Mountain View Celebrates 44th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Silicon Valley's World-Class Art & Music Festival is "A Festival Like No Other"
New: “Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountains Passport Days” Premium Wine Tasting Tent
Turning Up the Heat With the Return of Big Hit "Salsa Sunday"
Festival insiders know the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is the crème de la crème on the Bay Area festival scene. Voted “Best Festival in the South Bay” multiple times by readers of Metro and still hitting on all cylinders better than ever, this year’s 44th annual festival, September 12-13 promises to be a “festival like no other”.
An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. An all-new premium wine tasting pavilion – “Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountains Passport Days”. Exceptional handcrafted work by 600 of America's top artists and craftmakers. Stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown plus the return of mega-hit “Salsa Sunday”. Fabulous food and drink. The Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV. Artisan specialty food purveyors. Home and garden exhibits. Health and wellness displays. An organic and green products showcase. Tons of fun and games for kids with ultra thrilling bungee jumping and super fun, roll-on-water “waterballerz” among the amazing attractions. An affordable, sun-splashed, memorable, leisure-filled weekend.
Widely considered one of America's top art festivals, huge throngs of art lovers are expected to pour onto Castro Street in Silicon Valley's epicenter for this “Cultural Community Celebration” presented by the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
Mountain View’s longtime signature event, the Art & Wine Festival was launched in 1971 as the first major fund-raiser for the Chamber of Commerce. Today, it is considered one of the nation’s top art festivals. Realizing the goal of its founders, the festival provides a consistent stream of revenue that helps fund Chamber programs throughout the year. Proceeds are invested in carefully crafted programs that help strengthen and bring together Mountain View’s diverse community. Among the programs sponsored by the Chamber are Yipee (Young Innovative Professional Entrepreneurs Etc), SOAR—a mentorship/internship program, Business ConneXions and Leadership Mountain View.
New: “Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountains Passport Days” Premium Wine Tasting Tent
New this year is “Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountains Passport Days” presented by the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Wine lovers will bask in the glow of a cool tent tasting wine from premier Santa Cruz Mountain Vintners including Domenico, Cinnabar, Savannah-Chanelle and The Mountain Winery. “These four great names in wine are flagship wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains,” says Megan Metz, executive director of the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. “Taste of the Mountains attendees will experience some of their premium Cabernets, Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays—the signature varietals of our region.” Complementing the world-class wine, Mountain View’s Milk Pail Market will be sampling a delectable selection of international cheeses in the tent. The Wine Haven tent will be open 12:00–5:00 pm both days, and all of the sampled wines and cheeses will be available for sale (to take home) as well. Attendees can take advantage of outdoor seating to sip, savor, take in the sights and enjoy the romantic Italian string ensemble music of the gifted duo Heartstrings Music.
“Salsa Sunday” Headlines the Groova-licious Musical Mix
Two full days of dynamite music for fans of all musical styles transform downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment mecca for the weekend! Thirteen sensational bands will play a wide-ranging musical mix on the Civic Center Plaza Music Stage and multiple street locations throughout downtown—pulsating Salsa, Motown, rhythm and blues, contemporary country, classic rock ‘n roll, jazz, soul, world-beat, Americana, Latin rock, disco and party music. The lineup includes the return of mega-hit ”Salsa Sunday” with Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan plus The Megatones, Urgent, The Garage Band, Pacific Soul, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, Aryeh Frankfurter, HeartStrings Music, Oscar Reynolds, John Clarke, and Ancient Winds.
Extraordinary Art, Fine Crafts
California Artists brings its world-class stable of professional artists and fine craftmakers to showcase their extraordinary work. Shoppers will find thousands of handcrafted items by America's best artists and craftmakers while browsing among 600 well-stocked booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art. Beautiful vases, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, and waterfalls will be among the thousands of one-of-a-kind items available. “It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind items and meet the talented artists that conceive and do exceptional, all-original work," said Terry Allie, of California Artists.
