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New Year’s Eve East Coast Countdown


Sunday, December 31, 2017 Christmas in the Park presents a New Year’s Eve East Coast Countdown.  This free event begins at 7:00pm and continues until just past midnight. Christmas in the Park is open on New Year’s Eve, December 31, from 9:00am.

There will be a special family oriented attraction from 7:00-9:00pm, conduct an “East Coast” countdown and then live music until the new year.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

Parking
Public Transit

Christmas in the Park 2017


Once again Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose is transformed into Christmas in the Park from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

The free event includes more than 550 decorated Christmas trees, over 40 animated displays/exhibits, visits with Santa, nightly entertainment and more.

Special areas of Christmas in the Park include Reindeer Ranch, Snowflake Falls, North Pole Plaza, Gingerbread Village, Candy Cane Lane and Mistletoe Row. There is also Adoption Alley where you can adopt a cat or dog to take home.

Christmas in the Park kicks off at 6:00pm on Friday, November 24 with the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree. Christmas in the Park is then open daily 9:00am to midnight.

Christmas in the Park is expensive to produce and operate. Thus, they ask you to visit their food court. All of the proceeds go directly toward bringing this event free.

Plaza de César Chávez
1 Paseo De San Antonio
San Jose, 95113

Admission: Free

Parking
Public Transit

From the day after Thanksgiving (11/24/2017) through New Years Day (1/1/2018).

Cupertino Carnival 2017


The Cupertino Carnival 2017, a three-day festival featuring live music, entertainment, real amusement rides, jump houses/inflatables, games, arts and crafts, a wide variety of food and more at St. Joseph of Cupertino School and Parish; from Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17.
Admission is free; however, there is a cost for rides, games and food. Note: three to four tickets are required for each ride.

Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, September 15 | from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 16
11:00 am 
Carnival Opens
11:00 am – 10:00 pm 
Amusement Rides, Arts & Crafts, Games, and Food Booths
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Free Show 
Master Magician Phil Ackerly
(Main Stage)
1:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
Silent Auction 
(Parish Hall)
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Free Show 
Martial Arts
(Main Stage)
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Free Show 
Happy Birds
(Main Stage)
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Free Attraction 
Hey Balloon Lady
(Main Tent)
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Free Show 
China Dance & Arts
(Main Stage)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Free Concert 
Big Daddy Rockers
(Main Stage)
10:00 pm 
Carnival Closes

Sunday, September 17
10:30 am 
Carnival Opens
10:30 am – 4:30 pm 
Amusement Rides, Arts & Crafts, Games, and Food Booths
10:30 am – 2:00 pm 
Silent Auction 
(Parish Hall)
11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Free Show 
Master Magician Phil Ackerly
(Main Stage)
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm 
Free Show
East West Dance
(Main Stage)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Free Attraction 
Hey Balloon Lady
(Main Tent)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Free Concert 
Plastic Paddy Band
(Main Stage)
4:00 pm
General Raffle Drawings 
(Main Stage)
4:30 pm 
Carnival Closes

Cupertino Carnival 2017
St. Joseph of Cupertino
10120 N. De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, 95014

Free parking is available at Stevens Creek Blvd., beside the school ground and at Lazaneo Dr. beside Intero Realty. There will be a shuttle bus ferrying patrons between the Lazaneo Dr. parking lot and the carnival.

Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Saint James Park 2017


Saturdays in August is Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Saint James Park.
Movies are free and begin at dusk; about an hour before the film will be fun and games for kids of all ages.  Also, costumes are encouraged – prizes to those who dress on theme.

Bring a blanket or low-chair to sit on.
You may bring your dog if Fido is “dog/people friendly”.
Bring food or purchase something from the food trucks.

August 5 – Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone
August 12 – Cars
August 19 – Nacho Libre
August 26 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Saint James Park
2nd Street and St. James Street
San Jose, 95112

Wings of History Air Museum Free Open House

Free admission to the Wings of History Air Museum on Saturday, May 20 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. See various airplanes (including antique, modern and Warbirds), antique cars, antique farm equipment, steam engines and hot air balloons.

Free airplane rides for kids 8 years to 17 years old. Limited space, pre-register here (2017-05-20 South County).

Wings of History Museum
12777 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, 95046
(408) 683-2290

Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:30 am to 3:30 pm (hot air balloons from 7:00 am)

Admission: Free

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History – Free Admission


Free admission to the Santa Cruz Museum on the first Friday of every month.
Museum exhibits focus on the natural history of the Santa Cruz region and the Monterey Bay.
Wildlife & Habitats — On display… Owls, Hawks, a Golden Eagle, Reptiles, Amphibians, Foxes, Coyotes, Bobcat, Mountain Lion, Jack Rabbits, Brush Rabbits, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, California Quail, Hummingbirds Song Birds, Nests, Calls, Squirrels, Raccoons, Skunks.
Geology of Santa Cruz — The Museum features fossilized bones of whales, dolphins and an entire sea cow skeleton.

Parking is available on Pilkington Avenue or in surrounding streets. From April-September you must get a free parking permit from inside the Museum to park on the museum-side of Pilkington Ave.
Public transit — Santa Cruz Metro.

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, 95062
831-420-6115

Free admission on the first Friday of every month.
Tuesday-Friday, 11am-4pm | Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm | closed Mondays.

 

Blossom Festival 2017

The Blossom Festival 2017 is March 18 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Saratoga Heritage Orchard and Civic Center area.

Antique cars, vintage motors, children’s crafts, craftspeople, and live music from the 30’ and 40’s calibrating the original Blossom Festival that debuted in 1900. Also, vintage farm vehicles, artists, along with prune and apricot tasting.

Saratoga Heritage Orchard
13650 Saratoga Ave
Saratoga, 95070

Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission: Free

Bay Area Pet Expo 2017

The Bay Area Pet Expo at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds is Saturday and Sunday, March 11 &12.
Admission to this indoor event is free (Parking $8.00) and non-aggressive, well-behaved pets are welcome — all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of appropriate vaccinations.
You will be required to sign a pet waiver at the entrance or you may fill your pet waiver form out in advance here (pdf).

The Expo features pet-friendly exhibitors, pet care tips, grooming, pet behavior & training, along with free nail trims, discounted vaccinations.
Don’t have a pet? Pets are available for adoption.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
344 Tully Rd
San Jose, 95111

Admission: Free
Parking is $8

Saturday, March 11 — 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, March 12 — 11:00am to 4:00pm

Free Lunar New Year Celebration

roosterA free Lunar New Year celebration at the San Jose Museum of Art Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

This family-friendly celebration honors the various Lunar New Year traditions including Vietnam, China, and Japan.

11 AM – 4:30 PM Hands-on art-making for all ages.
Design a noise-maker that mimics the sound of a rooster. Hey, it is The Year of the Rooster.
Create a paper lantern with a Lunar New Year-themed cutout design.

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Rising Phoenix Lion Dance Association will perform a traditional lion dance. The performance will take place in the City View Plaza. Located across Market Street from the Museum. In the event of rain, a demonstration will take place in the Museum’s First Floor, Lobby.

To skip the line, please register and print your tickets in advance.

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, 95113
408.271.6840

Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Admission: Free (reservations recommended)
Parking: Park SJ

Free Skating Downtown Ice San Jose

downtowniceBring your own skates to get free admission on Monday January 9 and 16, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Downtown Ice in San Jose.

Children 13 and under must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian 18 or older.
No lockers or secure storage on site.

Parking garages include: Market and San Pedro Square, Second and San Carlos, Third Street and Fourth Street.

Downtown Ice
120 S. Market St.

San Jose, 95113
(408) 610-4055

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