Special Events Monthly

Halloween Hoopla

This Saturday, October 28, 2017 put on your Halloween costume and parade through downtown Menlo Park at our annual Halloween Hoopla Parade & Trick-or-Treat from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. Participants are encouraged to come in costume and join in the annual parade through downtown Menlo Park to Fremont Park. After the parade visit local businesses for the merchant trick-or-treat! Find fun games and activities at Fremont Park, including crafts provided by Cheeky Monkey. Enjoy live entertainment including a magic show and then a sing-along dance party performance! Win prizes playing carnival games and take your chance at the giant pumpkin guess! All activities are free and fun for the whole family, so don't miss this spooktacular event!


Montrose Trio

Music@Menlo invites you to enjoy a classical performance at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center by the Montrose Trio on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Virtuoso pianist Jon Kimura Parker and former Tokyo String Quartet members, violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith, will be performing a program of Shostakovich, Beethoven, and Brahms that offers an opportunity to hear the youthful craftsmanship of these composers’ first piano trios. The Washington Post recognized the Montrose Trio for “absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world…" Don't miss this opportunity to level of collaborative skill, musicality, and technique of the Montrose Trio.


Sinfonietta Fall Classic Concert

The El Camino Youth Symphony presents the Sinfonietta Fall Classic Concert. The Sinfonietta Orchestra, conducted by John Eells, is an advanced level orchestra for middle and high school students. Sinfonietta students receive intensive training in preparation for membership in the ECYS Senior Symphony. The orchestra performs original music chiefly from the classical period repertoire. On November 18, 2017 at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center the Sinfonietta Orchestra will perform the music of Beethoven, Copland, Haydn, and Schumann with student soloist Joey Zhu on piano.


Storytelling Festival

Throughout the month of November, the Menlo Park Library will celebrate the art of storytelling—and story listening—by showcasing a series of professional tellers.  Every Monday night, at 7:00 pm, we will present a performance by a different storyteller, all new to our library. Some of our returning favorites will be featured on other days of the week. Drop in for one event, or join us for the entire Storytelling Festival series! 

11/2 - 4:00 pm - John Weaver
11/6 - 7:00 pm - Megumi
11/8 - 4:00 pm - John Weaver (Belle Haven Library)
11/13 - 7:00 pm - Alicia Retes
11/15 - 5:00 pm - Olga Loya (Belle Haven Library)
11/20 - 7:00 pm - Muriel Johnson
11/27 - 7:00 pm - The "Do-Tell Duo"



Holiday Display Contest

Are you a Menlo Park business or do you know of a Menlo Park business looking to show off their holiday spirit? The City of Menlo Park and the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the Holiday Display Contest! We are inviting businesses to show their holiday spirit by decorating storefronts, lobbies or windows with festive displays. All participating businesses have the opportunity to show off their holiday displays to the Menlo Park community who will be perusing the city to vote for their favorites. Registration is due by November 26, 2017 and voting will begin December 1. Encourage visitors to vote for you and promote yourself on social media to increase your exposure!  Additionally, YOU the community will have the opportunity to vote on your favorite display through the Menlo Park Events Facebook page! Voting closes December 18, and the winning display will be announced online! 


Upcoming Holiday Events

It's hard to believe the year is winding down already, but at least we have several holiday events to look forward to! Mark your calendars! Kick off the holiday season on Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:30-7:00 pm, at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting event. The festivities include holiday treats, live entertainment, a visit from Santa and his elves, and spectacular tree lighting! The following morning, December 2, join us for Breakfast with Santa from 7:30-11:30 am. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, picture taking with Santa, holiday crafts and more. Reservations are required and are available online starting November 1. Last but not least, join us December 13 from 7:00-9:00 pm for the 2017 Holiday Showcase at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.  We pride ourselves on creating a community that is vibrant, diverse, and fun! Come see all that we have to offer in our fabulous collection of classes and programs where you, our talented community, enter into the spotlight! 


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