Winterfest Live on the Vine returns for its ninth year this weekend This award-winning festival is a five-week, mid-winter music and wine festival, running each weekend from February 19 through March 20. Winterfest is a project of East End Arts with support from the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Long Island Wine Council, and presenting sponsor, Suffolk County National Bank.
Winterfest Live on the Vine will feature more than 70 concerts and wine events in over 40 unique venues throughout Long Island’s scenic East End. Vineyard tasting rooms, boutique hotels, and historic theaters provide the stages for more than 30 emerging artists and legendary Grammy-winning headliners in a diverse menu of musical styles: jazz, rock, country, world, singer-songwriter and more, amidst the backdrop of one of the most charming regions in New York.
The Winterfest Kickoff Party on Friday, February 19, at Suffolk Theater will feature Long Island favorites: Toby Walker and Miles to Dayton. Tickets are available at liwinterfest.com. Music for every taste and in every genre includes New Orleans favorites The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Grammy award-winning folk icon Judy Collins, Grammy award-winning jazz trumpet legend Randy Brecker quartet featuring Ada Rovatti, and back for a second sold-out year is Americana-sweetheart Amy Helm. Jazz drummer Bryan Carter & his Trio, Downbeat Magazine award-winner Ray Anderson with Steve Salerno, Paul Simon bassist Bakithi Kumalo & Friends, and the Late Night Gospel Choir performing a “raise the roof” Gospel Brunch, are just some of the artists appearing this year, with many more being added. The Closing Party and grand finale concert will take place on Saturday, March 19, at Suffolk Theater and will feature classic rockers Jefferson Starship, presented by Suffolk County National Bank and Certilman Balin Attorneys.
Winterfest is also very excited to announce the addition of the Long Island Wine Council’s “Art of Wine” events. This exciting and hands-on series of over 23 wine-focused events gives visitors exclusive access to rare wines, Long Island’s winemakers and progressive winemaking techniques. Guests can spend a day or a weekend at Winterfest; special all-inclusive weekend or one day packages are available.
For more information, visit liwinterfest.com or call (631) 331-0808.