Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival Begins:- To many people, the annual hot air balloon and wine festival is the official start of summer for Temecula Valley.
The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is here, so head out to Lake Skinner June 1-3 and get ready to rock out to your favorite music, dine and wine like a V.I.P. and watch up to 40 hot air balloons take to the sky in a magical performance.
The entertainment kicks off Friday, June 1, with performances at the main stage starting at 6:30 p.m. with Safety Orange and 7 p.m. with the Spin Doctors. The headliner for the night is Sugar Ray and they will play at 8:30 p.m. They will be rocking out to their hit singles such as “Fly” and “When It’s Over.”
After sunset on Friday and Saturday, around 8:30 p.m. there will be a Balloon Glow performance that will honor the Marine Corp volunteers who have helped with the festival throughout its 35 years. Hot air balloons will take the sky as the pilots flicker and ignite their burners simultaneously to the rhythm of the music. The glow performance will open with the presentation of the colors for the Marine Corp Color Guard and the National Anthem.
Among the 40 balloons at the festival will be The Dreamship. The Dreamship is a hot air balloon that is made for children of fallen and disabled military heroes. The balloon consists of drawings by the children and Folds of Honor Scholarship recipients, representing what they want to be when they grow up.
Saturday is a full day of music starting at 3:30 p.m. with a performance form Robot Nature and finishing with The Wallflowers at 8:30 p.m. Other performances throughout the day feature Fuel at 5:30 p.m. and Lifehouse at 7:00 p.m. singing their hit songs “Hanging by a Moment” and “You and Me.” Pull out the cowboy boots because Sunday is all about country. The main stage will feature country stars Raelynn at 1:45 p.m., Tyler Farr at 2:30 p.m. and headlining the night will be Justin Moore at 3:30 p.m.
Local restaurants and wineries will be participating in the festival as well. Guests will be able to experience fine dining from restaurants such as Bluewater Grill paired with wine from Europa Village and LeGrange restaurant paired with wines from Wiens family Cellars. 18 wineries have registered to be a part of the festival and they include: Akash Winery, Beach House Winery, Briar Rose Winery, Casa Tiene Vista Vineyard, Curry Vineyard, Coyote Oaks Winery, Emerald Creek Winery, Europa Village Wineries, LeGrange Winery, Lorenzi Estate Winery, Mahogany Mountain Winery, Maurice Car’rie Winery, Monte de Oro Winery, Thorton Winery, Twin Oaks Winery, Van Roekel Winery, Wiens Family Cellars and Wilson Creek Winery.
Wine tasting is $2 per taste and $8 per glass of wine. The pouring hours are: Friday 3-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can buy a one-day pass for each day of the festival ranging from $25 to $35 or can buy a “weekend combo” pass for $60 that gives visitors access to the festival all three days. There are also some wine and food pairing tickets still available for Sunday. Children and juniors between the ages 6-12 get a discounted price of $5 a day for admission.
Some alternate routes are available to the festival location. If coming from South of Temecula, take Temecula Parkway East toward Anza, take a right on Deportola, then at either Glen Oaks or Monte de Oro Road, turn left, then turn right on Rancho California Road. If you’re coming from Murrieta, take Murrieta Hot Springs Road to Winchester Road, go North to Benton or Auld, right on Washington/Borel and turn right and it will turn into Rancho California Road. If you are coming from Perris, Lake Elsinore, Riverside or Hemet- take 215 to Newport Road in Menifee/Domenigoni Pkwy, to Winchester Road, South on Winchester Road to Benton, left, then right at Washington/Borel Road. When arriving at the festival grounds, watch for signs leading to parking lots.
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