Saturday August 12th and Sunday August 13th mark the return of the Fiesta de Artes Los Gatos, 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 7pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm Sunday, but music plays a little longer ending at 9pm on Saturday and starting an hour before Sunday events open.
Where is the Fiesta de Artes held?
In previous years, the festival reserved the Civic Center lawn across the street from Los Gatos High School, but this year, for the first time ever it’s a block party – North Santa Cruz Ave and the Los Gatos Town Plaza Park will be open to revelers and closed to cars! See the map below or click the map to be directed to the Fiesta De Artes page with directions on how to get there.
For more information, please visit http://www.lgfiesta.org/
It’s officially summer and Independence Day is fast approaching. What are your plans for the fourth?
Downtown Los Gatos has plenty going on!
First up, a block party:
Between 10:30 am and 4 pm the Saturday before Independence Day, a portion of Downtown Los Gatos will be closed to traffic for a patriotic block party! There will be live music on multiple stages, games, crafts, red, white, and blue decorations, face painting, a bounce house, and a dunk tank. Pedal in to avoid traffic and make use of the bike valet service! Enjoy shopping and dining at all your usual haunts downtown for a break from the sun. Catch the fun at North Santa Cruz Avenue from Main Street to Bachman Avenue.
Next up, the annual 4th of July Symphony and celebration!
The San Jose Wind Symphony will come together once again at Oak Meadow Park under the bandstand. There will be great American music, barbecue, beer, snacks, games, a few words shared, train rides on the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad, carousel rides, and good fun for the family. So take some friends, wine, and a picnic, or a pooch and a Frisbee and enjoy your day at the park! Bring something to sit on, protect yourself from the sun, and prepare yourself to have some fun! Remember, parking in Oak Meadow is free to Town residents, but spots are limited so carpool if you can. Flag raising is at 4pm, and the concert starts at 4:15pm.
For more information, please see the info page on the town’s website for the July 4th happenings and the event flier.
Have a safe and happy Fourth, everyone!
If the weather’s fine, as it often is here, you might start by introducing your kids to Oak Meadow and Vasona Parks, which are adjacent to each other. Oak Meadow includes a great airplane that kids can climb on, a beautiful carousel and a small train that loops into Vasona and back. Vasona has paddle boats that can be rented (seasonally). And of course there’s lots of playground equipment and sprawling lawn for those who want to toss a ball or frisbee around. For time outdoors, these parks are hard to beat. Read more about these very cool parks here: http://liveinlosgatosblog.com/vasona-and-oak-meadow/
The Youth Science Institute is a program offered at Vasona to help educate students on nature. This is not a one day event but is extremely worthwhile. Check it out: http://www.ysi-ca.org/
If your little people like to hike and explore, the Montalvo estate and grounds in Saratoga is a great nearby option on a dry day, too. Montalvo is an arts center but there are wonderful trails which can be enjoyed. But no picnicing, sorry! Learn more at my Valley of Heart’s Delight blog: http://sanjoserealestatelosgatoshomes.com/great-time-of-year-to-visit-villa-montalvo/
All ages: any of the free music events, all of which are out doors, virtually all summer long in Los Gatos!
Touristy but still fun
Roaring Camp and Big Trees http://www.roaringcamp.com/
The Mystery Spot http://www.mysteryspot.com/
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk http://beachboardwalk.com/
California’s Great America in Santa Clara (amusement park, rides) https://www.cagreatamerica.com/
Time to eat!
There are MANY great kid-friendly restaurants in Los Gatos. A few of my favorites are these:
- The Diner of Los Gatos (hot dogs and burgers come in paper “cars”) http://.LGDiner.com
- Andale – patio dining http://andalemexican.com
- Double D’s sports bar – lots of tv screens, pool table, things going on, not stuffy! http://www.doubleds.com/
- Gelato at Dolce Spazio (or Fro Yo elsewhere) http://www.dolcespazio.com/
The Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose https://www.cdm.org/
The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose https://www.thetech.org/
Petroglyph (in Los Gatos, Willow Glen, and Santa Cruz locally) http://www.petroglyph.com/
Looking for more ideas? There’s a slightly longer list of kid friendly things to do on another of my blogs. Have a read:
The annual Los Gatos historic home tour returns to town the weekend of April 11th and 12th, 2015, and you can purchase tickets now or sign up to volunteer. Sponsored by the Museums of Los Gatos, now called NUMU, the annual event showcases beautiful houses in town, and this time around will include gardens, too.
The NUMU site offers this teaser: “The 2015 tour features four houses including a 1910 bungalow, 1905 craftsman, 1885 folk Victorian, 1904 Richardson Victorian and an acre-sized outdoor collection of household items, classic cars and farm tools that illustrate the architectural roots of Los Gatos.” Please visit the link below or click on the image at the right to get all of the details and to purchase your advance tickets (more costly if you wait to the day of the event).
