What’s a summer without a festival? With so many festivals taking place in the summer that cater to all kinds of interests and activities, it’s hard to narrow down to the ones you actually want to go to. Take a gander below for a little inspiration on some of the fabulous beer and wine festivals happening all over the country this summer and close to Thousand Trails campgrounds!
San Diego International Beer Festival, June 17 – 19
The San Diego International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a must-attend event for beer connoisseurs and hobbyists alike, as it is the largest beer festival on the West Coast! With hundreds of beers to taste from over 200 breweries, it’s no surprise that this festival is already in its 10th year. For the 2016, check out the new Steampunk Ale Pavilion where guests can taste rare and unique brews, some created specially for this year’s festival. There will also be larger than life games like, life sized Connect 4 and Kerplunk! Plus, an entire schedule of contests to enter, beer and cheese pairings to indulge in, and a roadshow with beer reps handing out plenty of discounts and t-shirt giveaways. Ticket prices range from $61 for a day pass, $110 for a VIP ticket, plus free admission for designated drivers. There are also add-on options for safe public transportation that can be purchased at sandiegobeerfestival.com/tickets. The Del Mar Fairgrounds are located under an hour’s drive on I-805S from Pio Pico RV Resort & Campground and about an hours drive via I-8E from Oakzanita Springs RV Resort.
Art, Wine & Music Festival in Squaw Valley, July 9 – 10
Just an hour’s drive north along Lake Tahoe from Tahoe Valley Campground takes you to Squaw Valley where this summer the Village at Squaw Valley will be exploding with art, music, and food at the Art, Wine & Music Festival in Squaw Valley. Expect two performance stages with eclectic music from all over the globe, wine tastings, and walkways filled with art exhibits and booths. Wine tasting takes place on both days from 2-5pm. All the proceeds of this event go to Achieve Tahoe, whose mission is “to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.” For more information on this event, visit squawalpine.com.
Breckenridge Wine Festival, July 29 – 30
The end of July will bring the Breckenridge Wine Festival to Breckenridge, CO. This bustling, family-friendly event has live music, food, arts and crafts fair, and of course, world class wine tasting amidst a stunning riverside setting. Friday night kicks off the festival with a special Italian themed dinner with wine pairings hosted by a master Sommelier. Take advantage of the festival’s other special events like a sparkling wine seminar, tastings from top wineries from around the globe, food samples, live music and more! Tickets range from $43- $85 depending upon the package the festival experience you’re seeking. The Breckenridge Wine Festival takes place at Main Street Station in Breckenridge, CO. Main Street Station is located under a 2 hour drive from Hillcrest Village RV Resort via I-70W and an hour and 15 minutes drive from Golden Terrace South RV, also via I-70W. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit breckenridgewinefestival.com.
22nd Annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival, August 27 -28
The 22nd Annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival features food and wine from top-notch purveyors from all over the country. With interactive art installations, wine and microbrew tastings, all on a beautiful rural ranch in northern California, a ticket to this festival is a no-brainer. Guests are encouraged to purchase a $20 tasting ticket that includes a commemorative glass and six tastings. You may also purchase advance tickets online for $15 by visiting brownpapertickets.com. The Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival takes place at Watts Ranch (16855 Bodega Highway Bodega, CA) which is just an hour drive on US-101 S from Russian River RV Campground.
What beer and wine festivals are you heading to this summer? Tell us all about your adventures in the comments!