About the Event
Yea Baby, Let the Good Times Roll!
Millbrae Celebrates 48th 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 #48! 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 48th Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, September 1-2. 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, refreshing sangria, seasonal craft beer, signature cocktails and margaritas, Forty Creek Whisky sampling lounge, trailer and cornhole game area, “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 music lineup for 2018 includes Petty Theft, Rocky Steady SF, Patrón Music, the Illeagles, East Bay Mudd, Viva La Reve and the Millbrae Pep Band.
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 –– Mexican-inspired fresh-fruit hand-cut fruit cups, blended fruit drinks, oxtail chicken pepper soup, lamb, chicken, salmon and shrimp with jerk sauce, dirty rice, coconut beans, Caribbean salad, half-pound, “Bad 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 with 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, grilled chicken and garlic-tossed fried tofu rice in noodle bowls and spinach-tortilla wraps, deep fried tofu tossed with garlic and finished with sweet & sour or teriyaki sauce, beef, lamb and chicken gyros, roasted fresh corn and baked potatoes, oxtail chicken pepper soup, cold-pressed juices and superfood smoothies kettle corn, wild cherry, blue raspberry, root beer, tiger's blood, lemon lime, and watermelon snow cones, fluffy, custom-flavored shaved ice, grilled Colby jack cheese sandwiches on double-thick Texas toast, crispy corn dogs, onion rings, all-natural popsicles and ice cream sandwiches made with local, organic, and fair-trade fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Delectably Delicious Drink
Thirsty, my friend? Festivalgoers can enjoy signature festival cocktails – deelish Honeycrisp Apple Mules (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus classic Bloody Mary’s and refreshing, handmade margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime – as well as premium wine, refreshing sangria, and tasty seasonal craft beer. 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. New to the fiesta this year: Bass Note Sangria, full flavored and so, so delicious! Made with California wine and blended with fresh fruit juice, cane sugar, herbs, and spices to create a whole new Sangria experience. Enjoy it in three extraordinary flavors – Blackberry Sage, Cherry Lime Almond, and Peach Tarragon. Cool off with refreshing Honey Green Tea, Half Lemonade/Half Tea and Pomegranate Blueberry Herbal Tea from Honest Tea, enjoy a bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source or savor an iced illy espresso-style coffee drink – your choice of Cappuccino, Caffe Latte or Caffe Vanilla Affogato. 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. Custom infused balsamic vinaigrettes, balsamics, maple syrup and oils, gourmet Brownies, award winning handmade organic ice cream, locally-grown, hand-packed nuts, dried fruit, seeds, trail mixes and candy, nut and fruit gift sampler trays, flavorful licorice ropes imported from Spain and Italy “stuffed” with a soft candy, 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, handmade almond toffee, authentic, traditional Chinese herbal teas, the world’s finest beef jerky, tender roasted corn nuts, gourmet dips, soups, desserts, dry rubs, California grown pomegranate fruit spread, molasses, syrup, marinade, grilling sauce, grenadine, balsamic vinegar, family of sauces & pickled products, delicious French-style pies made from seasonally available, locally grown, organic or natural fruits, delicious, creamy, handmade caramels, raw, unfiltered, 100% Grade A pure honey and the world’s finest Kona coffee –– 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: Pyramid Apricot, Not Your Father’s Root Beer, Boston Brewing Truly Spiked & Sparkling, Anchor Brewing Los Gigantes, Napa Smith Golden Gate IPA, Drake’s Dennoginizer Double IPA, Lost Coast Great White, Califcraft The Bay, Green Flash Nouveau Tarte, Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin, Boulevard Brewing Tank 7 and Anderson Valley Summer Solstice. 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: Living Spaces, Safeway, DBI Beverage, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Angel City IPA, Blue Moon Belgian White, Coors Light, Longboard Margarita Bar, Peninsula Health Care District, Stewart Automotive Group, Forty Creek Whiskey, Humboldt Creamery, Tejava, Provident Credit Union, Arthur Murray Dance Centers, Welk Resorts, Gold Rush Getaways, Wittwer Chiropractic, SolarCity, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco, Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Photos Movies & More, Renewal by Andersen, BathFitter, Costco, Full Motion Chiropractic, Farm Fresh To You, Clear View Screens, Bronzini Dental, San Francisco Chronicle, Millbrae Smiles Center, Bay Home & Window, System Pavers, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Winning Ways, SSF Scavenger, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Honest Tea, illy Chilled Espresso Drink, Bass Note Sangria, KPIX 5, KBCW 44 Cable 12, South San Francisco Scavenger, BART, Caltrain, SamTrans, The San Mateo Daily Journal, Comcast, Xfinity, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, 94.5 Bay FM FM, Mix 106, KRTY 95.3 FM, KLIV 1590 AM, Metro, MCTV/Millbrae Community Television, the San Mateo County Health Services Agency, San Mateo County Sheriffs Department, Central County Fire Department, and all residents, staff, departments and City Council members in the great City of Millbrae!
Viva Plastic! Pay for Drink Tokens and Glasses with Credit Cards!
Pay for drink tokens and glasses using any major credit card at the Token/Glass booths spread throughout the festival.
ZERO WASTE EFFORT
The Millbrae Chamber of Commerce will once again partner with South San Francisco Scavenger, Boy Scout Troop 355 and the City of Millbrae to promote and encourage recycling and composting and mimimizing waste. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own reusable bags. Beer and wine are served in reusable (and collectable!) glassware. Food vendors are required to use recyclable or compostable serviceware. Specially marked waste stations are positioned throughout the festival for the collection of recyclable bottles and cans as well as compostable items like meat and bones, chopsticks, skewers, paper plates, cups and napkins. Larger bins and debris boxes for these materials as well as cardboard and mixed paper are positioned behind the scenes for use by vendors and event staff. Organizers are also encouraging the use of public transit, bicycles and carpools to cut down carbon emissions and vehicular traffic.
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 visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. For BART information, visit www.bart.gov. The BART/Caltrain intermodal station is a short 3-block walk to/from the festival.
Broadway will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 pm on Friday, September 1st 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 1-2 (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.