Disney art fans, take note! Tim Rogerson, Disney artist, will be at a downtown Los Gatos gallery in a couple of days. Take the opportunity to purchase pieces and watch him paint original artwork in person on Saturday, May 10th from 1 to 6pm! There will be wine tasting from the Loma Prieta winery also. The Amour d’Art Gallery is located at 216 N. Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, CA. Additional details at http://www.amourdart.com
January 26, 2013
The third annual “Girls Night Out” in Los Gatos is this upcoming Monday, January 28th, 2013, from 5:30 to 8pm at the Toll House. Sponsoring this event is the Los Gatos Visitor’s Bureau, which is a partnership between the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Los Gatos. The Chamber’s website describe the evening as
. . . an evening of fun at the Toll House Hotel featuring beautiful fashions, fun shopping, sample beauty services, delicious light appetizers, fine wines and more!
For all the details and the opportunity to register, please see the Chamber’s website:
February 08, 2011
Feeling like you want to get out, engage with the Los Gatos community and wondering what you can do? I’ve got some ideas for you!
The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce has a wonderful events calendar that covers every month of 2011. There are three neat items showcased for February alone. Take a moment and pop over to the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar for 2011 and bookmark the link!
If you have time to volunteer in Los Gatos, the town welcomes your participation! We have one of the highest rates of volunteerism in our region. Check out the opportunities to give back to the community, get to know your neighbors and have fun in the process on the Los Gatos town website.
Our local hospitals can use your helping hands, too. Years ago I worked as a chaplaincy volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital for a year or two (they provided training) and I loved it. But there are many different volunteer jobs they have at Good Sam – here’s the link to find out. (Sadly, I could not find a link for chaplaincy volunteers at Good Sam. I hope that program hasn’t been ended. It was quite valuable.) The same is true at El Camino Hospital of Los Gatos. Learn about volunteering at El Camino and volunteering as a chaplain at El Camino.
Perhaps you want to get fit? There’s no shortage of opportunities with our great weather and oodles of places to swim, play tennis, lift weights and work out. One of the highest ranking fitness centers in Silicon Valley is right here in Los Gatos at the Jewish Community Center (which anyone can join). I still need to get over there and see it myself but I’ve heard nothing but raves about it.
The weather’s been fine and it’s a great time to get out & get involved. Hope to see you around the town!
August 20, 2010
Many Los Gatos school children are either back in school or shortly will be back in the classroom. Technically, summer lasts almost another month, but the unofficial end of the season usually coincides with the academic schedule or Labor Day rather than the actual calendar date.
It’s been a very cool summer, generally, one that didn’t require a lot of air conditioning for most of us. Many days it felt more like spring than summer. My family and I just returned from a vacation to San Diego (which I highly recommend!), where we heard it was the coldest summer in 70 years. Sounds like all of California had an extra mild season!
There’s still a little summer left to be enjoyed, though! If you have worked and busied yourself and wondering if you totally missed the boat on summer fun, it’s time to take a break and sneak in some helpful R & R.
Here in town, you can enjoy several great “end of summer” events, several of which are no-cost:
- There are 2 more afternoons of Music in the Park and one more Jazz in the Plazz. (Dates are Aug 22, 25 and 29 – check link above for details.)
- Visit Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, Aug 28th for the “End of Summer Night Ride” with a pasta dinner, carousel rides and a train ride at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad.
- Labor Day plans? Calvary Church of Los Gatos invites you to their Chill & Grill on Monday, Sept 6th from 11-3 (no admission fee – this sounds like a great event, please check via the link!).
- On September 11th there’s Claws for a Cause at C Hannegan’s.
Enjoy the end of summer!
August 04, 2010
In 2011, the dates are August 13 – 14th. Please join us!
2010 post follows:
A great summertime tradition in Los Gatos is back this weekend with the return of Fiesta de Artes on the Civic Center Lawn (on Main Street near LG High School) Aug 7-8, 2010. Running from 10am to 6pm both Saturday and Sunday, this is a much beloved Art & Wine Festival (the only one in Los Gatos). Visitors will enjoy loads of musical entertainment, a variety of food and wine, and more than 150 vendors. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the Fiesta de Artes has been a part of summers in Los Gatos for over 30 years. Come on out and enjoy!
For more information, please visit http://www.lgfiesta.org/
June 12, 2010
The “Second Saturdays” events are back this summer! Come to downtown Los Gatos and shop, dine, and be pampered & entertained during the second Saturdays of each month. These events are coordinated by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, and you can read about the day’s entertainment and “specials” on the Chamber’s website. There’s a cute 36 second Animoto slideshow you can view online too. See you there!