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Visit Temecula Valley Announces 2015 Fests, Festivals, and Events in Temecula Valley

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 9:00 PM

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country, January 21, 2015: Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is an idyllic, easily accessible, year-round destination where visitors can experience premium winemaking in a warm, welcoming atmosphere along with fine dining, stunning scenery, and exciting events. 2015 includes California Restaurant Month, Wine Country Romance, Chocolate Decadence, Pechanga Wine Festival, World of Wine, Temecula Rod Run, Old Town Western Days, Balloon & Wine Festival, Microbrew Festival, Lavender Fields in Bloom, Hot Summer Nights, California Wine Month, Temecula Valley Crush, Outdoor Quilt Show, Wine Country Harvest Celebration, Temecula Chilled, and many other daytime and nighttime, fun and festive occasions.

Wrap midweek get-aways around special events and linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel, motel, and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing. Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the casual picturesque Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

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Daily and nightly: January 1 to 31, and February 1 to 28, 2015.
*Celebrate Winterfest January-February in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Celebrations in Temecula Valley are always in season and visitors are often inspired to stay and experience the seasonal influences that can only be known during Winterfest January-February. Many sunny days offer panoramic views often of snow-capped mountains that semi-circle the valley. The popular boutique destination enjoys a welcoming year-round climate even in winter with 68o F / 20o C average-high, January-February daytime temperatures. Sunny days typically follow much-welcomed rain showers.

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Daily: January 1 to 31, 2015.
*California Restaurant Month in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
The month of January is celebrated as Restaurant Month throughout the state of California. Temecula Valley's commemoration honors all things fresh and delicious, and the creations of talented, local chefs. Memorable dining adventures in local restaurants and bistros span from Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley Wine Country, and from Temecula Valley breweries to Pechanga Resort & Casino. Throughout January, diners get the chance to sample the Temecula Valley culinary scene with special prix-fixe menus at attractive prices. These exclusive, only-in-January, Temecula Valley offerings are ideal for pairing with award-winning, Temecula Valley premium varietal, proprietary blended, and sparkling wines. RestaurantMonth.org

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Every Saturday morning: January 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; and February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market.
"Deliciousness itself," is how Mark Twain described cherimoyas. The prehistoric-looking, tropical fruit-flavored, winter crop is a highlight of the Winterfest January-February season at the Saturday morning, Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market. Outstanding blood oranges, navel oranges, and kumquats are also in season. Local farmers, growers, and artisan food purveyors display fresh, California-grown, directly-from-the-farmer, tree-and-vine-ripened, fruits and vegetables (organic, exotic, and conventional), artisan foods, fresh-baked goods, and colorful, fresh-cut flower bouquets. Fresh avocados and citrus are available year-round. Location is Sixth Street between Old Town Front and Mercedes, just south of the northern Old Town gateway arch.

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Second and fourth Saturdays: January 10 and 24; February 14 and 28, 2015.
*Temecula Olive Oil Company's Olive Ranch Tours.
The most renowned establishment on the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail is Temecula Olive Oil Company. Open year-round, the family-owned-and-operated business is committed to using only 100% California olives to make the freshest, highest quality, 100% extra-virgin olive oil. East of Old Town Temecula is the company's Olive View Ranch where tours are offered exclusively by advance reservation on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The learning experience highlights sustainable agriculture practices; the planting, growing, and harvesting of a wide variety of olives to capture unique qualities and distinctive flavors; the unique mill and press, and cold pressing to extract oil from the fruit. After the tour, participants experience a tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars including Temecula Olive Oil signature, varietal, and limited-edition blends, like the limited-release Le Caprice de Nature Olive Oil (remarkably fresh from the 2014 harvest) and Honey Balsamic Vinegar (made with honey from the bees at the Olive View Ranch).

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Daily: February 1 to 28, 2015.
*28 Days of Wine Country Romance in Southern California's Temecula Valley.
Love and wine country romance are celebrated daily throughout the month of February with special hotel-resort packages and a variety of activities. Romantic dining, sweetheart menus for two, and Valentine luncheons and dinners are occasions to savor. Temecula Valley spas offer luxury and indulgence with specials like signature, couple massage treatments in a private couples room with treats like sparkling wine and chocolate truffles or chocolate-covered strawberries. Outdoor adventures and winery tours and tastings also provide opportunities for unique proposals. February 2015 Wine Country Romance packages will be found online at WineCountryRomance.com

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February 27 and 28, 2015.
*Chocolate Decadence and the Pechanga Wine Festival.
Friday night offers sparkling and dessert wines, chocolates, and pastries. Saturday afternoon features hundreds of fine vintages and a variety of distinguished cuisine from Pechanga Resort & Casino's renowned restaurants.

