Events, Art and Entertainment
Silicon Valley Art, Entertainment, Events and Fun Things To Do
Mark your calendars – December 12th begins the annual “Season of Hope” free concert series at the St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica in San Jose. Performances are at 7:30 pm nightly from Dec 12 – 23 and last one hour. All are welcome!
Find the complete list of who’s performing on which night on the website page for the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose’s Season of Hope Concert Series. A variety of musical styles and performers, many from schools, will perform. The final night features harp music. The Cathedral is located at 80 S Market Street, San Jose, CA 95112.
Happy holidays, one and all!
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 that host them all over the Bay Area. ABC Tree Farm’s Pick of the Patch Pumpkins has many throughout the area.
And there are plenty of Haunted Houses/Mazes/Walks around the Bay Area. Check out the website San Francisco Haunted Houses for a list.
Halloween events by area in Santa Clara County & Silicon Valley
The Pumpkin Train and Harvest Festival at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad – Saturday Oct 19th, 10:30am – 8pm
Annual Los Gatos Halloween Pet & Kid Parade – Sunday Oct 27th 3pm – 5pm
11th Annual Sereno Group Pumpkin Decorating Contest – Submit yours by Oct 30th! (Free!)
Zombie Runner Halloween Run Marathon/Half Marathon/ 5 Mile – Saturday Nov 2nd 9am
SCREAM-a-thon at AFKxp – Friday Oct 18th 7pm – 12am
Learn to Dance the Thriller! For the Campbell Zombie Crawl – Weekly, Wednesdays from Sept 4th – Oct 23rd (Free!)
Spooky Night at the Campbell Museum – Friday Oct 25th 2pm – 6pm (Free!)
Thriller Zombie Crawl – Friday Oct 25th 7pm (Free!)
Given to Fly Halloween Show at Tessora’s Barra di Vino – Saturday Oct 26th 7pm
Creepy Crawly Halloween Trick-or-Treat in Downtown Campbell – Sunday Oct 27th 4pm
A San Jose tradition since 1976, 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 Sunday September 15th 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).
This one day event is sponsored by the Almaden valley Women’s Club and the proceeds all go to charitable causes. The website states that “All proceeds of the festival are donated to non-profit organizations and schools in our community and also support merit-based scholarships to deserving students.”
To get all the details, please visit the Almaden Valley Women’s Club website. I hope to see you there!
There are several outdoor wine events that take place each spring here in the Valley of Heart’s Delight (and more in summer and in autumn!). Here are a few which are coming up:
- Willow Glen Spring Wine Walk Saturday April 13, 2 – 5 PM
- Gilroy Art & Wine Stroll Sat April 13, 2 pm to 6 pm
- Downtown Campbell Wine Walk on Wednesday April 24 2019 from 6 pm to 9 pm
- Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk May 4 2019, 1 pm to 5 pm. Read about it on the Live in Los Gatos Blog.
- Saratoga Wine Stroll Experience on Saturday May 11, 2019 2 pm to 5 pm
And of course there are many places throughout Santa Clara County where you can wine taste without any kind of festival or big event. These wine walks tend to be a lot of fun as there are plenty of vendors there, making for great shopping and browsing.
In April, 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.
When is the Saratoga Blosssom Festival?
This year, the Saratoga Blossom Festival will take place on April 13 from 10am-4pm in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard & Civic Center area. 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
April 13th from 10am-4pm, free to all!
Happy Lunar New Year, Happy Chinese New Year to All!
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and there are interfaith services in Los Gatos and Saratoga going on and welcome all. In both of these places, the venue rotates from one house of worship to another each year.
In Los Gatos, the interfaith prayer event is Tuesday, November 20th at 7 pm, and it takes place at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, 16575 Shannon Road.
In Saratoga, the Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place on Thanksgiving morning, from 10-11 a.m. (November 22nd) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 13716 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga. This is the 53rd year for this gathering!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you at one of these events!