Mountain View Celebrates 47th Annual Art & Wine Festival, September 8-9
Colossal Crowds Expected For Silicon Valley’s World-Class Arts Festival
Soak in the Cool Castro Street Vibe at “A Festival Like No Other”
Saturday Soul Train Dance Party, Cornhole Corner, What’s Up Photo Booth 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!
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 Saturday evening Soul Train Dance Party Concert featuring the sensational Pacific Soul Band (4:45-7 p.m.) and the return of mega-hit Salsa Sunday with Caravanserai 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 its Education Foundation (MVCoCEF.org), Scholarship Mountain View (formally known as SOAR), I Love Mountain View (ilovemv.org) which acts as the virtual visitor center for the city, FuelSV (fuelsv.org), Business ConneXions and Leadership Mountain View.
Groova-licious Musical Mix
Get your groove on! Two full days of dynamite live music for fans of all musical styles transform downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment mecca for the weekend! Twelve sensational bands will play a wide-ranging musical mix on the Linked-In Headliner Stage in Civic Center Plaza 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 big Saturday evening Soul Train Dance Party Concert featuring powerhouse Pacific Soul Band (5-7 p.m.), the return of smash-hit Salsa Sunday with Caravanserai and Ruckatan plus a stellar bill with Cisco Kid – War Tribute, the Johnny Neri Band, Blue House, The Element, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, HeartStrings Music, 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 –– Elegant Brie’s scrumptious baked brie appetizers on crackers, baguettes and apples, Mexican-inspired fresh-fruit hand-cut fruit cups, blended fruit drinks, Philly cheesesteaks, tri-tip sandwiches, 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
Festivalgoers can enjoy signature festival cocktails – deelish Honeycrisp Apple Mules (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus classic Bloody Mary’s and refreshing, handmade margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime at the Longboard Bar tent – as well as premium wine, refreshing sangria, mimosas and tasty seasonal craft beer. Beer lovers will be in hops heaven with the assortment of world-class brews – Corona Extra, Firestone 805, Ballast Point Sculpin 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: Canyon Oaks Chardonnay, Aveleda "Praia" Vinho Verde, Radius Cabernet Sauvignon, Gnarled Vines Zinfandel, Monte Clavijo Rioja Rosé and Mallee Point Pink Moscato … a super premium selection of truly luscious vintages from several world-class winemakers. New to the fiesta this year: Bass Note Sangria, full flavored and so, so delicious! Made with California wine and blended with fresh fruit juice, cane sugar, herbs, and spices to create a whole new Sangria experience. Enjoy it in three extraordinary flavors – Blackberry Sage, Cherry Lime Almond, and Peach Tarragon. Cool off with refreshing Honey Green Tea, Half Lemonade/Half Tea and Pomegranate Blueberry Herbal Tea from Honest Tea, enjoy a bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source or savor an iced illy espresso-style coffee drink – your choice of Cappuccino, Caffe Latte or unsweetened. 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 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 henna art, glitter tattoos, face painting, party animal puppets, sand art creative cards, crown and tiara decorating and ribbon bracelet making. 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 and Cornhole Corner
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.
What’s Up Photo Booth
Inventor/mad scientists and husband/wife team Paul and Debbie Supp spent countless hours of design and collaboration with world-class engineers to bring you the ultimate photo booth experience. “Dolores” is a work of art on wheels; she is a fully automated mobile photo booth that allows you the unique opportunity to take a step back in time while enjoying technological advances of today. Complete with a fully functional smoke stack and custom designed interior, Dolores takes professional quality photos that are printed instantly for you to hold as keepsake for years to come. Digital photos are also available.
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, 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 Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Clover Sonoma, Peninsula Open Space Trust, Humboldt Organic Creamery, Farm Fresh To You, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, SolarCity, North Coast Organic Products, Stanford Chiropractic, Chiropractic First, Luma Soda, University Chiropractic, Strong & Kind Energy Bars, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.
Home & Garden Exhibits
For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Landsystems Landscapes, Renewal by Andersen, Heavenly Greens, Danmer Custom Shutters, Cutco Cutlery, Bay Home & Window, Clear View Retractable Screens, System Pavers, Sunlight Concepts and The Craftsmens’ Guild.
Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Xfinity, Comcast, Columbus Craft Meats, Star One Credit Union, The Swig Company, Provident Credit Union, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mobvitel, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Photos, Movies & More, Gold Rush Getaways, Elegant Brie, CEFCU, Welk Resorts, Current Silicon Valley, Hotel Avante, Greystar, Recology of Mountain View, Google, Linked-In, DBI Beverage, Valley Transportation Authority, Caltrain, Mountain View Voice, Metro, Silicon Valley Magazine, 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.
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.
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 #12 (Saturday all day and Sunday after 2pm – on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets). Parking fees benefit KMVT.
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be running its regular weekend schedule with Bus and Light Rail service to Downtown Mountain View plus extra light rail service on September 10 with the 49ers game at Levis stadium. 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.
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 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.
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