Events, Art and Entertainment

Silicon Valley Art, Entertainment, Events and Fun Things To Do

How does an afternoon of fine wines, springtime sunshine, and a stroll through a charming old downtown sound? Good? Well then, you might be interested in visiting Downtown Willow Glen during this year’s Spring Wine Walk!

Willow Glen invites you to “Sip and Stroll the Avenue” on Saturday, April 12th from 2pm to 5pm. Attendees will receive a wristband, wine glass, and a map to guide you around the day’s tasting locations.

Tickets are currently available online through Eventbrite for $30 per person and, if available, tickets will be sold on the day of for a bit more ($45/ person). Grab your friends and go for the group price ($30 in advance per person for a group of 10+).

Spring Willow Glen Wine Walk - Willow Glen Wine Walk

Be sure to read through the links below for check-in information, parking instructions, and more.

Information and Ticket Purchasing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/willow-glen-2018-spring-wine-walk-tickets-41436677217

Downtown Willow Glen event page: http://www.willowglen.org/Wine-Walks

Blossom Festival - celebrating Saratoga's orchard historyThis March, travel back in time to the early- to mid-20th century and celebrate Santa Clara Valley’s heritage with the Saratoga Historical Foundation and the City of Saratoga’s Blossom Festival.

When the hills of Los Gatos, Saratoga, and the surrounding regions were covered with fruit blossoms every year, a Blossom Festival was held with parades, food, games, and theatrical performances. These massive celebrations saw visitors come from miles around to enjoy the beauty of the valley and the festivities.

On March 24th from 10am-4pm, the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area will be host to a new Blossom Festival. The event is free and family friendly. Children may enjoy kids craft and activity tables and a petting zoo. History buffs can rub elbows with costumed characters from Saratoga’s by-gone-days, see vintage vehicles, motors, and tractors, and swing to a live band playing tunes from the 1930s-40s. Foodies might enjoy gourmet food trucks, prune and apricot tasting (the prize crops of the Valley of Heart’s Delight), and docent-led orchard tours. There will also be artists, craftspeople, entertainment, and more!

Join us in the orchard under a snowfall of pink and white flower petals and celebrate the beauty of the changing season at the Saratoga Blossom Festival!

 

Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area

13777 Fruitvale Avenue in Saratoga, CA

March 24th from 10am-4pm, free to all!

http://www.saratogahistory.com/blossomfestival/

If you enjoy touring open houses, historic properties, and taking in attractive decor, you don’t want to miss the annual spring home tours in the San Jose area!  Take a look at the opportunities listed below:

Note: Certain tours have not yet been updated for 2018, so the 2017 information will remain available until new details can be added.

Spring home tours in the San Jose area

Spring home tours in the San Jose area include historic properties

AIA Santa Clara Valley: 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Home Tours, A Tour by Architects – May 5, 2018

10AM-4PM. Last year prices, no 2018 update: Early Bird: General Admission $75, AIA Members $59, After 5/21/17 and Day of $75

http://aiasiliconvalley.org/page/2018HomeTour

35th Annual Willow Glen Home Tour – May 5-6, 2018

10AM-4PM, Early Bird $40, At the Door for $50

http://willowglenhometour.com/

No updates for 2018 to date. 22nd Los Gatos Historic Home Tour – Last Held on April 22 & 23, 2017

10AM-4PM, General Admission $50, VIP $75

http://www.numulosgatos.org/events/2017/4/22/22nd-los-gatos-historic-home-tour

No updates for 2018 to date. Fremont Older House & Garden Tours – Last Held on April 23, 2017

9AM-4PM, tours are full, but you can join the wait-list (mark in on your calendar for next year’s spring home tours early on!).

http://www.openspace.org/activities/district-events/fremont-older-house-garden-tours-0

 

No updates for 2018 to date. Eischler Home Tours San Mateo Highlands – Last Held on May 6 & 7, 2017

10AM-3PM, Single Day $60, Two Days $100, Optional: Box Lunch $14, Poster $30, and VIP Happy Hour (May 6, 7PM-10PM) $50

http://eichlerhometour.org/

Gilroy Assistance League: 13th Annual Impressions Home and Garden Tour – Last Held on May 12 & 13, 2017

$30

http://gilroyassistanceleague.org/-impressions-home-garden-tour/

 

No updates for 2018 to date. Wolfe & Higgins – Citywide Architectural Home Tour, Master Architects of the Spanish Revival – Last Held on August 26, 2017

Early Bird: General $35, Preservation Action Council Members $30, Day of: $40

http://www.wolfeandhigginstour.com/

 

