Saratoga Summer Music Series

Saratoga Summer Music Series Logo with a solar graphic and musical symbols making the shape of an acoustic guitar.

If you’ve been enjoying any of Los Gatos’ many free musical series this summer, consider taking a trip next door to Saratoga this weekend! This Sunday, August 27th is the annual Saratoga Summer Music Series from 1pm – 7pm at Wildwood Park, just off the downtown strip.

Featuring live performances by local bands Aly & Friends, The Complications, and The Megatones. Kick back and relax on the lawn or dance through the day! Food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase in the park, and picnics are also welcome. This is a free event for the community, but registration is requested so there will be enough food and fun for everyone. Find more invormation on the event page linked above.

 

 

The Promenade

The Promenade - Los Gatos music event on N Santa Cruz AvenueThe Promenade in Los Gatos brings the summer music events we love to North Santa Cruz Avenue on several Thursdays this summer. Tonight is the last one!

The Promenade details

You can enjoy a car-free N. Santa Cruz Avenue with music, strolling, shopping, drinks, and dining between 5 pm and 9 pm. If you want to bring folding chairs to sit closer to the band, it’s allowed.

Tonight’s performers are Lavender Falls and FLO.

You’ll be able to purchase alcohol (1 drink at a time, with wristband at an ID station) up to 8 p.m.

Today’s weather will be mild – it should be a perfect evening to be outdoors!

All of the details are on the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce’s website.

 

Related reading:

Los Gatos Free Musical Concert Series

Los Gatos Youth Theatre Summer Musicals

The Almond Grove neighborhood

List of Los Gatos neighborhoods (with links to articles describing each one)

 

Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk

Los Gatos Wine WalkThe Los Gatos Spring Wine Walk will take place on Saturday, April 23 2022 from 1 pm to 4 pm- rain or shine!.

The tickets can sell out fast, so get yours today! Cost is $50 advance, or $55 day of the event.

For more details and info on how to register, please see the Los Gatos Chamber’s website. Cheers!

The location will be

Downtown Los Gatos
N. Santa Cruz Avenue & Main Street
Los Gatos, CA 95030

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.

Vasona and Oak Meadow Parks

Kids sailing at VasonaSomething is always happening at the big and beautiful, 150 acre Vasona Lake County Parkand adjacent 12 acre Oak Meadow Park (belonging to the Town). These sister parks are connected and share the Los Gatos Creek, meandering trails, the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad at Oak Meadow. The parks enjoy beautiful scenery, both within the many acres and also looking up at the coastal range that separates this valley from the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

It’s a wonderful place for a family or company picnic and is often the site for beginning races, walk-a-thons, and other charitable causes, and it’s also the location for many cultural festivals throughtout the year. Most recently, there was an enormous, two day Iranian/Persian New Year’s Festival called Norouz that drew several thousand people from all over Silicon Valley. The San Jose Mercury News covered it and had a great little video on their website on this event, take a look! As you can see, Vasona and Oak Meadow aren’t just a couple of nice parks, they’re places for the community to gather, enjoy themselves and nature and to do it in a gorgeous spot.

Here are some of the regularly scheduled, annual events at Oak Meadow and Vasona that invite us to enjoy some recreation time there:

 

June & July: Vasona Vibrations (free concerts Saturdays 5-7pm)
July & August: Shakespeare in the Park
August: In the Park After Dark Movie Week
Saturday evening on Labor Day Weekend: Los Gatos Park Dance (begun in 2013)
September: Screen on the Green
October: Halloween Train Rides (Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad)
December: Fantasy of Lights

And because these are parks, there are great learning opportunities and classes available there too. The Parks and Recreation Department offers sailing lessons – as you can see from the pic, my kids enjoyed these a few years ago (and may teach there this summer too). Paddleboats can be rented in summer as well. A hands-on approach to introducing kids to nature is provided by the extremely popular , which recently enjoyed an expansion at Vasona.

Historically, these parks are interesting too and there are some things you might not know about them.

Read more

Winding Down the Summer of 2010 in Los Gatos

August 20, 2010

Sunset (taken at La Jolla Aug 9, 2010)Many Los Gatos school children are either back in school or shortly will be back in the classroom.  Technically, summer lasts almost another month, but the unofficial end of the season usually coincides with the academic schedule or Labor Day rather than the actual calendar date.

It’s been a very cool summer, generally, one that didn’t require a lot of air conditioning for most of us. Many days it felt more like spring than summer.  My family and I just returned from a vacation to San Diego (which I highly recommend!), where we heard it was the coldest summer in 70 years.  Sounds like all of California had an extra mild season!

There’s still a little summer left to be enjoyed, though!  If you have worked and busied yourself and wondering if you totally missed the boat on summer fun, it’s time to take a break and sneak in some helpful R & R.

Here in town, you can enjoy several great “end of summer” events, several of which are no-cost:

  • There are 2 more afternoons of Music in the Park and one more Jazz in the Plazz. (Dates are Aug 22, 25 and 29 – check link above for details.) 
  • Visit Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, Aug 28th for the “End of Summer Night Ride” with a pasta dinner, carousel rides and a train ride at the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad. 
  • Labor Day plans?  Calvary Church of Los Gatos invites you to their Chill & Grill on Monday, Sept 6th from 11-3 (no admission fee – this sounds like a great event, please check via the link!). 
  • On September 11th there’s Claws for a Cause at C Hannegan’s.

Enjoy the end of summer!

Los Gatos Celebrates Independence Day, July 4, 2010

June 28, 2010

Los Gatos Celebrates July 4, 2010

Independence Day is upon us again!  Come celebrate in beautiful downtown Los Gatos!

The town’s festivities for July 4, 2010, commence at 11am and run through 7pm, most of it at the Civic Center (110 E Main Street, LG, 95030), but some of it across the street on the lawn at Los Gatos High School. There will be plenty of entertainment with music, dancing, games, picnicing and also a great BBQ. (Including one of the weekly “Music in the Park” events.)

To get the whole story, see the town’s online flyer by clicking this link. Enjoy, and happy Independence Day!