SPRING EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
(Feb. 28, 2014) Mother Nature must have missed the memo that it’s still winter in San Jose, because its many parks and hills are blooming with colorful flowers, lush foliage and singing birds. Peoples’ thoughts are turning not only to thoughts of love, but to getting out and socializing. The city is answering that call with a bounty of spring events and festivals, inviting everyone to come out of hibernation and explore San Jose’s outdoor recreation and cultural landscape.
- 37th Annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival (Japanese Festival) (April 27) – Celebrate Japanese culture in one of the last three Japantowns in the U.S., sampling authentic Japanese food, music, martial arts and crafts.http://www.jtown.org
- 2nd Annual Songkran Thai New Year Festival (April 27) –Keep your resolution for exotic fun in 2014 by checking out the 2nd Annual Songkran Thai New Year Festival, where you can experience blessing rituals, Muay Thai kick-boxing exhibitions, Miss Songkran Beauty Pageant, Singha Beer Garden, Thai food and crafts and traditional/contemporary entertainment. http://www.thainorcal.org/
- 2014 Juneteenth in the Park Festival (June 14 – June 15) – The Juneteenth in the Park is the Nation's largest Juneteenth Festival celebrating the emancipation of slavery in the U.S. http://www.bayareajuneteenth.org.
PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS
- San Jose Youth Symphony: March Concert (March 22) – The San Jose Youth Symphony’s Philharmonic Orchestra, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Yair Samet, presents works from Grieg, Bernstein, Mozart and more. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Symphony Silicon Valley presents “Carmina Burana” (March 22 –23) – Orff’s powerhouse setting of medieval verses celebrating the sensual life and lamenting the turns of fate is bawdy, dramatic, and tender. To open, virtuoso J.P. Jofre joins fellow Argentine Maestro Vieu and the orchestra to premiere his concerto for bandoneon the soul of tango. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Symphony Silicon Valley presents “ArtSPARK” (March 24 – April 1) - ArtSPARK brings that moment of inspiration to your students with age-appropriate performances by professional arts troupes at their home theaters. Transportation is provided, and the events are totally free to the school, district and students. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org.
- San Jose Symphonic Choir Concert (March 30) – This San Jose Symphonic Choir concert includes Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation and features the Nova Vista Symphony. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Unique Lives: Jeanette Walls (April 8) – Jeannette Walls’ journey is spectacular and riveting, from her early years growing up in the American Southwest desert to a West Virginia mining town with her three siblings and her brilliant yet irresponsible parents. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre
- Opera San Jose: Don Giovanni (April 19 – May 4) – Mozart’s dramatic genius pervades in Don Giovanni as he weaves humor, melodrama and supernatural elements into a powerful musical masterpiece. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Unique Lives: Mia Farrows (April 28) – Beyond the Hollywood gossip column, Mia Farrow is a remarkable humanitarian that very few can emulate. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Symphony Silicon Valley presents “Nakamatsu Plays Rachmaninoff” (May 16 – May 18) – Pianist Jon Nakamatsu returns to play the impassioned and near-impossible Rachmaninoff concerto with which he won the Van Cliburn Gold Medal - a must hear performance. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (May 17) – This concert celebrates the wide spectrum of folk tunes collected from all corners of China. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Unique Lives: Amy Tan (May 19) - Amy Tan has amassed legions of faithful readers in the past twenty-five years since the publication of her first novel, The Joy Luck Club. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- Symphony Silicon Valley presents “Beethoven’s Eroica” (June 7) – Maestro Cleve closes the Symphony's 12th season on a triumphant note with Beethoven's mighty "Heroic" symphony, the revolutionary work that created a new musical world. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
- San Jose Youth Symphony: June Concert (June 14) – The San Jose Youth Symphony’s Philharmonic Orchestra, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Yair Samet, presents works from Rossini/Respighi, Felder and Chadwick. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/california-theatre.
