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Mirimar Events, Producer Of Several Popular Festivals In The San Francisco Bay Area, Announced Its 2012 Calendar


Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show (22nd annual), Half Moon Bay, California

When: April 28-29, 2012; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What: A spectacular showcase of motorized mechanical marvels from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries –– more than 2,000 ultra cool antique, vintage, classic, custom and exotic displays for public viewing. Automobiles ranging from hot rods, dragsters, customs, low riders, imports, street machines and muscle cars to fanciful touring, luxury, and sports cars; also exceptional vintage warbirds, classics from the 40s and 50s and homebuilt aircraft, tricked out trucks and motorcycles, Model T fire engines, antique engines and tractors, helicopter and plane rides, kinetic art, rolling sculptures, extreme toys, mega-modified machines, military vehicles, a display of advanced "green" technology vehicles, Demolition Derby, Unicycle Drag Racing, monster truck rides, go-kart rides, kid's amusements, food and live music.



Where: Half Moon Bay Airport, on Hwy. 1, 5 miles north of Hwy. 92, Half Moon Bay CA
Admission: $20 ($30 for 2-day pass) Adults, $10 ($15 for 2-day pass) ages 11-17 and 65+, Free for kids age 10 and under.
Info-Line: (650) 726-2328/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com



A La Carte & Art (16th annual), Mountain View, California
When: May 5-6, 2012; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

What: The official kick-off to festival season in the Bay Area, this vibrant springtime celebration of the arts in the heart of Silicon Valley features a special salute to Cinco de Mayo with stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown, a juried arts and crafts show with 200 of the west coast's top artists showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drink with premium wine, microbrews, margaritas and mojitos, a farmers' market with fresh seasonal produce, a classic car show, and exciting kids' amusements in the Tons of Fun Zone. Admission is free.
Where: Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Ave, Mountain View CA
Info-Line: (650) 964-3395/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com



Connoisseurs' Marketplace (26th annual), Menlo Park, California
When: July 21-22, 2012; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

What: Menlo Park's popular festival of the arts celebrates the best of summer in style … live jazz, rhythm and blues, rock 'n roll, and party music, a juried show with contemporary fine art and one-of-a-kind crafts by 250 of America's best artists, chefs' demos, artisan specialty food, health and wellness displays, a green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drink with premium wine, microbrews, margaritas and mojitos, a collector car showcase, the action-packed kids' fun zone, and the cool new Cuda Lounge with comfy couches, flat screen TVs and free swag where festivalgoers can relax and take a break. Admission is free.



Where: Santa Cruz Ave between El Camino Real and Johnson St, Menlo Park CA
Info-Line: (650) 325-2818/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com



Millbrae Art & Wine Festival (42nd annual), Millbrae, California

When: Sept. 1-2, 2012; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What: The "Big Easy" comes to Millbrae for this huge Labor Day weekend event as more than 100,000 festival lovers transform the charming downtown streets into a Mardi Gras-style feast featuring two sun-splashed days of live music with big name cover bands, a juried show with 250 professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted wares, festive food and drink, premium wines, microbrews, margaritas and mojitos, artisan specialty food, a microbrew tasting tent, an organic and green product showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, the "Classically Cool Car Show", Taiko Drum performances, and tons of fun for kids with the Streets Filled With Talent Music & Dance Showcase and a myriad of amusements in Playland. Free admission.



Where:
Broadway Avenue between Victoria and Meadow Glen, Millbrae CA
Info-Line: (650) 697-7324/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com



Mountain View Art & Wine Festival (41st annual), Mountain View, California

When:
Sept. 8-9, 2012; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

What: Silicon Valley's World-Class Art & Music Festival is a vibrant multicultural celebration featuring 600 professional artists and craftmakers showing exceptional handcrafted wares, stellar live music on stage and street throughout downtown, the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with giant screen TV, festive food and drink with premium wines, microbrews, sangria, mojitos and margaritas, artisan specialty food purveyors, an organic and green products showcase, health and wellness displays, home and garden exhibits, the cool new Cuda Lounge with comfy couches, multiple flat screen TVs and free schwag, and action-packed Kids' Park with stopping performances on the Community Stage, a climbing wall, hula hooping, carnival rides and super cool body art. Admission is free.

Where: Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Ave, Mountain View CA
Info-Line: (650) 968-8378/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com



Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off (39th annual), Half Moon Bay, California
When: Oct. 8, 2012; 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

What: Superstar Gourd Growing Greats and their hard-to-believe, titanic orange orbs gather for the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. A $5,000 bonus mega-prize will be awarded to any grower that breaks the world record at Half Moon Bay –– considered the "Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs". A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers contend for the coveted title, the $5,000 world record prize and $20,000 in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner will take home a hefty $6 per pound for the champion mega-pumpkin. Defending champion Leonardo Urena, of Napa, CA, set a new California State record and obliterated the competition at last year's weigh-off with his ungodly 1,704-pound Atlantic Giant. The grand champion gourd (along with the top five overall) will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 13-14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street.
Where: IDES Grounds, 735 Main Street, Main St, Half Moon Bay CA
Info-Line: (650) 726-9652/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com



Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival (42nd annual), Half Moon Bay, California

When: Oct. 13-14, 2012; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What: The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous, heavyweight champion pumpkins, three stages of smashing entertainment, non-stop live music, the Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, world-class pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting a monster 1,200+ pound pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, photos with the grand champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun (not a contest), "Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands", the Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, festival-label wine and Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale. Admission is free. The festival is presented by the Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised millions of dollars for civic causes and community service organizations.



Where:
Main Street, between Miramontes and Spruce St, Half Moon Bay CA
Info-Line: (650) 726-9652/Web: http://www.miramarevents.com
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