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Top Ten Reasons to visit Fairfield This Fall

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suisunwinery.jpgActivities and Events to Satisfy Every Taste

By the Fairfield Tourism Association

School is back in session and evenings are cool and crisp.  Are you looking for a weekend getaway this fall?  Well, look no further then Good Natured Fairfield.  

Conveniently located along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento, Fairfield is the ideal destination to enjoy a fall escape.  Visitors can expect an array of lodging choices and packages, wineries to discover, delicious dining options, unique attractions, and plenty of special events and activities to satisfy any taste.

So, take a break from your daily routine and check out this list of ten popular things to do and see this fall in and around Fairfield.

Great Pumpkin Sightings in Fairfield

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Article and Photography by Barbara L. Steinberg

Erickson-Ranch-Great-Pumpkins-Credit-Barbara-L-Steinberg-2010---4.jpgIt's September. Labor Day has passed, along with the last "unofficial" day of summer and the long, warm days are waning. The nights are lightly chilled and the mornings are damp. The change is definitely upon us and the smell of autumn is in the air. In a land where sunshine and blue skies reign most of the year, autumn is one of California's most dramatic and colorful seasons.  Not just the landscape, but the wide array of fall crops make this a most special time to visit Fairfield's Suisun Valley.

Suisun Valley has a wonderful autumn season, coupled with all the fun and frolic of local pumpkin patches and Halloween merriment. For most visitors, October probably marks the start of the fall season.  And by October 1, Suisun Valley's season of harvest is in full swing. U-pick pumpkin patches, Indian corn, colorful fall gourds, crisp apples, and Fun Family Farm Days - harvest time is on sensory overload, visually and aromatically!

Fairfield's Suisun Valley is Fall Fabulous

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Fairfield Suisun Valley Blue Victorian Fall Foliage Credit Barbara Steinberg 2009 2.jpgArticle & Photography by Barbara Steinberg

The splendor of autumn makes it an especially ideal time of year to travel in Fairfield, California's Suisun Valley; one of California's oldest standing viticulture and agricultural areas. A best kept secret of California, a foliage trip to Suisun Valley is one that's best suited to travelers who long to be away from the crowds.

Celebrate Harvest in Solano County

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tomatofest.jpgBy Deirdre Bourdet

Looking to celebrate harvest 2010 with rural scenery, friendly people, and hand-crafted food and wines?  Of course you are.  Curious about wines grown in appellations right next door to Napa Valley, which top out at around $35 per bottle?  If you're not, you should be.  Harvest season is the ideal time to find out what's going on in Suisun Valley and Green Valley, which lie immediately to the east of Napa and just off Highway 80.

If you could pick just one weekend, go August 14-15, 2010, when a slew of free or nearly free harvest-themed events compete for your entertainment.  The award-winning Fairfield Tomato Festival begins at 10am on Saturday for two days of tomatoey delights.  Sample gourmet tomato products, ogle and taste more than 50 heirloom tomato varieties, shop for locally grown produce, and compete for cash prizes in the tomato eating contest.  Tons of free rides and activities are also on hand to occupy kids less enthralled by the tomato gluttony.  Admission is free to all.

Reasons To Visit Fairfield This Summer

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vezerconcert.jpgActivities and Events to Satisfy Every Taste

Looking for a mini-vacation close to home this summer.?  Well, look no further then Good Natured Fairfield.  Conveniently located along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Sacramento, Fairfield is the ideal destination to enjoy a summer escape.  Visitors can expect an array of lodging choices and packages, wineries to discover, delicious dining options, unique attractions, and plenty of special events and activities to satisfy any taste. So, take a break from your daily routine and check out this list of popular things to do and see this summer in and around Fairfield.

Upcoming Events in Suisun Valley/Fairfield, CA

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vezerconcert.jpegJULY - OCTOBER

Vezer Family Vineyard Summer Concert Series

Join the fun at Vezer Family Vineyard with live music, wine and food all summer long! Upcoming acts include Mojo Jelly, The Rhythem Method, The Wes/Benson Experience, Ritmojito and many more! Wine for sale by the bottle or glass, table service can be purchased from the Vintage Caffe. Tickets can be purchased at Vezer Family Vineyard, Blue Victorian Winery, on our website or by phone. Use code VEZER500 for free glass of wine. Mankas Corner Tasting Room, 2522 Mankas Corner Road, Ste V, Suisun Valley

Fee: $17.50 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Phone Number: (888) 823.VINE

The Arts in Suisun Valley / Fairfield

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ART GALLERIES
 
suisunArts.jpgVisit galleries and museums in Fairfield that feature artists from the local community. Spend your Friday evening at the Art Explosion Gallery where they host "Art Jams" every first Friday of the month where you will meet artists, enjoy music, and of course gain an appreciation of art. Each event has a different them and artists and guests are encouraged to come in costume! 

Finally, located in downtown Fairfield is the FCCA Gallery (Fairfield Center For Creative Arts) and they offer ongoing exhibitions free to the public throughout the year. The 47th Annual Juried Art Show is already in full swing and lasts through March 27, 2010. Over 250 pieces of art (various mediums) were entered from artists all over Northern California. A jury of three professionals from the Bay Area and Sacramento arts community selected 122 pieces to showcase. The Gala Reception and Awards night already passed, but there is still plenty of opportunity to view the art!

suisunArts2.jpgArt Explosion Gallery
821 Texas Street
Fairfield, CA
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday; 11am - 5pm

Fairfield Center Gallery
1035 West Texas Street
Fairfield, CA 94534
Hours: Thursday - Saturday; 11am - 4pm


Upcoming Events

Art on the Vine (AOV) - June 5,6, 2010

Always held the first  weekend in June and open to the public, this spring art festival features original visual art and sculpture pieces from local and surrounding Bay Area artists. Spend a sunny day viewing art, nibbling on delicious food, tasting award-winning wine of Wooden Valley Winery, and enjoying live music. Festival is free to the public.

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