Anytime the word festival appears in the name of an event, people expect to have fun, and fun is what's on the menu for this year's 13th annual Brentwood Art, Wine and Jazz Festival taking place Saturday and Sunday at the Streets of Brentwood.

This family-centric event brings together the best of Brentwood, from local artists of all ages, and local vintners, to some of the Bay Area's finest musicians filling the air with jazz, jazz, jazz, in all its genres.

The free festival is hosted by the Brentwood Art Society, and is its largest annual fundraiser, with proceeds going to support arts programs and events in the community, including the Art Docent program, scholarships to graduating seniors, summer Art Walk Events, the Artists Open Studio Tour, Student Art Show, Broadway Under the Stars theater performances, and a monthly open mic hosted by the city's poet laureate, Kati Short.

Jennifer Liotta, of San Ramon, left, and Caren Ironside, of Brentwood, center, gets some wine advice from Chris Boran, right, the winemaker at J Doran
Jennifer Liotta, of San Ramon, left, and Caren Ironside, of Brentwood, center, gets some wine advice from Chris Boran, right, the winemaker at J Doran Vineyards in Napa, during the Brentwood Art, Wine, and Jazz Festival at the Streets of Brentwood in Brentwood, Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

"As we do every year, this year we're going to make this an absolutely spectacular, family-friendly community event," said Ronald Bonner, Brentwood Art Society member and festival director.

Throughout the two-day festival the themes of art, wine and jazz will co-mingle, offering a number of venues and activities to explore and experience.

Within the Artist Garden, more than 40 local artists will display original pieces in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pencil, clay, bronze and multimedia.

Nearby, the Wall of Art will give up-and-coming artists from local elementary and intermediate schools a chance to display their work.


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"The festival is centered around children and their art at the Wall of Art. We share with the community some of their artistic endeavors and creativity," Bonner said. "That's really a key thing from our vantage point because that's what we're all about, raising funds to promote art in the schools."

Liberty and Heritage High School students from will display their artistry with drawing chalk art on the Streets of Brentwood over the weekend.

The Children's Center, sponsored and run by the Dainty Center, will feature fun activities for children young and old, where they can work in clay, paint at easels or make musical instruments.

"Parents can feel comfortable dropping young children off at the Children's Center and browsing through the rest of the festival because there will be plenty of supervision and their children will be well-attended," Bonner said.

The huge fountain in the middle of the promenade will be surrounded by tented displays for local vineyards and microbrews.

Four food vendors -- Brentwood Fine Meats, Sticky Chicken, El Gallito and Smith Farms -- will add their fare to the array of popular restaurants within the festival area.

Everything will be enjoyed to the sound of jazz in all its genres, from soul and blues to Latin and gospel, from morning into the night.

Opening the festivities on Saturday will be the national anthem sung a Cappella by the Pink Ladies, Diva and Jag, all quartets from local high schools, followed by Liberty High School Jazz Band under the direction of Carey Hurst.

At 12:30 p.m. recognized blues singer Kay Bohler will take to the stage with her rhythm and blues bands, performing some of the songs from her recently released CD.

Jazz sax player Angelo Luster & Friends follow, with gospel jazz, inviting the audience to participate in the spiritual journey their music can evoke.

The Lloyd Gregory Ensemble takes the stage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. filling the air with jazz that is soulful, smooth, melodic and flowing. Gregory's extensive R&B roots add texture as he fuses soul, pop and jazz.

By the time headliner Juan Escovedo takes over at 8 p.m., the crowd should be warmed up and ready to dance, clap, and snap their fingers as the smooth Latin jazz sound of this musician of complexity, style and originality takes over.

Sunday is equally full of music and entertainment starting with a dance exhibition put on by students from East County Performing Arts. Mambo King Nerio De Garcia and his Sextet follow with their Afro-Cuban Caribbean sound.

Delta Wires, a big-sound, high-energy harmonica and horns, blues, R&B and a bit-of-jazz band close out the Jazz Festival.

Though the festival is free, it's an important fundraiser for the Brentwood Arts Society, with proceeds coming from rental fees paid by participating artists and percentages from the sale or food, wine and beer.

If you go
What: Brentwood Art, Wine, Jazz Festival
When: Saturday and Sunday
Where: Streets of Brentwood, 2565 Sand Creek Road, Brentwood
Info: 925-516-2741 or www.brentwoodartsociety.org
Cost: Free