Garden Tours

GNGT: Going Native Garden Tour 2018 – April 7 & 8, 2018

10AM-4PM, Free with RSVP

http://gngt.org/GNGT/HomeRO.php

Gamble Garden Tour – April 27 & 28, 2018

Updated information for 2018 will be available in January. Here’s the information from 2017: 10AM-4PM, Members $30, General $35, Volunteer $25, Lunch Tickets $15

https://www.gamblegarden.org/support-us/spring-tour/

No updates for 2018 to date. The Aromas Country Garden Tour – Last Held on May 13, 2017

10AM-4PM, tickets not available online

http://www.aromashillsartisans.org/ahas-events.html

 

 

If you miss out on these events, there are a number of historic estates and gardens in the area with regular open hours.

The Ainsley house in downtown Campbell is open Thurs-Sun, March-December, 12PM-4PM (final tour at 3:15PM) with regular tours. Admission is $8 adult, $6 senior, $4 youth (7-17), and free for under 7.

http://www.ci.campbell.ca.us/332/Historical-Museum-Ainsley-House

The Winchester Mystery house may have some unusual sides to it, but in essence it’s a stunning mansion surrounded by a pristine garden. Prices vary by tour.

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

History San Jose has also provided virtual tours of both the Luis Maria Peralta Adobe, 1797, and the Carmel and Thomas Fallon House, 1850s. Find links to the tours on the page linked below.

http://historysanjose.org/wp/plan-your-visit/peralta-fallon-historic-site/

 

 

Have we missed a tour of houses or homes that should be included? Please jot me a note or give me a call and we’ll get this page updated (and promote your event at no cost, of course).  Be sure to include the dates,  name of the tour, and a URL where people can get more information, please.

cornucopia_photoThanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and there are interfaith services going on and welcome all.

Only a few have announced dates yet, so this post may be updated when I am alerted to more.

On Thursday, November 23, after starting the turkey and before the guests arrive, head over to the Saratoga Federated Church at 20390 Park Pl for the 52nd Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service from 10am-noon. This celebration is hosted by a different religious community each year in the Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno area and is the perfect chance to share community time and spread thanksgiving with your neighbors. Congregation Beth David is the only website with information on this event at the present (please use the link to learn more).

Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at one of these events!

 

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HTWebsite Banner2017Rev2 800x227 - Rose Garden Homes Tour in San Jose

Each autumn, the St. Martin of Tours School puts on a fabulous tour of lovely homes in San Jose’s Rose Garden neighborhood. While anyone driving through this central San Jose area can appreciate the diverse and beautiful architecture, often the best  features of these homes are found inside.

This year is the tour’s 22nd Anniversary! The homes tour is a large scale fundraising effort for the school. Tours are self-guided with hosts in each home ready to answer questions and share interesting historical facts and stories about the homes. On display will also be floral designs, artwork, and perhaps some treasures. The garden segment of the tour includes the Tea Garden, a spot to sit and enjoy complementary refreshments or a gourmet lunchbox (available to pre-order through October 6th with your tickets). The tour also features a boutique, where 100% of the proceeds will benefit St Martin of Tours School (credit cards accepted!) and a donation drawing.

Tour dates are Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th from 10am-4pm both days. No children under 12 are allowed on the tour. Come any time within the tour hours to begin, but note that it is recommended that visitors allot about 2 hours to view every home and the tour ends promptly at 4pm.

Tickets are available at the door, online, or through families in the school.

To read about the homes from last year’s tour, and to learn more about this year’s tour, and to purchase tickets, and more please visit the official Rose Garden Homes Tour website.

Get Tickets!

 

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Halloween Pumpkins

GENERAL:

Pumpkin patches: schools, grocery stores, and churches often have patches, and sometimes you might spot a pumpkin or two among the other squash at a farmers market, but there are also organizations like this that host them all over the bay area: http://www.abctreefarms.net/san_francisco/pumpkin/location (not yet up to date)

And there are plenty of Haunted Houses/Mazes/Walks around the bay area:

http://www.sanfranciscohauntedhouses.com/

Halloween events by area in Santa Clara County & Silicon Valley

LOS GATOS

8th Annual Sereno Group Pumpkin Decorating Contest (not yet up to date)

Fri-Sun Oct 6 – Oct 22, 5:30-8:30pm – The 4th Annual Pumpkin Train at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad ($)

Saturday, October 28th 9am – Zombie Runner Halloween Run Marathon/Half Marathon/ 5 Mile ($)

 

CAMPBELL

Wednesdays, Oct 4 – 25th at 7pm, Friday, Oct 27th at 7pm, Saturday, Oct 28th at 2pm, Dance to Thriller!