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Daily and nightly: March 1 to 31, April 1 to 30, and May 1 to 31, 2015.
*Celebrate Springfest in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Celebrations in Temecula Valley are always in season and visitors stay to experience Springfest as the casual, picturesque valley awakens, green and lush after winter rains. Wild lilac blossoms, wildflowers bloom, and grapevines' plump green buds thrive. The valley's refreshing, morning air is often dressed with wisps of drifting fog. Linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel, motel, and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing.

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March 6 and 7, 2015.
*Temecula Rod Run in Old Town Temecula.
Hundreds of the finest, classic vehicles, hot rods, and custom cars, and thousands of auto-enthusiasts from California and across the country converge in Old Town Temecula. For Friday Night Cruise, vehicles roam, rev engines. At Saturday Show-and-Shine, freshly detailed, parked vehicles get close-up looks.

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March 7 and 8, 2015.
*World of Wine Barrel Tasting in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
The first passport event of 2015 in Temecula Valley Wine Country offers two days of wine samples, delicious food pairings, and quality time with talented winemakers. World of Wine passports available from the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association allow passport holders to experience a self-guided tour and sampling of both wine and food at the valley's warm and friendly wineries.

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Saturday mornings: March 14, 21, and 28; April 4, 11, 18, and 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market.
Distinctively sweet, fresh-picked strawberries are one of the greatest highlights of the Springfest season at the Saturday morning, Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market. Local farmers, growers, and artisan food purveyors display fresh, California-grown, directly-from-the-farmer, tree-and-vine-ripened, fruits and vegetables (organic, exotic, and conventional), artisan foods, fresh-baked goods, and colorful, fresh-cut flower bouquets. Fresh avocados and citrus are available year-round. Location is Sixth Street between Old Town Front and Mercedes, just south of the northern Old Town gateway arch.

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Second and fourth Saturdays: March 14 and 28; April 11 and 25; and May 9 and 23, 2015.
*Temecula Olive Oil Company's Olive Ranch Tours.
The most renowned establishment on the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail is Temecula Olive Oil Company. Open year-round, the family-owned-and-operated business is committed to using only 100% California olives to make the freshest, highest quality, 100% extra-virgin olive oil. East of Old Town Temecula is the company's Olive View Ranch where tours are offered exclusively by advance reservation on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The learning experience highlights sustainable agriculture practices; the planting, growing, and harvesting of a wide variety of olives to capture unique qualities and distinctive flavors; the unique mill and press, and cold pressing to extract oil from the fruit. After the tour, participants experience a tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars including Temecula Olive Oil signature, varietal, and limited-edition blends, like handcrafted Fresh Basil Olive Oil (made by crushing fresh, organic, California basil with the olives) and La Pomegranate Vinegar (made with fresh California pomegranates).

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March 21 and 22, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival.
One of the West Coast's finest, free festivals features concerts with top bands including Dan Crary, Bluegrass Etc., Telluride award-winner Barefoot Movement, Silverado Bluegrass, The Central Valley Boys, Salty Suites, and Bluegrass Brethren.

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April 5, 2015.
*Easter in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Modern, busy couples, families, and friends are discovering that holidays like Easter are a perfect time to connect, reunite, and escape in Temecula Valley. Special events and special menus make for a memorable Easter Sunday, and special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing. Linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members.

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April 10 and 11, 2015.
*Reality Rally Temecula Valley.
120+ reality stars from 40+ TV shows converge for parties, mingling with the public, and competing in the Amazing Race style game. Saturday evening features a Celebrity Chef Competition.

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April 25, 2015.
*Taste of Temecula Valley in Old Town Temecula.
Guests enjoy sampling food from 50+ local restaurants and specialty food vendors, award-winning wines of 12+ wineries, and craft beers from 10+ microbreweries at Town Square Park in Old Town Temecula.