Center for the Performing Arts
- Ballet San Jose presents “Popular Music, Transcendent Dancing” (March 21 – March 23) – This program explores the inspiration two centuries of popular music has had on modern and contemporary choreographers. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/center-for-performing-arts.
- Hat Cho Tin Yeu 20 (March 30) – Ritz Entertainment presents Sing for Love 20 –timeless music of the last 75 years from Vietnam. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/center-for-performing-arts.
- Ballet San Jose presents “Masterworks of Movement and Theatre” (May 9 – May 11) – Two masterworks by two different master dance-makers of our era share a program of extreme contrasts and bravura dancing. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/center-for-performing-arts.
- Oliver Dragojevic & Dupini (May 14) – Music legend Oliver Dragojević, bard of Croatian music, returns with his band “Dupini” to the Bay Area. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/center-for-performing-arts.
- Broadway San Jose presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (May 27 – June 1) – One of the most enduring family shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this musical features the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/center-for-performing-arts.
City Lights Theater Company
- Amadeus by Peter Shaffer (March 20 – April 19) – This season’s classic, Amadeus, celebrates the 30th anniversary of its film release, weaving a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power. www.cltc.org.
- The Language Archive by Julia Cho (May 29 – June 29) – George is a man consumed with preserving and documenting the dying languages of far-flung cultures. Closer to home, though, language is failing him. He doesn’t know what to say to his wife, Mary, to keep her from leaving him, and he doesn’t recognize the deep feelings that his lab assistant, Emma, has for him. www.cltc.org.
City National Civic
- Nederlander Concerts presents “Jennifer Nettles” (March 27) – Country superstar Jennifer Nettles brings her “That Girl” solo headlining tour to City National Civic. Brandy Clark will open the show. www.citynationalcivic.com.
- FinovateSpring – Financial & Business Technology (April 29) – FinovateSpring will feature over 70 companies receiving just 7 minutes on stage to demo their latest innovations to the entire audience. www.citynationalcivic.com.
- Nederlander Concerts presents “Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend” (June 6 – June 8) – Elmo, Grover, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship! www.citynationalcivic.com.
- Lyric Theater of San Jose presents “La Périchole” (March 22 – March 30) – La Périchole and her lover, Piquillo, two street singers in Lima, are too poor to afford a marriage license, until the lecherous Viceroy of Peru makes her an offer she can’t refuse. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- Journey Unauthorized – The Ultimate Rock Tribute to Journey (April 4) – Journey Unauthorized has earned fantastic reviews worldwide and their high-energy stage show is a must-see event that spans a decade of memorable Journey superhits. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- CMT San Jose presents “Monty Python’s Spamalot” (April 11 – April 19) – Monty Python’s Spamalot is a parody of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is a parody of the legend of King Arthur and his quest for the grail. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- Come Together: Beatles Concert Experience (April 26) – In this live performance, Come Together recreates the look, sound and history of the Beatles. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- CMT San Jose presents “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (May 1 – May 4) – Clark Gesner based his 1967 musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown on Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters. True to the cartoon, Charlie Brown undergoes a small but meaningful identity crisis. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- CMT San Jose presents “Cats” (May 9 – May 18) – Cats begins with the Jellicle cats assembling in the street. Old Deuteronomy, the patriarch of the Jellicles, will decide which among them will ascend into the Heaviside Layer to start a new life. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- California High School Musical Honors (May 19) -- CMT San Jose and Broadway San Jose honor the best and brightest high schools and their musical productions at the San Jose CPA. www.cmtsj.org/content/california-honors.
- Roy Orbison Tribute Show (May 24) – Wiley Ray and the Big O Band bring the music of Roy Orbison to the stage in this production. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
- Lyric Theatre of San Jose presents “The Mikado” (June 21 – June 29) – One of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most successful operettas, The Mikado tells the comedic story of a prince in disguise, three little maids, an executioner threatened with execution, and a dragon lady looking for her lost love to come to life. www.sanjosetheaters.org/theaters/montgomery-theater.
