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Featured Events      

Wednesday – Starlight Cinemas – “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” – Free Starlight cinemas celebrates classic 1980s films from this summer. Pre-events start at 7pm. Screenings at dusk. SJ Bike Party leads a ride to the park for a bicycle drive-in movie night. Watch as Pee-Wee Herman sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life to retrieve his beloved bike in Tim Burton’s feature-length directorial debut film. PRE-SHOW: A dance-off, bicycle DJs and a bike contest. Gourmet food trucks: Oaxacan Kitchen and Tasty Treats. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, 7pm, St. James Park. 

  • Aug. 6 – “Pretty in Pink,” San Pedro Square Market  
  • Aug. 13 – “Gremlins,” St. James Park
  • Aug. 20 – “Airplane!” San Pedro Square Market

Wednesday through Oct. 25 — ¡VivaFest! — The annual conference and festival of mariachi and ballet folklorico includes concerts, speakers, recitals and more. Wednesday’s recital,  “An Evening of the Music of Angels,” features Jalisco Harp Maestro William Faulkner at the San Jose Women’s Club. Friday the festival’s gala event pairs Symphony Silicon Valley and Mariachi Sol de Mexico for “Songs in the Key of Mexico,” also part of the Target Pops Concert Series at San Jose State University. $10, 7 pm Wednesday, San Jose Women’s Club, 75 S 11th St.; free, 7 pm Friday, San Jose State University’s Tower Lawn, MLK library at 4th and San Fernando,

Now through Saturday – Silicon Valley Beer Week (SVBW)A week of beer events including tap takeovers, food pairings, seminars, demonstrations, brew master’s dinners, new release nights and other exclusive events. 

  • Now through Friday – 4 course Dinner & Beer Pairing – Four-course dinner at the Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge with complimentary Fahrenheit Pint Glass with every dinner (while supplies last). 5-8pm, Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge, 99 E San Fernando St., $30,
  • Wednesday – Big Daddy meets BBQ – BBQ and Bay Area brew Speakeasy, including Big Daddy IPA, pairingLimited goodies also available from the Speakeasy Brewery. 11:30am – 9pm, Henry’s Hi-Life, 301 W St. John St., prices vary,
  • Now through Friday –Green Flash Brewery IPA Tap Takeover and Food Pairing –Mosaic Restaurant & Lounge features five distinctive IPAs from Green Flash Brewery, along with food pairings from its Asian Fusion menu. 5-10pm, Mosaic Restaurant and Lounge, 211 S. 1st St., Prices Vary,
  • Wednesday – 5 Minutes, Brats and others with Dogfish Head – Pairing Dogfish Head minute IPAs from 60 to the infamous 120 Minute IPA with Dogfish Head Beer-centric brats. 12-11:45pm, Original Gravity Public House, 66 S.1st St., prices vary,
  • Thursday – Hops & Hammond –The Brian Ho Trio and special tastings w/ Lost Coast Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., North Coast Brewing Co., Uinta Brewing Co., The Brewery, Baladin Brewery, Birrifico S. Giovanni, Enki Ale, Boulevard Brewing Co., Iron Fist. 7-9:30pm, The Hedley Club, 233 West Santa Clara St. The Hotel De Anza, $15/advanced, $17/door,
  • Thursday – Flights and Bites with Stone Brewing Co. Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr” Bill Sysak – Small food plates by Chef Alex Jimenez and paired with Stone Brews by “Dr” Bill. 6:30-9:30pm, The Farmers Union, 151 W. Santa Clara St., $65, take a peek at the menu,
  • Thursday – Strike Pizza Party – Meet the Brewer & Keep the Glass! – Pizza and beer as Strike Brewing Co.’s master brewer pours three special brews. Buy a Strike beer, keep the Strike glass. 6-10:30pm, Nomikai –Social Food + Drinkery, 48 S. First St., prices vary,
  • Friday – IPA Day at HBC – Head Brewer Greg Filippi created a Beer Week special cask-conditioned IPA, plus tastings of originals IPAs and entertainment by The Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine with Smothered Food Truck. 4-8pm, Hermitage Brewing Company, 1627 S 7th St., prices vary,
  • Saturday – KraftBrew Beer Festival –This year’s festivities feature 60+ American craft, Belgian and German
imports, home brews, a beer launch booth releasing a special or unique brew for tasting every hour, craft beer panel discussions, brewery tours and food. 12-7pm, KraftBrew Fest at Gordon Biersch Brewery, 357 E. Taylor St., $5-$50,

