I made it over to the new ArtZfest on Howard Avenue just as the weather cleared yesterday. I like the new location a lot. It felt like there was more room to navigate on the street and on the sidewalks. UMC used its adjacent parking lot for its Backpackpalooza event. The bandstand was in a very convenient location with a shaded entry way nearby at Bank of the West. My sources tell me that this will be the location for the future as well. That should play better with the Avenew merchants since they will be impacted less. Howard Ave. has fewer retail establishments and some of those just closed up shop for the day. I spotted three of the City Council candidates in the crowd but only one was actively campaigning.
The Burlingame idol singers were great and the Kevin Russell Band played a great set of blues rock. Kudos to the Chamber for adapting and improving!