Idyllwild: One festive little town

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The Idyllwild Bluegrass Invitational of 1974 drew capacity crowds to Town Hall. Due to great success and popularity in only its third year, the event became twice a year and was moved to Idyllwild County Park. Town Crier File

Over the years, a variety of festivals have been held on the Hill, keeping the locals active and attracting thousands of visitors.

Idyllwild currently hosts several well-known festivals that highlight the culture of the community. The most popular and one of the longest-running is Jazz in the Pines, which started in 1994 and has brought some of the best jazz musicians in the business to the Hill. The jazz fest, as the locals call it, attracts thousands of jazz lovers and raises funds for Idyllwild Arts Academy scholarships. This year’s Jazz in the Pines runs Aug. 25 through 26. Tickets are available at

Another lasting and popular annual event is the Art Walk and Wine Tasting, which started in 1998. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild sponsors and organizes the event, where patrons tour local galleries and sample Temecula Valley wines along the way. This year’s Art Walk and Wine Tasting is scheduled for Oct. 13.

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