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
- Spring Style Show (April 27 – April 28) - Come explore all things hair and cosmetics in this popular beauty show. www.info.cosmoprofbeauty.com.
- Big WOW! ComicFest 2014 (May 17 – May 18) – Northern California’s premiere comic book convention returns. www.bigwowcomicfest.com.
- FanimeCon (May 23 – May 27) –Northern California’s largest anime convention is packed with nonstop video programming, extraordinary costumes, music, games, tournaments, sensational panels and renowned international guests. www.fanime.com.
San Jose Repertory Theatre
- Game On (March 27 – April 19) – Vinnie and Alvin care about the environment — almost as much as they care about winning at fantasy baseball. The two fast-talking sports fanatics sequester themselves in front of a ballgame at a swanky Los Altos home during a cocktail party to raise funds for green projects. www.sjrep.com.
- The Big Meal (May 8 – June 1) - In an ordinary restaurant, two people meet and fall in love, beginning this extraordinary, moving and hilarious story of five generations. www.sjrep.com.
San Jose Stage
- The Threepenny Opera (Now through March 30) – This opera "by and for beggars," composer Kurt Weill (1900–1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) created a trailblazing musical spectacle of fierce social and political critique, where the haves clash with the have nots – and is still relevant today.www.thestage.org.
- An Iliad (April 9 – May 4) – The ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. www.thestage.org.
San Jose State Event Center
- Mayday Now-Here World Tour (March 28) – Mayday, a Taiwanese alternative rock band on world tour, performs in San Jose.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton Keynote Speaker (April 10) – Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator. www.union.sjsu.edu/ec/.
- Kings of Leon (March 25) – Kings of Leon perform songs from their latest album, Mechanical Bull. www.sapcenteratsanjose.com.
- Nuclear Cowboyz (March 29 – March 30) – The highly acclaimed 2014 Nuclear Cowboyz freestyle motocross tour (FMX) is the most explosive choreographed arena-based production in the world. www.sapcenteratsanjose.com.
- Juan Gabriel (April 19) – Juan Gabriel is coming to San Jose for his much anticipated “Volver Tour 2014”. www.sapcenteratsanjose.com.
- Lady Gaga (June 3) – One of the top global touring acts of our time, Lady Gaga performs songs from her new album ARTPOP. www.sapcenteratsanjose.com.
Theatre on San Pedro Square
- The UnPrincess (March 27 – March 30) – When an immature and power hungry Princess drops her dirty shoe into villager Maggie's water bucket, she becomes our heroine in this amusing tale. www.tabardtheatre.org.
- Love, Laughter and Linguine (April 4 – 27) –Share the spice of life through this rousing musical that looks at the twists and turns of life through women's eyes. www.tabardtheatre.org.
PUBLIC SHOWS AND HAPPENINGS
- Anno Domini presents “I Stand Alone” (Now – March 22) – Artist Bill Dunlap’s works have been shown extensively in galleries and museums across North America and Europe, including recent solo shows at galleries in Boston, Denver and San Francisco. www.galleryad.com.
- Anno Domini presents Jeremiah Maddock (Now – April 19) – This New York artist, known for his richly patterned mixed media works populated with ghoulish creatures and tramps, displays his latest works. www.galleryad.com.
Black Bird Tavern
- Super Soul Bros. (March 27 & April 24) – A fusion of jazz/funk/R&B, this powerhouse of musicians takes video game music to a whole new level. www.theblackbirdtavern.com.
- JurassiC (April 3) – This colorful South Bay group started from jazz roots and found its original sound by mashing classic songs with hip-hop beats. www.theblackbirdtavern.com.
- Quasar Collective (April 10) – Quasar Collective is a group of San Jose based musicians who have been looking for an outlet to combine their diverse musical tastes. www.theblackbirdtavern.com.
- No Water After Midnight (April 17) – No Water After Midnight shares a soulful journey through hip hop-infused jazz and funk. www.theblackbirdtavern.com.
