Weekend of arts events coming to Palo Alto

University Ave in Palo Alto

Downtown Palo Alto will be awash in arts-focused events this weekend as the annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts comes to town. The event, hosted by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, is likely to attract more than 150,000 people.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, and is free to attend. This festival takes over most of the downtown thoroughfare, occupying University Ave. between High and Webster Streets.

A free city shuttle will run throughout many Palo Alto neighborhoods to help relieve traffic congestion and parking concerns. Caltrain’s Palo Alto station is also a block from the festival site.

According to organizers, more than 300 artisans from across the Bay Area and the country will be on hand with unique works from a range of artistic mediums. In addition to the artists, the festival will feature stage and street entertainers as well as gourmet food, wine, and beer.

Additionally, Sunday is ‘Summer Family Day’ at the Palo Alto Arts Center, 1313 Newell Rd. The event is a free, family-oriented event celebrating printmaking. Summer Family Day is open to all ages and is set to feature a scavenger hunt and hands-on projects. It runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the 25th.

For more information about the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, click here.

For more information about the Palo Alto Arts Center’s Summer Family Day, click here.