Free Family Fun in Willow Glen – Dancin’ on the Avenues

Dancin' on the Avenue 2009 in Downtown Willow Glen Looking for something fun and free for the family this evening? The 14th Annual Dancin’ on the Avenue in downtown Willow Glen runs today (June 20) from 5-10pm. This is always a fun event with lots to do for everybody. There’s a kid’s court full of games,arts and crafts  and face painting and of course dancing and music just  for  kids too.

Lincoln Street shuts down from Minnesota to Willow, with three stages of music and dancing throughout the event. Entertainment ranges from bluegrass, jazz and salsa to classical ballet, hip hop and belly dance. Visit the official site for a  list of performers. Look for plenty of great food and drink, much from local vendors as well.

Last year 30,000 people attended the event, so parking fills up fast. If you decide to park in the neighborhood, please be respectful of the neighbors. Here’s a map of the event and suggestions on parking.

2 Comments so far

  1. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on June 23rd, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    Did you attend?

    Talk is that many in Willow Glen have concerns that DOTA is not as family-friendly as it once was. There is concern over vulgar language, trash left on the side streets, illegal parking and vandalism (a beer through a car window). Talk that no alcohol sales or charging an entry fee might be a good ideas.


  2. jfouts on June 24th, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

    Actually I did attend, and I am in total agreement with you. This event has evolved into just a mass of people there to party. We were there early with our 9 yr old son who thought it was hilarious that a passerby simply leaned over as he walked by and threw up in the middle of the street and then staggered off.
    This was at about 5:30, and from all our neighbor’s accounts int went downhill from there.
    We left t 6 and met a family we knew and the husband said they "Get out by 6 because it’s no place for kids after that".
    What a shame.

    I love the idea, but this is the last year our family will take part. Hopefully the Italian festival will still be family friendly.



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