Family Planner: Free summer events in Los Altos and Mtn. View

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Live music fills Los Altos' parks during the summer – catch one of the Thursday night events with a picnic in hand.

Families looking for after-work entertainment that is kid-and-picnic friendly will find a profusion of civic events with live music in public spaces over the next two months:


The city of Los Altos’ Summer Concert Series, which began June 13 in Grant Park, continues Thursday night (June 27) at 6:30 p.m. when the Cocktail Monkeys play at Rosita Park. After that, the California Cowboys play at Grant Park, 6:30 p.m. July 11.

Mountain View’s month-long Thursday Night Live series will once again close down Castro Street between Mercy and Villa Streets starting July 11 and running through Aug. 15. In addition to live music, the 5:30-8:30 p.m. events include an area for children to play, car show, and booths from local businesses and nonprofits. 

Mountain View's "Concerts on the Plaza," which run twice a month throughout the spring and summer, continue through September: Coming next month, Trio Sol de Mexico on July 5 and Kevin Pfeffer on July 19. The outdoor events at Mountain View's Civic Center Plaza include a food truck, beer and wine for purchase, and a "pop up park" play area for children. Bring a blanket or lawn chair or take your chances at nabbing one of the city's comfy adirondack chairs. 

In a special event for our younger readers, Mountain View's "2019 KidStock" brings live music from Andy Z and the Andyland Band, games, crafts and more for young audiences from 10 a.m. to noon on July 20.  


The city of Mountain View hosts weekly outdoor family movie nights at rotating park locations around the city starting July 12 , with a showing of "Incredibles 2" at Cuesta Park, followed by Smallfoot at Sylvan Park July 19. Shows begin at 8:30 or when darkness falls. Bring a blanket or low lawn chair to sit on.  

The Downtown Green opens in Los Altos on July 19 for a month of comfortable all-day seating, space to play, free wifi and evening events including 8:30 p.m. movie screenings.

The Stage

Although outdoor live theater is hard to come by in the Los Altos/Mountain View region, Peninsula Youth Theatre summer campers are staging free 6:30 p.m. Friday shows on the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ ParkStage July 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 9. You can also catch them performing at Cooper Park some fridays – see a full schedule at

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