The Blank Club
- The Bang, The Inciters & The Ballantynes (March 22) – The Ballantynes announce their West Coast tour with a stop at the Blank Club in San Jose, CA. www.theblankclub.com.
- Cheetah Chrome & The Street Walking Cheetahs (April 11) - Cheetah Chrome was one of the first guitar heroes of American punk rock who helped give underground music a brash identity. www.theblankclub.com.
- The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (April 15) - This alternative rock trio performs with a musical style largely rooted in rock and roll with influences from punk, blues, garage and rockabilly. www.theblankclub.com.
- Supersuckers & Pinata Protest (June 6) – This accordion-fronted punk rock band performs with a sound fusion of Tex-Mex and punk. www.theblankclub.com.
Fairmont San Jose Jazz
- Florian Hoefner Group: CD Release Show (Wed Mar 26) –New York pianist Hoefner’s freeing, modern sound is an escape for the ears. This concert celebrates his newest release, Falling Up, where he revisits familiar songs like “Eleanor Rigby” and showcases his original music. http://sanjosejazz.org
- Kendra Shank & John Stowell (Wed April 23)—Armed with a looper pedal, various percussion instruments and a guitar, vocalist Shank and guitarist Stowell sweeten classic jazz standards and folk songs. http://sanjosejazz.org
Guadalupe River Park
- Spring Walking Series (Every Saturday through April 5) – Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher for a six-week Spring Walking Series. www.grpg.org.
- Composting Class (March 26, and April 30) – Join the Master Composters, Santa Clara County, the City of San Jose and GRPC for this fun, free and informative workshop on composting. www.grpg.org.
History Park San Jose
- The 20th Annual Spring Garden Market (April 12) – This premier plant sale, features a sustainable gardening showcase and vendor fair, plus delicious food truck fare. www.historysanjose.org.
- Scout-O-Rama (May 10) – This large outdoor event features local Scouting groups doing games, crafts, activities, skills and more. www.historysanjose.org.
- Dia De Portugal (June 14) - Americans of Portuguese heritage join together with others throughout the world in a celebration of Portuguese culture – Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas. www.historysanjose.org.
Japantown San Jose
- Japanese American Museum of San Jose’s Book Club: Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer (April 5) – Come join the JAMsj Book Club, where Heirlooms: Letters from a Peach Farmer by David Mas Masumoto, will be discussed. www.jamsj.org.
- Sake San Jose (May 23) –Join the hundreds of sake tasters at Yu-Ai Kai’s 8th Annual Sake San Jose event as they embark upon the streets of historic Japantown San Jose. www.sakesanjose.com.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
- Spring Equinox Celebration (March 20) – The museum celebrates the Spring Equinox with a ritualistic ceremony and tour from 6 – 7:30 pm www.egyptianmuseum.org
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
- Toriawase (Now – May 17) – This group exhibition, co-curated by Misako Mitsui, juxtaposes traditional and historical Japanese art and objects with selected contemporary Western artwork. www.sjica.org.
- Wendy Maryuama: Executive Order 9066: The Tag Project (Now – May 24) – Artist Wendy Maruyama’s celebrated large-scale sculptural installation honoring 120,000 Japanese-Americans interned during WWII. www.sjica.org.
- Tahiti Pehrson: Variations and Betwixt (Now – May 31) - Tahiti Pehrson creates intricately hand-cut 2- and 3-dimensional works on pristine white cotton rag paper, using hundreds of razor blades and 16-hour days to complete one piece. www.sjica.org.
San Jose Museum of Art
- Around the Table: Food, Creativity, Community (Now – April 20) – This exhibition celebrates and explores the role that food plays in our lives. The agricultural bounty of our region has brought waves of immigration and shaped a rich history of cultural diversity, which today we share in part via food. www.sjmusart.org.
