Paso Pops—the annual Paderewski Festival-sponsored patriotic concert and Independence Day celebration in Paso Robles combining wine, beer, food, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks—will be held on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. The event moves to the Main Stage at the Paso Robles Event Center with a three-year agreement as part of this venue and date change. 2018 tickets go on sale April 2.
The program for the Independence Day show is under development but will continue the popular patriotic theme of the past last two years, headlined by the San Luis Obispo Symphony and its new conductor Andrew Sewell. Paso Wineman Casey Biggs will be back to emcee Paso Pops. Additional new features include carnival rides for small children to enjoy before the show, along with shade and wind protection at the Paso Robles Event Center.
Food trucks again will be available but guests may also bring picnics. Wine and beer will be available for purchase; no outside alcohol will be permitted.
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this spectacular event on July 4th – Independence Day,” said event founder Steve Cass. “The new location brings some changes and also opportunities – we get to produce a live Symphony show and fireworks right in Paso Robles! The community support over the past two years has been remarkable and underscores the community’s desire for Paso Pops to be an on-going July 4th event.”
Tickets range again from $20 for General Admission in the Event Center’s bleacher seats (no blankets or chairs needed) to $3,500 for sponsored President tables that include wine tasting, gourmet buffet, wine and beer, and VIP parking. Vice President tables at $1,000 include wine tasting and VIP parking. Discounts will again be provided to active and retired military with ID, students with ID and seniors over 60. Up to two children 12 and under are free with paid adult General Admission.
Festival organizers are excited to announce title sponsor Travel Paso, the 501c6 organization dedicated to promoting tourism to Paso Robles, and returning sponsors Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. These community sponsors, along with a team of dedicated volunteers, are the foundation for the annual event that will be back for a third year.
Additional Paso Pops information is available at www.pasopops.org. Information about Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the non-profit Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles can be found on the website www.paderewskifest.com.
[Source: press release]