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September 10, 2013 > Embrace the season with 'Castro Valley Fall Festival'

Embrace the season with 'Castro Valley Fall Festival'

By Julie Grabowski

Though summer fun has ended, good times are far from over. The Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce delivers live entertainment, arts and crafts, food, wine, and children's activities at the 41st annual "Castro Valley Fall Festival." The two-day event features 170 booths manned by local and statewide crafts people as well as community and non-profit representatives. It is the largest annual event in Castro Valley, drawing over 60,000 people.

The "Fall Festival" first began in 1972 in Castro Village and then moved to Castro Valley Boulevard. It relocated once again and is now in its third year on Norbridge Avenue, which provides more distance and space to handle the festivities. The event was established as a time for the community to come together to enjoy fall weather, listen to local music, celebrate with neighbors and enjoy diverse local talent.

Wine lovers will be treated to samples of wine from Chouinard Winery and snackers can nibble on goodies from Central Valley Gourmet Nut Company; the Bend Oregon Soap Company is sure to have something to keep you clean and smelling great. Jewelry lovers will welcome the sight of Backstage Boutique and audio fanatics are sure to want to stop by Big Toe Audio. For hungry visitors, food booths and beer on tap will be available.

The "Castro Valley Classic Car Show" is held in conjunction with the "Fall Festival" for one day only, Saturday, September 14 at the Castro Valley BART parking lot on Redwood Road from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Always a huge draw, the show is presented by the Hayward-Castro Valley Moose Lodge 1491 and will benefit the Automotive, Culinary, and Criminal Justice programs of Eden Area Regional Occupational Program (ROP).

The Castro Valley Library is also taking part, hosting kid's activities such as rides and bouncing houses in their parking lot (3600 Norbridge Ave.). The library will be open during most festival hours, providing a great opportunity to stop by and learn about the resources they provide.

Celebrate the return of fall in fun and festive style and see what treasures and discoveries await at the "Castro Valley Fall Festival."

Castro Valley Fall Festival
Saturday, Sept 14 - Sunday, Sep 15
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Norbridge Avenue (between Redwood Rd. and Castro Valley Blvd.), Castro Valley
(510) 537-5300
Free admission and parking

Entertainment schedule:

Saturday, Sept 14
Main Stage (Norbridge Ave. and Redwood Rd.):
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: Last One Picked
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Hibbity Dibbity
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.: The Bautista Band

Community Stage (Castro Valley Blvd. and Norbridge Ave.):
10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: TBD
3:15 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Zumba

Sunday, Sept 15
Main Stage:
Noon - 1:30 p.m.: In Full Swing
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Honeydust
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Jay "Buckaroo" Bonet

Community Stage:
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Sinatra Tribute
11 a.m. - noon: B*Dazzled Dance Studios
Noon - 1p.m.: Center for the Dance
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: Gravity Plus 2
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Castro Valley Performing Arts
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: The Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.: TBD

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