Uniquely Fun & Memorable Events and Activities through September 7 –
So Much to Experience and Enjoy is Reason to Extend Stays and Return Often
TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country; June, 2010 – Officially launched with the recent Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, SummerFest 2010 and all the uniquely fun and memorable events and activities the season provides has begun in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Each SummerFest day brings new possibility and each visit promises a rich, new experience.
“During all times of the year, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes visitors with a genuine, relaxed and casual, inviting nature to celebrate the richness of this picturesque valley,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Summer with its wonderfully long days, and SummerFest with its diversity of ‘something great always happening’ and ‘something fun always to be enjoyed’ offers an abundance of the most popular events and activities that people want to experience and simply do not want to miss. The variety of things to do exceeds the limits of a day trip or even a long weekend. Temecula Valley is the ideal Southern California location to retreat, relax, connect with friends, connect with family, far from the everyday, and ‘live a little’ under wide-open skies for as long as you can be away.”
Old Town Temecula Events & Activities
More than 100 muralists, visual artists, and fine artists invite spectators to observe their creation of outdoor masterpieces during the Old Town Temecula Street Painting Festival and the Ralph Love Plein Air Festival, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 25, 26, and 27. Street painting artists will create “Black and White at Night” (monochromatic works) under lights Friday and Saturday evenings (5 to 9 pm). Street painting on Saturday and Sunday (10 am to 5 pm) will feature the creation of huge, rich and vibrant, pastel murals on the asphalt canvas of Old Town Temecula. Musical inspiration will be playing throughout the streets, and spectators can explore the performance art themselves with freely provided artist pastel chalk. Meanwhile, plein air artists will spend the three days outdoors painting historic and picturesque Old Town Temecula scenes on small canvasses. Admission to the festivals is FREE.
Friday evening, July 9th will see the debut of Old Town Temecula Hot Summer Nights 2010. Each Friday evening of SummerFest (through September 3) will offer FREE entertainment, live bands, and activities for children (6 to 9 pm). Hot Summer Nights provide added inspiration to dine in Old Town Temecula’s many fine restaurants, and to enjoy shopping in Old Town’s boutiques, stores, and galleries.
Tucked against the untouched hills of the Santa Rosa mountain range, historic Old Town Temecula will be the backdrop for the annual Star Spangled 4th of July Parade on the first Sunday of July. Equestrian units, marchers, and floats will travel north on Old Town Front Street from Second Street to Moreno Road. The FREE parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 1 pm. The day’s activities continue with the annual 4th of July Extravaganza at Ronald Reagan Sports Park (2 pm to 10 pm). A fun-filled afternoon and evening include a fun zone for children, food vendors, and a fireworks show at 9 pm.
Jazz enthusiasts from around the globe will enjoy a weekend filled with world-renowned entertainment at the annual Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 9, 10, and 11. The festival pays tribute to popular jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald who worked with jazz greats including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman. Headlining the festival is GRAMMY award-winner Poncho Sanchez with his signature congas and seasoned ensemble. The festival includes concert events and music and rhythm workshops and clinics. Tickets often sell-out early.
Throughout SummerFest, additional ongoing events and activities invite visitors to Old Town Temecula. Theatrical performances at the contemporary, state-of-the-art, 361-seat, Old Town Temecula Community Theater are captivating, as is the live jazz, country, and popular music at the intimate, 48-seat performance space next door known as The MERC. Children of all ages will be amazed and delighted with the fun sessions offered daily at Pennypickles Workshop – Temecula Children’s Museum. Old Town Temecula’s reverence and appreciation for the past can be experienced with the exhibits at the Temecula Valley History Museum. Saturday mornings’ certified Farmers Markets offer fresh, locally grown, summer fruits and vegetables, handcrafted items, specialty foods, and opportunities to converse directly with local growers and purveyors.
Each day of SummerFest is a day to admire Old Town Temecula’s casual, eclectic mix of historic architecture and explore Old Town Front Street and Main Street as well as Old Town’s alleyways. The entrepreneurial spirit thrives here and more than 60 specialty stores provide unique shopping: art, antiques, contemporary boutiques, specialty gifts, specialty foods, wine shops, and tasting rooms. Old Town’s 19 fine restaurants, outdoor bistros, and cafes are all independently owned for one-of-a-kind dining experiences: from upscale, white tablecloth showcasing fresh, local cuisine and Temecula Valley wines, to some of Southern California’s tastiest burgers and barbecue.
Pechanga Resort & Casino Events & Activities
The unique opportunity to experience authentic native culture from throughout America (the United States, Canada, and Mexico), and see the best Native American dancers, drummers, and performers is not to be missed at the 15th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow.Participants ages 2 years to 80-plus in beautiful, authentic tribal attire will compete in dancing contests and drumming contents Friday (5 to 11 pm), Saturday (11 am to 12 am), and Sunday (11 am to 5 pm), July 2, 3, and 4. Hosted by Pechanga Resort & Casino, the event is one of the largest pow wows in the western U.S. More than 100 vendors will be selling native arts, crafts, food, blankets, and more. Saturday night will also feature the spectacular Pechanga fireworks show (approximately 8:30 pm). Admission and parking for the Pechanga Pow Wow are FREE.
