George Orwell famously wrote about winemaking, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a grape's face—forever." Have fun proving him right with today’s grape-smashing Groupon: for $6, you get four adult tickets (a $12 value) to the Grape Harvest Festival in Victoria Gardens. Tickets are valid for one day of the festival, which is open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 28, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 29. Children under the age of 12 receive free admission.
A multifarious but rarely nefarious array of local wineries, restaurants, artisans, crafters, and entertainers fortifies the stomping grounds at the Grape Harvest Festival, the oldest fete of its kind in California. But the main attraction is, without a doubt, the myriad buckets of squishy, sweet violet spheres waiting for aspirant tap dancers and resentful vegetable farmers to engage in one of the few remaining traditional grape stomps open to the public. Once you've finished gleefully purpling your heels, you'll get to taste the fermented fruits of local labor and celebrate the Rancho Cucamonga community’s vineyard heritage by sampling sips and nibbles from fine neighboring eateries, with each bite soundtracked by live music and other performances populating the various festival stages. Meanwhile, palates preferring motor oil to wine can salivate over the careful craftsmanship and luscious vroom-vrooms of the fest’s Saturday motorcycle rally and Sunday car show, which showcase a wide sampling of motos, including wine-powered Harleys and the rare ’82 vintage Ford Zinfandel. And with more than 100 arts and crafts options, the artsy-flatulentsy of any age can both make and take home handcrafted treasures.
Rancho Cucamonga has celebrated the local land’s grapey-purple genetics in various forms for decades, and the Grape Harvest Festival received state recognition as California’s Oldest Grape Harvest Festival in 1987. Pluck the family from its vine-couch and give them a fun, hearty taste of local history with today’s deal.
Day Creek Blvd & Victoria Gardens Ln
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91739Get Directions