23rd A La Carte & Art Festival
April 30, 2019
“Spring into festival season in style at Silicon Valley’s A La Carte & Art Festival in downtown Mountain View! The Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off at this big celebration of the arts in Silicon Valley’s epicenter.”
There will be music, arts, beer, wine, food, and, of course, plenty of fun to be had at this spectacular Bay Area celebration, so if you’re looking for something to do come early May, consider this your ticket to festival paradise. No sense going in blind, though, so today, we’re going to be giving you the breakdown on the A La Carte & Art Festival, along with all the festivities that accompany it.
An Overview of A La Carte & Art
Taking place May 4th and 5th, the A La Carte & Art Festival could best be summed up as such: the people of Mountain View, in association with the Mountain View Central Business Association, transform lovely Castro Street into an all-out, open-air street celebration, complete with live performers, fine arts and crafts (from more than 240 artists), specialty foods, and, let’s not forget, the coveted beer and wine selection.
The Festival is open from 10:00AM to 6:00PM on both days, and admission is free. This, of course, has the tendency of drawing big crowds to the area, making this portion of Mountain View a hotspot for a family-friendly and delightful good time. It’s a colorful and amazing way to bring in Spring, and this year, will also have a bit of Cinco de Mayo flair, as it coincides with the celebration of Mexican Heritage.
Events at A La Carte & Art
Perhaps the biggest draw for visitors coming to A La Carte & Art is the plethora of amazing live music that will be gracing the Facebook Community Music Stage. Big names will be delivering big sounds, from a wide range of genres including classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, contemporary country, folksy Americana, jazz, dance and party music.
You can get a look at the complete lineup and schedule here, but a few names of note include Livewire, The Hitmen, Knee Deep, The Country Cougars, Groovy Judy, Blue House, Bob Culbertson, Ancient Winds, Mike Fair, and Emerson & The Growiser Band. In addition to the musical acts, the Google Dance Team will be out in full force, shaking it to the sounds and getting the crowds amped up for the shows.
Accompanying those fabulous musicians will be the displays of lovely fine arts and crafts at the festival, covering original works of jewelry, fine art paintings, sculpture, wood, ceramics, photography, fashions and accessories, glass, leather and mixed media.
As you stroll about Castro Street, you’ll visit the booths of these dedicated artists and craftspeople, and have an opportunity to see their wares up close, interact, and perhaps even purchase a piece or two for yourself. It’s all designed to provide a more personal experience:
“Festivalgoers will be able to see the arts and crafts up-close. Unlike an online shopping experience, they will have an opportunity to engage with the artisans and find wonderful art to bring home or give as treasured gifts. In addition to their works being a feast for the eyes and soul, each artist has an interesting background and story to tell.”
That talent, by the way, includes the likes of Jonathan Henry, notable photographer, and painter Parviz Payghamy. Lovely display pieces from sculptors like Margaret Dorfman and Dustin Logan will be on display as well, and there will even be a variety of “functional” and “wearable” arts/crafts for you to check out, and perhaps even purchase!
And lest we forget, the food and drink at A La Carte & Art will be another big attraction, capturing the “melting pot” that is Silicon Valley, and representing a number of ethnicities and cultures, with featured offerings like Chicken and the Farm, Stick-N-Grill, Hawaii BBQ, and Gourmet Faire. Of course, with Cinco de Mayo coinciding with A La Carte & Art, the Mexican specialties will bea hot ticket, and vendors like Gaspachos USA will be delivering up equal orders of great food and Mexican History:
“According to legend passed down in the Michoacán city of Morelia, when the Spaniards conquered the Aztec Empire they craved the cool chunky tomato soup—gazpacho—of their homeland. Unable to find tomatoes, they improvised with tropical fruit, and thus was born the traditional Mexican gaspacho.”
Even if you don’t go Mexican for the festival, you’re sure not to go hungry, as the food and drinks will be in plentiful supply.
As for other features that will be at A La Carte & Art, automobile lovers will be impressed by the car show, “A La Car & Art,” presented by Mike Hennessy, host of the Car Guy Channel. It’ll be a stacked lineup of cool, custom, and exotic rides, so if you love tricked-out vehicles, be sure to stop by between Church and Mercy Streets to take a look.
There are plenty of other events going on too, like the Kidz Funzone, if you’ll have the family in tow, so know that this street fair will have a little something for everyone, and there’s no excuse not to get out and have a great time come May 4th and 5th!
Wondering What Else Is Going on Around the Palo Alto, CA, Apartments?
Events like this are a common occurrence around the neighborhood at The Village Residences. Here, you’re part of the fabric of a fun, vibrant, and upbeat community, and centrally located near all the great events and amazing establishments that make up this locus Silicon Valley activity. Beyond the shops, services, and bustling restaurant scene, this is a beautiful place to live, and a wonderful apartment community to call home, so if you’ve ever dreamed about being right in the thick of the action, be sure to check out what The Village Residences are all about, and make this your new view of gorgeous Mountain View.