On the rolling greens of the Empire Polo Club, the Rhythm, Wine, and Brews Fest unfolds for an afternoon of locally crafted libations and priceless rhythm and blues. Guests saunter into the white cabanas of the wine garden with souvenir glasses in hand, partaking in the fruits of local and national wineries, such as Smith & Hook and Fess Parker, underneath the shade of date palms. The scent of hops and barley drifts through the high-peaked tents of the beer-tasting pavilion, where more than 25 breweries, including Shipyard Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing, dispense their handcrafted suds. As daycationing denizens sniff, swish, and savor their beverages, the air buzzes with liquid rhythm and blues from a roster of roots artists.
Santa Ysabel Casino's Hoodang immerses guests in an outdoor fest of music, gaming, and craft beer. San Diego-based rockers Louis XIV top a lineup of 12 bands, regaling ears with rough-and-tumble tunes, and Sprung Monkey adds its punk-rock sensibilities to the musical mix, inspiring exuberant dancing and impromptu mohawk-growing contests. Other bands include Midnight Rivals, Mr. Tube and the Flying Objects, Slpwlkrs, Natural Selection, and more.