Los Gatos Events
The Plein Art Show in Los Gatos returns this weekend!
- Preview and sale at 100 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos on Sat., June 22nd from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- The show itself is Sunday, June 23rd from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Gatos Town Plaza. These will be works of art created here in recent days. Beer & wine will be available for purchase.
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 at the event will be wine tasting, music, and mini art sessions for kids.
Thanks to the Los Gatos morning Rotary for sponsoring this great event yet again. Learn more on the Los Gatos Plein Air website:
Los Gatos Free Music Concert Series: Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz and Vasona Vibrations Schedule of Events and Performers
Summer 2019 is just around the corner and we’re all revved up and ready for those free concerts around Los Gatos. Most 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 Independence Day festivities)! 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 of June & July (pl;us a bonus Open Mic on Aug 3) at Vasona Lake County Park, schedule of performers has recently been announced here at the event’s website. 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. Consider bringing food and cash donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, which are accepted at every concert. Please note that a $6 fee is charged for parking within the County Parks.
(2) Music in the Park 5-7pm Sundays from July 7th – August 4th, usually with a dance party finale at the Los Gatos Civic Center campus lawn. Get more information (rules, dates, location, schedule and lineup) when available at the website, closer to June.
(3) Jazz on the Plazz 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays, June 19 – August 21 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. Please note that while the other music venues are 100% free, with Jazz on the Plazz, the “best” seats come with a price tag.
(4) Fiesta de Artes open 10am-6pm August 10th – 11th, at the Civic Center Lawn in Downtown Los Gatos. The Fiesta is the only art and wine festival in Los Gatos and offers musical performances both days from start to finish. Find the 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 residents park for free. Event page is showing information from 2017, this is normally updated as we approach July. Last year, a new event was held the weekend prior, the Red, White, & Blue Block Party on Saturday, July 1st, 2017. Santa Cruz Avenue in Downtown was closed for festivities including, music, family games, a bike parade, and dunk tank. No updated information has been given yet, but we hope the party will be back in 2018!
Now for the full schedule of performances. Once again, please double check all rules, directions, and schedule information with the information on the festival website so you can enjoy the music to the fullest. A complete list of performers is not yet available, the chart will be filled in as details become available.
|Series||Date||Day||Time||Performer & Link|
|Vasona Vibrations||1-Jun||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Top Shelf Big Band|
|Vasona Vibrations||8-Jun||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Blue House|
|Vasona Vibrations||15-Jun||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||The Jones Gang|
|Jazz on the Plazz||19-Jun||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Jane Monheit|
|Vasona Vibrations||22-Jun||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Andre Thierry|
|Jazz on the Plazz||26-Jun||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Tiffany Austin|
|Vasona Vibrations||29-Jun||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Windy Hill|
|Vasona Vibrations||30-Jun||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Andre Thierry|
|Jazz on the Plazz||3-Jul||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Curtis Stigers with Full Spectrum Jazz|
|4th of July Celebration||4-Jul||Thurs||1:00pm||Symphony in the Park – San Jose Wind Symphony|
|4th of July Celebration||4-Jul||Thurs||11:00am||The Hipwaders (for kids) on 2nd stage|
|Vasona Vibrations||6-Jul||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Blue Summit|
|Music in the Park||7-Jul||Sun||5:00-7:00pm||The Sun Kings (Beatles tribute)|
|Jazz on the Plazz||10-Jul||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Paula West (Facebook Link)|
|Vasona Vibrations||13-Jul||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Jessica Johnson|
|Music in the Park||14-Jul||Sun||5:00-7:00pm||Sweet HayaH|
|Jazz on the Plazz||17-Jul||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||John Proulx|
|Vasona Vibrations||20-Jul||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Isis and The Cold Truth|
|Music in the Park||21-Jul||Sun||5:00-7:00pm||Ryan Scripps|
|Jazz on the Plazz||24-Jul||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||To Be Announced|
|Vasona Vibrations||27-Jul||Sat||5:00-7:00pm||Bean Creek|
|Music in the Park||28-Jul||Sun||5:00-7:00pm||Stealin’ Chicago|
|Jazz on the Plazz||31-Jul||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Jamie Davis|
|Vasona Vibrations||3-Aug||Sat||4:00-7:00pm||Vasona Vibrations Acoustic Open Mike|
|Music in the Park||4-Aug||Sun||5:00-7:00pm||Caravansarai (Santana Tribute)|
|Jazz on the Plazz||7-Aug||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All Stars|
|Fiesta de Artes||10-Aug||Sat||See website||TBD – see Fiesta de Artes page|
|Fiesta de Artes||11-Aug||Sun||See website||TBD – see Fiesta de Artes page|
|Jazz on the Plazz||14-Aug||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||Roberta Gambarini|
|Jazz on the Plazz||21-Aug||Wed||6:30-8:30pm||The Funky Godfather|
On Saturday, June 8, 2019, 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 8:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
The website states:
There are two options for breakfast: Regular Breakfast is $8.00 and includes 3 large pancakes & 2 sausage links. Small Breakfast includes 1 large pancake & 2 sausage links. A la cart items will also be available.
Tickets for the train are at the regular pricing. It’s a great fundraiser to support the small gauge railroad, and kick off the summer schedule for both the train and carousel.
