CASTRO VALLEY -- The community will celebrate its 40th annual Castro Valley Fall Festival this weekend.
The festival, Castro Valley's biggest event of the year, will take place Saturday and Sunday in front of the Castro Valley Library on Norbridge Avenue. The two-day festival had been held for years on Castro Valley Boulevard but moved last year because of road construction.
"We had it on Norbridge last year, and people loved that location. The trees, the lawn changed the whole feeling of the festival, so we've decided to keep it there," said Roberta Rivet, executive director of the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce.
"And it was hard on the merchants when we were on the Boulevard. The festival cut off access to their shops," she said.
The festival, which is expected to attract more than 60,000 people, will include more than 150 booths. They will include jewelry and other handcrafted items and artwork. In addition, representatives from local nonprofit agencies and businesses will have booths. Several music groups will perform on three stages.
Chounaird, Wente and Beringer (Stone Cellars) wineries will be pouring libations. Souvenir wine glasses are $5 for a 6-ounce one with the festival logo on it and $7 for a 17-ounce commemorative one with 40th anniversary etched on it. Pours are $5, Rivet said.
Horizon Beverages will be selling beer, and there will be nonalcoholic drinks available.
Vendors will offer a variety of food, including savory crepes, Mexican and East Indian dishes, Greek specialities, artichokes, fish and chips, chicken on a stick and burgers. In addition, there will be gourmet food trucks from Food Mafia.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., a Classic Car Show will showcase more than 150 cars at the Castro Valley BART station parking lot on Redwood Road. Proceeds from show entries will be donated to the Chamber of Commerce and the Auto Technology program at the Eden Area Regional Occupational Program in Hayward.
Rivet said that the car show is being held in conjunction with the weekly farmers market at the BART station and will have music and food. "It's really nice; they've built that up," she said.
The festival has an agreement with BART to allow free parking in its lot. "Parking was always a problem before" when the festival was on Castro Valley Boulevard, she said.
Contact Rebecca Parr at 510-293-2473 or follow her at Twitter.com/rdparr1.
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Norbridge Avenue between Redwood Road and Castro Valley Boulevard, Castro Valley