Tips to Make the Most of the Festival
To maximize your enjoyment, here are some helpful tips in planning your trip to the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 9-10 , 2017, presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce:
- Pets are not allowed at the festival. Be kind to your pet companions (ie. dogs), and leave them in the comforts of their own home.
- The use of Segways is prohibited on the festival grounds.
- Dress comfortably, put on some sunscreen, perhaps wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
- Wear shoes you feel comfortable strolling in. The festival covers several city blocks, so you’ll be walking a lot.
- Consider backpacking children. Strollers take up more space and are difficult to navigate through crowds.
- For your convenience, pay for drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at all Ticket/Glass booths spread throughout the festival.
- Bring along cash for food. Most food vendors don’t accept credit cards.
- Don’t fill up on food at the first food booth you see. Stroll around a bit to get a flavor of the offerings, then sample several of the dishes that appeal to you.
- Think about your holiday shopping when browsing the arts and crafts booths. Festivals offer unique gifts you can stash away until December.
- Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike. Free valet bicycle parking will be offered near the corner of Castro and Church Streets thanks to Friends of Stevens Creek Trail.
- Consider using public transportation. 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 check out www.caltrain.com. Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus service will drop you off one short block from the festival.
- Some free vehicle parking is available on streets and parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. Paid vehicle parking ($5 to benefit the CHAC) will be available both days (except where noted) from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at:
- 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, located on the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street (749 El Camino Real/Castro Street)
- The City of Mountain View Parking Lot #13 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets)
Parking fees benefit CHAC, creating healthy lives for children and families in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.