Special Events Monthly

Fourth of July Parade & Celebration

Bring the entire family downtown on July 4th for the City of Menlo Park’s Annual 4th of July Parade & Celebration! The Parade starts at 11:45 am on Chestnut Street next to Wells Fargo. Come dressed in red, white, & blue and decorate your bike or wagon to participate in this fun-filled people parade! The Celebration is at Burgess Park starting directly after the parade from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Activities will include inflatable jump houses, giant slides, games, crafts, face painting, rock walls, food, and laser tag! Come enjoy live music performed by Mustache Harbor. A $7 wristband is required for some activities. Menlo Park’s Annual 4th of July Parade & Celebration is proudly sponsored by Facebook.

Summer Concert Series: Long Train Runnin'

The Summer Concert Series continues with Long Train Runnin' as they pay tribute to the music of the Doobie Brothers. Performance songs include Listen To The Music, Long Train Runnin, Black Water, Takin' It To The Streets and What A Fool Believes. July 13th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Fremont Park in Downtown Menlo Park. Bring a chair, a comfortable blanket, and some snacks.

Menlo Summerfest

Celebrate Good Times on July 16-17th from 10am-6pm on Santa Cruz Avenue at the all-new Menlo Summerfest (formerly Connoisseurs’ Marketplace) debuts with a vibrant and sensational lineup: a stellar live Music Mash on stage and street throughout downtown, Artsplash with extraordinary fine art and cool crafts, Mobile Eats with food trucks and booths, Delectable Drink with artisan cocktails, craft beer and premium wine, Savory City with gourmet specialty foods, the Super Duper Funzone with a host of awesome amusements for kids, and Fleet Feet’s Hot Fun Run! The Menlo Summerfest is organized by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. 

Summer Concert Series: Hairstrike

Remember the 80's? A simpler time, when spandex, big hair, aquanet, shredding guitars, thundering drums and power ballads ruled MTV. Music was fun, and a rock concert was an event. That doesn't have to be just a memory! Hairstrike takes you back to the 80's, with a powerful, energized show, playing every hit from the era -- songs that defined a generation. You'll be singing along and dancing from start to finish with hits from Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Guns 'N Roses, Poison, Warrant, Scorpions and many more. Dust of off that old concert t-shirt and join us on July 20th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Fremont Park in Downtown Menlo Park. Bring a chair, a comfortable blanket, and some snacks. 

Summer Concert Series: Whee the People

Whee the People is a brand new Indie Soul Band (Indie Rock/Classic Soul) based out of San Francisco. In the current vein of Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson & Andy Grammer, with lyrics reminiscent of Stevie Wonder or Michael Franti, and the energy of an Indie Rock band…. these songs are guaranteed to get stuck in your head, with the undeniable affect of making you feel happy about the possibilities of a beautiful life. Join us on July 27th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Fremont Park in Downtown Menlo Park. Bring a chair, a comfortable blanket, and some snacks. 

Menlo Movie Series

The 2016 Menlo Movie Series will feature free movies in Downtown Menlo Park on Curtis Street each Friday from August 5th thru September 8th. Be sure to bring a chair, blanket and some snacks to enjoy, but most of all, don't forget to bring the family. Enjoy a night of watching the stars, under the stars. Please note: All titles are subject to change and parental discretion is advised. Start times vary from week to week so be sure to double-check the start times. On July 17th at 8:00pm Jurassic World (2015) will be shown at the Onetta Harris Community Center. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates and times:

8/5 - 8:15pm - Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
8/12 - 8:15pm - Zootopia (2016)
8/17 - 8:00pm - Jurassic World (2015) 
8/19 - 8:00pm - The Goonies (1985)
8/26 - 8:00pm - Minions (2015)
9/2 - 7:45pm - Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
9/9 - 7:30pm - Inside Out (2015)

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