About the Event
It's Time to Spring into Festival Season!
Mountain View's A La Carte & Art Kicks-Off the Bay Area's Outdoor Festival Season, May 2-3, 2015
Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to get out and get festive! The San Francisco Bay Area’s hugely popular outdoor festival season officially kicks-off on May 2-3 in Mountain View where cool, vibrant Castro Street morphs into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents for the 19th Annual A La Carte & Art. Throngs of visitors are 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.
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 sangria, 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 live music on stage and street turn downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment hotspot for the weekend. A smashing lineup of eleven 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 sensational live music performed by SugaDady, The Hitmen, The Megatones, Long Train Runnin’, RB3, Tsunami, John Clarke, Oscar Reynolds, Ancient Winds, Emerson & The Growiser Band, and Mike Fair’s Drumming Circle.
Fine Art, Cool Crafts
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. “It’s the perfect opportunity to stock up on one-of-a-kind items and chat with world-class artists that conceive and do original work," said Dana Hale-Mounier, of Pacific Fine Arts.
Bring your appetite! Festival eateries will be serving up a fabulous array of tasty fare –– grilled corn-on-the cob, steamed and fried artichokes, garlic fries, cheeesesteaks, crab and shrimp louie stuffed artichokes, tacos, tamales, burritos, quesadillas, spiced lamb and chicken pita sandwiches, salads, falafel, tri-tip, pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, Cajun hot links, teriyaki chicken wraps, bacon-wrapped hot dogs, beef, salmon and veggie burgers, grilled chicken salad, teriyaki chicken and pork kabobs, fried calamari with marinara sauce, rice fritters, baked potatoes, cake pops, 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 delighted with the assortment of world-class brews –– Shock Top Belgian White, Goose Island IPA and Corona Light. Enjoy a Bud Light Lime-A-Rita or Straw-Ber-Rita for a deliciously refreshing beverage alternative. These popular malt-based “beer margaritas” feature a distinctive, smooth, and mouth-watering flavor. Barefoot Wine & Bubbly joins the party with their easy-drinking varietals including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Crisp White Refresh and Summer Red Refresh. Delightfully fruity, thirst-quenching Sangria –– a perfect refresher –– will also be served along with Honey Green Tea, Unsweet Lemon Tea and Pomegranate Blueberry Ade from Honest Tea, as well as bottled water and soda. Sip your favorite beverage in a beautiful, collector-item wine or beer glass adorned with the stylish festival logo.
Artisan Specialty Food
For foodies, it doesn't get any better than the artisan-produced specialty food available at the festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as chat with the actual producers –– olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustards, pickled garlic, mustard blends, 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.
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 go bonkers over the non-stop action and excitement in the action-packed Kids' Tons of Fun Zone. Ultra thrilling bungee jumping, the incredible climb-athon Spider Mountain, super fun roll-on-water waterballerz, hula hooping, a daunting 24’ climbing wall, jump-crazed inflatibles and bouncers, plus face painting and temporary henna tattoos are among the exciting attractions sure to keep youngsters filled with glee.
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 Complete Solar Solutions, Stanford Chiropractic, Solar City, Chiropractic First, Recology Mountain View, University Chiropractic, Smile by Design, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, American Laser Skincare, and Sunnyvale Chiropractic.
Home & Garden Exhibits
For home improvement ideas, check out product displays and chat with representatives from Renewal by Andersen, Heavenly Greens, Armstrong Installation Service, Cutco Cutlery, BathFitter, OneLawn, Sears Home Services, Clear View Screens, Bay Home & Window, Advanced Home Improvement, Sunlight Concepts, Bay City Fan and The Craftsmens’ Guild.
Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: Wells Fargo, David Walley’s Hot Springs Spa, CEFCU, DirecTV, Click-Scan-Share, Newport Coast Villas, Gold Rush Getaways, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sparkling Ice, Gymboree, Hotel Avante, VTA, Mountain View Voice, KPIX Channel 5, KBCW Channel 44, Comcast, Xfinity, KOFY TV 20, “Alice” 97.3 FM, KBAY 94.5 FM, KEZR 106.5 FM, KRTY 95.3 FM, KLIV 1590 AM, and KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The festival will be held on May 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will take place 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.