Announces Springfest 2013 Top 10 Festivals and Events in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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With Top 10 Festivals and Events, Temecula Valley celebrates Springfest daily March 1 to May 31. Wrap midweek get-aways around vibrant fun; enjoy more personalized attention, and better-than-weekend nightly room rates.

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau

This is an inspiring season to stay and experience the sunny, relaxed spirit of this casual, picturesque valley

“Celebrate Springfest’s vibrant fun daily (March 1-May 31), and wrap midweek get-aways around Top 10 Festivals and Events, and wildflowers-blooming at the Santa Rosa Plateau. From World of Wine Barrel Tasting, Old Town Farmers Markets, Chocolate Decadence, Pechanga Wine Festival, Taste of Temecula Valley, Temecula Wine & Music Festival; to Old Town Temecula Rod Run, Bluegrass Festival, Reality Rally, Western Days, and Temecula Lavender field-in-bloom. This is an inspiring season to stay and experience the sunny, relaxed spirit of this casual, picturesque valley,” encourages Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO.

“Visitors appreciate the natural gifts of climate and geography (Pu’eska Mountain, the Rainbow Gap, and Santa Margarita Gap); and trio-of-attractions: Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino,” Adams continues. “Temecula hotels-and-resorts are conveniently nearby and offer attractive Sunday-through-Thursday, midweek, better-than-weekend, nightly room-rates. Less-busy weekdays make for potential conversations with talented winemakers, and gracious winemaking-family members; and local merchants’ and artisans’ more personalized attention throughout the valley.”

1-World of Wine (WOW) Barrel Tasting (March 2-3)
New Winemaker Dinners (Baily; Thornton), Vineyard Walks (Cougar, Leoness) and Weekend Brunch (Ponte) enhance Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association’s WOW Barrel Tasting. WOW passport-holders enjoy a self-guided wine country tour, barrel-tank-or-bottle varietal wines, and culinary samplings at 30+ wineries. Executive V.I.P. Shuttle, Sunset Limousine, and West Coast Chauffeur provide WOW-passport-included transportation packages.

2-Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Markets
(March 2-9-16-23-30; April 6-13-20-27; May 4-11-18-25)
Visitors delight in the great variety of fresh-seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan-foods, fresh-baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, Saturday mornings (8am-12:30pm) at Old Town Temecula’s Farmers Market (6th Street/Old Town Front and Mercedes). Springfest seasonal specialties include avocados (Hass-Fuerte-Pinkerton); sweet navel oranges (Cara Cara); Meyer lemons; kumquats. Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s Day, fresh, floral bouquets are especially colorful.

3-Old Town Temecula Rod Run (March 8-9)
From Gateway-Arch to Gateway-Arch along Old Town Front Street, the Rod Run’s 500+ classic, pre-1970 vehicles attract thousands of automotive enthusiasts and spectators. Friday evening, classic vehicles cruise, rev engines, honk horns. Saturday is fully pedestrian-friendly, “show-and-shine”; freshly detailed, parked, classic beauties offer up-close viewing.

4-Chocolate Decadence & Pechanga Wine Festival (March 8-9)
Pechanga’s Springfest food-and-wine event begins with Friday’s tempting chocolates; exceptional pastries; fine red, sparkling, dessert wines. Saturday features hundreds of fine vintages, and distinguished cuisine from Pechanga’s renowned restaurants.

5-Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival (March 15-16-17)
Hip-and-historic Old Town Temecula offers jubilant concerts, jam sessions for one of the West Coast’s finest Bluegrass Festivals. Renowned fiddling bands like Bluegrass Etc., Brewer Boys, Dan Crary and Thunderation, and Silverado Bluegrass are featured.

6-Reality Rally Temecula Valley (April 5-6-7)
Celebrity Reception (Wilson Creek Winery), Red Carpet Celebration (South Coast Winery), and Breakfast-with-the-Stars (Pala Mesa), are companion to Saturday’s Amazing Race-style game. Teams (comprised of 3 friends and 1 Reality-TV contestant) compete in unique challenges throughout Old Town Temecula.

7-Taste of Temecula Valley (April 27)
Old Town Temecula Town Square features some of Temecula Valley’s finest foods, wines, craft beers from local wineries, restaurants, microbreweries, specialty vendors. Live entertainment complements the festive atmosphere.

8-Temecula Wine & Music Festival (May 4)
An impressive line-up of pop, jazz, and R&B artists perform amidst Vail Lake Resort’s ranch-like setting with ancient oaks and natural chaparral. Award-winning varietals and blends of Temecula Valley’s talented vintners complement the kaleidoscope of music.

9-Temecula Lavender Field-in-Bloom (Dates TBD; Mid-May to Mid-June)
Temecula Lavender Company’s lavender-field in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes visitors select weekend-dates. Admire lavender-in-bloom; sample lavender-cookies, lavender-lemonade; shop the farm-stand (fresh-lavender bouquets; pure-ingredient, bath-body-and-home products).

10-Old Town Temecula Western Days & Chili Cookoff (May 18-19)
Temecula Gunfighters and Old West-costumed characters recollect Old Town’s western glory-days (1849-to-the-1960s) with high-noon robbery at 1914 First National Temecula Bank. Celebration includes Western music, working blacksmith, calf-roping lessons, pony-rides, stagecoach-rides. I.C.S. Chili Cookoff makes Sunday savory.

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

With natural gifts of climate and geography (bolstered by Pu’eska Mountain, Rainbow Gap, and Santa Margarita Gap), Temecula Valley is recognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country – considered the only major American Viticulture Area (AVA) in Southern California. The popular boutique-destination recently received TripAdvisors’ Travelers Choice “Best U.S. Wine Destination Top-10” award. Travel time from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Desert is 1-hour; Los Angeles, 1½ hours.

The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors is online at; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center in Downtown Old Town Temecula (Third Street/Mercedes) is open 7-days. For visitor assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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