Friday, May 30, 2014

San Jose Greek Festival, May 30-31 - June 1, 2014

The San Jose Greek Festival is the south bay's largest Greek Festival which happens annually during the first weekend of June. It's a lively atmosphere that provides entertainment for all ages. Whether it's young families looking for a safe and fun day activity, or adults of any age looking to enjoy food and drinks, the Greek Festival is always an excellent choice.

Experience the culture and hospitality of the Greek people in an outdoor, open market setting under the beautiful sun shine of San Jose. Just about everything served at the festival is homemade by local Greeks, using family recipes that have been used for generations, meaning you'll have a truly authentic experience! Live music and award-winning dance groups will be onsite all weekend for your entertainment.

With free parking and ample coupons available online for free admission simply attending the festival is friendly on your wallet, making your food and drink the only costs. VTA buses stop right by the church making it a convenient local weekend adventure.

Admission is free by printing out, or by presenting this coupon on your smartphone…

Date/Time for each day of the Festival are as follows:
Fri May 30 (5:00pm to 10:00pm)
Sat May 31 (11:00am to10:00pm)
Sun Jun 1 (11:00am to 9:00pm)

Free parking and shuttle is available and there is VTA bus stop within walking distance ( The Festival is wheelchair accessible.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Castroville Artichoke Food & Wine Festival, May 31 - June 1, 2014

Artichoke Festival

Monterey County Fair and Event Center
Saturday 10-9, Sunday 10-7
May 31 & June 1, 2014 Castroville, CA 
Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Tickets – on sale at the Door
$10 – Adults
$5 – Active Military, Seniors and Children (4-12)
Free – Children 3 and under

  • AGRO ART Competition: AGRO art is 3-dimensional fruit and vegetable artwork. This quirky competition fosters imagination, creativity and fun for both participants and the viewing public.
  • PARADE: Our sanctioned parade is one of the largest and most colorful of its kind.
  • MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT: Two days of live music! Everything from Swing to Mariachi, Country to 50′s Rock & Roll.
  • CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES: Games, face paints, clowns, stilt walkers, puppets and more!
  • FOOD: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup. Plus foods from the many ethnic groups that give this area its character.
  • COOKING DEMOS: The area’s finest showcase the versatility and unique techniques for preparing and using artichokes.
  • WINE TASTING: Sample the best from the area’s award winning producers.
  • ARTS & CRAFTS: Unique gifts and apparel crafted by artisans from throughout the country. Plus artichoke souvenirs galore!
  • FARMERS MARKET: Artichokes and more, fresh from the heart of the salad bowl.
  • FIELD TOURS: Hop a bus to the artichoke patch for grower talks and photo ops.
  • Please No Pets
    The Castroville Artichoke Festival is presented by the North Monterey County Chamber of Commerce.

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San Jose Downtown Restaurant Week, June 20-29, 2014

June 20-29 – 6th annual Dine Downtown Restaurant Week
Customers have 10 days to sample price-fixed meals of appetizer, entrée and dessert at more than 20 of downtown’s finest restaurants.  Restaurants new to the Dine Downtown program this year include Blackbird Tavern, Blue Mango Restaurant, Bluefin Sushi, Da Kine Island Grill, The Farmers Union, First to Market, La Pinata and Nomikai. Returning businesses include Arcadia – A Michael Mina Steakhouse; Bella Mia Restaurant & Bar; Billy Berk’s, Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge; Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant; The Grill on the Alley; Il Fornaio; Loft Bar and Bistro; Los Gatos Brewing Company; Mezcal Restaurant; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Nemea Greek Taverna; Orchestria Palm Court Restaurant; Paolo’s Restaurant; San Pedro Square Bistro & Wine Bar; Scott’s Seafood, 71 Saint Peter and Café Stritch. Dine Downtown is generously supported by Sysco

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Music in the Park returns to Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Tickets now on sale: Music in the Park
The Downtown Association plans a pair of blockbuster Music in the Park shows this summer. And for the first time in two years, Music in the Park returns to Plaza de Cesar Chavez for one of the concerts.

  • Thursday, July 17 – Join SJDA and Live 105.3 for a Block Party starring the English Beat.  Fronted by Dave Wakeling, English Beat will play long-time new wave and ska favorites.  We’ll announce June 2 the two alternative rock sensations making a lot of buzz and curated by Live 105.3 will kick off the concert, which starts at 5:30 p.m. at St. James Park.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21 – Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo and his Orchestra make their 19th appearance at Music in the Park, at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, also starting at 5:30pm.  2013 Grammy Award-winning Latin rock band La Santa Cecilia will open.
Both events will be gated and charge a $10 admission.  Day-of-event price will be $20.  Tickets now on sale

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Silicon Valley, Mountain View Irish Fleadh - May 17-18, 2014

Saturday, May 17
Festival opens 10am
12 – 1:45 Martin L
2pm – 2:30 The Whelan Kennelly Dance Academy
2:30 – 3:30 The Crubeens
3:30 – 4pm The Whelan Kennelly Dance Academy
3:45 – 5:45 The Shams
Sunday, May 18
Festival opens 10am
12 – 1:45 Martin L
2pm – 2:30 The Whelan Kennelly Dance Academy
2:30 – 3:30 The Crubeens
3:30 – 4pm The Whelan Kennelly Dance Academy
3:45 – 5:45 Zoo Station
With activities starting at 10am, traditional and modern Irish music with Dublin born Martin L and South Bay's The Crubeens will warm the stage for the festival headliners. Saturday headliner will see San Francisco's The Shams take center stage. The band has quickly become a fan-favorite by combining their hard rocking, punked-up beat, with masterful fiddle playing and the purest of vocals. On Sunday, no one else could better close the festival on a high note than Zoo Station. Billing itself as the complete U2 experience, the band has played over 450 shows and now flourishes a repertoire of more than 150 U2 songs. The Whelan-Kennelly Dance Academy will also perform and demonstrate the great art of Irish dance.
Corned beef, fish and chips, shepherd's pie and more will be served all day at the food and beer village catered by Irish local vendors along with a selection of premium and local craft beers. Exhibitors will showcase traditional Irish arts and crafts with world renowned Celtic jewelry and hand crafted stone. Children are not forgotten with a kids' fun zone featuring a bouncy castle, slides, face painters and more.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Cinco De Mayo, Discovery Meadows Park, San Jose, CA May 4, 2014

Cinco De Mayo

Sunday, May 4 12:00p to 6:00p
Discovery Meadows Park San Jose, CA

The festival will feature live music and performances from local and regional music and dancing groups.  Expected attendance is 4,000.
The Cinco De Mayo Festival will showcase a multi-cultural selection of food vendors, as well as cultural, local community service, business vendors placed throughout the festival area.
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Palo Alto's May Fete Children's Parade, May 3, 2014

On Saturday, May 3, Palo Alto will hold its 92nd annual May Fete Children's Parade, beginning downtown on the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue at 10 a.m. and end at noon in Heritage Park at 300 Homer Ave. 

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A La Carte & Art Festival, Mountain View, May 3-4, 2014.

Enjoy a sun-splashed weekend strolling through artist booths, listening to live music and gawking at a classic car show at Mountain View’s 2014 A La Carte & Art spring art fair and “Official Kick-off to Festival Season in the Bay Area” from 10 am to 6 pm on May 3-4, 2014.

Check out over 200 artists showing their latest handcrafted wares, artisan specialty food purveyors, health and wellness displays, an organic and green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, food and drink vendors, a farmers’ market with fresh seasonal produce, a classic car show, and kids’ amusements

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