Summer is almost here and that means plenty of fun music festivals around the Bay Area. And that means.. FOOD!
The 41st annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival is April 29 9:30 AM to 4 PM in San Jose. Live entertainment will be on 2 stages throughout the day with performances by Shamisen, San Jose Taiko, Bachido, The Wesley Jazz Ensemble, and more! There will be Japanese art, cultural showcases displaying Japanese traditional art and a whole day of celebrating Japanese-American heritage. And don’t miss out on plenty of authentic Japanese cuisine provided by 13 different vendors (so far and if you want to sign up just visit the site) with Tempura, Korokke, Vegetarian Curry, Iced Green Tea, Yaki Soba, Gyoza, and much more.
San Jose’s Japanese-American community started this festival in 1976 as part of America’s Bicentennial celebration and has been going strong ever since. You don’t want to miss it!
The Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh is May 12th – 13th in downtown Mountain View. The Gaelic word ‘Fleadh’ is pronounced “Fla” and means ‘Festival.’ This is the 4th annual festival hosted by the Irish Bar & Restaurant St. Stephens Green and is only possible through the help of volunteers. So if you’d like to join in on the fun, head on down!
The local Mountain View Avas Supermarket will be selling Irish treats like Tayto and other popular Irish snacks and local Irish vendors will have Fish & Chips, Corned Beef Rolls, Shepard’s Pie, and much more. There will be plenty of beer and wine of course and you can even get your hands on a commemorative glass at this year’s festival. But an Irish festival wouldn’t be complete without music and this year the US tribute band Zoo Station is returning along with The Black Donnellys, which will be part of their World Breaking Tour of 60 gigs in 50 states in 35 days. There will be other music entertainment throughout the weekend and you can find out more details at their website. Don’t miss the fun!
And that’s barely getting the Summer started! We’ll have more info in the coming weeks on other festivals and events around San Jose & the Bay Area, so check back often and let us know if there’s an event you’d like us to talk about.