Portola Valley is ready to party this Saturday with annual picnic | September 11, 2019 | Almanac | Almanac Online |


Community - September 11, 2019

Portola Valley is ready to party this Saturday with annual picnic

Highlights include 'Zotts to Tots' run, Boy Scout burgers, and kids' activities

by Rick Radin

Portola Valley will be continuing a long tradition on Saturday when the town comes together for its annual picnic.

"It has been going on for many decades," Stephen Gillett of the town's Parks and Recreation Committee wrote in an email. "We know it was around in the 1960s, but it could be even earlier."

The picnic is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Center at 765 Portola Road, and will include live music, children's activities and, of course, picnic food.

The children's activities will include face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides and a photo booth, Gillett wrote.

Food offerings will include the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the Boy Scouts. There will also be food-truck fare from Los Tolucas Mexican restaurant in Sunnyvale and Sam's Chowder Mobile, Gillett wrote.

The 2018 picnic introduced new food choices and activities, and set a record for attendance as a result, he noted.

"We moved the picnic to September last year and we're doing that again this year," he wrote. "This is a result of optimizing for when families are back in town from summer vacations and kids are back to school."

The day will start off with Zotts to Tots, a 2.4-mile family run that will start at the Alpine Inn (Zott's) on Alpine Road at 10 a.m. and end at the picnic site at the Town Center.

Participants can register at portolavalley.net or in person from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.

The cost to enter is $20 for individuals, $30 for couples and $45 for a family of up to five people; the entry fee includes an event T-shirt.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.


Register now!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

More Info