The arts are celebrated in Mountain View. Culture is at the core of Mountain View as evidenced by its ultramodern Center for the Performing Arts and its impressive Public Arts Program. Every week during summer, residents enjoy concerts under the stars featuring local bands and free family-oriented outdoor movies. The City is also home to Shoreline Amphitheatre, the 22,000-seat outdoor concert venue that attracts top performers and music festivals.
This city-wide appreciation of the arts and music is spotlighted by the city’s annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival in held in early September. Winning multiple Metro reader awards as “Best Festival in the South Bay,” the Art & Wine Festival is heralded as “A Festival Like No Other,” attracting thousands of people from the Silicon Valley and beyond to enjoy live music, an impressive array of handcrafted items for sale as well as delectable food and drink during the two-day downtown event.
Set along the seven block of colorfully cultural Castro Street, the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival celebrates its 46th year and is one of the most notable street fairs in the nation. Serving up something for everyone, the free festival is billed as an “authentic, moveable feast for the senses” by event promoters and sponsors, Miramar Events and the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce.
Festival-goers will enjoy an endless variety of mouthwatering artisan food to the impressive drink menu, including seasonal craft beers, premium wines, thirst-quenching sangrias, mimosas, margaritas and the festival’s signature cocktail, a Honeycrisp Apple Mule. The Tied House will be pouring Cascade Amber and Kolsch, the festival’s featured beer, and wine lovers will enjoy an extensive wine list to include 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. Pair your drink of choice with delectable American, Greek, Polish and French foods. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy shaved ice, kettle corn, ice creams, smoothies and chocolate dipped fresh fruit.
Live music will fill street and stage both days of the event, with the Saturday Sunset Concert featuring the classic rock sounds of the Houserockers, and Sunday Salsa the festival’s musical highlights. Big screen TVs and plush seating invites sports fans to kick back, enjoy a beer and root for their favorite football and baseball teams in the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge. Shopping, education and fun abound throughout the festival: 600 prominent artists and craftsmen will offer their original photographs, paintings, jewelry, décor, object d’art, clothing, handbags and other handmade works for sale. A multitude of exhibits and displays will feature home & garden, health & wellness and organic & environmental products. The Super Duper Kid’s Park is bursting with games and attractions for families and kids such as bungee jumping, rock climbing, obstacle course and face/body painting. All of this and more is set along Castro Street in Mountain View’s vibrant, hip downtown during the two-day festival.
Saturday September 9, 2017 11am to 7pm
Sunday, September 10, 2017 10am to 6pm
The festival takes place on Castro Street from El Camino Real to Evelyn Avenue.
The use of public transportation to and from the event is encouraged.
Admission is free. Please leave pets at home.