Music in the Park presented by Metro

Big City, Big Shows at Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Enjoy food trucks, craft beer, fun and games for the whole family. And discover up and coming local acts. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. We’ll see you at the Park! Scroll down to buy tickets.

WAR on Aug. 25

From Low Rider to Why Can’t We Be Friends, WAR has been bringing the Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Rock, Blues fusion to your ears since before you could dance. Opening is an amazing 8-piece Latin band from San Jose. Corazón Salvaje serves up a sound brewed with the thunder of Afro-Latin rhythms, a pinch of poetry, and the drive of accordion and guitar.

VIP Tickets

Get the VIP experience with access to a reserved space and other treats for $25. The day of the show, tickets are $30.

General Admission

Individual general admission tickets are just $10 until the day of the show, when they jump to $15.

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About Music in the Park

Since 1989 Music in the Park summer concert series has rocked downtown San Jose parks and plazas in the summer. It’s a family-friendly happy hour with great live music from big names as well as up-and-coming acts. In 2016, Music in the Park welcomed Los Lobos, Ozomatli and Tower of Power.
All 2017 shows will be at Plaza de Cesar Chavez and start at 5:30 p.m.


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    Keeping It Green

    At least 75 percent of the waste from the shows is diverted away from landfills and into compost or recycling. That’s thanks to a San Jose Environmental Services Department grant and help from Republic Services, Nothing Wasted Consulting and San Jose Conservation Corps.

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    Want to keep some art from a past show? Contact us about framed posters from past Music in the Park concerts.

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.
  1. get your tickets scanned to get a wrist a band at the gate and
  2. have bags checked by security before entering.
Yup. There are in and out privileges. But be prepared to have your bags searched each time you come in.
  • No pets, weapons, sharp objects, glass bottles, aluminum cans or outside alcohol allowed.
  • Service dogs must have proper ID.
  • Low-back, beach style chairs and blankets are OK.
  • No coolers, glass bottles or aluminum cans.
  • Special food is allowed for those with dietary restrictions. Please have note or card explaining circumstances.
  • Sealed plastic water and soda is allowed.



$5 parking after 6 p.m. is available in City of San Jose, including the garages at Third Street near Santa Clara Street and at Market and San Pedro streets. Visit for more.

Public Transit

VTA has two nearby light rail locations (Convention Center and Paseo de San Antonio stops). Caltrain Diridon Station is a 20 minute (0.8 mile) walk from the Park.

Getting around

Ride your bike to Music in the Park and take advantage of the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition’s free bike valet. The valet will be open 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the main admissions entrance at the south end of Plaza de Cesar Chavez.