Bring your taste for adventure to Gilroy, California, and discover the Garlic Capital of the World! Gilroy’s central location, mild year-round weather, and budget-friendly hotels make it the perfect home base for exploring Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. And you’ll find plenty to spice up your stay right here in Gilroy!
The world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival is the gourmet celebration that put Gilroy on the map. The world’s greatest summer food festival serves up three days of great garlicky food, live entertainment, celebrity chefs, cooking competitions, arts and crafts, and good old-fashioned family fun. Mark your calendars for July 26, 27 and 28, 2019 to experience the world’s greatest summer food festival for yourself!
If you can’t make it for the Festival, don’t despair. No matter when you visit Gilroy, you can always follow the Road to Garlic. This tasty treasure map is your guide to nearly 40 different gourmet gift shops, farm stands, and restaurants where garlic is always on the menu. You can even sample some only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream. Love it or hate it, you’ve simply got to try it!
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is a wonderland for families with young children and those who are young at heart. The park features over 40 fun rides and attractions, including the super-splashy Water Oasis, plus majestic gardens and the world-famous Circus Trees. Gilroy Gardens is open during the daytime and also for special evening events during Halloween and the Christmas holiday season.
Gilroy is also a mecca for serious shoppers. At Gilroy Premium Outlets, you’ll find extraordinary everyday savings of 25-65% at over 145 designer outlet stores, including Nike, Coach, Michael Kors, Timberland, Ann Taylor, and more. Be sure to save some time to also explore the charming antique shops and boutiques in Historic Downtown Gilroy, where you’ll also find excellent restaurants, authentic Mexican food, and craft breweries.
Wine lovers will enjoy exploring the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, which features over 30 wineries in one of California’s oldest wine growing regions. Discover award-winning wines, stunning vineyard views, and a casual, relaxed atmosphere that makes wine tasting fun—not intimidating. Feel free to ask questions, as the person pouring your wine may very well be the vintner himself (or herself)!
If you’re looking for outdoor adventures, you’ll find plenty of hiking and biking trails at nearby parks like Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, Mt. Madonna, Henry Coe State Park, and Pinnacles National Park. You’ll also find outstanding golf courses for players of all levels.
Planning your trip to Gilroy is easier than ever with the new Customized Itinerary tool at VisitGilroy.com. To create a personalized trip plan, simply set filters for the time of year you plan to travel, the length of your stay, and the overall purpose of your trip (business, leisure, romance, etc.). Then, adjust sliders to indicate your level of interest in seven different categories, including Food & Wine, Shopping, The Great Outdoors, and Fun & Entertainment. Based on your selections, a vibrant photo gallery will showcase restaurants, events, and attractions you might enjoy, along with recommendations from local experts. Just mark your “Favorites” and then, with one click, create a customized itinerary.
So “follow the fun” and start planning your own unique Gilroy getaway today at VisitGilroy.com.