Pechanga Resort & Casino offers many more events and activities during SummerFest. Headline acts (Gipsy Kings, Chris Issak, the Beach Boys, and others) perform this summer at the contemporary, state-of-the-art, 1,200-seat, Pechanga Showroom Theater. Meanwhile, the Comedy Club at Pechanga provides great laughs, the Cabaret Lounge offers nightly entertainment and Silk the Club is one of the largest nightclubs in Southern California and the largest Vegas-style megaclub in the region.
With a casino floor larger than any in Las Vegas and as the largest casino in California, the gaming excitement is 24/7 at Pechanga Resort & Casino. More than 130 table games complement 3,700 Vegas-style slot machines. Pechanga Casino also features a large non-smoking casino floor area, a poker room, high-limit gaming area, V.I.P. lounge, and tournaments.
Pechanga is also renowned for the distinctive quality and character of its eight restaurants. Dining options include a variety of international cuisines ranging from fine dining with exceptional wine lists, to quick and tasty selections for those on the go.
Wine Country Events & Activities
With colorful hot air balloons soaring over the vineyards, award-winning Temecula Valley premium wines and the music of the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival the first weekend in June inaugurated the official start of SummerFest. Appropriately, the SummerFest season extends through the first week in September and into California Wine Month.
SummerFest is an ideal time to venture into Temecula Valley Wine Country’s more than 35,000 acres of hills and vineyards, to be awed by the incredibly expansive views, and refreshed by afternoon ocean breezes. It is a primary growing season in the vineyards, as grapes continue to develop and mature. Winemaking families and winemakers carefully monitor fruit quality and grape chemistry, watching for the coveted natural balance of sugar content and acid levels. Come mid- to late August, grapes for Temecula Valley’s sparkling wines will be the first harvested.
The SummerFest season provides opportunities daily to tour cool winery cellars, and fermentation and tank rooms, enjoy the charm of Temecula Valley’s more than 30 wine-tasting rooms, and savor hundreds of award-winning wines. Throughout Wine Country, unique dining venues are many. Six wineries feature excellent restaurants welcoming visitors to experience amazing cuisine and the pleasures of food and wine affinity. Many wineries offer fare that is more casual – inspiration to dine outdoors at winery picnic areas. Temecula Valley wineries also offer additional events during SummerFest: from cooking classes to concerts, special events and dinners, and a variety of afternoon and evening live music and entertainment.
Summer Weather in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Just 22 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Temecula Valley’s daytime temperatures are modified by cooling ocean influences that help create a pattern of warm, sunny days and cool nights. Average daytime summer temperatures in the Temecula Valley are 85 degrees. Throughout summer, cooling ocean influences promote a 20- to 30-degree drop in temperatures at night.
Although separated from the Pacific by the Santa Rosa mountain range to the west, the Rainbow Gap and the Margarita Gap (at the southwestern corner of the valley) allow ocean breezes to flow through the Temecula Valley almost every day. These gentle Pacific winds help keep temperatures lower than those found in some surrounding Southern California areas. Another cooling ocean influence is referenced in Temecula’s moniker as the land “where the sun shines through the mist.” The dynamics of onshore flow channel cool moist air from the ocean (seen as mist, fog, and clouds) through the Rainbow Gap, the Margarita Gap, and over the Santa Rosa mountain range into the Temecula Valley. This moist air tumbling into the valley can appear anytime from mid-afternoon to well into the night; it may retreat at dawn or linger to the afternoon. These ocean influences make Temecula Valley’s cool summer mornings perfect for hot air balloon rides at sunrise and for golf outings early in the day.
Centrally located approximately 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is nestled quietly off the I-15 freeway. The Temecula Valley is uniquely noted for its casual and picturesque wine region, the wide variety of events and activities it inspires, and its sunny relaxed spirit that is so synonymous with Southern California. For more information on SummerFest events and activities, Temecula Valley hotel and dining information, special offers, and for a free Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Visitor’s Guide, visit www.visittemecula.org or call 888-363-2852.
*** PLEASE NOTE: All information is believed to be accurate but all details may be subject to change.
ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Since 2005, the Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau has stimulated economic growth and tourism by promoting the Temecula Valley as a premiere travel destination. The bureau is the first in inland Southern California to use marketing assessment fees rather than taxpayer money to market the region. In the Temecula Valley, tourism and hospitality support 9,000 jobs, generate more than $24 million in state and local tax receipts, and more than $600 million in travel spending.