Fun Fun Fun in the San Jose Sun: Where to Go

Several festivals are still coming our way with food, fun and more. So let’s get right to it so that you can mark your calendars for these great local activities.   Italian Family Festa August 25th & 26th at History Park is the 38th annual Italian Family Festa. Each year the Festa adds new activities to keep the Festa fun and relaxing while providing a truly cultural experience to the community. This year’s addition is the Galbani Cooking Stage, sponsored by Galbani Cheese, with celebrity Chef Marco sharing his recipes and cooking tips. With Italian music, entertainment, cultural exhibits and presentations, cooking demonstrations, grape stomps, wine tasting, bocce and more, this is a weekend filled with fun that shouldn’t be missed.   Viva Frida! September 9th marks a festive tribute in honor of renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo! Head over to Mexican Heritage Plaza to enjoy food, art, music, culture, tequila, and margaritas. Listen to live Mariachi as you admire paintings from local Chicano and Mexican artists and there be a variety of food vendors plus Mexican antojitos, Frida themed photo booths and a festive atmosphere to celebrate one of Mexico's most renowned artists. The event is kid friendly so the whole family can enjoy this...

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Summer Might Be Winding Down, But You Don’t Have To!

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful weather in the Bay Area. As Summer winds down and Spring starts to peek its gorgeous head out at us, we wanted to point out a few great festivals that are on the horizon.   The San Jose Jazz Fest helps wrap up the Summer August 10-12. With over 100 artists scheduled to perform and almost a dozen stages, the weekend is destined to be fantastic. Visit their website for a complete list of performers but there will be headliners including Jane Monheit, Yissy & Bandancha, Johnny Gill, Sarah McKenzie, Kool & The Gang and more, this is one festival in San Jose that you don’t want to miss.   August 18 & 19 you can visit the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish, located at 680 Minnesota Avenue in San Jose to enjoy the 26th Annual Assyrian Food Festival. Admission is free and the festival showcases Assyrian food, traditions and educating the community about Assyrian heritage, as well as preserving and passing on Assyrian cultural traditions to the next generation. Make plans to attend the festival and enjoy authentic food, music, and dance.   The Italian Family Festa takes place August 25 & 26...

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Get Outside this Summer! 3 Great Activities in the Bay Area

Summer means sun and that means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some of the Beauty around the Bay Area. There are a lot of great places to go hiking this summer but we’ve put together 3 area selections and paired them with a great place nearby to dine afterwards. Encased by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the Baylands Nature Preserve is a 1,940 acre undisturbed marshland. With 15 miles of multi-use trails you can hike, run, or bike your way around as well as enjoy wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, and a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history. Dogs are welcome but must remain on a leash and as it’s a preserve, there’s no collecting of plants or animals allowed. One your hiking adventure is complete, stop by the Kali Greek Kitchen for a fantastic local organic menu. With a great selection of light meals and filling plates along with a variety of beer and wine, this is a perfect stop on the way back home. Also nearby there is the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, a 3,436-acre preserve that is rich in wildlife and ecosystem diversity. Monte Bello is Italian for ‘Beautiful Mountain’ and...

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Handheld Catering Profile on San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

All That Jazz! The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is this August 10th through 12th and this is the 18th year for the event. This is an extremely affordable event with Adult All Stages tickets averaging only $30-$40 and VIP passes for all 3 days is less than $400 when purchased in advance.   What started out with a single stage in 1990, has blossomed into one of the most important music festivals in the nation with over 100 performances from the best in jazz, R&B, blues, funk, zydeco, and much more. With both indoor and outdoor stages, the San Jose Summer Fest has something for everyone. International and Latin artists, a Main Stage located in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez park, a ‘Jazz Beyond’ stage that has young jazz artists pushing the limits of the art form, a Blues/Big Easy stage, a Salsa stage an more - there’s so much music that your dancing shoes might get a few holes worn through them before the weekend is over.   More Than Just Music! Of course there’s more than just music! The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest has been described as ‘the perfect summer experience’ - complete with untouchable weather, fantastic food, music-related community events, wine...

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Wine! Wine! Wine!

Wine Events in San Jose Women, Wealth, & Wine! The first Thursday of every month at Thrivent Financial, Tammie Mark is holding an event for the ladies. A perfect opportunity of women in the San Jose area to meet, have a glass of wine, & network. Wine & cheese will be served and the event is free, just visit this page for contact information.   Wine, Cheese, & Yoga! On Saturday June 24th you can spend the morning enjoying the outdoors while participating in an all-levels yoga class overlooking the beautiful Wrights Station Winery & Vineyard in Los Gatos. After class you have the opportunity to taste a variety of wines and there will be cheese & crackers provided as well. Tickets are only $30 and the Yoga class starts at 10:30 with the free wine tasting to follow.   Wining & Dining Amongst the Vines 16 lucky guests are invited to the beautiful Aver Family Vineyard where you will be treated to a tour of the Vineyard’s grounds topped off with seasonal food selections paired with 4 of their delicious wines. A portion of the proceeds goes to Jake’s Wish Dog Rescue and you can visit their website to learn more about this fantastic Vineyard but don’t...