Wednesday – Summer in St. James Park activities – Food trucks and games (backyard favorites including corn hole, washers, 5 ft.-tall Jenga, huge inflatable bowling, giant checkers, 3 ft.-tall Connect Four, ladder toss and more!) 11am-1:30pm; pick-up soccer from 11:30am-1:30pm; and free drop-in yoga from noon-1pm. Wednesdays, St. James Park. 

Thursday – SoFA Supper Club – A new monthly dinner club at Parque de los Pobladores (Gore Park) including Moveable Feast food trucks, art from MACLA, SJMADE vendors, a beer and wine and a cabaret stage featuring comedian Robbie Robb and singer-songwriter Lisa Dewey with John Testani. 5 – 9pm, Thursday, Aug. 28, Sept. 25 and Oct. 23; SoFA Supper Club, Parque de los Pobladores, admission free, food and drinks extra.

Friday – Dionne Warwick Concert – The one-show-only engagement will also feature the MGM Resorts International “Inspiring Our World: A Musical Journey,” Silicon Valley Music Festival and the San Jose State University Choraliers. 8pm, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S Almaden Blvd, $ 100VIP, $85, $65, $45, 

Friday — South First Friday’s Art Walk — Galleries, businesses and others open their doors to show off new and continuing exhibits and special performances. Artists and others join the urban faire along South First Street. New exhibits include Discover San Jose, artist of the month Jason Oliver’s wire roots show turns recycled materials in trees; Anno Domini, A Human Race by Israeli street artist Zero Cents as he documents the ways values are passed on. Special performances include Silicon Valley Music Festival’s presentation of harpist Maria Mendieta at The Sliding Door Company.  7 – 11pm, on South First St. from San Carlos to San Salvador streets and in the People’s Park at South First and William Street. Free.

Friday through Sunday – Target Summer PopsThe outdoor music festival takes to the evening with Mariachi Sol de Mexico. Saturday check out the sounds and singers of Broadway’s Beatlemania performing Classical Mystery Tour; Sunday the shows wrap up music from an American classic – the Cole Porter Songbook. 7pm Friday and Saturday, and 5:30pm Sunday; San Jose State University’s Tower Lawn, MLK library and 4th and San Fernando,

Thursday through Saturday – Sister Cities International Golf, Concert, & ConferenceJoin Sister Cities International, elected and municipal officials, engaged citizens, diplomats, and business leaders in our capital of Silicon Valley to discuss, “The Power of Digital Diplomacy”. July 31 Through August 2, Fairmont Hotel, 170 S Market St., $225 – $450,

Friday – Farmers’ Market Learn how to save this season’s best fruits and vegetables at this week’s Chef’s Table demonstration – canning. KCBS is also on site, giving away free books! The market includes fruits and vegetables, cut flowers, gourmet treats from more than 30 local certified growers, fine foods preparers and local artisans showing off their wares. Free two-hours parking in Market-San Pedro Garage with validation 10am-2pm, each Friday, San Pedro Square, San Pedro and Santa Clara streets. 

Starting Aug. 5 – The Games at St. James – Downtown groups and businesses compete in the GAMES at ST. JAMES on Tuesday evenings, beginning Aug 5. Groups of 10 or more will challenge one another in picnic-game type activities in St. James Park. Participants will have a chance to win the ultimate downtown bragging rights, take home prizes and connect and network. 5:30 – 7:30pm, St. James Park, N 2nd St., email to indicate your interest to participate to, “Games at St. James: [your company]” in the subject line by Friday.  Please include the name of the lead contact of your company/organization, email address, phone number, and the top two Tuesdays your company would like to compete.

