22 South Bay Accent
of unique bicycles of all types, along with vendors,
food trucks, a kids’ zone, music, entertainment,
exhibitions a D.J. and more. Free.
History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose.
Wharf to Wharf Race. July 22, 8:30 a.m.
More than 16,000 runners make their way
along a 6-mile waterfront route, kicking off
the Santa Cruz Wharf and finishing at the
Capitola Wharf. Free for spectators. Santa
Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St., Santa
Rock the Garden 2018. July 24, 6 to 10
p.m. Rock the Garden is an enormous free
public festival, celebrating Montalvo’s Art on
the Grounds program and the center’s artists
in residence and featuring art-making activities,
tours, live music, dancing, gourmet
food trucks and more. This year’s
event debuts three new site-specific
performances by acclaimed choreographer
Joanna Haigood, aerial acrobat
Zoe Klein and other talented
artists. Free. Montalvo Arts Center,
15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga.
Gilroy Garlic Festival. July
27-29, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Celebrate
the “stinking rose”
and all of its culinary greatness
at the 40th annual
Gilroy Garlic Festival.
Experience cooking contests
live music, arts and crafts,
wine tasting, a children’s
area and a teen zone. Tickets
$20, free for children 6
and under. Christmas Hill
Park, 7050 Miller Ave., Gilroy.
Tours des Fleurs).
July 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Take in the sights, sounds
and heavenly oral scents of Half Moon Bay’s
nurseries, greenhouses, harbor and farms during
this once-a-year tour of private facilities.
Choose from six packages, each featuring visits
to three properties. Advance tickets required,
$20. Various locations throughout Half Moon
San Francisco Marathon. July 29, 5:30 a.m.
This famous footrace begins on the Embarcadero,
heads across the Golden Gate Bridge,
climbs hills and winds around some of the
city’s most iconic landmarks. Thousands of
runners from around the world test their
endurance while taking in some of the most
stunning views of the Bay. Visit thesfmarathon.
com for registration and more information.
Fourth of July
Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Celebration
and Parade. July 3-4, times vary.
More than 2,500 people participate in
this Fourth of July parade that’s taken
place since 1876. On July 3, festivities
kick off with the 29th Annual Patriotic
Sing at the Downtown Amphitheater,
while Fourth of July events include the
Freedom Run, parade, Car Cruise n’
Show and Fireworks on the Green. Visit
morganhillfreedomfest.com for more
Postgame Independence Day Celebration.
There’s no better way to
celebrate America than baseball and fireworks.
Take yourself out to the ballpark
for a patriotic evening as the San Jose Giants
compete against Modesto Nuts. Fireworks
follow the game. Ticket prices vary. San Jose
Municipal Stadium, 588 E. Alma Ave., San
Family Fourth Independence Day Parade
and Festival. 10 a.m. Spend the day in downtown
Redwood City for a parade followed by
a festival featuring arts and crafts, live entertainment,
food, children’s activities and information
booths. Free. Middlefield Road and
Broadway, Redwood City. 650/365-1825.
Rose, White and Blue Parade. 10 a.m.
This old-fashioned family-style parade winds
through the Rose Garden neighborhood and
features live bands, dance groups, floats, kids
on bikes, antique cars and more. Afterward,
attendees enjoy food and drink from local
restaurants. Free. Dana Avenue., University
Avenue and The Alameda, San Jose.
Ol’ Fashioned Fourth of July
Parade. Noon to 1 p.m. Admire
floats, marching bands, community
service groups, classic cars,
decorated bikes, “Pooches on
Parade,” youth sports teams, dance
and theater troupes, local dignitaries
and celebrities as
they march down Main
Street. Free. Main Street
between Filbert and Mill
streets, Half Moon Bay.
USS Hornet Museum
Fourth of July Celebration.
1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Enjoy live music, family
activities, games, flight
simulator, jump house,
St. Lawrence String Quartet, June 30,
Bing Concert Hall, Stanford
Tommy Castro at Redwood Mountain Faire, June 2–3, Roaring Camp Railroads,
Felton; Bubble Run, June 9, Santa Clara Fairgrounds, San Jose
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