- Initial Public Offering: New Works from SJMA’s Permanent Collection (Now – August 24) – Initial Public Offering presents works that exemplify SJMA’s surprising and playful take on the art of our time. This spring the San Jose Museum of Art goes public with a selection of exciting acquisitions from the last three years. www.sjmusart.org.
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
- Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity (Now – April 27) – Comprised of approximately 60 pieces, Metamorphosis charts the development of the Bay Area Artwear movement from the original Levi’s “Denim Art Contest” of 1973 through works of contemporary designers. www.sjquiltmuseum.org.
- Tasty, Too! (Now – April 27) – Tasty, Too! explores the intersection of our most basic needs – food, warmth, community – showcasing food inspired quilts and textiles from private collections, contemporary artists and the community. www.sjquiltmuseum.org.
- Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross 1973-76 (May 3 - July 20) - A native of England, artist Ros Cross poses an answer to how we perceive the things that were made in the 1970s by merging a pop art aesthetic with the quilting tradition. This exhibition of five stunning pieces is a rare documentation that also includes recent graphite drawings expressing Cross's current explorations. www.sjquiltmuseum.org.
San Pedro Square Market
- Music at the Market powered by San Jose Jazz (Now – Spring 2014 ) – Every Friday from 7 – 9 pm enjoy Blues, jazz, folk, R&B, world, indie and more at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose. www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com.
- Music & Movement presented by San Jose Library (Now – Spring 2014) – Move dance and sing with your children (ages 0-5) in downtown San Jose every Tuesday from 10:30 – 11:30 am. www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com.
- Pub Quiz Night (Now – Spring 2014) – Every Monday night at 7 pm trivia fans are encouraged to hit up Brainstormer Pub Quiz. www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com.
- Citizen Rhythm (Fri April 4) – SouLive, Miles Davis and Cream in a musical fight defines the spontaneous style of bassist’s Terrence Brewer’s band; bandmates from this collective have performed with Ledisi, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Elvin Bishop, and artists from a range of other genres. http://sanjosejazz.org
- JC Smith Band (Fri May 2) –Smith’s music is at the forefront of West Coast blues, earning him “Best Original/local Band” in 2012 from Metro, and West Coast Blues Band of the Year From the Bay Area Blues Society. http://sanjosejazz.org
- Jessica Johnson (Fri May 23) – Sweet, power-packing jazz and blues with Jessica Johnson, who at 25 has a strong voice with a musicality beyond her years. http://sanjosejazz.org
- Meet Carla Hall (April 12) – Meet Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” and “Fan Favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars during a public demo and Q&A session at 5 pm in Santana Row Park, followed by a book signing at 6 pm in Sur La Table. www.santanarow.com.
- Santana Row Summer Fashion Shows (June 7) – Santana Row’s popular summer event returns for the sixth year featuring the season’s best fashions for women and men. Runway shows are scheduled for 1 pm and 4 pm at Misora. www.santanarow.com.
The Tech Museum of Innovation
- The Tech Connects: Silicon Valley Reads Presentation (March 27) - This panel will discuss the advantages and dangers of the digital information revolution, moderated by Barbara Marshman, editorial page editor of the Mercury News. www.thetech.org.
- After Hours (April 3, May 1 and June 5) – The first Thursday of each month, adults 21 and over can enjoy science, technology entertainment and cocktails. www.thetech.org.
- REBOOT: music (Now – August 17, 2014) -- Explore the boundaries of music with 14 interactive installations by renowned artists which allow you to collaborate and be a music maker. www.thetech.org
Winchester Mystery House
- 9th Annual San Jose Orchid Exposition (May 30, 31, June 1) - Purchase beautiful and rare orchids from world renown orchid growers; attend Growing Skill Workshops by each of the experts; enjoy Santa Clara Valley's finest wine offerings, and see breathtaking orchid displays throughout the Winchester Mystery House mansion. http://realorchidgrowers.com/
- Friday the 13th Flashlight Tour (June 13) - Given every Friday the 13th (only one in 2014), tour the beautiful but Bizarre Winchester Mystery House with only the moonlight and souvenir flashlight to guide you! www.winchestermysteryhouse.com
ADDITIONAL PUBLIC SHOWS AND HAPPENINGS
- Children’s Discovery Museum presents Imagination Playground (Now – March 30) - The giant blue blocks are returning for a very short time! Stop by, build something, and surprise us with your creativity. www.cdm.org.
