Tips to Make the Most of the Festival
To maximize your enjoyment, here are some helpful tips in planning your trip to the Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, September 7-8, presented by the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View:
- Pets are not allowed at the festival. Be kind to your pet companions (i.e., dogs), and leave them in the comforts of their own home.
- The use of Segways is prohibited on the festival grounds.
- Dress comfortably, put on some sunscreen, perhaps wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
- Wear shoes you feel comfortable strolling in. The festival covers several city blocks, so you’ll be walking a lot.
- Consider backpacking children. Strollers take up more space and are difficult to navigate through crowds.
- Bring along cash for food and beverages. Most food and beverage vendors don’t accept credit cards.
- For your convenience, pay for drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at Ticket/Glass credit card booths on Castro Street at the corners of Evelyn, Villa, Dana, California and High School Way. Viva Plastic!
- Don’t fill up on food at the first food booth you see. Stroll around a bit to get a flavor of the offerings, then sample several of the dishes that appeal to you.
- Think about your holiday shopping when browsing the arts and crafts booths. Festivals offer unique gifts you can stash away until December.
- Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike. Secure bicycle valet parking will be offered by the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail at the corner of Castro and Church Streets.
- Consider using public transportation. Ride VTA Light Rail (exit at the Mountain View Transit Center) or VTA Bus Lines 22, 32, 35, and 522 to the Festival. Please note Bus Lines 32 and 522 do not operate on Sundays. For your free trip plan, call (408) 321-2300, or visit www.vta.org. For Caltrain information, call 800-660-4287 or check out www.caltrain.com. Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus service will drop you off one short block from the festival.
- Some free parking is available on streets and parking plazas surrounding the downtown area. Paid parking ($5) will be available both days (except where noted) from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 400 Castro Street (parking lot entrance on Bryant Street between California and Mercy Streets), 444 Castro Street (parking lot entrance on Bryant Street), Bank of the West (501 Castro Street –– parking lot entrance on Hope Street), Kaiser Permanente/AVAILABLE ON SUNDAY ONLY (555 Castro Street –– parking lot entrance on Hope Street), Chase Bank (749 El Camino Real/Castro Street) and the City of Mountain View parking Lot #13 (on Bryant between California and Mercy Streets). Parking fees benefit the Community Health Awareness Council, creating healthy lives for children and families in Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.