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Tips for enjoying this year’s festival


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Festival organizers encourage people to park their vehicles at Los Altos High School and ride the free shuttle buses to and from the downtown event. They request that attendees leave their pets at home.

Following are some quick tips to make the 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival more enjoyable.

Shuttle bus and parking

Parking in and around downtown Los Altos fills up quickly during the festival, so many attendees opt to skip the hassle and park their cars at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., less than a mile away.

Free shuttles ferry festival attendees continually - approximately every 15 minutes - between the Los Altos High parking lot and the drop-off spot on Edith Avenue near San Antonio Road, next to Village Park.

Bicycles

Every year, hundreds of festivalgoers leave their cars at home and ride bicycles to the festival and park them at the Bike and Stroller Valet Parking area for free. Volunteers from GreenTown Los Altos guard the corral to ensure that bicycles remain safe. Strollers may be parked there as well. The bike/stroller corral is located in the South Plaza area, just off Third Street.

Restrooms

Festival organizers provide more than 40 portable rest- rooms for the weekend, located on the numbered streets (First, Second, etc.) near the entrances to the parking plazas in downtown Los Altos. Seven hand-washing and sanitizing stations are located near the portable restrooms. Please refrain from asking to use merchants’ bathrooms.

Pets

Heat, small children, strollers and pets are not a good mix. Festival organizers request that attendees leave their pets at home.

Street closures

The downtown Los Altos triangle is scheduled to close to all street traffic beginning 6 p.m. Friday and will not reopen until 10 p.m. Sunday. The closures include Main and State streets, the Central Plaza and Second and Third streets between Main and State streets.

For more information, call the Los Altos Village Association at 949-5282 or visit downtownlosaltos.org. m

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