Downtown Palo Alto is about to become more vibrant as 300 artists fill University Avenue for the 35th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The City will provide its free Crosstown Shuttle rides to this popular event that usually draws more than 170,000 people over the two days. The Palo Alto Shuttle service will run every half hour from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. during the festival, is wheelchair accessible, and also equipped with bicycle racks.
Parking will be available within a block or two of the festival site, but will be limited. Walking, riding your bike or taking public transit is encouraged during the festival, and the free shuttle rides will help alleviate some of the parking crunch.
The Crosstown Shuttle connects the University Avenue/Downtown area to South Palo Alto at Charleston Road. In doing so, it traverses several residential neighborhoods, schools, senior residences, libraries, recreation centers, and commercial districts helping to link public service areas within the community.
To complement the fine art at the festival, the Italian Street Painting Expo will take place on Tasso Street. There is a Kids' Art Studio offering free art activities for children on Kipling and University. Also, new this year is a festival component called Chopin & Chandeliers, which is a colorful array of contestant chandelier entries that will surround the "Play Me a Tune" piano that is available for anyone who wants to channel their inner Chopin.
Click here for the full Palo Alto Shuttle schedule during the two-day festival.