Virtual WineFest: Tasting Fundraiser by the Los Gatos Rotary!

Los Gatos Rotary Club Virtual WineFest & Auction 2022While the annual CrabFest is postponed another year, the Rotary Club of Los Gatos is continuing a new tradition with their 2nd annual Virtual WineFest & Auction! Save the date for Saturday, January 29th at 5pm!

This year’s event centers around gourmet bites and Argentinian wines (or try the non-alcoholic selection) guided by sommelier Joe Chiodo. Tickets include a Wine Tasting Kit for 2 with curbside pick-up from Rootstock Wine Bar prior to the event. Evening entertainment includes a live performance by Lavender Fields.

And as always, the main event is the charity auction! Proceeds benefit the Rotary Charities foundations, and this year the “Raise the Paddle” auction item benefits Los Gatos House of Hope, West Valley Community Services, and Peninsula Food Runners to help fight hunger and food insecurity locally.

Virtual WineFest & Auction

For ticket sales, event details and updates, contact the event team, or donate directly check the Los Gatos Rotary website and Virtual WineFest & Auction event page. Each ticket is for a 2-person tasting experience at a cost of $150.

The event is also posted on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce event calendar with easy links to save the date on your virtual calendar and view a video promotion for the event.

Vasona Park’s Fantasy of Lights (Light Festival)

2021 Fantasy of Lights in Los GatosThe 23rd annual Fantasy of Lights show at Vasona Lake County Park begins soon! Occasionally people call me to ask about it – please note that I do not run the event – I am only posting information about it. Full info can be found on the county’s park website, linked below.

23rd annual Fantasy of Lights: get your tickets now, they sell out fast! Entry with prepaid tickets only!

When: The Fantasy of Lights

Walk-thru Weekend Dec 4 & 5, 2021 from 4 to 9 pm

Drive-thru Nights Dec 7 – 30, 2021

As always, the Fantasy of Lights is closed on Christmas Day (Dec 25).

Where: Vasona Lake County Park, 333 Blossom Hill Road (near University Avenue) Los Gatos, CA

How much: Tickets must be purchased in advance available online through EventBrite.

Walk through cost is $10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4 – 12, and free for 3 and under

Drive through cost is $20 – per vehicle. One household per vehicle!

More details:

Please visit the Santa Clara County Parks page for the Fantasy of Lights to get more information and updates on this event.

Please check the county’s page for this event (bring a mask!).

More questions? PLEASE do NOT call me about this event. Please contact the SCC Parks Dept and check out their website for the Fantasy of Lights! The Vasona phone number is (408) 355-2201.

Please visit Live in Los Gatos for year round events, neighborhood information, photos around the town, interesting real estate market data, haunted places and the occasional historical tidbit.

 

Los Gatos is a wonderful place to visit during the holidays, but it’s also a great place to live year round! If you are interested in buying a home in Los Gatos (or selling one), please contact me, Mary Pope-Handy. I’m both a Realtor in town and a resident myself, working full time in helping nice folks to buy & sell homes here and throughout the west valley.

If you aren’t familiar with the area, here are a few things to know!
Buy a home in Los Gatos (info on neighborhoods, school districts, homes for sale to browse online, links to important local sites & info)
Relocating and buying a house in Los Gatos
Los Gatos real estate on Facebook
Los Gatos real estate market statistics & trends for houses
Los Gatos realty trends and stats for condos & townhouses

 

 

 

St. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos

St Mary's Country Fair - Stage and RideSt. Mary’s Country Fair in Los Gatos is a fun, annual community event that occurs the second weekend of October (skipped last year due to Covid).

This year, it’s October Oct 10th – 10th, 2021. There’s also a great shopping opportunity on Thursday with the popular Harvest Market.

New this year, please note: Covid precautions. This is a masked event, and everyone is required to wear a mask except when eating or drinking. There will be no pancake breakfast or spaghetti dinner for safety reasons also.

Also new this year: this is a cashless event. You’ll be able to use credit cards or debit cards, but not cash.

Open to everyone, and with no admission fee, the three day fundraiser is a great place to enjoy so many cool things, including:

  • Butler Carnival rides (separate tickets)
  • bouncy house
  • country store shopping
  • arts & crafts (such as pumpkin decorating)
  • martial arts displays
  • dancing
  • dining (good and affordable!) – several food booths to choose from
  • raffle
  • play games
  • giant slide
  • full service coffee shop
  • margarita booth
  • talent show
  • live bands
  • bingo (of course!)
  • Harvest Market

Hours for the Country Fair:
Friday, October 8, 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, October 9, 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday, October 10, 10 am to 5 pm

Hours for the Harvest Market Thursday Oct 7:
11 am to 4 pm no entrance fee
Evening Shopping from 5 pm to 9 pm $20 entrance fee
Shop, Appetizers, Drinks, Raffle & Music
Tickets presale or at the door

 

See even more at the event’s website: http://stmarysfair.squarespace.com/

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!

 

Details

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.