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This week’s events        

Stage and Concerts    

Wednesday – The Voice Tour  Singers from the show The Voice perform live. 7:30pm, City National Civic, $35-$65,

Wednesday-Sunday – Comedy at the Improv –Wed 8pm, Larry “Bubbles” Brown ($12), Erik Green Thurs 8pm, Fri 8pm and 10:15pm, Sat 7pm and 9:15pm, Sun 7 pm ($20), singers Lawrence Beamen, from America’s Got Talent, and American Idol’s DeAndre Brackensick Tuesday 7:30 pm ($20 -$40), San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St, 408-280-7475 or

Thursday — Prince Royce’s Soy El Mismo Tour — Billboard Latin Albums and Tropical Albums chart topper Prince Royce brings his tour to San Jose State.  8pm, San Jose Event Center, 290 S 7th Street,  $39.50 – $89,

Friday – Lunch at Trianon SeriesLunchtime @ Trianon Series presents pianist Elizabeth Dorman and flutist Ray Furuta for “Schubert Fest.” Pieces include Arpeggione Sonata, D. 82 and  Introduction and Variations, D. 802.  Bring your own lunch; Free, 12:10-12:50pm, Le Petit Trianon Theatre, 72 N. 5th Street,;

Friday-Saturday – ComedySportz – See competitive improvisational teams perform. 9 pm Fri; 7 pm Sat. Camera 3 Theater, 288 S. Second St.  $12-$15.  408-985-5233 or

Saturday — REBOOT:music Live! — The largest exhibit of interactive, collaborative digital music installations ever. The evening includes panel discussions and concerts by Nonagon, Zoe Keating, Moldover, Eskmo, Rich DDT and more. Starts at 8am, Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market St., $20,

Saturday — Austin Mahone with The Vamps, Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes Artist Austin Mahone won MTV’s VMA for ‘Artist to Watch’ this year. The 18-year-old has a growing fan base and toured on Taylor Swift’s RED tour. 7pm, San Jose Event Center, 290 S 7th Street, $32.50-$65,

Saturday  –  Juicy J –  Juicy J’s sound bridges the gap between old and new fans under one trippy umbrella, cracking a code most veteran rappers struggle to decipher. 8pm, City National Civic, 135 W San Carlos St, $35,

Sunday — Cindy Chen Harp Concert — A solo harp concert to raise money for Rosyclouds, an organization providing instruments and lessons to disadvantaged children in Taiwan. 4pm, Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. Second St., $20 suggested donation,

Now through August 31 – City Lights Theater Company presents Monty Python’s “Spamalot” – Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls? Thurs-Sat, 8pm; Sun, 2pm. $17-30. (408)

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Live & Local ~ Downtown San Jose’s Music Spotlight

Did you know that Downtown San Jose has more than 40 venues offering live music any one week, ranging from open mic nights at a coffee house to superstar performers at SAP Center or San Jose Civic? Make that, 41. San Jose Rock Shop is in the midst of 90 bands in 90 nights. There’s so much going on, it’s too much for us to list here. Instead, check out our Live Music table at

Miscellaneous Events

Wednesdays through Aug. 13 – Brazilian Dances with Yuko Tamura – Learn traditional & Folkloric Brazilian dances. As the class emphasizes a step-by-step approach, students will become familiar with different rhythms and learn to coordinate movements, from basic to challenging. 7:30 – 8:30pm, Workshops at MACLA, 510 S. First St., $90/6 classes. http://macla.evenbrite.comThursday – San Jose Downtown Progressive Party – KBM Workspace, Skyline Construction, and new downtown businesses Umpqua Bank and LPA Architects are hosting a progressive networking event to celebrate the vibrancy of business in downtown San Jose. The event includes a progressive food and music experience featuring downtown restaurants and musician Janeen Leah. 5-6pm @ Ipa 60 South Market, Suite 150, 6-7pm @ Umpqua Bank 225 West Santa Clara, suite 150, 7-8pm @160 West Santa Clara, Suite 102,

Thursday — SPUR Talk: How Transit Can Thrive in the South Bay — Join a lunchtime discussion of SPUR’s recent research with SPUR, VTA, TransFrom and Arup. Bring lunch. 12:30pm, SPUR San Jose, 6 S. First St., $10 for non-members,

Tuesday — National Night Out —National Night Out is a crime prevention event at different locations throughout the city that brings together community members and police. Food trucks, police officer meet-and-greet, fire trucks, trivia, games and prizes. 5pm – 8pm, Brenda Lopez Memorial Plaza, 100 Oak Street; 6pm to 8pm, St. James Park, St. John and 1st streets.

