(Hint: It’s more than just garlic!)

Every year on the last full weekend in July, the self-proclaimed “Garlic Capital of the World” welcomes thousands of visitors from around the globe to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Guests enjoy great garlicky food, cooking competitions, and live entertainment at the ultimate summer food fair. But there’s lots going on in Gilroy all year long!

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park provides fun for the whole family, featuring over 40 rides and attractions, majestic gardens, and the world-famous Circus Trees in a beautiful and unique setting. You won’t want to miss Lumination, a spectacular festival of light celebrating 2000 years of Chinese culture and tradition, coming to the park in July 2016.

Shoppers will find extraordinary everyday savings of 25–65% at 145 designer outlet stores at Gilroy Premium Outlets as well as a number of charming antique shops, boutiques, and excellent restaurants in Historic Downtown Gilroy.

Wine lovers will enjoy exploring the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, which features over 25 award-winning wineries nestled in the foothills overlooking the valley. Gilroy’s scenic vineyards provide a casual, relaxed atmosphere for wine tasting and picnics.

The area also abounds with outdoor activities, with several parks, golf courses, hiking trails, and nearby lakes for fishing and water sports.

Gilroy’s central location and budget-friendly hotels make it a great destination any time of year — and an ideal place to stay if you’ll be attending Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium (just 30 miles up the road) on February 7, 2016 or the U.S. Women’s Open golf tournament at nearby CordeValle Resort (July 4–10, 2016).

For more information, go to visitgilroy.com.