Uncorking a three-day weekend of the finest sights, sounds and tastes the Temecula Valley offers, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival flies high late spring (late May or Early June) top rock, alternative rock, and country bands in concert, a spectrum of iridescent colorful hot air balloons during dawn launches and evening balloon glows, and tasty sensations for the most persnickety palate.
Held at Lake Skinner Recreational Area, the Festival highlights Southern California's fine wine region with wine tasting, food and wine pairings with gourmet cuisine. Not to be outdone, the local growing microbrew industry offers microbrew and craft brews, while food and beer pairings teach guests to cook with beer as an ingredient.
Main Stage Concerts at the Festival include top names in Country, Rock and Alternative music. Previous performers have been Third Eye Blind, 3 Doors Down, Life House, Plain White T's, Daughtry, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, and Chris Young.
The Wine Garden stage features local bands that competed on I-Heart Radio's Local Rising Stars contest for a spot at the Festival, and other regional acts. Friday and Saturday evenings feature the popular evening balloon glows.
Food Pairings include four courses paired to the perfect local wines. Local chef's demonstrate while offering their recipe secrets. Wine tasting features 15-20 different Southern California Wineries each year.