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World Music Day Returns to University Avenue on Father's Day

World Music Day Returns to University Avenue on Father's Day

Get ready to celebrate dads, grads and music makers at the 11th Annual Palo Alto World Music Day taking place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16 from 3-7:30 p.m.

University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto will come alive once again for the international music festival featuring 50 diverse groups that perform a variety of musical genres: jazz, blues, pop, rock, classical, world music, choral, folkloric dance and more for the community.

Among the performers are Peninsula Harmony Chorus (A cappella), Coleen Douglas & Nita Hertel (song and chants), Srinivas: South India Classical Carnatic music, California State Flower (folk, indie and covers), Stevie Dale Rock (country or folk) Da! Mozhem & The Nema Problema Chorale (Eastern European dance music), Charlie Chin & the Canton Honolulu Express(Pacific Rim and California Roots music), Sitar by SidChatt (South Indian Classical/Carnatic music, Los Panaderos (Mexican folk music and dance), Honeycraft(folk singer/songwriter originals), and Matir Manush (Salt of the Earth/Bengali folk).

"World Music Day is not only a great way for the community to come together to enjoy various musical acts, it’s also a fun way for families to celebrate Father’s Day," said Mayor Eric Filseth.

World Music Day takes place in cities around the world every year close to the Summer Solstice. It was first brought to Palo Alto in 2009 thanks to an initiative from former Human Relations Commissioner, Claude Ezran. The first World Music Day began in France in 1982 and has since grown to include more than 700 cities in 120 countries.

The free event is organized by the Palo Alto Recreation Foundation and sponsored by the City of Palo Alto, Stanford Federal Credit Union, the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Online, the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce, the Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association, LiveSV, and News for Chinese.

Street closures will be in effect from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on University Avenue between Webster Street and High Street.  

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Last Updated: May 3, 2019