As Tempertures Rise, Let the Festivals Begin!

8 Amazing Festivals that you must attend!


May 1-31, 2014  Gilroy's Spring Wine Trail - Gilroy, California
A Gilroy Wine Trail ticket gives it's holder a discount at participating winners and businesses. Spring Wine Trail tickets are valid in May. A whole month to enjoy all participating wineries, taste your favorites and enjoy exclusive discounts!

May 3-4, 2014  19th Annual Clayton Art & Wine Festival - Clayton, Calif
Stroll along historic Main Street enjoying luxury varietals from California's wineries and popular premium brewed beers. Browse among over 125 fine artisans and unique craft exhibits.  Youngsters will love Kiddieland with lots of games and fun. Listen to non-stop live entertainment while you enjoy a wide selection of tempting dishes from the International Food Court. Take a few minutes to visit the fascinating Clayton Historical Society on Main Street. It's a fun day that the whole family can enjoy and the event is free.

May 9-10, 2014  9th Annual Paradise Chocolate Festival - Paradise, Calif
Experience a chocolate paradise on the Paradise/Magalia ridge in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and overlooking the Sacramento Valley. Chocolate Queen pageant, Chocolate Chase fun run, Chocolate Cuisine Challenge and more. A benefit for non-profit youth organizations on the ridge.

May 10, 2014  The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off, Salsa, & Beer Tasting - Petaluma, California
17th Annual event. Feel the heat as restaurants, businesses, clubs and individuals compete for the top chili and beer honors in Northern California. Sample gourmet, homemade, and veggie chili recipes, and stay for outdoor music, dancing and world class beers.  This event benefits Cinnabar Theater Youth Program.

May 10-11, 2014  BerryFest - Roseville, California
Celebrating the harvest of the Strawberry with great food, contests, exhibits and entertainment all Mothers Day weekend.

May 17, 2014  9th Annual Uncorked! Wine Festival -San Francisco, California
In partnership with a local non-profit organization, Uncorked is a public event which provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine from throughout Northern California.  Activities for the event will take place throughout the courtyards of Ghirardelli Square as well as extend onto Beach Street adjacent to the Square. Beach Street will be closed to traffic for the event to provide room for wine and food purveyors.  Tasting tickets for Uncorked are $50 and include a souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings. All other activities at Uncorked are free of charge for attendees. There is no admission fee to enter the event. Other activities include cooking demonstrations by renown Bay Area chefs, seminars such as “Wine 101” and “Chocolate & Wine Pairings.” The event will also have great musical entertainment. (also: www.ghirardellisq.com/events ) Attendance: 7,500.

May 30-June 1, 2014  BottleRock Napa Valley Music & Food Festival - Napa, California
The ultimate celebration of music, wine, food, comedy, and beer, bringing today's hottest talents to the heart of Downtown Napa. The lineup is filled with more than 60 artists and 12 top comedians.  Dozens of Napa Valley restaurants and chefs will provide the ultimate variety of offerings for food lovers throughout the festival, and wine aficionados will enjoy samplings from over 40 top wineries in a region known for wine.

May 31-June 1, 2014  33rd Annual Art & Wine Festival - Walnut Creek, California
The annual Art and Wine Festival in Walnut Creek has grown from humble beginnings to one of the East Bay’s greatest outdoor festivals, attracting over 100,000 visitors yearly. Free admission and shuttle!  Over 100 Wines and beers, plus the popular craft beer garden is back! Two stages of live entertainment.  And enjoy a Dixieland Jazz Band while strolling through 200 Arts and Crafts Booths, The kids will have a fantastic time in the Kid Zone. It’s the Walnut Creek Chamber Art and Wine Festival at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. The whole family is sure to have a great time. Attendance: 100,000