Art and Wine Festival Coming to Lafayette in September

The Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is coming to Lafayette, California on September 23rd and 24th, 2023. The festival is 10am to 7pm on the 23rd and 10am-6pm on the 24th.

The annual festival–which was briefly paused during Covid-19 but has since come back in full force for its 26th year–takes over the whole downtown in a massive celebration of local art, music, crafts and, as the name implies, wine.

Lafayette Art and Wine festival poster
Lafayette Art and Wine festival poster

What to Know About the Festival

Admission to the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is free, and the festival takes over much of the city.

Aerial view of the festival in 2019
Aerial view of the festival in 2019

Parking can be a big challenge. One great solution is to park in Pleasant Hill or Orinda and take BART into Lafayette.

You can also ride BART to the festival from around the Bay Area. And if you’re planning to enjoy some wine, BART also makes a great way to safely get back home, too!

What To See and Do

In the past, the Lafayette California Art and Wine Festival has featured local crafts vendors, live music, local food, plenty of wines to taste and buy, and even some fun rides.

Large slide at Art and Wine festival
The slide

There has even been a petting zoo in previous years!

Sheep in a petting zoo
The petting zoo in 2019

In previous years, the festival included a little train that drove kids around in the circle in a downtown parking lot (thrilling for the 5 and under set), a giant slide in Fiesta Square, and more.

Children's train in parking lot
This tiny train cruised around the parking lot

There are four stages and over 15 bands playing at the festival. The list of sponsors is too long to include in full, but includes organizations like Safeway, BMO, Diablo Foods, the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Mechanics Bank, the Lafayette Park Hotel, and more.

You can learn more about the festival on the festival’s website at

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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