Fabulously Festive Food
Bring your appetite! Festival eateries will be dishing up a world of flavorful fare—fresh corn-on-the-cob, paella, patatos brava, croquetas, tri-tip, beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, Teriyaki chicken and vegetables, barbecue chicken and pork skewers, chicken wraps, gourmet sausages, chicken wings, pizza, garlic chicken sandwiches, Parmesan-sprinkled garlic fries, smoked turkey legs, zesty fried calamari, baked potatoes, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, made-to-order crepes, chocolate-dipped fruit kabobs, ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies, root beer floats, fresh-squeezed lemonade, kettle corn and more.
Artisan Specialty Food
For foodies, it doesn’t get any better than the artisan-produced specialty food available at the festival. It’s a great opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as chat with the actual producers—Biscotti in many variations, almond toffee, salsa, dry salsa mixes, premium olive oil, family recipe dips, spices, sauces, garlic mushrooms, stuffed olives, mustards, pickled garlic, green beans and asparagus, fruit butters, marinades, curds and scone mixes, exotic jams and jellies, honey and honey products, butters and chutneys, vinaigrettes and dressings, all-natural almonds and pecans will be among the mouth-watering offerings to take home and savor.
Delectably Delicious Drink
Complementing the fabulous food will be premium wines, seasonal microbrews, refreshing margaritas, mimosas and sangria. The brewmasters at Tied House will be offering their flagship Cascade Amber plus a batch of a refreshing California Common as this year's special festival brew. Shock Top Belgian White, Stella Artois, Rebel IPA, and Goose Island Honkers will also be served. Wine lovers will be tempted by luscious vintages from from several outstanding winemakers. The wine list includes Cortenova Pinot Grigio, Beringer Merlot, Beringer Chardonnay, Columbia Crest Amitage Red, Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc, Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, San Elias Sauvignon Blanc, Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau Ste Michelle and Seaglass Pinot Noir. Or enjoy a cold Bud Light Lime-A-Rita or Straw-Ber-Rita, sangria or mimosa for a deliciously refreshing beverage alternative. Cool off with a tasty Honey Green Tea, Unsweet Lemon Tea or Pomegranate Blueberry Ade from Honest Tea. Plus, Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water, bottled water and soft drinks will be available – all to raise funds for Leadership Mountain View (LMV), one of the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View’s many outstanding programs. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with this year’s stylish festival logo.
INTUIT Community Stage & Action-Packed Kids' Park
Awesome, action-packed Kids' Park will keep youngsters plenty enthralled with ultra thrilling bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, Mobile Rock’s gripping 24-foot climbing wall, super cool temporary tattoos, face painting and body art, hula hooping, feather hair extensions, exotic French hair braiding and an incredible assortment of spine-tingling carnival rides and inflatibles. The INTUIT Community Stage is back! A dazzling array of young performers will strut their showstopping stuff in front of a live audience in this “Mountain View’s Got Talent” style showcase.
Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge
Sports fans will have a place to relax and watch NFL and NCAA football and MLB pennant races on a giant LED screen in the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge. Centrally located at Mercy and Castro, there will be plenty of seating, festive food and drink. It’s the perfect spot to kick back and take a break while you enjoy a great day at the festival.
The Chamber of Commerce Mountain View is partnering once again with Recology Mountain View, the City of Mountain View and Nothing Wasted Consulting to promote and encourage Zero Waste. Free-standing containers will be positioned throughout the festival route for composting bio-degradeable food scraps and recycling glass, plastic and aluminum. Additionally, there will be large behind-the-scenes composting and recycling containers for event staff, vendors and sponsors. Festival organizers are also encouraging the use of public transit, bicycles and car pools to cut down carbon emissions and vehicular traffic.
Organic, Healthy & Green Products Showcase
This year's festival will feature the latest and greatest exhibits featuring Organic, Natural, Healthy and Eco-Friendly products. Festivalgoers can enjoy free product samples and gather information while experiencing first-hand how these products and organizations can help you live a better, healthier and “greener” lifestyle and be a positive catalyst for change. Sponsors include Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sungevity, Larabar, Food Should Taste Good, SolarCity, The Solar Company, Stanford Chiropractic, Chiropractic First, University Chiropractic, KOA Fitness, Real Goods Solar and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.
