Events, Art and Entertainment

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

Thanksgiving 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!

 

  1. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,496 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.40 ac
  2. 7 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,651 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.95 ac
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,783 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
  4. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,025 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,560 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,655 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft

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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!Katherine Sullivan is selling tickets (full disclosure: she is a cousin of mine) and she can be reached at katcsullivan@gmail.com

 

  1. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,040 sq ft
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,193 sq ft
    Lot size: 892 sqft
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,094 sq ft
    Lot size: 283 sqft
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,905 sq ft
  5. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,344 sq ft
  6. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,436 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,708 sqft
  7. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,958 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,799 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,284 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,621 sqft
  9. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,365 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,178 sqft
  10. 0 beds, 0 bath
    Home size: 1,628 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,023 sqft

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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.

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 2,702 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.41 ac
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,972 sqft
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,695 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.66 ac
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,778 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.17 ac
  5. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,215 sqft
  6. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 7,031 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
  7. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,152 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 3,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
  9. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,187 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,508 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 37,339 sqft

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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!

  1. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,673 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,899 sqft
  2. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,710 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,681 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,053 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,094 sqft
  4. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,885 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,744 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,281 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,164 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.95 ac
  7. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,058 sq ft
    Lot size: 6.92 ac
  8. 4 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 6,203 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.45 ac
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,202 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,733 sqft
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,414 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,155 sqft

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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

hero-shakespeare-hollywood-768x400 - CopySummer means outdoors Shakespeare! The Los Gatos troupe, Festival Theatre Ensemble, has closed its doors for good, but don’t despair – there’s more to see in Saratoga!

Silicon Valley Shakespeare, formerly known as the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company, is gearing up for the upcoming season of outdoors performances. This group has been active for 16 years and is a well-loved regular in the Saratoga summer arts scene. Every year they hold two sets of outdoor performances. The first are free performances of a Shakespeare classic in Willow Street Park of Willow Glen, San Jose. Bring your own seating and come early for the best spot. Following that, they produce a second Shakespeare play and another more contemporary work at the troupe’s usual venue, Sanborn Skyline County Park in the hills over Saratoga. Tickets may be purchased in advance for the Saratoga performances.

This year, the first show in San Jose will be the Merry Wives of Windsor held in June, providing locals the opportunity to enjoy free, live theatre within the community (donations are welcome). In Saratoga, see the Prince of Denmark in Hamlet from July through September, or catch the contemporary addition to Sherlock Holmes‘ adventures in the new case by Jeffrey Hatcher from August through September.

It’s a great deal, too, with tickets priced at $25. Senior (60+), college student, and educator discounts for $20, and kids come free with paying adult. Tickets are available to purchase online, so buy tickets ahead of time. Shows run through September 3rd.

Check the Silicon Valley Shakespeare website for more!

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 720 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,626 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 800 sq ft
  3. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 2,702 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.41 ac
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,972 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,866 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,959 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,695 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.66 ac
  7. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,645 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.71 ac
  8. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,188 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.03 ac
  9. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 2.06 ac
  10. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 935 sq ft
    Lot size: 6.40 ac

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(all data current as of 11/21/2017)

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Looking forward to those fabulous free summer concerts? So am I! This year we’ve combined the schedules of four different festivals, Los Gatos Music in the Park, Vasona Vibrations, Jazz on the Plazz, and Fiesta de Artes, plus some Fourth of July activities in a post on my Live in Los Gatos blog. Remember to check the festival web sites for rules, schedule changes, and directions.

Follow this link to get to the schedule on the Live in Los Gatos Blog!

 

  1. 1 bed, 1 bath
    Home size: 720 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,626 sqft
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 800 sq ft
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,800 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,972 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,695 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.66 ac
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,778 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.17 ac
  6. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,076 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.03 ac
  7. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,215 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,816 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,877 sqft
  9. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 7,031 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
  10. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,152 sqft

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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:

Spring home tours in the San Jose area

Spring home tours in the San Jose area include historic properties

22nd Los Gatos Historic Home Tour – 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

Fremont Older House & Garden Tours – 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

Willow Glen Home Tour – May 6 & May 7, 2017

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

http://willowglenhometour.com/

Eischler Home Tours San Mateo Highlands – 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 – May 12 & 13, 2017

$30

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

AIA Santa Clara Valley: 3rd Annual Silicon Valley Home Tours, A Tour by Architects – June 3, 2017

10AM-4PM, Early Bird: General Admission $75, AIA Members $59, After 5/21/17 and Day of $75

http://aiascv.org/page/2017HomeTour

Wolfe & Higgins – Citywide Architectural Home Tour, Master Architects of the Spanish Revival – 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 2016 – April 22 & 23, 2017

10AM-4PM, Free

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

Gamble Garden Tour – April 28 & 29, 2017

10AM-4PM, Members $30, General $35, Volunteer $25, Lunch Tickets $15

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

The Aromas Country Garden Tour – May 13, 2017

10AM-4PM, tickets not available online

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

 

 

If you miss out on these events, 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

 

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.

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