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April 26, 2015.
*Arts Under the Oaks at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony.
At this rare open-studios event, enjoy food, drink, entertainment by songwriters and musicians, conversing with artists, writers, plein air painters. Browse and purchase paintings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewelry, books and other creations from the artists, artisans, and authors who created them.

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May 10, 2015.
*Mother's Day in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Modern, busy couples, families, and friends are discovering that holidays like Mother's Day are a perfect time to connect, reunite, and escape in Temecula Valley. Special events and special menus make for a memorable Mother's Day, and special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing. Linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members.

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May 16 and 17, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula Western Days.
A celebration of Temecula's Western glory days; they began in 1849 with the California Gold Rush and spanned more than a century.

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Daily and nightly: May 28, 29, and 30, June 1 to 30, July 1 to 31, and August 1 to 30, 2015.
*Celebrate Summerfest in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Celebrations in Temecula Valley are always in season and visitors stay to experience the casual, friendly, good fun celebrated daily and nightly as Summerfest. Gentle Pacific breezes cool sunny, warm afternoon; stars fill the night skies; and ocean fog and mist lightly drape early mornings. Linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel, motel, and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing.

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May 29, 30, and 31, 2015.
*Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.
Launching the first days of the Summerfest season, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival is the casual, picturesque valley's premier event. Held at Lake Skinner Recreation Area, the colorful celebration features glorious dawn balloon ascensions; dramatic evening hot air balloon glows; wine tasting of Temecula Valley and California premium varietals and proprietary blends; food and wine pairings; and chef demonstrations. Companion to signature namesake activities are top-name entertainment and live concerts including Country Friday, Rocking Wine Country Saturday, and a Sunday Freestyle Motocross show.

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Every Saturday morning:
May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27; July 4, 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market.
Summerfest stone-fruit like peaches, apricots, and plums; plus tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant; and sweet white corn by the 4th of July are seasonal highlights at the Saturday morning, Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market. Local farmers, growers, and artisan food purveyors display fresh, California-grown, directly-from-the-farmer, tree-and-vine-ripened, fruits and vegetables (organic, exotic, and conventional), artisan foods, fresh-baked goods, and colorful, fresh-cut flower bouquets. Fresh avocados and citrus are available year-round. Location is Sixth Street between Old Town Front and Mercedes, just south of the northern Old Town gateway arch.

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June 6, 2015
*Pechanga Microbrew Festival.
Dozens of locally recognized microbreweries are represented in this yearly festival. Attendees savor craft beers to a background of live music and entertainment.

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Throughout June, July, and August 2015.
*Summer Concerts and Signature Wine-and-Live-Music Events in
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Among Temecula Valley's most popular culture and entertainment are intimate, summer afternoon and evening concerts featuring musical artists' live performances. Summer concerts include Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz and a variety of artists performing on the outdoor concert stage at Wilson Creek Winery, on Monte de Oro's majestic outdoor winery patio; under the stars in the courtyard at South Coast Winery; and at Wiens Family Cellars' outdoor winery stage. Meanwhile, Pechanga Resort & Casino features headliner entertainment in the popular, 1200-seat Pechanga Theater. Throughout summer, welcoming and friendly Temecula Valley winery venues host a variety of signature wine-and-live-music events including Baily, Bel Vino, Callaway, Cougar, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, Falkner, Keyways, Leoness, Lorimar, Miramonte, Oak Mountain, Ponte, Robert Renzoni, and Wilson Creek. Old Town Temecula music is at Curry, Fazeli, and Lorimar wine tasting rooms; Front Street Bar & Grill, Gambling Cowboy, PUBlic House, and The MERC. Pechanga Casino also features comedy, and nightclub.

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June 11 to 27; July 9 to 25; and August 13 to 29, 2015.
*Shakespeare in the Vines.
Known for producing great theatre and staging the works of William Shakespeare in some of the most stunning settings with the vineyards of Temecula Valley serving as a unique backdrop, SITV celebrates its tenth anniversary season presenting three of the Bard's works: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night.

