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Hands on the Arts


Hands on the Arts at Home

Celebrate the Hands on the Arts Festival this year virtually from the comfort of your own home. With the help of Mayor Klein, former workshop instructors and other special guests, we developed a fun virtual experience. Visit the Hands on the Arts Facebook Event and the Sunnyvale Recreation YouTube channel to check it out!

Due to the coronavirus, the in-person 2020 Hands on the Arts Festival was canceled. The 35th annual Hands on the Arts Festival will be May 15, 2021.

Hands on the Arts Festival 2021

Hands on the Arts is the City's all-day children's art festival. Your children can try a variety of art forms from different cultures. With over 35 workshops, entertainment and food, there's something for everyone.

Festival Details - Schedule and Tickets

Professional artists lead the arts and crafts workshops. Offerings include Indian rangoli, Chinese silk knotting, Japanese brush painting, and more. Plus music and dance.

Where: Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Drive
When: Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $10 if purchased before May 14, 2021 at 6 p.m., $15 after that

All supplies are included in the per-child admission fee. Adults and non-participating children are welcome at no charge.

Entertainment and Food

Entertainment Stages

The festival stages feature a wide variety of children's performance groups, professional entertainers and festival workshop exhibitions. Music, dance, short plays and clown performances are festive entertainment for the whole family.

Food for Purchase

You'll find an array of family-friendly fare at the festival. Each year we have multi-cultural food vendors serving everything from pizza to poke.

Bike Parade

Bike Parade to Hands on the Arts

Check back in mid-March 2021 for more information and to register.

To participate you must:

  • Sign a waiver first. Waivers will be available at the Library. Minors must have a parent or guardian present to sign the waiver.
  • Wear a bicycle helmet if you are 17 or younger
  • Follow all traffic and safety laws
Transportation - Buses, Parking and Bike Valet

VTA Buses

Line 55 - picks up and drops off at Sunnyvale Saratoga Road and Crescent Avenue

Line 22/522 - picks up and drops off at El Camino Real and Fair Oaks Avenue

Age of Rider VTA Bus Fare
Under 5 Free
5 to 17 $1.50
18 to 65 $2.50
Senior, Disabled, Medicare $1


Limited parking is available at the Community Center on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bike Valet Parking

No need to worry about parking your car. Just pedal over to the Sunnyvale Community Center and park in style on the festival grounds.

We will monitor your bike in our secured bike valet parking during your stay. Receive a commemorative sticker and a bike reflector at the Bike Valet check-in.

Bike Valet Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.


We will recruit volunteers for the following:

  • Before the festival: organize and prepare supplies
  • Day of the festival: help professional artists in the craft booths

Volunteer information and registration will be available January 2021.

Call for Artists and Crafters

Our team is always looking for artists and crafters. The festival offers children the chance to try different art forms from different cultures. If you like sharing arts and crafts with children, send us an email. Let us know you are interested in hosting a booth or workshop.

To be added to the interest list email the Hands on the Arts team.

Last Updated: May 26, 2020