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Annual Events

Greater San Jose, California - Silicon Valley has festivities taking place all through the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.

The list below presents an overview of the major events in the San Jose, California - Silicon Valley area.

January
College Baseball
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
CSU-EB Pioneers, California Golden Bears, Pacific Tigers, St. Mary's Gaels, San Jose State Spartans, Santa Clara Broncos, Stanford Cardinals, USF Dons


New Super Sale
Parkside Hall's multi-vendor public consumer show is staged in early January, and on other dates through the year. Call (734) 822-0643 for more information.
San Jose International Auto Show
From specialty models to race cars, San Jose McEnery Convention Center showcases some 350 vehicles from more than 36 manufacturers, displayed in tandem with an accessory arcade. Call (717) 566-6100 for more information.
February
Modern Bridal Faire
Featuring bridal party fashion shows and honeymoon destinations, more than 150 exhibitors assemble at Parkside Hall to showcase options on apparel, catering, cosmetics, cakes, invitations, limousines and more, all geared to make each wedding day special. Call (800) 400-2099 for more information.
Presidents Day Volleyball Tournament
Volleyball action in tournament format provides family-style fun. Call (408) 295-9600 for more information.
Vietnamese Spring Festival & Parade
Food, entertainment, fun and games unfold showcasing Vietnamese heritage in San Jose. Call (408) 292-8283 for more information.
March
Golden Circle Theater Party
Proceeds from this annual black-tie theater party benefit the Santa Clara University Board of Fellows Endowed Scholarship Fund. Call (408) 551-1821 for more information.
Washington Open Elementary School Drama Production
Each year the Washington Open Elementary School mounts a dramatic production with performances over assorted dates appropriate for all ages. For the sixth season, Peter Pan took audiences to the destination of Neverland. Call (408) 423-3909 for more information.
San Jose Arts Festival
More than 170 contemporary craft and fine arts exhibitors gather at the McEnery Convention Center for a juried show. Shoppers find works in all price ranges. Call (408) 295-9600 for more information.
April
Major League Baseball
Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
Oakland Athletics - To book seats to root for your Oakland Athletics, click here.
San Francisco Giants - To book seats for the San Francisco Giants, click here.


Annual Iris Show
Themed each year at Westgate Mall, the Cara B. Rees Iris Society's show provides a chance to talk with cultivation experts while displaying gorgeous arrangements and plants for sale. Call (408) 264-4278 for more information.
MS Walk in Monterey
Hundreds get together to “walk and roll" in Silicon Valley to halt the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. The 10K walk sponsored by Rainmaker Systems features continental breakfast, fully stocked rest stops, a party at the finish line and transportation back to the starting point. Call (408) 988-7557 for more information.
Carvers and Wood Turners Show
Going strong for nearly four decades, the Carvers and Wood Turners Show hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Carvers provides opportunity to view carving and wood turning excellence from artisans throughout California. Judging, whittling contests, demonstrations, silent auctions, raffles, door prizes and a country store are part of festivities. Call (408) 737-8539 for more information.
57th Annual Spring Style Show
West Coast Beauty Supply, a leading full-service wholesale beauty product distributor, produces the Annual Spring Style Show at McEnery Convention Center with hair, nail, and body products galore. Call (800) 233-3141 for more information.
Rhythm Spirit
San Jose Taiko celebrates each year at the Campbell Heritage Theatre in nearby Campbell with classics and new works. Call (408) 293-9344 for more information.
May
Silicon Valley Open Studios
Over each of the first three weekends in May, over 300 artists in communities throughout Silicon Valley open their studios to visitors, exhibit, discuss and sell their works. Artist registration is from November through mid-January. Call (408) 871-0377 for more information.
Annual Nikkei Matsuri
Among the three remaining Japantown communities in the U.S., San Jose celebrates Japanese American heritage at the annual Nikkei Matsuri, featuring handmade crafts, performing arts and food. Call (408) 241-0900 for more information.
Cinco de Mayo Parade & Festival
San Jose's Cinco de Mayo includes a downtown Market Street parade heading south to Cesar Chavez Plaza. The Outdoor Fiesta at Guadalupe River Park features Banda, Salsa, Tex-Mex and Latino Sounds. The Battle of Puebla, known as Cinco de Mayo, is commemorated. Call (408) 288-9470 for more information.
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) showcases flowers, fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and music add to the festive mood. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
Evergreen Fine Arts Festival
In San Jose, the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival at Evergreen Village Square over the Memorial Day holiday includes watercolors, photographs, ceramics, woodwork and other fine art presented by California's finest artisans. Call (209) 296-1195 for more information.
St. Joseph Annual International Festival
St. Joseph School hosts a blend of food, entertainment, carnival rides, bingo and a raffle with free admission and parking. Call (650) 691-1531 for more information.
Zee Heritage India Festival
The spirit of India comes alive at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds with Zee Heritage India Festival, featuring regional cuisine, exotic dancers, and vendors from New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and elsewhere, with children's activities including kite making and magic shows. Call (301) 731-0300 for more information.
June
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and music add to festivities. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
Cheered on by supporters, law enforcement volunteers from each agency in Santa Clara County run a route carrying the Flame of Hope to Summer Games in Stockton. Call (408) 506-8580 for more information.
July
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and live music add to the festive mood. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
Annual Bodybuilding & Figure Championships
The San Jose Championships at Parkside Hall ranks as northern California's top bodybuilding contest, with winners competing in the nationals. Call (408) 238-7413 for more information.
Tahite Fete of San Jose
San Jose State University Events Center hosts a three-day celebration of Bastille Day and French Polynesian cultural heritage. Call (408) 295-9600 for more information.
August
Annual Comcast Jazz Festival
The San Jose Jazz Society oversees Jazz Festival activity with performances at seven stage venues, master classes, jam sessions, Jazz After Dark, films, Jazz Masses, and more at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Call (408) 288-7557 for more information.
Back to School Fair
Back to School Fair, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, reigns as the ultimate one-stop place to shop for back to school needs from kindergarten through high school. Call (925) 245-0700 for more information.
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and music add to festivities. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
Heritage Day Festival
The Viet Heritage Society and the city of San Jose celebrate global cultures with food, dance, music, celebrity chef demonstrations, and a carnival for kids. Call (408) 270-8000 for more information.
September
National Football League
If it's fall and you're ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL's Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami's 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that's history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
Oakland Raiders - To book seats for cheering on your Oakland Raiders, click here.
San Francisco 49ers - To book seats for the San Francisco 49ers, click here.


