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September 2-8

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Featured Events

Friday-Sunday – Wizard World Comic Con – Ian Somerhalder, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Campbell, WWE Diva Paige, Billy Boyd, Scott Wolf, Michael Cudlitz, and Brett Dalton are among the hundreds of celebrities and industry professionals at the 2015 Wizard World Comic Con San Jose, part of North America’s largest pop-culture touring expo.  3pm to 8pm Friday, 10am to 7pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday. San Jose Convention Center; $35-$250.

Sunday – Chayanne – Puerto Rico’s Chayanne takes his  En Todo Estaré tour, his first solo national tour in four years, to San Jose.  7pm, SAP Center of San Jose,

Saturday-Sunday –  San Jose Bacon Festival of America – Try creative bacon recipes paired with beer, s’mores and entertainment.  Moveable Feast puts the event together.  All dishes are $6 or less.  Noon-7p.m., Plaza de Cesar Chavez, $10-$12 admission.

Friday – South First Fridays Street MRKTs – An indie DIY urban faire featuring over 50 artists, performance art and 2 stages of live music, in conjunction with the monthly South First Fridays crawl through downtown’s galleries, museums and creative independent businesses. The official list of participating venues has grown now to 20, including the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.  Plus, food trucks.  6 p.m.- midnight. S. First St. between San Carlos and San Salvador and Parque de Los Pobladores.

Thursday — San Jose State Spartans football — Spartans’ season opener against New Hampshire, 7pm,  Spartan Stadium,

Friday – Downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market -  Go each week to collect fresh produce, hot foods, flowers and more. Also, live music and fun – always.  San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. 10 a.m.-2pm Fridays, (408) 279-1775;

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This week’s events 

Stage and Concerts

Wednesday – Sunday – Standup Comedy at the Improv – 8pm Wednesday: (18+) American Me Comedy; 8pm Thursday: (18+) Kevin Shea; 7:30pm and 9:45pm Friday (18+), 7pm and 9:15pm Saturday (18+), and 7pm Sunday (18+) Felipe Esparza (; 8pm Tuesday (18+) Magique Bazaar: tricky Tuesdays; 62 S. Second St. $10-$22.

Thursday-Sunday – Latvian Folk Dance Festival — Opening ceremony Thursday 6 p.m. in Montgomery Theatre; Performance of the play “Precies masin” at noon and 3pm Friday in Montgomery Theatre; Latvian Folk Dance Concert, “Caur mūžiņu izdejoju” Saturday 3-5pm at City National Civic; and Combined Choir Concert, Sunday 3pm at City National Civic.

Thursday – Twilight Concerts in St. James Park: JC Smith Band  - Made possible through the generosity of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with San Jose Parks Foundation. 6:30pm- 8pm, St. James Park.

Friday and Saturday – ComedySportz – Competitive improvisational teams perform hilarious skits. 9pm Fridays and 7pm Saturdays, Camera 3 Theater; $12-$15.

Tuesday – Words and Music in St. James Park — Featuring Bay Op.  6:30-8pm, St. James Park;

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight 

Downtown San Jose boasts about 40 venues that offer live music every week ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic. For example, the San Pedro Square Market has live music every weekend evening.  Find out more and browse through many different venues at our Live and Local table

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Miscellaneous Events

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, through Sept. 25 – Yoga & Games and Food Trucks – Yoga classes, games including giant Jenga and food trucks by Movable Feast converge at St. James during the lunch-hour. Be The Change Yoga & Wellness presents the yoga. Made possible through the generosity of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with San Jose Parks Foundation. Noon- 1:15pm, St. James Park.

Wednesday – First Wednesday Talk: Prairie Architecture in San Jose – Uncovering the Work of Frank Delos Wolfe: A Century of Prairie Architecture in San Jose.  Did you know that San Jose is a major western center for prairie architecture? Between 1912 and 1922, master San Jose architect Frank Delos Wolfe, influenced by the great Chicago architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, applied the architectural style of the Midwestern Prairie School to the California bungalow. The result was something unique to Northern California – an ornate, flat-roofed, strikingly modern type of building that suited the California lifestyle and appealed to those who wanted something decidedly different. 7-9pm;  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 5th floor Schiro Room; 150 E. San Fernando Street; free;

Sunday – San Jose Mini Maker Faire – Join the first ever San Jose Mini Maker Faire organized by History San Jose. This event is a family-friendly affair that will celebrate and showcase makers, inventors, tinkerers, artists, builders, crafters, and many more creative individuals. 10am- 6pm, History San Jose; $20 adults and $15 kids.