Tuesday – Weekly Best of San Jose Dishcrawl Weekly Tuesday Night dishcrawls to 3 popular downtown restaurants. 7pm, starting at Fahrenheit Restaurant & Lounge, 99 E San Fernando St., then moving on to Mezcal and then Loft Bar & Bistro; $50,

Friday – “San Jose Walking Tours Led by Students Who Did Their Homework” A one-hour walking tour on the history of San Jose. This week’s tour will link up to the South First Friday Art Walk. 6pm, San Pedro Square Market, 87 N San Pedro St., $5 donation accepted,

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Daily through Sept. 11 – Summer “Buckbusters” at Camera 12 Cinemas – Starting Friday at Camera 12, all movies every day all summer will be $5.50 until 6pm and then $8.50 evenings for adults or $7 students, seniors, children, military and SJ Library card holders. Camera 12 also announces that it offers D-BOX motion seating; Camera 12 Cinemas, 201 S. Second St., 408-998-3300,

Camera 12, Paseo de San Antonio and Second Street

I Origins,” “The Fluffy Movie,” “Lucy,” “Hercules,” “And So It Goes,” “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” “Sex Tape,” “The Purge: Anarchy,” “Dawn of The Planet of The Apes,” “Tammy,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “22 Jump Street” and “Maleficent.” Opening Friday: “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Get On Up.” 

At Camera 3, Second and San Carlos Streets

Land Ho!,” “Venus in Fur,” and “Snowpiercer.” Opening Friday: “Mood Indigo.” 

At The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation: Educational films Wed-Thurs, 1pm and 3pm, Wed and Fri 12pm, Fri 2pm and 4pm, Sat-Tues 12pm, 2pm, 4pm: “Journey to the South Pacific,” Wed and Thurs 2pm, Fri 1pm and 3pm, Sat and Sun 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Mon and Tues 1pm and 3pm: “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” Wed and Thurs, 4pm: “The Hidden Universe,” and Fri-Sat 5pm and 8pm, Sun 5pm: Harry Potter IV-Goblet The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater is located inside The Tech at 201 S. Market St.  $8-15.

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Sessions in July and August – Registration for Tabard Summer Youth Performing Arts Camp – Art camps with six choices of focus and final showcase performance toward the end of camp. Camp is offered daily from 9am-2pm, Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St., prices range from $200-$495, financial assistance available. For more information visit

August – Performance Camp 2014 Ballet San Jose School – A dancing day camp ideal for boys and girls ages 5 to 10 with or without dance experience who love to perform. Daily classes include ballet and rehearsals, preparing students for the highlight of camp, a special performance held on Friday for friends and family. Each day 10-4pm, Ballet San Jose, 40 N. First St., $650 per student includes a DVD of the performance, a Ballet SJ School T-Shirt, and costume pieces to take home. Early Drop off/Pick up: $100 additional per student, Contact (408)288-2820 ext: 223 or visit

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Sports and Fitness               

Saturday – SOFA Saturday Workouts – 3rdSpace Fitness for a complimentary workout. These workouts will include cardio, body weight strength building and mobility and are appropriate for all levels of fitness. 9:30-10:30am, Parque de los Pobladores (Gore Park), 500 Block on S. First Street,

Mondays and Wednesdays – Breakthrough Bootcamp – An outdoor workout that utilizes the field, track, bleachers, and other structures.  8:30 am.  275 N. 24th St. 

Tuesdays – Free Zumba Classes at the FairmontFairmont Hotel in collaboration with San Jose Athletic Club offer free Zumba classes to hotel guest and to the San Jose community.  For reservations email  5:30 pm.  170 S. Market St.  Free.

