Home the NHL team, San Jose Sharks, SAP Center is a massive event venue that began as the San Jose Arena, when it was created in 1993. Although it's a popular sports venue, the multipurpose event venue is known for the big-ticket concerts it hosts. Whether it be an exciting hockey game or Grammy-winning artist performance, this 19000 seat venue promises a good time. The multipurpose event space comes second to none when it comes to entertainment; artists like Eric Clapton, Cher, Lady Gaga often feature on SAP Center's calendar of events; while on the other hand, it also showcases popular sports events such as Royal Rumble.
Montgomery Theater has been the home of the San Jose Children's Musical Theater for many years. It is right in the middle of downtown San Jose and is within walking distance of all major hotels and restaurants, making it convenient for visitors as well as locals who want to grab a bite before or after the show. Built in the style of a Spanish mission, this elegant theater is connected to the City National Civic. Credit card acceptance varies by show.
Santana Row is an urban district, a magnet for shopping, dining, entertainment and accommodations in North San Jose. There is something for the entire family: 14 full service restaurants; twice-weekly farmers market; WiFi Internet access zones; Hotel Valencia, a world-class boutique hotel; outdoor cafes, public parks, gardens, plazas and courtyards; and a six screen CineArts complex. Developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust, Santana Row is a project that successfully combines the best elements of an urban plaza with the convenience and variety of a mall. It is a place like no other.
Children's Discovery Museum has two floors worth of exhibits and activities, including a history of bubbles, face painting and all sorts of things to keep children busy and thinking. The museum is a giant structure straddling the Guadalupe River Park, so picnics are common for visitors. It is located right on the light rail station, which makes public transportation a snap. The museum offers facilities for birthday parties and special events for all sizes of groups, from small gatherings of 10 to large groups of 1000.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is located in East San Jose's Kelley Park, near the Japanese Friendship Garden. Happy Hollow is a perfect place to take the kids for a day out as it includes a zoo with all kinds of animals like jaguars, capybaras and monkeys. Happy Hollow is not just a zoo; it also features a park with rides like a carousel and a roller coaster, a petting zoo, shopping, and play structures. Happy Hollow also has a puppet theater, an animal hospital, and offers classes, programs and summer camps for kids.
With over 200 interactive, hi-tech exhibits, The Tech Museum of Innovation is unlike any other museum in the country. It is housed in a huge complex that stands out from all the other buildings in the heart of Downtown San Jose. Its unique Silicon Valley location is fitting given its technological nature and hands-on displays. Learn about communication networks, new frontiers in science, lasers, Silicon Valley inventions, biotechnology, and other cutting edge technologies that influence the world. The museum also includes a 360-degree IMAX theater.
Corinthian Event Center or Corinthian Grand Ballroom as it is also known is a magnificent downtown San Jose facility. This 1924 neoclassic, grand dame will usher you in with its expansive granite steps, huge urns and towering columns. Its elegant foyer will charm you with its engraved wooden beam ceiling and exquisite chandelier. But it is the regal ballroom that is the star of this already alluring building. Its intricately designed massive wood-beam ceiling with alternate blue glass panes and gold leaf panels, large, unique wrought iron and glass light fixtures, and festively decorated palm trees add to the romance of this place. It also features a etched stone proscenium stage and granite balcony. Their skilled staff will make sure that any occasion is made memorable for you. It is no wonder that it is among the most preferred wedding destinations in the city and an esteemed venue for various other functions.
Theatre on San Pedro Square is one of the largest and best entertainment venues in the Bay Area. This state-of-art theatre is home to the Tabard Theatre Company and showcases talented theater artists and performers. Every season, it brings forth a variety of shows and plays that entertain and enthral audience. The premises can also be hired for private as well as corporate events. Call for details.
There is something for everyone at San Jose Museum of Art: contemporary art, lectures, concerts, tours, book signings, special events and even programs for children. The museum has been host to many outstanding traveling shows and has been a champion of local artists. The museum bookstore offers a nice selection of usual museum merchandise, such as books, tote bags and greeting cards. The museum cafe offers a wonderful rotating menu of seasonal delights.
A vibrant gallery/shop featuring a wide variety of items made by local artists. They exhibit as well as sell paintings, prints, sculptures, glass art, greeting cards, and jewelry, all at reasonable prices. Here you will find great souvenirs, beautiful pieces that will accent your walls and it is also a perfect place to pick up a unique gift for someone special. Kaleid is the only gallery around San Jose that supports solely local artists, giving many artists their first showings, as well as showcasing beautiful and edgy art by many established artists. Their 'Two Dollar Tuesdays' are very popular among locals.