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Cruisin' Weekend in Atascadero!

August 16, 2019 - August 17, 2019

End your summer in style by coming out to Atascadero’s Cruisin’ Weekend! The weekend kicks off with the 27th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite on Friday, August 16th at 6:30 p.m., continues on Saturday with the 30th Annual Mid State Cruizers Car Show from 10 am – 3 pm at Atascadero Lake Park followed by our 4th Annual Dancing in the Streets in the Downtown from 5-10 pm! Plan to be in Downtown Atascadero on August 16th and 17th for your favorite, annual tradition!


This coming Hot El Camino Cruise Nite marks the 27th year that this cruise has been in place! It’s one of the largest and most popular annual events in San Luis Obispo County and one of the City’s signature events! On Friday evening, over 400 local cruisers from the 1950’s and 1960’s come downtown from across California. These beautifully, restored antique cars cruise up and down El Camino Real from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Over the years, Cruise Nite has grown immensely, and expanded to be a weekend event for locals and tourists alike to enjoy a full weekend of fun! For pre-registration call (805) 470-3360.


Cruise Nite festivities begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 16th, and the Mid-State Cruisers Car Show will be at Atascadero Lake Park on Saturday, August 17th from 10 am until 3 pm, where you can check out the interior and exterior of a wide variety of antique cars. These cars will then cruise on over to the downtown at 5 pm and will park in a VIP area next to City Hall to kick off our 4th Annual Dancing in the Streets!


On Saturday evening at 5 pm, Dancing in the Streets will jump-start the evening with performances from local bands scattered throughout downtown along with a variety of antique cars on display. There will be lots of your favorite bands, community entertainment, food trucks, beer, wine/cider and distillery vendors who will be ready to celebrate a fun evening of music and dancing! The evening promises a full variety of music for everyone’s enjoyment and entertainment, whether you want to dance or just enjoy the music and engaging atmosphere!  In addition, the downtown merchants and restaurants will be open providing your favorite food and drink to serve hungry guests! Following are the entertainment details: 

5:00-6:30pm                Palma Stage                            Community Entertainment *   

7:00-10:00pm              Palma Stage                            Burning James & the Funky Flames  

5:30 – 7:30 pm            Traffic Way Stage                  Bear Market Riot

8:00 – 10:00 pm          Traffic Way Stage                   Steppin’ Out

6:00 – 9:00 pm            Entrada Stage                          Martin Paris Band


* Community Entertainment includes the Atascadero High School Cheer Team kicking off the event, announcement and performance of the 2020 Dancing with Our Stars, performances by Motions Academy of Dance and our very own Colony Park Community Center Ballroom Dancing Instructors, Sharon and Dan Davis, getting you ready for the evening ahead as they demonstrate great dance moves to get you up on your feet! 


On top of all this, it’s FREE to attend any of the Cruisin’ Weekend events! Food, and drink are available for purchase and a variety of local merchants will be open!


Thank you to our Cruisin’ Weekend sponsors, which include, our presenting sponsors, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, H&R Block, and Waste Management; supporting sponsors, Bland Solar and Rabobank; Friend sponsors, Taco Bell and Hart Impressions; Media sponsors, KZOZ, KJUG and New Times! 



CRUISE NITE: For more information on the event or cost and details of car registration, please contact us at (805) 470-3360. Cars must be street legal and registered. 

Cruise Nite Registration Form

Rules of the Road

CAR SHOW: 30th Annual Atascadero Lake Car Show – Saturday, August 17th 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Mid-State Cruizers presents a fabulous Car Show! For information on participating contact: Roy Barba @ (805) 238-3177 or Larry Wilson @ (805) 423-5218 or (participation is first come, first served)

Car Show Registration Form



Cruisin’ Weekend kicks off Friday, August 16, 2019 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. with the City of Atascadero’s 27th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite, which is a closed and controlled cruise on El Camino Real from Traffic Way to Curbaril! The following roads will close beginning at 5 pm:


Highway 41 will close to through-traffic at the intersection of El Camino Real and Morro Road. Traffic Way will be open to northbound traffic on El Camino Real only.  The Hwy 41 northbound exit on Hwy 101 will be closed and we recommend exiting at the Curbaril off ramp. The southbound traffic on Hwy 101 that is exiting Hwy 41 eastbound recommend exiting at the Curbaril off ramp.



  1. Drive cautiously and watch for pedestrians, spectators, and other vehicles.
  2. Obey all traffic signals, signs, and control devices.
  3. Obey all directions from Police Officers and event staff.
  4. Deliberate chirping, spinning, and squealing of tires are prohibited. 
  5. Do not pour any liquid on the street for tire spinning.
  6. Exhibitions of vehicle speed, excessive exhaust system noise, and speed contests are prohibited.
  7. U-turns are permitted only at each end of the cruise route at the designated sites.
  8. All Vehicle Code rules and regulations will be enforced.
  9. Vehicles may leave the cruise route to “cool down;” however, drivers seeking to re-enter the cruise route after the “cool down” period must re-enter at the registration site.


Violations of the above rules may subject the violator to being escorted from the course, citation, towing and/or impounding of his/her vehicle, and arrest. CRUISE NITE WILL CONTINUE ONLY WITH YOUR COOPERATION! PLEASE HELP US ENSURE THAT THE EVENT CONTINUES TO BE SAFE FOR EVERYONE!

To register your classic car for Hot El Camino Cruise Nite, visit us at the Colony Park Community Center located at 5599 Traffic Way before 4 pm on Friday, August 16th. After Friday at 4 pm, you can register at Pueblo/ San Luis Ave and El Camino Real. For more information:



On Saturday evening, August 17th from 5-10 p.m., the City of Atascadero will host Dancing in the Streets!  This will involve four bands scattered throughout Downtown Atascadero along with various food and beverage vendors. This event will include the following road closures:

If there are any questions regarding the events above, please contact the Colony Park Community Center at (805) 470-3360.

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