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Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime”, Returns July 21-22
Two Days of Stellar Music, Exceptional Art, Fabulous Food, Deelish Drink, Awesome Kids’ Fun
The long, laid-back, lovely days of summer are upon us and the Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season is in full swing. For a sun-splashed weekend featuring two days of stellar live music, world-class art by 250 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, and tons of fun for kids, head to bustling downtown Menlo Park for Menlo Summer Fest, “Hot Fun In The Summertime”, coming up July 21–22.
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.
The Soundwaves Stage Presented by Kona Brewing Company in Fremont Park will be a major hub of music, food, drink, excitement and energy. The Fremont Park area, re-branded as Summerland, will feature the Mod Mix Millennial Stage, the new Hopsland Craft Beer Tent, Mobile Eats food trucks, What’s Up Photo Booth and non-stop Cornhole tossing action.
Summer Grooves…Stellar Live Music and Entertainment Everywhere
Get ready – the greatest two days of live music Menlo Park has ever experienced is coming with ten top-shelf bands, two big stages and multiple street locations of sensational music, plus DJs, hip hop dance, comedy and circus arts on the bill. The lineup for 2018 includes Foreverland, East Bay Mudd, Cisco Kidd, the Illeagles, Jack Mosbacher, Rock Steady SF and The Reikestra.
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. 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; the classic Vietnamese street-food sandwich—vegetable-laden banh mi—an airy French baguette filled with pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, pickled red onions and jalapeños; garlic noodles with green onion oil, kicky kimchi and crumbled peanuts; salads with a base of vegetable-flecked jasmine rice or rice vermicelli topped with nine-spice grilled chicken, lemongrass-roasted pork, shaken Wagyu beef, tamarind tofu or seasonal vegetables; grilled Colby jack cheese sandwiches on thick Texas toast; juicy Portobello mushroom and succulent tri-tip sandwiches, giant turkey legs, barbecued oysters, sweet corn-on-the-cob, steaming baked potatoes with all the trimmings, decadent crab rolls and crab fries, garlic fries, scrumptious corn dogs, chicken tenders, Teriyaki chicken and veggie chow mein, rice bowls, crispy zucchini, Non-alcoholic Pina Coladas served in all-natural coconut and pineapple cups, Shave ice – grape, strawberry, watermelon, pineapple and mango flavors with an added infusion of vitamins C and D, and fresh-popped Kettle Corn.
Enjoy signature Summer Fest cocktails – deelish Honeycrisp Apple Mules (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer) plus classic Bloody Mary’s and refreshing, handmade margaritas made from fresh fruit purees – mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime. Craft beer lovers will be in Hops Heaven with the world-class draft brews from Lagunitas Brewing Company – their ruthlessly delicious IPA and tropically hoppy, citrusy 12th of Never. For aficionados of fine wine and bubbly, there will be a super premium selection of truly luscious vintages from award-winning Santa Cruz Mountains producers and around the world. Creekview Vineyards, a small estate winery near San Martin, will be serving their melodious and harmonious Chardonnay and Merlot. Roudon-Smith Winery, dedicated to the production of exceptional wines from selected vineyards of the Santa Cruz Mountains, will be pouring a crisp and delicious Chardonnay and velvety Rhone-style, fruit forward Syrah. Festivalgoers can taste their way around the world, sipping elegant, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s acclaimed Steve Bird Wines, fabulous, berry-scented Nabari Rioja from Spain, a hugely popular blend of Garnacha and Tempranillo, and easy-drinking Villa Santi Prosecco with soft citrus flavors that dance through bubbles. Cool off with refreshing Honey Green Tea, Half Lemonade/Half Tea and Pomegranate Blueberry Herbal Tea from Honest Tea, enjoy a bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source or savor an iced illy espresso-style coffee drink – your choice of Cappuccino, Caffe Latte or Caffe Vanilla Affogato. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.
Hopsland, the big new craft beer tent debuts in Fremont Park, with delectably delicious beer from several of the top craft brewers in the world: Golden Road Hefeweisen, Elysian Immortal IPA, Deschutes Passionfruit IPA, Firestone DBA (Double Barrel Ale), Trumer Pils, Lagunitas Lagunator Lager, Stone Stochasticity Project Hifi + Lofi Mixtape and Coffee Milk Stout, and Speakeasy Scarlet Red Ale.
Festive, lively Summerland debuts in Fremont Park and promises to be buzzing with action including the Mod Mix Millennial Stage, Mobile Eats food trucks, Hopsland Craft Beer Tent, What’s Up Photo Booth and Cornhole Corner with non-stop Cornhole tossing action with our friends from Zog Sports.
What’s Up Photo Booth
Inventor/mad scientist Paul 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.
Super Duper Kidz Funzone
There’s tons of action-packed fun for kids: an ultra-thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, a rock climbing wall, dancing party animal puppets, caricature artists, super cool face painting, henna art and glitter tattoos, sand art creative cards, wands, crowns, colorful sand art sculptures, the Stone Room’s amazing collection of crystals, rocks, minerals and fossils, exotic French hair braiding, and our big Summer Fun Kiddieland 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; 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, delicious French-style pies, handmade granola, loose leaf teas, sugars, dried fruits and nuts, spice blends, salts, and peppers.
Summer fest Run Happy 5K Fun Run & Walk
Fleet Feet Menlo Park is sponsoring the free Summer Fest Run Happy 5K Fun Run & Walk starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, July 22 in Fremont Park. Pre-register here to reserve your finisher visor – a Brooks Run Happy visor. Finishers will also receive snow cones and other treats, and will have the opportunity to become an officially sponsored Brooks athlete with certificate and photo op at the post-run cool down in Fremont Park! Pre-register early to reserve your spot.
A big thanks to our spectacular sponsors! Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Xfinity, Comcast, Dyson, Toyota Mirai, FairLife Milk, Provident Credit Union, Humboldt Creamery, Welk Resorts, Arthur Murray Dance Centers, Peninsula Open Space Trust, SolarCity, Renewal by Andersen, Landsystems Landscapes, Clear View Screens, Cutco Cutlery, The Craftsmens’ Guild, Stanford Chiropractic Center, David Walley's Hot Springs Resorts, Photos Movies & More, Gold Rush Getaways, System Pavers, Bay Home & Window, Danmer Custom Shutters, David Frank Design, Farm Fresh To You, Shell Vacations, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, Honest Tea, illy Chilled Espresso Drink, Matagrano, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Longboard Bar, Stanford Park Hotel, Menlo Grill, Marriott’s Residence Inn Menlo Park, 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 and KLIV 1590 AM, San Francisco Chronicle, The Almanac, Palo Alto Weekly, Metro, Silicon Valley Magazine, Recology of San Mateo County, The City of Menlo Park, The Willows Market, Sharon Heights Shell, 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 Initiative
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 21–22 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.