Parking Recommendations

Park in these city-owned garages:

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 7.21.17 PMGet Validated at more than 100 downtown restaurants and retail businesses. Or, find $5 flat-rate parking after 6 p.m. and on weekends at the same garages. Details and maps at

Events, Performances & Attractions

Open daily — Mammoth Discovery!

An exhibition that sparks the scientist within each of us to learn about the creatures that roamed San Jose during the Ice Age. Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298- 5437;
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 9.47.35 PMNow through Feb. 22 – Momentum: an experiment in the unexpected

This exhibition sets out to disrupt the status quo and show that art is anything but just an inanimate object. For its forty-fifth anniversary, SJMA invited creative movers and shakers from the realms of design, comedy, performance, music, writing, and dance to disrupt this exhibition of its permanent collection with their personal artistic responses to the art on view. Their interventions can take whatever form and be in whatever media, and in whatever scale, they so choose. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840;
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 9.52.29 PMNow through Feb. 22 -Sleight of Hand: Painting and Illusion

This exhibition showcases some of the public’s longtime favorite works from the Museum’s permanent collection, in celebration of SJMA’s forty-fifth-anniversary year. Sleight of Hand asks visitors to look carefully at the allure of style and to further explore artists’ use of mesmerizing detail and similitude. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840;
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Nov. 15 – March 1 — Antique Ohio Amish Quilts from the Darwin D. Bearley Collection (Dec. 7 – Opening Reception)

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.01.13 PMThe collection includes over 40 bed, crib and doll quilts, illustrating the breadth of the Ohio Amish quilt making tradition between 1880 and 1940. The strong graphics and vivid color combinations of these quilts have inspired artists and quilt makers since they were first seen outside the Amish community. Each quilt contains a story about its maker, recipient, or the dealer/collector who found these objects, brought them out of Amish homes and into the market place. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323;
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Dec. 5 – Mar. 4 – 5th Chicana/o Biennial 5th Chicana:o Biennial

An exhibition and public forum to reflect on the critical edge and aesthetic interventions within contemporary Chicano art. Artists include Patssi Valdez, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, Ester Hernandez, Judithe Hernandez, Juana Alicia Araiza, Wayne Alaniz Healy, Linda Vallejo and more. Free. MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, 510 S. First St.,
(408) 998-2783;
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

More Holiday Fun


Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.06.40 PMAnno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design

366 S. First St., (408) 271-5155;

Anno Domini has been both representing and promoting urban contemporary culture and its many faces since we opened our doors in 2000. What began as a space where new, emerging and often ignored artforms could flourish and be celebrated has come to be recognized nationally for consistent vision.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.07.29 PMArt Glass Center of San Jose

465 S. First St., (408) 971-1530;

The Art Glass Center offers hands-on art glass classes in fusing, casting, torching and stained glass, plus a fine art gallery and unique gift shop. Stop by during South First Fridays.
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Higher Fire

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.07.48 PM499 S. Market St.; (408) 295-5765

Higher Fire is both a teaching studio and contemporary ceramics gallery featuring work made by instructors, members, local clay artists, and nationally recognized potters and sculptors. Stop by during South First Fridays.
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

KALEID gallery

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.08.08 PM88 S. 4th St., (408) 947-1785;

Over 60 fine artists and designers from the San Jose area make use of a 6,000 square foot retail space with individual exhibits that include painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass, jewelry and textile art. The artists range from young and emerging, to seasoned and well-accomplished. All artwork is for sale and may be taken at the time of purchase.

MACLA / Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.08.26 PM510 S. First St., (408) 998-2783 main; (408) 287-5819 gallery;

MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary, and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. Celebrate MACLA’s 25th anniversary season.

Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.09.04 PM560 S. First St., (408) 283-8155;

The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is an energetic art space dedicated to making contemporary art accessible and exciting to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. ICA presents exhibitions that include visually compelling and conceptually challenging contemporary art, as well as a variety of educational programs intended to help our audiences reflect upon these works.
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Works/San Jose

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.10.14 PM451 S. First St., (408) 286-6800;

A community art and performance center dedicated to providing an environment where artists, audience, and ideas interact to expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience.


Children’s Discovery Museum

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.10.41 PM180 Woz Way, (408) 298-5437;

With over 150 interactive exhibits and programs the museum serves the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery.
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.11.08 PMPeralta Adobe – Fallon House Historic Site
175 W. St. John St., (408) 918-1041
Uniquely situated across the street from one another, and now the centerpiece of San Pedro Square Market, discover two rich periods of San Jose’s past.

