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Featured Events

Thursday – Music in the Park, featuring Tower of Power - The fourth and final Music in the Park concert. 5:30pm-9pm. Opener:  Super Soul Brothers. Headliner: The legendary Tower of Power.  $10 advance and $15 at the door. Children 12-under free when accompanied by an adult.

Saturday-Sunday – SV Pride Festival & Parade - The 41st annual celebration of the Valley’s LGBT community with a parade and festival. 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Sunday Park Ave and Almaden Blvd. Dance Party on Almaden Avenue Saturday 6pm-11pm

Saturday – Tying the Knot fund-raiser - Hosted by the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, at 520 S. First St. and Parque de los Pobladores. 6-10pm, $50-$70;

Daily – Musical Swings - The kids are back in school, so 10 a.m.-3 pm may be the best time to visit the Swings. They are open until 10 p.m. each night, through Oct. 2. Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Free.

Monday-Friday – It’s Happening this summer in St. James Park  

Mon/Wed/Fri, noon-1pm – Drop-In Yoga
Mon 6-8pm – Soccer in Slow Motion
Tue/Wed/Thu 11:30am-1:30pm – Food Trucks & Games
Thur 11am-noon – Women’s Self Defense
This Fri noon – Noon Arts & Lectures features San Jose Poetry Festival poet readings
Fri 6-8pm – Concert Series  The Commons will play starting at 4:30pm
Third Thur 6-9pm – Salsa in the Park

Also coming up:

Aug. 31, 7-10pm – Starlight Cinemas “Jurassic Park”
Sept. 2 6-8pm – Paolozzi Tango Trio
Sept. 3 6-8pm – Poetry in the Park


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Coming up

Starts Sept. 1 – CityDance dance series - Each Thursday night. Dance instruction at 6p.m and dancing to a live band from 7-9pm. Sept. 1 Salsa; Sept 8 Country Two-Step; Sept. 15 Hustle; Sept. 22 East Coast Swing; Sept. 29 Bollywood; Oct. 6 Argentine Tango; Oct. 13 Fox Trot; Oct. 20 – Rumba Merengue.



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201 S. Second St., at Paseo de San Antonio

$6 until 5p.m., $9.50 evenings; $7 student/senior/children/military/SJ Library holders

Mechanic: Resurrection, Don’t Breathe, War Dogs, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ben-Hur, Pete’s Dragon, Sausage Party, Suicide Squad, Jason Bourne, Bad Moms, Star Trek Beyond, The Secret Life of Pets

Sing-along Movie Festival:
Fri, August 26th at 7pm
Sat, August 27th at 7pm
Sun, August 28th at 3pm
Opening Fri, Sept. 2:  Morgan

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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World; The People vs. Fritz Bauer and My King

Cult Movie Series 9:30pm Aug. 25 and midnight Aug. 27:  Fight Club
Opening Sept. 2: Mia Madre, A Tale of Love and Darkness

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater - A Beautiful Planet, Journey to Space, National Parks Adventure, and Living in the Age of Airplanes are also featured at this theater. The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-16.


Wednesday-­ Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv - San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St.

Wednesday at 8pm, David Studebaker (18+), $18; Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 7:30pm and 9:45pm, Saturday at 7pm and 9:15pm, Sunday at 7pm, Rocky Laporte (18+), $20

Friday-Saturday – ComedySportz- ComedySportz is the award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of “act-letes” compete for laughs and points. The audience is always a part of the interactive show, and sometimes even winds up on stage!  It’s the only entertainment that’s funny enough for bachelor parties and clean enough for your church or business group. 9 p.m.  Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday; Camera 3, $15;

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Sports and Fitness

Mondays, Wednesday, Friday – Breakthrough Boot Camp - An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers and other structures. 8:30 a.m.  275 N. 24th St.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Fitness Boot Camp - Get into great shape while working out with a small group of other fitness-minded people. Request a free one-week trial. 6 a.m.-6:50 a.m., 7 a.m.-7:50 a.m., 748A Coleman Ave.,

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Daily – TeenHQ now open on mezzanine level of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, featuring recording studio, gamer lounge, makerspace and hangout zone.

Museums and Galleries

Anno Domini
366 S. First St.408-271-5155Tuesday-Friday noon-7p.m. ;
Saturday - noon-5p.m.
Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. Sixth St Open by appointment only
Art Object Gallery
592 N. Fifth St.408-288-9305Thursday-Saturday - 1 p.m. -4 p.m.Free
Casa Jalisco
320 S. First St. 408-890-5507Monday-Friday - 9 a.m.-3p.m. Free
KALEID gallery
88 S. 4 St.408-271-5151 Tuesday – Friday: noon-7p.m. ;
Saturday: Noon-5p.m..

