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Seasonal Activities

Palo Alto Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays 8 a.m.–Noon mid-May through mid-December. Located on Gilman Street in Downtown Palo Alto, behind the Palo Alto Post Office.


(650) 328-2827;

The Stanford Lively Arts performing arts season features an unprecedented year of performances and artistic engagement activities. (650) 725-ARTS x 2787;

TheatreWorks offers a year-round season of musicals, comedies and dramas in Palo Alto and Mountain View. Named BEST REPERTORY THEATRE in the Bay Area by the prestigious San Francisco magazine. (650) 463-1960;


  • jan

Año Nuevo State Reserve - one of the world's few sea elephant habitats - guided tours available (advance reservations required for tours from mid-December through March). Hike in and watch the elephant seals come ashore to rest, breed and birth on the beaches.Recorded information: (650) 879-0227.
Reservations: (800) 444-4445;


  • feb

Valentine's Tea at Gamble Garden Center. (650) 329-1356;


African-American Heritage Month. Event information: Stanford University. (650) 723-1587


  • march

Free docent-led wildflower walks of the Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve in Redwood City are offered every Saturday and Sunday from mid-March through mid-June.


  • april

Sunrise Easter Service at the Dish at Stanford University; open to all faiths. Hiking involved. (650) 857-9660

Passover Seder at the Albert L. Schultz Jewish Community Center.(650) 493-9400

Earth Day community event that includes local creek clean-up projects and restoration work at Arastradero Preserve. Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth at (650) 962-9876;

Stanford University Community Day.(650) 724-2933;

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) Sculpture Toursbegin and continue through October. Reservations required. (650) 747-1250;


  • may

Annual May Fete Parade held on the first Saturday in May. Come out to watch a Children's Parade down University Avenue. Very sweet. (650) 463-4921;

Gamble Garden Center's Spring Garden Tour. Open to the public. (650) 329-1356;

Stanford PowWow celebration of American Indian culture. Billed as the largest gathering of Native Americans in California, the event is held over a weekend. (650) 725-6944;

NCAA Tennis Championship at Stanford University.(800) STANFORD;

Sunset Celebration Weekend at the beautiful home grounds of Sunset Magazine in Menlo Park. (800) 786-7375;


  • june

Classic Concours d'Elegance car show at Stanford benefiting the Palo Alto Lions Club charities. (650) 948-1027;

Outdoor Twilight Concert Series begins with evening concerts held at various local parks. (650) 329-2380;

Top jazz musicians come to Stanford University for the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Festival from late June through August. (650) 725-ARTS;

Summer Jazz Series at Stanford Shopping Center every Thursday from early June through early August. (650) 617-8240;

Randy Cross Invitational Golf and Tennis Tournament benefiting the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. (650) 470-6006;


  • july

Music@Menlo's three-week concert series. (650) 330-2030;

SEMICON West at Moscone Center in San Francisco. (408) 943-6901;

Stanford Lively Arts presents its annual pre-Independence Day concert and fireworks in Frost Amphitheater. (650) 725-ARTS (2787);

The Bank of the West Classic women-only professional tennis tournament and first stop of the US Open Series. (866) 982-8497, (415) 227-8000;

Connoisseurs' Marketplace in Menlo Park, a stunning visual feast of fine art and unique crafts by 200 talented artisans. (650) 325-2818;


  • august

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on University Avenue and adjacent downtown cross streets. Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce: (650) 324-3121;

MacArthur Park Wine Festival benefiting the Palo Alto Area Red Cross.(650) 688-0438

Obon Festival held the first weekend in August at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple since 1950. (650) 856-0123


  • sept

The Palo Alto Players community theatre group's season opens. (650) 329-0891;

Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run(5K and 10K walk/run) through the Palo Alto Baylands. (650) 463-4921;

The Winter Lodge opens for ice skating and lessons. (650) 493-4566;

To Life! A Jewish Cultural Street Festival along California Avenue highlighting fine art, music, dance and food. (650) 857-1800;


  • oct

Palo Alto's own West Bay Opera opens their season. (650) 424-9999;

Palo Alto Black and White Ball benefiting community youth programs and schools. Event takes place every other year. (650) 739-9000;

Community Day—A Country Faire at Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden Center featuring local music, a country store, demonstrations, garden activities and vintage tractor rides. (650) 329-1356;


  • november

Holiday Traditions at the historic Filoli estate in Woodside. (650) 364-8300 x 507;


  • dec

Stanford football takes on Cal Berkeley in the Big Game. Information and tickets: Stanford Athletics at (800) STANFORD;

Christmas Tree Lane begins the second Saturday in December along a two-block stretch of Fulton Street, between Embarcadero Road and Seale Avenue—a tradition since 1940.

Palo Alto Stanford Heritage (PAST) Heritage Holiday House Tour of historic Professorville homes decorated for the holidays. (650) 299-8878;

Stanford World Arts Festival(formerly the Stanford Craft Faire) featuring caroling, food and hundreds of artisans selling their crafts. (650) 723-3542;