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Paseo de San Antonio and Second St.,

$5.50 until 5pm, $9 evenings; $7 student/senior/children/military/SJ Library holders

The Transporter Refueled; Dragon Blade; Inside Out; We Are Your Friends; No Escape; American Ultra; Sinister 2; Hitman: Agent 47; Straight Outta Compton; The Man From U.N.C.L.E.; Go Away Mr. Tumor; The Gift; Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation; Ant-Man; Trainwreck; Fantastic Four

Opening Sept. 11: The Perfect Guy; The Visit

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Second and San Carlos streets

The Second Mother; Phoenix; Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Saturday midnight:  Rocky Horror Picture Show with live cast Barely Legal

Opening Sept. 11: Dying to Know: Ram Daas and Timothy Leary; Love Live! The School Idol Movie

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: With a 280-seat theater, experience the immersive power of films. This week: Mysteries of the Unseen World, Humpback Whales, D-Day: Normandy 1944, Jerusalem. The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater, The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  408-795-6321, $8-10.

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Every Monday through Sept. 25 – Music & Movement – Parents/ caregivers and children ages 1- 5 to can sing, dance and play instruments at this fun and interactive music class. These activities help children build motor and social skills, independence and language ability. Bring blankets or chairs. Made possible through the generosity of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in partnership with San Jose Parks Foundation. Noon, St. James Park.

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Sports and Fitness

Saturday – Yoga in Backesto Park — Hatha yoga Gentle class to stretch all the major muscle groups. Class will offer options for gentle as well as more Advanced options.  9 a.m., Backesto Park, 13th and Empire, Free,  408-476-4125

Mondays and Wednesdays – Breakthrough Boot Camp – An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers and other structures. 8:30am.  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. 6am-6:50am, 7am-7:50am, 120 Stockton Ave.,

San Jose Earthquakes

Sept. 5 – Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union, Avaya Stadium, 8pm
Sept. 12 – Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounder FC
Sept. 16 – Earthquakes vs. Montreal Impact
Sept. 27 – Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake
Oct. 3 – Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Oct. 16 – Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City                                                            

San Jose Sharks Pre-season

Sept. 12 – Fan Fest and Rookie game vs. Anaheim, noon-7:30p.m. (game at 5pm)
Sept. 13 – Rookie game vs. Anaheim
Sept. 25 – Sharks vs. Arizona, 7:30pm
Sept. 26 – Sharks vs. Anaheim, 6pm
Sept. 29 – Sharks vs. Vancouver, 7:30pm

San Jose State Spartans football

Thursday – Spartans vs. New Hampshire, 7pm
Sept. 26 – Spartans vs. Fresno State, 7:30pm
Oct. 17 – Spartans vs. San Diego State, TBA
Oct. 24 – Spartans vs. New Mexico, 4pm
Nov. 6 – Spartans vs. BYU,
Nov. 27 – Spartans vs. Boise St., 12:30pm

Oct. 5 — Golden State Warriors pre-season — The World Champs open their 2015-16 NBA title defense in San Jose.  First game vs. Toronto Raptors.  Opener includes Stephen Curry bobblehead to first 10,000 fans – and Steph is wearing a Sharks’ sweater!  7:30pm, SAP Center;

San Jose Barracuda ice hockey at SAP Center

Oct. 1 – Pre-season vs Stockton, 7:30pm
Oct. 9 – Rockford, 7:30pm
Oct. 21 – San Diego, 7:30pm
Oct. 23 – San Diego, 7pm

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Through Sept. 6 – A Slow Fashion Movement: Recycled Clothing and Accessories – This exhibit illustrates an alternative to fast fashion. It showcases a collaborative collection of clothing and accessories produced locally by six California artists, using slow fashion methodologies. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Through Nov. 1 – Found / Made – The exhibition is an exploration of exchanges between quilt making and art making. Art and quilts push the boundaries of traditional quiltmaking with repurposed fabrics, unusual materials and innovative techniques. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Through Jan. 10 – Covert Operations – Investigating the Known Unknowns – Covert Operations is the first survey of a generation of artists who respond to the uncertainties of the post-9/11 world. They unearth, collect and explore previously covert information, using legal procedures as well as resources such as the Freedom of Information Act, government archives, field research and insider connections. In thirty-five powerful works, international artists push the idea of art beyond conventional thinking.This exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. San Jose Museum of Art.

Daily – Downtown Doors – Downtown Doors program expanded with art work from local high school students now featured on 100 service doors and utility boxes.  The new  2015 images are now up in the downtown core.  Download the map and explore the Doors by visiting

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Museums and galleries

Anno Domini – the second coming of art and design – Open noon-7pm Tuesday-Friday; noon-5pm Saturday. 366 S. First St. Free. 408-271-5155

Art Ark Gallery – 1035 S. Sixth St – Open by appointment only.

