Los Gatos Events
Lots is happening in and around our quaint corner of Silicon Valley, and keeping up is half the battle. To make your holidays a little less stressful and a little more jolly, I have organized a list of events and activities going on in Los Gatos this holiday season. Below you will two lists – one with unique holiday events by date and a separate list of ongoing events. These lists do not include religious services, so please check your preferred place of prayer for those schedules.
Here’s the rundown on carriage rides, the Fantasy of Lights, the tree lighting ceremony, the Los Gatos holiday parade, and more:
The annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service in Los Gatos is this Tuesday, November 22nd, from 7:30 to 8:30pm. All are welcome! Each year, the ecumenical service is held at a different house of worship. The organization under which this happens is the Los Gatos Interfaith Clergy Association.
This year it is held at Los Gatos United Methodist Church, located at 111 Church Street. A big highlight of the event, which often draws about 350 attendees, is the joint choir. A reception is held afterwards.
Those attending the Thanksgiving Interfaith Service are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to Second Harvest food bank and St. Luke’s Pantry. Cash donations will be taken for refugee services, too. The St. Mary’s website additionally requests these items: “Please bring suggested donation of liquid laundry soap, dish washer soap, and paper products like paper towels, toilet Paper, and Kleenex for New Immigrants Downtown San Jose.”
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service sponsors include:
The Baha’i Faith of Los Gatos
For more information, please click on the following article from the Mercury News:
I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
St. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos is a fun, annual community event that always occurs the second weekend of October. This year, it’s October 7th – 9th, 2016, 5pm-10pm.
Open to everyone, and with no admission fee, the three day fundraiser is a great place to enjoy so many cool things, including:
- carnival rides
- bouncy house (several)
- country store shopping
- arts & crafts (such as pumpkin decorating)
- martial arts displays
- dining (good and affordable!) – several food booths to choose from
- pancake breakfast on Sunday morning
- car raffle
- play games
- giant slide
- spaghetti dinner
- full service coffee shop
- talent show
- live bands
- bingo (of course!)
This is a fabulous place to walk through and simply bump into friends & neighbors from all over Los Gatos and the nearby communities. It’s also a fun place to take photos. Each day is a little different, some return again and again!
St. Mary’s Church and School are located in downtown Los Gatos on Bean Avenue near Tait (and near North Santa Cruz Avenue) in the historic Almond Grove neighborhood. You can also reach the party by coming from Main Street and Lyndon Avenue.
Like a bargain? There’s an easy way to save money. Visit the parish or school office before Friday at 2pm and buy your Butler ride tickets at a substantial discount – and avoid the lines! (Tickets are sold in the 2 weeks leading up to the fair most years.)
Also, much of the Almond Grove District of Los Gatos has permit parking only in the evenings. So don’t park in the neighborhood! There are lots of public parking spaces between North Santa Cruz and University Avenues in Los Gatos, and they are no cost, so park there instead! I usually like to park between North Santa Cruz Avenue and University Avenue in the public lot.
It’s time to decorate some pumpkins! Sereno Group is hosting its 8th annual pumpkin decorating contest and invites kids to transform a small pumpkin into a work of art! This is not a carving contest and there should be no punctures of any kind as these works of art will need to last, and any cuts will cause rotting.
Every child who enters will get a small gift. Voting on the best work of art will take place during office meetings for each of three age groups, with the winner of each getting a prize.
Small pumpkins are being given away at the Sereno Group office locations in Los Gatos, Saratoga, Willow Glen, Aptos / Santa Cruz, Los Altos and Palo Alto – please see flier for office hours. O[tionally, entrants may bring their own small pumpkin.
The deadline is Monday, October 24th, 2016. Have fun – we cannot wait to see the decorated pumpkins!
Each year, in early to mid-Septemeber, the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club, together with CB Hannegan’s Irish Pub in downtown Los Gatos sponsors a fun end of summer bash: Claws for a Cause. The annual lobster block party features good food, live music, and dancing. It is often a sell-out event! Three thousand Maine lobsters will be delivered the morning of the feast.
Per the Claws for a Cause page online, ” proceeds going to the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Charitable Foundation (supporting music, art and youth scholarships).”
This year it’s Saturday, Sept 17, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 10pm.
