Upwards of 150,000 people are expected to attend this weekend's Palo Alto Festival of the Arts along University Avenue, which means there will be transportation issues both for festival-goers and passersby. However, numerous public-transportation outfits will service the festival and the entire Peninsula. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Saturday (Aug. 27) and Sunday (Aug. 28).
University will be closed from High Street to Middlefield Road. Each street that crosses University along that stretch will also be closed from a point halfway between University and Lytton Avenue on one side to a point halfway between University and Hamilton Avenue on the other side. All closures will take effect Saturday morning at 2 a.m. and continue until Sunday night around midnight.
In lieu of fighting for parking downtown, visitors to the festival may take Caltrain to the Palo Alto station, which is located at 95 University Avenue only two blocks from the festivities.
SamTrans bus routes 280, 281, 390 and KX will also run alongside the festival area. The routes service locations in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and all the way up to San Francisco, connecting with both BART and Caltrain at several points.
VTA bus routes 22 and 35 will run both days, and route 522 will run on Saturday only, as usual. Each route includes a stop at the Palo Alto Caltrain station adjacent to the festival. VTA routes connect Palo Alto with Mountain View and points south to San Jose.
This year's festival features live music, street-painting exhibitions, a sculpture garden, art classes, food vendors and approximately 300 artists displaying and selling their work. For detailed transit routes and schedules, visit caltrain.com, samtrans.com and vta.org.