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Classes, conferences, meetings and seminars

Classes at the San Jose Entrepreneur Center

100 E. Santa Clara St.

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Friday — Community Supported Art Pick Up Party — MACLA’s newest CSA offers something fresh and local that isn’t fruit and veggies. For $350 patrons can buy seven pieces of original artwork by local artists. The CSA pickup party includes refreshments, music, a photo booth and an opportunity to meet this year’s artist. 6:30pm – 7:30, MACLA, 510 South 1st Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Now Open – September 1 – The Photography of Modernist Cuisine – The Exhibition, A collection of more than 75 large-format photographs of food taken by Nathan Myhrvold and his team at Modernist Cuisine. Visitors will see the fractal structures and mesmerizing color gradations of vitamin C crystals through research microscopes with filters that polarize light. They’ll learn about the physics that propel and explode a bursting kernel of popcorn through the lens of a high-speed video camera that slows the action by a factor of 200. Now on display at the Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St.,

Now open through September 6 – Poetic CodingsPoetic Codings, a group exhibition that explores new relationships between art and technology, will be on view at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art from May 31 through September 6, 2014.  Many contemporary exhibitions have presented code-based works, however, Poetic Codings is one of the first to juxtapose wall-based works with those made for mobile devices. An Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 South First St.,

Daily through Saturday – Cosmos CadexCOSMOS CODEX is a commissioned, site-specific work by artist Rafael Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL. This is MACLA’s first art exhibition dedicated to the relationship between art, astronomy and space research, the artist’s first solo show in California and the first time he has publicly exhibited sculptural objects. MACLA, 510 S. First St.

Daily through Nov. 30 – Photos by David Leventhal – The San Jose Museum of Art will showcase its collection of about 40 photographs by American artist David Leventhal opening Thursday. Make Believe stages intriguing tableaus with toy figures and miniature dioramas to photograph. Leventhal creates miniature environments in which he touches upon various subject matter from the isolation of urban life to the horrors of war.

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Museums and galleries  

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

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

Art Object Gallery – Open 1-4 pm Thurs-Sat.  592 N. Fifth St.  Free.

Casa Jalisco – Open 9 am-3 pm 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 10 am to 5 pm Tues-Sat and noon-5 Sun.  $11-$12.  180 Woz Way.  408-298-5437 or 

City Hall windows gallery – Fourth Street near Santa Clara Street

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 –Shirlie Montgomery: Picturing San Jose Since 1938 is exhibited at the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park and runs through Aug. 10. 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-7 pm Tues-Fri; Noon-5 pm Sat.  $2 Tuesdays every third Tuesday of the month.  88 S. Fourth St.  Free.  408-271-5151 or  

MACLA – Open noon-7 pm Wed-Thurs; noon-5 pm Fri-Sat.  510 S. First St.  Free.  408-998-2783 or 

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

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum – Open 10 am-5 pm Mon-Fri; 11 am-6 pm Sat-Sun. 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 8 am-5 pm, Mon-Fri.  200 E. Santa Clara St.  Free.  408-535-8168 

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – Open 10 am-5 pm, Tues-Fri; Noon-5 pm Sat. Closed Sun & Mon. 560 S. First St.  Free Admission. Donations welcomed. 408-283-8155 or

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

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles – Open 10 am-5 pm Wed-Sun (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. Tues-Fri 11am-7pm and Sat noon-6pm; 30 N. Third St. 891-7553

SPUR San Jose Urban Gallery – 11am-5pm Tue-Fri, 76 S. First St.

The Tech Museum of Innovation – Open daily 10 am-5 pm.  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-4 pm Tues-Sat (to 7 pm Thurs).  365 S. Market St.  408-295-8378.

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

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Downtown Dining / Business Promotions

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 · Azúcar Lounge – 71 and 81 E. San Fernando St.  408-293-8482,; Beso Club – 417 S. First St. 818-359-4235 The Blank Club – 44 S. Almaden Ave.  408-971-8511 · The Brit – 173 W. Santa Clara St.  408-278-1400 · Club Milano – 394 S. Second St. · Dive Bar – 78 E. Santa Clara St. 408-288-5252 · South First Billiards: Elixer Lounge – 420 S. First St.  408-294-7800 · 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 · Beso Club – 417 S. First St.· 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 · Sabor Tapas Bar and Lounge – 72 N. Almaden Ave. 408-287-1737 · San Jose Bar and Grill – 85 S. Second St. 408-286-2397  · Splash · Temple Bar and Lounge – 52 S. First St. · Tres Gringos – 83 S. Second St. 408-278-9888