Art Object Gallery – Open 1-4pm Thursday-Saturday. 592 N. Fifth St. Free. 408-288-9305

Casa Jalisco – Open 9am-3pm Monday-Friday. 320 S. First St. Free. 408-890-5507,

The Center for Literary Arts (CLA) –  Readings, lectures, conversations and seminars that allow the San Jose community to interact with writers of contemporary literature who have demonstrated exceptional voice and vision. San Jose State University, 408-924-4600.

Children’s Discovery Museum – Open 10am to 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and noon-5pm Sunday. $11-$12. 180 Woz Way. 408-298-5437 or

City Hall windows gallery – Fourth St near Santa Clara St

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library – 150 E. San Fernando St. Free. 408-808-2000 or

Empire Seven Studios – 525 N. 7th St. 408-638-7846,

History San Jose – Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880 highlights the region’s love affair with cycling. Runs through May.  History Park, 1650 Senter Road.  408-287-2290 or

The Japanese American Museum of San Jose – 535 N. 5th St.; 408-294-3138.

KALEID gallery – Open noon-7pm Tuesday – Friday; Noon-5pm Saturday. $2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month. 88 S. 4 St. Free. 408-271-5151 or

MACLA – Open noon-7pm Wednesday -Thursday; noon-5pm Friday-Saturday. 510 S. 1St. Free. 408-998-2783 or

Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery – Open 11am-4pm and 6-7:30pm Tuesday; 11am-4pm Wednesday – Friday. Art Building, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square. Free. 408-924-4328

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum – Open 10am-5pm Monday – Friday; 11am-6pm Saturday-Sunday. 1342 Naglee Ave. $9, $7 seniors/students, $5 ages 5-10, free for ages 4 and younger. 408-947-3636 or

San Jose City Hall – Various exhibits. Open 8am-5pm, Monday – Friday. 200 E. Santa Clara St. Free. 408-535-8168

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Open 10am-5pm, Tuesday – Friday (First Friday 10am-10pm); Noon-5 pm Saturday-Sunday. Closed Monday. 560 S. 1st St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. 408-283-8155 or

San Jose Museum of Art – 11 am-5pm Tuesday – Sunday. 110 S. Market St. $8.  408-271-6840.

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Open 10am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday (open for free from 7-11 pm on the first Friday of every month). 520 S. First St. $8 Adults-$6.50 Seniors/Students. 408-971-0323 or

Seeing Things Gallery – Gallery, books and zines. 11am-7pm Tuesday – Friday and noon-6pm Saturday; 30 N. 3rd St. 891-7553

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery – 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 76 S. 1st St.

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Open daily 10am-5pm. 201 S Market St. Pricing: 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. 408-294-8324 or

Works/San Jose – Open noon-4pm Tuesday – Saturday (to 7pm Thursday). 365 S. Market St. 408-295-8378.

ICA San Jose Institute of contemporary Art – Open: 10am-5pm Tuesday- Friday, 10am-10pm First Friday and 12pm-5pm Saturday & Sunday. Admission is always free.

ZERO1 Garage – Noon- 4pm Wednesday-Saturday, 429 S. 1st St. 408-606-6806

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Downtown Dining / Business Promotions

25 percent off this Labor Day Weekend at The Grill on the Alley — Dinner only, Sept. 4-7.  Use promo code 147-966-421 when making a reservation. 172 S. Market St.

Hawaiian Airlines Downtown Ice airfare discounts – The readers of Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian Airlines as the top domestic carrier serving Hawaii, according to the magazine’s 2013 World’s Best Awards. Go to, use promotion code “SJDA” and get year-round discounts on flights to the islands and beyond.  Click here for booking page:

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Dancing Downtown

Agenda Lounge – 399 S. First St.  408-287-3991 · Beso Club – 417 S. First St. 818-359-4235 · The Brit – 173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400 · The Continental  – 349 S. First St.  · Dive Bar – 78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252 · Fahrenheit Ultralounge – 99 E San Fernando St.  408-998-9998 · Freddie J’s – 97 E. Santa Clara St. · Habana Club Restaurant – 238 Race St. 408-998-2822 · Lido Nightclub – 30 S. First St.  408-298-4318 · Liquid Lounge – 32 S. Third St.  Loft Bar and Bistro – 90 S. Second St.  408-291-0677 · Motif Restaurant and Club – 389 S. First St.  408-279-1888 · Myth Tavern & Lounge – 152 Post St.  408-286-7678 · Studio 8 – 8 S. First St.  408-279-4444 · SP2 – 72 N. Almaden Ave. · San Jose Bar and Grill – 85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397 · South First Billiards  – 420 S. First St.  408-294-7800 · Splash 65 Post St., 408-292-2222 · Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First St. · The Ritz – 400 S. First St. · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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San Jose Jazz Progressions program – Donate your old instruments to help provide the students at Kennedy Elementary School to learn to play music.  30 instruments needed by Sept. 15.  Connect with or drop off at the SJ Jazz office, 38 W. Santa Clara St (Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm)

