We are excited to announce the merger of two great Festivals, the Downtown Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival and San Francisco’s Polk Street Blues Festival.
For many years each of these long standing free events have attracted thousands of attendees to the communities where they have been held. Both have provided great forms of entertainment to the attendees and it made perfect sense for Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC and Main Street Martinez Downtown Organization to partner and bring both forms together into one great new Festival.
The new Festival is the Bay Area Blues Festival and will be held in Historic Downtown Martinez, CA on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27, 2015, from 10 am to 6 pm.
The event will feature amazing Blues music on two stages, Arts and Crafts Exhibitors, Gourmet Food booths, local Restaurants, community booths, hands on kids activities and rides, a Farmers Market, bistro style seating areas, craft beer and fine wines, and of course street painting artist that will create spectacular chalk art with a Blues theme and the traditional Italian theme. There will also be an area within the chalk art section for kids to create their design and have some creative fun.
If people are looking to escape the crowded big city and want to enjoy a warm, friendly neighborhood atmosphere Historic Downtown Martinez is the place.
About Downtown Martinez:
Established in 1849, Martinez is one of the oldest towns in California and has served as the county seat of Contra Costa County for more than 130 years. Nestled at the gateway to the Delta, the City is home for 36,700 residents. Come visit our historic downtown and spend a relaxing day strolling our tree-lined streets where shops retain their early 20th century charm.
You're just a train ride away from our award-winning Amtrak Station. Don't miss our bustling marina and waterfront that offers beautiful bicycling vistas, hiking trails, world class bocce ball tournaments and a new 10,000 square foot Skate Park.
While you're here, visit the historical home of John Muir, one of California's first and foremost environmentalists and co-founder of the Sierra Club. Martinez is also the birthplace of Joe DiMaggio and the martini!
We expect the event will receive a huge amount of press since it is one of the only remaining free Blues Festivals in Northern California. Please join us and help us build this event into one of the best in the country.
BEST WESTERN PLUS John Muir Inn is offering a special rate of $84.99 per night for the Festival. The Key Word is “.” Call the hotel directly at to book your rooms. Don't forget to mention the Key Word!
BEST WESTERN PLUS John Muir Inn
445 Muir Station Road
Martinez, California, 94553-4671
From more information on Historic Downtown Martinez, please visit www.mainstreetmartinez.org
To request accommodations for persons with disabilities or if you have communication needs such as large print, Braille or sign- language interpreters, please call 1-800-310-6563 or fax us at
415-456-6436 at least three weeks prior to the event.
We will be providing a complimentary shuttle bus to attendees of the Festival from the North Concord BART Station.
For all your public transportation options, visit www.511.org.