In addition, the train and carousel will be open bright and early. Rides will begin at 8:00am and run until 4:30pm. Standard ticket pricing applies.
For more information and details, please have a look at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad website.
If you’re on Facebook, find and “like” the Facebook page for the BJWRR.
The Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk will take place on Saturday, May 4 2019 from 1:00 to 5:00pm. Stroll through downtown Los Gatos and enjoy wine tasting, free music, shopping, and the ambiance of our Gem City. Sponsored by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, this popular event is $45 in advance (available to the first 300 ticket purchases) and $50 general admission online, plus processing fee. If there are tickets remaining they will go up for sale on the day of the event for $55 at the door IF it’s not sold out, so get your tickets today!
For more details and info on how to register, please see the Los Gatos Chamber’s website. Cheers!
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 Los Gatos Kiwanis Club again hosts an egg hunt in Los Gatos this spring. The event is the “Hippity Hop Hunt ‘Til You Drop” and it’s free for Los Gatos kids aged 3-10, happening Saturday April 20, 2019 from 10 am to 11 am at Oak Meadow Park. It is a BYOB event – bring your own basket. It starts right at 10 o’clock and is over fast – so be on time!
Read all the details here
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, April 27th, 2019. There’s even a kid set too.
Please get the full scoop here on the organization’s website.
It’s February and, for couples, that means it’s time to plan your Valentine’s Day! And what better place to celebrate your love than in the Valley of Heart’s Delight (Silicon Valley’s old nickname), or more specifically, in the Gem of the Foothills – our very own LG! Here we’ll give you some ideas on how to celebrate a romantic Valentine’s Day in Los Gatos.
Valentine’s Day on a tight budget: picnic with your sweetie
Los Gatos is filled with beautiful parks, and lately the weather has been in the low 70s. If you want or need to be frugal, get a simple assortment of cheeses, crackers, grapes and wine and enjoy a picnic at Vasona Park or your favorite of any one of the lovely parks in town. It’s affordable, easy, and you can enjoy some lovely views.
How about a walking tour of Los Gatos?
Stroll through scenic downtown Los Gatos. The “village” area is full of neat shops. Head over to Old Town too, and while there, walk across the pedestrian bridge between Old Town and Forbes Mill. There is something about being still on this little bridge with the world passing by underneath that’s very special. Have a look at the old mill. This was the first commercial venture in Los Gatos – and it’s tucked away, off the beaten path. . . . But easy to find if you know what to look for.
You might also consider doing the “LOST Gatos” historic walking tour – just put it on speaker. Check out the free app the various tours you can hear at the link above.
After you’ve dined, head back to North Santa Cruz Avenue and pick up some dessert at Dolce Spazio.
Dinner out in Los Gatos for Valentine’s Day? Reserve early!
Need to do the official Valentine’s meal out? Los Gatos is oozing with great restaurants. Just don’t wait until the last minute to call in for a table. Some of my favorites include the Wine Cellar, I Gatti, Viva, and Pedro’s, Looking to totally “wow” him or her? A world class restaurant is Manresa. I haven’t eaten there yet but understand that it’s one of the finest restaurants to be found anywhere (it’s just not as affordable as the other places I’ve suggested). You might also try Flights – it’s fun to share your food with a sweetheart!
Shopping for Valentine’s Day in Los Gatos : Flowers, Chocolates, and Lace
Need flowers? Bunches in downtown is very nice. Do yourself a favor and visit a proper flower shop if you’re going to do it. The grocery store flowers just don’t tend to last very long. And Bunches has a bonus, the resident pet duck!
Need chocolate? I love Chocolate Dream Box on Union Ave by Safeway (this shop was previously in King’s Court Shopping Center after moving out of downtown), it makes mouth watering truffles in beautifully delicate shapes and prints. Another good option is Fleur de Cocao, which sells truffles, artisan chocolate bars, and cakes. Their downtown location is also a cafe, so you can sit with your sweetie over a cappucino and some sugary treats.
Need something sensual? Romantiques on University Avenue near Old Town, Los Gatos, is worth a visit! Ladies intimates line the wall, beautiful silk goodies that you are not likely to find in a chain store, with articles ranging from the luxurious yet practical to the, well… less practical and significantly more luxurious. Maybe don’t bring the kids on this shopping trip.
Wishing you all a wonderful Valentine’s Day, no matter where or how you celebrate it!
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It’s time to decorate some pumpkins! Sereno Group is hosting its 10th 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 Friday, October 19th, 2018. Have fun – we cannot wait to see the decorated pumpkins!
The Los Gatos Community Concert Association is about to begin its 69th season, again bringing delightful music to our town from fall through spring. “A first class concert series at affordable prices” is the goal, and by all accounts it is consistently successful at it. The first concert debuts on Sept 23rd and tickets for the series are open to the public for purchase. Tickets are on sale as a season pass covering all four shows and cannot be bought individually for each concert except when there is availability at the door and online shortly before the event.
What’s on the agenda for this season?
Ilya Yakushev, pianist – September 23, 2018
Five Sax, saxophone quintet – November 4, 2018
Frisson Ensemble. six-piece chamber orchestra – January 20, 2019
Motoshi Kosako, harpist – April 28, 2019
All performances are at Los Gatos High School. For more info on musicians, times, ticket pricing, discounts for seniors and students, as well as subscription pricing, please see the LGCCA website.