Big City, Big shows

Downtown San Jose’s longest running outdoor music festival has a 26 year history. Acts including Pete Escovedo, Berlin, Maroon 5, Flogging Molly, the English Beat and more have played in Cesar Chavez Plaza or St. James Park as part of the summer concert series.


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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. In 2013, Music in the park returned after a one-year hiatus, and featured Ozomotli.

The concerts are supported by loyal sponsors and attended by devoted fans that reflect the region’s diverse population and socioeconomic makeup.

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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
• Downtown restaurants serve menu items at the event.
• This is a GREEN WASTE 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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Thanks to our 2015 Music in the Park Sponsors:
Interested in sponsoring future Music In the Park shows? Email

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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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