VACAVILLE — It’s so big they needed two Beatles tribute bands.
If you’re not leaving town this Labor Day weekend, the downtown Vacaville Art, Wine and Brew Festival is going on through Sunday.
The event kicked off Friday night at Town Square with two bands and a whole lot of people packing in with folding chairs to enjoy the music, beer and wine despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
Things got started with The Rhythm Method and then the Delta Rockets on the stage as folks continued to converge on the festival.
A few danced in the toasty evening.
“We’re having fun. The Rhythm Method just finished playing, one of the best bands in Northern California,” said Bob Vollmer, Executive Director of the Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District, which put on the festival.
Even more music is on tap for the rest of the weekend.
Things get started at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Nancy Northrup.
The stage will be busy all day, wrapping up with the Sun Kings, the first of two Beatles tribute bands on the schedule.
“They’re one of the best regional bands around,” Vollmer said. “We had them here three years ago and it’s amazing how many people have asked me, ‘When are you having the Sun Kings back, when are you having the Sun Kings back? It’s the 50th anniversary of (the Beatles) playing at Candlestick. So we figured ‘why not, what the heck.’”
From 2-5 p.m., people can enjoy the Wine Stroll, tasting the various wines – many from Suisun Valley – while visiting a number of downtown businesses.
Saturday will also feature a number of artists from the Vacaville Art League displaying their wares and even making live art on scene.
“It’s fun. We try to generate activities downtown for our lovely community – free events for people to attend down here,” Vollmer said. “It’s the 400-plus merchants that organize and help put all this stuff on.”
Sunday things continue, starting at 11 a.m., with the second Beatles act, Hey Jude, taking the stage at 12:30 p.m.
The efforts to put on the festival are largely those of the volunteers, who are members of the Business Improvement District.
“You need port-a-potties, you need trash cans, you need to have the right beer and the right wine and you have to have volunteers and we’d be dead if we did not have our volunteers, God bless them,” Vollmer said. “We had a chat the other night and just talking to them, we would not be able to do what we do.”
Never sitting idle, Vollmer said the BID is working on ideas for the future too.
“We already have some great ideas for next year,” he said. “It’ll be nice to make it bigger and bigger each year. Brings customers to our downtown and see what we have downtown.”
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10 a.m. Nancy Northrup
11 a.m. Kyle Williams
12:30 p.m. ZZ Topless
2 p.m. Wine Stroll begins
2:30 p.m. Bill Watson
4:30 p.m. Hearts on Fire
7 p.m. The Sun Kings (Beatles tribute)
11 a.m. Stringfellows
12:30 p.m. Hey Jude (Beatles tribute)
2 p.m. Whiskey & Honey