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Music On The Plaza 2018 starts on Thursday, July 12 6-8pm, Lytton Plaza.

scheduled to appear:

July 12, Mission Street Beets Funk

July 19, The Groove Doctors Dance

July 26, JC Smith R & B

August 2, Chris Cain Blues

August 9, Stealin' Chicago Steely Dan and Chicago Tribute

August 16, Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88's Boogie Woogie

Music On the Plaza 2016.

The fun begins on July 7. Conerts are from 6-8pm, Right infront of Palo Alto City Hall

Music On the Plaza has come and gone.

Check out more videos on the Music On the Plaza tab

Shop Small Saturday

is November 26.

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Music On the Plaza returns 

Every Thursday from 6-8pm,

July 13-August 17!

Scheduled to appear:

July 13: Tinman

July 20: Groove Doctors

July 27: JC Smith Band

August 3: Pasto Seco

August 10: Long Train Runnin'

August 17: Pride & Joy

Music On The Plaza at Lytton Plaza was a blast. Stay tuned for details of our Summer of 2018 concert series.

July 7: Dutch Uncle: Good time Rock & Roll

July 14: Chris Caine Band: Killer Blues

July 21: Long Train Running: Doobie Brothers Tribute

July 28: Pride & Joy: Motown Dance and Groove

August 4: California Cowboys: Country

August 11: Bud E. Luv Orchestra: Swingin' good times

Phase 2 of the RPP, Residential Parking Permit Program will begin soon.

Find out what you need to know.

Tuesday, March 8    6:00pm-8:00pm     Downtown Library 270 Forest Ave.  

Visit the City of Palo Alto's website for more information:

Tree Lighting, Friday, December 4th

Join the fun at the 5th Annual City of Palo Alto Tree Lighting Ceremony at Lytton Plaza (University at Emerson St) in downtown Palo Alto.  Bring the family and hear the bands and choirs perform. Meet the secret faeries and enjoy the art activities. Hot drinks and treats available. The 60 foot tree lighting will take place at 6pm.  Further information call: 650-463-4900

Live music returned to King Plaza, every Thursday at 6pm from July 9 through August 13. It was a great success. Come back next Summer!

Click on the Music in the Plaza tab for more info 

Learn about the Residential Parking Permit Program

Please attend an informative meeting at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Avenue on Tuesday, August 4 at 6pm

The city has put together a page on their website to help answer all your questions. 

Click here.

The City of Palo Alto has instituted a Business Registry program.

You must now register your business with the city.

All Palo Alto businesses operating in an office or retail site are now required to register with the City and pay an annual fee of $50. 

The City has developed a website for online registration:

Registrations are required.  

To find out more about the City of Palo Alto’s Business Registry, go to or call 650-329-2360. 

NBC Bay Area report on downtown sidewalk crowding and eminent code enforcement.

Click here to watch it.


Too late. You missed it.


The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra attempting to break the world's record for busking.


June 11, 2014.

For a complete list of musicians that will appear at the weekly noon time concerts, visit:



Tony Lindsay, long-time front man for Santana will perform with his band, Spangalang in the second in a series of noon-time concerts in Cogswell Park. Lindsay has performed with many other artists including Aretha Franklin, Smashmouth, The Whispers, Patty Austin, Curtis Mayfield and many more.

James Henry and his band, Hands On Fire will perform this Thursday at 12 noon.


James Henry is known for composing TV & film scores, touring the world with Columbia recording artist Pablo Cruise, and collaborating with other great artists including Taj Mahal, Robben Ford, Sly Stone, Buddy Miles, Merle Saunders, Pete Escovedo and Tom Jones, James is recognized among his peers in the music industry.



Kaitlin McGaw brings her jazz, blues, rock style to Cogswell at 12 noon on Thursday. 

Le Vice will be performing on Thursday at noon at Concerts at Cogswell. Hip Hop and R&B with an indie twist. This San Francisco foursome has managed to craft an indulgent sound that takes advantage of all the things we love to hate - a little bling bling mixed with a dash of dirty hipster.

The T. Clemente Band will perform this Thursday at noon at Cogswell Plaza. Food and chairs will be available as well as the opportunity to enjoy the shade of an umbrella. C'mon down!

Roem Baur is a San Francisco based singer-songwriter with a "stirring vocal range who will perform this Thursday at Cogswell at noon.

A classically trained tenor with a four octave range and award-winning singer (MAMA and Elly Awards), Baur has begun to distinguish himself in the San Francisco scene with his unconventional takes on blues, soul and folk music coupled with the wit and energy he brings to his live performances. 

The Jacob Jeffries Band is an American pop rock band from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The music is piano driven pop/rock.Described by Miami Herald/Metromix as "bursting with hook-filled melodies and dramatic, instantly likable vocals," that grab at your soul and refuse to let go which, paired with the young songwriter's surprisingly insightful lyrics keep audiences out of their seats and singing along show after show.

Save the date!

Holiday Tree Lighting.

November 29th, 4pm-7.

Will your app transform the way local government and citizens connect?  Find out! Enter the Palo Alto Apps Challenge. Registration online at hackpaloalto(dot)org.  Deadline February 28; Multiple prizes awarded. You don’t have to be a software engineer to win! Register at w-w-w (dot) h-a-c-k-p-a-l-o-a-l-t-o (dot) o-r-g.

Many of the retailrs will be having specials sales on Saturday. Look for the Shop Small doormats, reusable shopping bags, window stickers and baloons! And here is a link to a story from KCBS:

Watch a  video shot during the unveiling event on November 16, 2013.

Mark your calendars for the annual holiday tree lighting and Shop Small Saturday!

Saturday November 30. Lytton Plaza. Live music by several children's choirs. One warm coat donation station and more.

Aurora comes to Downtown Palo Alto

Through the efforts of many, this major public art installation is now available for viewing in front of Palo Alto City Hall. Check it out. If you want to donate, do it today, the Kickstarter campaign ends soon. Put this into your browser...✓&term=Aurora

Thank You to our Sponsors

Please patronize these businesses. They have been generous enough to help fund this spectacular concert series!!

Presenting Sponsor: 
Palo Alto Downtown Business and Professional Association

Gold Sponsors:



Silver Sponsors:

Palo Alto Bicycles

MCroskey Mattresses
Premier Properties

Patty McGuigan, Cornish & Carey Commercial

Projects for Good

Presidio Bank and Trust


Bronze Sponsors:
Coupa Cafe

Boston Private Bank & Trust




Media Sponsor:

The Palo Alto Daily Post

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