The Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is September 10th and 11th, 2016. It’s a seriously gigantic festival, in the middle of Mountain View, and over a hundred thousand people attend every year. It’s two unforgettable days of live music; rhythm and blues, classic rock ‘n roll, cool jazz, Motown soul, world-beat, Celtic folk and danceable party music. Fourteen of the Bay Area’s best bands play a non-stop, wide-ranging musical mix on the Linked-In Concert Stage in Civic Center Plaza and several street locations throughout downtown.
This year, they’re extending festival hours into the evening on Saturday until 7:00pm.
Tied House always makes a commemorative brew that they serve at the festival. This year’s special beer is their world-class Kolsch, along with their Cascade Amber.
The collectible wine and beer glasses are exceptionally cute this year. The beer glass is a glass version of the red plastic ‘Solo’ cup. It’s definitely going to sell out. There will be 7 different varietals of wine, 3 reds, 3 whites, and Sangria, garnished with fresh fruit. There will also be mimosas, which are perfect for those that feel guilty about drinking beer and wine before noon. There will also be Honeycrisp Apple Mules at the intersection of Mercy and Castro.
I was lucky enough to be on the panel that judged the wine for the festival. We selected 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. Be sure to help support Leadership Mountain View by purchasing Honest Tea or Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water at the festival.
There will be about 500 artists at the festival. It is an unbelievable selection of art, clothing, jewelry, pottery, furniture, garden art, footwear, hats, handbags, candles, so many other creative items, all handmade by artists from all over the United States. It’s always so nice to see some of the artists come back year after year. If you’re looking for someone specific, or a particular item, stop by the information booth at the California and Castro intersection to get their exact location.
The food vendors will be at most of the intersections as you walk down the street. These vendors are experienced and only the best are invited back over and over again.
Wear comfy shoes and sunscreen. The Chamber of Commerce loves dogs, but the festival isn’t a good place for them. Please leave dogs at home. If possible, ride your bike, walk or take public transportation to the festival. There will be a bike parking lot.
Parking in some of the lots around town will be $5.00. Those parking lots are managed by CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council). They’re a non-profit that does wonderful things in our community, including helping local children, so it feels good to pay the five bucks and know that it's going to a great cause.
If you like people-watching, you’ll have a great time at the festival. I’ll just leave it at that… I’ll be working all weekend at the festival and every year I find it so exciting to see the new art that has been created especially for us, listen to the music, visit with friends and neighbors that I haven’t seen in a while, and watch the colorful crowds dancing in the street.
Thank you to the 500 volunteers that help at the festival by working in the beer and wine booths. It wouldn’t be possible to put on an event of this magnitude without the help of so many generous people. I love Mountain View. See you at the festival.