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Downtown Living

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Rose Deadheading in the SJ Heritage Rose GardenRemove spent blooms Second Tuesday of each month, 5-7:30 pm, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, free, Ice cream included, ages: 15 and above, Heritage Rose Garden, on Taylor and Spring streets; Also weekly sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:30-11:30 am. Email or call

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Coming Up 

Aug 8 – Aug. 10 — San Jose Jazz Summer Fest — A weekend of jazz including Poncho Sanchez, Bootsy Collins, Snarky Puppy, Ledisi, Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band, Pacific Mambo Orchestra. More than 100 bands on 12 stages playing jazz, salsa, Latin, blues, funk and more. New shows added. Various times and locations throughout downtown, $15 – $140,

Aug 9 — Group Ride with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy – A round-trip ride from the Conservancy’s education center to Alviso gives cyclists a chance to discover the campsite of the Juan Bautista de Anza expedition along the Guadalupe River from National Park Service Ranger Daniel Sanchez. Conservancy director Leslee Hamilton will also be on hand to discuss the trail’s history and native wildlife. 8:30am – 12:30p ,Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center at 438 Coleman Ave, registration closes Aug. 6, $10 for members, $15 for the public,

Aug. 21 –Music in the Park – Presents Latin jazz legend Pete Escovedo and his Orchestra.  2013 Grammy Award-winning Latin rock band La Santa Cecilia will open. 5:30pm, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, $10; $20 day of show;

Aug. 28 — San Jose State Spartans Football Season Opener  — The Spartans take on North Dakota at Spartan Stadium. The team offers a special season-ticket package for Downtown Association members. the package includes four reserved sidelines seats and four limited-edition SJSU Alum Bill Walsh bobbleheads for $299. 7pm Spartan Stadium,

Oct. 1 – Oct. 2 –  Techmanity – An opportunity to change the world through technology at Silicon Valley’s newest conference. Techmanity will span downtown for a weekend with concerts, speakers and opportunities to debate and network. Tickets now available at

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SAP Center of San Jose  

Aug. 11 – Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience World Tour
Aug. 15 – Bruno Mars
Aug. 16 – WWE Live
Sept. 12 – Juan Gabriel
Sept. 22-23 – Katy Perry – the Prismatic Tour with special guest Tegan and Sara
Oct. 14 – Enrique Iglesias and Pit Bull
Nov. 14-15 – Oprah: The Life You Live Weekend
Nov. 25 – Fleetwood Mac
Dec. 25-28 – Walking with Dinosaurs
March 20-22 – Marvel Universe Live

City National Civic

Aug. 9 – George Lopez – 8pm, $46-$66
Aug. 17 – American Idol Live – 8pm, $56-$76
Aug. 19 – YES – 7:30pm, $65-$85
Aug 21 – Rock n Blues Fest – Featuring Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds, 8pm, $35-$62.50
Aug. 24 – Alejandra Guzman, 8pm, $45-$65
Sept. 16 – Rob Zombie, 8pm, $45
Sept. 19 – Crosby Still and Nash – 8pm, $56-$86
Sept. 20 – The Music Of Led Zeppelin with the Silicon Valley Symphony, 8pm, $35-$62
Sept. 25 – Diana Ross, 8pm, $61-$131
Nov. 16 – Judas Priest Special Guest Steel Panther, 8pm, $55-$70
Dec. 18 – MythBusters Behind the Myths Tour, 8pm, $55-$150
Jan. 2-3 Disney Jr. Live on Tour – Pirate and Princess Adventure – 3pm Jan. 2 and 11am. 2pm and 5pm Jan. 3 Starts at $22.

SJSU Event Center

Aug. 28 – Panic at the Disco – The Gospel Tour. With Walk the Moon and Young Bloodhawke. 7:30pm, $25-$35.

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Parking / Pedicabs / Traffic / SJ Mineta Airport



DASH shuttleThe DASH shuttle, which connects Diridon station to downtown’s core with free rides, runs 6:30 am to 9:15 pm. Shuttles are every 10-15 minut

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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 price.

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Mineta San Jose International Airport

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Bike sharing – Modular bike share stations are in 15 locations around downtown. Also in cities up and down the peninsula. Coming soon to Oakland and Berkeley. Memberships now available;
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