San Jose's Main Events 2009: A Year of Fun under the Sun

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Back when orchards blanketed the valley floor, the song of the wind through the plum and cherry trees was the main entertainment. Now, Silicon Valley rings with live music and a multifaceted array of other events, from edgy and sophisticated to down-home fun. There is so much to choose from, and with 300 days of sunshine, travelers to San Jose find plenty of reasons to visit and "stay and play" no matter what time of year.

Back when orchards blanketed the valley floor, the song of the wind through the plum and cherry trees was the main entertainment. Now, Silicon Valley rings with live music and a multifaceted array of other events, from edgy and sophisticated to down-home fun. There is so much to choose from, and with 300 days of sunshine, travelers to San Jose find plenty of reasons to visit and "stay and play" no matter what time of year.

Arts Alive:
Cinequest Film Festival: February 25-March 8, 2009. 'Empowering the Maverick' filmmaker is the motto of Downtown San Jose's premier film festival, a dynamic 12-day event of 200 international films with over 400 film artists, technologists, and professionals from 34 countries . The festival celebrates innovative indie films and technology forums, and takes place at venues like the Camera 12 (aka, C12), California Theatre (the Cal), and San Jose Repertory Theatre (the REP). Contact: 408/995-5033.

Zero One San Jose (01SJ): June 2010. At sites across Downtown, the Third Biennial Global Festival of Art on the Edge provides a platform for some of the world's most innovative contemporary artists. Their goal is to create works of art that use technology as a key tool. It's multi-dimensional (performances to exhibits and films), with sometimes startling and brilliant aspects--like the new outdoor Culture Screen and City Hall Rotunda projection. Contact: 408/916-1010.

Music in the Air:
Comcast San Jose Jazz Festival presented by Southwest Airlines: August 7-9, 2009. Celebrating 20 years of this festival in one weekend, with more than 80 performances on 10 stages throughout Downtown. Sample a buffet of jazz tastes-- Blues, Latin, Salsa, Big Band and more. The music lasts all day with lots of activities after dark. Contact: 408/288-7557.

San Jose International Mariachi Festival: September 23-27, 2009. This event is a fiesta for the eyes and ears, showcasing both mariachi's energetic music and its vivacious culture. Latin contemporary and traditional music takes over the Mexican Heritage Plaza and stages in Downtown San Jose, with performances by Grammy winners and top bands. Contact: 408/928-5501.

Racing around Town:
Amgen Tour of California: February 17, 2009. Cyclists participating in the Amgen Tour of California will ride through the sprawling hills of Silicon Valley while making their way from San Jose to Modesto. This new course serves as the fourth leg of the scenic race and challenges contestants to a vigorous workout. The 26-mile stretch includes continual climbing and a 4,360 foot journey up Mt. Hamilton, which provides one of the highest elevations ever reached in the Amgen. After crossing over the mountain's crest, bikers will continue onto Sierra Road and then embark upon an 18-mile ride to the heart of San Jose. Cycling champion's highly anticipated return to competitive cycling after a three-year hiatus, will begin with this tour. Contact: 408/ 535-3500.

Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon: October 4, 2009. The Bay Area's largest half marathon, this one-day race really rocks, with live music from bands staged along every mile of the racecourse and a final headliner concert in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. For those not in the running, there are also health and fitness exhibits to enjoy at the Convention Center. Ticket prices vary; watch for early entry discounted registration at rnrsj.com. Contact: 800/311-1255.

Celebrating People and Traditions:
Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade: Spring 2009. A celebration of all things Vietnamese--arts and crafts, food, music and dance. Past festivals have included live performances by Vietnamese entertainers or martial arts experts and a parade that showcases colorful Vietnamese dance and cultural groups, plus marching bands from throughout the Bay Area. This free, family event is held at Market Street and Park Avenue in Downtown San Jose. Contact: 408/292-8283.

San Jose Pride: June 13-14, 2009: A rainbow of events--including a parade plus food booths, live music, and entertainment in Discovery Meadow. Ticket prices for 2009 to be available soon. Contact: 831/338-2578.

Festival for Independence: July 3-5, 2009. Enjoy two stages of first-rate musical and cultural entertainment with arts and crafts from around the world, booths offering savory ethnic foods, and tons of activities for kids. Contact: 408/298-6861.

Downtown for the Holidays:
Downtown Ice: November 21, 2008-January 19, 2009. Skate under the stars--and the palm trees--in the heart of Downtown. The South Bay's largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, is set in the amazing Circle of Palms between the Fairmont Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art. Contact: 408/279-1775.

Christmas in the Park: November 27, 2008-January 1, 2009. Anchored by a festive tree lighting and the San Jose Holiday Parade (December 7), and displays like the Santa Claus Railroad and the reindeer bar, Christmas in the Park is a fond family tradition in Silicon Valley. Contact: 408/995-NOEL (recorded); 408/793-4170 (live).

For a complete list of events, check out http://www.sanjose.org/pressroom/pressreleases/2008.php?x=1208_2009_main_Events.

About The San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau (SJCVB) The San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau (SJCVB) mission is to enhance the image and economic well being of San Jose by marketing San Jose as a globally recognized destination. The SJCVB offers visitors, meeting planners, and tour operators, a range of services to ensure a successful event and fun visit to San Jose. For a copy of the Official Visitors Guide, please contact the SJCVB at 1.800.SAN.JOSE (1.800.726.5673) or visit http://www.sanjose.org .

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