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UPCOMING EVENTS

This week’s fun and free(ish) Events in Silicon Valley / Bay Area. This is not intended to be complete, and reflects my own interests! I hope they are the same as yours. If I’ve missed anything or you would like to see something on this page, please let me know!

SPECIAL EVENT!

Football legend Jerry Rice Jr is going to be at Kepler’s Books this November 9th for a special book signing with co-writer and sports journalist Randy Williams for their book America’s Game: The NFL at 100. I’m telling you now because you must purchase a ticket for this event, and they will go fast. The ticket gets you the book and an opportunity to meet him. The last time he did a book signing for his book “Go Long”, the line went out the door and around the block. He was awesome, not only signing our book, but posing for a photo as well. He did this for everyone! Definitely worth going if you are a fan of football but even if you’re not!

  • Sat, Nov 9th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
  • $35 (for each book)
  • Kepler’s Books
    1010 El Camino Real
    Menlo Park, CA 94025

 

Oct 11 to Oct 16, 2019

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture – Dr. Jeff Moore of NASA’s Ames Research Center will present a non-technical talk on: ‘Encounter with Ultima Thule: The Most Distant Object Humanity Has Ever Explored’. ‘Ultimate Thule’, so named because it is the farthest object we have ever observed, is a ‘contact binary’ – two smaller icy worlds stuck together. Such objects are left over from the time our solar system was first formed and provides a glimpse in the formation of the solar system.

  • Wed, Oct 16, 7:00pm
  • FREE
  • Foothill College
    12345 El Monte Road
    Los Altos Hills, CA

A Night with Janis Joplin – Tony® Award-nominated Broadway musical ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ is a celebration of Janis Joplin music. Audiences will enjoy some of Joplin’s favorites, including ‘Piece of My Heart,’ ‘Cry Baby,’ ‘Me and Bobby McGee,’ etc.

  • Wed, Oct 16, 7:30PM
  • $42+
  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
    San Jose, CA

2019 Bay Area Diwali Festival – Festivities include food (LOTS!), music, and dance including a traditional Rangoli display. There will be arts and crafts booths. Lots of fun for kids with a petting zoo, pony rides, jump houses, face painting, and much more.

  • Sat, Oct 12, 11 am – 6 pm
  • FREE
  • Memorial Park
    10185 N. Stelling Road
    Cupertino, CA

Ijeoma Oluo with W. Kamau Bell – I was first introduced to – and quickly fell in love with – the comedian W. Kamau Bell as the host of the CNN documentary series United Shades of America. He will be discussing his new book So You Want To Talk About Race.

  • Mon, October 14, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
  • $10 – $40
  • The Spangenberg Theatre at Gunn High School
    780 Arastradero Road
    Palo Alto, CA

Orchard Day – Explore Filoli’s Orchard and tasting apples, pears and cider in the Visitor Center. Taste cider and over 30 varieties of fruit picked from Filoli’s Orchard. Learn about tree care and fruit harvesting from Garden staff and volunteers. Meet Filoli’s beekeeper. Listen to bluegrass music in the Orchard. Open to all ages. Food and drinks available for purchase.

  • Sat Oct 12 @ 10:00am – 5:00pm (Oct 13th bluegrass concert only)
  • $10 Adults | $5 Children, plus the cost of Filoli admission ($22 adults, $18 seniors, $15 student/teacher/military, $11 children 5-17)
  • Filoli (also known as Filoli Center)
    86 Cañada Road
    Woodside, CA

Little Red Riding Hood | Opera San Jose – Opera San Jose is putting on a short (50-minute) family-friendly performance of Seymour Barab’s opera, Little Red Riding Hood. This is a great opportunity to introduce the kids to opera, or see it for yourself if you’ve never been!

  • Sunday, Oct. 13 @ 11 am
  • FREE (although a $5 suggested donation would be gladly accepted at the door)
  • 510 S. First Street
    San Jose, CA

Silicon Valley Jazz Festival – Outdoor festival with 13 bands, including Carl Saunders, Scott Dailey Trio, Octobop, and Dave Miller Band with singer Rebecca DuMaine. Also features some local high-school jazz bands. Go out and support the burgeoning musicians!

  • Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13th, starts at 11am
  • FREE
  • Fremont Park
    Santa Cruz Ave. & University Dr
    Menlo Park, CA

The Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzhiemer’s – The walk is to raise funds a great cause! The walk starts at Arena Green Park in San Jose. It has over 4,000 participants, 700 volunteers and raises over $1.4 Million for care, support and research. Register at act.alz.org/siliconvalley2019.

  • – 
  • FREE
  • Arena Green
    N Autumn St
    San Jose, CA

Puptoberfest – Hosted by the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, this is a new twist on Oktoberfest. Hang out with your pet and enjoy local craft beers, games, pet adoptions and so much more! Includes Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest on Oct. 12th!

  • Sat & Sun, Oct 12 & 13th
  • FREE
  • Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
    344 Tully Rd
    San Jose, CA
  • Fri, Oct 11, 8pm
  • City National Civic
    135 West San Carlos St.
    San Jose, CA

South Bay Guitar Society | Andrea Gonzales Caballero – Acclaimed young guitarists, Andrea González Caballero, will be at the performing in San Jose. She’s won some impressive international guitar competitions: First Prize and Special Prize at the XL International Competition Fernando Sor (Rome) and First Prize at the XIII Alhambra International Guitar Competition (Valencia). She was the youngest guitarist to receive first prize at Valencia.

  • October 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • $25-$35 ($10 off for students and free for students under 17)
  • First United Methodist Church
    24 N 5th St
    San Jose, CA

Mark Twain’s River of Song – Theatreworks always puts on a good show! Their production of Mark Twain’s River of Song is no exception. The musical takes you on a riverboat ride down the mighty Mississippi, loaded with music and song and stories of Mark Twain.  The play continues thru Oct 27th if you can’t make it this weekend.

  • Select dates from Oct 2nd to Oct 27th (see website for times)
  • Tickets start at $25
  • Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
    500 Castro Street
    Mountain View, CA 94041

Farmers’ Markets – There are Farmers’ market happening every weekend in many different locations in Silicon Valley / Bay Area. For dates and locations of all Farmer’s markets take a look at Urban Village Farmer’s Market or Palo Alto Online.

  • Palo Alto
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • California Avenue, at El Camino in Palo Alto, California
  • Mountain View
    • 80+ farmers and vendors
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA
    • There are free city lots along Hope St and two parking garages, the nearest of which is on Bryant St & W Evelyn Ave Limited parking is available at the Caltrain Station and in nearby  neighborhoods.
  • Saratoga
    • 50+ farmers and vendors
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • West Valley College, Parking Lot 2, Allendale Ave & Science Wy, Saratoga, CA
    • quick & easy parking in Parking Lot 1
  • Campbell
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Campbell Avenue & Central Avenue, Campbell, CA
  • Sunnyvale
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Murphy Avenue at Washington, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Santa Clara
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jackson Street and Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA
  • Willow Glen
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Willow Glen Elementary School, 1425 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

The San Jose Flea Market – The heart of the San Jose Flea Market has always been family. For 55 years, the Flea Market has been the place to be to play, shop, and eat! It remains one of the best destinations in the region for families to spend an inexpensive and fun-packed day. A vintage carousel, mini-Ferris wheel, and play ground with inflatable slides are just the beginning.

  • Wed & Fri, opens 6AM, Sat & Sun, opens 5AM
  • FREE admission with paid parking (parking is FREE on Wed, $3 on Fri, $7 on Sat, $15 on Sun, and FREE before 9AM)
  • 1590 Berryessa Rd
    San Jose, CA

Oct 04 to Oct 10, 2019

Oktoberfest 2019 – Oktoberfest is hosted by Clandestine Brewing in San Jose this weekend. They promise a huge selection of German style beers on tap along with pretzels and food! Bust out your lederhosen or dirndl if you want to get discounts on beer. Steins will be available for pre-sale before the event as well as at the taproom.

  • Fri, Oct 4, 3pm – 11pm | Sat, Oct 5, noon – 11pm | Sun, Oct 6, noon – 9pm
  • $25
  • Clandestine Brewing
    980 S. 1st St., Ste. B
    San Jose, CA  95110

Oktoberfest 2019 – More Oktoberfest festivities! Food trucks, live music by San Jose Jazz, games and beer!