$2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month.
510 S. 1St. 408-998-2783Wednesday -Thursday: noon-7p.m.;
Friday-Saturday: noon-5p.m.
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery
Art Building, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square408-924-4328Tuesday: 11 a.m.-4p.m. and 6-7:30p.m.; Wednesday – Friday: 11 a.m.-4p.m.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
1342 Naglee Ave.408-947-3636Monday – Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ;
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-6p.m.
$9, Seniors/students - $5, Ages 5-10 - $5, Ages 4 and younger - Free.
San Jose City Hall
- Various exhibits
200 E. Santa Clara St.408-535-8168Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.- 5p.m.
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
560 S. 1st St.408-283-8155Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m.-5p.m., (First Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.);
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5 p.m.
Closed Monday.
Free Admission. Donations welcomed. $50-$100.
San Jose Museum of Art
110 S. Market St.408-271-6840Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. -5 p.m. $8
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
520 S. First St.408-971-0323Wednesday – Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Adults -$8
Seniors/Students - $6.50

Free from 7-11p.m. on the first Friday of every month
SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery
76 S. 1st St.Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 S Market St.408-294-8324Open daily 10 a.m.-5p.m.Adult admission for the galleries only $15. Add an educational IMAX film for only $5. Children (ages 3-17) or $20 for a combo ticket, active students with ID and seniors will pay only $10 for museum entry and $8 for an educational film in IMAX – or $15 for a combo ticket.
Works/San Jose
365 S. Market St.408-295-8378Tuesday – Saturday (to 7p.m. Thursday): noon-4 p.m.


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Dancing and Nightlife

Agenda Lounge399 S. First St.408-287-3991
Aura Nightclub389 S. First St. 408-279-1888
Beso Club417 S. First St.818-359-4235
The Brit173 W. Santa Clara St. 408-278-1400
The Continental 349 S. First St.
Dive Bar 78 E. Santa Clara St.408-288-5252
Freddie J’s97 E. Santa Clara St.
Habana Club Restaurant238 Race St.408-998-2822
Lido Nightclub30 S. First St. 408-298-4318
Liquid Lounge 32 S. Third St.
Loft Bar and Bistro 90 S. Second St. 408-291-0677
Myth Taverna & Lounge152 Post St.408-286-7678
Studio 88 S. First St.408-279-4444
SP2 72 N. Almaden Ave.
San Jose Bar and Grill 85 S. Second St.408-286-2397
Splash65 Post St.408-292-2222
Temple Bar and Lounge 52 S. First St.
The Ritz400 S. First St.
Tres Gringos83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.09.48 PMTree Amigo - Our City Forest’s Tree Amigo class graduates become volunteers promoting a greener and healthier Silicon Valley. A full month of online and hands-on learning with three-to-four-hour sessions on Saturday mornings. Email for more.

hands-hand-book-reading_0Partners in Reading, San Jose Public Library Tutor Orientation - Volunteers complete 14 hours of tutor training and are matched with an English speaking adult who is building basic reading, writing and technology skills. The commitment after training is a minimum of six months for 90 minutes twice a week. All tutoring is in a public place. Fingerprinting is required.  Pre-registration is required. 6:30 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, free, (408) 808-2361.

volunteer-museum-2015-05-28-low-res-pic-15-cropped2The Tech Museum of Innovation - Experience the inner workings of one of the most unique museums in the country at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose.  You don’t have to be an engineer or a teacher to empower our visitors to build a robot or navigate the world of cyber security with fun games and activities. You’ll have a real impact on STEM education and design-challenge learning for kids in the Bay Area. With volunteerism comes:  Free admission to the museum and educational IMAX films; Free downtown parking, popcorn and soda while you volunteer; Discounts in The Tech Store, The Tech Café and IMAX special events; Ongoing training and support. 408-795-6190;

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Traffic and Construction



DASH shuttle – The DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.  Shuttles are every 10-15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes later.

Pedicabs – Eco City Cycles – Look for Eco City Cycles door-to-door pedicab service. The service is available Wednesday-Saturday from 7 p.m.-2 am.  Call ahead for reservations or pick ups 408-771-7723. Negotiate your

Bike sharing – Bike share stations can be found at 15 locations around downtown.  Also in cities up and down the peninsula. Memberships now available;

Mineta San Jose International Airport

Lufthansa is starting non-stops to Frankfurt, Germany, out of SJC. Also, direct flights to London on British Airways begin next spring. For more information on airport changes, maps and services, go to

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Website: Archana Dalgleish

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