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Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, 34th Annual – May 9, 2009!

Posted by terrepruitt on May 2, 2009

Come join the fun and help support the music programs at local schools. I almost feel like my blog has become one big service announcement, oh, yeah, my blog, my rules and I like to share things. This festival is so great is because it benefits the schools’ music programs.

NOTE!! This is from 2008 (2009s festival is on May 9--Saturday!)

NOTE! This is the 2008 Sign! The 2009 Festival is on Saturday MAY 9th!


From what I hear this is San Jose’s oldest festival. It is awesome. It is generally small enough to go through in an hour or so, but my husband and I usually spend hours there because we start talking to the vendors and next thing you know we have a new friend.

This festival is also way better than the cancelled-and-you-have-to-know-why-Milpitas Art and Wine Festival because, funny enough, they actually have wine from various wineries. I don’t know what happened to the Milpitas Art and “Wine” Festival, but there was only one winery and it was a winery from which wine is sold at supermarkets for just about $5.00 a bottle and they were expecting attendees to pay more than that per glass. Um . . . .and that might be why there will not be a Milpitas Art and Wine Festival this year. But . . . . the past years at Berryessa there have been at least four wineries. I have a choice. I like that. I go to a festival to try different wine.

I don’t know if you have noticed, but Art and Wine Festivals need our love and attention. This one is only ONE DAY so you have to go Saturday. You don’t have the option of going Sunday. It is in San Jose, really close off of 680 and Berryessa. It is so easy to get to.

The San Jose festival will have micro-breweries, about 100 vendors, local wineries, food from community groups, and a place for the kids to play. There will also be entertainment. They often set the stage up a little bit apart from the vendors, and I know some people that have missed it entirely, so be sure to check to see who is playing.

Let’s keep is going!

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 10 am to 5 pm

Free event!

Penitencia Creek Park
3060 Penitencia Creek Road

Or the Berryessa Community Center
3050 Berryessa Road San Jose, CA 95132

The festival is in the space between both streets.


5 Responses to “Berryessa Art and Wine Festival, 34th Annual – May 9, 2009!”

  1. judy said

    Yay you, promoting this! We went to Livermore’s Honey and Wine fest last weekend. (At which I saw tons of art and no honey. Hmmm…)Though it is so totally not in our budget, we bought a bit of cool art, and we would have had a glass of wine (or a beer from a micro-brewery) but I was fixated on getting home for the Kentucky Derby (and Mint Juleps)!


    • I so love this festival and so many are cancelling, I have to promote this one to give it a chance. It is small, and oh-so cute. We have it listed as an event on Yelp and we are enlisting their mass drinking abilities to assist! Its for a good cause too! I didn’t see any listed for bands besides a school band, but they used to have music. We will see.

      I forgot to mention in my blog that the grass is very lumpy and bumpy so tennis shoes or flats (at least) are recommended (by me). That way people can walk safely and not spill their drink!


  2. Laura said

    Thanks Terre, for saying kind things about our neighborhood’s festival. Not only do I live in the area, but I have taught dance & jewelry classes at the community center for several years. You really accurately described the Art & Wine Festival, which I feel fortunate enough to be welcomed again this year with my business, Beadzilla Jewelry Creations. They jury-select the artists by application process for every festival. Rain or shine, we artisans look forward to this festival each year because it is smaller, definitely community centric, and you can really feel the social connectivity grow throughout the day.

    I’ll see you there on Saturday =)


    • Yay! Beadzilla is going to be at our Art & Wine Festival. Awesome! I can’t wait to see your lastest creations. They are always so elegant and beautiful. I will have to remember to wear one of my necklaces I purchased from you. Ooooh, maybe my cat? Or the topaz one? Hmmmm?

      We can talk more about the classes you offer and I can share with you information about my Nia classes.

      I can’t believe it has been a year since I last saw you . . . . at the last festival, yeah?


  3. Hi, thanks for sharing this


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