General Information & FAQ

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WHAT IS THE GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL?

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The Gilroy Garlic Festival is "Summer's Ultimate Food Fair" — three full days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts, live entertainment, and cooking competitions. Founded in 1979, this event is hosted by thousands of community volunteers who have raised millions of dollars for local schools, charities, and non-profit organizations.

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WHAT ARE THIS YEAR’S DATES AND EVENT HOURS?

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Friday, Saturday & Sunday
July 28, 29 & 30, 2017
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(Entrance gates close at 6 p.m.)

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WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL HELD?

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The Festival is held at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, about 30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101. Just take 101 to Gilroy and then follow the directional signs.

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HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

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Ticket prices include festival admission, shuttle transportation, three stages of musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and children’s area performances. Festival guests purchase food and beverages (including beer and wine) from a wide variety of vendors. Food prices range from $2 to $15 for full-size servings, depending on the item.

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.

Tickets (single day admission only):

Adult General Admission $20
Youth 10-16 $10
Under age 10 Free
Seniors (60+) $15
Active Military $15 (must present valid US Military ID)
Friday Locals' Day* $15 Adult / $10 Senior
Local Resident 3-Day Pass* $30
Parking $10

*To receive discount, local residents must present valid photo ID with an address in Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Martin, Hollister, San Juan Bautista or Aromas. Maximum of two tickets per ID.

 

Online Tickets
Buy advance tickets online at tickets.gilroygarlicfestival.com and print at home. Save $2 when you purchase a Gourmet Alley Combo Plate with your online ticket. Available June 1 to July 30, 2017.

In Store
Purchase tickets at any Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods. Available June 1 to July 30, 2017.

 

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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR? WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

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The festival is held in a outdoor park that is mostly grass with 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, 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 sun protection. We have lots of garlic sunshine in Gilroy, so bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Shirt and shoes are required at all times.

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.

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, please leave them locked in your car.

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HOW DO I GET TO THE GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL?

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To get to the Gilroy Garlic 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. Please follow the signs and directions from peace officers and volunteers closely.

Parking fee is $10 per vehicle per day, with regular shuttle buses 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.

Ride the Garlic Train to the Festival!
That’s right, this year you can ride Caltrain to the Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 29 or Sunday, July 30. This is the easiest and most relaxing way to get to the Festival from the peninsula. A chartered special event train will depart San Jose Diridon Station at 10:00 am, arriving non-stop in downtown Gilroy an hour later, where a bus will shuttle you to the Festival. At 4:00 pm you can board a bus to return from the Festival to the Gilroy Caltrain station, where the train will depart at 5:00 pm, returning you non-stop to the Diridon Station in San Jose one hour later. This special round-trip ticket is only available online in advance and includes Festival admission. This ticket is not available for purchase from Caltrain or at the train station.

The Garlic Train is scheduled so that riders wishing to take normal weekend Caltrain service from as far north as San Francisco can connect with the Garlic Train in San Jose. Riders wishing to take advantage of that connecting service will need to purchase tickets directly from Caltrain for peninsula service, and switch trains at the Diridon Station in San Jose.

General Aviators – If flying in to the area:

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IS THERE RV PARKING?

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Sorry, no. Festival-adjacent overnight RV parking is no longer available 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.

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IS THERE BICYCLE PARKING?

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Free, secure bicycle parking is available at Silva’s Crossing, near the intersection of  Miller Avenue and Uvas Park Drive. Bring your own lock.

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CAN I BRING MY PET?

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We’re sorry, but no pets are allowed in the festival, with the exception of service dogs. The City of Gilroy park rules prohibit dogs and other animals from being brought into the park (except service dogs), and California Law prohibits dogs and other animals from being left in vehicles. There are no kennel facilities available at the park.

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DO YOU HAVE HANDICAPPED OR DISABLED ACCESS?

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Yes, the Gilroy Garlic Festival does offer accommodations for disabled guests. However, there are some things to keep in mind.

There is a paved parking lot for attendees displaying a valid handicapped plate or placard. Follow the highway signs to handicapped parking. If you’ve missed the signs, ask a parking lot volunteer for directions to handicapped parking. Please have your placard displayed as soon as you exit the highway.

From the handicapped 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.

Please note that 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.

There are handicapped restroom facilities in the handicapped parking lot and at the many restroom areas throughout the park. There are many shade tents with tables and benches throughout the festival grounds.

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WHERE SHOULD I STAY WHEN I’M IN TOWN?

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For information about hotels, RV parks, and other local attractions, please go to www.visitgilroy.com or visit the Gilroy Welcome Center (located in Gilroy Premium Outlets near Forever 21).

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HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK FOR THE GARLIC FESTIVAL?

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The FOUR THOUSAND people you see around you are all volunteers, raising money for various charities, booster programs, and other non-profit organizations throughout the Gilroy area.

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HOW DO I VOLUNTEER AT THE GARLIC FESTIVAL?

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Individuals interested in volunteering at the Garlic Festival should submit their contact information using the following form: Individual Volunteer Interest Form

Tax-exempt community groups interested in volunteering at the Garlic Festival as a fundraiser should submit their information and documentation certifying their tax-exempt status using the following form: Group Volunteer Interest Form

Please note that volunteers opportunities are available only on an as-needed basis. Submitting your interest does not guarantee that the applying group or individual will be placed as a volunteer at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

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HOW DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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For more information about the Gilroy Garlic Festival, please call (408) 842-1625.
Festival office hours: Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Media Contact:
Katherine Filice
(408) 852-3510 | mediarelations@gilroygarlicfestival.com