Photo gallery: Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts kicked off in downtown Palo Alto Saturday morning. Thousands of people were on hand for the annual weekend event, which featured hundreds of artists, live music on three stages, wines and microbrews, kids' activities and Italian street painting.

But festival attendees were startled when a large tree fell onto the children's street artist play area on Tasso Street near Lytton Avenue Sunday.

A couple walking past the area was brushed by the tree's branches, but escaped with one person only receiving some scratches. The tree made a huge crash, and initial witness reports indicated someone may have been seriously hurt or killed.

The tree also fell across a chalk-art creation, according to Police Agent Dan Ryan. City crews cleaned the tree up quickly.

For more information about the festival, go to .

Photos by Marjan Sadoughi and Paul Sakuma.

— Palo Alto Online staff


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2007 at 11:09 am


Town Crier Says " University Ave. will be closed this weekend. Tell everyone you know"

Oyea Oyea Oyea

We have been warned.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2007 at 5:47 pm

How long has this been known? Seems like short notice to me. One more reason to stay away from downtown.

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Posted by joyce
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 24, 2007 at 2:25 am

This happens every year about this time, Walter, you haven't been on vacation on Mars each summer before this, have you?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 24, 2007 at 4:58 am

Not on Mars, just avoiding downtown. I just think two day's notice is inadequate for closing a public right of way.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 24, 2007 at 6:36 am

Happens every year at this time. Fliers all over town, in store windows, etc. Shouldn't be a surprise.

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 24, 2007 at 10:55 am

This event has gone on for years. Same time in August, same place, same scenario. Lots of advertisement and press and signs. And it is a lot of fun.

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Posted by S
a resident of University South
on Aug 25, 2007 at 5:16 pm

I had a great time there etoday with my family. Thank you palo alto. I wish they closed it every weekend for 1/2 day like they do in sunnyvale.

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Posted by M
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2007 at 7:38 pm

So disappointed the kid area (except for the hospital table) closed at 5:00, since I arrived there with my kids at about 4:55,under the mistaken impession it would be open until 6:00 like the rest of the festival. I was told the early close was so they'd have time to clean up. Considering that many of the tables were already cleaned up, and the rest were taken care of well before 6:00, I don't quite understand this. My kids were VERY sad that they only got to paint at the one table. MANY thanks to the women who staffed it. Otherwise, the festival was great!

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