GRP&G Donor Walkway – A paver or bench plaque in the Donor Walkway at Arena Green is lasting way to honor or remember someone special. This enduring tribute is also a tax-deductible way to support park development.  Pavers are available in three sizes for a donation of $250, $500, or $1,000 and bench plaques are $2500. The Arena Green area of the Guadalupe River Park is centrally located (right across from the Shark Tank!) and used for events and recreational activities. For more information, visit

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy – Evening Rose Deadheading – Volunteers remove spent blooms every second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30pm through Sept. 8 at the Heritage Rose Garden, on Taylor and Spring streets. Volunteers learn about roses and at the end of the volunteer session enjoy free ice cream at the Gardens. Email or call 408-298-7657.  For more information, visit

The 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;;

Trinity Cathedral – The church’s beloved 18 historical bells are due back late this summer with the six new bells to give Trinity its expanded carillon. To help bring back the bells $70,000 must be raised the to cover the cost of the new bells, keyboard, cabling and bell frame as well as extensive strengthening of the historic bell tower.  Opportunities to sponsor the casting of a new bell or the refurbishing/retuning of one of the existing bells in memory or honor of someone run from $5,000 to $11,000;  Contact Paul Archambeault at (408-293-7953)

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Coming Up

Sept. 12 – “In My Life” performance of the music of The Beatles – as seen through the eyes of their manager, Brian Epstein.  Two shows, 2:30 and 8 pm, $40-$60;

Sept. 12 — Japantown 125th anniversary celebration concert - The second of two concerts honoring two men and families who steped forward to assist the Asian communities of San Jose at critical moments in history. The second honors JB Peckham, and is written by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta.  Featuring Wesley Jazz Band and Wesley Ukelele Band; 7pm, Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, $10-$20;

Sept. 13 – SoFA Street Fair

The SoFA District fills with live music on three outdoor stages and 10-plus indoor venues. In all, more than 50 of the best in South Bay indie, punk, ska, reggae, funk, rock, metal and alternative bands are showcased. The festival also features local artists, gourmet food trucks and sofas to lounge on while soaking it all in under glorious San Jose sunshine. Noon – 8 p.m. S. First St. between San Carlos and San Salvador and Parque de Los Pobladores;

Sept. 13 – Fiestas Patrias – Fiestas Patrias is Northern California’s most prestigious Latino event. It is a free signature event with top talent line up, that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and it ends with El Grito from the Mexican Consulate. Noon- 8pm, Discovery Museum.

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Montgomery Theater

Sept.12 – In My Life – Tribute to the Beatles

California Theatre

Sept. 12-27 – Opera San Jose:  Puccini’s “Tosca”

City National Civic

Sept. 12 – Mera Who Matlab Nahi Tha

Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 9 – Oct. 4 – The Lion King – Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s THE LION KING. More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards. Center for Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd. (408) 792-4111;

SAP Center of San Jose

Sunday – Chayanne

Sept. 11 – Comedy for Kids Fundraiser – Enjoy a night full laughs by local comedians Kabir Singh, Steph Garcia and San Jose’s own Pete Munoz. Money raised provides scholarships for under-served and gifted youth in San Jose participating in Digital Arts and FIT camps. 6:30pm, SAP Center; $25-$75.
Sept. 19 – Bellator MMA: Dynamite – Tito vs. McGeary
Sept. 20 – Luis Miguel
Oct. 1 – Scorpions vs. Queensryche
Oct. 3 – Marco Antonio Solis y Camila
Oct. 19 – Madonna – Rebel Heart Tour

San Jose McEnery Convention Center

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Transportation and Traffic

South First Fridays Street Market, Friday September 4th, 2015

Street Closures: South First Street between San Carlos and Williams – Closed from 10:00 AM Friday September 4th until 2:00 AM Saturday September 5th.

Bacon Festival, Saturday September 5th – Sunday September 6th, 2015 

Street Closures:

Market Street (southbound) – Closed between San Fernando and San Carlos from 7:00 AM on Saturday September 5th until 1:00 AM on Monday September 7th, 2015;

Park Avenue – Closed from City View Plaza garage entrance to Market Street from 7:00 AM on Saturday September 5th until 1:00 AM on Monday September 7th, 2015;

DASH shuttle – The DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30am to 9:15 pm.  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 pm-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;

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