Miramar Events Announces 2023 Fall Festival Lineup in the San Francisco Bay Area
HALF MOON BAY, CALIFORNIA (August 9, 2023) –– Summer may be winding down but the Bay Area’s festival season is just starting to hit its stride with many of the best events ahead. Miramar Events, producer of festivals, events and celebrations in the Bay Area since 1986, announced its fall festival lineup featuring longtime, beloved traditions in Mountain View and Half Moon Bay. For information and photos (many photos are attached below), visit http://www.miramarevents.com/
MIRAMAR EVENTS 2023 FESTIVAL SEASON IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
MOUNTAIN VIEW ART & WINE FESTIVAL, “A FESTIVAL LIKE NO OTHER” (51st annual), Mountain View, California
When: Sept. 9-10; 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 51st Anniversary Celebration, September 9-10! 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 350 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, 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 Kids’ 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.
Special features include Urban Canvas USA’s Italian Street Painting Block on California, EveryBodyCanPaint Inspiration Art Temple Collab and Dancepark DJ Jam and Art Car, St. Francis Winery’s Straight From The Vine wine tasting activation, Gabby’s Dollhouse road show, plus a special Swag City tent with a selection of branded merchandise.
Festival admission is free.
Ride Caltrain, VTA Light Rail or Bus service to the festival – you’re dropped off at the festival doorstep!
WHEN: September 9-10, 2023. 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” (50th Annual), Half Moon Bay, California
When: Oct. 9; 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 Goliath, mind-bending, Rhinoceros-sized orange orbs orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 10 at the 50th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off –– the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” –– in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. Using a pay-by-the-pound system, the world’s biggest top prize of $9/pound will be awarded to the 2023 weigh-off championthanks to title sponsor, Safeway. 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 Travis Gienger’s leviathan 2,560-pound mega-gourd set a new North American record and handily won the 2022 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. 14-15 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric Ritz-Carlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast). 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 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.
Admission is free. Open to the public.
WHEN: October 9, 2023. 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, “PUMPKINTOWN STRONG! WORLD PUMPKIN CAPITAL CELEBRATES THE GREAT GOURD” (51st annual), Half Moon Bay, California
When: October 14-15; 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 its spectacular 51st Anniversary Celebration, October 14-15! 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, a pancake breakfast, 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 include the EveryBodyCanPaint Inspiration Art Temple Collab, the Dancepark DJ Jam and Art Car, a big Swag City merch tent with a wide selection of branded gear including t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, hats, tote bags, and beer tankards, and the 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!
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 14-15, 2023. 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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