Colony Days Parade


Colony Days Historic Tent City is fully-operated by community volunteers — we couldn’t do it without you

Atascadero Colony Days’ Tent City arose from an idea to bring Atascadero’s 1914-1916 Tent City period to life. The historic Tent City re-enactment is peopled with exhibitors from the community, each sharing part of the early Atascadero story. The 2018 event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6. The Tent City re-enactment will be held in the Sunken Gardens for the second year.

Tent City grew from nine small tents and two large ones — showing residential camp life and a school and a land office — to a teeming little community that includes the Land Office, Ice Cream Parlor, a working Blacksmith, John J. Roth (architect), Atascadero Mutual Water Company (first business in Atascadero), Agriculture/Apples, Mercantile, Atascadero News outlet, Diner, Red Cross, Barbershop, and Federated church  (heart of service for the community).  It also boasts a stage, residences, and a very active games area.

Tent City Acting Classes

To get actors of all ages ready for the 45th annual Colony Days re-enactment, acting classes will be held at 6100 El Camino Real in Atascadero, starting on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and taking place every Tuesday through Oct. 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Some ways to help with Tent City

  • Be a historical re-enactor (free acting classes take place before the event)
  • Strong volunteers to help move heavy items in and out of Sunken Gardens
  • Helpers to pick up and move costumes, accessories and clothing racks from storage to the Tent City warehouse
  • A truck to transport the items between storage and the warehouse
  • Returning costumes to storage after the event
  • An assistant to attend each acting class and make sure all required forms are completed and collected from all actors and/or parents for those under 18
  • An assistant to attend each acting class and get participants’ measurements and collect any costume fees
  • One or two assistants to assist and coordinate all costuming appointments and/or fittings for actors and others needing costumes
  • One or two helpers to help organize, iron and/or help with mending or costume adjustments
  • Volunteers to perform light shoe cleaning and labeling shoes with sizes

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