Temecula, CA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013
“Celebrate casual-friendly-good, Summerfest fun, daily-and-nightly, May 31-Labor Day weekend, and wrap midweek getaways around Top 10 Festivals and Events. From Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival through California Wine Month’s first weekend: Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival, Farmers Markets, Hot Summer Nights; Pechanga Barbecue Festival; Pechanga Pow Wow; Summer Winery Concerts; Father’s Day, Star-Spangled 4th-of-July Parade, and Fireworks Extravaganza. It’s easy to relax and enjoy,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president/CEO. “Temecula hotels-and-resorts are conveniently nearby; less-busy weekdays make for chance-conversations with talented winemakers, gracious winemaking-family members; local merchants’ and artisans’ more-personalized attention.” Travel-time to the popular, boutique-destination is 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles.
1-Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival (May 31, June 1-2)
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s colorful event features evening, hot-air-balloon glows; sunrise, hot-air-balloon launches; award-winning wine tasting; top music-artists-in-concert (two stages); food-and-wine pairing; gravity-defying, freestyle motocross (FMX); arts-and-crafts, souvenir booths. Over 3-days, 40,000 guests attend.
2-Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Markets
(June 1-8-15-22-29, July 6-13-20-27, August 3-10-17-24-31)
Visitors, chefs, slow-food aficionados love happy atmosphere, variety of fresh/local, fruits-and-vegetables, artisan-foods, fresh-baked goods Saturday-mornings at Old Town Temecula Farmers Market (6th Street). Shop for stone-fruit (cherries, peaches, plums, apricots; prized white-nectarines, pluots, apriums); heirloom-tomatoes; white-corn; eggplants, peppers.
3-Summer Concerts: Temecula Valley Southern California Wineries
(Throughout June- July-August, Labor Day Weekend)
Temecula Valley Southern California winery-venues present musical artists all-Summerfest-long. Monte de Oro, South Coast, Wilson Creek host summer-concert series, and Thornton, legendary Champagne Jazz – like Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Mindi Abair. Bel Vino, Callaway, Cougar, Europa Village, Falkner, Leoness, Lorimar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, Oak Mountain, Wilson Creek feature wine-and-live-music afternoons/nights; Wilson Creek, Cigar Night.
4-Father’s Day: Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country (June 16)
Temecula Valley Father’s Day provides memorable celebrations (Thornton’s Café Champagne, Wilson Creek’s Creekside Grille, Temecula Creek’s Temet Grill, South Coast’s Vineyard Rose). Or do “Sunday-Monday Guys Getaway.” Play golf (Journey-Pechanga, Temecula Creek, Legends, RedHawk, Rancho California, Pala Mesa). Hike at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. Taste at Black Market Brewing. Soar in hot-air balloon (California Dreamin’, D&D, Grape Escape, Magical Adventures). For lunch, savor Sweet Lumpy’s BBQ*, PUBlic House; dinner dining/rib-eye, Gambling Cowboy*, Great Oak Steakhouse (*closed Mondays). Reserve for Spa Pechanga massages, gentleman’s facials.
5-Old Town Temecula Street Painting and Plein Air Festival (June 21-22-23, 2013)
Witness Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival: 100+ artists’ vivid, large-scale, high-contrast murals on Main Street-Town Square asphalt. Spectators/families also create (500+ smaller squares). Meanwhile, Plein Air artists paint canvases; Temecula Art Experience includes displays; local-student exhibit, talented, young Temecula artists.
6-Pechanga Competitive Barbecue Festival (June 22)
Solo BBQ-chefs and competitive-groups with compelling team-names compete in Pechanga Resort & Casino’s all-day barbecue contest using best recipes, techniques-and-tricks; season-and-baste, ribs, chicken, beef, pork; fire-up grills and cookers to sizzle-and-smoke. Music infuses festivities.
7-Pechanga Pow Wow (June 28-29-30)
Experience rich, Native American culture-and-heritage with dancing, drumming, chanting at Pechanga Pow Wow - one of largest Western U.S.; witness participants (2-years to 80+) in authentic tribal-attire; native-art, crafts, blankets, jewelry, food; Saturday night’s excellent fireworks-display.
8-Star-Spangled 4th of July Parade: Old Town Temecula (July 4)
Untouched, chaparral-covered hills to-the-west; Mission-revival style Civic Center to-the-east; and patriotic equestrians, marchers, floats strut Old Town Front Street’s Star-Spangled 4th-of-July Parade (10am). Afterwards, lunch: Sweet Lumpy’s barbecued-ribs, Front Street Bar & Grill’s California-avocado-BLT-burgers; enjoy Black Market microbrew on-tap. Then taste refreshing, Temecula Valley Southern California wines; discover only-at-the-winery promotions; purchase for summer entertaining. For fun: Wilson Creek’s bocce-ball court.
9-Temecula Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza
After a day exploring Temecula Valley Southern California’s refreshing, award-winning wines, Temecula July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza fills night-sky (9pm).
10-Hot Summer Nights: Old Town Temecula
(July 12-19-26, and August 2-9-16-23-30)
Old Town Temecula’s Hot Summer Nights offer live-bands: blues, tribute, reggae, Cajun/zydeco, beach, big-band, alternative-rock, country. Enjoy fun-and-lively soundtrack for shopping (Temecula Olive Oil, Old Town Spice Merchants); dining (Palumbo’s heirloom-tomato-topped margherita pizza); treats (Old Town Sweet Shop/Root Beer); refreshing, wine-tasting (Fazelli, Lorimar).
**Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.
ABOUT TEMECULA VALLEY AND TEMECULA VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
With natural gifts of climate and geography (Pu’eska Mountain, Rainbow Gap, Santa Margarita Gap), Temecula Valley is widely recognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country – considered Southern California’s only major, American Viticulture Area (AVA). With a trio of main attractions (Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino), the popular boutique destination recently received TripAdvisors’ Travelers Choice “Best U.S. Wine Destination Top-10” award.
Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, official tourism-marketing organization and visitors’ resource, is online at VisitTemecula.org; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country;” Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. Temecula Valley Visitors Center (Old Town Temecula, Third Street/Mercedes, adjacent Old Town Temecula Parking Garage) is open 7 days. For visitor information, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.