Celebrate Good Times!
Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime”, Returns July 17-18!
Two Days of Stellar Music, Exceptional Art, Fabulous Food, Deelish Drink, Awesome Kids’ Fun, Yoga/Pilates Start Strong Saturday, Fleet Feet’s Run Happy 5k Fun Run Sunday, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Food Truck, Saturday After-Hours "Enjoy The Ride Cool Down Concert"
The super fun, kick-back days of summer are upon us and the Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season is just starting to hit its sweet spot. For a sun-splashed weekend featuring two days of stellar live music, world-class art by 200 of America’s top artists, fabulous food and drink, artisan specialty food purveyors, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, a host of captivating kids’ amusements in the Super Duper Funzone, the uniquely groovy What’s Up Photo Booth, Cornhole Tossing Corner, Stay Cool Misting Tent, T-Mobile Showroom and Recharging Station, awesome sponsor swag giveaways and free samples of White Claw Hard Seltzer, head to dynamite downtown Menlo Park for Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime”, coming up July 17-18.
Presented by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, Menlo Summer Fest will transform charming, tree-lined Santa Cruz Avenue into a pulsating feast of people and colorful tents for two days of world-class fun in the sun. Take a pleasant stroll and experience downtown Menlo Park like never before – a world-class sampler for the senses. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Festival admission is free.
Saturday After-Hours "Enjoy the Ride Cool Down Concert" in Fremont Park
After-hours, catch the "Enjoy The Ride Cool Down Concert” on Saturday, July 17, 5-7pm in Fremont Park. It's the party of the year in Menlo Park. Join us!
Summer Grooves…Stellar Live Music and Entertainment Everywhere
Get ready – the greatest two days of music Menlo Park has ever experienced is coming. Thirteen top-shelf bands, DJs and music mixologists performing on two big stages and multiple street locations headline the bill. The entertainment lineup for 2021 is yet to be announced. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to hear!
Pacific Fine Arts brings its world-class stable of professional artists and fine craftmakers to showcase their extraordinary work. Festivalgoers will find thousands of beautiful, handcrafted items by the west coast’s top artists and craftmakers while browsing among 200 well-stocked booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art. Exquisite vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls will be among the one-of-a-kind items available. Plus the "Summer Vibes” art contest among festival artists and the kid-friendly “Express Your Summerself Color Spot”.
Festival eateries, food trucks and food booths will be serving up deliciously, delectable fare. Fresh fish tacos using seafood fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean, vegan wraps; farm-fresh chicken wings with a choice of 22 sauces, hefty po boy sandwiches, Barnyard Bowls, with smoked meat options including brisket or pulled pork, and either grilled or crispy fried chicken atop mixed lettuces, corn, black beans and tortilla strips and topped with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce and shredded cheese, skirt steak tacos, tortilla chips with smoked brisket, sour cream and honey-sriracha-mayo Farm Sauce, green onions shredded cheese, Waffle-cut loaded fries come in eight varieties; handmade chicken tamales, burritos, WaHaKa bowls with organic veggies, rice beans, and guacamole with meat options including barbecued beef, chicken, steak and chipotle prawns; lamb and chicken served as a gyro in pita or over rice, accompanied by creamy tzatziki yogurt-garlic sauce, plump grilled sausages; teriyaki chicken sticks, crispy veggie chow mein, deep-fried zucchini and artichokes; coffee-rubbed beef brisket, pork spareribs, herb-rubbed smoked and grilled chicken, Louisiana hot links, hand-pulled pork, sandwiches and classic BBQ accompaniments including corn muffins, slaws and baked beans; grilled Colby jack cheese sandwiches on thick Texas toast; giant Bad Ass smoked pork and beef sausages with grilled onions and sauerkraut, corn dogs, curly fries and fried zucchini; Philly cheesesteaks, cheeseburgers, gyros, hot dogs; waffle puffs with ice cream and Oreos like a sundae or filled with fresh fruit, Mochi donuts, classic crepes, Dole whip, root beer floats and fresh juices; refreshing watermelon, lemon, lime, orange and hibiscus organic slushies, and fresh-popped Kettle Corn.
Craft beer lovers will be in Hops Heaven with the world-class draft brews from Kona Brewing Company – their fabulously delicious Kona Hanalei Island IPA and tropically refreshing Kona Big Wave Blonde Ale – plus low-carb, easy drinking Michelob Ultra. For a refreshing alternative, festivalgoers can enjoy delightful, low-carb, gluten-free White Claw Hard Seltzer in assorted flavors including Black Cherry, Raspberry and Mango. For aficionados of fine wine, sangria and bubbly, there will be a premium selection of tasty, easy-drinking varietals. Cool off, replenish and hydrate with a bottle of PathWater, 100% responsibly and locally sourced water in an aluminum reusable bottle. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.
Hopsland, the big craft beer tent in Fremont Park, will feature delectably delicious beer from several of the top craft brewers in the world: Headlands Hill 88 DIPA, Georgetown Bodhizafa IPA, Four Peaks Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale, Firestone DBA, Lagunitas Daytime Ale, Deschutes Da Shoot Lager, Stone Enter Night Pils, Sierra Nevada Summerfest Ale.
Festive, lively Summerland in Fremont Park and promises to be buzzing with action including the Facebook Community Music Stage, Mobile Eats food trucks, Hopsland Craft Beer Tent, Cornhole Corner with non-stop Cornhole tossing action and The Hangout, a big seating/relaxation area.
