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Breaking with the Law

Monday, May 22 | 2 - 4 p.m. | Palo Alto Cafe

The Police Department is pleased to announce that its next “Breaking With the Law” event is on Monday, May 22, between 2 and 4 p.m. at Palo Alto Cafe at 2675 Middlefield Road in the Midtown neighborhood.

Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 18 | 6:30 - 9:30 a.m. | Multiple Locations

May is Bike Month and Bike to Work Day is around the corner on Thursday, May 18! Stop by an Energizer Station (open from 6:30–9:30 a.m.) at one of the following locations: Downtown (City Hall Plaza, facing Bryant Street), California Ave Plaza (California Ave and Park Blvd) or Wilkie Way Bridge (on Miller Ave, near south side entry).

Bike to Wherever Day

Saturday, May 20, 2023 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Mitchell Park Community Center

Celebrate Bike to Wherever Day on May 20 with another Energizer Station (open from 1–4 p.m.) at Mitchell Park Community Center (near bike parking).

World Turtle Day Celebration

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

Meet the turtles who call the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) home during a World Turtle Day Celebration on Tuesday, May 23 from 3–4 p.m. The event is free with admission to the JMZ.

4th of July Summer Festival & Chili Cook-off

Monday, July 4 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Mitchell Park

The 4th of July Summer Festival and Chili Cook-Off returns on Monday, July 4 from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. at Mitchell Park. Enjoy live music, food trucks, and activities for kids. Bring your own chairs, picnic mats, and reusable water bottles to enjoy the fun.

Movie Screening: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Sunday, May 28 | 1 - 3:30 p.m. | Rinconada Library

Join us in celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with a screening of the Academy Award winning film Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022). The movie will be accompanied by everything bagels (of course) and a thematic craft. This event takes place at Rinconada Library on Sunday, May 28 from 1–3:30 p.m. and is for adults and seniors only.

Family Movie Nights

Beginning June 9 | 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. | Mitchell Park Athletic Field

The Community Services Department is back with its 3rd annual Family Movie Night Series! Seating will start around 7 p.m. and the movies will start at sunset at the Mitchell Park Athletics Fields. See the lineup here.

Summer Hot Dog Productions

Multiple Dates | Children's Theatre

These outdoor performances are perfect for families. Upcoming showings include Snow White and Free to Be… You and Me. Food and drink are sold onsite by the Friends of the Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. All Summer Hot Dog Productions take place in the “Secret Garden” at the Children’s Theatre. 

Twilight Concert Series

Multiple Dates | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Rinconada or Mitchell Park

June Concerts are held at Rinconada or Mitchell Park from 6:30–8 p.m. A food truck will be available at each event and bands include Fleetwood Mask, Carnaval, Heartless, and more.

Murals Event

Saturday April 29, 2023 | 1 - 5 p.m. | Cubberley Community Center

The Palo Alto Public Art Program is planning for a large Murals Event on California Avenue this summer! Artists Olivia Losee-Unger, Paz de la Calzada, and Nicole Ponsler have been selected to paint vibrant temporary murals in the California Avenue District. Two murals will be painted at Palo Alto Central on 149 California Avenue and Izzy’s Brooklyn Bagels on 477 California Avenue. The third mural will be a streetscape ground mural at the intersection of California Avenue and Ash Street. Painting will take place from June 1–9.

Nature Journaling Workshop Fling

Sunday June 11, 2023 | 2 - 3:30 p.m. | Rinconada Library

Attend a Nature Journaling Workshop at Rinconada Library on Sunday, June 11 from 2–3:30 p.m. During this workshop, attendees will be led through a series of exercises to warm up their eyes and hands before venturing into the Rinconada Community Garden to sketch.

Paper Weaving Workshop

Wednesday July 12, 2023 | 3:30 p.m. | Rinconada Library

Join CASP (Cubberley Artist Studio Program) artist residents May and Mik Gaspay in a paper weaving workshop for youth at Mitchell Park Library!

30th Annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival

July 15 & 16, 2023 | Palo Alto Art Center

The 30th Annual Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival will take place on July 15 and 16 at the Palo Alto Art Center. Admission is free and includes the opportunity to view and shop art from local artists. Food trucks will also be available.

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

August 26 & 27, 2023 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | University Ave

The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will include 250 fine art and contemporary craft displays, an Italian Street Paining Expo, Kids’ Art Studio, street entertainment, gourmet food, fine wines, micro-brews, and more.

Celebrating Summer with Flowers Workshop

Saturday August 26, 2023 | 2 - 4 p.m. | Palo Alto Art Center

Try your hand at floral arranging at the Celebrating Summer with Flowers Workshop on Saturday, August 26 from 2–4 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center.

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