Music in the Park will return in 2014:

  • One date in July to be decided:  Live 105 Block Party, 5:30pm, St. James Park

  • Aug. 21, Save the Date! An evening of Latin rock and jazz, 5:30pm, Plaza de Cesar Chavez

  • Artists to be announced May 12!  Tickets will go on sale very soon after

In 2013, Music in the Park returned to celebrate its 25th anniversary celebration with a single concert. Grammy Award-winner Ozomatli headlined a paid admission show in St. James Park.

 While plans are made for the next step of Music in the Park’s journey, check the page for what’s happening this week in downtown San Jose.

Music in the Park started in 1989 as an eight-week, Friday lunchtime series in Plaza de Cesar Chavez.  The series moved to Thursday evenings in 1990, eventually growing to 13 concerts.  From 1998 to 2008, Music in the Other Park was produced in St. James Park in June ahead of the Plaza Park season.  In all, SJDA produced 258 free shows featuring acts such as Tower of Power, Smash Mouth, Maroon 5, Eek-A-Mouse and Greg Kihn.

The concerts were supported by loyal sponsors and attended by devoted fans that reflected the region’s diverse population and socioeconomic makeup.  The event peaked in 2010 when 83,500 people attended, 37 percent of them coming from outside the city and creating $2.4 million in economic impact.  SJDA decided not to produce Music in the Park in 2012 as attendance at the free shows outgrew the venue.

“By gating the park and charging admission, we believe the focus will be on the music,” Zelalich added.

The world’s biggest stars appeared on the stage at Plaza de Cesar Chavez for 23 years.

View some of our pictures and videos from  Music in the Park.

More Music in the Park information

• No coolers, outside food or drinks, cans or glass bottles (except people with special medical conditions).
•  No pets (except licensed service dogs)
• Low-back chairs and blankets OK.  No canopies or tents
• No smoking in San Jose City Parks
• No sharp objects or weapons

• Silicon Valley DeBug will have a variety of music and art activities, including make-your-own T-shirts, hands on mural painting and hula-hooping.

• There will be FREE bike valet parking, courtesy of the City of San Jose and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition – available near the main entrance from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

• Downtown restaurants will serve menu items at the event.

• This is a GREEN WAST EVENT! Thanks to a grant from the San Jose Environmental Services Department and help from Republic Services, Nothing Wasted Consulting and Conservation Corps, at least 75% of waste from the event will be diverted away from landfill, reducing the event’s impact on the environment.

•POSTERS:  A limited number of framed posters from past seasons of Music in the Park are available for sale.  The posters were created by some of Silicon Valley’s best designers.  These make wonderful gifts for Music in the Park fans and former attendees.  For information, please contact Blage Zelalich.

T-SHIRTS:  Silicon Valley Debug produced some cool Music in the Park T-shirts, which are available for sale.  Check them out!

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Parking Information

Before you come downtown visit to keep your drive stress-free

Parking: $5 parking after 6 p.m. is available in CITY OF SAN JOSE garages, such as the garages at Third Street near Santa Clara Street and at Market and San Pedro streets. Parking informational signs on city streets will guide you to the nearest city lot or garage.

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Thanks to our 2013 Music in the Park Sponsors:

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Metro logo NBC Bay Area logo
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El Observador logo Heineken
Amstel  strongbow jlohr
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