Events, Art and Entertainment

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

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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    Home size: 2,110 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,497 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,550 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,215 sqft
  3. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,342 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,600 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,913 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,680 sqft
  5. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,167 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,601 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,405 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,776 sqft
  7. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,089 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,349 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,155 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,990 sqft
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,739 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,219 sqft
  10. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,251 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,158 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!

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    Home size: 1,257 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,199 sqft
  2. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 8,085 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.79 ac
  3. 8 beds, 10 baths
    Home size: 11,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 51.34 ac
  4. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,308 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,001 sqft
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,718 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,801 sqft
  6. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 7,152 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.07 ac
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 947 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,599 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,372 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,969 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,414 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,220 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,153 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.12 ac

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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!

 

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    Home size: 2,988 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,251 sqft
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    Home size: 1,862 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,218 sqft
  3. 5 beds, 7 baths
    Home size: 8,085 sq ft
    Lot size: 4.79 ac
  4. 8 beds, 10 baths
    Home size: 11,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 51.34 ac
  5. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,308 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,001 sqft
  6. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,718 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,801 sqft
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 947 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,599 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,372 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,969 sqft
  9. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,414 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,220 sqft
  10. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,153 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.12 ac

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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.

Blossom Festival - celebrating Saratoga's orchard historyThis weekend, 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 18th 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 18th from 10am-4pm, free to all!

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

The Saratoga holiday season begins this Saturday, November 26, 2016, with the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Wine Stroll followed by Tree Lighting & Celebration of Light.

Tickets for the Wine Stroll are on sale now online or by phone for $40 and will be available day-of for $45. The Stroll goes from 2pm to 5pm. Visit the website or call 408-867-0753 for more details.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30pm. For more information, visit the website at saratoga.ca.us/treelighting

 Tree Lighting Flyer

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    Home size: 2,399 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,402 sqft
  2. 8 beds, 11 baths
    Home size: 10,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 8.30 ac
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,791 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,027 sqft
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    Home size: 2,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,347 sqft
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    Home size: 8,151 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.41 ac
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    Home size: 2,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,781 sqft
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    Home size: 1,983 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,320 sqft
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    Home size: 2,832 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,000 sqft
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    Home size: 2,364 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,253 sqft
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    Home size: 2,625 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,623 sqft

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and there are interfaith services going on next week which welcome all.

In Los Gatos, the ecumenical service is tonight at 7:30pm at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, located at 111 Church Street. For more information, please see a post on my Los Gatos blog, Live in Los Gatos:
http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/thanksgiving-interfaith-service-in-los-gatos-this-tuesday/

In Saratoga, the interfaith service is Thursday morning from 10-12 at Congregation Beth David.  Read all the details here:
http://www.sivicouncil.org/blog/event/51st-annual-saratoga-interfaith-thanksgiving-service/

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

 

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,399 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,402 sqft
  2. 8 beds, 11 baths
    Home size: 10,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 8.30 ac
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,791 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,027 sqft
  4. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,320 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,347 sqft
  5. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 8,151 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.41 ac

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21st Annual Rose Garden Homes Tour Oct 15-16 2016

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 21st 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 preorder until October 9th 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 15th and Sunday, October 16th 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 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

 

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    Home size: 1,152 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,050 sqft
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    Home size: 2,612 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
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    Home size: 576 sq ft
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    Home size: 920 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,197 sqft
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    Home size: 1,396 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,738 sqft
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    Home size: 1,581 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,181 sqft
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    Home size: 1,286 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,050 sqft
  8. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,300 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,098 sqft
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    Home size: 1,453 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
  10. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,110 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,497 sqft

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