Need something to do on Labor Day weekend? The Los Gatos Park Dance is back during the holiday weekend – the 7th annual at Oak Meadow Park. The first year over 2000 people attended and it’s been growing ever since!
Los Gatos Park Dance Details
Cost: FREE – courtesy of Music in the Park
Date & Time: Saturday, August 31, 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Lyndon Bandstand, Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos
The band this year will again be The Houserockers (a Los Gatos band).
What else: to get a good spot, arrive early! Bring a picnic supper. Beer and wine are allowed with meals (no other alcohol). Bring layers, as it cools down once the sun sets. Prepare to dance on the lawn, so wear comfortable shoes and watch out for gopher holes as you leave – they can be hard to spot in the dark.
Parking at Oak Meadow Park is free to town residents, but if you’re a local, you know that it fills up fast. You can park on nearby public streets if that happens, or try Vasona’s parking, which will cost a little.
This event is sponsored by Los Gatos Music in the Park.
The Summer Block Party series in Los Gatos is back! One Thursday of each summer month (it used to be the 3rd Thursday, but no longer tied to that week) the town celebrates with live music at the Town Park Plaza from 5 – 7 and then at adjacent Grays Lane with a DJ and Loma Brewing Company. This is sponsored by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce together with some local businesses.
The next one is Thursday, July 18th. Get the details on the Chamber’s website. (The following event will be August 8th – mark your calendars!)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is a nationwide effort at preparing individuals and communities to be better prepared in disasters. In some areas, the focus may be more on terrorist threats, and in others, natural hazards such as earthquakes, fire, tornadoes, tsunamis, flooding etc. Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have received funding and CERT has been getting rolled out here. Last night in my area, Belwood (one of 13 CERT communities), there was a meeting about safety generally and CERT in particular, and I believe these meetings are happening or will happen in the various CERT areas.
On July 13, there will be a CERT event at the Los Gatos Civic Center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,for a CERT Fire extinguisher training, unveiling of the new Civic Center Neighborhood Incident Command Post (NICP) and a B.B.Q. All are welcome! You can register for this event on the Eventbrite page.
Learn more about CERT – wonderful video produced by FEMA. The opening segment has to do with the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989.
Looking to get trained as a CERT volunteer? You can sign up here for the course, which begins in October.
Art lovers, this one’s for you! JCO’s Art Haus, an appointment-only gallery on University Avenue in Los Gatos, will be open to the public for one weekend only selling their curated collection at studio prices. The Very Very Rare Affordable Art Fair will take place at the studio and will represent local and international artists in a warehouse space.
Dates & Times:
•Thursday, April 25 4 pm to 9 pm
(Reservations required – opening reception, 6 pm — 8 pm)*
•Fri., April 26 10 — 7
•Sat, April 27 10 — 7
•Sun., April 28 12 — 6
(MEET THE ARTISTS, 4 — 6)
Whether you’re planning on decorating your new home, or just want to window shop, this is a great opportunity to check out a large collection you might not otherwise see.
For more information and to RSVP, visit the JCO event page at this link: http://www.jcosplace.com/art-fair/
Planning on going? Check in or share your interest on the Facebook Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/258144291756420/
The annual Great Race from downtown Saratoga to downtown Los Gatos takes place on Sunday April 28, 2019, commencing at 8:30 a.m.. While many participants do jog or run, others walk or stroll. It’s a family-friendly fundraiser sponsored by the Rotary Club of Los Gatos and is open to all.
The Great Race course is 4 miles long, but some who wish to go both ways can put in 8 miles, known as the Gr8er Race.
The Rotary club offers this fun event each year with the help of a number of sponsors. For many years in a row, Sereno Group, where I work, has been a major sponsor for years. Many other local business back this great fundraiser too. See the list of sponsors, a map of the route, and run information at the Rotory Club link below.
To get all of the details for the Great Race, including pricing and links to register early, visit the Los Gatos Rotary’s website page dedicated to this event.
Each spring, Los Gatos hosts a “Spring into Green” event. The next one will be at the Town Plaza Park on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 10am to 1pm.
The town’s website states “Join us in celebrating Earth Day, Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month and environmental awareness. The festivities will include a tree planting ceremony, the weekly Los Gatos Farmer’s Market, family-friendly activities, live music and more.”
There will be kid friendly events as well as interesting and fun things to do for people of all ages.
Full details on the town’s website:
Two of the best attended and most celebrated holiday events in town are the Los Gatos annual tree lighting and the parade, both of which usually happen the first weekend in December.