San Jose Museum of Art

110 S. Market St., (408) 271-6840;

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.12.27 PMThe San Jose Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought-provoking, the Museum rejects stuffiness and delights visitors with its surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.17.48 PM520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323;

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is the nexus for fiber artists, art lovers, quilters, and crafters who share a passion for fiber art and deep commitment to its preservation and evolution. The museum has compelling exhibitions along with a set of classes for all ages. Stop by and check it out.
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.27.15 PM201 S. Market St., (408) 294-8324;

The Tech Museum of Innovation is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums, with hands-on experiences, floor programs, and the largest IMAX® dome screen in the West. Explore the digital you in our new exhibition, Body Metrics, where you can measure your moods and motions with wearable tech that helps you reveal your digital identity, examine human connections, and become a healthier you.
Park at Convention Center Garage or Second San Carlos Garage


Camera 12 Cinemas

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.27.59 PM201 S. 2nd St., (408) 998-3300;

Downtown’s 12-screen, state-of-the-art movie theater specializes in the latest Hollywood releases and independent film. Features Sony Digital Cinema 4K projection, RealD 3D, and stadium seating in all auditoriums. Open daily. Host of the annual Cinequest San Jose Film Festival. Host of the annual cinequest film festival and future home of Treatbot ice cream and Vertigo Coffee.

Camera 3 Entertainment

288 S. 2nd St., (408) 998-3300;

Downtown’s two-screen arthouse theater specializes in exclusive foreign, independent and documentary films, as well as a year-round Cult Movie Series, monthly screenings of “The Room” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (with the Barely Legal cast), and twice-monthly Opera and Ballet in Cinema events. Psycho Donuts runs concessions, and features unique, wacky donuts, espresso drinks, beer and wine. Open daily.

The Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.28.30 PM201 S. Market St., (408) 294-8324;

Experience adventure, drama and emotion with the largest IMAX dome theater in the West, including 13,000 watts of digital surround sound. Now playing: “Mysteries of the Unseen World” and “Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar.” Also featuring “Interstellar,” showing for a limited engagement.
Park at Convention Center Garage or Second San Carlos Garage

Comedy Clubs


Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.28.52 PMCamera 3, 288 S. 2nd St., 408-985-LAFF;

Two teams of improvisors compete every Friday and Saturday in a head-to-head battle for laughs and points. Suitable for all ages.

San Jose Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre 

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 9.29.42 PMThe Jose Theatre, 62 S. 2nd St., (408) 280-7475;

This holiday season, America’s premiere comedy showcase and restaurant hosts Aries Spears, Rex Navarrete, Bret Ernst, Adam Carolla, Pablo Francisco, Mitch Fatel, Bobby Lee and more.

Sports, Events & Entertainment

sharksNov. – Jan.— San Jose Sharks – 7:00 and 7:30pm

Catch a professional hockey game this season. The Sharks are in town with more than 20 exciting home games. SAP Center at San Jose. (408) 287-9200;

SAP Center at San Jose

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.14.19 PM525 W. Santa Clara St.; (408) 287-9200;

Jan 9 – 17 – Harlem Globetrotters

California Theatre

345 S. First St.; (408) 792-4111;
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

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Jan. 16-18 – Nakamatsu plays Ravel & Gershwin

Jan. 22 – Film premiere: “Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose”

Center for the Performing Arts

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.18.49 PM255 Almaden Blvd.; (408) 792-4111;

Jan. 28 – Heartsongs… Melodies of Love – BYU Young Ambassadors

City National Civic

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.11.27 PM135 W. San Carlos St.; (408) 792-4111;

Jan. 29 – So You Think You Can Dance 2014 Season Tour

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.12.33 PMMontgomery Theater

271 S. Market St.; (408) 792-4111;
Park at Second-San Carlos or Convention Center Garages

Jan. 28 – Men and from Mars – Women are from Venus Live!

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.13.48 PMThe Event Center at San Jose State University

290 S. Seventh St.; (408) 924-6360;

More to Do 

San Jose Pop-up Project

Break up with the mall this year and do your holiday shopping downtown! Starting November 7th and lasting until January, there will be nine independent retailers “popping-up” throughout downtown San Jose, as part the San Jose Pop-up Project.  These retailers will be selling an assortment of apparel, gifts, and more. Participating retailers include There There x SJ, Underground Boutique, The Usuals, SJ MADE, First Article, The DH Company, The San Jose Earthquakes, and more.

