Friday, May 7, 2010

Spring is in full bloom, bringing with it gorgeous weather, large doses of hope, optimism and the Bay Area’s popular outdoor festival circuit. Festival season around the Bay officially springs into action on May 15-16 in Mountain View where hip, walkable Castro Street will be transformed into a moveable feast of people and colorful tents for the 14th Annual A La Carte & Art. Thousands of visitors are expected to gather in Silicon Valley’s epicenter for this vibrant celebration of the arts.

Presented by the Mountain View Central Business Association, the open-air festival will feature two days of live music, a fine arts and crafts show with 200 talented exhibitors showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, festive food and drink with premium wine, microbrews and margaritas, a farmers’ market with fresh seasonal produce, kids’ amusements in the Tons of Fun Zone, and a classic car show — “A La Car & Art” — making its festival debut. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Admission is free.