- ComedySportz San Jose – ComedySportz is the award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of “act-letes” compete for laughs and points. The audience is always part of the interactive show, and sometimes even winds up on stage! Check this show out every Friday (9 pm) and Saturday (7 pm). ComedySportz also offers a Saturday 9:15 pm improvised show that rotates regularly, ranging from improvised Shakespeare to a Broadway Musical-style format. Audience for the Saturday 9:15 pm is for ages 18+. www.comedysportzsanjose.com
- Downtown Farmers' Market presented by Kaiser Permanente (Every Friday May 2 – November 21, except July 4) - Over 40 farmers/food purveyors and 12 artists sell their goods from 10 am – 2 pm on downtown's coveted "Restaurant Row" on San Pedro Street, between Santa Clara and St. John streets. Guaranteed to be the best lunchtime experience and people-watching in San Jose. Free admission. http://sjdowntown.com/
- Downtown Willow Glen: Live Music at Vin Santo (Every Friday) – Come out for great Italian food and live music every Friday and Saturday night at Vin Santo. www.willowglen.org.
- Downtown Willow Glen: Spring Wine Walk (April 26) – Save the date for the 2014 Spring Wine Walk, tentatively set for Saturday, April 26, 2014. More details to come. www.willowglen.org.
- Gilroy Gardens Opening Day (March 30) – Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park – the only horticultural themed amusement park in California -- begins its 2014 season. www.gilroygardens.org.
- Great America Opening Day (March 29) –Discover why California's Great America is Northern California's best choice for family fun and adventure. www.cagreatamerica.com.
- Hedley Club Live Music (1st & 3rd Wednesday of Every Month) – Some of the area’s best live jazz is performed on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday each month from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. www.hoteldeanza.com.
- Mosaic Restaurant and Lounge at the Four Points (Every Friday Night) – Mosaic Restaurant features live contemporary jazz every Friday night from 6pm-9pm. www.mosaicdowntown.com.
- Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA): Latin Art Now! 16th Annual Art Exhibition & Auction (Now – April 26) – The artists in this exhibition present the unique heritage of maize and corn in the Americas and illustrator this crop’s journey from pre-Columbian times to today. www.maclaarte.org.
- San Jose Improv Spring Calendar (Spring 2013) – Downtown’s famous Improv comedy club is offering a great roster of talent this spring, such as Charlie Murphy (March 14 – 16), Maz Jobrani (April 3 – 6), Jo Koy (May 1 – 3) and more. www.sanjose.improv.com.
- San Jose Taiko (March 21) – San Jose Taiko presents Rhythm Spirit 2014: Rhythm Journey Comes Home, from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. for the family show and from 8 pm – 10 pm for the concert show at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. www.taiko.org.
- 10th Annual Pinot Paradise Grand Cruz Wine and Food Tasting (April 11) -- The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents this annual favorite at the Mountain Winery. Doors open from 12 pm to 2 pm for VIP Tasting and 2 pm to 5 pm for the general public. Taste Pinot Noirs from over 35 winemakers of the Santa Cruz Mountains paired with delectable food from 20 local gourmet restaurants. VIP tickets are $100 and general admission is $85 online at www.scmwa.com/events/pinot-paradise-2014.
- Santa Cruz Mountain Wineries Passport Weekend (April 19) – Taste your way at up to 30+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique pairing of artisan handcrafted wines, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Santa Cruz Mountains wine. Meet the winemakers, grapegrowers and sample exclusive vintages from wineries generally not open to the public. http://scmwa.com
- Silicon Valley Restaurant Week (April 30 – May 7) – Silicon Valley Restaurant Week is a coordinated fixed price offering by Silicon Valley restaurateurs. Participating restaurants offer a discounted three-course fixed price dinner menu each night they are open. www.siliconvalleyrestaurantweek.com.
