Palo Alto Weekly

News - August 23, 2013

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts returns for 32nd year

Organizers recommend bringing bags to carry purchases

The streets of downtown Palo Alto will teem with art enthusiasts and revelers this weekend for the 32nd annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.

In past years, nearly 150,000 people have come to the downtown area annually to see the work of 300 artists and crafters whose display booths will line University Avenue. There will also be food, live music, drinks and a Kid's Art Studio at the event.

Because of a new city ordinance banning the use of plastic and paper bags for carrying merchandise, the Chamber of Commerce, which is co-sponsoring the event with the City of Palo Alto, highly recommends that festival attendees bring their own re-usable tote bags to carry their purchases.

Traffic closures in the area will mirror those that occurred last year, according to Palo Alto police. University Avenue will be closed from High Street to Webster Street to make room for the festival, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25.

Tasso Street will be closed at Lytton Avenue from 1 a.m. on Saturday to 7 p.m. on Sunday for the ever-popular Italian street painting expo, which is sponsored by the Weekly.

Emerson, Bryant and Cowper streets will be opened Saturday at 8 p.m. for through traffic. All roads will re-open at about 9 p.m. Sunday.

It may be easier to take public transportation to the festival, and the event's organizers have issued the following recommendations:

* To avoid traffic and sparse parking during events, festival-goers should plan to use alternate or public transportation. Organizers suggest using 511.org to plan their routes.

* Pet owners should not bring their animals to the festival as large crowds can make pets anxious and sometimes aggressive.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

Comments

Posted by Love the JCC, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

"Because of a new city ordinance banning the use of plastic and paper bags for carrying merchandise"
wrong. Wrong. Wrong. The city banned the distribution of paper and plastic bags. People are still free to carry merchandise in plastic and paper bags,
Wish the Weekly would try to get some facts correct


Posted by Lighten up, PA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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Posted by resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

What a ridiculous thing to get mad about! Anyone in this town would know exactly what the Weekly meant. Keep your negativity to yourself.


Posted by Not an issue, a resident of Community Center
on Aug 23, 2013 at 4:06 pm

"What a ridiculous thing to get mad about! Anyone in this town would know exactly what the Weekly meant. Keep your negativity to yourself."

Don't the facts matter anymore when it comes tothe weekly reporting-- they are on a roll this week as it is.
And what ever happened to the right to express your opinion?
This bag ban was wrong to begin with and the weekly confusing people about it does to help.


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