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Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival happens this weekend 

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–There are still tickets left for the 5th Annual Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival, taking place at Castoro Cellars on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17. The event benefits Templeton Music Education. Organizers advise guests to purchase event tickets in advance, as Saturday is on track to sell out and tickets will not be available at the door.

Founded by Paso Robles winemaking pioneers, Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival organically came about by way of Niels and Bimmer Udsen’s longtime commitment to supporting the arts and their local community. The Udsens established Castoro Cellars in 1983, and together with sons Luke and Max and daughter in law Lauren, threw a 30th anniversary party they called Beaverstock in 2013. The event was such a hit they decided to make it an annual gig, and have been at it ever since. Growing considerably over its first four years, Beaverstock attendance hit a record 4,000 in 2016.

The family changed the name of the festival in 2017. Whale Rock Music & Arts Festival was their natural choice, as the event takes place in the Udsen’s Whale Rock Vineyard. No matter the name, the spirit, format, and soul of the original event lives on.

Proceeds from the inaugural fest were donated to MUST! Charities, a local non-profit that supports under privileged children in the local community. The family has continued that benevolent tradition each year, donating proceeds to both the Templeton Education Foundation and the Templeton High School Band. The Udsens are proud to say that contributions to date total more than $50,000.

Purchase tickets now for one or both days of the weekend festival at www.whalerockmusicfestival.com/tickets. For more information, call (805) 238-0725. Castoro Cellars is located at 1315 North Bethel Road in Templeton.

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