Walnut Creek, California (EastBayDaily) — More than 100,000 people attend the annual event, and this, the 33rd festival, will continue to deliver, with more than 200 arts and crafts booths. Voted the best outdoor event by the Contra Costa Times, the free festival will be held Saturday, May 31 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Heather Farm Park at 301 N. San Carlos Drive in Walnut Creek.
The music selection for 2014 includes some of the greatest tribute bands in Northern California from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s with Journey Revisited, The Sun Kings, Petty Theft, Zebop!, Fleetwood Mask, Aja Vu, and Stealin’ Chicago. There’s something for everyone with a bit of the blues, swing, rockabilly and rock. Some of the other acts include: Stompy Jones, Motel Drive, Savannah Blu, Fu Man Chu, Push, the Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band and the Foothill Middle School Jazz Band. A Dixieland band will also entertain in the San Carlos music area.
It’s not just about the music. The craft beer garden returns after last year’s enthusiastic response, with a sampling of microbrews from Calicraft, EJ Phair, Altamont, Schubros and more. More than 75 fine wines will also be available for tasting. Commemorative glasses will be available for purchase.
It wouldn’t be summer without festival food, such as hand-dipped corndogs, barbecued oysters, gyros, chicken skewers, crab-cake sandwiches, sausages and hand-squeezed lemonade and Italian ice.
The celebration is also for the children in the family with the kids’ area expanded this year to include a Lego playing area, a slide, bow and arrow games, a 25-foot rock climbing wall, bounce houses, a train ride, face painting, air brush tattoos, balloons and the popular water-ball pool. The young ones won’t want to miss the Piccolo Puppet Players.
The Centennial celebration will include a heritage gallery of historic photos of Walnut Creek.
Sponsors include: Walnut Creek Magazine, KGO 810 News, Safeway, Steven’s Printing, BMW Concord, PODS, Broadway Plaza, Marriott, Bay Area News Group, John Muir Health, Diablo Magazine, KKDV, and Umpqua Bank.
There is a free shuttle and parking available. For more information, go to http://www.artwinefestivalwc.com or call 925-934-2007.
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau presents the 33rd Annual Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival; Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m; Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek; 200 arts and crafts booths; craft beer tasting; premium wine area; children’s area with water balls, puppets, Lego’s, bows and arrows and more; two stages with tribute bands from the ‘60s to ‘80s including Petty Theft, Sun Kings, Zebop and Journey Revisited and more, as well as Stompy Jones, Savannah Blu and a Dixieland band. Info: artwinefestivalwc.com/ 925-934-2007.
2014 MUSIC LINE-UP:
Redwood Stage SATURDAY MAY 31 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Savannah Blu (Bluegrass) 2 to 4 p.m. Fleetwood Mask (Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band) 5 to 7 p.m. Zebop! (Santana Tribute Band)
SUNDAY JUNE 1 11 a.m. to noon Walnut Creek Civic Arts Jazz Band (Jazz) 1 to 3 p.m. Aja Vu & Stealin' Chicago (Set 1 Steely Dan Tribute) (Set 2 Chicago Tribute) 4 to 6 p.m. The Sun Kings (Beatles Tribute Band)
Oak Stage SATURDAY MAY 31 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Foothill Middle School Jazz Band (Jazz) 1 to 2 p.m. Fu Man Chu (Fusion Jazz) 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Stompy Jones (Swing, Jump & Jaunty Blues) 5:15 to 7 p.m. Journey Revisited (Journey Tribute Band)
SUNDAY JUNE 1 11 a.m. to noon Push 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Motel Drive (Rockabilly) 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Petty Theft (Tom Petty Tribute Band)