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Burlingame's ArtzFest moves to Howard Avenue
August 02, 2013, 05:00 AM By Angela Swartz Daily Journal

Kurt Dotson Crowds at last year's ArtzFest on Burlingame Avenue.

Kurt Dotson Kids enjoy the Frog Hopper at last year's event.

Next weekend marks the 21st annual Burlingame ArtzFest and, because of the Burlingame Avenue Streetscape construction, there will be some changes.

The festival, which runs from Aug. 10-11 this year, will temporarily relocate to Howard Avenue, one street south of the main Burlingame boulevard.

“At the beginning we thought, what are we going to do?” said Georgette Naylor, Burlingame Chamber of Commerce CEO and organizer of the event. “But Howard Avenue mirrors Burlingame Avenue and we saw it as an opportunity to showcase the expanding downtown.”

Naylor said she understands the construction is painful for downtown merchants but added she never considered canceling the event because of the construction.

This year’s festival will include 150 artisans, including the dog collar design company ArtyChokers. There will be a “Blues Summit” on Saturday, Aug. 10 featuring the Delta Wires, the Kevin Russell Band, the Eugene Huggins Band and others.

“Excitement is building around the festival,” Naylor said, who has been with the chamber for 25 years and has led the organization for 20 years. “We’re in a transition year, but I’m looking forward to the community stage and getting more and more community involvement as each year passes.”

There will also be a Children’s Playland with rides, games and entertainment for kids. An “Art is Healthy” pavilion venue will be added this year as well, put on by Mills-Peninsula Health Services.

“There’s something for everyone,” Naylor said. “There will be good food, entertainment and a relaxed summer day in downtown.”

The Peninsula Art Museum, which recently moved from Belmont to Burlingame, will participate in the event. Horticulture therapy will also be one of the featured activities.

The event is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of the days of the festival. The Chamber of Commerce hosts the event.


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