Palo Alto Summer Series – Music and Movies

As the weather warms and evenings are beautifully balmy, the City of Palo Alto kicks off its annual Twilight Summer Series, a season-long event filled with free concerts and movies. These evening events are held in a variety of locales, with local food vendors and food trucks serving mouthwatering dishes and desserts.

Buoyancy Teen Music & Art Festival

Sunday, June 2nd
4:30pm-8:30pm
Mitchell Park Amphitheater

This free teen-focused event is presented by the Teen Arts Council and Art Center Teen Leadership Committee features performances by live bands as well as an art gallery, activities, carnival attractions, lots of free food, and fantastic giveaways.

Palo Alto Twilight Concerts

Saturday, June 29th, July 13th, July 20th, August 3rd
6:30pm-8:30pm
Various locations including Rinconada Park, Mitchel Park, and California Avenue

Palo Alto’s incredibly popular Twilight Concert Series is a celebration of the Bay Area through diverse live musical performances matched with diverse and delicious food. When you’re not on your feet dancing, grab a bite to eat from the food trucks, relax in your lawn chair, and enjoy the free, live music!

The musical line-up includes:

6/29 Fleetwood Mask & Business Casual
6:30pm-8:30pm
California Avenue
Two Bay Area talents perform! A cappella quintet, Business Casual, and Fleetwood Mask, playing Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits.

7/13 Caravanserai
6:30pm-8:30pm
Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Road

Santana Tribute band, Caravanserai, will have you singing along and breaking out your best dance moves.

7/20 Night Moves
6:30pm-8:30pm
Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road

Night Moves is a six-piece tribute band performing popular tracks from Bob Seger and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

8/3 Boys of Summer & Business Casual
6:30pm-8:30pm
Rinconada Park, 777 Embarcadero Road

The A cappella quintet, Business Casual, is back, this time performing along with Eagles Tribute band, Boys of Summer.

Music is Magic Concert Series

Friday, May 31st to Friday, August 30th
6pm-7:30pm
Magical Bridge Playground at Mitchell Park, 600 E. Meadow Road

Music Is Magic is hosted by the Magical Bridge Foundation, along with Friends of Palo Alto Parks. Held at the City’s flagship “socially inclusive and innovative playground,” it features live family-friendly concerts performed on the playground every Friday evening. There are also craft projects, face painting booths, and many more fun activities. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a summer evening filled with music and fun!

The musical line-up includes:

5/31 Noise Lab and Jazz Family sing-a-long
6/7 Soul Providers
6/21 Angels on Stage
6/28 Purple Fox & the Heebie Jeebies
7/5 James Henry
7/12 Riverbed
7/19 Tim Cain
7/26 Andy Z
8/2 Soul Providers
8/9 Nancy Cassidy
8/16 Metro
8/23 JAM with Charity Kahn
8/30 James Henry

Movies Under the Stars

Friday June 14th, July 12th, and August 24th
8am-10pm
Community Center at Mitchell Park, 3700 Middlefield Road

Held at the beautiful Mitchel Park Community Center once a month June through August, families can enjoy a free movie night with films tailored toward all ages. Make a night of it by first enjoying a picnic dinner outdoors at the Music Is Magic concert, then head on over to the Community Center for family movie night!

Feature films include:

6/14 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
7/12 Incredibles 2
8/24 Marry Poppins Returns

Other musical events happening in Palo Alto include:

Music on the Plaza

Thursday evenings from mid-July through mid-August
6pm-8pm
Lytton Plaza, 220 University Avenue

Featuring free live performances by local bands playing a variety of music including funk, R&B, blues, dance, and more.

Stanford Shopping Center Concert Series

Thursdays from June 20th to August 22nd
6pm-8pm
Stanford Shopping Center

Featuring live jazz performances by a variety of local musicians, the Stanford Concert Series is held Thursday evenings, making for a wonderful shopping and dining experience.

Warm evenings, family, friends, food, free music. What more could you ask for? Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Palo Alto Twilight Summer Series events!

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