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, The Promenade, Jazz on the Plazz, and Fiesta de Artes, 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!
2020 GENERAL UPDATE
Many events have been canceled due to the pandemic, including many annual events, while others have gone virtual or socially distanced. Remember to check ahead and read all instructions before you attend any of these events.
Schools and churches often have patches, but this year they are significantly scaled back. Grocery stores and hardware stores are open and regularly have pumpkins for sale, and you might spot a pumpkin or two among the other squash at a farmers market. ABC Tree Farm’s Pick of the Patch Pumpkins is operating per county and state ordinances and have patches throughout the Bay Area. This year, they’re once again offering a pumpkin delivery service within the San Francisco Bay Area, so you can remain home and still participate.
We’re keeping this list strictly Halloween (and pumpkins), however there are plenty of wonderful Octoberfest, Dia De Los Muertos, Diwali, Harvest Festival, and many more seasonal celebrations and activities happening in the Silicon Valley throughout October in addition to these Halloween events.
Halloween events by area in Santa Clara County & Silicon Valley
Screen on the Green presents Hocus Pocus – Friday, Oct 1st Civic Center Lawn
Magical Glass Pumpkin Patch – Saturday, Oct 1st – Sunday, Oct 3rd at Los Gatos High School
Immersive: Los Gatos presents “The Haunted Dinner” / The Haunted Bar – Various experiences most nights from Wednesday, Oct 6th – Saturday, Nov 6th
Cornucopia Fruit Stand – Sadly, this Los Gatos favorite is permanently closed as of early this year, so no more pumpkin patches.
Pumpkin Planting Party – Wednesday, Oct 6th at 5:30pm and Wednesday, Oct 13th at 5:30pm
The Campbell Museums: Why the Salem Witch Hunt Still Matters Today with Tony Fels – VIRTUAL EVENT. Friday, Oct 8th at 6pm – 7pm
VinoPaint Country Crow Barrel Stave Virtual Online Painting Class – VIRTUAL EVENT. Monday, Oct 25th 5:00pm
Petite Petal Company: DIY Succulent Pumpkin Workshop – Monday, Oct 25th 6pm – 7:30pm
Monster Mash – Friday, Oct 29th 7pm – 8:30pm at the Quinlan Community Center, a party for families with children ages 12 and under
Marketplace Cupertino’s Halloween Event – Sunday, Oct 31st. “Show off your costume for a special treat!” not all stores participating
Queen’s Pumpkin Patch – Open every day in October
2nd Annual Scarecrow Contest – October 1st – 31st
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!
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:
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!
Greet the morning with the sweet smell of fresh Garlic in the air – the Gilroy Garlic Festival is back!
If you’ve ever caught the vivid aroma of the stinking rose early in the day it’s likely a breeze coming over the southern Santa Clara County city of Gilroy, the Garlic capital of the world. Whether you love or hate the pungent allium, this herb is a favorite for many foodies in Silicon Valley and around the world.
Gilroy celebrates their favorite bulb one weekend of the year during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the last weekend in July. This year it’s back for the 38th annual event held on July 29, 30, and 31, 2016. So what to should you expect from “summer’s ultimate food fair?” Food, food, food, fun, shopping, music, and more!
Gourmet Alley is “all about the food” – classics like garlic bread, garlic fries, calamari, scampi, and sausage are available at the booths, and at the end aisle, watch the Pyro-Chefs stoke up five foot tall blazes from their frying pans. Weird food lovers will enjoy a plenitude of flavors from other booths around the festival, including free samples of garlic ice-cream, alligator and buffalo meat, or ice cream in a half cantaloupe. There’s also the range of standard festival food stalls, beer, wine, coolers, and non-alcoholic chilled drinks.
Mark your calendars! Please join us for the Almaden Music in the Park series every Thursday in July! The evening hours are 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Graystone Park.
Here’s the 2018 lineup:
7/5- Rock the Heat
7/12- The Houserockers
7/19- Old Scholl Rock n Roll
7/26 Long Train Runnin’
Many people bring picnic suppers to enjoy. Layered clothing is often a good idea as sometimes our summer evenings can become breezy or cool.
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
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!
Graystone Park address: Camden Ave & Mt Carmel Dr, San Jose, CA 95120. Street parking.