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 sjdowntownparking.com.

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; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 9.50.06 PMNow through Jan. 18 – Robert Henri’s California Portraits: Realism, Race, and Region, 1914 – 25

American artist Robert Henri (1865 – 1929), one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century, made the first of his three trips to California in 1914. Henri was enchanted by the light, landscape, and the people he encountered during his sojourns here—and was compelled by the cultural diversity that has come to define California. This closely focused exhibition of approximately a dozen works reveals Henri’s fascination with the nations’ growing diversity. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 9.47.18 PMNow through Jan. 18 – Post-Portrait

This group exhibition of contemporary portraiture explores the aesthetic, psychological, and emotional implications of the gaze in photography today. Here, the traditional view of a portrait is subverted: instead, a dynamic and ambiguous relationship between object and subject develops. The power of the gaze is blurred the moment the sitter becomes a partner in the art-making process. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage 

 

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; www.sjmusart.org
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; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Nov. 14 – Jan. 11 — Downtown Ice

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 9.41.01 PMSkaters never tire of circling, twirling and gliding beneath 32 palms that stand majestic by day and twinkle by night.  Basking in the glow of the iconic, only-in-San Jose ice rink are partners Hawaiian Airlines and Olympic figure skating champion Kristi Yamaguchi, who bring the aloha spirit and a lot of pizzazz to the rink. Open daily; Market Street, across from Plaza de Cesar Chavez; (408) 291-0525; www.sjdowntown.com
Park at Market-San Pedro or Second-San Carlos Garages

Nov. 15 – Jan. 3 – Amish: The Modern Muse

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 11.00.14 PMThree Bay Area Modern Quilt Guilds (MQG) – East Bay Modern, Bay Area Modern and South Bay Area Modern – present a juried exhibition of quilts made by MQG members who were inspired by Amish quilt makers. Juror San Francisco artist Joe Cunningham has chosen almost twenty quilts that best represent a 21st century interpretation of late 19th and early 20th century Amish quilt making traditions. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT), 520 S. First St., (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos 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; www.sjquiltmuseum.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Nov. 20 – Dec. 21: Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War

Screen Shot 2014-11-07 at 4.20.01 PMThis world-premiere play commemorates the centennial of the “Christmas Truce,” in which World War I troops on both sides of the lines staged an impromptu cease-fire on the battlefields of France on Christmas, 1914. Scenes, vignettes, live music and song, letters and documents, and other historic accounts tell the dramatic story. Truce extends to audiences the holiday wish of so many who fought and died in all wars: that mankind may one day lay down his weapons, and be proponents of Peace on Earth and Goodwill toward Men. City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St; (408) 295-4200; cltc.org.
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

 Nov. 26 – Jan. 4 — Winter Wonderland

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.56.54 PMFrom the giant gondola towering 10 stories to the classic carousel, families are traditionally attracted to the festive arcade of rides and attractions. Park Avenue and Paseo de San Antonio; (408) 286-1313www.winterwonderlandsj.com
Park in Second-San Carlos Garage

Nov. 28 Dec. 20 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.00.02 PMIn this delightful and hilarious Christmas classic by Barbara Robinson, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem–-and the fun–-when these kids collide with the Christmas story head on! A holiday favorite for the whole family. The Tabard Theatre Company/Theatre on San Pedro Square, 29 N. San Pedro St.; (408) 679-2330; www.tabardtheatre.org
Park in Market-San Pedro Garage

Nov. 28 - Jan. 1 — Christmas in the Park


Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.00.37 PMCelebrating 35 years of a San Jose tradition with more than 40 musical and animated displays, over 500 community decorated Christmas trees, a 60-foot Christmas tree, nightly entertainment, visits with Santa and a lot of new features for 2014!  Admission is always free and our Tree Lighting Ceremony is Nov. 28 at 6:00 p.m. This year join us each Wednesday for our special movie nights featuring Polar Express, Home Alone, White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street.  Then, join us New Year’s Eve for Frozen followed by a live performance by SAGE. Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park; (408) 200-3800; www.christmasinthepark.com
Park in Market-San Pedro or Second-San Carlos Garages

Nov. 28 – Dec. 27 — Free Historic Trolley Rides

PrintFeel it all over again on VTA’s Historic Trolley!  Whether your plan is to visit Christmas in the Park, ice skate under the palms at Downtown Ice or dine at one of downtown San Jose’s many restaurants, the Trolley will get you there and…the ride is FREE! The Trolley runs Fridays from 6:30-​10 p.m., weekends from 2:30-10 p.m. and operates between the San Jose Diridon and Civic Center light rail stations.  Trolley service runs approximately every hour, weather permitting

Service will not be available during Levi’s Stadium Events on December 5, 20 and 28.  (408) 321-2300; www.vta.org

Dec. 1 through end of Dec. – Holiday Rent-A-Tree

living_xmas_treeOur City Forest invites families, friends, companies and organizations to rent a living tree from the Community Nursery & Training Center for the month of December. The living, potted trees are rented, used through the holiday, and then returned to be planted at a nearby school, garden or park to keep Silicon Valley green. Thursday – Saturday 9am-Noon, 1000 Spring St., (408) 99-TREES; Click here to reserve today a tree.

