“Meet me in Temecula,” has cycled out of the social media vernacular of Twitter smart alecks almost everywhere.
But for the organizers of The Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, now in its 35th year, they are hoping to bring it back for just one weekend.
Temecula’s unofficial start to summer — taking place June 1-3 at Lake Skinner Recreation Area — the festival puts on display the region’s wineries, hot air balloons and three days of music on two stages.
Wine tasting (yes, there’s beer and soda available, too) happens all day long — tasting tickets are a separate fee — featuring 19 wineries — including Akash Winery, Beach House Winery, Europa Village Wineries, Lorenzi Estate Winery, Monte de Oro Winery, Thornton Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, Wilson Creek Winery and more.
Pro Tip: Since it can tend to get a little warm up in the Temecula region, be sure to mix in a bottle of water between each tasting.
Afternoons and evenings feature concerts on two stages. The Wine Stage offers local and Indie artists Friday through Sunday and the Main Stage provides festival headliners.
This year, Sugar Ray and the Spin Doctors will co-headline on Friday, The Wallflowers, Lifehouse, Fuel, and Hoobastank on Saturday and country artists Justin Moore and Tyler Farr go on Sunday.
All concerts are included in the ticket price. Reserved seats are available for the headliners. There is also RV camping available and reservations are being taken now.
The festival also offers beer and food pairing, a full international food court, arts and crafts, and kids fair. Friday and Saturday evenings hot air balloons shine while grounded in the evening Balloon Glow (weather permitting.) Deejays close out Friday and Saturday evenings with a dance party.
To grab tickets and get more information, visit tvbwf.com.