What do you get when you bring together more than 150,000 people, hundreds of artists and crafters from across the country, local food vendors, live music and Italian street painting? The annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, of course.
The family-friendly event will return to University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto Aug. 22-23 and will bring in more than 300 fine art purveyors, food and wine booths and kids' activities. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The festival, which is sponsored by the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, will also feature the Italian Street Painting Expo, a showcase of 60 artists creating chalk art on asphalt canvases on Tasso Street. Funds raised by the expo benefit the Palo Alto's nonprofit Youth Community Service.
The Chamber recommends that festival-goers bring tote bags for easy transportation of purchases. Festival-goers are encouraged to use public transit or ride a bike. However, free parking is also available within a block or two of the festival site, with parking for disabled patrons in all city lots.
The Weekly is a sponsor of the festival. For more information, go to mlaproductions.com or call 650-324-3121.