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Art & Entertainment

Art and Entertainment


Rise and shine at the Hotel De Anza, one of San Jose's few boutique hotels that offer a gorgeous 1920's art deco architecture and remains as one of the city's truly historic hotel properties. Check out the mural on the side of the hotel for your perfect selfie opportunity and share with your friends on Instagram.

a colorful mural on side of the building


Walk down the Paseo toward San Jose’s SoFA District, the main hub for the city’s expressive artistic side. Grab a coffee and pastry at Nirvana Soul and spend a couple of hours exploring the many galleries and museums along the strip. Be sure to stop at Anno Domini to learn more about the city’s street art scene and, where to find murals from notable artists.


people viewing quilts
Museum of Quilts & Textiles


For the afternoon, visit San Jose's Little Saigon neighborhood for authentic Vietnamese flavors - you can browse several restaurant options inside Vietnam Town.

a bowl of pho


After lunch, venture over to History Park just minutes away to explore San Jose's deeply rooted history pre-Silicon Valley. Inside History Park sits the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), which is the main coalition for glass blowers in the Bay Area. Here you can register for glass blowing demos and try your hand creating your own sculpture, or just watch as masters work their craft.

TIP: Check the park's website ahead of time for current museum hours. Individual museums may vary. History Park is about a 10 min drive from downtown.

the old light tower and hotel in History Park


For dinner go to Mama Kin for a smattering of foods and craft cocktails. While there, take in a performance of live jazz from various internationally known jazz musicians. Continue your musical escapade back at Hotel De Anza with a night cap and performances in their jazz lounge.

live jazz performance
Mama Kin, previously known as Cafe Stritch


If you prefer live theater for entertainment, then you’re in luck with plenty of performing arts venues located downtown. The Center for the Performing Arts showcases a full season of Broadway San Jose from September through June, click here to see the performance schedule.  


And for more night life ideas, visit our Things To Do section of the site or let San Jose Brew Bike plan a pub crawl for you!