Mountain View Celebrates 45th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Silicon Valley’s World-Class Art & Music Festival is “A Festival Like No Other”
It’s Mountain View’s time to get festive … this year we celebrate #44! 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 45th annual festival, September 10-11 promises to be a “festival like no other”.
An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. An expanded “Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountains Passport Days” premium wine tasting tent. 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 scholarship program, Business ConneXions and Leadership Mountain View.
“Wine Haven, Taste of the Mountains Passport Days” Premium Wine Tasting Tent
Returning for a second year is an expanded “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 large, glistening tent tasting wine from premier Santa Cruz Mountain Vintners including Cinnabar, Domenico, Dancing Creek, Russian Ridge, Windy Oaks, and Roudon Smith. “These great names in winemaking are among the 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, Chardonnays and rare Pinotage—the signature varietals of the region. The Wine Haven tent will be open 12:00–5:00 pm both days, and all of the sampled wines will be available for sale (to take home) as well. Tickets cost $45 and include a commemorative festival wine glass, a sample of all of the wines from all participating wineries and a Passport booklet (a $45 value itself) valid for two years of Passport Days to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
“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 smash-hit ”Salsa Sunday” with Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan plus The Peelers, Old School, Lyin I’s (Eagles Tribute), Pacific Soul, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, Aryeh Frankfurter, HeartStrings Music, Mike Fair, 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.
Fabulously Festive Food
Festival eateries will be serving up a world of flavorful fare—cilantro garlic fries, fresh corn-on-the-cob, tri-tip, beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, Teriyaki chicken and vegetables, barbecue chicken and pork skewers, chicken wraps, gourmet sausages, chicken wings, garlic chicken sandwiches, Parmesan-sprinkled garlic fries, smoked turkey legs, zesty fried calamari, baked potatoes, fried artichokes and zucchini, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, made-to-order crepes, gyros, cheesesteaks, tamales, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, taco salad, sausage wraps, crispy Roti, barbecue chicken over rice, chocolate-dipped fruit kabobs, ice cream, fresh fruit smoothies, Hawaiian shaved ice, fresh-squeezed lemonade, kettle corn, roasted peanuts 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 and sangria. The brewmasters at Tied House will be offering their flagship Cascade Amber plus a batch of the uniquely monikered Some Kind of Lager as this year's special festival brew. Shock Top Belgian White, Modelo Especial, Goose Island IPA and Negra Modelo will also be served. Wine lovers will be tempted by luscious vintages from from several outstanding winemakers. The wine list includes Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Crest Armitage, Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay, Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon, San Elias Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir. Or enjoy a cold Bud Light Lime-A-Rita or Straw-Ber-Rita, tasty Puerta Vallarta Margarita cocktail or Morada Sangria for a deliciously refreshing beverage alternative. Cool off with a tasty 100% Organic Coconut Water, Lemonade or Pomegranate Blueberry Juice from Purity Organic or Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source. Plus, 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.
Community Stage & Action-Packed Gold Medal Family Center 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, ultra fun obstacle course and bouncers, super cool temporary tattoos, face painting and body art, hula hooping, feather hair extensions, exotic French hair braiding and caricature art. The Kids’ Park Community Stage returns with 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 for recycling glass and plastic as well as composting food scraps (including meat and bones), paper plates, bio-degradable cups, chopsticks, skewers and napkins. There will be large recycling and compost containers in strategic behind-the-scenes locations for event staff, vendors and sponsors to utilize. 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 Farm Fresh To You, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sungevity, Larabar, SolarCity, Stanford Chiropractic, Chiropractic First, Pilates V Studio, University Chiropractic, High Definition Solar, KOA Fitness, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.
Home & Garden Exhibits
For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco Cutlery, Bay Home & Window, Clear View Retractable Screens, MB Jessee Painting, USA Bath and The Craftsmens’ Guild.
Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Star One Credit Union, Wells Fargo, The Swig Company, Cupcake Vineyards, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Stanford Federal Credit Union, Trilogy at the Vineyards, Provident Credit Union, CA Dept of Tourism, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Domus on the Boulevard, Click-Scan-Share, Gold Rush Getaways, CEFCU, Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center, Diamond Resorts, Sourcewise, Welk Resorts, K1 Speed, The New York Times, Hotel Avante, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Recology of Mountain View, Google, TITLE Boxing Club, Gold Medal Family Center, Tied House Café & Brewery, ME Fox Distributing, the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, Valley Transportation Authority, Xfinity, 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, NASH FM 92.3, 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” invites 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 Wine Haven Passports, drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at most Ticket/Glass credit card booths (at Evelyn, Villa, Dana, California, and High School Way). We’re set up with Square! It's quick, it’s easy, it's convenient, it’s awesome!
Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike. Free valet bicycle parking will be offered near the corner of Castro and Church Streets by Friends of Stevens Creek Trail.
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), 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) and the Google parking lot (1200 Villa Street). Parking fees benefit the Community Health Awareness Council, creating healthy lives for children and families in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
The Santa Clara 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 VTA Bus Line 32 does not operate on Sundays. For your free trip plan, call (408) 321-2300, or visit www.vta.org.
For Caltrain information, call 800-660-4287 or visit http://www.caltrain.com. Caltrain 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 10-11 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.