Celebrate good times! Menlo Summerfest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime” features a vibrant, lively and fabulous lineup: Tropical Vibrations, the festival’s big name music mash with stellar live music on the Soundwaves Stage in Fremont Park, the Aloha Stage at El Camino Real and throughout downtown; the Summerfest Cool Down Concert featuring Petty Theft, the sensational Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band revered up and down the west coast (Saturday, July 15 from 5-7pm in Fremont Park); Artsplash with extraordinary fine art and cool crafts by 200 professional artists, the Summer Vibes Art Contest, and “Express Your Summerself Color Spot”; Mobile Eats with food trucks and booths; Deelish Drink with artisan cocktails, craft beer and premium wine; Savory City with world’s finest artisan-produced specialty foods; Super Duper Funzone with a host of awesome amusements for kids; Summerfest Kiddieland Carnival with an amazing array of exciting rides; Fleet Feet Menlo Park’s Summerfest Family Fun Run & Walk (3-mile and 1-mile) at 9am on Sunday, July 16; and "Aloha Friday" promotion on Friday, July 14, a play off the festival’s "Tropical Vibrations” theme! The smashing music lineup includes Petty Theft, The Houserockers, Pacific Soul Band, Fito Reinoso, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s, The Reefriders, Pankind Steel Drum Band, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Heartstrings Music and Man In White plus the festive, tropical island sounds, rhythms and dance of AHAmele, Pumehana O’Hula, Kawailehua Hula Ohana, Stickdrum, Hiram Bell, Nemenzo Dance Studio, For The Love of Dance, and Mambonova Dance Company. Admission is free. Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.
- Tropical Vibrations Music Mash … the festival has upped the ante big time on music with a focus on a tropical, summery sound – including expanding to two stages (Soundwaves Stage in Fremont Park and Aloha Stage at El Camino) plus four street musician locations throughout downtown. The smashing lineup includes Petty Theft, The Houserockers, Pacific Soul Band, Fito Reinoso, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88’s, The Reefriders, Pankind Steel Drum Band, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Heartstrings Music and Man In White plus the festive, tropical island sounds, rhythms and dance of AHAmele, Pumehana O’Hula, Kawailehua Hula Ohana, Stickdrum, Hiram Bell, Nemenzo Dance Studio, For The Love of Dance, and Mambonova Dance Company. The big Saturday evening after-hours concert – the Menlo Park Fleet Feet, Saturday, July 15 from 5-7pm in Fremont Park, features Petty Theft, the sensational Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tribute band revered up and down the west coast.
- Mobile Eats … the re-modeled food component features several new vendors, a different mix and greater variety of menu offerings utilizing food trucks and food booths. Fresh, delicious poke bowls – Shoyu poke with onions and avocado, Spicy Ahi poke with tobiko and green onions, Ponzu-flavored poke, Spam Masubi; Tamales, burritos, tacos and a Wa-ha-ka bowl with organic veggies, rice, beans, guacamole, queso fresco and salsa, fresh fruit aguas frescas; all-natural frozen ice pops and ice cream sandwiches using local, organic, and fair-trade fruits, vegetables, herbs and flavoring ingredients – Snickerdoodle-Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches, Blueberry Cheesecake pops, Cucumber-Lime Cooler pops, Peaches & Cream pops and the Real Cool signature pop – The Strawberry Refresher; Fresh-squeezed lemonade; Dippin Dots Ice Cream – cookies and cream, rainbow ice, mint chip, banana split, and cookie dough flavors; Falafel and gyros, sausages, Philly cheese steaks, hot dogs; Barbecued oysters, sandwiches stuffed Portobello mushrooms or succulent tri-tip, giant turkey legs, hot dogs, garlic fries; BBQ chicken sticks, teriyaki chicken bowls, wraps, noodles; Non-alcoholic Pina Coladas served in all-natural coconut and pineapple cups; Shave Ice – cherry, Tiger’s blood (berries and coconut), mango, French vanilla and piña colada plus a cotton candy bar with an array of flavorings; Fresh roasted corn-on-the cob, baked potatoes with all the trimmings; Teriyaki chicken and veggie chow mein, rice bowls, crispy zucchini; Teriyaki chicken and veggie chow mein, rice bowls, crispy zucchini; Carne asada and veggie tacos, burritos, super nachos with meat and beans, fruit cups with watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumber, jicama, mango sticks; Calamari, crab fries, garlic fries, corn dogs; Sausage, corn dogs, curly fries; Shave ice – grape, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple and mango flavors with an added infusion of vitamins C and D; fresh-popped Kettle Corn.