Purchase advance tickets for rides, raffles, food, and more using this form. To get all the details on the hours, booths, events, please check the St Mary’s Country Fair website.

 

Extra tips:

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. If you’re in biking distance, consider cycling in – just remember lights are required when biking in the dark, and remember road safety!

Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk in downtown and Old Town

Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk 2015The Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk takes place this weekend, Saturday, Oct. 2, from  1 – 4 pm, in downtown Los Gatos. Over 30 wineries will be participating!

Tickets are $50 in advance ($55 at the event, but it usually sells out). Loads of info on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s website, including the long list of participants.

https://www.losgatoschamber.com/wine-walk

And buy your Los Gatos Fall Wine Walk tickets in advance here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-gatos-wine-walk-2021-tickets-167524027877

If you’ve never attended, this is the location:

Downtown Los Gatos

N. Santa Cruz Avenue & Main Street

Los Gatos, CA 95030

 

Fiesta de Artes in Los Gatos

Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival poster (formerly known as the Fiesta de Artes) for S ept 18-19, 2021The annual Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes is back and has a new name: Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival. (I don’t see Fiesta de Artes anywhere on the festival’s website except in the URL) In 2020 it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we are delighted that it returns this weekend!

If you’ve never been, it’s a fabulous opportunity to mill around the Civic Center lawn and enjoy art of various types. It’s free! If you’d like to partake of food and wine, the proceeds all go to a very good cause.

What happens at the Fiesta de Artes or the Los Gatos Art & Wine Festival?

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. Please check out the musical lineup and food offerings info here:  Fiesta music and food

Fiesta de Artes will be at the Civic Center lawn across the street from Los Gatos High School – 110 E Main Street, Los Gatos CA 95030

Please check out all of the details at the event’s website:

https://losgatosfiesta.com/

 

Los Gatos Youth Theatre summer musicals

Los Gatos Youth Theatre presents “All Shook Up” in an outdoor venue starting tonight – tickets are on sale now!

This school edition of All Shook Up is inspired by, and features the music of, Elvis Presley.

 

reprise all shook up - LGYT

Here are the details from the Los Gatos Youth Theatre:

IT’s LGYT’s OPENING WEEKEND!

Time to Get🎵All Shook Up🎶. It’s been TWO long years, but we are back performing LIVE with TWO DIFFERENT SHOW VERSIONS AND TWO CASTS! COME TO BOTH!

Shows Tonight, Sat, Sun, Thur, Fri, and Sat

OnStage Outdoors at RJ Fisher Middle School.

Performances start at sundown. Seating opens at 8pm.

 

ALL SHOOK UP

Encore High School Cast

July 16, 22 and 24

 

ALL SHOOK UP Young@Part

Reprise 10-14 yrs old Cast (photo of dress rehearsal)

July 17,18 and 23

 

Under the direction of Artistic Director, Heather Stokes

 

Tickets: $15

https://lgyt.net/

 

Los Gatos Youth Theatre logo

Los Gatos Youth Theater summer musicals showtimes:

Encore – July 16, 22, 24
Reprise (Young@Part) – July 17, 18, 23
Seating begins at 8pm
Outdoors Onstage @ Fisher Middle School
19195 Fisher Avenue, Los Gatos

Tickets on sale @ https://lgyt.seatyourself.biz

Learn more about Los Gatos Youth Theatre at https://LGYT.net/

 

Los Gatos Youth Theatre - All Shook Up

The Promenade: Strolling Downtown Los Gatos with Live Music this Summer! 7/1 – 8/12, 2021

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce: The Promenade Thursdays poster
Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce poster for the Promenade!

The Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce invites the community to celebrate summer together with free live music all summer!

Thursday Promenades in Downtown Los Gatos

There’s a party in downtown every Thursday Promenade beginning this week! Every Thursday evening, 3pm to 8pm from July 1st to August 12th, the stretch of North Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos between Main St and Bachman (that’s from Dolce Spazio to Andalé for the foodies) will transform into “the promenade.” The street will be open to foot traffic, and two stages will bookend the promenade with live musical entertainment!

Bands will begin performances at 4:30pm on the North Stage (Bachman), and at 5:30pm on the South Stage (Main), with entertainment from a different group each week. See the lineup (and any changes) on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce calendar, the Thursday Promenades page linked above, or Camber of Commerce social media pages.

Drivers, plan to reroute around this stretch of N. Santa Cruz Ave on Thursday nights. While there is usually plenty of parking along the old rail line behind the shops, it tends to fill up with festival traffic, so schedule in some extra time for parking. If you’re coming for the event, consider traveling by bike, or using a ridesharing service if you plan on patronizing any of the bars or brewery!

As someone who regularly attends free summer concerts in Los Gatos, which were mostly canceled earlier this year (and the Fiesta de Arts / Wine Walk postponed until September), the Promenade is music to my ears!

So invite your friends to eat, drink, play, and stroll the night away!

Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce: Thursday Promenades Live Music Schedule 2021
Musical lineup, taken from the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. Click to see the original post.