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Second and fourth Saturdays: June 13 and 27, 2015.
*Temecula Olive Oil Company's Olive Ranch Tours.
The most renowned establishment on the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail is Temecula Olive Oil Company. Open year-round, the family-owned-and-operated business is committed to using only 100% California olives to make the freshest, highest quality, 100% extra-virgin olive oil. East of Old Town Temecula is the company's Olive View Ranch where tours are offered exclusively by advance reservation on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The learning experience highlights sustainable agriculture practices; the planting, growing, and harvesting of a wide variety of olives to capture unique qualities and distinctive flavors; the unique mill and press, and cold pressing to extract oil from the fruit. After the tour, participants experience a tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars including Temecula Olive Oil signature, varietal, and limited-edition blends, like Luscious Lemon Olive Oil (made by pressing fresh, California lemons with highly acclaimed Mission olives) and D'Luscious Vanilla and Fig Balsamic Vinegar (made with the sweet essence of California ripe figs and a touch of vanilla).

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June 21, 2015.
*Father's Day in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Modern, busy couples, families, and friends are discovering that holidays like Father's Day are a perfect time to connect, reunite, and escape in Temecula Valley. Special events and special menus make for a memorable Father's Day, and special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing. Linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members.

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June 26, 27, and 28, 2015.
*Temecula Art & Street Painting Festival in Old Town Temecula
An impressive duo of artistic events celebrates creativity on Old Town Temecula's Main Street at Temecula Town Square. The Street Painting Festival is grand performance art on a large scale. Witness more than 140 fine-artists masterfully creating vibrant murals on the asphalt canvas of Main Street and Mercedes. The Temecula Art Festival also includes fine art exhibits and a local-student art exhibit with the works of talented, aspiring, young Temecula artists.

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Dates are TBD: select weekends only; approximately late-June to early-July 2015.
*Temecula Lavender Company's Lavender Fields-in-Bloom.
Family-owned-and-operated Temecula Lavender Company handcrafts pure-ingredient quality products inspired by the herb of peace, purification, sleep, and longevity. The establishment's friendly boutique in Old Town Temecula features locally grown-and-produced pure, natural, and healthful lavender products for the bath, body, and home. Temecula Lavender Company's 1-acre lavender field adjoins the family's merlot vineyards and is located beside the Santa Gertrudis Creek in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. On select weekend dates, visitors may stroll and admire the lavender in-bloom, sample lavender cookies and lavender lemonade, and shop the lavender farm-stand for bouquets of fresh lavender, and other products.

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July 4, 2015.
*Star-Spangled 4th of July Parade in Old Town Temecula.
The untouched sage-covered hills west of Old Town Temecula are the backdrop for the yearly Star-Spangled 4th of July Parade. The spirited, morning tradition includes patriotic equestrians, marchers, and floats traveling Old Town Front Street.

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July 4, 2015.
*4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza over Southern California's Temecula.
Bursting high in the night sky above Temecula's rolling hills, the yearly fireworks display is accompanied by a patriotic, musical simulcast.

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July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015.
*Hot Summer Nights in Old Town Temecula.
Live bands play on patios, special stages, and in parking lots throughout Old Town Temecula on Friday nights. Each week is a new experience with blues, tribute bands, Cajun/Zydeco, Ska, beach, big band, alternative rock, and country concerts. The live music provides a great soundtrack for shopping, dining, and tasting Temecula Valley premium varietals and proprietary blends at wine tasting rooms in the pedestrian-friendly, 12-block historic district.

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Daily and nightly: September 1 to 30, October 1 to 31, and November 1 to 30, 2015.
*Celebrate Autumnfest in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Celebrations in Temecula Valley are always in season and visitors stay to experience the abundance and robust bounty of Autumnfest. Days are golden and sunny; night skies are filled with stars. Then as the weather cools, for an exclusive two-to-three weeks, the vineyards are vibrant as leaves change from green to gold to red. This is a glorious time of year to savor. Linger through less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel, motel, and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing.

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Daily: September 1 through 30, 2015.
*California Wine Month in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
The month of September is celebrated as Wine Month throughout the State of California. Temecula Valley's celebration commemorates the scenic, local vineyards; passionate grape growers; talented winemakers; gracious winemaking families; and premium varietals, proprietary blends, and sparkling wines of the Temecula Valley appellation. A special Temecula Valley SIP passport available from the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association enables visitors to taste a variety of award-winning wine styles. Additional quality visitor experiences include dining at Temecula Valley winery restaurants, vineyard and winery tours, and early-morning hot air balloon flights affording panoramic views of wine country.

