Mountain View Celebrates 46th Annual Art & Wine Festival
Colossal Crowds Expected For Silicon Valley’s World-Class Art & Music Festival
Soak in the Cool Castro Street Vibe at “A Festival Like No Other”
The vibrant, magnificent city of Mountain View has evolved in a big way over the last 46 years. A population boom. The arrival of Shoreline Amphitheater as a major concert venue. The amazing growth of Silicon Valley and Mountain View’s emergence as its epicenter. The transformation of a vibrant downtown district with restaurants, shops, cafes, bookstores and performing arts center. And, last but not least, the Art & Wine Festival’s rise to become one of America’s premier art festivals. And it’s that time of year: it’s Mountain View’s time to get festive and this year we celebrate #46!
Yep, it’s no secret. Festival fans 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 46th annual festival, September 9-10 promises to be a “festival like no other”.
An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. Exceptional handcrafted work by 600 of America's top artists and craftmakers. Stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown including the new Saturday Sunset Concert featuring the Bay’s best classic rock and roll band The Houserockers and the return of mega-hit Salsa Sunday with Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan. Fabulous food and festive drink with seasonal craft beer, premium wine, refreshing sangria, mimosas, fresh-fruit margaritas and signature cocktails. 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. An affordable, sun-splashed, memorable, leisure-filled weekend.
Widely considered one of America's top art festivals, an enormous throng of art lovers is expected to pour onto Castro Street in Silicon Valley's epicenter for this “Cultural Community Celebration” presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. 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.
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 Linked-In Headliner Stage in Civic Center Plaza plus 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 new Saturday Sunset Concert (5-7 p.m.) featuring the Bay’s best classic rock and roll band The Houserockers, the return of smash-hit Salsa Sunday with Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan plus a stellar bill with Pacific Soul, The Hitmen, Blue House, The Blackouts, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, HeartStrings Music, Charles Dupre, John Clarke, Man In White 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 –– Polish and chicken-Portobello sausages; homemade corn dogs, beer battered garlic, crab and truffle fries; succulent chicken and pork on-a-stick, teriyaki chicken rice bowls, chicken over noodles; spicy hot links, sweet chicken-apple sausages, all-beef organic hot dogs, deluxe garlic fries; barbecued chicken breast sandwiches flavored with Italian herbs and garlic, deep-fried chicken strips; smoked turkey legs, fried calamari; teriyaki chicken kabobs, traditional gyros with sliced tomatoes and refreshing yogurt-cucumber-garlic tzatzki sauce; fried chicken tender plate with fried mozzarella sticks, French fries and jalapeños; French crêpes made to order; sweet late-summer corn on the cob, hefty baked potatoes with toppings; Chocolate Dipped Frozen Fruit Kabobs & Ice Cream Bars, Whole Fruit Smoothies; mint chocolate chip, jamoca almond fudge, rainbow sherbet and Oreo cookies & cream ice cream; 20 flavors of authentic shaved ice, fresh-squeezed lemonade, kettle corn, roasted peanuts and more.
Delectably Delicious Drink
Complementing the fabulous food will be premium wines, seasonal microbrews, sangria and mimosas plus signature cocktails for the first time – Honeycrisp Apple Mules (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) and refreshing mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime margaritas made from fresh fruit purees at the Longboard Bar tent. The brewmasters at Tied House will be offering their flagship Cascade Amber and Kolsch, this year’s special festival brew. Lagunitas IPA, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, and Sam Adams Octoberfest will also be served. Wine lovers will be tempted by luscious vintages from from several outstanding winemakers. The wine list includes outstanding varietals from Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay, 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon, Two Vines Red Blend, Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau St. Michelle Riesling and Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir. Cool off with some refreshing Honest Tea or Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source to raise funds for Leadership Mountain View (LMV), one of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce'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.
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 –– custom infused balsamic vinaigrettes, balsamics, maple syrup and oils, gourmet toffees, brittles, caramels, apples, giant marshmallows, cookies, fudge, and the world’s best chocolate dipped caramel apples, family recipe dips, spices, sauces, garlic mushrooms, stuffed olives, mustards, pickled garlic, green beans and asparagus, fruit butters and marinades, the world’s finest beef jerky, tender roasted corn nuts, gourmet dips, soups, desserts, dry rubs, California grown pomegranate fruit spread, molasses, syrup, marinade, grilling sauce, grenadine, 100% Grade A pure honey harvested from their own bees, beeswax candles, bee pollen, royal jelly and honey soap, all natural British teas, curds, shortbread, scone mix, traditional royal cream, cream tea packs, vinaigrette dressings and marinades, and curds with a kik, hot sauces, French artisan gourmet gift boxes, the world’s finest estate grown 100% Kona coffee and macadamia nuts from the Big Island will be among the mouth-watering offerings to take home and savor.
Super Duper Kids’ Park and Mountain View’s Got Talent Stage
Action-packed Kids’ Park will keep youngsters plenty enthralled with ultra thrilling bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, Mobile Rock’s challenging 24-foot rock climbing wall, ultra fun obstacle course and bouncers, super cool temporary tattoos, face painting and body art, hula hooping, exotic French hair braiding, caricature art, party animal puppets, children’s books and toys. 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 Mountain View Chamber of Commerce is partnering once again with Recology Mountain View and the City of Mountain View 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 and foodware. 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 Toyota Prius, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Solar Technologies, Farm Fresh To You, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sungevity, Larabar, SolarCity, Stanford Chiropractic, Chiropractic First, University Chiropractic, KOA Fitness, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.
Home & Garden Exhibits
For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, David Frank Design, Heavenly Greens, Danmer Custom Shutters, Cutco Cutlery, Bay Home & Window, Clear View Retractable Screens 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, Nationwide Insurance, Lyft, The Swig Company, Provident Credit Union, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Photos, Movies & More, Gold Rush Getaways, CEFCU, Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center, Diamond Resorts, Welk Resorts, U.S. Army, Current Silicon Valley, Hotel Avante, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Greystar, Recology of Mountain View, Google, Linked-In, Stanford Federal Credit Union, Tied House Café & Brewery, DBI Beverage, Valley Transportation Authority, Xfinity, Comcast, Mountain View Voice, Metro, Silicon Valley Magazine, KPIX 5, KBCW 44 Cable 12, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, KBAY 94.5 FM, Mix 106.5 FM, KGO 810 AM, KSFO 560 AM, 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 drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at all Ticket/Glass booths spread throughout the festival site.
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) and the City of Mountain View parking Lot #13 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets). Parking fees benefit the CHAC, 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 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 encouraged at the festival with warm weather and large crowds. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home.
The festival will be held on September 9-10. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The festival takes place on Castro Street from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue. Admission is free. Get directions.
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