About the Event
Let the Good Times Roll!
Millbrae Celebrates 47th Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival, “The Last Blast of Summer”
Massive Crowds Expected for World-Class Lineup of Music, Art, Food and Mardi Gras-Style Fun
Let the good times roll as we celebrate #47! The festive spirit and flavor of the “Big Easy” is coming to the Bay Area! For some sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style fun this Labor Day weekend, head to lively, pulsating downtown Millbrae for the city’s annual big bash –– the 47th Art & Wine Festival, September 2-3. Every year, the last unofficial weekend of summer brings massive crowds to this peninsula city, that could easily serve as a typical small town movie set, for the Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend bash, transforming its charming downtown streets into a resplendent sea of people and colorful tents.
Presented by the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce, the festival is the “Last Blast of Summer” with two days of sensational live music, beautiful handcrafted work by 250 of America’s top artists and craftmakers, fabulous food and drink, premium wine, seasonal craft beer, signature cocktails and margaritas, “Hops Haven” microbrew tasting tent, the “Classically Cool Car Show”, an organic and green products showcase, artisan specialty foods, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, and tons of fun for kids. The festival takes place on Broadway (1 block west of El Camino Real) between Victoria and Meadow Glen. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
Stellar Live Music Everywhere
Millbrae totally rocks! Two full days of live music on stage and street turn downtown Millbrae into the Bay Area’s entertainment hotspot for the weekend. The dynamite music lineup features ten bodacious, big name bands playing a wide-ranging mix of 70’s disco, hip-hop, 80’s pop classics, 90’s party music, R&B, soulful Motown, groovy funk, rock and roll, spicy Cuban, zydeco, swing and jazz –– sure to be a real treat for music lovers. The blockbuster lineup includes Zepparella, The Houserockers, Pacific Soul Band, Neon Velvet, Stompy Jones, Sol Peligro, Loudin’ Cleer, John Clarke, Bob Culbertson, and HeartStrings Music.
Original Fine Art, Cool Crafts
Festivalgoers will find thousands of beautiful handcrafted items in well-stocked booths covering several city blocks. Meet 250 exceptional artists and craftmakers –– offering outstanding quality and variety and price points to satisfy every budget –– on hand with their latest creations. Featuring original work in sculpture, paintings, photography, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, leather, wood, metal and mixed media, the festival is considered among the top art shows in the Bay Area. Vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls are among the one-of-a-kind items available.
Fabulously Festive Food
Bring your appetite! Festival eateries will be serving up a world of flavorful fare –– half-pound, “Kick Ass” smoked pork and beef sausages slathered with grilled onions and sauerkraut, curly fries, fried zucchini, tri-tip sandwiches and turkey legs, Portobello mushroom sandwiches, sublime garlic fries, lamb and chicken in a pita or atop fluffy rice with yogurt-garlic tzatziki sauce, handmade falafel sandwiches, fried calamari marinated in Key lime wiith lime-watercress pesto, fries with crabmeat or freshly chopped garlic, teriyaki chicken-on-a-stick, vegetarian chow mein, lumpia, gyros, tri-tip tacos, quesadillas, garlic fries, sweet/sour/garlicky chicken grilled on a stick and served over noodles, atop rice, or tucked into a wrap, crab stacks, Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes with fresh fruit and whipped cream, grilled Colby jack cheese sandwiches on double-thick Texas toast, old-fashioned corn dogs, crispy-sweet onion rings, roasted fresh corn and baked potatoes, kettle corn, fruit smoothies, bubble teas and the hot new dessert craze—mangonada, mango sorbet with chopped fresh mango and a generous sprinkling of chili salt, Dippin’ Dots mini ice cream orbs in flavors from cookie dough to banana split, ice cream made on the spot with liquid nitrogen ranging from cookies-and-cream to salted caramel ice cream, fluffy, custom-flavored shaved ice, icy Italian fruit sorbetto in popsicle form jazzed up with nutty and chocolaty dipping and topping options, espressos, lattes, iced chai tea, fruit-, coffee- and chocolate-based smoothies.
Delectably Delicious Drink
Thirsty, my friend? For the first time, festivalgoers can enjoy a signature, handcrafted festival cocktail – a refreshing Honeycrisp Apple Mule (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus deelish, handmade margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime. All from the talented mixologists at Pacifica’s own Longboard Bar tent. Beer lovers will be in hops heaven with the assortment of world-class brews –– Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Angel City IPA, Blue Moon Belgian White and Coors Light. For aficionados of fine wine and bubbly, there will be a premium selection of easy-drinking varietals from California: Mondavi Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and White Zinfandel plus Cupcake Kenwood Brut. For Italian wine lovers, there’s delicate and refreshing Leonessa Pinot Grigio along with lovely, well-balanced Rocca Sangiovese. Cool off with some refreshing Honest Tea or Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.