Home & Garden Exhibits
For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, Heavenly Greens, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco Cutlery, OneLawn, Bay Home & Window, Sunlight Concepts, Rhino Shield, ADT Custom Home Services, Foundation Repair of California, Advanced Home Improvement, USA Bath, Sears Home Services and The Craftsmens’ Guild.
Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Intuit, Genworth Financial, Star One Credit Union, Chevrolet, Wells Fargo, The Swig Company, Stanford Federal Credit Union, Trilogy at the Vineyards, Provident Credit Union, CA Dept of Tourism, Prometheus Real Estate Group, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Click-Scan-Share, Newport Coast Villas, American Laser Skincare, Gold Rush Getaways, CEFCU, Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center, Mountain View Family Dentistry, Diamond Resorts, The New York Times, Hotel Avante, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Kaiser Permanente, El Camino Hospital, Recology of Mountain View, Safeway, Google, El Camino Hospital, Tied House Café & Brewery, ME Fox Distributing, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Bonterra Vineyards, Valley Transportation Authority, YP, KPIX Channel 5, KBCW Channel 44, Comcast, KOFY TV 20, Mountain View Voice, Metro, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, KFOX 98.5/102.1 FM, KGO 810 AM, KBAY 94.5 FM, Mix 106.5 FM, KRTY 95.3 FM, and KLIV 1590 AM.
KMVT Broadcasts Live!
KMVT 15 "Mountain View Community Television" is inviting YOU to "SPEAK OUT" on TELEVISION at their booth during the festival! Drop by any time on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 5pm to speak out, ON CAMERA, on ANY topic of your choice for 1-2 minutes. In addition to broadcasting your comments on KMVT 15, you will also receive a FREE customized DVD of your recorded commentary! In addition to SPEAK OUT, KMVT 15 will be airing LIVE interviews on Sunday with local KMVT Community Producers of several popular shows, as well as Board members, community members and KMVT’s Executive Director. Stop by the booth to see live television in action! The broadcast booth will be located at Church and Castro Streets, in front of Wells Fargo.
Viva Plastic: We Take Credit Cards!
For your convenience, pay for drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at the Ticket/Glass booths at Evelyn, Villa, Dana, California, and High School Way. This year, we're using Intuit's state-of-the-art GoPayment mobile card reader. It's easy, it's awesome, Give it a try!
Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike. Free valet bicycle parking will be offered near the corner of Castro and Church Streets by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition.
Free parking is available on streets and parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. Paid parking ($5) will be available both days from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. including: 400 Castro Street (parking lot entrance on Bryant Street), 444 Castro Street (parking lot entrance on Bryant Street), Bank of the West (501 Castro Street –– parking lot entrance on Hope Street), Kaiser Permanente (555 Castro Street –– parking lot entrance on Hope Street), Chase Bank (749 El Camino Real/Castro Street), the City of Mountain View parking Lot #13 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets). Parking fees benefit the Community Health Awareness Council, creating healthy lives for children and families in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be running its normal weekend schedule with Bus and Light Rail service to Downtown Mountain View. Ride VTA Light Rail (exit at the Mountain View Transit Center) or VTA Bus Lines 22, 32, 35, and 522 to the Festival. Please note Bus Lines 32 and 522 do not operate on Sundays. For your free trip plan, call (408) 321-2300, or visit http://www.vta.org. For Caltrain information, call 800-660-4287 or visit http://www.caltrain.com. Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus service drops riders off at the Mountain View transit center, just steps from the primary festival entrance at Evelyn Avenue and Castro Street.
Castro Street will be closed to traffic from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue for the two-day festival.
No Pets, Please
Pets are not allowed at the festival. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festivalgoers, please leave your pets at home.
The festival will be held on September 12-13, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue. Admission is free.
For festival information, call the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View at 650-968-8378 or "like" our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MountainViewArtWineFestival.