About the Event
Festival Season Springs Into Action!
Downtown Mountain View’s A La Carte & Art Kicks-Off the Bay Area’s Popular Festival Season
Big 22nd Anniversary Celebration, May 5-6 on Castro Street
Silicon Valley’s the epicenter as the San Francisco Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival season officially springs into action on May 5-6 in downtown Mountain View where cool, bustling, stroll-friendly Castro Street is transformed into a wonderfully resplendent sea of feel-good people and colorful tents for the 22nd A La Carte & Art. Large crowds are expected to gather in for downtown Mountain View’s 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.
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 eleven big name bands play two lively, fun-filled days of classic rock ‘n roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, dance and party music on stage and street throughout downtown. The top shelf entertainment lineup for 2018 includes Tsunami, Toree McGee, The Hitmen, RB3, the Jesse Charles Band and the Megatones.
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.
Fabulously Festive Food
Bring your appetite! Festival eateries will be serving up a festive array of deelish fare—pita filled with grilled chicken, lamb or falafel, crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes and tzatziki; fresh roasted corn-on-the cob, baked potatoes; cheese, spinach, mushroom, ham, bacon and fresh fruit made-to-order crepes; skewers of teriyaki chicken with rice or noodles; tri-tip sandwiches, giant turkey legs, jumbo hot dogs, Portobello mushroom sandwiches, crispy artichokes and zucchini; tender calamari or crab fries, corndogs, garlic fries; chicken and pork kebabs with jasmine rice; fresh gazpacho-inspired mango and strawberry-on-a-stick sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice and salt; Kona shave ice in 12 flavors and freshly-popped kettlecorn.
Delightfully Delicious Drink
Thirsty, my friend? Beer lovers will be in hops heaven with the assortment of world-class brews from DBI Beverage –– Ballast Point Longfin Lager, Corona, Sierra Nevada Tropical IPA, and Firestone 805. For aficionados of fine wine and bubbly, there will be a premium selection of tasty, easy-drinking varietals. Cool off with refreshing Honey Green Tea, Half Lemonade/Half Tea and Pomegranate Blueberry Herbal Tea from Honest Tea, enjoy a bottle of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water, 100% natural and bottled at the source or savor an iced illy espresso-style coffee drink – your choice of Cappuccino, Caffe Latte or Caffe Vanilla Affogato. 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, curds and scone mixes, marinades and finishing sauces, exotic jams and jellies, raw, unfiltered 100% Grade A pure honey made by their own well-loved bees, flavored and raw almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, walnuts, dried peaches, pears and apricots, organic fair trade chocolate bars and handmade granola 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 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 entertained.
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 Humboldt Creamery, Farm Fresh To You, Stanford Chiropractic, Chiropractic First, 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, Sears Home Services, Bay Home & Window, Sunlight Concepts, David Frank Design, Photos, Movies and More, 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, Gold Rush Getaways, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Recology Mountain View, Hotel Avante, VTA, Mountain View Voice, Bay Area News Group, Metro, The Epoch Times, Comcast, Xfinity, KLLC “Alice” 97.3 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, 94.5 Bay FM, Mix 106, 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 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 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 encouraged at the festival. Please be considerate. For the safety, comfort, and courtesy of your pets and festival-goers, please leave your pets at home. Large crowds and noise make it a very stressful and dangerous environment for pets.
The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Castro Street from Church Street to Evelyn Avenue. Admission is free.