Festivals in Menlo Park


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  • San Francisco Film Society
    Presenter of the San Francisco International Film Festival—the longest-running film festival in the Americas—San Francisco Film Society feeds the cinematic passions of fans, filmmakers, and students, showcasing more than 300 films every year. The Film Enthusiast membership entitles movie mavens to a plethora of perks worth rubbing in the noses of adversarial cinephiles who won’t stop boasting about how much popcorn they can eat in one sitting. Members also get the skinny on San Francisco International Film Festival special events and screenings, running April 21-May 5.
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    39 Mesa Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Cherry Blossom Festival
    The Cherry Blossom Festival is currently celebrating 48 years of hosting one of the Japanese cultures most magnificent traditions. With more than 200,000 attendees last year, the festival showcased a wide range of interesting programs and events. Just a few of the events included Chanoyu, which has shaped the Japanese culture through an elegant tea ceremony. Another popular event, the Miyabikai, holds workshops in Japanese doll making and educates the public in many of the ancient techniques involved in doll making. The Cherry Blossom Festival includes many exciting events such as the Kayo parade, a music program, and the Queen program which is dedicated to training young women to become stronger individuals. The festival welcomes sponsors and appreciates past sponsors who have so generously helped. For a list of the upcoming festival shows, programs and events, please visit the website. The organization’s headquarters are located at 1759 Sutter Street in San Francisco, CA.
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    1759 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Green Festival
    Besides being America’s largest and longest-running green living event, Green Festival brings people together to build awareness in the green marketplace. It goes beyond ‘fruits and veggies' (although you will find lots of them here). It's about educational awareness and introducing the public to the widest selection of green products and/or services. That way you have the confidence to say you know how to "work green, play green and live green." As a festival visitor, you can learn about companies and innovative brands, both national and local. You can listen to pioneering thinkers or talk with other green consumers about long-term sustainability and green living. With different dates and locations on both coasts, it’s just a matter of finding a Green Festival near you.
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    635 8th St
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Outside Lands Music Festival
    The Outside Lands Festival is San Francisco’s premiere music, art and food event. Hosted since 2009, the annual Outside Lands Festival welcomes a diverse selection of performers. Past guests include Pearl Jam, Al Green, Phish, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and the Foo Fighters. Every year is a new selection of artists, art and food. The Outside Lands Festival takes place in Golden Gate Park, the third most popular park in the United States. The festival is located near the AIDS Memorial Grove, De Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers and the Japanese Tea Garden. Festival goers are encouraged to explore the park as well as the concerts.
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    Golden Gate Ave
    San Francisco, CA US
  • Palo Alto International Film Festival PALO ALTO
    Though the Lumière brothers and Thomas Edison are often credited with groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for modern cinema, history sometimes leaves out a key player: photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Commissioned to find out whether horses lifted all four legs off the ground while galloping, Muybridge invented a device called the zoopraxiscope to display his photographed findings. His first zoopraxiscope screening was held in Palo Alto in 1879, making the city the birthplace of film. To honor Muybridge’s work, as well as the technological innovations bubbling throughout Silicon Valley, the Palo Alto International Film Festival was born in 2011. It focuses not only on new technology, but on breakthroughs in artistic expression, screening a collection of films from around the world. They range from major Hollywood releases, such as 2012’s Looper, to independent works, such as George Lucas’s home videos of himself practicing light-saber moves in his garage. Outside the theater, visitors can mingle at an array of talks, film workshops, and parties.
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    431 Florence St.
    Palo Alto, CA US
  • Ives Quartet
    The Ives Quartet's musicians—violinists Bettina Mussumeli and Susan Freier, violist Jodi Levitz. and cellist Stephen Harrison—wash two intimate venues with unexpected selections. One of Haydn's famous Prussian quartets opens the program with rich interplay between instruments and instantly accessible melodies before Quincy Porter's String Quartet no. 6 spotlights a 20th-century take on the classical form. To help perform Tchaikovsky's energetic Souvenir of Florence sextet and feed the metronomes during the earlier pieces, violist and co-founder of the Moab Music Festival Leslie Tomkins wields her bow alongside guest cellist Tanya Tomkins of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.
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    600 Colorado Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA US

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