Gilroy Garlic Festival

GGF_2015_Flameup_3Greet 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.


Saratoga Rotary Art Show

2014 Saratoga Rotary Art ShowIf you enjoy art, wine tasting, festivals, or leisurely time outdoors with food and entertainment, then the Saratoga Rotary Art Show should be on your list of must-do things this weekend.  The 59th annual event takes place on the campus of West Valley College from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1st.  It is hosted by the Saratoga Rotary and is sponsored by a number of local businesses.  To get all of the details, please go to this link on the Saratoga Rotary’s website:




20 Harps for the Holidays in Los Altos

The Los Altos United Methodist Church (LAUMC) ad Harpeggio present “20 Harps for the Holidays” with holiday harp music, solos, ensembles and featured guest artist Natalie Cox on Saturday December 3, 2011 at 4pm at the church: 655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos.  The program includes a festive selection of traditional carols, classical music, and a variety of holiday and Christmas music.

According to the Harpeggio website: “Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for children (4-12) and $12 for seniors (60+). For more information and to buy tickets, please contact Stephanie at (408) 366-8810 or email”

The LAUMC website lists more events online too.




Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos

Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos, the only Art & Wine Festival in the town, returns again this year the weekend of August 13th and 14th from 10am – 6 pm both days.  Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, this fun summertime activity offers booths for art, food, wine and beer.  There’s live music too!

Saturday is also the annual Dammit Run in Los Gatos – a great opportunity to enjoy both events the same day!

Put it on your calendar & learn more at