August’s entire ‘Cruisin’ Weekend’ postponed to 2021
Submitted by the City of Atascadero:
–The City of Atascadero has been working very hard behind the scenes to come up with various creative methods to help keep many of the community’s much-anticipated summertime events moving forward during this very unusual time, including the city’s annual August event, Cruisin’ Weekend. Typically, Cruisin’ Weekend kicks off with the very popular Hot El Camino Cruise Nite on Friday night. Then, the Mid State Cruizers Car Show at Atascadero Lake Park follows up on Saturday and the weekend event concludes with Dancing in the Streets, held throughout Atascadero’s Downtown on Saturday evening. Without being able to come up with a satisfactory and safe alternate delivery method that would enable the city to host any of these very popular events this summer, which had previously been scheduled for August 14 and 15, 2020, the city has now made the tough decision to postpone the entire weekend lineup of activities until 2021.
2020 would have marked the 28th Annual Hot El Camino Cruise Nite. With approximately 400 classic cars cruising up and down El Camino Real on Friday evening, this event typically brings thousands of spectators from both inside and outside the area to line the streets of Atascadero. During this time of COVID-19 precautions and restrictions, the size of the crowd expected to converge is too large and keeping members of the public appropriately safely distanced would be impossible to manage. The Mid State Cruizers Car Club had previously announced the cancellation of what would have been their 31st Annual Mid State Cruizers Car Show at Atascadero Lake Park, which usually takes place on Saturday following Cruise Nite. In addition, the 5th Annual Dancing in the Streets, held throughout Downtown Atascadero in recent years after the Car Show on Saturday evening, must also be canceled. In its brief history, Dancing in the Streets has quickly become extremely popular, bringing in terrific community dancers along with a variety of very popular local bands and is another “must do” local summertime event. With the recent increases in the number of COVID-19 cases throughout San Luis Obispo County along with safety restriction prohibiting large gatherings at this time, the City has determined that cancellation of the entire Cruisin Weekend series of events is the only option.
Cruisin’ Weekend will be back on August 20th & 21st, 2021, so save the dates! We look forward to seeing you at that time for an action-packed weekend!
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