Sept. 9-10, 2017 11am-7pm Sat., 10am-6pm Sun.
Don't drive to the Festival.
There are plenty of options that don’t involved driving and trying to park.
- The Chamber suggests Uber or Lyft and having them drop you off at one of two stops that were created especially for this event: ChaseBank, at El Camino and Castro, or at the transit center at Evelyn and Hope.
- Ride your bike and park it in the free bike parking lot (a courtesy of the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail).
- Take MVgo or Mountain View Community Shuttle to the festival. They’re both awesome free shuttles.
- 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 this link.
- Take CalTrain to the festival.
If you absolutely need to drive your own car, here are the parking lots to look for: (9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
- 400 Castro Street parking garage ... from Shoreline Blvd. turn south on California Street then right onto Bryant Street. Enter the garage on Bryant Street.
- 444 Castro Street parking garage … from Shoreline Blvd. turn south on California Street then right onto Bryant Street. Enter the garage on Bryant Street.
- Kaiser Permanente parking garage at 555 Castro Street … from El Camino Real go east on Calderon then left on Church Street then right on Hope Street. Enter the garage on Hope Street between Church and Mercy Streets.
- Chase Bank parking lot at 749 El Camino Real … located on the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street.
- City of Mountain View Parking Lot #13 ... from Shoreline Blvd. turn south on California Street then right onto Bryant Street. The lot is located on the west side of Bryant Street.
- Vehicle parking ($5 per vehicle) will be managed by KMVT.
Remember where you park your car. It’s no joke. Last year I had to have the police dept. help someone find their car. The woman was too hot and tired to walk around and look for it, so we loaded her on a golf cart and took her to it and after MVPD found it for her.
Buy your wine glass and drink tickets as soon as you arrive. You can pay with your phone, credit card or cash and there have been all kinds of improvements to the process so it should be really easy to avoid the lines at the ticket booth.
When you first get to the festival, go to the Information Booth to get a map (or here’s the soft copy) so you can figure out where restrooms, kids park, wine and beer, and food vendors are located. Everything looks SO different once the festival unfolds and it’s really handy to have a map with you. That Information Booth is also where the festival volunteers will check-in before their shift.
If you want to locate a specific artist, go to the intersection of California and Castro and look for the organization that manages all the artists, California Artists. They can tell you where to find your favorite Candle lady, the wooden spoon carver, or the tie dye booth. Whatever you’re looking for, they know where to find the art.
Wear sunscreen. Seems pretty obvious.
Leave your pets at home. It’s hot and crowded at the festival and your puppy would much rather be at home on the couch.
Segways are also not allowed at the festival. They’re too big for a crowded event. This rule is from a few years ago, when people rode them around town, and when they were gigantic, but now Mountain View has moved on the smaller, cooler modes of transportation. Boosted Boards and Hover Boards aren't mentioned in the official rules.
Here’s the schedule of the bands. Some of these (Pacific Soul Band) are among the most popular in the Bay Area and hundreds of people come just to watch them perform. Arrive at the stage area early if you want a good seat.
Here’s some information about the drinks that will be served:
New to the fiesta this year and what a perfect fit: 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 (White).
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. All from the talented mixologists at Pacifica’s own Longboard Bar tent.
Beer lovers will be in hops heaven with the assortment of world-class brews from DBI Beverage – 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.
Plus delightfully fruity, thirst-quenching mimosas will be served –– perfect stroll-around refreshers.
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 and Unsweetened – all to raise funds for Leadership Mountain View (LMV).
Festival date and hours: Sept. 9-10, 2017 11am-7pm Sat., 10am-6pm Sun.
Enjoy the festival! It’s lots of fun and it helps local nonprofits, like the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, continue serving the community. I love Mountain View.