Summerfest bringing summer fun to downtown Danville

Town street fair to feature art vendors, food, kids rides and a classic car show

A celebration community, commerce and summer fun is coming to town next weekend, when the 28th annual Summerfest street fair returns to downtown Danville.

Sponsored by the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the town, Summerfest is a two-day celebration that will bring food, music, art, family-friendly events and a huge collection of vendor stands that will line up along the heart of downtown on June 22 and 23.

Organizers say that this year more than 150 artisans will be on hand for the popular street fair, displaying their paintings, photography, ceramics, glassware, jewelry and more, and the whole family is invited -- even the dog -- to explore all that downtown Danville has to offer.

To compliment the many artisans and vendor shops that will be found at the community gathering, organizers have collected a variety of chefs and food stands serving cuisine ranging from Chicken Skewers to Tempura Fried Vegetables

Offering some deja-brew for residents who attended last year’s fair, the award winning Danville Brewing Company will return to offer some of their select beers. Plus, brew master Matt Sager will be on hand at the Brew Co’s stand to “talk shop” about the brewing process.

Presenting an artistic escape for younger attendees, the Danville Youth Council will be hosting an “Art on the Go” event on East Prospect toward Front Street.

The popular Classic Car Show is set to return to Summerfest, and will look to wow attendees with a diverse collection of vehicles that were selected because of their reconstruction perfection, individual beauty and originality. Cars will be available for one day only on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Danville’s own David Miller, who residents may recognize as the producer of the town’s “Danville Hot Summer Sundays Hot Rod and Classic Car Show,” which takes place July 21 and Aug. 18

Young engineers are invited to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley’s mini-train, which will be offering rides to kids in the Faz Restaurant Parking lot all weekend. Residents can also check out the museum’s summer exhibit “Totally Trains,” which features a variety of displays on the transcontinental railroad and running model trains. The museum is located in the restored Southern Pacific depot, 205 Railroad Ave.

With extreme summer heat having already descended upon the Tri-Valley, Summerfest organizers want to remind attendees how hot street asphalt can get and the burns it can cause to the soft pads on a dog’s feet. To help out the town’s four-legged residents, organizers have set up a Summerfest Cool Zone on East Prospect, where dogs and attendees alike can get out of the sun and cool down.

Lose something downtown? Drop by the chamber stand at Prospect and Hartz to check out the lost and found, and while there why not chat up the volunteers there to learn more about Summerfest, the town and other opportunities offered by the chamber throughout the year.

Commuters should be aware that in order to accommodate the fair the following street closures are scheduled from 2 a.m. June 22, through 11 p.m., June 23:

*Hartz Avenue between Diablo Road and Hartz Way;

*Prospect Avenue between the Clock Tower Municipal Parking Lot entrance and Front Street;

*Church Street between Railroad Avenue and the entrance to the Village Theatre municipal parking lot;

*School Street between Hartz Avenue and Railroad Avenue.

Summerfest will return to town June 22 and 23 and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days in downtown Danville. Admission to the local street fair is free and free parking is available in all municipal parking lots surrounding the venue, with no time restrictions during the event.

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