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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coming Up: Sunset Celebration Weekend

If you love Sunset Magazine, you shouldn't miss their Celebration Weekend. When do you have a chance to walk around beautiful grounds that serve as inspiration, testing, and production for the magazine (by production I mean kitchens as well as gardens).

This massive party/street fair is more upscale than most. Not the most kid-friendly place, but if you need to bring them along, there is usually something for them to do.

First - expect crowds. Huge crowds. And lines. If you're claustrophobic, don't go.

A few highlights:
-Featured Acts: that would be the chefs, garden gurus, home/design experts, entertainers and musicians. As in 10 celebrity chefs doing cooking demonstrations.
-The Sunset Modern Cottage - each year the celebration features a Sunset-designed (or at least commissioned) house. Long lines to get in.
-Wine Seminars - oh boy - get a babysitter!
-Event Sponsors and Community Booths - Sounds boring, but this is where the freebies are! Lots of samples. Bring a bag! And a wallet - in case you want to buy something from any of the hundred+ exhibitors.

In the past, the Celebration Weekend also had several free crafts to do (again, long lines). I didn't see that on the website, but I'm guessing they'll have that again. When I went there was lei-making and flower pot decorating. My kid-in-a-stroller didn't let me do anything, but now that the kids are older...

When: June 2-3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WhereSunset Magazine Headquarters (80 Willow Road - though you won't park there). Click the Sunset link for directions.
Cost: $16/adults, free for kids 12 and under. Get tickets here.

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