Summerfest’s Top 10 Festivals and Events in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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“Summer fun arrives early in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country and is celebrated daily June 1 through Labor Day as Summerfest. Pacific breezes cool sunny afternoons; stars fill night skies; ocean fog and mist tease, early mornings. While 10 inviting festivals and events celebrate local, award-winning wines; music, art, hot air balloons; all-things-local-and-fresh; Dads, the 4th of July, Native American culture and dance; and provide adventure and entertainment,” explains Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “This is an ideal season to schedule easy vacations: arrive days before events begin, and extend your stay after. Enjoy special mid-week rates (Sundays-through-Thursdays), and more fully experience Downtown, Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country; Pechanga Resort & Casino; and the genuine richness of this casual, picturesque valley.” The popular destination is 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles.

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This is an ideal season to schedule easy vacations: arrive days before events begin, and extend your stay after.

“Summer fun arrives early in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country and is celebrated daily June 1 through Labor Day as Summerfest. Pacific breezes cool sunny afternoons; stars fill night skies; ocean fog and mist tease, early mornings. While 10 inviting festivals and events celebrate local, award-winning wines; music, art, hot air balloons; all-things-local-and-fresh; Dads, the 4th of July, Native American culture and dance; and provide adventure and entertainment,” explains Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “This is an ideal season to schedule easy vacations: arrive days before events begin, and extend your stay after. Enjoy special mid-week rates (Sundays-through-Thursdays), and more fully experience Downtown, Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country; Pechanga Resort & Casino; and the genuine richness of this casual, picturesque valley.”

The popular destination is one hour from Orange County and Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles.

1—Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival (June 1-2-3)
Gracious and friendly, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s colorful event launches Summerfest at Lake Skinner. Three days feature evening, hot air balloon glows; morning balloon ascensions. Taste the valley’s award-winning premium-varietals and proprietary-blends; enjoy food-and-wine pairing; arts-and-crafts; rock-and-roll band, Lifehouse; country-music artists, Phil Vassar, Chris Cagle.

2—Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market
(June 2-9-16-23-30, July 7-14-21-28, August 4-11-18-25, September 1)
Saturday mornings (8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), local growers and artisan-food purveyors offer fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, fresh-baked goods (5th Street, Old Town Front to Mercedes). Shop for: peaches, apricots, plums (June/July); sweet white corn (by Independence Day); tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants (August); persimmons, guavas (about Labor Day).

3—Summer Concerts at Temecula Valley Southern California Wineries
(Throughout June, July, August, Labor Day Weekend)
Wineries host great summer-entertainment. Thornton’s Champagne Jazz series features Chris Botti, Bobby Caldwell, David Benoit, Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Earl Klugh, George Benson. South Coast’s Rhythm-on-the-Vine concerts include Jana Kramer, Kirk Whalum, Kenny G, Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer. Monte de Oro features Steel Magnolia, The Bacon Brothers, Berlin, Gin Blossoms, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Wiens hosts Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, English Beat; Wilson Creek, The Parrotheads. Also enjoy wine-and-live-music at Callaway, Cougar, Falkner, Keyways, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, Oak Mountain, Wilson Creek.

4—Father’s Day in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country (June 17)
From Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino, special events make Father’s Day memorable for family and friends. Choose from celebrations like the five-steak-array at Baily’s and Front Street Bar & Grill; Ponte Family Estate Winery’s Father’s Day Barbecue; 250-fresh-item-and-action-station Pechanga Buffet.

5—Old Town Temecula Street Painting & Plein Air Festival (June 22-23-24)
Witness 100+ artists create vibrantly colorful, 10-foot by 12-foot murals on asphalt. Meanwhile, live world-music provides inspiration (on Main Street, Town Square Park); plein air artists paint alfresco on traditional canvasses.

6 —Pechanga Pow Wow (June 29-30, July-1)
Experience one of the Western nation’s largest Pow Wows as thousands celebrate their heritage with Native American gourd dancing, drumming, and performances. Witness participants (ages 2 years to 80+) in authentic tribal attire. More than 100 vendors sell native art, crafts, blankets, jewelry, food; Saturday night features spectacular Pechanga fireworks (approximately 8:30 p.m.).

7—Old Town Temecula Star-Spangled 4th of July Parade (July 4)
With chaparral-covered hills to-the-west, and Mission-revival style Civic Center to-the-east, patriotic equestrians, marchers, and floats travel Old Town Front Street (Second Street to Moreno Road). The patriotic, flag-waving, red-white-and-blue celebration steps off at 10 a.m.

8—Temecula 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza (July 4)
With rolling hills and big-open skies, Temecula features fantastic fireworks with a musical simulcast (approximately 9 p.m., Ronald Reagan Sports Park.) As the night sky bursts with ‘rockets’ red glare, the evening salutes ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’

9— Old Town Temecula Hot Summer Nights (July 6-13-20-27, August 3-10-17-24-31)
Well-loved, live bands (beach, big band, Cajun/zydeco, country, reggae, rock and roll, and tribute) play Friday nights (6 p.m. - 10 p.m.) on patios and special stages throughout the hip-and-historic, Old Town Temecula dining-shopping-entertainment district. Taste Old Town tasting rooms’ local premium, award-winning vintages; dine in Old Town restaurants.

10—The First Weekend of California Wine Month in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country (September 1-2-3)
Tour, taste, dine, and picnic, Labor Day Weekend - ‘last weekend of summer’ and ‘first weekend’ of California Wine Month. Experience a variety of award-winning premium varietals and proprietary blends with a SIP passport. (Available also SIP & Ride, SIP & Stay.)

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.

The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (TVCVB) is online at VisitTemecula.org; Facebook: “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; Twitter: @Visit_Temecula. The TVCVB Visitors Center is open 7 days (Old Town Temecula, Third Street and Mercedes, adjacent Temecula Civic Center). For assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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