Photo courtesy of Diego Jimenez
The Burlingame on the Avenue street festival will be held this weekend in downtown Burlingame.
Downtown Burlingame is due to be swept up this weekend in a swell of arts, crafts, live music, food, drink and family-oriented fun as the city hosts its annual street fair.
Burlingame on the Avenue is set to kick off 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and will continue through Sunday evening for a weekend full of late summer culture.
Event organizers expect as many as 800 revelers to join the party held the city’s core commercial district, as locals peruse fresh food offerings, sip cool drinks, check out the art displays and take in tunes from a long list of local bands and musicians.
Diego Jimenez, a spokesman for the event, said he believed the arts and crafts shown over the weekend would likely be the biggest draw for many attendees.
“There are pieces you literally cannot get unless you follow the artisans and track them down to see where they are at,” he said.
The art has been coordinated with California Artists, a company which helps organize artisans to show and sell their works at events throughout the state.
The work of Steven Albaranes will likely be a top draw during the event, said Jimenez, as the artist integrates butterflies collected from across the globe into his pieces.
Albaranes, of San Mateo, collects preserved dead butterflies shipped from preserves in areas such as South America, New Guinea and Indonesia and builds them into unique designs and works of art. None of the butterflies were captured, killed or endangered prior to becoming a part of his work, according to the artist’s website.
Jimenez praised Albaranes’ art as the type only available in an environment such as the street festival.
“You cannot go to the mall and find this kind of stuff,” he said.
Music will begin 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, with S.F. Banjo Band kicking off a set of traditional folk tunes, followed by Dennis Johnson & The Ramblers, before Group Therapy, Ruckus Band and Aftershocks close out the day with a series of uptempo and groovy performances. On the community stage preserved for local artists, Skyler Mallow, who won last year’s Burlingame Idol contest, will perform before Esetia Mataele, who won the competition in 2013, comes to the stage later.
Sunday will feature a more international flavor, with an opening blues, funk, jazz and soul show by Kenya Baker, followed later by indie pop group Exit 11 before the Patron Latin Rhythms closes out the event for the weekend. Japanese, ballroom and global dance troupes will also perform on the community stage at various times throughout the day until 5 p.m., while music on the main stage will continue until 6 p.m.
Jimenez said he expects the performances will be a welcome injection of culture to the community.
“There will be a lot of different entertainment,” he said. “It’s going to be pretty interesting for little, old Burlingame.”
As parents enjoy art, dancing and libations, some provided by Burlingame’s own local Steelhead Brewery, there will also be a place reserved for the younger set to have their own fun in the carnival and kids’ zone featuring rides and a playground area, said Jimenez.
As much of the area downtown will be preserved for those at the event to enjoy themselves safely, the Burlingame Police Department reminded those traveling near Burlingame Avenue to be aware of street closures.
Burlingame Avenue, from California Drive to El Camino Real, will be closed, as well as the 200 and 300 blocks of Lorton Avenue and Primrose Road and the 200 block of Park Road, according the police department.
Those coming to the event from surrounding communities are encouraged to take public transportation, according to the police.
Burlingame on the Avenue begins 10 a.m. and will continue through 6 p.m. both Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21.
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