decade, the folks at Heilmann Dog Park have held Dogtoberfest with Wiener Dog races and a costume contest for pets and owners. They will be with us for the second year in a row.
Colony Band Festival
The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation created a special event around the Colony Days parade — the Colony Band Festival. The CBF brings high school marching bands to the parade and post-parade field competition.
Atascadero Colony Days
••• We invested in the idea that a longer parade route would give parade entries more recognition and fan interaction. ••• Our downtown festival continues to grow, and we will have more fun than ever in and around the Sunken Gardens. ••• We have been a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit since 1973, and we depend on volunteers and sponsors to keep our event healthy for generations to come. ••• Come on down on Saturday, Oct. 15 and join us for some genuine hometown fun! ••• Contact us at email@example.com.
So far this year!
So far this year!
Putting on the event
Making it happen
Colony Days Committee
Tent City After Dark — Frequently Asked Questions Q: Where did the idea for Tent City After Dark come from? A: Tent City After Dark really took hold as a goal last year. After the crowds go home, the cast and crew hang out, with some camping in the tents on site. There are lights[…]
Ninth annual Heilmann Dog Park wiener dog races move to Sunken Gardens In its eighth year, the ever-evolving Heilmann Dog Park Dogtoberfest event makes one of its biggest changes yet — changing dates, locations, and joining the landscape of fun and festivity that takes over Sunken Gardens each October, known as Colony Days. First-year HDP[…]
“If you build it, they will come.” This iconic line from the movie “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner must have been the logic behind what E.G. Lewis had in mind for Atascadero. Once he had purchased the land, he called in experts of all kinds in the agricultural field to assess the topography and[…]
We will train you. Just show up ready to learn something new!
“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.”? Abraham Lincoln 1916 was a very tumultuous time around the globe. America entered World War I during the midst of the “Progressive Era”, which was birthing a revolutionary time of conflict and war. Unionized[…]
From the very beginning, Tent City was meant to be educational in nature. It began as a joint venture between local drama instructors and the volunteers who signed on as “actors”. The exhibitors and actors in Tent City are *trained to develop their own character and costumes, and they must be period-authentic. For the vast[…]
As an Added event for Colony Days, on Friday, October 17th Colony Days and Tent City have a teamed up with the School Districts to include a wonderful field trip opportunity. [gview file=”http://www.colonydays.org/cd-at/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Tent-City-field-trip.pdf”]
Catalyst. A catalyst is “an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action”. Something different happens when these people walk in. And when Dianne walks in, she does more than just light up the room. Dianne Greenaway is one of those dynamic people whose spirit and enthusiasm is catchy. Her cheerful countenance and optimism[…]
Here is over 40 minutes of the parade if you missed it or want to see it again! From Colony Days 2013 on the occassion of The 40th Annual Colony Days and the Centennial of Atascadero, CA Thanks to Paul on YouTube for these shots of the Colony Days 2013 Parade
Many thanks to Nick Phillips for the posting and sharing on YouTube of this wonderful footage of Colony Days, Atascadero and the Colony Days Parade. Thank You Very Much!