"A Festival Like No Other"
The Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is on September 8th and 9th 2018 and there are a few details that I want to be sure you notice. After all, it’ll make your day much easier if you’re prepared, right?
If you haven’t been before, please be aware that this festival is massive and it’s difficult to try to park. You should definitely try to take public transportation. If you’re local, ride your bike. We’ll have a special bike parking lot with attendants (from Friends of Stevens Creek Trail) to keep the bikes safe… while you’re off dancing and drinking wine.
If you end up driving, there will be some free parking on the streets (good luck with that) and there are 4 parking lots that will be charging $5 to park. All of the funds raised at those 4 lots will go towards supporting KMVT, our local television station. It’s a good cause and they’ve been “the voice of the community” for 30 years.
Here are the 4 lots:
- 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.
- City of Mountain View Parking Lot #12 ... from Shoreline Blvd. turn south on California Street then right onto Bryant Street. The lot is located on the west side of Bryant Street.
Here’s a map of the event and directions. We’ll have over 400 artists and 30 specialty food vendors, in addition to the 100 restaurants downtown Mountain View. There’s so much to eat! And yes, we call it a “wine festival.” but really, there’s a lot more to drink than just the wine. You can expect premium wines, craft beer, sangria, mimosas, margaritas, signature festival cocktails, plus bellinis will debut this year.
Lots of people come just for the music. Here’s the entertainment lineup. It features thirteen of the Bay Area’s best bands play a non-stop, wide-ranging musical mix on the LinkedIn Concert Stage in Civic Center Plaza and all over the downtown area. The bands are: Johnny Neri Unplugged, The Shanks, Livewire, Club Ninety, The Cocktail Monkeys, Busta-Groove!, and Tortilla Soup. There will also be 6 street performer groups throughout the festival.
The Comcast Pigskin Lounge is always popular, since the festival happens during football and baseball games and we want to keep the sports fans happy.
Facebook Community Stage is in the middle of Kid’s Park. It’s always a hit and features local talented performers. It’s a nice place to grab a seat and relax for a bit, while enjoying an act or two.
We love pets! But please leave them at home where they’re safe, because a street festival is no place for a little dog. And don’t forget your sunscreen. See you at the festival and please connect with the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival on Facebook.