Special Community Events
Los Altos Kiwanis Club Pet Parade
Information: 735-1552 or www.losaltoskiwanis.org
A beloved community tradition since 1948, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club Pet Parade is a spring celebration that attracts thousands of people every year, along with their pets, wagons, bicycles, parents and neighbors. Hundreds of kids and their dogs, cats, horses, chickens – and even worms – participate, as well as youth groups, marching bands and dignitaries in vintage cars. Held annually on the Saturday following Mother’s Day, this free Heritage Event begins on Main Street promptly at 10 a.m.
Rotary Club of Los Altos – Fine Art In the Park
Since 1976, on the Saturday after Mother's Day, and continuing through Sunday, the Rotary Club of Los Altos presents its annual fundraising event "Fine Art in the Park." Open each day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and located in Lincoln Park just across Foothill Expressway from Main Street, it is considered one of the most prestigious art shows in California. This outdoor gallery features the fine art and quality craftwork of 200 juried artists from across the United States. The festivities include live musical entertainment plus a variety of food and beverage booths. Proceeds from the art show benefit local and international charitable projects.
Downtown Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival
Information: 949-5282 or www.downtownlosaltos.org
The quaint village atmosphere of Downtown Los Altos transforms into a bustling center of activity the second weekend in July with the coming of the annual Arts & Wine Festival on Main and State Streets. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days, the festival is sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association. Features include the distinctive works of artists and craftspeople, three stages of music, a Family FunZone with a large selection of rides, activities and entertainment for children, gourmet foods from around the world, and an array of local wines. The event, which attracts over 100,000 visitors yearly, supports local arts and entertainment, Downtown Village revitalization, encourages economic prosperity and promotes a community atmosphere unique to the Downtown District. Free admission.
Los Altos Fall Festival
Information: 948-1455 or www.losaltoschamber.org
Celebrate the fall and our unique community when the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Fall Festival during the first weekend in October. The festival, held in downtown Los Altos, features over 150 arts and crafts booths, delicious food booths, a classic car show, musical entertainment and local wines and beer. A favorite for young and old alike is the popular Children's Alley with a choo choo train and a variety of activities, games and rides for children.
Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade
The Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade celebrates the beginning of the holiday season in Downtown Los Altos the Sunday after Thanksgiving at 6:00 PM. The theme “A Child’s Holiday Fantasy” comes to life with colorful lighted floats, local High School Marching Bands playing holiday music, and costumed characters all lit up with hundreds of lights. It comes to an exciting conclusion with the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer! This hour long event starts at First and State Streets and winds its way through town, ending on Whitney and Second Street. Originating in 1978, it is produced by the Los Altos Festival of Lights Association, a non-profit all volunteer organization. Funding is provided by donations and the sales of glow necklaces and toys on parade night. With the mission, “Bringing Our Community Together to Share the Warmth of the Holiday Season” this event is for the whole family. Come join us! Please visit our website for additional information.