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. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook and get the most update-to-date information on events occurring in Menlo Park. Below you will find general information on many of our annual events occurring in Menlo Park, please visit our city calendar for specific details. You can also read below to learn how you can sign-up for or Special Events Monthly Newsletter.     

Summer 2016 Events

Fourth of July Parade & Celebration   


Monday, July 4, 2016
11:45 am to 2:30 pm
This is the Fourth of July Parade & Celebration you have heard so much about. Decorate you bike, tricycle, or wagon and parade with us down Santa Cruz Avenue from the Chestnut Paseo (corner of Chestnut St. & Santa Cruz Ave) 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.

Summer Concert Series - Fremont Park  


Wednesdays June 15 to August 10  
6:30 to 8:00 pm 
Join us at Fremont Park to listen to some of the best local bands. The Summer Concert 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 for dancing. No concert on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016. If you would like your band to be considered for our series, please contact Matt Milde.

 Date Band Genre
6/15/2016 The Sun Kings Beatles Tribute
6/22/2016 William Russ Jr. Soul
6/29/2016 Cocktail Monkeys Pop/Disco
7/6/2016 No Concert No Concert
7/13/2016 Long Train Runnin'  Doobie Brothers Tribute
7/20/2016 Hairstrike 80s Hair Band
7/27/2016 Whee the People Indie Soul
8/3/2016 Vintage Jukebox Jazz
8/10/2016 Mister Wonderful Dance

Summer Concert Series - Kelly Park 


Tuesdays August 16 to 30, 2016  
6:00 to 8:00 pm 
Since 2013, Kelly Park has been sending off the summer in style! Bring a picnic basket, blanket or comfortable chair and enjoy on-site food trucks and an evening of great music and dancing. From hip-hop, blues, jazz, salsa, and funk, this is one music series you'll not want to miss. If you would like your band to be considered for our series, please contact Bridget Matheson


Date Band Genre
8/16/2016 Touch of Class Old School R&B
8/23/2016 Somos El Son Salsa
8/30/2016 Southbay Dub Allstars Reggae

Menlo Movie Series   


Fridays August 5 to September 9 Start time varies  Welcome Menlo Park's newest community event for all ages. Launched in 2014, the Menlo Movie Series features free movies in Downtown Menlo Park. 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. All movies are subject to change. Parental discretion advised. Movies are held on Curtis Street at Santa Cruz Avenue. 
Date Time Movie MPAA Rating Run Time Location
8/5/2016 8:15 PM Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) PG-13 136 Min Downtown
8/12/2016 8:15 PM Zootopia (2016) PG 108 Min Downtown
8/17/2016 8:15 PM Jurassic World (2015) PG-13 124 Min Onetta Harris
8/19/2016 8:00 PM The Goonies (1985) PG 114 Min Downtown
8/26/2016 8:00 PM Minions (2015) PG 91 Min Downtown
9/2/2016 7:45 PM Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) PG-13 141 Min Downtown
9/9/2016 7:30 PM Inside Out (2015) PG 95 Min Downtown

Fall 2016 events


Halloween Hoopla   


Saturday, October 29, 2016 
11:45 am to 3:00 pm   
The annual Halloween Hoopla Parade and Trick-or-Treat is held the Saturday before Halloween each year. Come in costume and participate in the parade to Fremont Park. Participants will receive a bag to trick-or-treat through Downtown Menlo Park at participating stores. Fremont Park will also host carnival games, craft activities, and magic show. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce and Cheeky Monkey Toys. 

Halloween Spooky Carnival  


October 26, 2016
4:00 to 6:00 pm
Bring your family and friends to the Onetta Harris Community Center for the annual Halloween Spooky Carnival, a Menlo Park tradition since 2008. Enjoy fun and exciting games to play, yummy snacks, face-painting, a costume contest, candy guess and more! Don’t forget to wear your costume and prepare for a spooky good time.


Winter 2016 events


Spring 2017 Events


Breakfast with Santa  


Saturday, December 3, 2016 
7:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us the first Saturday in December for our annual Breakfast with Santa event 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. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Fire Fighters Toy Drive and receive $1 off your ticket price. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Rotary Club and the Menlo Park Fire District. 


Summer Camp Fair  


March 2007 
Learn about summer camp offerings at our annual Summer Camp Fair. Free pizza, games, and crafts will be available for attendees. Register your child for a City-run camp at the event and receive 10% off! Enter our raffle at the event for your chance to win a free week of camp! Teens and young adults will have the opportunity to submit applications for summer positions and meet & greet with potential employers.

Burgess Park Egg Hunt  


Saturday, April 15, 2017 
10:00 am to Noon
Each year the Bunny visits the Burgess Park with toys and candy filled eggs for girls and boys ages 8 and under. The Burgess Egg Hunt festivities start with bounce houses, crafts, and pictures with the Bunny. Be sure not to miss photos opportunities with the fire trucks and maybe take a ride on "Old Tom", an antique fire engine. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Firefighters Association and Menlo Park Fire District. Please take a moment to complete our brief event survey

Kelly Park Egg Hunt


Saturday, April 15, 2017 
10:00 am to Noon
Since 2009, the Egg Hunt at Kelly Park has delighted the residents with crafts, a jelly bean  guess, magic show, music, and photo opportunities with the Bunny! Bring the family and enjoy a fun-filled morning as the kids scramble for plastic eggs filled with goodies. Activities are co-sponsored by Fire Station 77 and the Menlo Park Fire District. The Kelly Park Egg Hunt is coordinated by the staff of the  Onetta Harris Community Center.

Kite Day  


Saturday, May 6, 2017 
Noon to 3:00 pm
Since our first Kite Day in 1988 there has been no better place to fly a kite in Menlo Park, then Bedwell Bayfront Park. Come enjoy kite flying, a hot dog lunch, jump houses, face-painters, and cool down with a ice cold snow cone. If the wind is just right, you'll catch a glimpse of "Mega Fish", a 46-foot giant kite. Kite Day is held in conjunction with San Mateo County’s Streets Alive! Parks Alive! and is co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Kiwanis.

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Special Events Monthly
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Performing Arts Center
Performing Arts Center 
The City of Menlo Park organizes events at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, a 294 seat theater. We work with local performing arts organizations to support 55-day of programming in the theater each year. Programs include movie sing-alongs, variety shows, author lectures, ballet, chamber music, theater, dance, opera, jazz, and other musical performances. The City also offers the Menlo Park Grant for the Arts, designed for organizations looking to perform in a professional-grade theater.

Special Event Permits
Special Event Permits  
Special events play an important role in building community and creating vibrancy within Menlo Park. For information on holding community events in the City of Menlo Park, such as festivals, fun runs, concerts, carnivals, and block parties, please visit our Special Event Permits page. Our goal is to help event organizers plan a safe and successful event creating minimal impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods.