About the Event
It’s Time To Get Festive!
Mountain View’s A La Carte & Art Kicks-Off the Bay Area’s Festival Season
Let the good times roll! The San Francisco Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially springs into action on May 6-7 in downtown Mountain View where cool, bustling, stroll-friendly Castro Street is transformed into a resplendent sea of people and colorful tents for A La Carte & Art. A large crowd is expected to gather in Silicon Valley’s epicenter for this beloved springtime festival of the arts. Expect 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, fabulous food and drink with fine wine and craft beer, a farmers’ market with fresh seasonal produce, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, A La Car & Art – the big classic car show sponsored by Hot San Jose Nights, plus awesome, action-packed amusements for kids in the Super Duper Funzone. 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 fantastic live music on stage and street turn downtown Mountain View into the Bay Area’s entertainment hotspot for the weekend. A splendid array of big name bands play an eclectic mix of classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stage and street throughout downtown. The lineup includes The Megatones, Livewire, Tsunami, The Blackouts, The Swampers Credence Clearwater Revival Tribute, OTR, Bob Culbertson, John Clarke, Ancient Winds, Emerson & The Growiser Band and Mike Fair’s Drumming Circle.
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. Exquisite 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—picanha steak skewers with classic chimichurri sauce; grilled corn-on-the cob; baked potatoes; spicy linguiça, crispy chicken and pork kebabs; cheese, spinach, mushrooms, ham, bacon and fresh fruit made-to-order crepes; jumbo hot dogs, foot-long corn dogs, beef, salmon and veggie burgers; zesty garlic fries; succulent skewers of teriyaki chicken; chicken and lamb pita sandwiches; falafels with homemade tahini sauce, lettuce and tomato; tamales, quesadillas, tacos and burritos; fresh gazpacho-inspired mango and strawberry-on-a-stick sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice and salt, Funnel cake with whipped cream and berries; Kona shave-ice in 12 flavors; Cookies & Cream, Banana Split to Rainbow Ice and Thai Ice Tea flavored Cool Beads ice cream; and freshly-popped kettlecorn.
Delightfully Delicious Drink
Thirsty, my friend? Beer lovers will be in hop heaven with the assortment of world-class brews—Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, Firestone 805. 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 refreshing Honey Green Tea, Half Lemonade/Half Tea and Pomegranate Blueberry Herbal Tea from Honest Tea 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 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—olive oil, barrel-aged vinegars, salad dressings, mustard blends, dips, soups, dry rubs, pure spices, spice blends, salts, peppers, teas, sugars, dried fruits and nuts, preserves, marinades, honey products, fruit spreads, syrups, peppers, spices, freshy-baked pies, cakes, cupcakes and desserts, handmade toffee, flavored and raw almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, dried peaches, pears and apricots and more—just a taste of the mouth-watering offerings to sample and buy.
Growers from the popular Mountain View Certified Farmers’ Market will set up stands at the festival selling California’s finest farm-fresh strawberries, cherries, apricots, organic produce, asparagus, flavored almonds, pistachios, walnuts, and honey.
Super Duper Kidz Funzone
Kids of all ages will be enthralled by the non-stop action and excitement in the action-packed Super Duper Funzone. Ultra thrilling bungee jump, wild and wacky waterballerz, a 24’ rock climbing wall, caricature art, super cool face painting, henna art and glitter tattoos are among the awesome attractions sure to keep youngsters captivated.
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, Stanford Chiropractic, Solar City, Chiropractic First, University Chiropractic, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Sungevity, 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, Sunlight Concepts, David Frank Design, Danmer Custom Shutters, and The Craftsmens’ Guild.
A big thanks to our spectacular sponsors! Win great prizes, enjoy free samples, meet the personalities and experience the latest products from festival sponsors: DBI Beverage, Welk Resorts, Provident Credit Union, David Walley’s Hot Springs Spa, CEFCU, Diamond Resorts, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Recology Mountain View, Hotel Avante, VTA, Mountain View Voice, Bay Area News Group, Metro, Comcast, Xfinity, KLLC “Alice” 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, KBAY 94.5 FM, KEZR 106.5 FM, KRTY 95.3 FM and KLIV 1590 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.
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.”
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 does not operate on Sundays. For your free trip plan, call (408) 321-2300, or visit www.vta.org. For Caltrain information, call 800-660-4287 or visit 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.
The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street from Church Street to Evelyn Avenue. Admission is free.