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Get Your Summer in Line with These San Jose Festivals!

Food & Music festivals during the beautiful Summers of San Jose go hand in hand. There are some fantastic festivals coming our way & while we can’t possibly cover them all, there are several that we wanted to make sure you are aware of.   SubZERO Festival June 1st & 2nd from 6pm to midnight the 11th annual SubZERO festival will take place in San Jose’s downtown SoFA district. This ‘artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup’ is where ‘street meets geek.’ Join the artists, performers, & musicians on multiple stages celebrating the indie creative spirit & you can also enjoy South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk. There are dozens of artists & vendors already scheduled & you can click here for a complete breakdown of the musical guests & what time/stages they’ll be on.   Come Be Greek For A Day! Celebrating their 47th year, The San Jose Greek Festival will be held the entire weekend of June 1-3. Spotlighting the South Bay Area’s Greek community, this cultural festival includes traditional live music and dancing and of course delicious Greek food and drink, along with local-made and handcrafted items. This is a family friendly outdoor festival where you and the kids can experience authentic Greek cuisine and culture...

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What’s New in San Jose Food?

Summer is the time for food & fun around San Jose and we’ve found a few things we think you’ll really enjoy. From vegan pastries to delicious seafood, these San Jose food events are definitely kicking it up a notch.   Eat, Pray, Amore! On Saturday June 2 from 6 to 8:30 PM, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser will be hosted by the Advent Lutheran Church in Morgan Hill. Tickets are only $5-$7, proceeds go toward the church’s Texas youth trip planned at the end of the month, & the night will include live music as well as the spaghetti dinner, drinks, & dessert. Click here to purchase tickets & help a good cause.   Outdoor Seafood Boil! June 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM visit the Sunnyvale TAP’T location for a Summer Kickoff Seafood Boil. The price is only $25 & includes a “bag” of seafood including; crab legs, shrimp, clams, mussels, sausage, corn, & potatoes prepared with TAP’T’s house cajun spices. There will be open seating out on their patio along with 24 craft beers & other beverage selections for your enjoyment. Visit their website for directions & more info.   MILQ Tea Bar & Lounge Jackson Avenue recently welcomed newcomer MILQ & so far the buzz has...

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Fest Profile! The Sunnyvale Art Wine & Music Festival

Today we are profiling The Sunnyvale Art Wine & Music Festival Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM kicks off the 44th annual Sunnyvale Art, Wine & Music Festival. Just head down to historic Murphy Avenue in downtown Sunnyvale both Saturday and Sunday to enjoy live music and over 350 of the nation’s best artists. There is no admission fee and carnival rides are available for kids ages 3 - 8 years old, while the adults can enjoy the selection of margaritas, sangria, champagne, quality beer, and of course, plenty of fine wines courtesy of vendors such as the Artisan Wine Depot. Sponsored this year by the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce and the festival is set to take place come rain or shine. With a fantastic list of vendors on hand at the food court , no one in the family is going to go hungry that day. Of course there will be the festival-favorites such as roasted corn from Ear-Good Corn Roast, funnel cakes, cotton candy, and other guilty pleasures, but there will be some fantastic selections from Mediterranean Grill & Go, Capelo’s Barbecue, The Tamale Factory, Gaspachos, Elks Care, Roderick’s, Barrett’s, & Aroma Concessions. Local musical performers such as Aftershock, California Blues Machine,...

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Áo Dài Festival

The fifth annual Vietnamese-American art and culture celebration will be Saturday, May 12 at the Fairmont San Jose from 5 PM to 10:30 PM. The Ao Dai Festival is a multi-dimensional experience that celebrates Vietnamese culture and art where you can join internationally acclaimed designers and watch a wondrously colorful parade and pre-show ceremony complete with a tapestry of colored flags and red silk banners. There will be a festival ceremony featuring a Dragon Dance Troupe, dozens of drummers, horn players, and Ao Dai models. You will also see dancers and stilt walkers dressed in the astonishingly exquisite & traditional Vietnamese long gown known as Áo Dài.   Food and wine will be served by the chefs of the Fairmont and there will be an evening cocktail reception, designer’s walk, and topping it off with a “dinner-show extravaganza” known as “Hôi Trùng Dúóng” or “Confluence of the Rivers.”     There will be performances this year by the Vietnamese Lasallian Youth Troupe, a highly energetic drum concert, and renowned singers Hà Thanh Xuân and Dông Lan will be appearing as well. The Saigon Chamber Ensemble is also set to appear and there will be other renowned musicians providing the exotic sounds of Vietnamese traditional...

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