Tips to Make the Most of the Festival
To maximize your enjoyment, here are some helpful tips in planning your trip to A La Carte & Art, May 5-6 in downtown Mountain View.
- Pets are not allowed at the festival. Be kind to your pet companions (i.e., dogs), and leave them in the comforts of their own home.
- Dress comfortably, put on some sunscreen, perhaps wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
- Wear shoes you feel comfortable strolling in. The festival covers several city blocks, so you’ll be walking a lot.
- Consider backpacking children. Strollers take up more space and are difficult to navigate through crowds.
- Bring along cash for food and beverages. Not all food and beverage vendors accept credit cards. You can pay for drink tokens and glasses at the Token/Glass booths at Villa/Castro and California/Castro.
- Don’t fill up on food at the first food booth you see. Stroll around a bit to get a flavor of the offerings, then sample several of the dishes that appeal to you.
- Think about your holiday shopping when browsing the arts and crafts booths. Festivals offer unique gifts you can stash away until December.
- Avoid the traffic congestion and ride your bike.
- Consider using public transportation. The Santa Clara 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 VTA Bus Line 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 check out www.caltrain.com. Caltrain, VTA Light Rail and bus service will drop you off one short block from the festival.
- Free parking is available on side streets and in the parking plazas surrounding the downtown area.