Artisan Specialty Food
A fantastic array of artisan-produced specialty food sprinkled throughout the event provides the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase small-batch, handcrafted edibles as well as meet and chat with the actual producers. Custom infused balsamic vinaigrettes, balsamics, maple syrup and oils, gourmet Brownies, award winning handmade organic ice cream, gourmet toffees, brittles, caramels, apples, giant marshmallows, cookies, fudge, and the world’s best chocolate dipped caramel apples, locally-grown, hand-packed nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes and candy along with nut and fruit gift sampler trays, flavorful licorice ropes imported from Spain and Italy “stuffed” with a soft candy filling along licorice bites, belts and straws, fancy lollilops, twisteroos, flavored almonds, cashews, pistachios, and pecans, … family recipe dips, spices, sauces, garlic mushrooms, stuffed olives, mustards, pickled garlic, green beans and asparagus, fruit butters and marinades, the world’s finest beef jerky plus tender roasted corn nuts, authentic, traditional Chinese herbal teas, the world’s finest beef jerky, tender roasted corn nuts, California grown pomegranate fruit spread, molasses, syrup, marinade, grilling sauce, grenadine, balsamic vinegar –– just a taste of the mouth-watering offerings to sample and buy.
"Hops Haven" Microbrew Tasting Tent
Sample from an array of delicious seasonal craft brews in the Hops Haven tasting tent: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice, Karl Strauss Aurora Hoppyalis IPA, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Alpine Duet IPA, Calicraft Coast, Drake’s 1500, Heretic Evil Cousin, Anchor Steam Mango Wheat, Full Sail Session Lager and Crispin Original Cider. Hops Haven is located in the city parking lot near the Victoria (south) end of the festival.
The "Classically Cool Car Show"
Kick back and take a break in “Hops Haven”, a shaded oasis where car buffs gather and hang out for the festival-fave “Classically Cool Car Show”. Fans of classic, custom and exotic cars will be thrilled to hear that an incredible display of vintage touring cars, custom hot rods, powerful muscle cars, and sleek sports cars will be among the dozens of world-class cars expected to be on display each day. A different set of cars will be displayed each day, so it’s worth coming out both days to see the lineup. The car show is located in the parking lot near the Victoria (south) end of the festival.
Streets Filled With Talent Stage, Sponsored by South San Francisco Scavenger
Now entrenched as a beloved and signature attraction at the Millbrae's Art and Wine Festival, the "Streets Filled With Talent Community Stage", under the direction of local impresario Ken Kelly, returns for a highly-anticipated encore performance. "It has been enormously gratifying to see our Streets Filled With Talent Stage become such a festival hit,” said producing director, Kelly, owner of Ken Kelly Productions. “It’s all about giving emerging and outstanding young talent from around the Bay Area a chance to do what all performers love to do: perform in front of a live audience. We’ll have some of our favorite acts back again along with some new talent that we've discovered over the past year.” The "Streets Filled With Talent Community Stage" is located on Broadway near Meadow Glen.
Action-packed Kids’ Playland will fascinate kids with an abundance of amazing amusements. Among the exciting attractions are an awesome 200’ zip-line that flies zippers over the crowd on Broadway, wild and wacky roll-on-water Waterballerz, Mobile Rock’s gripping 24-foot climbing wall and super fun bungee jump, ultra thrilling carnival rides and games, an imposing 100’ foot Super Slide, face painting and temporary tattoos –– a lineup of activities sure to keep youngsters gleeful and mesmerized!
Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: DBI Beverage, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Rebel IPA, Blue Moon Belgian White, Coors Light, Longboard Margarita Bar, Honest Tea, Crystal Geyser Spring Water, Stewart Automotive Group, Wells Fargo, Provident Credit Union, Welk Resorts, The Good Cider, Cornfields Snacks, G.H. Cretors, Hi I’m Skinny, Gold Rush Getaways, Wittwer Chiropractic, SolarCity, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Photos Movies & More, Diamond Resorts, Renewal by Andersen, BathFitter, Full Motion Chiropractic, Sears Home Services, Clear View Screens, Bay Home & Window, Bronzini Dental, Farm Fresh To You, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, San Francisco Chronicle, Ellis Eye Centers, KPIX 5, KBCW 44 Cable 12, South San Francisco Scavenger, The Dylan, BART, The San Mateo Daily Journal, Comcast, Xfinity, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, KBAY 94.5 FM, KEZR 106.5 FM, Metro, San Francisco Magazine, MCTV/Millbrae Community Television, the San Mateo County Health Services Agency, the San Mateo County Sheriffs Department, and the Departments of Community Development, Public Works and Fire in the great City of Millbrae!
Viva Plastic! Pay for Drink Tokens and Glasses with Credit Cards!
For your convenience, pay for drink tokens and glasses using any major credit card at the Token/Glass booths spread throughout the festival. We're set up with Square! It's quick, it's easy, it's convenient, it's awesome!
Public transit systems BART, Caltrain and Samtrans will be running their holiday weekend service both days of the festival. For Caltrain and SamTrans schedule information, call 800-660-4287 or vist www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. For BART information, visit www.bart.gov.
Broadway will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 pm on Friday, September 2nd from Victoria Avenue to Meadow Glen for the two-day festival. During the festival, vehicles may cross Broadway only at Hillcrest under the supervision of the San Mateo County Sheriffs Deputies. Taylor Street will be closed from Magnolia to El Camino Real.
No Pets, Please
Pets are not encouraged at the festival with warm weather, food and large crowds making it uncomfortable for pets. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home.
The festival will be held on September 2-3 (Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Broadway (1 block west of El Camino Real) between Victoria Avenue and Meadow Glen. Admission is free. Get directions.
For festival information, call the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce at 650-697-7324, visit http://millbrae.miramarevents.com, “like” the festival Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MillbraeArtWineFestival and follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/miramarevents and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/miramarcrew/