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Every Saturday morning:
September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; and November 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market.
Beautifully exotic-looking, berry-flavored dragon fruit; bouquets of fresh chrysanthemums in autumn colors; butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and yams; plus pumpkins and gourds are highlights of the bountiful Autumnfest season at the Saturday morning, Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market. Local farmers, growers, and artisan food purveyors display fresh, California-grown, directly-from-the-farmer, tree-and-vine-ripened, fruits and vegetables (organic, exotic, and conventional), artisan foods, fresh-baked goods, and colorful, fresh-cut flower bouquets. Fresh avocados and citrus are available year-round. Location is Sixth Street between Old Town Front and Mercedes, just south of the northern Old Town gateway arch.

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Second and fourth Saturdays: September 12 and 26; October 10 and 24; November 14 and 28, 2015.
*Temecula Olive Oil Company's Olive Ranch Tours.
The most renowned establishment on the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail is Temecula Olive Oil Company. Open year-round, the family-owned-and-operated business is committed to using only 100% California olives to make the freshest, highest quality, 100% extra-virgin olive oil. East of Old Town Temecula is the company's Olive View Ranch where tours are offered exclusively by advance reservation on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The learning experience highlights sustainable agriculture practices; the planting, growing, and harvesting of a wide variety of olives to capture unique qualities and distinctive flavors; the unique mill and press, and cold pressing to extract oil from the fruit. After the tour, participants experience a tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars including Temecula Olive Oil signature, varietal, and limited-edition blends, like full-bodied Temecula Valley Blend Olive Oil (crafted from olives harvested at fine estates throughout the Temecula Valley) and Hatch Chili Balsamic Vinegar.

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September 19, 2015.
*Temecula Valley CRUSH Gala in Southern California Wine Country.
Join Temecula Valley winery owners, winemakers, and growers in celebrating California Wine Month at one spectacular, wine and culinary showcase, gala event. Enjoy the culinary creations of both winery and local restaurants while meeting local, winemaking families, and conversing with talented winemakers while sampling award-winning Temecula Valley premium varietals and proprietary blends. Venue in 2015 for the often-a-sell-out event is Wiens Family Cellars.

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Daily: September 19 to 30, and October 1 to 31, 2015.
*Peltzer Farm Pumpkin Patch.
Open daily with a namesake pumpkin patch, Peltzer Farm offers a down-to-earth, day-at-the-farm experience. Opportunities include strolling the John Deere tractor collection on display; riding the 12-passenger train through the pumpkin patch; visiting with the petting farm's gentle sheep, bunnies, chickens, and baby chicks; and other farm-themed activities. Companion to the homegrown pumpkins including 100-pounders available for purchase, are many varieties of squash, numerous gourds, plus corn stalks, and hay bales.

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October 3, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show.
As if a preview of Temecula Valley Wine Country vineyards' leaves vivid and vibrant change from green to gold to red later in the Autumnfest season, the Old Town Temecula Outdoor Quilt Show displays strikingly colorful, grand country charm. Along six blocks of Old Town Front Street, hundreds of handmade quilts made with thousands of yards of patch-worked fabric hang from banisters and along storefronts. The festive celebration also includes small quilts available for purchase at Old Town's Temecula Town Square; a Valley of The Mist Quilters guild boutique at Temecula Civic Center; and a large quilt auction.

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October 3 to 10, 2015.
*Ralph Love Plein Air Festival in Old Town Temecula
Fine artists paint daily "en plein air" (in open air) on the scenic street of Old Town Temecula's historic district. The technique is known as being favored by great impressionist painters such as Monet and Renoir.

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October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31, 2015.
*Big Horse Corn Maze and Harvest Festival.
Temecula Valley Wine Country's original 11-acre cornfield maze is Southern California's largest, authentic, cornfield maze. Visitors discover and experience the challenges of the multi-path puzzle of pathways lined with 7-foot tall cornstalks. Additional on-the-farm activities include hay wagon rides, corn cannons, and pumpkin bowling.