- South FIRST FRIDAYS (April 4, May 2 and June 6) – The South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk is a self-guided evening tour of galleries, museums, and independent creative businesses in the SoFA District (and beyond) featuring exhibitions and special performances from 7 pm. – 11 pm. www.southfirstfridays.com/.
- Starlight Cinemas (Wednesdays June 11, 18 and 25) -- Traveling outdoor movies, where the movie-themed "show before the show" set these cinema nights apart from others. The pre-movie fun begins at 6:30 pm and movies start at dusk. Free admission. http://sjdowntown.com/starlight.
- SubZERO in SoFA District (Friday,
June 6) – Focusing on emerging and present subcultures thriving in our
region, SubZERO is a DIY, artistically bent, hi/lo-techno mashup where street
meets geek. Taking up five blocks in downtown San Jose's SoFA District from 6 pm
'til midnight, this free event promises to be an inspired evening of arts and
culture. In addition to the South FIRST FRIDAYS monthly art walk, you'll find
outdoor stages of entertainment plus over 80 artists, performers &
musicians celebrating the indie creative
spirit! subzerofestival.com <http://subzerofestival.com/>
Amgen Tour of California
- Stage 3 (May 13) at Lake Cunningham Regional Park –Stage 3 of this premier cycling race will begin at the Lake Cunningham Regional Park on the east side of San Jose. http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/.
- San Jose SaberCats (March 23, 2014) – Support the three-time ArenaBowl champion San Jose SaberCats as they look for their fourth title in 2014. The SaberCats look to defend home turf against: Philadelphia Soul (March 23); Spokane Shock (April 4 & June 14); Arizona Rattlers (April 12 & June 27); Orlando Predators (May 3); Portland Thunder (May 17); LA KISS (June 7) and Tampa Bay Storm (July 11). www.thesanjosesabercats.com
- San Jose Sharks (Spring 2014) – Support the San Jose Sharks on their quest for the Stanley Cup at the SAP Center. Dates and opponents include: Anaheim Ducks (March 20); Washington Capitals (March 22); Winnipeg Jets (March 27); Edmonton Oilers (April 1); Los Angeles Kings (April 3); Nashville Predators (April 5) and Colorado Avalanche (April 11). www.sharks.nhl.com.
Minor League Baseball
- San Jose Giants (Spring 2014) – San Jose Giants defend the title. Dates and opponents include: Bakersfield Blaze (April 10 – April 13); Island Empire 66ers (April 14 – April 16); Visalia Rawhide (April 21 – April 24); Bakersfield Blaze (April 25 – April 27); Modesto Nuts (May 5 – May 8); Island Empire 66ers (May 9 – May 11); Stockton Ports (May 21 – May 22); Visalia Rawhide (May 23 – May 26); High Desert Mavericks (June 3 – June 5) and Stockton Ports (June 11 – June 14). www.sjgiants.com.
- San Jose Earthquakes (Spring 2014) – Watch the Earthquakes kick off the 2014 season at Buck Shaw Stadium on March 15 against Real Salt Lake. Upcoming games include: New England Revolution (March 29); Columbus Crew (April 13); Chivas USA (April 26); Colorado Rapids (May 7); FC Dallas (May 10) and Houston Dynamo (May 25). www.sjearthquakes.com.
For more information, visit www.sanjose.org.
Team San Jose (TSJ)
Team San Jose, Inc. is an economic development organization and San Jose’s official Convention and Visitors Bureau, unifying the destination, hotels and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience. San Jose offers all you would expect from a big city destination with small town charm and serves as the gateway to Northern California attractions. Our company provides full management services for seven venues on behalf of the City of San Jose including the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Parkside Hall and South Hall and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, and City National Civic.