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Menlo Park: Rebranded street festival set for this weekend

 

Menlo Park's rebranded street festival, "Menlo Summerfest" (formerly Connoisseurs' Marketplace), will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, along downtown Santa Cruz Avenue.

The outdoor festival – with food, drink, music, art, a fun run and kids activities – has a "tropical vibrations" theme.

In advance of the festival, local shop owners are encouraged to participate in what's being called "Aloha Friday" by selling, wearing and decorating their shops with tropical-themed gear on July 15.

So far, 168 artists and vendors are expected at the event. Ceramics, handmade clothing, glasswork, jewelry, leatherwork, paintings, sculpture, photography, woodwork, toys, and personal care products, among others, will be for sale.

Food trucks and food-and-drink vendors will be posted throughout the event site.

The musical headliner will be Petty Theft, a Tom Petty tribute band scheduled to play at Fremont Park from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Several other bands will perform during the weekend.

For children, there will be a "Super Duper Kidz Funzone" with a bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, hair braiding, puppet shows, caricatures, henna art, various rides and "Waterballerz" (clear inflatable balls that kids can climb inside and roll around in on water).

On Sunday at 9 a.m., Fleet Feet will host a 5K family fun run and 1-mile kids run, followed by treats and popsicles at Fremont Park.

The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event with the help of Miramar Events, Team Pro Event and Pacific Fine Arts Festivals.

Register for the run online.

Go to the event website for more information on the festival.

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