The end of the school year brings a lull to the hustle and bustle of daily life for parents and students alike as they have more time on their hands. What better way to spend it than outdoors. Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View offer a wide variety of family-friendly events, some of which are long-standing traditions. Listed below are upcoming events scheduled in Los Altos:
Easter Egg Hunt
10 a.m. to noon March 28
Main and State streets The Los Altos Village Association-sponsored event for children ages 1-10 features crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and the Easter Bunny. Attendees should bring their own baskets.
Egg Hunt & Teen Egg Launch
9:30 a.m. April 4
Hillview Soccer Field 97 Hillview Ave.
The Los Altos Recreation Department’s Egg Hunt is open to children up to age 10. There are different start times depending on age group. Attendees should bring their own baskets.
The Teen Egg Launch is open to youth 11-17. The challenge is to build a container that protects an egg from breaking when launched onto the soccer field. Admission is free. Register by April 1.
For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/egg-hunt-teen-egg-launch.
Los Altos Live! talent show
7:30 p.m. April 25
Eagle Theater, Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.
Local residents unveil their musical, theatrical and dance skills at the annual community talent show, sponsored by the Los Altos Cultural Association.
For more information, visit facebook.com/pages/los-altos-live/384838871544571.
Los Altos Farmers’ Market
4-8 p.m. Thursdays May 7 through Sept. 24
State Street, between Second and Fourth streets
Local farmers offer fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants and cut flowers. A host of vendors sell a variety of specialty foods, including cheeses and dairy products, meats, breads and baked goods. The weekly events feature family-friendly entertainment and food trucks.
For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/fm.html.
Kiwanis Pet Parade
10-11 a.m. May 16
Main and State streets
A community tradition since 1948, the Kiwanis Pet Parade attracts thousands of spectators. Children walk, pull wagons and ride bicycles in downtown Los Altos, showcasing their pets. Youth groups, marching bands and local dignitaries in vintage cars travel the route.
For more information, call 988-9900 or email email@example.com
Fine Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 16 and 17
Lincoln Park, University Avenue
Attendees can browse the fine art, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and unique gifts from more than 180 artists in the juried open-air art show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Altos. The annual event features live entertainment, food and beverages. Proceeds support the Rotary Club’s local and international service projects.
For more information, visit rotaryartshow.com.
Arts & Wine Festival
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 11 and 12
The Arts & Wine Festival, sponsored by the Los Altos Village Association, showcases the work of artisans from more than 12 states. The 36th annual event will feature a select group of vintage wines and a variety of cuisines from Thai to Mexican in addition to all-American choices like sausage and roasted corn. The festival includes booths to browse, wine to sample and free concerts.
For more information visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/aw_main.html.
Friday Movie Nights
Intersection of Main and Third streets
The Los Altos Village Association is scheduled to host family-friendly outdoor movie nights Fridays Aug. 7-28. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should bring chairs, blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and picnics.
For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/fmn.html.
Every holiday season, St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown San Jose puts on a “Season of Hope”. Twelve straight nights of free concerts. It’s located across from Christmas in the Park and next to the Downtown Ice Rink. The cathedral is truly breathtaking and it’s a nice way to spend an evening with the family. See below for more details.
One performance is offered nightly from 7:30 to 8:30pm. All performances are free.
December 12 – St. Joseph Cathedral Choir Christmas Revelry! – Julie Wind, Director
December 13 – California Philharmonic Youth Orchestra – Byung Woo Kim, Conductor
December 14 – San Jose State Choraliers – Jeffrey Benson Director
December 15 – San Jose Ballet School – Dalia Rawson, Principal
December 16 – San Jose Youth Chamber – Anthony Quartuccio Director
December 17 – Castillero Middle School – David Finch Music Director – Michelle Crivello, Dance Director
December 18 – San Jose Youth Symphony – Yair Samet, Conductor
December 19 –Musical Theater Saint Lawrence Academy – Kevin Surace, Director
December 20 – San Jose Jazz – Brendan Rawson Artistic and Festival Director
December 21 – “Navidad Para Todos – Oswaldo Magallon, Directorr
December 22 – San Jose Symphonic Choir – Leroy Kromm, Conductorr
December 23 – Harpers Hall Celtic Harpists – Verlene Schermer, director