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October 12, 2015.
*Temecula Valley Century Bike Ride.
One of Southern California's most popular cycling events features a variety of routes: century, 104 miles; metric, 66 miles; half-century, 52 miles; the wine country tour, 31 miles; and a family ride, 7 miles. Ride highlights include challenging climbs, rolling hills, scenic areas, and post-ride food court and live bands on-stage.

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October 18, 2015.
*Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure.
Promenade Temecula is the venue for the Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure. With more than 10,000 participants expected, the popular fundraising event includes an Expo, Kids Expo, Survivor Activities, 5KRun/Walk competitive event, 5KRun/Walk fun run, a 1.5-mile Family Fun Run/Walk, a Kids Only Run, and an awards ceremony. In a vivid, traditional demonstration of support and commitment, most participants and spectators wear the color pink.

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November 7 and 8, 2015.
*Temecula Valley Wine Country Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting Weekend.
Temecula Valley Wine Country's celebration of the culmination of harvest and the promise of the 2015 vintages is celebrated over two, fun-filled days of wine and food sampling. The self-guided, wine country, tasting adventure provides the opportunity to experience finely orchestrated, food pairings with barrel- and tank-samplings of finished and unfinished wines not yet available to the public.

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Date TBD: November 2015.
*Destination Races - Temecula Valley Wine Country Half Marathon.
Boutique race noted for the camaraderie, the scenery, golden hills and green vineyards, the celebration, and the overall experience. Ideal fall temperatures and miles of open space are an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The post-race wine and music festival is also savored.

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November 26, 2015.
*Thanksgiving in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Modern, busy couples, families, and friends are discovering that holidays like Thanksgiving are a perfect time to connect, reunite, and escape in Temecula Valley. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel, motel, and resort, nightly room rates make arrival several days and nights before November's hallmark holiday very appealing. Revel in less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Then special menus at Temecula Valley restaurants (in Temecula Valley Wine Country and Old Town Temecula and at Pechanga Resort & Casino) make for a memorable Thanksgiving feast, lively conversation, and celebratory toasts with Temecula Valley premium varietal, proprietary blended, and sparkling wines.

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November 27, 28, and 19; and December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2015.
*Santa Claus in Old Town Temecula.
Heralded by the joyful voices of evening carolers, Santa's first arrival in Old Town Temecula for the Winterfest holiday season is by horse-drawn carriage. Afternoon, weekend visits with the jolly elf follow at his Old Town Temecula Winterfest cabin near Pennypickle's Workshop, Temecula Children's Museum on Main Street.

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Daily and nightly: November 27 to 30; December 1 to 31, 2015; and January 1 to 3, 2016.
(Friday after Thanksgiving through Sunday after New Year's)
*Winterfest Dining: Corporate and Family Celebrations in
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
From corporate events with dinner, dancing, and entertainment to more intimate occasions like a brunch, breakfast, luncheon or supper - for business or pleasure - businesses, corporations, and associations as well as families, friends, and co-workers, discover that Temecula Valley's group venues and restaurant dining are ideal for holiday celebrations making Temecula Valley a favored celebration destination. Celebration guests and attendees especially savor less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel, motel, and resort, nightly room rates are very appealing.

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Nightly: November 27 to 30; December 1 to 31, 2015; and January 1 to 3, 2015.
(Friday after Thanksgiving through Sunday after New Year's)
*Winterfest Holidays Twinkling Lights and Décor in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
More beautiful each year, the holiday lights and décor that decorate Temecula Valley - from Old Town Temecula and Temecula Valley Wine Country to Pechanga Resort & Casino - set the nightly stage for the Winterfest holiday season and attract nighttime viewing throughout the valley. Along Old Town Front Street from gateway arch to gateway arch, 30,000 twinkling lights shine brightly. In Temecula Valley Wine Country, many wineries and vineyards "get decked out" for the holidays along Rancho California Road and the De Portola Wine Trail. In southwestern Temecula Valley, the holiday magic of Pechanga Resort & Casino is a remarkable sight: from the luminous hotel tower to the festive, porte cochere.

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November 27, 28, and 29; and December 17 through 23, 2015.
*The Nutcracker Ballet at Old Town Temecula Community Theater
Among Old Town Temecula holiday experiences ideal for sharing is The Nutcracker Ballet. The beautiful, beloved holiday tradition with music by Tchaikovsky graces the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Located just one block from Old Town Temecula's main promenade, the venue is a contemporary, 361-seat, proscenium-theater with balcony and box seats.