  • Sat, Oct 5, 2pm – 9pm
  • FREE
  • Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
    357 E Taylor Street
    San Jose CA

Glass Pumpkin Festival 2019 | Santana Row – If you missed this unique display of glass pumpkins in Palo Alto last week, you have another chance to catch it at Santana Row in San Jose. The pumpkin festival has thousands of hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by BAGI (Bay Area Glass Institute) artists and glass artisans from around the country. They make unique gifts. Pumpkins are available in all colors, sizes and a range of prices. There will also be glass-blowing demonstrations. The event takes place in Santana Row, across from Left Bank Brasserie. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Fri, Oct 4, 4 – 8 pm | Sat, Oct 5, 10am – 8pm | Sun, Oct 6, 10 am – 6 pm
  • FREE
  • Santana Row
    377 Santana Row
    San Jose, CA 95128

Mark Twain’s River of Song – Theatreworks always puts on a good show! Their production of Mark Twain’s River of Song is no exception. The musical takes you on a riverboat ride down the mighty Mississippi, loaded with music and song and stories of Mark Twain.  The play continues thru Oct 27th if you can’t make it this weekend.

  • Fri, Oct 4th, 8pm | Sat, Oct 5th, 8pm | Sun, 2pm & 7pm
  • Tickets start at $25
  • Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
    500 Castro Street
    Mountain View, CA

Facebook First Fridays | San Jose Museum of Art – The San Jose Museum of Art always has great exhibitions, and on the first Friday of every month, you get in FREE! Can’t beat that! This is the last weekend to catch Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the WorldDon’t miss it. The sculptures are phenomenal!

  • Fri, Oct 4th, 5 pm to 9 pm
  • FREE
  • San Jose Museum of Art
    110 S Market St
    San Jose, CA  95113

4th Annual Little Italy San Jose Street Festival – Downtown San Jose’s Little Italy is celebrating everything Italian from authentic Italian cuisine to a fantastic entertainment lineup including Pasquale Esposito, Vanessa Raci (New York), Anthony Nino Lane Band, Johnny Neri Band and more. There will also be a wine garden pouring both Italian and Cal-Italia wines, artisan Italian craft vendors and children’s activities.

  • Sun, October 6 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • FREE
  • 323 W St John St
    San Jose, CA 95110

Peacock Variations & Tchaikovsky – Symphony Silicon Valley’s “…season opens with a richly exotic, song-filled work by Zoltán Kodály. Based on a Hungarian folk tune, its variations set a festive mood. That mood shifts in the second half with Tchaikovsky’s deeply emotional final symphony. The composer heard only its first, poorly received performance; but its second was a triumph, and this symphony remains one of his most celebrated and beloved.” – quoted from symphonysiliconvalley.org

Conductor: Carlos Vieu
Kodály: Variations on a Hungarian Theme –
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 – ́

  • Sat, Oct 5th @ 8pm & Sun, Oct 6th @ 2:30pm
  • Tickets start at $50
  • The California Theatre
    325 S 1st St
    San Jose, CA 95113

A Starry Night: A Gamble Halloween party  –  Combine stargazing with some Halloween fun! View the Moon, planets and stars through a telescope under the guidance of research astronomer Dr. David Clark. There will be pizza, arts & crafts, and Halloween treats to make the evening all the more fun! THIS EVENT IS FULL.

  • Sat, Oct 5, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • $20 Members / $30 Non-members in advance, $35 day of event
  • 1431 Waverley Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94301

The “Friends” Central Perk Couch is coming to SF – This is for the fans of the TV series “Friends”. The iconic orange couch from Central Perk will be at the AT&T Flagship store in San Francisco starting September 20th and through the “Fall”. Visit the store and score the ultimate selfie!

  • Starting Fri, Sep 20, 2019; M-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 10am- 7pm
  • FREE
  • AT&T Store
    1 Powell St.
    San Francisco

Farmers’ Markets – There are Farmers’ market happening every weekend in many different locations in Silicon Valley / Bay Area. For dates and locations of all Farmer’s markets take a look at Urban Village Farmer’s Market or Palo Alto Online.

