To maximize your enjoyment, here are some helpful tips in planning your trip to the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 8-9 , 2018, presented by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce:
- 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 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 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.
- Consider using 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 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.
- Some free vehicle parking is available on streets and parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. Paid vehicle parking ($5 per vehicle) 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)
- The City of Mountain View Parking Lot #12 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets)
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- During the festival, the City of Mountain View will be offering 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.