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Nightly: November 27, 28; December 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, and 31, 2015;
and January 1 and 2, 2016.
*Snow Bell Rockin' Nights in Old Town Temecula.
Celebration of Snow Bell Rockin' Nights with the sounds of holiday bells, a light show, and seemingly magical snowfall show at Temecula City Hall debuts Friday, November 27, and continues every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night through January 2, 2016, in the Old Town Temecula historic district.

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Daily and nightly: December 1 through December 31, 2015.
*Winterfest: Temecula Chilled Holiday Celebration.
The outrageous variety of wonderful sights, sounds, festivities, events, activities, and experiences to enjoy spans from Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley Wine Country, and from Promenade Temecula to Pechanga Resort & Casino. Temecula Chilled encompasses the beauty of all the twinkling lights, the sparkle of iconic snowflakes, the grand and glorious illusions of snowfall and snow flurries, the Temecula On Ice outdoor skating rink, and special and unique Temecula Chilled beverages and desserts. Also included are The Magic Snow Flurry show at Promenade Temecula, Santa's Electric Light Parade, Holiday Taste of Old Town, Pennypickle's Winter Wonderland with tons of real snow, and the New Year's Eve Grape Drop in Old Town Temecula. Pechanga will showcase freshly baked gingerbread houses. Quality, award-winning wine tasting in Temecula Valley Wine Country will offer opportunities to purchase favorites for personal and corporate gifts, for sharing while entertaining at home, and for pairing with holiday foods. Stage productions like the musical extravaganza A Christmas Carol and the beautiful Nutcracker ballet at Old Town Temecula Community Theater; and holiday concerts at Pechanga will be featured. Highlights will also include December signature wine and live music events at the wineries, and gala New Year's Eve celebrations in Wine Country and at Pechanga.

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December 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2015.
*A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Old Town Temecula Community Theater.
The uplifting tale of Scrooge's transformation and goodwill is made magical in A Christmas Carol: The Musical. The heartwarming holiday story with Charles Dickens' characters including the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future comes to life in a spectacular musical extravaganza at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

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December 4, 2015.
*Santa's Electric Light Parade in Old Town Temecula.
For Santa's Electric Light Parade, the festive, nighttime, illuminated procession makes its way through Old Town Temecula traveling Old Town Front Street with illuminated floats, equestrians, and marching bands. Because the yearly event is exceptionally popular, mid-day or early afternoon arrival in Old Town is highly encouraged and provides the opportunity to shop, dine, and stroll the pedestrian-friendly historic district.

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Every Saturday morning: December 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2015.
*Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market.
Sweet navel oranges and tangerines, exotic Buddha's hand/fingered citron, and fresh flower bouquets that are especially long-lasting during winter, are highlights of the welcoming, Winterfest holiday season at the Saturday morning, Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Market. Local farmers, growers, and artisan food purveyors display fresh, California-grown, directly-from-the-farmer, tree-and-vine-ripened, fruits and vegetables (organic, exotic, and conventional), artisan foods, fresh-baked goods, and colorful, fresh-cut flower bouquets. Fresh avocados and citrus are available year-round. Location is Sixth Street between Old Town Front and Mercedes, just south of the northern Old Town gateway arch.

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Daily and nightly: December 11 to 31, 2015; and January 1, 2, and 3, 2016.
*Temecula on Ice: Outdoor Skating Rink at Old Town Temecula Town Square.
Temecula Town Square, in the heart of Old Town Temecula's vibrant dining-shopping-entertainment district is the site of the Temecula on Ice outdoor skating rink. The 3,500 square-foot/1,067 square-meter rink is state-of-the-art; the lighting is colorful; and the rental ice skates are contemporary and comfortable. Friends and families connect here and lace-up to take a spin and glide at the coolest place in Old Town.

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December 11, 2015.
*Winter Wonderland: Tons of Snow to Play In at Pennypickle's Workshop.
Winter Wonderland is hosted by Pennypickle's Workshop, Temecula Children's Museum. Tons of real snow to play in is the star attraction. Carnival-style games, face painting, homemade s'mores, and hot cocoa, plus visits with Santa Claus are also part of the fun.

