The Lodi Grape Festival returns this year for an event that will show fair lovers that it’s all that and a bag of chips.
Along with food, wine tasting, rides and good company, visitors can expect a Beard and Mustache competition the Saturday after opening. The grand prize is free haircuts for a year through the Great Clips salon in Lodi.
“The thing about the Grape Festival is that we’re always trying to change, to bring something new,” said Mark Armstrong, CEO of the Grape Festival. “It’s a blast.”
The annual festival, held at 413 E. Lockeford St., is open from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11; noon to midnight Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13; and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. Admission for adults (ages 13 and up) is $9; kids (ages 6 to 12) are $5.
Thursday is Family Value Day, meaning anyone ages 16 and under gets in for free. On Friday, everyone entering before 5 p.m. gets in for free. And on the weekend, anyone looking for a deal may bring in some spare cans of food to lower the price to $2 a ticket from noon to 2 p.m.
Beginning August 1, advance tickets will be available for purchase online and at the Lodi Grape Festival office, and on Aug. 15 at Food-4-Less and Rancho San Miguel in Lodi. Tickets purchased online will be held at will-call, located at the front gate, or at the Lodi Grape Festival office for pick up before Sept. 10.
Visa and Mastercard will be accepted at the front gate. Three ATMs will be located at the Grape Pavillion.
Ride tickets purchased in the festival are $1 each. The carnival ride wristband is $28, except on Thursday, when it will be only $15.
Strollers and wheelchairs won’t be rented out at the event, and no pets are allowed.
If you leave the festival, you’ll have to pay to get back in — no exceptions.
For more information, visit the Grape Festival website.