An event that to many San Ramon residents has become synonymous with Memorial Day weekend, the city's annual Art and Wind Festival is set to return for another year, and organizers are looking to blow away attendees' already lofty expectations.
Set to return this Sunday and Monday, the free-to-attend event will once again feature a large and diverse variety of family-friendly events including music, dancing, art vendors, a flavorful food festival, a puppet show, interactive kids zone, and of course no Art and Wind Festival would be complete without the kites.
"Kites are one of the main attractions of the event. National kite flying champions will present professional Kite Flying Demonstrations on both days on the Lucky A's Ballfield (first field behind the skate park)," San Ramon officials wrote on the event's official website. "Watch teams of kite flyers and individuals perform their amazing tricks. Bring a blanket or some chairs and enjoy the day."
In addition to the aerial acrobatics from some of the country's -- and some would say the world's -- most talented professional kite flyers, a make-your-own kite workshop will be set up inside the San Ramon Community Center's Fountain Room. Participants are invited to design the perfect kite and then join in on the fun outside and let them fly.
Aerial entertainment will not be limited to kites, as (weather permitting) last year's popular RE/MAX hot air balloon will return to give participants a birds eye view of San Ramon.
Organizers were able to string together an impressive entertainment lineup that will be spread out across four stages placed throughout the festival grounds.
Performances include community drumming, belly dance, ballet, jazz dance, as well as Indian dance. San Ramon residents will want to keep a special eye out for Jumpin' at the Sun Dance Company, which is scheduled to hold a special showing on Memorial Day.
Kids performances will be headlined on both Sunday and Monday, by the Luce Puppet Company who will present "Circus Fantastico!" at 1:30 p.m., "Zomo the Trickster Rabbit" at 2:30 p.m. and "The Reluctant Dragon" at 3:30 p.m. directer by award winning puppeteer Elizabeth Luce, festival organizers say the Luce Puppet Company always provides an experience that's full of fun and fantasy, and opportunities for kids to exercise their own imaginations.
Other event highlights are the new East Bay Regional Park District Mobile Visitors' Center, a police K-9 demonstration, more than 24 gourmet food vendors, free bike helmet fittings by Street Smarts, and more than 100 talented artists from California and beyond exhibiting and selling their work.
For those who will be driving, there is a $3 parking charge for spaces at three main parking lots, each with easy access to the festival. These lots are located at: Bishop Ranch 1, Bishop Ranch 3 and Iron Horse Middle School. Free valet bike parking will also be available next to the Iron Horse Regional Trail.
The free two-day event, which is also dog-friendly, will once again be held in San Ramon's Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday.