Grape Day is an important, historic event for Escondido which started in 1908 as a way to celebrate our grape harvest and promote the city.
This year’s celebration on September 7 will once again feature a unique wine and craft beer tasting experience. For just $20, you can sample from seven different local wineries and three craft breweries, including newcomers to Escondido Vesper Vineyards, Stehleon Vineyards and Plan 9 Alehouse and established favorites like Cordiano Winery and Stone Brewing Co. Plus you get to take home a limited edition Grape Day commemorative wine glass.
The Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club will once again kick off the day at 7:30 a.m. with their annual 5K Fun Run. Participants of all ages can walk or run according to their abilities. The Fun Run will be followed by the Grape Day Parade at 9:30 a.m. The whimsical parade starts at Escondido Boulevard and Grand Avenue and travels east on Grand to Juniper, featuring floats, marching bands, walking groups, equestrians and historic automobiles. The Grape Day Festival begins at 9:30 a.m. and includes free, family-friendly activities such as grape stomping, live music and dancers, vendor booths, food trucks and demonstrations.
More information and wine tasting tickets are at www.grapeday.escondido.org .