UP IN FLAMES
The Gilroy Garlic Festival’s Gourmet Alley is the site of demos and shows such as the one put on by the Pyro Chefs.
Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
Now in its 37th year, this two-day event is bigger and better than ever. In addition to artists and craftspeople, downtown Los Altos will be filled with wine and food purveyors. Live music and myriad kids’ activities add to the festive vibe. July 9–10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free.
Gilroy Garlic Festival
Garlic anything and everything awaits you just a short drive south. Plenty of vendors are on hand, offering garlic-centric food and merchandise. (Don’t forget to sample the garlic ice cream!) There are also artists selling their wares, including jewelry, ceramics and glassware. There’s no shortage of entertainment either, with cooking competitions, demos and concerts. July 29–31, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Tickets: $15–$20 (free for kids 6 and under).
Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes
Artists, musicians, and food and drink vendors converge for two days for this annual art and wine festival. Browse the booths filled with a variety of handcrafted goods; sample fare from the food trucks; or just kick back on the grass and enjoy the live music. Aug. 13–14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free.
Italian Family Festa
This year, the festival will be in a new location (History Park San Jose), but attendees can expect the same great arts and crafts, entertainment and, of course, Italian fare. The wine-tasting garden will also be returning. Limber up and participate in a game of bocce or a grape stomp. Aug. 27, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Aug. 28, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Free.
Originally published in the July issue of Silicon Valley
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