About the Event

Festival Season Springs Into Action!

Mountain View’s A La Carte & Art Kicks-Off the Bay Area’s Festival Season, May 2-3

Happy festival attendees at the annual A La Carte & Art

The San Francisco Bay Area is known worldwide for its fantastic weather, vibrant cultural scene and world-class events. The popular outdoor festival season around the Bay officially springs into action on May 2-3 in Mountain View where cool, friendly, walkable Castro Street morphs into a resplendent sea of people and colorful tents for the 19th Annual A La Carte & Art. A large crowd is expected to gather in Silicon Valley’s epicenter for this beloved springtime festival of the arts with two days of world-class fun in the sun.

live music and dancing
fine art booth
festival food booths
farmers' market
Microbrews, fine wine and more at A La Carte & Art

Presented by the Mountain View Central Business Association, the popular open-air festival will feature two days of stellar live music, a fine arts and crafts show with 200 of the west coast’s top artists showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drink with premium wine, microbrews and margaritas, a farmers’ market with fresh seasonal produce, a multitude of kids’ amusements in the Tons of Fun Zone, and “A La Car & Art” — a classic car show. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.

How It All Began

A La Carte & Art is the largest annual fund-raiser for the Mountain View Central Business Association (CBA). A non-profit organization made up of local merchants and businesses, the CBA is dedicated to promoting business growth through participation and sponsorship of numerous community activities and events.

Dynamite Live Music

Two full days of sensational live music on stage and street turn downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment hotspot for the weekend. A smashing lineup of twelve big name bands play two lively, fun-filled days of classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, Americana, dance and party music on stage and street. The lineup includes The Hitmen, The Megatones, The Element, The Jesse Charles Band, Fog City Swampers, Old School, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Ancient Winds, Emerson & The Growiser Band, and Mike Fair’s Drumming Circle.

Original Fine Art, Cool Crafts

Pacific Fine Arts brings its world-class stable of professional artists and fine craftmakers to showcase their extraordinary work. Festivalgoers will find thousands of beautiful, handcrafted items by the west coast’s top artists and craftmakers while browsing among 200 well-stocked booths featuring original work in glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art. Gorgeous vases, flatware, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, windchimes, and waterfalls will be among the one-of-a-kind items available.

Fantastically Festive Food

Bring your appetite! Festival eateries will be serving up a fabulous array of tasty fare—fresh gazpacho, mango/strawberry fruit bowls, spiced chicken, beef and veggie kebabs, chicken sandwiches with bacon, jalapeño jam and pickled slaw; grilled corn-on-the cob, fresh artichokes, garlic fries, cheeesesteaks, tacos, tamales, burritos, quesadillas, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Cajun hot links, teriyaki chicken wraps, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, corn dogs, beef, salmon and veggie burgers, baked potatoes, made-to-order crepes, kettle corn, shaved ice, root beer floats and funnel cakes with fresh berries.

Delightfully Delicious Drink

Thirsty, my friend? Beer lovers will be in hop heaven with the assortment of world-class brews—Shock Top Belgian White, Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA and Modelo Especial. Enjoy a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita or Straw-Ber-Rita for a deliciously refreshing beverage alternative. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly joins the party with their award-winning varietals including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Crisp White Refresh and Summer Red Refresh. Cool off with a tasty 100% Organic Coconut Water, Lemonade or Pomegranate Blueberry Juice from Purity Organic or Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.

artisan gourmet foods
farmers' market
Kids' Tons of Fun Zone
A La Car & Art classic car show

Artisan Specialty Food

Fans of true artisan-produced food know it simply doesn’t get any better than the gourmet specialty products available at the festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as meet and chat with the actual producers—toffee, cookies, olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustards, pickled garlic, curds and scone mixes, preserves, marinades and finishing sauces, exotic jams and jellies, honey products, butters and chutneys—just a taste of the mouth-watering offerings to sample and buy.

Farmers' Market

Growers from the popular Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will be on hand with California’s finest farm-fresh strawberries, cherries, apricots, organic produce, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and honey.