Learn more and buy your tickets here:
And see the Mercury News article with more details here, also:
Saturday August 13th and Sunday August 14th marks the return of the Fiesta de Artes Art & Wine Festival, the only Art & Wine Festival in town all year! This has been a Los Gatos tradition for decades, two in fact, with 2016 as the 20th anniversary of the event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club.
What happens at the Fiesta de Artes?
Think food & drink, art & shopping, dancing & socializing! Once again, there will be more than 150 vendors with a huge variety of artists and vendors displaying and selling their artwork, plus booths with food and wine and of course loads of music throughout both days. The hours are 10am to 6pm.
Where is the Fiesta de Artes held?
It’s on the Civic Center lawn near the town’s library and nearly across the street from Los Gatos High School. The street address is 101 E. Main St., Los Gatos, CA.
For more information, please visit http://www.lgfiesta.org/
The Plein Art Show in Los Gatos returns Saturday June 18 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Los Gatos Town Plaza (free admission), with a special VIP event the evening before. It’s both an art exhibit and art sale that benefits local charities, mostly youth. And actually there will be painting happening in the days leading up to the show as well.
What is Plein Air? Plein Air is a French phrase which refers to the way of painting in the open air, which was especially popular in the 19th century with many impressionists. There will be dozens of artists coming to town and over 100 pieces of art on display (and to purchase). Also found here will be wine tasting, music, and mini art sessions for kids.
Artists Paint on Location June 14th through June 18th
VIP Artists Reception and Silent Auction $125
Friday, June 17th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Toll House Hotel
Details are posted on the Events page
The artists will be present (and so will food and wine). It promises to be a fun time!
Thanks to the Los Gatos morning Rotary for sponsoring this great event yet again. Learn more about it on the Los Gatos Plein Air website:
This Saturday, June 11, 2016, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad (which runs from Oak Meadow Park through part of Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos) is hosting a fun, affordable pancake breakfast from 8-10:15am, involving a hearty meal of flapjacks, sausage & a beverage plus the train and carousel will be open early. It’s a great fundraiser to support the small guage railroad, and kick off the summer schedule for both attractions.
If you’re on Facebook, find and “like” the Facebook page for the BJWRR.
(This article originally published June 7, 2007, and again May 2, 2012 but updated with current dates and info.)
Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers
Summer 2016 is just around the corner and we’re all revved up and ready for those free concerts around Los Gatos. Artists and schedules have been announced and, knowing that you are as excited about these as I am, I have compiled a calendar of free outdoor music events for us all! Below please find a compilation of the FOUR different Los Gatos free musical concert series (and don’t forget July 4th)! As always, the information below should be reliable but as with any concert or outdoors event it is subject to change, so double check the website prior to going and always read the rules (especially if you plan to picnic). Hope to see you there!
(1) Vasona Vibrations 5-7pm every Saturday June & July at Vasona Lake County Park, schedule of performers here. Performances are held on the lawn near the Ranger Office, just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane. Please not that a $6 fee is charged for parking within the County Parks.
(2) Music in the Park 5-7pm Sundays from June 19 – August 28 at the Los Gatos Civic Center campus lawn.
Get more information (rules, dates, location, schedule and lineup) at the website or the Town of Los Gatos web page.
(3) Jazz on the Plazz 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, June 22 – August 24 at the Los Gatos Town Plaza (where the farmers market is held) on West Main St and Santa Cruz Ave by the post office. More information and a schedule is available on the website.
(4) Fiesta de Artes open 10am-6pm Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th only, at the Los Gatos Civic Center grounds. The Fiesta is the only art and wine festival in Los Gatos and offers musical performances both days, schedule here.
Don’t forget to include the Fourth of July in your plans – it is always spectacular, and is one of the more child-friendly concerts! The events are held at Oak Meadow Park, and Los Gatos citizens park for free.
For a calendar of the schedule of events click through to see the full blog post.
If you took Driver’s Ed in Saratoga or Los Gatos, you were probably made to park on the steepest hill around – Nicholson Avenue with its 23 degree grade. Positively frightening! But local bicycle enthusiasts take on Nicholson not with motor vehicles, but on their bikes in a race that has become a Los Gatos classic – the Cat’s Hill Classic, which runs through the Almond Grove, Glenridge and Bachman Park neighborhoods of Los Gatos Saturday, May 14th, 2016. There’s even a kid set too.
Please get the full scoop here on the organization’s website.