What you need to know about this year’s festival

WHEN:  Saturday & Sunday, May 24-25, 2014

 TIME:              Saturday, 10am – 7pm & Sunday, 10am – 6pm

 WHERE:  Downtown Morgan Hill Community Center grounds and Depot Street, between Dunne and 3rd Street.

 ORGANIZER:  Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Organization, a non-profit 501©3

 WHAT TO FIND:  Arts & Crafts, Gourmet Food, Live Entertainment on two stages, Wine & Beer Gardens, Mushroom Educational exhibit, Cooking Demonstration Stage, MunchkinLand with rides, games and entertainment, Marketplace Exhibitors, Business Display Booths, Street Performers & Strolling Musicians.

 PARKING: There is plenty of free parking surrounding the festival including the Park & Ride Lot on Butterfield between Dunne & Main and city streets where parking is permitted.  If parking at the Park & Ride lot, entrance to the festival is just on the other side of the pedestrian train crossing and will put you in MunchkinLand and near the Depot Food Court.  For a $5 donation to the Live Oak Emerald Regime Band, you can park at the large lot just a short walk away on the corner of Church & Dunne.   

 HANDICAP PARKING: handicap parking is available in the Park & Ride Lot on Butterfield Blvd between Dunne & Main street.  A pedestrian walkway across the railroad tracks is handicap accessible and will bring you right into the festival.  For a $5 donation to the Live Oak Emerald Regime Band, you can park at the large lot on the corner of Church & Dunne where we will provide free shuttle service for handicap accessible festivalgoers. 

SECURED BIKE PARKING:  What better way to get to the festival than by riding your bike.  And the best part is you get to park right at the front entrance in our secured Bike Parking sponsored by Sports Basement. 

 MUSHROOMS:  The festival star is the mushroom.  Visit the Mushroom Display and Exhibit sponsored by Rotary Morgan Hill and the Western Mushroom Marketing Association. Enjoy Cooking Demonstrations featuring mushroom dishes.  Enjoy Morgan Hill’s own Mushroom Soup as well as the many other food vendors showcasing Mushroom dishes from stuffed, sautéed, deep fried and grilled.  And don’t forget to meet the festival mascot, Marty the Mushroom.

 ENTERTAINMENT:  Two stages of Live Entertainment will fill your day.  The Main Stage is located at the Morgan Hill Downtown Amphitheater and The Music Tree Stage is located on the corner of Depot and 4th Street.  The lineup includes everything from Country to Classic Rock, Blues and Bluegrass so get ready to kick up your heels.  Strolling Musicians and Street Performers will also dazzle you with their performances throughout the festival.  And, don’t forget to meet the Festival Mascot and have your picture taken with Marty the Mushroom. 

 MUNCHKINLAND:  Your kids will enjoy a wide variety of games, rides, and great kid’s entertainment on the MunchkinLand Stage, featuring local demonstrations, karaoke contest and Children’s acts.  MunchkinLand is located between 2nd & 3rd Streets on Depot Street.  The Kids Stage is sponsored by The Little Gym and is located on 3rd & Depot Street. 

 FOOD:  There is something to please everyone’s palette.  Mushroom dishes which can be tasted in soup, stuffed, sandwiched, deep-fried, marinated, over rice, and much more! Tri Tip Sandwiches, Ribs, Pulled Pork & Brisket, Turkey Drumsticks, Calamari and Kabobs, Kettle Corn, Gyros and Falafels, Philly Cheese Steak, Chinese food, Mexican food and the list goes on…  There are two food courts to find your favorite food.  The Community Center Food Court is located in the Community Center Parking Lot and the Depot Food Court is located on Depot Street between 3rd & 4th Street.

BEVERAGES:   There will be plenty of locations to refresh your thirst at the festival.  There will be four Wine Booths throughout the festival serving local wines with a Wine Garden with seating, near the Music Tree Stage.  Beer trailers pouring Budweiser, Bud Light and Shock Top are conveniently placed around the festival near all the food and entertainment.  The Beer Garden, serving Corona, Modelo & Microbrews will be located in the Community Center Food Court and a Corona & Modelo Beer Tent by the 4th Street Stage.  Soda’s & Water can be purchased from the Live Oak High School Boy’s and Girls Volleyball throughout the festival.  Also enjoy beverages from our vendors including Lemonade, Iced Tea, Fruit Punch, Fruit Smoothies, and much more!

PETS:  Festival organizers respectfully request you be kind to your pet and leave them at home!  The festival is mainly on asphalt which can be very hot on your pet’s feet as well as a lot of people stepping on their paws.     

 ARTWORK & PROGRAM:  The official Mushroom Mardi Gras poster, postcard, website and ads were designed by Design Factory Graphics of San Martin, CA. Official festival program is sponsored and designed by Out & About Magazine, South Valley’s premier resource and informational guide.


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