A La Carte & Art Festival is April 30 and May 1, 2016. This year is the 20th anniversary of the festival. There will be over 200 artists. These artists have been carefully selected by an organization called Pacific Fine Arts Festivals and they are superb at bringing in some of the most talented, creative people, from all over the county, everything from fine art, paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry to handmade clothing, leather goods, artisan specialty foods, wooden toys, furniture and garden art.
There will be some of the Bay Area’s favorite food vendors and lots of wine, beer and iced tea and water. Here’s a link for more information on the beverages that will be served. The food vendors are hand picked from many that apply. You should definitely try the tamales, the crepes, and buy a big bag of kettle corn to take home.
I got a sneak peek at this year’s wine glass and I love it. Wine and beer glasses will be available to purchase, and are quite popular with lots of the locals who collect them.
Music! Yes! Live music is on stage during the entire festival and there will be street performers stationed throughout the festival. The music is the main reason some people come to festival, year after year. It’s so nice to see a big crowd of people dancing, and having the time of their life, in the middle of the street in downtown Mountain View.
Fire and Police departments are at the festival and have vehicles for kids to sit in and have a photos taken. They're always at every big community event and residents can ask questions and get to know them.
This festival also has a classic car show and a farmers market area. It’s nice to talk to the owners of the cars. You can see the pride on their faces as they tell you about the restoration process of their favorite high school car. The kid’s area is near the car show. Be sure to check out the giant balls (with kids inside them) in a pool of water.
A few pointers to make your time at the festival even more enjoyable: wear sunscreen and a hat, if you can take the train, or public transportation, that would be great. If not, consider walking, or riding your bike. Look at this map and see exactly what streets will be blocked off. Arrive early. Wear something comfortable because it's going to be HOT this year.
Mountain View loves pets, but please leave them at home. It's too crowded for pets at the festival. Bring cash for food and drinks. The artists accept credit cards, but food vendors don't. If you can avoid bring your stroller, that would be good. In some places, the festival get's really busy and a baby in a backpack would be much easier to move through the festival than a stroller. Don’t be shy about drinking a glass of wine at 10 in the morning. The festival is 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday April 30 and Sunday, May 1st.
And the day after the festival, the whole street is completely spotless and you would never know that there was a festival the day before. Our city does a fabulous job putting on a big party, and then cleaning it all up, and getting back to business as usual. I love Mountain View.