About the Event
Millbrae Celebrates 44th Annual Labor Day Weekend Festival,
The “Last Blast of Summer”
World-Class Lineup of Music, Art, Food and Mardi Gras-Style Fun
Thrill-of-a-Lifetime Zip-line, Bungee Jump and Waterballerz Debut!
*Please note this information is from the 2013 event. Please return 3-4 weeks prior to the event when we post information for the 2014 event.
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 Art & Wine Festival, August 30-31. 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, gorgeous handcrafted work by 250 of America’s top artists and craftmakers, fabulous food and drink, a 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
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 dynamic music lineup features ten big name bands playing a wide-ranging mix of 70’s disco, hip-hop, 80’s pop classics, 90’s party music, R&B, soul, funk, rock and roll, swing and jazz—sure to be a real treat for music lovers. The blockbuster lineup includes The Unauthorized Rolling Stones, Petty Theft, The Houserockers, The Kevin Russell Band, Fito Reinoso, The Reed Fromer Band, Loudin’ Cleer, Glitterface, Guy Palazzolo and HeartStrings Music.
Fine Art, Cool Crafts
Ready to freshen up your wardrobe and surroundings? 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.
Artisan Specialty Food
For foodies, it doesn’t get any better than the artisan-produced specialty food available at the festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as chat with the actual producer—balsamic vinegars and oils, gourmet dips, soups, desserts, dry rubs, brownies, flavored almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, dry soup mixes, dip mixes, chili and bean mixes, traditional Chinese herbal teas, spices, sauces, garlic mushrooms, stuffed olives, mustards, pickled garlic, fruit butters and marinades, Habanero hot sauce, gourmet toffee, caramel squares, caramel apples, giant marshmallows and cookies—just a taste of the mouth-watering offerings to sample and buy.
Fabulously Festive Food
Bring your appetite! Festival eateries will be serving up a world of flavorful fare—fresh, grilled corn-on-the-cob, garlic fries, teriyaki chicken, beef and pork skewers, spring rolls, chow mein, made-to-order crepes, spiced beef and lamb gyros, corn dogs, “Silly Spuds” potato spirals, Philly cheesesteaks, giant “bad ass” sausages, key lime/pesto calamari, pizza, beef and lamb gyros, samosas, pakoras, pad thai, kettle corn, funnel cake with fresh fruit toppings and whipped cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, coffee drinks and lots more.
Delectably Delicious Drink
Thirsty, my friend? Beer lovers will be smitten with the assortment of world-class brews—Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Blue Moon Belgian White and Coors Light. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly joins the party with their popular varietals including Chardonnay, White Moscato, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Crisp White Refresh and Summer Red Refresh—perfect to sip while strolling, eating or enjoying the music. The stellar wine list will also feature Mondavi Woodbridge Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy a Sauza Original Margarita for a deliciously refreshing beverage alternative. Cool off with a tasty Lemonade, Pomegranate Blueberry Juice or 100% Pure Coconut Juice from Purity Organic or a refreshing bottle of Nestle Pure Life Water. Plus assorted soft drinks will be available. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.
Microbrew Tasting Tent
Sample from an array of delicious seasonal brews like Anchor Steam Beer, Anchor Summer Ale and Liberty Ale, Anderson Valley Barney Flat Oatmeal Stout, Full Sail Session Lager and Session Black Lager, Mendocino Brewing Company White Hawk IPA and White Ale, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Calicraft Cali Coast, Heretic Brewing Company Evil Cousin and Evil Twin, and Negra Modelo. The Microbrew Tasting Tent is located in the Cantina, near the Victoria (south) end of the festival.
The "Classically Cool Car Show"
The popular Cantina, a shaded oasis to sit down, relax and take a break, returns to host the “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 Cantina is located near the Victoria (south) end of the festival.
Streets Filled With Talent Stage
Firmly established as a beloved and signature festival attraction, the "Streets Filled With Talent Community Stage"—sponsored by Safeway and South San Francisco Scavenger—returns for what promises to be a stellar encore performance. "This stage is 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.”
Action-packed Kids’ Playland will fascinate kids with an abundance of amazing amusements. Among the exciting attractions super cool face painting and temporary tattoos, Mobile Rock’s challenging 24-foot climbing wall, kiddie train rides, the Great Crab Grab, jump-crazed inflatibles, an incredible assortment of electrifying carnival rides plus the debut of the awesome 200’ zip-line, ultra thrilling bungee jump and super fun waterballerz –– a lineup of activities sure to keep youngsters mesermerized!
Home & Garden Exhibits
For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, Heavenly Greens, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco Cutlery, BathFitter, OneLawn, Black Diamond Landscaping, and Softub.
Organic, Healthy & Green Products Showcase
This year’s festival will feature the latest and greatest exhibits featuring Organic, Natural, Healthy and Eco-Friendly products. Festivalgoers can enjoy free product samples and demos while experiencing first-hand how these products can help you live a better, healthier and “greener” lifestyle and be a positive catalyst for change. Sponsors include SolarCity, thinkThin Energy Bar, The Solar Company, Dave’s Killer Bread, American Laser Centers, Solar Universe, and Peninsula Health Care District.
Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Chevrolet, Wells Fargo, GEICO, DBI Beverage, Stewart Automotive Group, Black Oak Resort & Casino, Click Scan Share, SHN Theatres, Safeway, Provident Credit Union, South San Francisco Scavenger, David Walley’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa, Gold Rush Getaways, Ellis Eye & Laser Medical Center, Trans Pacific National Bank, Rockin’ Jump, K1 Speed, Aloft San Francisco Airport Hotel, YP, Bronzini Dental, BART, CBS 5 –– Channel 5, The CW –– Channel 44, KOFY TV 20, Comcast, Bay Area News Group, San Mateo County Times, San Mateo Daily Journal, The Examiner, The World Journal, Alice 97.3 FM, KFOX 98.5/102.1 FM, KOIT 96.5 FM, KBAY 94.5 FM, KEZR 106.5 FM, and KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM.
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 Zero Waste. Free-standing containers will be positioned throughout the festival pedestrian route for recycling glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Additionally, there will be large recycling containers for cardboard and mixed paper as well as glass, plastic and aluminum in strategic locations for event staff, vendors and sponsors. “Every day we talk about ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle,” said Ed Banayat, President/CEO of the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce. “We’re on a mission to make this a Zero Waste festival.” Organizers are also encouraging the use of public transit, bicycles and car pools to cut down carbon emissions and vehicular traffic. Free round-trip shuttle service will be available from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station every twenty minutes, dropping off and picking up riders at the south end of the festival near the intersection of Victoria and Broadway.
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. Free round-trip shuttle service will be available from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station every twenty minutes, dropping off and picking up riders at the south end of the festival near the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Broadway. The shuttle service is sponsored by the Best Western El Rancho Inn & Suites.
Broadway will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 pm on Friday, August 30th from Victoria Avenue to Meadow Glen for the two-day festival. During the festival, vehicles may cross Broadway at Hillcrest under the supervision of the San Mateo County Sheriffs Deputies. New: Taylor Street will be closed from Magnolia to El Camino Real this year for the first.
No Pets, Please
Pets are not allowed at the festival. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home.
The festival will be held on August 30-31, 2014 (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.
For festival information, call the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce at 650-697-7324 or “like” our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MillbraeArtWineFestival.