Dec. 4 – 28 — A Christmas Carol

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 9.47.02 AMThe 32nd annual production of the Dickens’ classic captures all the power, humor and warmth this ageless tale has to offer. A great Christmas present for the entire family! Ebenezer Scrooge, a lonely miser, who, through the help of spirits and visions from his past, present and future, finds a second chance to become a loving, generous, kind human being. Northside Theatre Company, 848 E. William St.; (408) 288-7820; www.northsidetheatre.com 

Dec 5  Jan. 17 — HARK! 13th Annual Holiday Show and Sale

HARK_announce2014-300x150Over 60 artists from KALEID and the greater South Bay area will be offering original works of art and creative gifts affordably priced for the holidays! Choose unique one of a kind gifts by local artists featuring paintings, photographs, drawings, jewelry and small sculpture all ready to be taken home at the time of purchase. KALEID Gallery, 88 S. Fourth St.; 408-947-1785 www.kaleidgallery.com
Park at 
Fourth Street 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;www.maclaarte.org
Park at South First-I280 lot or Second and San Carlos Garage

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.13.04 PMDec. 12 – 23 — Season of Hope Cathedral Performance Series

The historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph celebrates its 19th year of offering free nightly soul-satisfying multicultural musical concerts during the holidays. 80 S. Market St.; (408) 283-8100; www.stjosephcathedral.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage

Dec. 13 – 28 — Ballet San Jose’s The Nutcracker

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.16.22 PMNearly 100 dancers fill the stage with classic holiday magic, seasonal surprises and live music—this is the traditional Nutcracker to see! Arrive early and enjoy carolers in the lobby and meet characters from the show.  Special family-priced performances on Dec. 13, 20 and 27. Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.; (408) 288-2800; www.balletsj.org
Park at Woz-Almaden lot or Convention Center Garage

Dec. 16  TWO BUCK Tuesdays at KALEID

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.19.17 PMPostcard (or smaller) sized original works of art by dozens of artists are for sale for $2. The evening includes live demos, workshops, sketch sessions, music and special performances. KALEID gallery, 88 S. 4th St., (408) 947-1785; www.kaleidgallery.com

Dec. 17 — The Christmas Comedy Extravaganza

improvBack live at the San Jose Improv for it’s 4th year in a row! This year we will be bringing back Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh who will be headlining this year’s all star line-up. Kabir is the 2009 and 2010 winner of​ the major Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Competition beating over 160 comics from all over the U.S. The Jose Theatre, 62 S. 2nd St., (408) 280-7475; www.improv.com

Dec. 18 – Third Thursday: Holiday Music

Do some last-minute holiday shopping in the Museum Store, explore the galleries, or just sit and enjoy music from Youth Ensemble Success (YES), the young musicians of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Harp Society. San Jose Museum of Art; 110 S. Market St.; (408) 271-6840; www.sjmusart.org
Park at Market-San Pedro Garage 

Dec. 20 – Jan. 4 — Build It! A Holiday Workshop

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.37.25 PMDo you want to build a snowman? So what if it doesn’t snow in Silicon Valley! Whether it’s a snowman you’d like to create, or you have another idea, you’ll find fun materials to build with at our Holiday Workshop. If you’re lucky you may even catch sight of a Snow Queen or her Princess sister. Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298-5437; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Dec. 31 — Noon Year’s Eve

The night may belong to the adults, but the day belongs to the kids! Celebrate the arrival of 2015 with the whole family. Participate in the “countdown to noon across time zones”. Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298-5437; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Jan. 10 and 11 — 17th Annual Celebration of “El Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos”

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.38.41 PMJoin us for a Three Kings Day party, complete with Rosca de Reyes bread, papel picado crafts, community performers and appearances by the Three Kings. Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way; (408) 298-5437; www.cdm.org
Park at Woz/Hwy87 lot or Woz/Almaden lot

Jan. 17 and 18 — Nakamatsu plays Ravel & Gershwin

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.41.05 PMLocal icon Jon Nakamatsu joins the Symphony Silicon Valley orchestra to perform both of the great Gershwin concertos.  In the roaring twenties, jazz found its way into classical composition, and the result was a musical revolution. This program of works from the 1920’s contrasts the French composer Ravel with Gershwin, the New Yorker, and the different worlds on either side of the Atlantic. California Theatre, 345 S. First St. (408) 286-2600. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org
Park at Second-San Carlos or Convention Center Garages

More Holiday Fun

Galleries

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

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

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; www.sjgaa.org

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 www.higherfirestudios.com

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; www.kaleidgallery.com

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; www.maclaarte.org

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; www.sjica.org

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; www.workssanjose.org

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.

Museums

Children’s Discovery Museum

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

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 www.historysanjose.org
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; www.sjmusart.org

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; www.sjquiltmuseum.org

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; www.thetech.org

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

Cinemas

Camera 12 Cinemas

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

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; www.cameracinemas.com

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; www.thetech.org

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

ComedySportz

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

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; www.improv.com

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; www.sjsharks.com

SAP Center at San Jose

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

Dec. 6 – 7 – Extreme Masters

Dec. 25 – 28 – Walking with Dinosaurs

Jan 9 – 17 – Harlem Globetrotters

California Theatre

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

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.10.53 PMDec. 6-7 – Turkish Romance

Dec. 8 – You Sing-It Messiah

Dec. 13 – Carols in the California

Dec. 20 – YaoYong Dance 15th Anniversary Gala

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; sanjosetheaters.org

Dec. 13 – 28 – The Nutcracker

Jan. 2-4 – Shen Yun Performing Arts 2015 World Tour

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; sanjosetheaters.org

Dec. 13 – KFOG Concert for Kids

Dec. 18 – Mythbusters Behind the Myths Tour

Dec. 20 – WAR and Tower of Power

Dec. 31 – CAKE + special guest Nellie McKay

Jan. 2 – Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

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; sanjosetheaters.org
Park at Second-San Carlos or Convention Center Garages

Dec. 5 – 14 – Disney’s Mary Poppins

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; www.union.sjsu.edu/ec/

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. www.sjdowntown.com/popup

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; www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com

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; www.grpg.org

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; ecocitycycles.com

Districts

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 sjdowntownparking.com.

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 vta.org.

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 bayareabikeshare.com.

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.