Mountain View Celebrates 47th Annual Art & Wine Festival, September 8-9

Monster Crowds Expected for Silicon Valley’s World-Class Art, Music & Food Festival
Soak in the Cool Castro Street Vibe at “A Festival Like No Other”
Saturday Into the Grove Dance Party, Deelish Bellinis, Mechanical Bull Ride, Stay Cool Misting Tent Debut!

The vibrant, magnificent city of Mountain View has evolved in a big way over the last 47 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 #47!

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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 47th annual festival, September 8-9 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 500 of America's top artists and craftmakers. Stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown including the big, can’t-miss Saturday evening Into The Groove Dance Party Concert featuring the Dick Bright-led Club 90 (4:45-7 p.m.). Fabulous food and festive drink with seasonal craft beer, premium wine, refreshing sangria, mimosas, fresh-fruit margaritas, Bloody Mary’s and signature cocktails. The Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV, Cornhole Corner and Stay Cool Misting Tent. The Facebook Community Stage with a dazzling array of gifted young performers. 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.

The Beginning

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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. The Chamber, in concert with its Foundation, works to partner with businesses, local schools and nonprofits through various programs. The Chamber’s Foundation (MVCoCF.org) delivers some amazing programing including Leadership Mountain View, Scholarship Mountain View (formally known as SOAR), I Love Mountain View, FuelSV, Technology Showcase and Business ConneXions.

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Groova-licious Musical Mix ... Stellar Live Music and Entertainment Everywhere

Get your groove on! Get ready – the greatest two days of live music Mountain View has ever experienced is coming with thirteen sensational bands performing on the LinkedIn Concert Stage in Civic Center Plaza and multiple locations throughout downtown. The dynamite non-stop music lineup includes the big Saturday evening Into The Groove Dance Party (5-7 p.m.) featuring powerhouse party band Club 90 plus a stellar bill with Tortilla Soup, Livewire, Busta-Groove!, The Shanks, Cocktail Monkeys, Johnny Neri Unplugged, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, HeartStrings Music, John Clarke, Stephen Dreyfuss, and Ancient Winds.

Extraordinary Art, Fine Crafts – Bring a Reusable Shopping Bag!

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 500 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.

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Fabulously Festive Food

Festival eateries will be serving up a world of flavorful fare — decadent grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches, crispy Brussels sprouts; non-alcoholic Piña Coladas served in real pineapples and coconuts; homemade corn dogs, beer battered garlic, crab and truffle fries; succulent chicken and pork on-a-stick, teriyaki chicken rice bowls, chicken over noodles; Indonesian satay chicken and meats, fried noodles, egg rolls and pot stickers; Polish and chicken-Portobello sausages; spicy hot links, sweet chicken-apple sausages, all-beef organic hot dogs, deluxe garlic fries; 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

Festivalgoers can enjoy enjoy premium fine wine, seasonal craft beer, refreshing sangria, mimosas, Bellinis, and signature festival cocktails – deelish Summer Breeze Mules (vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus classic Bloody Marys and refreshing, handmade margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime at the Longboard Bar tent. Stop by the Eureka! tent for one of their fabulous cocktails – Tropical Pineapple Punch; Young & In Love with Vodka, Elderflower, St. George Raspberry, Blood Orange Shrub and Lemon; Rosemary’s Ruby Red with Gin, Rosemary, Grapefruit and Lemon. Beer lovers will be in hops heaven with the assortment of world-class brews – Ballast Point Longfin Lager, Firestone 805, Ballast Point Fathom IPA and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest. For aficionados of fine wine and bubbly, there will be a premium selection of easy-drinking varietals from around the world: Columbia Crest Chardonnay, Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Praia Vinho Verde, Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 Hands Red Blend, Bruscus Lambrusco … a super premium selection of truly luscious vintages from several world-class winemakers. New to the fiesta this year and what a perfect fit: enjoy a taste of Venice with a Bellini, a refreshing, lovely mixture of Prosecco and nectar … full flavored and so, so delicious! Cool off, replenish and hydrate with some crisp, refreshing ZICO Coconut Water, a bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source, or enjoy Luma Premium Soda, a delicious soda for the modern world, naturally sweetened with monk fruit and great tasting with 1/10 the calories of the big soda brands. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.

