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Featured Events

Through June 26 – Broadway San Jose: Motown The Musical - Be inspired by Motown Records founder Berry Gordy’s real American dream journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul. Various times. Through Sunday. Center for Performing Arts. $40 – $130.

Through Thursday – Sensors Expo and Conference - Downtown gets buzzy as nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend this conference on sensors with speakers, exhibitions and more. Through Thursday. San jose Convention Center.

Friday – Los Lobos: Music in the Park - It’s time to dance, sing along and celebrate summer with Grammy-Award Winning Los Lobos and Bay Area blues-guitar virtuoso Maxx Cabello Jr., plus local food, craft beer, wine and arts activities. 5:30 Friday. Plaza de Cesar Chavez. $10.

Friday – Downtown Farmers’ Market presented by Kaiser – Explore the best local fruits, vegetables and artisan products at the downtown San Jose Farmers’ Market, presented by Kaiser Permanente.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 18.  San Pedro Street between Santa Clara St. and St. John Street. Free.

Saturday – Fountain Blues Festival - Savor roots music, including blues, gospel, folk and zydeco, alongside Southern-style cooking, craft beer garden and vendor fair. 11 a.m. Saturday. Plaza de Cesar Chavez. $20 – $75.

Monday – Monday Night Live 23 - Laugh out loud as elected officials show their off their acting skills as they poke fun at the political culture in this year’s benefit for The Stage. 7 p.m. Monday. The Stage. $75 – $150.

Tuesday – Creative Collisions - Explore your city San Jose. Learn t decode the Bay Area’s most populous city with expert 408ers. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Tech Museum of Innovation. $10 non-members / $7 members.

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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

The Conjuring 2, Now You See Me 2, Warcraft , Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows, Me Before You, Alice Through the Looking Glass, X-Men: Apocalypse, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Captain America: Civil War

Opening Fri, June 24: Independence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows

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The Fits, Gurukulam,Weiner, Dheepan

Opera in Cinema Series; Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” Gran Teatre del Liceu-July 10&12

Opens June 24th: The Music of Strangers, Diary of a Chambermaid

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 - Eric Schwartz, 8 p.m. Wednesday, $15; Michael Blackson, 8:00 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, $25; San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St.

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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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.


Business Promotions

a330-plane2014Hawaiian 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 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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Tickets now on sale

Music in the Park - Los Lobos. 5:30 p.m. June 24. AC/DShe 5:30 p.m. July 14. Ozomatli at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Aug. 12-14 - San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2016 - Three day passes and VIP passes on sale.

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport

Traffic and Construction

Traffic Alert for Friday morning — American Communbications Network seminar at SAP Center.  14,000 people. Traffic will build from 7 a.m. Even starts at 8 a.m.

Friday – South Market Street (southbound) closed for Music in the Park

Saturday — Southbound South Market Street closed for Fountain Blues Festival

Sunday – Sevathon Race – St. John, Market, Park Avenue, and Almaden Boulevard closed in the morning, starting 7:45am.


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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