Palo Alto World Music Day returns June 16

University Avenue to host 50 musicians and bands in a variety of genres

Returning for its 11th year, Palo Alto World Music Day will take place on Sunday, June 16, 3-7:30 p.m. at outdoor locations along University Avenue, which will be closed to traffic. Fifty Bay Area musicians and dancers will perform free concerts in a variety of genres and from many cultural traditions.

World Music Day (Fête de la Musique) was started in France in 1982 and is now celebrated around the time of the summer solstice in more than 100 countries worldwide and many cities across the United States. Palo Alto’s event was founded by resident Claude Ezran and is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation.

Highlights this year include the Mexican folk music and dance of Los Panaderos, the vintage jazz of Rhythm St. Applejacks, the women’s barbershop and a cappella singing of Mission Valley Chorus, the international vocal ensemble World Harmony Chorus, Folikadi’s traditional African drumming and much more. A complete schedule and map is available at Palo Alto World Music Day.

The annual event will block University Avenue from High to Webster streets from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Palo Alto police.

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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 15, 2019 at 1:26 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

I always thought we should call this June Fete in reference to the May Fete, or ICOBOPA, The international Congress of Buskers Of Palo Alto. Or Make Music Palo Alto Great Again. Make Great Music Palo Alto Again?

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Triple El
on Jun 16, 2019 at 8:45 pm

Great idea, but next year let's not make it that same day as Stanford Graduation & Father's Day. What a traffic nightmare!!!!

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Posted by give it a try
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 17, 2019 at 12:35 am


I don't think you will have any success convincing Stanford to change the date of their graduation ceremonies, but give it a try.

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Posted by change the date!!!
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 17, 2019 at 12:37 pm

change the date!!! is a registered user.

This event would be MUCH better if it was held NOT on Father's Day and NOT on the same day as Stanford Graduation!

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Posted by give it a try
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 17, 2019 at 5:35 pm

change the date!!!,

Since you have come to a arbitrary subjective conclusion, I will just counter that and pronounce the events are on an ideal day. It is good that it is on father's day, so father's can celebrate their day with music and/or new grads if they choose. Also anyone attending the graduation can go downtown and celebrate after the commencement, they don't overlap. Since we have to have a day of heavy traffic, better not to move one event away from father's day and create yet another bad traffic day. However I did happen to go downtown for some takeout food near the Stanford Theater and it was a lot easier to get to than normal, even though the event was in full swing, I did not experience the bad traffic you are concerned about and there was ample parking in the parking structure on Bryant. Lots of people were down there having a good time. At this point both events are traditionally held on Father's day, so it's not clear that inconveniencing one event over the other would be fair. Again though, one could take this up with both events and maybe one or both of them will be accommodating After you do that let us know how your appeal is received.

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Posted by change the date!!!
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:23 am

change the date!!! is a registered user.

give it a try - we have only attended World Music Day once (which is a relatively new event in Palo Alto, especially compared to Stanford Graduation) because neither my dad nor my husband want to celebrate Father's Day in that way. They would participate on another day. Internationally, World Music Day is celebrated on June 21st.

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