How to Spend Labor Day on the Central Coast

After Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, we cling to one last holiday weekend before summer transitions into fall and before we settle back into work and school — Labor Day! Every year, the first Monday in September is acknowledged as a national holiday dedicated to American workers’ many achievements. So, ironic as the name may seem, we all get to rest on Labor Day! Relax in the sand at Pismo Beach, stroll down Bob Jones Trail in Avila, wine taste in Paso Robles, or check out some of these events happening on the Central Coast this Labor Day Weekend.

1. TGIF 1/2 Day Wine Tour

Kick off Labor Day Weekend the right way–with wine! With Breakaway Wine Tours, enjoy a half a day of wine tasting in Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo. Whether you’re visiting and looking to explore a little bit of wine country before dinner or if you’re a local looking to unwind on a Friday afternoon, this wine tour is for you. With this package, visit 3 distinct wineries between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and you don’t even have to drive! Take off work early on Friday and turn this three day weekend into a three and a half day weekend, you know you want to!

Photo: (c) @vanessaolguin

Photo: (c) @vanessaolguin

2. Classic Car Weekend

Cruise on over to downtown Paso Robles for the Golden State Classics Car Club’s Classic Car Weekend. Over 300 pre-1979 classic cars are expected to be shown throughout the event. On Friday, pick the best spot on the sidewalk as all the cars drive right past the Paso Robles Inn on their way down Spring Street for Cruise Night. Then, visit the downtown City Park on Saturday to get a closer look at your favorites from the night before. What better way to appreciate American achievements than by acknowledging the hard work that goes into restoring and maintaining these classic cars? While you’re downtown, stop by The Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Photo: (c) www.pasoroblesdailynews.com

Photo: (c) www.pasoroblesdailynews.com

3. Paso Mavericks Custom Itineraries

From ranchers to wine makers, from business owners to artists, Paso Robles is home to hundreds of determined individuals who have followed their passions and turned them into careers. Travel Paso  has coordinated a campaign highlighting a handful of these locals, honoring them with the title of  Paso Mavericks, “an unorthodox or independent-minded person, unquenchable in spirit and unbridled in passion.”

Each of the Paso Mavericks have created customized itineraries for a Paso Robles getaway weekend that align with their own unique interests and favorite features of the town. If you’re looking for a taste of Paso’s culinary scene, you’ll find chef Brigit Binn’s itinerary more than satisfying. If you’ve come to Paso Robles to drink, as many do, follow the itinerary planned by Alex Villicana, creator of Re:Find Handcrafted Sprits, as he enjoys the best appetizers and drinks that Paso Robles has to offer. The best part of Alex’s weekend schedule? It all starts with breakfast at The Steakhouse! Whichever path you choose to follow, this three day weekend is the perfect time to explore the Paso Maverick’s recommendations.

Photo: (c) www.travelpaso.com

Photo: (c) www.travelpaso.com

4. Art in the Park

This Labor Day Weekend marks the 60th annual Art in the Park weekend in Morro Bay. This art show gives local artists and artisans the opportunity to display and sell the pieces that they’ve worked so hard to create. Locals and visitors alike flock to this festival to enjoy the vibrant mixture of works that are available for purchase in a vast array of mediums. Visit the City Park in Morro Bay between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to take part in this special event, the perfect way to celebrate the creativity and dedication that these artists put into their work.

Photo: (c) www.morrobayartinthepark.com

Photo: (c) www.morrobayartinthepark.com

5. Tedeschi Trucks Band

Treat this Sunday afternoon like a Saturday night while rocking out with the Tedeschi Trucks Band at Avila Beach Resort. The Grammy-winning  blues rock group has played twice on the Central Coast before, performing both times at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre. Their current summer tour is titled “Let Me Get By,” named after their third studio album that was released in January. Enjoy the Pacific Ocean as the beautiful backdrop to this must-see concert as lead singer Susan Tedeschi, lead guitarist Derek Trucks, and their 12-piece band close out your #CentralCoasting Labor Day Weekend festivities with a bang.

Photo: (c) www.ontourpr.com

Photo: (c) www.ontourpr.com

For more information on local events and happenings across the county, visit our Calendar of Events.

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