The Santa Maria Valley’s signature fall event returns this weekend with the 27th annual Autumn Arts Grapes & Grains Festival in downtown Santa Maria on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

As always, this festive street fair will feature a feast for the senses courtesy of local winemakers, brewers and artists. Admission is free. Optional tickets can be purchased for access to the wine and beer tasting tent. The festival unfolds along South McClelland Street near library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Live art demonstrations will be staged throughout the day. Additionally there will be youth/teen activities including carnival games, a petting zoo, craft projects and a Chalk Art Expose. This year’s event will also feature a car show, live entertainment, delicious food (including Santa Maria barbecue, of course!), and wine and beer tasting from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information on the Autumn Arts Grapes & Grains Festival, call the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 ext. 260.