Celebrate Arts on the Peninsula this Summer

You don’t have to travel far to indulge in the arts this summer. In fact, if you haven’t taken a stroll through Bay Meadows Town Square and snapped a few selfies in front of our newest public art sculpture – Jeppe Hein’s “Mirror Labyrinth”, get it on your list. The snaps and videos we’re seeing shared on social channels are works of art themselves, and we’ll be sharing a few of our favorites throughout the year.

Get the story behind the murals of San Mateo.

Feed your soul. Get some artistic celebrations on your calendar this summer! Peninsula galleries, from Belmont and Montara to Redwood City and San Mateo, feature local and international art in a wide range of expression with original charm. Looking for an outlet? Some artists demonstrate or teach classes on painting, glass blowing and more. Explore the list of events to get your culture fix this season:

This colorful new mural is the work of local artist Isabel DeContreras.

Did you know that there are more than 50 Public Arts Pieces in the City of San Mateo? The Art in Public Places program encourages the public to explore and engage with these and other works of art around San Mateo. As you walk around, be sure to look for amazing new murals popping up in unexpected spots.

The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival on July 8-9. This highly-rated festival showcases the distinctive works of artists and craftspeople from over a dozen states.

The Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival hosts a fabulous, free, fun-filled two-day celebration of Clay and Glass Art on July 8-9 at the Palo Alto Art Center.

+2 Art Show at The Main Gallery in Redwood City through July 23. This annual show is a fresh, collaborative group exhibit with the Main Gallery artists.

Release your inner artist during the Mingle & Marker – A Social Art Experience on July 29 in Campbell.

Richard Kamler: Remnants Sculpture & Paintings at the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame through July 30. This exhibition presents installations advocating for freedom for all people.

Museum Galleries: Mark Garrett, Trudy Reagan, and Ginger Slonaker on July 30-October 8; Opening Reception: July 30 at Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame.

Do you like to paint? Come out to Open Paint by CATA at Cyclismo Café in downtown Redwood City on August 3.

Found Object/Readymade at the Branner Spangenberg Gallery in Redwood City through August 6. All works made with minimal intervention by the exhibiting artist will be shown.

The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto from July 12-August 6. To an infectious vaudeville/ragtime score, four Japanese immigrants pursue their American Dream in a San Francisco brimming with possibility and prejudice.

Constellations at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts from August 23-September 17. This unconventional Broadway sensation explores the infinite possibilities of “boy meets girl” with intelligence, heart, and humor.

Join the Chalk the Block Party in Foster City on September 10 for an afternoon dedicated to creativity, beautification and fun. All ages welcome.

Internationally renowned artist Michael Parkes will unveil new works of art from his 2017 collection at the Borsini-Burr Gallery in Montara on October 1. Exhibition Open to the Public by RSVP.

The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour through galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses on the first Friday of the month in San Jose.

Half Moon Bay Art Glass offers a unique display of glass in forms often unseen. You can also sign up for a class and make you own piece of glass art.

Luz Fine Art Gallery in Foster City. The gallery contains both a fine art gallery and painting studio. Come visit the working studio of a widely collected professional fine artist and teacher.

Jeppe Hein’s Mirror Labyrinth image by @alexaspace


Capture the magic of Jeppe Hein’s Mirror Labyrinth.
We are fortunate to be the site of Hein’s labyrinth sculpture in Bay Meadows’s Town Square. The installation is the first Hein artwork on permanent exhibition in California and a magnet for interaction. Kids love to scamper around the polished panels that lengthen from 3 to 9 feet high. Adults who never met before strike up conversations. Power Instagram users snap selfies and video clips that show a dizzying number of reflections surrounding the photographer. Create your own art in Bay Meadows Town Square and share it with us:
Tag @baymeadowslife #ArtInMotion!

An ideally located community, Bay Meadows is only 10 minutes from Palo Alto, 20 minutes from San Francisco, and has 3 airports (SFO, OAK, SJC) within 30 miles. Bay Meadows is also located on Caltrain, which makes travel and commutes that much easier. Talk about convenient! Bay Meadows is the centralized place to reduce commutes, meet friends and play.  Looking for ideas of where to ride? Check out our bike map here.