Los Gatos Events
It’s time to decorate some pumpkins! Sereno Group is hosting its 11th 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 the four age groups, with the winner of each getting a prize.
The age groups for this contest are:
- 2 to 3 years
- 4 to 6
- 7 to 11
- 12 to 14
Small pumpkins are being given away at the Sereno Group office locations in Los Gatos (2 locations), Saratoga, Willow Glen, Aptos, Santa Cruz, Los Altos and Palo Alto. Optionally, entrants may bring their own small pumpkin.
The deadline is Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 (voting in the offices will be the next day). Have fun – we cannot wait to see the decorated pumpkins!
Here are the Los Gatos locations, but feel free to use the others listed on the Pumpkin decorating contest poster:
Los Gatos (open M – F, 9 – 5)
214 Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, Los Gatos
Los Gatos Northpoint (open M – F, 9 – 5)
634 N. Santa Cruz Ave, Suite 100, Los Gatos
Saturday September 21st and Sunday September 22nd mark the return of the Fiesta de Artes Los Gatos, Art & Wine Festival, the only Art & Wine Festival in town all year! It will be located at the Civic Center lawn, and the hours are 10 am to 6 pm both days. (This year it was moved from August to September – hopefully there will be far less “beach traffic” with this timing, which seems like a great idea to me.)
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. Please check out the musical lineup here: Fiesta de Artes music lineup
Where is the Fiesta de Artes held?
Fiesta de Artes will be at the Civic Center lawn across the street from Los Gatos High School.
For more information, please visit https://LosGatosFiesta.com/
Each year, in early to mid-Septemeber, the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club, sponsors a fun end of summer bash: Claws for a Cause. The annual Maine lobster party features good food, live music, and dancing. It is often a sell-out event!
Proceeds going to the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Charitable Foundation (supporting music, art and youth scholarships).
This year it’s Saturday, Sept 7, 2019, from 5:30 pm to 10pm and it will be held at the Los Gatos Lodge.
Last year, tickets sold out! Learn more and buy your tickets here:
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|
|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|
|Los Gatos Dance Party||31-Aug||Sat||7 – 9:30 pm||See https://liveinlosgatosblog.com/los-gatos-park-dance-3/|
|Fiesta de Artes||21 & 22-Sept||Sat & Sun||10am – 6 pm||See https://losgatosfiesta.com/|
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.