Super Duper Kidz Funzone
There’s tons of action-packed fun for kids: a 24’ rock climbing wall, dancing party animal puppets, super cool face painting, henna art and glitter tattoos, dazzling nail art and nail polish wraps, children’s books, and our big Summer Fun Kiddieland Thrill Ride Zone 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.
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; California-grown gourmet pomegranate products – fresh-squeezed juice, balsamic vinegar, marinade, balsamic grill sauce, fruit spread, syrup, grenadine; delicious and healthy flavored and raw almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, dried peaches, pears and apricots; world-class, handmade almond toffee; all natural, hand-made fruit preserves; all-natural, hand crafted soft drinks, soda syrups, shrubs and cocktail mixers; savory cupcakes, cakes and cookies; fresh butter crunch toffee; the planet’s tastiest pies.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® Food Truck
Partnering with the festival this year, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® food truck will be selling fish tacos using seafood fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. A delicious vegan option will also be available. Plus, friendly brand ambassadors will be on hand offering educational tips on sustainable seafood and best seafood choices.
T-Mobile Showroom and Recharging Station
Stop by this fully wrapped interactive T-Mobile experience on wheels complete with a mobile store, brand ambassadors to engage with festivalgoers, a free recharging station and great giveaways!
Yoga/Pilates Start Strong Saturday
Kick things off and get your body moving at Pilates V’s free, low-key yoga/pilates session for all skill levels starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 18 in Fremont Park.
Fleet Feet Menlo Park’s Run Happy 5K Fun Run & Walk
Join in the fun at Fleet Feet Menlo Park’s free, family-friendly Summer Fest Run Happy 5K Fun Run & Walk starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 18 in Fremont Park. There’s a pre-run warm-up and stretching lead by Fleet Feet coaches and finishers will receive snow cones, refreshments and prizes at the post-run cool down in Fremont Park! The 5k course winds through downtown Menlo Park. The fun run is family-friendly and open to all. Go at your own pace and enjoy the scenery. Dogs and strollers are okay too!
What’s Up Photo Booth
Inventor/mad scientists and husband/wife team Paul and Debbie Supp spent countless hours of design and collaboration with world-class engineers to bring you the ultimate photo booth experience. “Dolores” is a work of art on wheels; she is a fully automated mobile photo booth that allows you the unique opportunity to take a step back in time while enjoying technological advances of today. Complete with a fully functional smoke stack and custom designed interior, Dolores takes professional quality photos that are printed instantly for you to hold as keepsake for years to come. Digital photos are also available.
A big thanks to our spectacular sponsors! Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Facebook, T-Mobile, Greystar, Mike’s Camera, Walker Dentistry, Xfinity, Comcast, Provident Credit Union, Welk Resorts, Renewal by Andersen, Landsystems Landscapes, Clear View Screens, Cutco Cutlery, Pella Windows, Leaf Filter, Gutter Dome, The Craftsmens’ Guild, Stanford Chiropractic Center, Photos Movies & More, BathPlanet, Getaround, Pilates V Studio, Gold Rush Getaways, System Pavers, Bay Home & Window, Farm Fresh To You, Shell Vacations, Planted Places, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, PathWater, Matagrano, Kona Brewing Company, Michelob Ultra, White Claw Hard Seltzer, Fleet Feet Menlo Park, KPIX 5, KBCW 44 Cable 12, Alice 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, 94.5 Bay FM, Mix 106, KRTY 95.3 FM, San Francisco Chronicle, The Almanac, Palo Alto Weekly, Metro, Recology of San Mateo County, Caltrain, SamTrans, The City of Menlo Park, Bank of the West, Peak Performance Chiropractic, Ciardella Associates, and Friends of the Chamber.
Pay For Drink Tickets and Glasses With Plastic!
For your convenience, pay for drink tickets and glasses using any major credit card at the Ticket/Glass booths spread throughout the festival site.
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce will once again partner with Recology of San Mateo County and the City of Menlo Park to promote and encourage recycling and minimizing waste. Free-standing containers will be positioned throughout the festival pedestrian route for recycling glass, plastic bottles and aluminum. Additionally, there will be large recycling containers for cardboard, mixed paper, glass, plastic and aluminum in strategic locations for event staff, vendors and sponsors. “Every day we talk about ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle,” said Fran Dehn, President/CEO of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. “We work hard to make this a green-centric festival –– it’s a big priority for us and something we diligently plan for and try to improve every year.”
Caltrain and SamTrans will be running their normal weekend service both days. The Menlo Park Caltrain/SamTrans station drops riders off one block from the festival grounds. For Caltrain and SamTrans schedule information, call 800-660-4287 or visit www.caltrain.com or www.samtrans.com. For VTA information, call 800-894-9908 or visit www.vta.org.
Street Closures/Vehicle Parking/Bicycle Parking
Santa Cruz Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from El Camino Real to Johnson Street for the two-day festival. Parking will be available in the parking plazas adjacent to Santa Cruz Avenue, on side streets surrounding the festival area, and at the Caltrain station on Merrill Street. Downtown Menlo Park offers ample bicycle parking racks spread out along Santa Cruz Avenue and adjoining streets.
No Pets, Please
Pets are not encouraged at the festival with warm weather and large crowds. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home.
The festival will be held on July 17-18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Santa Cruz Avenue from El Camino Real to Johnson Street in Menlo Park. Admission is free. Get directions.