Colony Days Committee to host drive-through fundraiser barbecue

The Atascadero Fourth of July Freedom Bluegrass Festival set for 2020 has been canceled due to state regulations in response to COVID-19. The annual event has been a fundraiser for Atascadero Colony Days’ annual event in October celebrating the community.

“For the past three years, we have seen thousands of people join us to celebrate at the Atascadero Lake Park,” festival founder and director Nic Mattson said. “It is disappointing to have to cancel, but we are working with the city of Atascadero to make the best decision we can for all involved.”

The event will return to the calendar in 2021 with a Sunday, July 4 date and an authentic Bluegrass lineup will accompany the family-friendly event, vendors, food and drink event.

“Although we won’t see the great event we have come to love on July 4 [this year],” Mattson said, “we can still support Colony Days by donating directly or purchasing a drive-through Fourth of July meal.”

“We are always grateful for the support of the community and look forward to seeing everyone at the barbecue event,” Atascadero Colony Days Committee Chairwoman Karen McNamara said.

The Atascadero Colony Days Committee will host a drive-through barbecue dinner on the Fourth of July from noon to 4 p.m. at a location yet to be determined. The barbecue dinner will be chicken or tri-tip with salad, bread and dessert for four. The cost for the chicken dinner is $40 and $50 for the tri-tip dinner. Dinners are being pre-sold on Atascadero Colony Days’ website,

The annual Colony Days event is being planned to take place on Friday, Oct. 2 with the Tent City After Dark fundraiser concert and the parade, Tent City, dog races and festivities for Saturday, Oct. 3.

To stay up-to-date on what’s happening with Colony Days, visit its website and sign up for the mailing list. The website will be updated with current information and an email sent out if anything changes. Presently, the committee is continuing to take vendor applications, parade entries and selling tickets for Tent City After Dark. Vendor fees and concert tickets will be refunded if those parts end up being canceled.

Atascadero Colony Days is a grassroots community run and funded event that depends on sponsorships and donations. Because of the financial difficulties our community is feeling due to the shelter at home orders, the committee is also feeling the financial difficulty. We are asking for anyone who is able to donate even $5 to put on this year’s event. Go to the event’s website and click on DONATE. Donations may also be mailed to PO Box 1913, Atascadero, CA 93423.