10 tons of beef… 4 tons of pasta… 4 tons of calamari… 2 tons of scampi
2 TONS of fresh Christopher Ranch garlic
$9.7 million raised for local charity
Downloadable images and broadcast quality video are available
in the MEDIA CENTER at www.gilroygarlicfestival.com
Great Garlic Cook-Off Finals will be streamed LIVE on the internet
July 27, 2013 / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Gilroy Garlic Festival
The 35th annual “Ultimate Summer Food Fair”; three days of incredible food, beverages, arts & crafts and live entertainment.
Christmas Hill Park; Gilroy, CA
30 miles south of San Jose off Highway 101
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
July 26-28, 2013
10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Gates close at 6 p.m.)
Tickets (single day admission only):
- Adult General Admission $ 17.00
- Children (ages 6-12) $ 8.00
- Under age 6 – Free
- Seniors (60+) $ 8.00
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.
Starting in June 2013-
Buy your discount tickets online at tickets.gilroygarlicfestival.com or in person at any Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods. Discount prices are $15 for adults and $6 for children and seniors. Also available online only are discount tickets for a Gourmet Alley Combo Plate, regularly $12, available for $10 with an online admission ticket. All discount tickets are available for purchase until noon Sunday July 28, 2013.
Local’s Day – Friday July 26, 2013 – You can purchase up to two $12 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 26, 2013 only.
Military Discount – Active members of the US Military receive a $2 discount off General Admission at the gate by presenting their valid US Military ID.
Information: (408) 842-1625
Contact: Peter Ciccarelli 831/476-7275
The festival is held in a park. It is all outdoors with mostly turf and some compact dirt and asphalt walkways. There are natural shade trees, and many shade tents with tables and benches.
The admission price includes parking, musical entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and a children’s area. Festival guests purchase food and beverages from the vendors. Prices range from $2 to $12 depending on the item, which is a full-size serving, not a sample.
Lodging, camping, and RV sites:
Gilroy Welcome Center – www.gilroyvisitor.org
Casa de Fruta – www.casadefruta.com/visit-accommodations.php
Gilroy Gardens – www.gilroygardens.org
Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park – www.gilroygarlicusarvpark.com
Self-contained RVs can park in the lot at the corner of Santa Teresa Blvd and Miller Avenue beginning Tuesday, July 23 through 10:00 am on Monday, July 29. There are no hook-ups, no frills and no fee. No reservations; first come, first serve.
Parking is Free with a shuttle running from the parking lot to festival grounds. The parking lots open at 9:00am each morning.
Free secure bicycle parking is available on Miller Avenue at the levee.
Public transportation: www.vta.org
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
For your comfort:
- Wear comfortable shoes – walking on lawn, compact dirt, and asphalt.
- Dress in layers – mornings could be foggy, afternoons are sunny.
- Sport hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen – there’s lots of garlic sunshine.
Handicapped and disabled access:
The parking lot is a graded agricultural field. Ask the lot attendant for directions to handicap parking. From there, guests will be shuttled to and from the gate. The festival grounds are mostly lawn, compact dirt, and asphalt. There are handicap restroom facilities in the parking lot and at the many restroom areas throughout the park. There are many shade tents with tables and benches throughout the festival grounds.
Please remember: Shirt and shoes are required.
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
- Pocket knives and weapons of any kind.
*If you bring any of these items listed above, leave them locked in your car.
Please be advised that the City of Gilroy park rules prohibit dogs and other animals from being brought into the park, except Guide Dogs, Seeing Eye Dogs & Service Dogs.
*There are no kennel facilities available at the park.
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.