This year’s Mountain View Art & Wine Festival will take place Sept. 9 and 10 in scenic Mountain View. The annual festival draws locals and tourists alike with its inviting multicultural atmosphere, craft wine tasting, and 350 vendors.
“Nothing showcases the amazing and diverse aspects of Mountain View like the Art & Wine Festival. Outstanding artists, fantastic musicians, tantalizing food, beloved businesses and activities all
throughout the downtown area,” said Mountain View Chamber of Commerce CEO Peter Katz. “Every year we make refinements to the celebration and this year we’ve made it extra special with additional displays, craft wineries, and new activities, while keeping the best loved traditions intact.”
Voted the best festival by locals for over a decade, it will showcase art and invite visitors to actively participate in the creative process. Here are the top events to check out.
Italian street painting
Art isn’t just displayed at the festival — it’s created.
“Throughout the two-day festival, California Street, between Castro and Hope, will become the canvas for a talented lineup of Madonnari — street painters — where they will completely transform the street into a masterpiece,” said Ronan Fowler, event organizer with Miramar Events.
Each of five artists will create a 10-by-10 foot piece of street art using chalk pastels. The work will be ongoing throughout both days of the festival.
Additionally, children will have the chance to create their own street art in smaller squares with a box of chalk for $10 per square.
Dancepark and paint temple
The festival invites visitors to participate in the art at the DJ Dancepark and the collaborative paint temple at the corner of Castro and Dana. Attendees can listen to music while learning how to curate the paint they want to use, donning an apron and choosing a location to paint.
This year’s paint temple theme is “what fills your life with joy?” and participants will be encouraged to reflect on the theme and what it means to them. The temple is covered with an intricate design similar to a coloring book, and participants have the opportunity to come and bring the design to life.
All ages can participate, from children to adults.
Activities for children
Kids who sign up beforehand have the opportunity to perform on stage, and visitors are invited to appreciate their talents both days of the festival.
“Every year the community is in awe of how exceptionally talented our younger residents are with their show-stopping performances, and are honored with their participation in the event year after year,” Fowler said.
Additionally, a park for kids will feature a bungee jump trampoline, giant inflated balls that allow participants to walk on water, crafts, face painting and robotic demonstrations.
Special this year
This year festival-goers will be able to enjoy St. Francis Winery's Straight From The Vine mobile wine bar and tasting experience, meet the characters in “Gabby's Dollhouse: Gabby On The Go!” road show and check out the festival swag tent featuring a selection of branded merchandise.
Getting to the festival
Access to the festival is available by public transportation, or there is parking nearby.
The venue entrance is an expansive public transportation hub including a Caltrain Station. There are also several free city parking lots, staffed paid parking lots, free bicycle parking at Church and Castro and a rideshare drop-off and pick-up at California and Bryant.
For more information on the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, visit www.mvartwine.com.
The Mountain View Art and Wine Festival, held this year on Sept. 9 and 10, is one of the largest and most beloved festivals in the Bay Area. Admission is free to the event, which will feature more than 350 of the region's finest artists and craft-makers, stellar live music, tons of activities, food and drink.