The Atascadero Fall Fest was a huge success. Warm weather, fall trees and festive decorations made the event an enjoyable day of food, drinks and music. This year’s festival had more than 20 vendors on site selling everything from pumpkins to apples to crafts for kids.
Atascadero Fall Fest was a huge success. It took place on October 20th and 21st at the Atascadero Community Center, and it featured live music, local food trucks, beer garden, and an art show. Read more in detail here: atascadero fall festival 2021.
On Saturday night, Pato Banton, a reggae veteran, led the event.
Christianna Marks is the author of this article.
ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — ATASCADERO — The inaugural Atascadero Fall Festival elicited a lot of excitement over the weekend. Around 15,000 people visited the Atascadero Sunken Gardens for carnival rides, live music, local merchants, and delicious street cuisine. The Atascadero Fall Festival was a free event for the whole community, organized by En Fuego Events and sponsored by the City of Atascadero and Visit Atascadero.
“Three of them [Fall Festivals] have been completed by us.” Andres Nuno, event organizer and proprietor of En Fuego Events, stated, “We did one in Solvang, we did one in Buellton, but this is by far the largest one we’ve ever done.”
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The festival took over the Sunken Gardens to the point that it overflowed out onto the streets on both sides of the plaza, mostly to accommodate the 12+ carnival attractions that children and adults alike waited up to ride. Carnival permits were available for purchase upon arrival, and it was clear that they were well used. The highlight was the Ferris Wheel in front of City Hall.
“The queue to ride the Ferris Wheel was ridiculously lengthy. It was adults, children, and teens. They were telling us that there was a Ferris Wheel in front of City Hall, and that they really wanted to climb up and enjoy the view and see City Hall from a new angle. “We thought [the Ferris Wheel and Swings in front of City Hall] were going to perform well, but we didn’t realize how well,” Nuno said.
On all three days of the weekend, attendees gathered around two stages at the festival to listen to free music by both local and non-local bands of different genres. Local teenagers competed in a Battle of the Teenage Bands as part of the program. Jumpstart, a Santa Barbara-based classic-rock cover band, won the competition!
Pato Banton, the musical headliner of the Fall Fest, performed before a raucous crowd in front of the main stage on Saturday, Nov. 20.
“One of the most uplifting and engaging performances that we could have imagined out of this event was given by Pato Banton, who is an amazing living classic, one of the very few reggae icons that you can still witness play live,” said Traffic Records owner Manuel Barba, who was in attendance.
Food and adult drinks from a variety of local companies were also available during the festival. Suds in the Sunken Gardens, a tiny craft beer and wine festival, was held on Saturday, Nov. 20.
“It [Suds in the Sunken Gardens] was a big success this time around, and I know the visiting Breweries who came out appreciated it,” Nuno, who also organized the Central Coast Craft Beer Festival, remarked.
There was plenty for everyone to enjoy without breaking the wallet, including music, food, drink, and rides.
“It was lovely to see all the families down there, all the happy smiles,” says the narrator. That’s why we work so hard to bring these events to the city, because they really do build the memories we want to create, and that’s really what our City Council is focused on, making sure we’re doing events that are unique to Atascadero,” said Terrie Banish, Deputy City Manager.
The Atascadero Fall Festival is slated to return next year, on November 18, 19, and 20, 2022.
Visit atascaderofallfest.com for more information about the Atascadero Fall Festival.
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