10 tons of beef…
4 tons of pasta…
4 tons of calamari…
2 tons of scampi…
2 TONS of fresh Christopher Ranch garlic…
Over $10 million raised for local charity
Great Garlic Cook-Off Finals will be streamed LIVE on the internet
July 25, 2015 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Festival Hours 10:00am to 7:00pm; gates close at 6:00pm
What is the Garlic Festival?
It’s a 3-Day “Ultimate Summer Food Fair” filled with incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts and live entertainment.
We have a rich 37-year history, filled with sky-high calamari flame ups, thousands of volunteers and millions of dollars given away to local charities.
For some of our history, how the festival’s run, and why we’re so proud of what we do, check out http://gilroygarlicfestival.com/festival/history/
How many people work for the garlic festival?
The FOUR THOUSAND people you see around you are volunteers, raising money for various charities, booster programs, and other non-profit organizations throughout the Gilroy area.
What are this year’s dates and event hours?
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
July 24-26, 2015
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(Entrance Gates close at 6 p.m.)
Where is the Festival held?
The Festival is held at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, about 30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101.
How much are tickets?
Can I buy them in advance? At the gate? Are there any discounts for locals?
Admission prices include parking, shuttle transportation to and from the festival, three stages of musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations on our cook-off stage and Gourmet Alley demonstration stage, and children’s area performances. Festival guests purchase food and beverages (including beer and wine) from a wide variety of vendors. Prices range from $2 to $15 depending on the item, for a full-size serving (not a sample).
Tickets (single day admission only):
|Adult General Admission||$20|
|Children (ages 6-12)||$10|
|Under age 6||Free|
|Military Discount||Active members of the US Military receive a $5 discount off General Admission at the gate by presenting their valid US Military ID.|
Tickets may be purchased at the gate with cash or credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover). ATMs are available at the gate.
Buy advance tickets online at tickets.gilroygarlicfestival.com or in person at any Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods. All discount tickets are available for purchase beginning June 1 through noon Sunday July 26, 2015.
Advance ticket prices are:
$18 for adults
$8 for children and seniors.
Also available online only are discount tickets for a Gourmet Alley Combo Plate, regularly $15, available for $13 with an online admission ticket.
Local’s Day – Friday July 24, 2015
You can purchase up to two $15 General Admission tickets at the gate. That’s a $5 savings per ticket! You must present a valid photo ID with a local address in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Hollister, San Juan Bautista or Aromas. Maximum of two tickets per ID. Local’s Ticket is valid on Friday July 25, 2014 only.
FOR 2015! Locals can also purchase a 3-day pass at the gate for $30. The 3-day pass is available on Friday July 24 only and is non-transferable.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
The festival is held in a park – outdoors with mostly grass and some compact dirt and asphalt walkways. There are natural shade trees, and many shade tents with tables and benches.
Prepare for lots of eating, shopping, and walking! For your comfort, we highly recommend that you:
- Wear comfortable shoes – you will be walking on grass, compact dirt, and asphalt. There may be some uneven ground, particularly in the parking lots.
- Dress in layers – mornings could be foggy, afternoons are usually sunny and warm.
- Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen – there’s lots of garlic sunshine!
Please remember: Shirt and shoes are required at all times.
Christmas Hill Park rules prohibit bringing the following items on Festival grounds:
- Alcohol of any kind
- Bottles, glass and cans
- Coolers – large or small
- Frisbees and water projecting devices
- Pocketknives and weapons of any kind.
*If you bring any of these items listed above, leave them locked in your car.
How do I get to the festival?
Where do I park? Is there public transportation? Can I ride my bike?
To get to the Festival, take Highway 101 to Gilroy, and then follow the signs posted on the highway for directions to available parking. Please note: parking lot locations and configurations have changed for 2015. Please follow the signs and directions from peace officers and volunteers closely.
Parking is Free with a shuttle running from the parking lot to festival grounds. The parking lots are graded agricultural fields. We recommend wearing closed toed, comfortable walking shoes. You will likely encounter some dusty, uneven ground on your way to and from your vehicle.
The parking lots open at 9:00 am each morning.
No free Festival-adjacent overnight RV parking is available for 2015 due to impending residential development on the land we utilized for that purpose in the past. We recommend contacting Gilroy Gardens at (408) 840-7100 or Casa de Fruta at (408) 842-9316, or check the list of RV parks on the Gilroy Welcome Center website.
Free, secure bicycle parking is available at Silva’s Crossing, near the intersection of Miller Avenue and Uvas Park Drive.
Public transportation routes and times are available at: www.vta.org
Attention Tour Bus Operators: Take San Martin Avenue Exit regardless of electronic sign board instructions. Head west on San Martin Avenue to Santa Teresa Boulevard and turn left. Proceed south for seven miles on Santa Teresa Boulevard to Miller Avenue. Turn left on Miller Avenue to the tour bus passenger loading/unloading area at Festival Gate 2. After unloading, tour bus parking/waiting will be available at Gavilan College, 5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard, 1.3 miles south of Miller Avenue.
Tour groups arriving via motorcoach are encouraged to schedule their visit prior to arrival in order to receive discount admission, bus driver and guide admission along with special drop off and pick up arrangements. Corporate groups of 30+ may also be eligible for discount admission. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
General Aviators – If flying in to the area: South County Airport, (E16) 13025 Murphy Ave., San Martin, CA 95046 (408) 683-4102 www.magnumaviation.com
Can I bring my pet?
We’re sorry, but the City of Gilroy park rules prohibit dogs and other animals from being brought into the park, except service dogs.
California Law prohibits dogs and other animals from being left in vehicles.
In other words, no pets are allowed in the festival, with the exception of service dogs.
*There are no kennel facilities available at the park.
Do you have handicap or disabled access?
Absolutely. However, there are some things to keep in mind.
There is a paved parking lot for attendees displaying a handicap plate or placard. The festival is held within a large city park. There is some uneven ground in the festival. The festival grounds are mostly lawn, compact dirt, and asphalt.
Follow the highway signs to handicap parking, or if you’ve missed them, ask a parking lot volunteer for directions to handicap parking. Please have your placard displayed as soon as you exit the highway.
From the handicap parking lot, guests will be shuttled to and from the gate in shuttles designed with wheelchair accessibility in mind. Please note that due to limited space on these shuttles, able-bodied persons may be asked to take a separate shuttle.
There are handicap restroom facilities in the handicap parking lot and at the many restroom areas throughout the park. There are many shade tents with tables and benches throughout the festival grounds.
Where should I stay when I’m in town?
For information about Gilroy, area lodging and RV parks, and local amenities:
Gilroy Welcome Center – www.visitgilroy.com
Casa de Fruta – www.casadefruta.com/visit-accommodations.php
Gilroy Gardens – www.gilroygardens.org
Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park – www.gilroygarlicusarvpark.com
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a celebration of food, fun and family.
It is the Garlic Festival’s policy to provide a safe, family-friendly atmosphere for all Festival patrons and volunteers. Therefore, the Garlic Festival refuses entry or admission to anyone wearing clothing or paraphernalia indicating or signifying membership in a gang, including a motorcycle club.
This policy is applied equally to all persons, regardless of their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability or medical condition.
Telephone: Information: (408) 842-1625
(619) 916-6061 | email@example.com
(408) 710-8066 | firstname.lastname@example.org