General Admission Tickets

General Admission

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.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
July 28, 29 & 30, 2017
10 am – 7 pm
(Entrance gates close at 6 pm)

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 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.




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.