The third-annual Paderewski Festival commonly known as Paso Pops returns on Wednesday, July 4. This year the festival’s main stage will be held at the Paso Robles Event Center as part of a three-year agreement that will keep the festival in Paso Robles through 2020. The festival includes a sponsored patriotic concert and Independence Day celebration featuring a variety of wine, beer, food, family-friendly activities, live music and fireworks.
The festival will be headlined by the San Luis Obispo Symphony and its new conductor Andrew Sewell. This year Paso Pops will include carnival rides for small children to enjoy before the show, along with shade and wind protection at the Paso Robles Event Center.
New this year as the festival’s lead sponsor is Travel Paso, an organization dedicated to promoting tourism in Paso Robles. They’re teaming up with returning sponsors Cass Winery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Net proceeds from Paso Pops will benefit the Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and the Youth Cultural Exchange Program.
Food trucks will be available but guests may also bring picnics. Wine and beer will be available for purchase as no outside alcohol will be permitted. More information on the festival and tickets can be found here. More information on the Paso Robles Event Center, located at 2198 Riverside Ave., can be found here.