  • Palo Alto
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • California Avenue, at El Camino in Palo Alto, California
  • Mountain View
    • 80+ farmers and vendors
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA
    • There are free city lots along Hope St and two parking garages, the nearest of which is on Bryant St & W Evelyn Ave Limited parking is available at the Caltrain Station and in nearby  neighborhoods.
  • Saratoga
    • 50+ farmers and vendors
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • West Valley College, Parking Lot 2, Allendale Ave & Science Wy, Saratoga, CA
    • quick & easy parking in Parking Lot 1
  • Campbell
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Campbell Avenue & Central Avenue, Campbell, CA
  • Sunnyvale
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Murphy Avenue at Washington, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Santa Clara
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jackson Street and Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA
  • Willow Glen
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Willow Glen Elementary School, 1425 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

The San Jose Flea Market – The heart of the San Jose Flea Market has always been family. For 55 years, the Flea Market has been the place to be to play, shop, and eat! It remains one of the best destinations in the region for families to spend an inexpensive and fun-packed day. A vintage carousel, mini-Ferris wheel, and play ground with inflatable slides are just the beginning.

  • Wed & Fri, opens 6AM, Sat & Sun, opens 5AM
  • FREE admission with paid parking (parking is FREE on Wed, $3 on Fri, $7 on Sat, $15 on Sun, and FREE before 9AM)
  • 1590 Berryessa Rd
    San Jose, CA

Sep 27 to Oct 03, 2019

Oktoberfest 2019 – Downtown Redwood City is celebrating Oktoberfest for 6th year! This year’s extravaganza offers authentically delicious German food, featuring pretzels and brats, along with enticingly cold beer. Dancing, singing, and tons of audience participation will include dance contests, stein holding, a yodeling contest, skits with hand gestures to select songs, etc, not to mention many variations of the “international” chicken dance.

  • Sep 25-29th, see website for times
  • $10-23 depending on date and type of ticket, includes commemorative stein and drink ticket (beer or soda depending on ticket type)
  • Courthouse Square
    2200 Broadway
    Redwood City, CA

Mountain View’s 2nd Annual Harvest History Festival – The Harvest History Festival celebrates Silicon Valley’s rich past as a center for farming and orchards. This is a family-friendly event at Heritage Park on Saturday September 28, 9:00 AM to noon. Tour the gardens, sample harvest bounty, enjoy children’s activities & art projects, live music, and bubble entertainment. View the new furnishings at the historic Immigrant House and see garden demonstrations. Bike or walk in. For more information about this FREE event, contact Mountain View Parks and Recreation (650) 903-6331.

  • Sat, September 28, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • FREE
  • Heritage Park
    771 N. Rengstorff
    Mountain View, CA 94043

Filoli Garden’s Harvest Festival – Celebrate family and cultural traditions of the harvest season. Harvest Festival is located in Filoli’s Meadow and is designed with families in mind. Entertainment includes bluegrass music, line dancing and puppet shows. Learn about bees from the San Mateo County Bee Keepers Guild. Pet farm animals and visit with creatures from the San Francisco Zoomobile.

  • Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  •  Adult: $30 | Member Adult: $20, Youth 5-17: $13 | Member Youth: $10, Child 3-4: $5, Child under 2: FREE
  • 86 Old Canada Rd
    Woodside, CA

Palo Alto’s 53rd Annual Quaker Harvest Festival – Come to shop, hear music, browse their book sale, and eat lunch at the 53rd Harvest Festival. The specialized boutiques (including an international bazaar, treasured collectiblesjewelry, and plants), and huge rummage and book sale, guarantees there will be something for everyone.

  • Sat, Sep 28th, 2019 from 9am – 3pm
  • FREE
  • 957 Colorado Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA

Great Big Family Play Day Bay Area – SoCal’s popular family festival comes to the San Jose/Bay Area this fall! Families will have access to the festival activities hosted in the park at Discovery Meadow as well as the live main stage for concerts and Children’s Discovery Museum with their festival ticket.