Annual Town Tree Lighting
This year, the Los Gatos Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, November 30th, at the Town Plaza Park (located at Main & Santa Cruz).
The fun begins at 4:30 pm with music proided by the Los Gatos High School Band. From 5 to 5:30 there will be caroling with the Joyful Sounds Brass Quintet.
Youth awards will be given at 5:30.
At 6pm the tree is lit, and Santa arrives just after to visit with the children until 7pm.
There are refreshments available to purchase (an important fundraiser) at the Chamber of Commerce’s Carriage Ride Booth.
Info for this year’s event on the town’s site: https://www.losgatosca.gov/2510/Holiday-Tree-Lighting
Info from the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce on the tree lighting festivities: http://www.losgatoscommunityfoundation.org/tree.php
The 62nd Annual Los Gatos Children’s Christmas/Holidays Parade!
In the morning following the tree lighting, the town’s residents return to the downtown area to line the E Main Street and N Santa Cruz Avenue for the holiday parade. It begins at 11 a.m. December 1st, but the parking is taken a lot sooner than that, so go earlier!
Sponsors: LGS Recreation, Los Gatos Christmas Foundation, Los Gatos Lions club, and the LG Christmas Foundation.
Learn more on the Los Gatos Chamber’s website:
The Los Gatos SoulCycle and mobile dog walking app, Wag!, are showing they’ve got soul with a special Paws & Pedals fundraiser this Saturday, October 6. Cyclists are invited to bring their dogs to class for a free walk with a Wag! walker during their spin workout. For every walk taken (cost is the regular fee of $36), Wag! will donate $25 to Unconditional Love Animal Rescue in Los Gatos to help adoptable dogs. Both attendees and their pups will get a great workout!
The event will take place during the 8:30 am and 9:30 am classes at the Los Gatos SoulCycle located at 212 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, CA 95030. You can see more details on the Facebook page here.
Each August, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad and W.E. “Bill” Mason Carousel host their End of Summer Night Ride, a pasta dinner fundraiser! This year, the event will be held on Saturday, August 18th from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
The carousel and train keep up an active summer season by participating in parades and holiday events (the train always draws a major crowd during the Independence Day celebrations in Oak Meadow) and with more open hours through the long, dry days. Even during the chilly rains of autumn and winter, they celebrate with the Holiday Train run during the Festival of Lights and are open on weekends. But what keeps the carousels running and the trains on track? Volunteers and donations! And they always appreciate more of both.
These popular Los Gatos legacies rely on donations to survive, and there are multiple opportunities throughout the year to spend a little extra time with your favorite local attractions and help them keep doing what we love.
At the very end of the summer season, the railroad and carousel hold their second major fundraiser of the year – the End of Summer Night Ride and Pasta Dinner. Evening activities begin at 5:30pm, and the last train departs at 8:30pm. You can either purchase one combo train and carousel ticket, for one ride on each, at $6, or get the unlimited pass (sold per person) and ride as many times as you want all evening for $18. Remember that children 2 and under ride free with paying adult. Dinner is served from 6-8pm, and a $10 donation will get you a plate piled high with spaghetti and meat sauce, a garden salad or caprese, and garlic bread. Vegetarian options are available, and beverages are an extra fee (beer and wine will be available for purchase). Additional donations are always welcome.
Check out more event details, other events, and regular ticket pricing and open hours on the BJWRR website: https://bjwrr.org/events/
Share your interest in attending or invite your friends on the Night Ride and Pasta Dinner Facebook event page.
Every September, the Town of Los Gatos hosts a free movie at Oak Meadow Park in the month of September for kids and kids-at-heart. This is the annual “Screen on the Green“.
In 2018, the movie will be Hotel Transylvania, and it will be September 28th, 2018. We’ll fill you in on the details when the date gets closer.
~~~~~~~~~~~ Info for the 2017 Screen on the Green is below ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
September 15th’s the night for the 2017 Screen on the Green! Fun activities for children begin at 6:00pm, with train rides, carousel rides, face painting, games and more. The film, Disney’s Moana, will begin at 7:30pm and will be projected onto a 25′ inflatable screen on the meadow. A snack bar will be open from 6:30-8:30pm, so have dinner before or bring a picnic. Bring a picnic and some blankets, then come early to grab a good seat!
Attendees, it is important to bring layers and something low to sit on – blankets, cushions, or low backed lawn chairs, are alright. I always bring a flashlight for after the show. The gopher holes in the lawn are easy to find by accident with your foot.
For additional details, please see the Los Gatos town website page for Screen on the Green: