Diwali festival Saturday in Cupertino

The Diwali Festival will return on Oct. 13.

The Bay Area’s annual Diwali gathering, known as the Festival of Lights, is coming back to Cupertino on Saturday, with thousands of attendees expected.

This multicultural event, in its 17th edition, is organized by the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce with support from a number of major local sponsors.

Diwali 2019 will feature numerous food options, music and dancing, arts and crafts. A traditional Rangoli display will be a centerpiece of the event. A section specifically for children, with petting zoo, pony rides, face painting and more, will keep attendees of every age entertained.

Festival organizers will decorate Cupertino’s Memorial Park, 10185 N Stelling Rd., for the event with lanterns and fabrics.

According to organizers, “Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil. Celebrated throughout the world, typical Diwali traditions include family and friends gathering to light lamps, exchanging gifts, new clothes, meeting new and old friends, and offering traditional sweets.”

Bay Area Diwali begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 12th, with the Kids Zone art show. A grand opening is at 12:30 p.m. and the festival runs through 6 p.m. It is free to attend.

With high attendance expected, parking will be limited. De Anza College, across the street from Cupertino’s Memorial Park, will have free parking on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on Bay Area Diwali, click here or visit the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce website here.