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Celebrate Autumnfest with Food, Wine, Entertainment, Festivals & Harvest Fun

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 2:00 PM by Annette Brown

Plan your visit to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country for food, wine, festivals, and unique harvest-themed activities during the changing colors on the vines. The season comes alive this harvest with a variety of must-see events including Temecula Valley Wine Month throughout September, as well as three entertaining festivals that round out the unique opportunities. Visitors to the region who book a 3-5-night, Sun-Thurs, stay will enjoy the season’s best with the bonus of smaller crowds and more intimate experiences. Temecula Valley is conveniently located in the center of Southern California, just 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs, and 90 minutes south of Los Angeles.

Wine Month & Wine Events

Throughout the month of September, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, wine tasting with the SIP Passport, tours through wine country, food and drink pairings at winery restaurants, and the annual CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase. CRUSH is a one-day event on September 28, 2019 featuring 30-plus wineries, live entertainment, and artisan food bites from local restaurants.

Sip Sip Stay is a great way to enjoy wine month. The promotion includes one complimentary SIP Passport with a two-night stay, or two complimentary SIP Passports with a three-night stay.

Entertainment in Temecula Valley Wine Country includes Symphony in the Vines and Lauren Alaina Country Concert at Wilson Creek Winery, Warrant Concert at Wiens Family Cellars, popular cover bands at several wineries, Shakespeare in the Vines at Baily Winery, and Movies in the Vines at Lorimar Winery and Vitagliano Winery.

Harvest Festivals & Events

Visitors young and old are invited to find their way through the largest corn maze in southern California at Big Horse Harvest Festival. The festival also includes hayrides, a corn cannon, pumpkin patch ripe for picking, kiddie rides, food vendors, a pie-eating contests, and so much more. Peltzer Farms invites families to their farm experience that includes a pumpkin patch, kiddie train ride, gem mining, pig races, tractor garden, games and more. 

Ralph Love Plein Air Festival, named in honor of historical local artist Ralph Love, celebrates the artistic heritage of Temecula Valley with an outdoor painting and art competition. Visitors can stroll the streets of Old Town during the weeklong event held September 26 through October 4. Artists create their masterpieces “en plein air” (in open air) on the scenic streets of Old Town Temecula.

Gunfighter’s Show at The Hotel Temecula in Old Town is held every Saturday. Be ready for an Old West shoot out at high noon and 2:00 pm.

Headless Horseman Haunted Hayride is at the historic site of Vail Headquarters. The wagon is pulled by draft horses through a scenic path while riders hear the narrated legend of Vail Hallow. It’s appropriate for all ages but it gets scarier as the night gets later.

Ride in at the Ranch features more than 100 classic and custom motorcycles, a classic MX display, and classic cars. There will be bands, food, brews, vendors, live street art, and more.

Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show this October will feature quilters, exhibits, demonstrations, a quilt walk, and quilt auctions. Hundreds of quilts will be on display in shops and hanging from eaves, balconies, and porches.

Greek Festival of Temecula Valley invites visitors to “Experience the Treasures of Greece” with authentic food vendors and delicious Greek pastries, a Mediterranean marketplace, children’s game area, live Greek music and folk dancing, as well as a Greek Wine, Beer, and Liquor area.

Temecula Valley Bocce Ball Tournament is a day-long competition between wineries with a finale at Wilson Creek Winery where the winning team will compete against celebrity Mario Lopez and his team.

Battle of the Burgers has local restaurants competing for the Best Burger award at Pechanga Resort Casino. Culinary students also compete for the best loaded fries. There are more burgers and fries than attendees can consume.

Live entertainment at Pechanga through Autumnfest includes concerts with headliners like Deep Purple, Steely Dan, Air Supply, Steve Miller Band, and Peter Frampton. Also, ventriloquist Terry Fator will perform in November.

Thanksgiving Feasts at restaurants in Temecula Valley Wine Country and Old Town Temecula. Whether you’re celebrating Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving with friends and family, Temecula Valley makes for a stress-free holiday getaway.

For more information about all these Autumnfest events and more, see the events calendar at

About Visit Temecula Valley
Laid back, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes more than three million visitors each year. It is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as historic Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.

Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, please call (888) 363-2852 or go to

Author: Annette Brown

If you see, hear or read about Temecula Valley, chances are it originated from Annette. When not pitching stories, she’s is often traveling around Temecula Valley showing media the amazing people and places that make the destination an unforgettable experience. Nearly 30 years, Annette has been working in public relations and marketing. Annette joined the Visit Temecula team in 2011 and is the Director of Public Relations.