- Deelish Drink … for the first time, a signature Summerfest cocktail – a refreshing Honeycrisp Apple Mule (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime – as well as premium fine wine and refreshing, seasonal craft beer.
- Artsplash … Pacific Fine Arts Festivals brings its world-class and diverse lineup of professional artists and fine craftmakers to showcase their extraordinary work with many new artists and their latest handcrafted products featured. Plus the new "Summer Vibes” art contest among festival artists with $1,000 in prizes offered and and the “Express Your Summerself Color Spot”.
- Super Duper Kidz Funzone … organizers are bringing back the action-packed fun for kids in a big way: an ultra-thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, a rock climbing wall, Basketball Challenge, dancing party animal puppets, caricature artists, super cool face painting and henna tattoos, exotic French hair braiding, sand art and our huge Summerfest Kiddieland Carnival with an amazing array of the latest, exciting carnival style rides – Super Slide, Tea Cups, Wrecking Ball, Frog Hopper, Wild Raft, Loop-O-Plane, and Astro Liner.
- Savory City … an array of artisan-produced specialty food sprinkled throughout the event provides the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase small-batch, handcrafted edibles as well as meet and chat with the actual producers. Custom infused balsamic vinaigrettes, balsamics, maple syrup and oils; mustard blends, curds and scone mixes, marinades and finishing sauces, exotic jams and jellies, honey and honey products, butters and chutneys, vinaigrettes and dressings; California-grown gourmet pomegranate products – fresh-squeezed juice, balsamic vinegar, marinade, balsamic grill sauce, fruit spread, syrup, grenadine; artisan cakes, cupcakes and desserts; delicious and healthy flavored and raw almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, dried peaches, pears and apricots; world-class, handmade almond toffee.
- Summerfest Family Fun Run – Fleet Feet Menlo Park is sponsoring the free, all-new Summerfest Family Fun Run & Walk (3-mile and 1-mile) starting 9 a.m. at on Sunday, July 16. The first 75 who pre-register for the free Summerfest Family Fun Run & Walk event will score a popsicle-themed t-shirt in celebration of Saucony’s new vibrant popsicle-colored line of Run Pop running shoes. There will also be a limited number of the Saucony Run Pop shoes for people to try out on a first come, first serve basis. Once you finish your race, you’ll receive a cool-down popsicle, refreshments and other fun freebies. Be sure to celebrate your success in the old-school ice cream truck photo booth with your family and friends. Pre-register early for the free event to get your t-shirt on the Menlo Park Fleet Feet site.
- Aloha Friday … to kick-off Summerfest, organizers are planning an "Aloha Friday" promotion for Friday, July 14, a play off the festival’s "Tropical Vibrations” theme. “The festival is all about conveying a happy, festive, summery vibe,” said Fran Dehn, President/CEO of the sponsoring Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. “We thought something fun like "Aloha Friday” would be a perfect way to involve the entire Menlo Park community – downtown merchants as well businesses, adults and kids alike throughout Menlo Park – and get everybody in the community 'in the Aloha spirit' for festival weekend,” Dehn said. Organizers will be encouraging event volunteers, vendors, artists and musicians to don Aloha-style shirts and togs for festival weekend and are hoping festivalgoers may get in the spirit too.