College Football
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
California Golden Bears, San Jose State Spartans, Stanford Cardinals
California Golden Bears - To cheer on your favorites and book seats for the California Golden Bears, click here.


Desert Dance Festival
Music and dance performances from around world meld with lessons from Egyptian, Gypsy, and American belly dance teachers. Call (510) 667-9333 for more information.
Mountain View Art & Wine Festival
In the second week of September, downtown Mountain View, along Castro Street between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue, hosts a street festival featuring artists, craftsmen, live entertainers, premium wines, microbrews, cocktails, as well as Green products for home and garden, health and wellness displays, and lots of hands-on art and other activities for the kids. Call (650) 704-7844 for more information.
Tapestry Arts Festival
On the streets of Downtown San Jose, around Almaden Boulevard, Park Avenue and San Fernando Street, the Tapestry Arts Festival has food booths, arts and crafts, music, performances, and a creativity zone for kids. Call (408) 494-3590 for more information.
Art Bark Fest
Art Bark Fest, an animal art, wine and music festival showcasing more than 40 fine arts booths, attracts canine enthusiasts from throughout the Reno, Tahoe and Bay areas. Proceeds benefit the Tahoe-Truckee Humane Society Pet Network. Call (877) 464-3364 for more information.
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and music add to festivities. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
Evergreen Fine Arts Festival
Sponsored by Pacific Fine Arts and the Evergreen Business and Professional Association, Evergreen Village Square is the scene for a weekend of live music, with display of watercolors, photographs, woodwork, and other fine art. Call (209) 296-1195 for more information.
October
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
San Jose Sharks - To book for the San Jose Sharks, click here.


Halloween at Bonfante Gardens
Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park, with more than 40 family rides and attractions, stunning gardens, and the intriguing Circus Trees, opens in March and wraps up its season on Halloween. Call (408) 840-7100 for more information.
Silicon Valley Marathon
Starting in downtown San Jose, new and veteran runners compete in the marathon, half marathon, 5K run / walk, or kid races. Post-race celebration is in Discovery Meadows, close to the start line. A carbo-loading pasta party takes place the previous evening for the first 300 registrants. Call (408) 295-9600 or (800) 726-5673 for more information.
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and live music add to the festive mood. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
San Jose Arts Festival
The San Jose Arts Festival features the visual arts along with jazz, blues, and world music, plus a food court with specialty offerings. Call (805) 461-6700 for more information.
November
National Basketball Association
Toronto, Canada was the site of the National Basketball League's first game on Nov. 1, 1946, with the Huskies hosting the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirteen original rules were drafted by Dr. James Naismith, creator of basketball. Pro basketball suffered in popularity in the early 1950's, but one rule change -- that of the 24-second clock -- transformed the sport from a dull, stalling game to an exciting, offensive showcase. Icons along the way, from Bob Cousy and Wilt Chamberlain to Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, have immortalized what's now the National Basketball Association's game, creating long-standing rivalries from coast to coast.
Golden State Warriors - To book seats to root for your Golden State Warriors, click here.


College Basketball
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there's no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
California Golden Bears, Pacific Tigers, Santa Clara Broncos, CSU-EB Pioneers, St. Mary's Gaels, San Jose State Spartans, Stanford Cardinals, UC Santa Cruz Slugs, USF Dons
California Golden Bears - To book seats for the California Golden Bears, click here.
Pacific Tigers - To book seats for the Pacific Tigers, click here.
Santa Clara Broncos - To book seats for the Santa Clara Broncos, click here.


Tech Museum Awards
At Parkside Hall, the black-tie Tech Museum Awards gala honors 25 companies, non-profits and individuals for using technology to benefit humanity, with $250,000 in cash awards also made. Call (408) 795-6315 for more information.
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and music add to festivities. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
December
Nuestra Navidad
Staged at the Montgomery Theater, an enactment of La Romeria Navideña includes traditional music, song and dance, highlighting influences shaping Mexican Christmas celebrations. Call (408) 984-0342 for more information.
Downtown Farmers Market
On Fridays, from early May through December, San Pedro Square (between Santa Clara and St. John streets) hosts the Downtown Farmers Market, showcasing flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers. Tastings and live music add to the festive mood. Call (800) 949-FARM for more information.
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