Kids' Tons of Fun Zone

Kids of all ages will be mesmerized by the non-stop action and excitement in the action-packed Kids' Tons of Fun Zone. Ultra thrilling bungee jumping, “Human Hamster Balls”, wild and wacky waterballerz, hula hooping, a 24’ climbing wall, dancing party animal puppets, caricature art, exotic French hair braiding, super cool face painting and temporary tattoos are among the exciting attractions sure to keep youngsters gleeful and happy.

A La Car & Art, A Showcase of Cool Cars

Back by popular demand is A La Car & Art, a classic, exotic and custom car show presented by Mike Hennessy, organizer of Hot San Jose Nights and host of the Car Guy Channel. Hennessy’s passionate, car-loving devotees will be showing an incredible array of custom hot rods, muscle cars, sleek sports cars, and tricked out low riders—just a sampling of the cars expected to be on display. A La Car & Art promises to be a lively, family-friendly atmosphere filling a full city block on Castro Street between Church and Mercy Streets.

Organic & Green Products Showcase

Check out the latest and greatest exhibits featuring Organic, Natural, Healthy and Eco-Friendly products. Festivalgoers can enjoy free product samples and demos while experiencing first-hand how these products can help you live a better, healthier and “greener” lifestyle and be a positive catalyst for change. Sponsors include Farm Fresh To You, The Solar Company, Landsystems Landscapes, Sunrun, Stanford Chiropractic, Solar City, Chiropractic First, Recology Mountain View, University Chiropractic, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.

Home & Garden Exhibits

For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco Cutlery, BathFitter, Sears Home Services, Clear View Screens, Bay Home & Window, Hi-Definition Solar, Quality First Home Improvement, Danmer Custom Shutters, Sungevity, and The Craftsmens’ Guild.

Spectacular Sponsors

A big thanks to our spectacular sponsors! Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Wells Fargo, GEICO, Stanford Athletics, David Walley’s Hot Springs Spa, CEFCU, Diamond Resorts, Click-Scan-Share, Gold Rush Getaways, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Trilogy at the Vineyards, Ameriprise, Hotel Avante, VTA, Mountain View Voice, Comcast, Xfinity, KOFY TV 20, “Alice” 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, KBAY 94.5 FM, KEZR 106.5 FM, KRTY 95.3 FM, KLIV 1590 AM, and KGO 810 AM.

Pay For Drink Tokens and Glasses With Plastic!

For your convenience, pay for drink tokens and glasses using any major credit card at the Token/Glass booths at  Villa/Castro and California/Castro.

Zero Waste

The Central Business Association, Recology Mountain View and City of Mountain View will be joining forces once again to promote and encourage Zero Waste. Free-standing containers will be positioned throughout the festival route for recycling glass and plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Additionally, there will be large recycling containers for cardboard and mixed paper as well as glass, plastic and aluminum in a central area for event staff, vendors and sponsors. “Every day we talk about ways to reduce, re-use, and recycle,” said Julie Smiley, Executive Director of the Central Business Association. “We’re on a mission to make this a Zero Waste festival –– it’s a big priority for us and something we diligently plan for and try to improve every year.”

Public Transportation

Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) will be running its normal weekend schedule with Bus and Light Rail service to Downtown Mountain View. Ride VTA Light Rail (exit at the Mountain View Transit Center) or VTA Bus Lines 22, 32, 35, and 522 to the Festival. Please note Bus Lines 32 and 522 do not operate on Sundays. For your free trip plan, call (408) 321-2300, or visit http://www.vta.org/. For Caltrain information, call 800-660-4287 or visit http://www.caltrain.com/. Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus service drops riders off at the Mountain View transit center, the primary festival entrance at Evelyn Avenue and Castro Street.

Street Closures/Vehicle Parking

Castro Street will be closed to traffic from Church Street to Evelyn Avenue for the two-day festival. There is ample free parking available on streets and in lots surrounding the downtown area.

No Pets, Please

Pets are not allowed at the festival. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festivalgoers, please leave your pets at home.

Festival Dates/Hours/Location

The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street from Church Street to Evelyn Avenue. Admission is free.


For more festival information, call 650-964-3395 or "Like" the festival Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mountainviewalacarteartfestival.