San Pedro Square Market

Downtown’s public market features 20+ unique vendors selling everything from unique works of art to decadent desserts and delicious sliders. The aromas of fresh ground coffee and wood-fired pizza fills three large halls. The central plaza, overlooking the historic Peralta Adobe, offers outdoor seating where you can enjoy a morning coffee, a fabulous lunch, or an evening concert with dinner or a cocktail. Featuring live music every Friday and Saturday night, The Market is great for after-work drinks, birthday parties, retirement gatherings, and corporate events. San Pedro Square Market is sure to satisfy all of your dining and entertainment needs. 87 N. San Pedro St. (408) 444-7227;

Guadalupe River Park & Gardens

Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile ribbon of trails, parks, and public art along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown. 438 Coleman Ave., (408) 298-7657;

Take a Pedicab

Door-to-door pedicab service. Fast. Friendly. Green. Eco City Cycles provides an affordable and convenient way to get around downtown. Knowledgeable drivers are happy to provide suggestions on downtown San Jose’s popular destinations. (408) 771-7723;


San Pedro Square

San Jose’s restaurant row, new urban market and weekly Farmers’ Market (Fridays, May to November) fill the district with good cheer and a vibrant street scene.

Historic District

Tucked among downtown’s grandest buildings on the grid bounded by Market, Santa Clara, Fourth and San Fernando streets, find craft beers, wine tasting, diamond jewelry, ice cream sandwiches, dozens of restaurants, bars, comedy and dance clubs.

SoFA (South First Area) District

Art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, South First Fridays and the California Theatre light up the SoFA District, defining downtown’s entertainment experience. Exercise options such as yoga, martial arts and rock-climbing keep things hopping day and night.

Convention & Cultural District

Make a day of museum and park exploring, spa pampering, paseo strolling, film screening and performance viewing. Three museums, a cinema multiplex, performing arts theaters and the top hotels in Silicon Valley form a nucleus for fun and relaxation.

St. James Park

Hidden treasures reveal historic architecture, new residences and gems such as English pubs, a German beer- house, breakfast goodies and even a clothing store. People flock to the park for music, outdoor cinema and other summertime events.

City Hall

City Hall’s rotunda, fountain and plaza form an architectural gateway to San Jose State University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and a diverse collection of eateries and shops.

San Jose MarketCenter

The northern gateway to downtown bustles with activity at Target, Trader Joe’s, PetSmart, Marshalls, Michaels, Office Depot, Cost Plus World Market and more stores and restaurants in this established shopping center.

Arena/Diridon Station

The hustle and bustle of the region’s top entertainment venue, SAP Center, is juxtaposed with the serenity of the Guadalupe River Park’s meadows and creekside trails, all conveniently located across from the city’s transportation hub, Diridon Station.

Little Italy

The quaint Little Italy area celebrates the area’s original Italian settlement. Adjacent to Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, the neighborhood appeals to those needing some peace, pace and pasta.

Getting Downtown

Downtown Parking Made Easy

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.26.10 PMWith more than 24,000 convenient and affordable parking spaces in public and private facilities, it’s easy to find parking in downtown San Jose. Get parking validated at more than 100 downtown restaurants, retail businesses and the Camera Cinemas.

Find $5 flat rate parking after 6 p.m. and on weekends in these city-owned garages:

To find out more about these pro- grams and to get up-to-date parking information, visit

Take public Transit

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.42.09 PMVTA Light Rail and Buses run seven days a week and make several stops in downtown San Jose. The free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) runs every 5 to 15 minutes from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on major holidays. For information and schedules, stop by the Downtown Customer Service Center at 55 W. Santa Clara St. weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit

Bike Share

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.43.08 PMMore than 150 Bike Share bikes are parked at 15 auto- mated stations located throughout downtown. The bikes are available 24 hours a day. Simply swipe a credit card to “check out” the bike and return it at one of the stations. Downtown has several major bike lanes now, making it easy to get around. Please ride on the streets and in the bike lanes and not on sidewalks. For bike station maps and information, visit

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.44.30 PMGrab a pedicab

Door-to-door pedicab service provides an affordable and convenient way to get around downtown. Knowledgeable drivers are happy to provide suggestions on downtown San Jose’s popular destinations.

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.47.27 PMTake a taxi

Taxi stands are conveniently located throughout the downtown core.