Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SoFA Street Fair, San Jose CA, Sept 13, 2015

Beginning with its debut in 1992, The SoFA Street Fair drew music-lovers of all ages to experience world-class music by legendary local acts, while taking in the unique (counter)culture of the neighborhood. In no time, the festival became one of the most highly anticipated events in downtown San Jose, drawing crowds of 20,000 in its prime. Some would say it helped define what the community is today—a thriving arts and live music destination.

Now, the event is back and better than ever with three outdoor stages, 12 indoor stages, and up to 100 performances throughout the day. Food trucks, beer gardens, all-ages activities and artisan vendors will fill the streets, with LīVE events all day and night in adjacent arts and music venues. It’s all happening Sunday, September 13, for all ages, and always FREE to all, just as it was in 1992.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Chinese Moon Festival, Overfelt Park San Jose Ca Sept 13, 2015

Chinese Moon Festival 2015
Sunday, September 13, 2015
1:00pm to 5:00pm
Free Admission and Parking
Overfelt Gardens
368 Educational Park Dr.
San José, CA
In the Chinese Cultural Garden ]

This is a tobacco/alcohol-free event
One of the stories told to children during Moon Festival is of the fairy living in a crystal palace. She comes out to dance on the shadowed surface of the moon. Legend says the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times when ten suns appeared in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous but mean archer to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill of immortality. But his wife, wishing to save people from his bad disposition, took the pill herself. She has been banished to the moon ever since. They say her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon Festival.

The date of our Moon Festival was about a week after the real Moon Festival date. But because our student leaders need time to organize 200 school volunteers, it has become our tradition to select the third Sunday of every September to be this community's Chinese Moon Festival. We wish to acknowledge these young people for their spirit, hard work and dedication. Our event would not be as fun and wonderful without them, and we hope they come to fill their lives with the same joyfulness they present here today.

The Moon Festival is celebrated by billions of people. They celebrate it with dances, feasting and moon gazing. Delicious moon cakes are a traditional enjoyment. But on this day, we offer you the pleasure of sharing arts, crafts and creative activities in a Chinese garden setting. Culture is fun! Without art, music, poetry or dance - what would imagination do? We hope you enjoy what we've had fun planning for you. Have a Great Time!!!!!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Assyrian Food Festival, San Jose Aug 22-23, 2015

Bring the whole family and join us in celebrating the 23rd Annual Assyrian Food Festival: The Celebration Continues! This two-day event, open Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11:30am-9:00pm, will feature traditional Assyrian food (real kabobs!); live music, dancing, and entertainment; a wine bar; the original Samovar Alley featuring exotic teas, coffee, and pastries; arts, crafts, and exhibits; vendors from all over the world; and a Kids' Zone, as well as $5 Raffle for a chance to win one of the Great Raffle Prizes. It’s a great deal of fun!!! ( Watch our YouTube videos in Assyrian or English)

The annual festival is an opportunity to showcase Assyrian food, traditions and educate the community about the Assyrian heritage as well as to preserve and to continue passing on Assyrian cultural traditions to the next generation. If you enjoy trying authentic food, music, and dance, make plans to attend the festival! You can mingle with and learn about the people whose ancestral homeland is known in history as "the cradle of civilization."

The festival will be held at the Assyrian Church of the East, Mar Yosip Parish. ADMISSION IS FREE, PARKING & SHUTTLE FREE, no pets please.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Bacon Festival of America, San Jose CA, Sept 5-6, 20

Do you like bacon and craft beer? Do you on occasion listen to music? Are you a carnivorous human or maybe a service dog?
You are going to love this news: the ambitiously named Bacon Festival of America is return to San Jose this Labor Day.
This year is the festival’s third, and the Silicon Valley food truck company Moveable Feast (the organization throwing it) will bring around 15,000 people to nosh on delicious pork and swig excellent brews.

Bacon Festival of America (Labor Day Weekend)
Moveable Feast
Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 12:00 PM - Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
San Jose, CA

Thursday, July 23, 2015

San Jose Tamale Festival, Emma Prusch Farm Park, Aug 1, 2015

The Tamale Festival serves the community for two days to reflect on the beauty of family, tradition, and Hispanic contributions to San Jose and the world. The Tamale Festival’s weekend long event is a multicultural event that is enjoyed by families and friends from all over the San Jose area.
Participants come to showcase their families favorite tamale recipes in hopes of winning the coveted Best Tamales title. While sampling some the delicious recipes festival attendees will be treated to some outstanding music and multicultural performances.

The Tamale Festival takes place at the 47 acre Emma Prusch Farm Park located in San Jose, Ca. Emma Prusch Park contans rare fruit orchards, two community gardens, a small animal enclosure and lush lawns and picnic areas. In 2014 The Tamale Festival has become part of The Vibe: Music + Soccer + Food to become even larger than ever before.
Bring out your entire family to indulge in some of the best tamale recipes around!
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Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 24, 25 and 26, 2015

Come to the 2015 Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 24, 25 and 26) for great garlicky food, live cooking competitions, and lots of fun for the whole family!
The heart of the Garlic Festival is Gourmet Alley, the gigantic outdoor kitchen where the world-famous “Pyro Chefs” put on a spectacular flame-up show while preparing garlic-laced calamari and scampi in huge iron skillets. Other Festival favorites include pepper steak sandwiches, pasta con pesto, fried calamari, and sausage sandwiches, as well as Gilroy garlic fries and garlic bread. And don’t forget the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream!
You’ll also find live entertainment on three stages, live cooking contests and demonstrations, arts & crafts, wine tasting, and a fun Children’s Area and Teen Zone too. This year celebrity chef Daphne Oz from ABC-TV’s The Chew will be on hand to emcee the Garlic Showdown on Sunday, and we’ll also be hosting the first-ever Garlic Dream Wedding
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Santa Clara County Fair 2015, July 30th - Aug 2nd, 2015
Join your community at the Santa Clara County Fair for the best value-for-money, fun-filled, family days out in Silicon Valley. July 30th - August 2nd.
Carnival; Kids’ Zone; Karaoke: entertainment - music, magic, and more; Demo Derby on Saturday; Roller Derby on Sunday. Country star Austin Webb in concert Thursday night. Hear and see your friends and neighbors perform on the Community Stage. Sea lions. Farm animals. Cooking demonstrations. Fair food. Competitive exhibits. Junior Auction on Sunday. Fun for all the family.

For more information see
Cost: Payment required - General admission $8; Youth/Seniors $5.
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