Special Events

More than providing residents with venues for fun, play and celebration, community events and concerts create opportunities for participants to become connected to their community. There are major events held throughout the year along with summer concerts and outdoor movie nights.

Egg Hunt Festivities  
Easter eggs hidden in a park.Burgess Park 
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 10:00 am to Noon
The Bunny visits Burgess Park with toys and candy filled eggs for girls and boys ages 8 and under. The festivities start with bounce houses, crafts, and pictures with the Bunny. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and the Menlo Park Fire District.

Kelly Park
Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 10:00 am to Noon

The annual Egg Hunt is here again! Enjoy crafts, a jelly bean guess, a magic show, and photo opportunities with the Bunny! 

Families flying their kites.Kite Day
Saturday, May 7, 2015 - Noon to 3:00 pm
Bring your own kite or buy a kite from us at the best place to fly a kite in Menlo Park - Bedwell-Bayfront Park. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you assemble and fly your kite.


4th of July Parade & Celebration
Children being pulled in a little red wagon on the 4th of July.
Saturday, July 4, 2016 - 11:45 am to 2:30 pm
This is the annual parade and celebration you have heard so much about. Decorate you bike, tricycle, or wagon and parade with us down Santa Cruz Avenue from the parking lot on Chestnut Street at Santa Cruz Avenue (behind Wells Fargo bank) to Burgess Park. The Parade starts promptly at 11:45 am. Once at Burgess Park, you and your family will enjoy music, games, and food. 

Band performing concert.Music Events
Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays from June 15 through August 10 - 6:30  to 8:00 pm
Join us at Fremont Park to listen to some of the best local groups. The series features a variety of musical styles from Jazz to Country to hits of today and yesterday. Bring your picnic blanket and dinner, and of course there is always room up front for dancers of all ages. No concert on Wednesday, July 6th, 2015. Want your band to be considered for our series? If so, complete a Band Submission Form by Dec 1st. 2015 Summer Concert Schedule

Music in the Park
August 2016
Send off the summer in style! Bring a picnic basket, blanket or comfortable chair to Kelly Park (located behind Onetta Harris Community Center) and enjoy on-site food trucks and an evening of great music. 

Menlo Movie Series
Fridays from September 4 through 25 - Start times vary 
Welcome Menlo Park's newest community event for all ages. The 2015 Menlo Movie Series will feature free movies in Downtown Menlo Park on the Chestnut Paseo. 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.

September 4, 2015 - 7:45 pm - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
September 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm - Planes Fire & Rescue (2014)
September 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm - Big Hero 6 (2014)
September 25, 2015 - 7:15 pm - Cinderella (2015)

All movies are subject to change. Parental discretion advised. 

Halloween HooplaA woman and two girls posing for picture at the Halloween Hoopla.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:45 am to 3:00 pm
The annual Halloween Hoopla: Parade and Trick-or-Treat is held the Saturday before Halloween. Come in costume and participate in the annual parade to Fremont Park. Participants will receive a trick or treat bag. A performer will be at the park to entertain parade participants. There will also be art and craft activities, a candy guess, and a pumpkin weight guess. After the parade, trick or treat through Downtown Menlo Park at participating stores. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce.

Halloween Spooky Carnival
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 4:00 to 6:00 pm 
Get ready for a spooky fun filled time at the Onetta Harris Community Center for the Halloween Spooky Carnival! Enjoy fun and exciting games to play, yummy snacks, a costume contest, candy guess and more! Don’t forget to wear your costume.  

Breakfast With SantaLittle boy sitting on Santa's lap.
Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 7:30 to 11:00 am
Join us the first Saturday in December for Breakfast with Santa. A delicious pancake breakfast is served at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Don't forget to bring your camera so you can get a great photo of your child with Santa. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Rotary Club.

Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center
The City of Menlo Park offers an array of affordable community programs at the M-A PAC. Past programs have included: Movie Sing-alongs, Holiday Showcases, Author Lectures, Kids Musical Groups, etc.

Upcoming PAC Events 
October 3, 2015 - 1:00 pm - Frozen Sing-along!

Did you know that the City of Menlo Park offers grant fund for community use of the M-A Performing Arts Center? Here are grants that are currently available:
  • Menlo Park Grant for the Arts (MPGA) 
Additional Information
For information on holding community events in the City of Menlo Park please visit our Special Event Permits page.