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|
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!
The Museum Los Gatos will be holding a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday Oct 16, 2014 at 4pm. The location is the “old” Los Gatos Library, which is in the town’s Civic Center, near Los Gatos High School.
Address: 110 E Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030
For those unfamiliar with the Los Gatos Museum, really it’s 2 museums: one for art, which has been located in the old fire department building at Tait and Main, and the history museum, which has been at the Forbes Mill Annex. Now both will be under one roof.
Groundbreaking is this week, and the opening of the new museum is expected in Spring 2015.
For more information and many details on the New Museum Los Gatos, see the website:
Los Gatos is very spread out, and includes a strange shape, weaving in and out with county pockets, San Jose, Campbell, and Saratoga. Often, one hears of “Downtown Los Gatos”, “East Los Gatos”, and at times also “West Los Gatos” and much more infrequently, “North Los Gatos”. It should be noted that not every home or street fits into a neat category of what part of town is being discussed. Even so, the question of broad categories arises with the basic question being “where are these places?”
East Los Gatos is generally the area east of Los Gatos Boulevard, though many Los Gatans refer to it as east of Highway 17. (Some folks may consider it as relating to school boundaries.) Some of the neighborhoods found in east Los Gatos include these:
- Blossom Manor
- Surrey Farms
- Belwood, Belgatos, Surmont (a contiguous group of subdivisions that stretch from Westhill to Harwood Road)
- Heritage Grove
- Santa Rosa Heights and Aztec Ridge
- Shannon Valley Ranch
- Homes along Shannon and Kennedy out to Hicks
- Alta Vista area
- Loma Vista, El Gato Terrace, and Rancho El Padre neighborhood of Los Gatos-Almaden Road
- Vista del Monte
West Los Gatos is the part of town closest to Quito and Pollard Roads. Some of the neighborhoods include:
- Rinconada Hills (gated community)
- Arroyo Rinconada
- Old Adobe area
- Saratoga Highland
- Rio Rinconada
- English Oaks
- Wedgewood Manor
- Cameo Park West (LG mailing address, but actually in Campbell)
North Los Gatos is the area close to but north of Lark Avenue. Did you know that the Town of Los Gatos used to have a public school there? It was sold years ago – that land is now part of the lovely JCC.
Downtown Los Gatos usually designated a few areas – those included are the Downtown Historic Districts, the Civic Center, and areas close to North Santa Cruz Avenue between Highway 9 and Blossom Hill Road. As with everything, this is unofficial! Major roads in this part of town are North Santa Cruz Avenue, University Avenue, Main Street, and Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, also known as Highway 9.
The Downtown Historic Districts are lovely!
- Broadway Historic District
- Fairview Plaza Historic District
- Downtown Historic District
- Almond Grove Historic District
- Glenridge – not designated as an historic district, but many historic homes may be found there
The Civic Center area
- Civic Center area (hills behind also) – Alpine Avenue, Foster Road, Jackson Street, Central Avenue, Oak Hill Way and nearby areas up in the hills behind Main
- Areas close to Forbes Mill and Los Gatos High
- Possibly also the Loma Alta area (and likely also Blackberry Hill and Aztec Ridge, though they are anything but close to downtown)
Not all areas or neighborhoods of Los Gatos are named or labeled
There are many other areas without specific names. Real estate agents tend to dub them by local landmarks (such as “Vasona Park area”) or major roads or hill names (“Jones Road area” or “Blackberry Hill” area). Sometimes there’s a small compound that’s not quite big enough to be called a neighborhood, like Creffield Heights in the San Benito (road area) section of town, which we could probably label as “Central Los Gatos” if we wanted to create a new way of describing some areas of town!
September 27, 2008