Savory City 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, oils, gourmet toffees, brittles, caramels, apples, giant marshmallows, cookies, fudge, 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, marinades, curds with a kick, 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.

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Super Duper Kids’ Park and Facebook Community Stage

Action-packed Kids’ Park will keep youngsters plenty enthralled with with ultra thrilling bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, a 24-foot rock climbing wall, mechanical bull ride, bumper cars, miniature golf game, super cool henna art, glitter tattoos, face painting, sand art creative cards, and yes, even pet wearable accessories and nail polish! The Facebook Community Stage returns with a dazzling array of gifted young performers who will strut their showstopping stuff in front of a live audience in this “Mountain View’s Got Talent” style showcase.

Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge, Cornhole Corner and Stay Cool Misting Tent

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, and cornhole tossing action. It’s the perfect spot to kick back and take a break while you enjoy a great day at the festival. Plus you can rinse off and refresh under the light spray in the Stay Cool Misting Tent!

Reduce, Re-use, Recycle – Bring a Reusable Shopping Bag!

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. Specially marked free-standing containers will be positioned at 75 different receptacle stations throughout the festival pedestrian route for recycling glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard; as well as for composting food scraps (including meat and bones), paper plates, biodegradable 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 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle, Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Silicon Valley Athletics, Farm Fresh To You, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Stanford Chiropractic, Chiropractic First, University Chiropractic, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.

Home & Garden Exhibits

For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Tuff Spas, Gutter Dome, Pella Windows, Leaf Filter, Landsystems Landscapes, Renewal by Andersen, Cutco Cutlery, Bay Home & Window, System Pavers, and The Craftsmens’ Guild.

Spectacular Sponsors

Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Facebook, Xfinity, Comcast, Star One Credit Union, The Swig Company, First Tech Credit Union, The Forum at Rancho San Antonio, Body+Soul, Beech-Nut Baby Food, Legendary Foods, Getaround, Provident Credit Union, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Photos, Movies & More, Gold Rush Getaways, CEFCU, Welk Resorts, Current Silicon Valley, Hotel Avante, Recology of Mountain View, Google, LinkedIn, Elan, Waymo, Santa Clara Valley Water District, The Lash Lounge, DBI Beverage, Caltrain, Mountain View Voice, Metro, KPIX 5, KBCW 44 Cable 12, KQED, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, 94.5 Bay FM, Mix 106, 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. Your comments will be broadcast on KMVT Channel 15, in Mountain View, Los Altos, Cupertino, and Sunnyvale and you will receive a link to the video to view online. In addition to SPEAK OUT, KMVT15 will be airing LIVE interviews on Sunday with local community partners, City Council members, and non profit representatives, as well as show producers and KMVT’s Executive Director. Stop by the booth to see live television in action and just say hello! 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.

Bicycle Parking

Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike. Free centrally located and highly visible bicycle parking will be offered near the corner of Castro and Church Streets thanks to Friends of Stevens Creek Trail. Please bring your own lock.

Vehicle Parking

Free parking is available on streets and parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. Paid parking ($5) will be available both days (beginning at 9:30 a.m.) at these locations: 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), and the City of Mountain View parking Lot #12 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets). Parking fees benefit KMVT.

Free Valet Parking

During the festival, the City of Mountain View will be offering limited, free valet parking in Parking Lot 11, located at the corner of Villa and Franklin across from the Tied House. There’s a blue sign that you’ll see as you enter the lot and the valet attendant is under the red tent in the back righthand corner of the lot.

Public Transportation

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be running its regular 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, 81 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.

Street Closures

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.

Festival Dates/Hours/Location

The festival will be held on September 8-9. 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.

Info-Line/Social Media

INFO-LINE: 650-968-8378

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/MountainViewArtWineFestival

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/#!/miramarevents

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/miramarcrew/

YOU TUBE:  https://youtu.be/onp5fumKzJU

Mountain View Art and Wine Festival 2018

"A Festival Like No Other"
Sept. 8-9, 2018 Sat. 11-7, Sun. 10-6
Castro Street, Mountain View, CA