Downtown Pub Crawl on Jan. 6 will start the year-long tradition

ATASCADERO — The City of Atascadero announced the 2023 First Fridays in Downtown Atascadero. Every month on the First Friday, the Downtown will be the place to be with a promotional theme or concert for local residents to come and enjoy the variety of boutique shops, craft breweries, wine bars and pubs, restaurants, and entertainment offered all within walking distance.

The First Friday in 2023 will kick off on Jan. 6 with a Downtown Pub Crawl featuring the local breweries, wine bars, and drinking establishments along with shops open a little later and an opportunity to support your local businesses. Participating locations will have a Pub Crawl Card and if you get three stamps from three different locations, the card will be entered to win prizes from local businesses. There is no requirement to purchase anything in order to participate in this promotion. Participating Pub Crawl locations include Ancient Owl Beer & Bottle Shoppe, Carbon 6 Wine Bar, Central Coast Distillery, Cielo Ristorante, Colony Market & Deli, Kula Vineyards & Winery, The Poisoned Apple, Raconteur Room, Street Side Ale House, Tent City Brewing, Unhinged! Wine Bar, Whiskey & June and Wild Fields Brewhouse. January is also Visit SLO CAL’s Restaurant Month and a perfect opportunity to enjoy a variety of restaurants offering different menu options.

As First Fridays continue, there will be a variety of themes to enjoy. Following is what to expect:

  • Jan. 6: Downtown Pub Crawl 
  • February 3: #ATownwithHeart Art & Wine Walk & Complimentary Horse drawn Carriage Rides
  • Mar. 3: Concert in Downtown (Band TBD) 
  • Apr. 7: Stellar Band at Historic City Hall
  • May 5: Spring Art & Wine Walk
  • Jun. 2: Downtown Pub Crawl
  • Jul. 7: Sōleffect Band at Historic City Hall 
  • Aug. 4: Concert in Downtown (Band TBD)
  • Sept. 1: Concert in Downtown (Band TBD)
  • Oct. 6: Summer Art & Wine Walk
  • Nov. 1: Concert at The Plaza (Band TBD)
  • Dec. 1: Light up the Downtown plus Art & Wine Walk.

First Friday Concerts are complimentary and most of the First Fridays will kick off between 5:30 and 6 p.m. When there is a concert, the public is encouraged to bring a low-back chair. Make a night of it as a date night or with the family to enjoy the variety of eating establishments, shops and entertainment in the Downtown.

For more information on the First Friday’s promotion or other events and activities, go to VisitAtascadero.com/events. If you are a band and interested in playing at one of the First Friday dates, please contact Terrie Banish at (805) 470-3490.