Much of downtown Palo Alto will be closed to traffic on Sunday, June 16, to make room for World Music day, which runs from noon to 8 p.m.
Police said that University Avenue will be closed from High Street to Webster Street and Hamilton Avenue will be closed from Ramona Street to Bryant Street. The actual event begins at 3 and ends at 7:30 p.m.
The City of Palo Alto and the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation are partnering to host the event, in which 50 different bands will play music at various locations along University Avenue and at King Plaza in front of City Hall.
World Music Day began in 1982 in France, where it is known as Fête de la Musique. Today, sidewalks, parks, community gardens, stores and other locations "become impromptu musical stages for both amateur and professional musicians to showcase their talents," the World Music Day website states. All performances are free and open to the public.
Dance bands, an Indian percussionist, a barbershop chorus, jazz musicians and dozens more will be playing in Palo Alto.
More information about the event, including the schedule of performers, can be found at www.pamusicday.org.