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Second and fourth Saturdays: December 12 and 26, 2015.
*Temecula Olive Oil Company's Olive Ranch Tours.
The most renowned establishment on the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail is Temecula Olive Oil Company. Open year-round, the family-owned-and-operated business is committed to using only 100% California olives to make the freshest, highest quality, 100% extra-virgin olive oil. East of Old Town Temecula is the company's Olive View Ranch where tours are offered exclusively by advance reservation on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The learning experience highlights sustainable agriculture practices; the planting, growing, and harvesting of a wide variety of olives to capture unique qualities and distinctive flavors; the unique mill and press, and cold pressing to extract oil from the fruit. After the tour, participants experience a tasting of olive oils and balsamic vinegars including Temecula Olive Oil signature, varietal, and limited-edition blends, like Citrus Reserve Olive Oil (a marriage even purists love; premier olive oil with the sweet flavor of fresh blood oranges) and Vanilla & Fig Balsamic Vinegar (made with the sweet essence of California ripe figs and a touch of vanilla).

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December 24 and 25, 2015.
*Christmas Eve and Christmas in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Modern, busy couples, families, and friends are discovering that holidays like Christmas Eve and Christmas are a perfect time to connect, reunite, and escape in Temecula Valley. Special, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotel and resort, nightly room rates make arrival several days and nights before December's hallmark holidays very appealing. Revel in less-busy weekdays to explore Old Town Temecula, experience Pechanga Resort & Casino, and enjoy Temecula Valley wineries' new releases, and chance conversations with winemakers and winery family members. Then special menus at Temecula Valley restaurants (in Temecula Valley Wine Country and Old Town Temecula and at Pechanga Resort & Casino) make for a memorable holiday meal, lively conversation, and celebratory toasts with Temecula Valley premium varietal, proprietary blended, and sparkling wines.

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December 31, 2015.
*Great Temecula Grape Drop and New Year's Eve Celebrations in Old Town Temecula.
Live bands at Temecula Civic Center, on Temecula Town Square, and more bands on stages around Old Town Temecula make for a New Year's Eve night of music and dancing. Old Town restaurants and bistros offer special New Year's Eve menus, plus more music, entertainment, and celebrations. The signature occasion of the Old Town festivities is the Great Temecula Grape Drop from the Temecula Civic Center clock tower. East Coast (9pm Pacific Time) and West Coast (midnight Pacific Time) countdowns are preludes to the descent of the grand, illuminated, grape bunch and warm, boisterous welcomes to 2016.

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December 31, 2015.
*New Year's Eve Celebrations in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country hosts a unique variety of gourmet dining, live music and entertainment, jubilant countdowns, and themed celebrations for New Year's Eve. With more winery restaurants than any other California wine region, the talented chefs at Temecula Valley winery restaurants pair stellar, seasonal menu offerings with Temecula Valley premium varietal wines. Wineries also host memorable New Year's Eve galas with dinners, music, dancing, countdowns at midnight, and sparkling wine toasts to greet 2016.

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December 31, 2015.
*New Year's Eve Celebrations at Pechanga Resort & Casino.
With multiple mega-celebrations that rival Las Vegas and a variety of amazing festivities property-wide, this biggest New Year's Eve party under-one-roof at Pechanga Resort & Casino is ultimately memorable. For New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, an estimated 75,000 people will descend upon Pechanga Resort & Casino to bring in 2016.

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.

For a complete, daily Temecula Valley Events Calendar, please see VisitTemeculaValley.com.

ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY AND VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY
With natural gifts of climate and geography, bolstered by Pu'eska Mountain, the Rainbow Gap, and Santa Margarita Gap, Temecula Valley is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and gracious and friendly wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Downtown, Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and the Temecula Valley Wine Country Golf Trail, and is home to three-time award-winning California Golden State Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery.

Visit Temecula Valley (formerly the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau), the region's official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors is online including a complete daily Events Calendar at VisitTemeculaValley.com; "Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country on Facebook; and @Visit_Temecula on Twitter. Visit Temecula Valley also welcomes ad agencies, location scouts, writers, and directors online at FilmTemecula.com. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Downtown, Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes) adjacent the Old Town Temecula Parking Garage. For visitor information and assistance, please call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.

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