Tuesday, October 10th at 6:00pm VinoPaint Event: “Dia de los Muertos” at Tessora’s Barra di Vino ($)

Sundays, October 1st and 15th, 2017 – 4:30 – 6:00pm – 12th Annual Jack O’Lantern Workshop ($)

Saturday & Sunday October 21st – 22nd, Campbell’s Octoberfest (and all posts here)

Saturday, October 21st at 9am – 2017 Oktoberfest 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk ($)

Friday, October 27th at 2pm Spooky Night 2017 at the Campbell Museum

Sunday, October 29th at 4pm – Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Campbell

 

 

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St Mary's Country Fair, Los GatosThe St. Mary’s Country Fair is about to begin and will continue through Sunday afternoon – don’t miss it! There’s no admission charge and plenty to do, such as:

  • shopping
  • carnival rides
  • arts & crafts for kids
  • games
  • giant slide
  • talent shows
  • petting zoo
  • cake walk
  • raffles and bingo
  • food of all kinds and beverages (including wine, beer & margaritas in the evenings)
  • a variety of live shows
  • live music & dancing Friday through Sunday (Friday is the Hella Good Party Band and Saturday it’s the The Peelers Band, and Sunday noontime is Ryan Scripps)

New this year is the Alumni Happy Hour, where former students check in and qualify for half off drinks.

This is the one big fundraiser put on by the school and church each year. All are welcome! The event is held on the campus of St. Mary’s parish church and school, located on Bean Avenue off N. Santa Cruz in downtown Los Gatos.

The fair is open Friday, October 6th from 5pm – 10pm, Saturday, October 7th  from 10am – 10pm, and Sunday October 8th 10am – 5pm. More detailed schedule information can be found on the event squarespace, such as the entertainment page.

Need more information? Check out the country fair website, or like the facebook page. Please see a post I did on it over at my Live in Los Gatos blog, Mark Your Calendar: St. Mary’s Country Fair Oct 6th – 8th, 2017.

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wine-pouringA San Jose tradition for decades, the Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival is a very enjoyable non-profit fundraiser that appeals to just about everyone in Silicon Valley! This year’s event runs Sept 17, 2017 from 10am – 6pm at Almaden Lake Park (located at Almaden Expressway and Coleman Road, near the base of Almaden Valley and nearly touching the Blossom Valley area of San Jose).

To get all the details, please visit the Almaden Valley Women’s Club website. I hope to see you there!

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Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival this weekend!On Saturday, September 16th, the 37th Annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival begins! On Saturday from 10AM – 6PM and on Sunday from 10AM – 5PM, make the most of the end of summer with arts, festival food, wine and beer, live entertainment on three stages, open house at City Hall, a passport stamp game, and two childrens’ venues: Kids Kingdom and Toddler Town!

For more information on the Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, please visit the event page on Santa Clara City government’s website. Use links below to quickly navigate to different areas within the event page.

Don’t forget to plan for sun and expect higher than average traffic. Bring extra sunscreen, water, and clothing to keep the sun off you in the late summer heat! It should be tons of fun! See you there!

Panning on strolling the booths? Shopping opportunities abound! Check out the list of artists and the map of booths on the festival’s Artist page.

Going for the performers? See the lineup of musical talent at the festival page. Enjoy live music and more at the annual Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival!

Going for a glass of the good stuff? Find the list of vintners and breweries with available beverages, open hours, and where to find water (stay hydrated!) through this link.

Interested in a pancake breakfast by the boyscouts? Or want some fried up food to pair with your beverage? Check out the food page here.

Need directions? Use the Google map to find directions from your house to Santa Clara Central Park.

 

Related reading: 

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos (art & wine festival)

Please join us for the Almaden Music in the Park series every Thursday in July! The evening hours are 6:30pm to 8pm. Next week will be the first one, and like those in recent years, will be loads of fun! A few other Realtors at Sereno Group and I are sponsoring the month long event. At our table, under the green awning, we give away water bottles and red vines. Please stop by and say hello! (And if you are one of my blog readers, I really would love to meet you, too!)

Almaden Music in the Park crowd July 7 2016

Almaden Music in the Park crowd July 7 2016

These musical evenings are open to everyone, without cost to the general public.  In the few years in which I’ve been a co-sponsor, I’ve noticed that the first week is nicely attended, but the audience grows each time and by the last night, it’s a large crowd with loads of dancing.  So don’t wait – go to the first Almaden Music in the Park concert and make as many of them as you can!

Almaden Music in the Park 2017 San Jose, CA

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