DUBLIN — The city's unusual Splatter art and wine festival returns Saturday, giving the public a chance to make art, dine, drink, listen to music and watch a big fireworks show.

Splatter -- a mix of participatory art and traditional festival fare -- will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Emerald Glen Park on Central Parkway and Tassajara Road. The fireworks begin at dark after a 6:30 p.m. concert by Encore, a 10-piece party band.

Festival admission is free, but there is a $30 charge for passports ($25 in advance) for admission to an air-conditioned tasting pavilion where food and drink samples will be offered by 30 Tri-Valley restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries.

"We want people to enjoy a day of fun in the park sampling art, food and wine," said Ann Mottola, Dublin's heritage and cultural arts manager. "What makes this different is people can create art."

In one cordoned off area, festival visitors will douse each other with colored paint powder to make themselves into human art.

"We tested it and the paint washes off," Mottola said.

People will make art out of food in another area, and write poems with magnetized letters in another area.

In another attraction done inside loaned cars, local actors in the front seat will perform short plays for audiences of three people in the back seat.

City officials said festivalgoers are welcome to stay for the day and either bring picnics or buy meals from nine food trucks at the event. Seating for the fireworks show is on park grass.

Splatter made its debut last year, drawing an estimated 15,000 people, more than city officials expected.

The city previously held an autumn Day on the Glen festival, but that event was canceled several years ago during city budget cuts.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff

.

splatter art and wine festival
What: Splatter Art and Wine Festival
When: Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Emerald Glen Park, at Tassajara Road and Central Parkway, Dublin.
Cost: Admission is free, but a $30 passport ($25 in advance) is required to enter a tasting pavilion serving wine, beer and food. A passport buys a souvenir glass and 20 tastings.
Details: Visit www.ci.dublin.ca.us for passport information.
Parking: Parking is free at the park. The city will also run a free shuttle from Carl Zeiss Meditec offices, 5160 Hacienda Drive, Dublin.