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Pulgas Ridge Preserve

Menlo Park has plenty of options for outdoor enjoyment. Pulgas Ridge Reserve, just 7 miles from Menlo Park Inn, is open on weekdays for safe, socially distanced recreation. Read more

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A History of Menlo Park

You may already know that Menlo Park is a city on the western shore of San Francisco Bay, in the heart of Silicon Valley. But our beautiful city has its own particular history that is worth reading into. Read more

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Celebrate Local Eats

The Bay Area Street Food & Craft Beer Festival on March 21 is one of the most exciting and popular events on the calendar this year. Read more

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Omescape San Jose

Escape Rooms and the inventive experiences that go along with them have quickly become one of the most popular group outings available.  Read more

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This One is Just Right

The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been delighting audiences since the 19th century. Read more

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Wonderful Winter Wonderland

On December 14, from 2 pm until 4 pm, the Northside Branch Library will be transformed into a beautiful winter wonderland for the 2019 Winter Wonderland Carnival.  Read more

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Football Fever

With just four games remaining on the schedule this season, the Stanford Cardinal football team needs to win at least two of those games to secure a Bowl game appearance.  Read more

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Halloween Hoopla

On Saturday, October 26, you and your family will definitely want to participate in the annual Halloween Hoopla event in Downtown Menlo Park.  Read more

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Ukulele Jams

The first ukulele was created in Hawaii in the 19th century and was based on similar instruments that explorers brought to the islands.  Read more

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Jazz It Up

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Coltrane are some of the most popular and famous jazz musicians of all time.  Read more

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One of the best things about summer is all of the fun outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.  Read more

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The Clock is Ticking

Off the Couch is an Escape Room Adventure experience that is quickly becoming one of the most popular group activities in the Bay Area.  Read more



Whether your favorite version of Cinderella is a ballet, opera, or the widely popular Disney animated version, you have surely never seen a performance of the classic story like the one that will be performed by The New Ballet on May 18 and 19. Read more

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Celebrate Taiwanese Culture

The Stanford Taiwanese Cultural Society will be presenting the 17th Annual Stanford Night Market on April 20 from 5-7:30 PM.  Read more


Walk Among the Wildflowers

The official date for the start of Spring is March 20, 2019, but there are already signs of life beginning to show throughout the beautiful trails of Edgewood Park.  Read more

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The Best Time to be Crabby

There is nothing quite like delicious seafood fresh from the ocean. Well, California wine might be one challenger. Read more

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Microbrews for You

Microbreweries are fast becoming some of the most popular places to hang out, sample some delicious food, and try some new beers. Read more

Classical Music for the Holiday Season

When a particularly talented ensemble performs beautiful classical music, the audience can feel like they have been taken transported back to the heights of the greatest composers of all time. Read more

Hit the Ice

In recent years, the San Jose Sharks have been one of the most consistent and exciting teams in the entire NHL. Read more

Pumpkin Picking on the Ranch

If you are looking for some family fun this Halloween season, then you will want to visit the Webb Ranch. Read more

A Museum as Sweet as Candy

The Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia is the perfect place to experience the nostalgia of old toys, classic collectibles, and, of course, Pez.  Read more

Hayward Zucchini Festival

Zucchinis are probably the most popular summer squash in the country, and on August 18-19, they will be celebrated at the Hayward Zucchini Festival. Read more

A Church for Everyone

The Stanford Memorial Church is one of the oldest and most famous interdenominational churches in the United States.  Read more

It's a Kick

Even though the United States will not be participating in the World Cup this year, there is still phenomenal American soccer available to enjoy. Read more

Visit The Museum of American Heritage

Do you consider yourself a collector, a lover of all things that have the slightest bit of historical significance? Read more

Moneyball in Action

Ever since he was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the film Moneyball in 2011, Oakland A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane has become one of the most famous and popular front office person in all of Major League Baseball. Read more

Game Developers Conference

If you love video games and you are thinking about entering into the fast-paced world of video game design, then you will want to attend the Game Developers Conference that is taking place March 19-23, 2018. Read more

Your New Favorite Book Store

With the proliferation of ebooks, Kindles, and chain bookstores, local neighborhood bookstores have become fewer in number. Read more

Hoop It Up

With NBA Championship runs in 2015 and 2017, the Golden State Warriors are in the midst of an incredible run of basketball that has some people using the word dynasty. Read more

It's a Wonderful Nutcracker

The Nutcracker by Peter Tchaikovsky and It’s A Wonderful Life by Frank Capra are two of the most popular and famous Christmas stories of all time. Read more

49ers Football

Fall and NFL football seem to be synonymous these days. Attending an NFL game in person is one of the most exciting experiences that football fans can have. Read more

Scaring Up Some Fun in Menlo Park

During the month of October, things get a little spooky around here. If you’re looking for some frighteningly fun activities that are also family friendly, we suggest you check out these upcoming festivals in and around Menlo Park. Read more

The Dragon Productions Theatre Company: Illusion and Reality at the Heart of an Evil Empire

Less than 15 minutes by car from the Menlo Park Inn, Dragon Productions Theatre Company brings together a vibrant ensemble of performers dedicated to providing the Bay Area community top-notch theater that is both affordably priced and responsive to its audience’s cultural needs and curiosities. Read more

AutoVino: Two Quintessential California Passions in One Unforgettable Venue

With its idyllic Mediterranean climate and fertile soil, California has long been acclaimed as North America’s premier locale for wine-making. Now you can indulge your love for sophisticated wines in the company of friends and another great American love, collector cars.  Read more

Free Concerts at Fremont's Central Park Summer Concert Series

The gorgeous scenery and temperate climate here in Northern California mean that you’ll have no trouble finding outdoor entertainment this time of year. If you’re looking for a top-notch music fest, we recommend a relaxing drive down to Fremont for the Central Park Summer Concert Series. Read more

Turn It Up: Music Festivals in the Bay Area

If you’re looking for a music festival, then you’re in luck because summer abounds with soulful sounds in the Bay Area. Read more

The Birthplace of Silicon Valley

Indulge your inner techie with a trip to the actual spot where Silicon Valley was born: the Hewlett Packard Garage. Read more

The Ivy of the West Coast

One of the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, Stanford University, "the Ivy of the West Coast,” comprises a gorgeous campus sprawling over thousands of acres. Though you won’t have time to see it all, it’s definitely worth your time to hit the highlights. Read more

A Green Parade That Praises Spring

It took a while but the spirit of Ireland finally made its lucky way to California. Read more

A Black Tie and Sandals on Valentine's Day

California’s Baja Peninsula is a romantic melting pot of climates and cultures. Read more

A Belgian Message in the New Year

Have your entertainment in Menlo Park's playground and be up in time for breakfast too.  Read more