Downtown street closure planned for Sunday

World Music Day festival will take over University Avenue

Downtown Palo Alto's University Avenue will be closed Sunday, June 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for the annual World Music Day, a free music festival featuring 50 professional and amateur groups.

Cars will not be allowed along University between High and Webster streets, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

The event itself will start at 3 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

Musicians and bands will perform along University, in genres including African drumming, jazz, blues, classical, pop, rock, klezmer, Greek, Balkan, Indian and more, event organizers state.

World Music Day is an international event that is celebrated in more than 700 cities in 120 countries. It began in France in 1982 as Fete de la Musique and is always held near the time of the summer solstice.

In the U.S. the event is also known as "Make Music Day" and is hosted in more than 35 cities, according to Palo Alto's event organizers.

More information, including videos of many of Palo Alto's performers, is posted at PA Music Day. See the schedule here.

• A Palo Alto Weekly video of a past World Music Day can be watched here.


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Posted by Be Positive
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jun 20, 2016 at 9:45 am

Be Positive is a registered user.

Every year I wish this was on a day OTHER than Father's Day so we could attend! Neither my husband or father have any interest so we miss it year after year...

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a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 20, 2016 at 1:42 pm

SEA_SEELAM REDDY is a registered user.

It is warming up early this year.

Let's celebrate and be thankful for what we have!


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 20, 2016 at 2:34 pm

No day is perfect for everyone. The bottom line is how busy was this event? If participation was sparse, then they should wise up and choose a different day.

I'm guessing that they believe daytime music is a family-friendly event and Father's Day is a family-friendly day, so why not do both at the same time?

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