22 South Bay Accent
and William streets, San Jose. 408/295-1691.
Luna Park Chalk Art Festival. Sept. 15,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year marks the 11th
anniversary of the festival that brings together
thousands of artists, art students and art
lovers from a slew of cultural and artistic
backgrounds. Free. Backesto Park, 13th and
Empire streets, San Jose. 408/205-4287.
Silicon Valley Fall Festival. Sept. 15, 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m. This multicultural festival highlights
local businesses and the work of local artists.
Enjoy an educational fair, food, dance performances,
a petting zoo, crafts for kids and
emergency preparedness information. Free.
Memorial Park, Stevens Creek Boulevard and
Mary Avenue, Cupertino.
Santa Clara Art and Wine Festival. Sept.
15-16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday) and 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday). 175 booths, 25 community
groups serving international foods,
vintners pouring fine wines, microbrews, live
entertainment on three stages and the Kids
Kingdom make this a favorite fall festival.
Central Park Pavilion, Santa Clara, 909 Kiely
Blvd., Santa Clara. 408/615-3140.
Northern California Renaissance Faire.
Sept. 15-Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturdays
and Sundays). Raise your flagon, feast
on a turkey leg, revel to lively tunes or shop
in an authentic Renaissance marketplace. This
throwback fair includes dance performances,
concerts and full-contact jousting. Tickets
$25-$150. Casa de Fruta, 10031 Pacheco Pass
Highway, Hollister. 408/847-FAIR.
Fiestas Patrías. Sept. 16, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Celebrate Mexican Independence Day at
this fun family event. Enjoy authentic south
of the border food, a flag ceremony, an arts
and crafts area, ballet folkloric dancing, live
Mariachi music and more. Free. Courthouse
Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City.
Second Annual Sunset Concert in the Vineyard.
Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m. Two-time Emmynominated
recording artist Alfio is back at
Second Annual Sunset Concert in the
Vineyard featuring Alfio, Sept. 16,
Guglielmo Winery, Morgan Hill
Guglielmo Winery by popular
demand after his debut performance
last year. He delivers his mesmerizing
concert experience with a new repertoire
featuring classics from yesterday
and today in a gorgeous winery
setting. Tickets $65-$95. Guglielmo
Winery, 1480 E Main Ave., Morgan
Hill, 1480 E. Main Ave., Morgan Hill.
Pub in the Park. Sept. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs and blankets for a picnicstyle
afternoon, complete with live music and
lawn games such as croquet, cornhole
(bean bag toss), and more.
Mountain Ramblers will perform.
Free. Mezes Park, 939
Valota Road, Redwood
Almaden Valley Art
and Wine Festival.
Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 6
p.m. Almaden Lake
Park is the bucolic
backdrop for this
popular fair featuring
wine and a special
area for kids to play. All proceeds
from the festival are donated to nonprofit
organizations and schools and also support
merit-based scholarships to deserving
students. Free. Almaden Lake Park,
15652 Almaden Expressway, San Jose.
Oktoberfest. Sept. 19-23, times vary.
For the fifth year, Redwood City revelers
raise their steins to celebrate German
Oktoberfest. Join friends and neighbors
in a huge Teutonic-inspired tent on
Courthouse Square—complete with over
1,100 feet of family-style bench seating,
lots of fun and merriment, music, dancing,
contests, cold beer and other beverages,
food, and more. Ticket prices TBD.
Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St.,
Redwood City. 650/780-7000.
Monterey Jazz Festival. Sept. 21-23,
times vary. There’s no other jazz festival in the
world like this one, which is 59 years strong.
If you’re into both cutting-edge newcomers
and iconic performers like Wynton Marsalis,
this landmark showcase is the one event you
shouldn’t miss. Tickets from $50. Monterey
County Fairgrounds, Fairground Road and
Casa Verde Way, Monterey.
Hammer Plaza Celebration. Sept. 28-29,
7-10 p.m. This family-friendly event features
awe-inspiring aerial dance performed
live on the façade of Hammer Theatre Center
by vertical dance troupe BANDALOOP.
Bridgman|Packer Dance also joins the
festivities with “Truck,” its innovative
performance piece stage inside a
17-foot U-Haul. Local food trucks
and a beer garden will be available
on-site to provide refreshments.
Free. Hammer Theatre Center, 101
Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose.
Menlo Park Sidewalk Fall Art Stroll.
Sept. 28-30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday
Saturday), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Sunday)
Downtown Menlo Park
plays host to this art-filled
family event, which gives
visitors the opportunity
to browse and
shop among the
and wearables by
a variety of talented
artists and craft
makers. Free. Santa
Cruz Ave. between
El Camino Real and
Festival. Sept. 29,
10 a.m. Come for
community, stay for
lunch and enjoy
games and sto-
The Abduction from the
Seraglio, Sept. 15–30,
California Theatre, San Jose
Monterey County Fair, Aug. 30–
Sept. 3, Monterey County Fair
and Event Center