MIRAMAR EVENTS 2022 SUMMER/FALL FESTIVALS IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
MOUNTAIN VIEW ART & WINE FESTIVAL, FABULOUS AT 50! “A FESTIVAL LIKE NO OTHER” (50th annual), Mountain View, California
When: Sept. 10-11; Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
What: The Mountain View Art & Wine Festival is “A Festival Like No Other” and this year marks its spectacular 50th Anniversary Celebration, September 10-11, 2022! An authentic and moveable feast for the senses. The cool, vibrant, multicultural Castro Street vibe. It’s Silicon Valley’s World-Class Art, Music & Food Festival, voted Best Festival by Metro readership for more than a decade. The festival is a spectacularly fun celebration of life with a top shelf lineup featuring 300 of America’s finest artists and craftmakers showing exceptional handcrafted wares, stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown, the Xfinity Pigskin Party Lounge with football and baseball on the giant screen TV, fabulously curated food and drink purveyors with premium wine, sangria, seasonal craft beer and cider, low-carb hard seltzer and signature cocktails, artisan specialty food makers, sensational young performers strut their showstopping stuff on the Mountain View’s Got Talent Meta Community Stage, the Kool Kidz Fab Funzone with action-packed fun and games, Cornhole tossing game area, an organic and green products showcase, health and wellness displays, home and garden exhibits plus awesome sponsor product samples and swag giveaways.
New featured additions to celebrate the 50th anniversary include Urban Canvas USA’s Italian Street Painting Block Party on California, EveryBodyCanPaint Art Temple themed “What is the Future YOU Want to Create?” and Dancepark DJ Jam on Dana, plus special Swag City tents with a selection of 50th anniversary branded merchandise. Festival admission is free.
The dynamite, non-stop entertainment lineup includes the rollicking Saturday evening Dance Party (4:45 to 7 p.m.) featuring powerhouse band The Houserockers plus a stellar bill with The Megatones, Livewire, Groove Ride, Santana Tribute band Sacred Fire, The Country Cougars, Knee Deep, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, Stephen Dreyfuss, Thuy Linh’s Jazz is You!, and Ancient Winds plus whirling dervish meets street performer extraordinaire Bob at Large.
Ride Caltrain, VTA Light Rail or Bus service to the festival – you’re dropped off at the festival doorstep!
WHEN: September 10-11, 2022. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday
WHERE: On Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View CA.
SAFEWAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PUMPKIN WEIGH-OFF, “WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF GARGANTUAN GOURDS” (49th Annual), Half Moon Bay, California
When: Oct. 10; 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
What: No weigh. Weigh!!! Bring it on burly, beefy, bodacious behemoths! The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their titanic, mind-blowing, Volkswagen-sized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 10 at the 49th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off –– the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” –– in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California and this year organizers, in association with title sponsor Safeway, are upping the ante big time to celebrate the world’s greatest gourd growers. Using a pay-by-the-pound system, the world’s biggest top prize of $9/pound will be awarded to the 2022 weigh-off champion. Also at stake are thousands of dollars in super hefty prize money doled out to the top 20 plus the big carrot: a $30,000 total mega-prize for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay (the current world record is 2,703-pounds set at a 2021 weigh-off in Italy). Defending champion Jeff Uhlmeyer’s Godzilla-like 2,191-pound mega-gourd handily won the 2021 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay. A host of accomplished veteran growers are expected to contend for the coveted title. The champion will be feted and play a starring role in the world-famous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 15-16 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast). Defending Half Moon Bay champion Jeff Uhlmeyer took home the top prize with his Godzilla-like 2,191-pound mega-gourd that obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2021 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn with a $1000 prize awarded for the “Joe Cotchett Family Most Beautiful Pumpkin” as judged by the audience based on color, shape and size. The grand champion gourd (along with the top four overall) will be on display plus there’s a special weigh-off champion pumpkin photo booth at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 15-16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street. Admission is free. Open to the public.
WHEN: October 10, 2022. Hours are 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.
WHERE: IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Main St, Half Moon Bay CA
HALF MOON BAY ART & PUMPKIN FESTIVAL, “WE RISE, WE SHINE! WORLD PUMPKIN CAPITAL CELEBRATES THE GREAT GOURD” (50th annual), Half Moon Bay, California
When: October 15-16; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
What: Get yer orange on! The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival and this year marks the spectacular 50th Anniversary Celebration! One of America’s most iconic festival brands, the all-star lineup includes keepsake photos with the gargantuan grand champion mega-gourd, a spectacular display of Volkswagen-sized heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the fantastically fun home-spun Great Pumpkin Parade, stunning harvest-inspired art and fine crafts, delectable homestyle foods, premium wines, seasonal craft beer, pumpkin-infused ales, craft cocktails, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike (“the Picasso of pumpkin carvers”) sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the Xfinity Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, the Sunday-only “Made on the Coast” local artists block with art and live music, the Sunday-only Great Pumpkin Run – 10k, 5k, Half Marathon and Kids’ Fun Run, Cornhole tossing game area, an organic and green products showcase, health and wellness displays, home and garden exhibits plus awesome sponsor product samples and swag giveaways.
Special flourishes to celebrate the spectacular 50th include ArtIsMobilUs/EveryBodyCanPaint Inspiration Art Temple Collab with the Harvest-theme “What Do YOU Want to Cultivate and Grow?”, the Dancepark DJ Jam and Art Car, a big Swag City merch tent with a wide selection of coolio 50th anniversary branded gear including t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, hats, tote bags, and tankards, a special exhibit “Celebrating 50 Years of Pumpkin Festival Poster Designs” at Half Moon Bay Library and the unveiling of a spectacular downtown mural to honor the rich story of Half Moon Bay and its beloved Pumpkin Festival on the south wall of the historic Cunha Grocery … join us in the World Pumpkin Capital as we pay homage to the Great and Almighty Gourd Gourd!
The blockbuster entertainment lineup includes Jim Stevens & Friends, Coast Tribe, Michael Ahern & the Rockmakers, SambaDa’, Freestone Peaches (Allman Brothers Tribute), Haulin Oats (Yacht Rock), Carmen Ratti Blues Band (Modern Blues), Clay Bell (Alternative/Indie), Los Improviders (Jazz Fusion), Michelle Lambert (Singer-Songwriter), Maestro Vaughan’s Classical Music Hour, The Puffball Collective (Americana), Marty Williams Ensemble, Ticket To Ride, Half Moon Bay Marching Band, Dan Littlefield’s Americana Big Band, the Sean Carscaden Trio, West Coast Ramblers.
Festival admission is free. Presented by the non-profit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its history.
WHEN: October 15-16, 2022. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
WHERE: On Main Street, between Mill and Spruce Streets, Half Moon Bay CA
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