Menlo Park's summer festival just got a lot more lively at least in name.
After a 29-year run, the "Connoisseurs' Marketplace," an annual event hosted by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, will be renamed and replaced with a festival called "Menlo Summerfest."
The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, along Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street. Hours both days will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an "after-hours" concert at Fremont Park running from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.
"We felt the time was right to rebrand and revitalize the festival, enliven and freshen up our offerings, and we're all excited about the improvements and changes which reverberate across all aspects of the festival," Fran Dehn, President/CEO of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, said in a press release issued this morning from Miramar Events.
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event with Miramar Events, Team Pro Event and Pacific Fine Arts Festivals.
The change comes after a less-than-stellar event last year -- the first since 1988 that the Chamber did not work with Miramar Events, according to Miramar Events CEO Tim Beeman. The 2015 event was received with numerous complaints from local residents about diminished offerings of children's activities, little variety in the beer selection and no headlining band.
Scheduled to be offered at the festival are:
There will be two stages for music events one in Fremont Park and the other at El Camino Real plus four street musicians spread out at different downtown locations.
Headlining the Saturday evening concert will be Petty Theft, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band.
Other performances in the lineup are: The House Rockers, Pacific Soul Band, Fito Reinoso, Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88's, The Reefriders, Pankind Steel Drum Band, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Heartstrings Music, Man In White, AHAmele, Pumehana O'Hula, Kawailehua Hula Ohana, The Sunshine Coconuts and Stickdrum.
More than one-fifth of the artists and craftmakers scheduled to attend will be new. There will also be an art contest for festival artists.
Food and Drink
Food trucks and food booths, including new vendors, will be present. Additional small-batch food items will be at booths spread out at the event site.
There will also be cocktails, wine, craft beer, and fresh fruit-puree margaritas.
Scheduled children's activities are a bungee jump, a rock-climbing wall, caricature artists, face painting, henna tattoos, hair braiding and carnival-style rides.
A fun run organized by Fleet Feet Menlo Park is also scheduled on Sunday, July 17.
Go to the event web page for more information.