  • September 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • $15-20
  • Discovery Meadow
    180 Woz Way
    San Jose, CA

Family Movie: The Emperor’s New Groove – screening of this Disney classic, based on the ancient Inca empire from Peru! When bratty emperor Kuzco gets transformed into a llama by his evil adviser Yzma, he embarks on a hilarious journey with new frienemy Pacha to go back to normal.

  • Sat Sep 28 2019 at 02:00 pm to 03:30 pm
  • FREE, seating is on a first come, first served basis, and on the floor, though limited ADA seating will be available in the back of the room.
  • Santa Clara City Library
    2635 Homestead Rd
    Santa Clara, CA
2019 Great Glass Pumpkin Patch – California’s largest Great Glass Pumpkin Patch features more than 10,000 beautiful, unique pumpkins of all sizes. There will be glass-blowing demonstrations both days of the Festival, along with food and drink. “The grounds at the Palo Alto Art Center turn into the most colorful glass pumpkin patch every year,” said Damon Gustafson, executive director of BAGI. “The artists really go all-out to create the most creative and unique pumpkins of all sizes and shapes. It’s a great shopping experience for all ages and is a wonderful way for people to support local artists.”
  • Sat & Sun, September 28 & 29, 2019 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • FREE
  • Palo Alto Art Center
    1313 Newell Rd
    Palo Alto, CA

The “Friends” Central Perk Couch is coming to SF – This is for the fans of the TV series “Friends”. The iconic orange couch from Central Perk will be at the AT&T Flagship store in San Francisco starting September 20th and through the “Fall”. Visit the store and score the ultimate selfie!

  • Starting Fri, Sep 20, 2019; M-Sat: 9am-9pm; Sun: 10am- 7pm
  • FREE
  • AT&T Store
    1 Powell St.
    San Francisco

Farmers’ Markets – There are Farmers’ market happening every weekend in many different locations in Silicon Valley / Bay Area. For dates and locations of all Farmer’s markets take a look at Urban Village Farmer’s Market or Palo Alto Online.

  • Palo Alto
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • California Avenue, at El Camino in Palo Alto, California
  • Mountain View
    • 80+ farmers and vendors
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Mountain View Caltrain Station, 600 West Evelyn Ave, Mountain View, CA
    • There are free city lots along Hope St and two parking garages, the nearest of which is on Bryant St & W Evelyn Ave Limited parking is available at the Caltrain Station and in nearby  neighborhoods.
  • Saratoga
    • 50+ farmers and vendors
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • West Valley College, Parking Lot 2, Allendale Ave & Science Wy, Saratoga, CA
    • quick & easy parking in Parking Lot 1
  • Campbell
    • Every Sunday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Campbell Avenue & Central Avenue, Campbell, CA
  • Sunnyvale
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Murphy Avenue at Washington, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Santa Clara
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jackson Street and Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA
  • Willow Glen
    • Every Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Willow Glen Elementary School, 1425 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA

The San Jose Flea Market – The heart of the San Jose Flea Market has always been family. For 55 years, the Flea Market has been the place to be to play, shop, and eat! It remains one of the best destinations in the region for families to spend an inexpensive and fun-packed day. A vintage carousel, mini-Ferris wheel, and play ground with inflatable slides are just the beginning.

  • Wed & Fri, opens 6AM, Sat & Sun, opens 5AM
  • FREE admission with paid parking (parking is FREE on Wed, $3 on Fri, $7 on Sat, $15 on Sun, and FREE before 9AM)
  • 1590 Berryessa Rd
    San Jose, CA

 

PAST EVENTS

Summer Kick Off Party!

Murdock Park, San Jose, CA
June 8th, 2019, noon – 3 PM

 

Winter Celebration!

Biltmore Hotel
Santa Clara, CA
Dec 2nd, 2018, 2PM – 6 PM

 

Easter Egg Hunt!

Henry Schmidt Park
555 Los Padres Blvd
Santa Clara, CA
March 24th, 2018, 12PM – 3PM

 

 

Feb 27th, 2018: New Tax Laws and You

Taxes are a topic of interest!  Mike delivered a great presentation to a packed room.  Many commented on how knowledgeable and well-spoken he was.  We’ll definitely be having him back.  My clients are ready to optimize their taxes for the next year.  Who else wants to join us? Please contact me if you would like more information.