Clear your calendar for the first weekend of June and get ready to spend an action-packed weekend getaway filled with non-stop music, premium wines, hand-crafted beers, and family-friendly activities at the 32nd Annual Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival—one of the top community festivals in the nation.
On Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2, Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek will sizzle with the sights, sounds, and flavors of the best Bay Area artisans, musicians, winemakers, festival foods, and the zany Grape Stomp Competition, kicking off summer fun under Walnut Creek’s sunny skies. More than 90,000 attendees are expected over the weekend, and admission is FREE!
Thirty years ago, Walnut Creek’s Art & Wine Festival was so small it was held in the baseball diamond in Civic Park. There were a small number of wine and beer booths and a smattering of food booths. Artists sold their wonderful wares and a few bands entertained the spectators. But such a fun time was had by all that, thirty years later, the Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival has grown into a major community event attracting up to 100,000 people from the entire Bay Area and has been voted the East Bay’s Best Outdoor Festival by the Contra Costa Times.
AWARD-WINNING WINES & SPECIALTY BEERS!
Located throughout the Art & Wine Festival is a sensational mix of unique wines specially selected for wine lovers. From hard to find boutiques to classics from Napa Valley, over 50 wine labels will be on display. Try zinfandels, pinot grigio, shiraz, chardonnays, cabernets, meritage, pinot noir, viognier, or sparkling wines as you stroll through beautiful Heather Farm Park. And beer enthusiasts will love the incredible lineup of specialty brews at the festival’s Micro-Beer Garden.
Rare wines will be showcased in the Premium Wine Tent along with a remarkable grouping of wines that have earned 90 points or more, all available for tasting. Nowhere can you see more, taste more or enjoy more than at the Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival!
Souvenir wine and beer tasting glasses can be purchased with tasting tickets along the main midway and around the festival grounds.
The festival’s numerous food vendors are guaranteed to offer something for every palate. From falafels to red beans and rice, food booths will be offering traditional fare from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. And, of course, no festival would be complete without roasted corn-on-the-cob, fresh squeezed lemonade, and all the kettle korn and corndogs you can eat.
MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT!
Art & Wine 2013 will feature top-quality, non-stop local and Bay Area music and entertainment for the entire family. Appearing atop two fully-equipped sound stages are the bands Spinout, Cold Blood, Public Eye, and Finding Stella on Saturday, and the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band, MoonAlice, Push, and Lumeryard on Sunday.
The festival will also feature thousands of distinctive hand-made crafts and works of art from more than 200 artisans, and the wildly popular Grape Stomp Competition (first uncorked in 1981), which gets underway daily and invites the audience to participate.
FUN FOR EVERYONE in the CHILDREN’S AREA!
The party is in full swing at Art & Wine Festival’s newly expanded Children’s Area. Kids of all ages can enjoy classic and always popular inflatable jumpies and obstacle courses, giant slide, and 25-foot rock climbing wall, and several great new attractions that are sure to be big hits.
Looking for a place to stay while attending the festival? Click on the links below for special offers from these participating Walnut Creek hotels:
THE FINE PRINT
The Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival runs Saturday, June 1, from 11am to 7pm, and Sunday, June 2, from 11am to 6pm. Festival admission is free.
- Bicycle parking is available in a designated Bike Parking Lot.
- Free shuttle buses, available at park & ride locations originating at nearby Shadelands Business Park, run continuously.
- Paid parking is available for an $8 vehicle fee.
- For walkers, hikers, and cyclists, Heather Farm Park connects to the Iron Horse Trail.
Heather Farm Park is located at San Carlos Drive and Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. This community jewel boasts 102 lush acres of nature ponds, picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, and foot and bike paths with connections to the Iron Horse Trail.
For complete Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce Art & Wine Festival information, log onto www.artwinefestivalwc.com. And for information about lodging, activities, restaurants, shopping, and more in Walnut Creek, log onto the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau website at gowalnutcreek.com or call 925/934-2007.