The fun never stops at the California Theatre. This huge venue hosts annual events, theater performances, music concerts and even competitions. Past events include the Library of Congress "Song of America" Tour with Thomas Hampson, the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and a San Jose Youth Symphony performance. The venue used to be a FOX movie theater and it has a top-notch sound system and comfortable seats. See the website for further details.
This huge, multi-domed church was originally built in 1877 and was restored to its original splendor in 1990. This is actually the fifth location of the parish seat; the first was built in 1803. The present structure is a monumental building. Incredible stained glass work renders the sanctuary into a lovely, almost mystical space when the sun causes the colors to play across the walls, pews and floor. Masses are held in Spanish and English.
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.
This 2,600 plus seater city-owned theater, designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is the venue of Broadway San Jose. The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts also hosts plays, concerts, and a variety of cultural events year-round. Thick carpet, plush seats, ample legroom and a sloping floor create a comfortable viewing environment. The theater has accommodations for eight wheelchairs.
This well-designed auditorium, the City National Civic, is perfectly suited for concerts, lectures, sporting events or assemblies of any kind. The building, constructed in the Spanish Mission style, dates back to the 1930s, seats 3,000 people, and has been lovingly maintained, making it an elegant venue for any event. It also offers an interesting look at what San Jose was like before Silicon Valley reshaped the area's economy and architecture. You can contact the auditorium at: 408-792-4111.
Germania Verein is one of the oldest social clubs of its kind in Central San Jose. An all time favorite venue for various celebrations, this event venue promotes cultural awareness for all things German, benefiting the residents of nearby communities. This place is just perfect for weddings and gatherings and other social occasions. If you plan to have a simple yet elegant wedding, then you can definitely consider this place. Located close to Saint James Park, this place also serves as a venue for Silicon Valley Oktoberfest.
The last lynching ever held in California took place in this park. Things are much quieter these days (not to mention law-abiding). Nowadays the place holds a few statues and a small clan of homeless persons, but during the summer, there are live concerts featuring a variety of music performed to an appreciative crowd of locals. You will spot everyone from hi-tech types taking a break to families with kids to senior citizens enjoying the fresh air. There are also forestry classes year-round that make the environment come to life in all new ways.
Once you get past the grand arch of the San Pedro Square entrance, you will find yourself in the famous restaurant area of Downtown San Jose. Foodies will delight at this square which offers them a mind-boggling range of cuisines, cafe-bars and fine dining restaurants to choose from. People watching becomes a past time at cafes which offer sidewalk seating. Art galleries and theaters thrive in the downtown area and attract tourists and crowds every single day of the week.
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.
Ballet San Jose has presented top-notch programs for nearly a quarter of a century. It has become one of the finest companies in the nation, producing world-class shows under the direction of principal choreographer Dennis Nahat. The main venue in San Jose is the Center for Performing Arts at the corner of Almaden Boulevard and San Carlos. This is a remakrable institution and has managed to always impress, delight and enchant its audiences. The costumes, sets and performances of the dancers are simply spectacular. This is demonstration of grace and greatness, performances spell out art in body and athleticism.
The Sabatino Memorial Family Resource Center adds a touch of Italian culture to the neighborhood. Known for its iconic shows and events, this is where one can catch some entertaining Italian-inspired cultural events. While it might not be the best known venue in the city, its popularity on the indie scene is growing as larger crowds walk in for a taste of the unexplored. Featuring plays, concerts, festivals, workshops and other community events, the venue does well to creatively portray a foreign culture.