the Palo Alto community presents


September 14-21, 2018

Palo Alto Welcome Week is part of a growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country. It is a chance for neighbors—both immigrants and U.S.-born residents—to get to know one another and celebrate what unites us as a community.

All activities are free, and everyone is invited to participate!

Join Us!

Discover diverse, inspirational stories of newcomers—new families and friends—and their challenges and triumphs. Learn about the roots of our community and what brought our newest neighbors to Palo Alto!

Featured Events & Activities:

About Us

We believe in the power of stories to transform us by sharing valuable lessons, teaching us about our history, and broadening our perspectives. In a week of storytelling and sharing, we hope to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone into our community.

Throughout the week, organizations across Palo Alto will feature events and activities to celebrate immigrants and newcomers, their stories, and their exceptional contributions to our community through art displays, historical walking tours, exhibits, multi-media storytelling, and much more!

Take a hike!

On any day of Welcome Week, take one of our self-guided storytelling walking tours featuring historical and modern-day stories about immigrants and newcomers. Walk into history and learn about amazing individuals who have lived in our city.

Show your support for Palo Alto Welcome Week!


Make or print a sign that says "Palo Alto welcomes you" or “I’m a welcomer” and take a photo of yourself holding it.

Signs are available in nine different languages here—you can also create a sign in another language here!


Post your photo to social media with the hashtag #PaloAltoWelcomeWeek, or upload it directly to the National YMCA's Welcoming Week website.

Share your story!

The Palo Alto Museum is collecting stories, photographs, and videos about Palo Alto residents for its first exhibit: #WeArePaloAlto! The Museum wants to hear your story: how and when did you and your family arrive here? What brought your family to the city? Tell us about your life in Palo Alto! What do you love about your city? What makes you proud to live here?

Contribute your short stories, essays, photographs or videos here, or connect with Palo Alto Museum online using the hashtag #WeArePaloAlto.