The festival, co-sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Danville, is now in its twenty-second year and attracts over 50,000 people every year to beautiful Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville-a city 40 miles east of San Francisco that's a mix of beautiful residences from the Gold Rush days along with magnificent homes of the future. Quaint Hartz Avenue is a natural for unique specialty shops and gourmet dining. During June, the weather is usually very warm, but the tree-lined street offers plenty of shady rest areas.
A key ingredient to the success of the festival is the high quality of art and crafts being displayed by over 200 artisans. This festival has approximately 60% fine art and 40% contemporary and traditional crafts. For a quick overview, check out this video.
This year's Italian Street Painters (partial list): Christine Pasadis, Cheryl and Wayne Renshaw, Hien Nguyen and Cece Linayao will create their 12 x 12 ft. flower-themed masterpieces on Prospect Street's asphalt canvas while only using chalk as their medium. Watch this year's artists-in-action beginning early Saturday morning, then come back to see the end result late Sunday afternoon. See festival map for locations & be sure to bring a camera.
Entertainment again this year will be presented by three street corner musicians stationed throughout the festival along Hartz Avenue. A wide variety of music to suit your fancy. See the entertainment page for a listing of this year's performers.
We encourage folks to ride their bikes, but for those wishing to drive, the Town of Danville will be offering unlimited parking in all city-owned parking lots and on all street curbside parking spaces. ADMISSION IS FREE.
For up-to-date information, call the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce: 925-837-4400.