Ongoing – Farmers Market Every Saturday morning The Downtown Santa Clara Farmers Market continues its popular year-round engagement every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jackson Street between Benton and Homestead. Each season brings in new crops of fruits and vegetables (look for greens, winter squash, and late berries in the autumn). Check out colorful bouquets of cut flowers for your home, or plants for your patio and garden. Call 408-241-1281 for more information.
Ongoing – Tuesday Bluesday Pro Jam 6 to 9 p.m every Tuesday, Live band and karaoke every Friday 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and live music 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Neto’s Market & Grill, 1313 Franklin St. www.netosmarketandgrill.com for additional information.
Ongoing – Mommy & Me on the Row – second Tuesday of each month starting May 10 Free kid’s club on the second Tuesday of each month through December, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“The Cat in the Hat,” featuring Dr. Seuss’ mischievous character and a performance by Ballet
San Jose’s Silly Simon kicks off Santana Row’s popular Mommy & Me On the Row season of free entertainment, interactive games, crafts and educational activities designed for parents and their pre-school aged children.
Families will enjoy arts And crafts, face painting, balloon art, Story time and Yoga for parents and kids.
Park Valencia, Santana Row, located on Olin Avenue just east of Winchester Boulevard. For More information, call 408-551-4611 or visit santanarow.com.
Ongoing: Exhibits at Intel Museum: Arti, an artificial intelligence robot, talks with museum guides to help tell the fascinating story about how Intel’s technology helps teachers and students in South Africa. Visitors can also catch a handful of binary rain, representing the data created by e-mails, cell phones, video, and more. You can also get digitized as your digital photo is snapped and a digital postcard is created. The museum provides maps in multiple languages that provide a quick review of each exhibit. In all, the museum features over 30 fun, interactive exhibits. FREE admission. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at 2200 Mission College Blvd. in Santa Clara. (408) 765-0503. Visit http://www.intel.com/about/companyinfo/museum/index.htm for more information.
Through September – Santa Clara Indoor Sculpture Exhibition and Opening Reception The sixth Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, sponsored by the City of Santa Clara’s Cultural Advisory Commission, fills the corridors of City Hall with nearly 70 sculptures from 43 different artists. A jury consisting of commissioners from the Cultural Advisory Commission and a representative from the Triton Museum of Art selected the sculptures, which range from whimsical to beautiful to evocative.
Through May 21 – “Squabbles” – Santa Clara Players This hilarious play pits a father in law against a mother in a comedic succession of squabbles. Jerry Sloan is a successful writer of advertising jingles married to an equally successful lawyer. Living with the happy couple is the not so happy Abe Dreyfus, Jerry’s curmudgeon of a father in law. This play is one hilarious confrontation after another. April 29, May 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 8 p.m. and April 30, May 8, 15 at 2:30 p.m. Champagne opening- $18 Other performances – $16. Senior and student discounts available. Triton Museum Hall Pavilion, Warburton Avenue & Don. For more information, visit www.scplayers.org
Through September 30 – 6th Annual Indoor Sculpture Exhibition
The 6th Annual Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, sponsored by the City of Santa Clara’s Cultural Advisory Commission, opens in April and runs through September at City Hall, 1500 Warburton Ave. This juried exhibition will feature sculptures from artists throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information, call (408) 615-2219.
Every Sunday in May – Santa Clara Lions Pop Warner Football, Flag Football and Cheerleading Sign Ups Sign up at Townsend Field, 295 Monroe Street, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 408-248-5002 evenings or visit www.kissrules.com/sclions
May 5-6 – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant El Jardin, Santana Row’s outdoor Tequila bar and restaurant, celebrates Cinco de Mayo with a two-day Mexican fair featuring live music, food and drink specials, Carnival games, piñatas and more.
Relax in the shade of a giant old oak tree while commemorating the Mexican army’s unlikely Victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
El Jardin serves up margaritas, mojitos and other Latin cocktails, as well as their large selection of 100% Blue Agave tequilas.
Food booths will offer traditional Mexican street food including carnitas, carne asada, chicken tinga and barbacoa tacos along with authentic chicken and cheese tamales.
Mariachi Aztlan and Son de Kali will provide live music.
Entry is free, but guests must be 21 or older; complimentary parking.
Thursday, May 5 from 1 to 10 p.m., Friday, May 6 from 1 to 10 p.m.
EL Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant, 368 Santana Row. Call 408-246-1744
Or visit www.jardintequilabar.com for more information.
May 5 through 14 – Wilcox Stage Company Presents Drood by Rupert Holmes – Come join the Wilcox Stage Company in their production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood! Charles Dickens originally wrote it; however, he died before he finished it. In this creation by Rupert Holmes, the actors put on Dickens’ unfinished novel and you, the audience, get to choose who the murderer is. With a different murderer and ending every night, you can come see it all 5 performances to see the different outcomes! Shows on May 5, 6, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. and May 12 at 3 p.m.
May 7- The American Baptist Women’s Ministries at Santa Clara First Baptist Church is holding their Annual Spring Tea at 1 p.m.The highlight of this year’s event will be an Antique Appraisal Show. For the price of a ticket the guest is entitled to bring up to two antiques, only one will be appraised, though. Craig Trimble will lead the guest appraisers from Antiques Colony in San Jose. Ticket price is $10. Everyone is welcome. The Tea will be held in the Church Fellowship Hall at 3111 Benton Street in Santa Clara, across from Santa Clara High School. For more information or tickets call 408-296-5805. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
May 7 – SVACA Pet Adoptathon Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority will hold its 5th annual Adoptathon on Saturday, May 7. See the website www.svaca.com for more information.
May 7- Baby Boomer Expo Senior Expo
Attend the expo and discover products, services, and resources for baby boomers and seniors. Looking for information about long-term care, retirement communities, health plans, In Home Care, medical equipment, legal help, health and wellness, etc? Attend and meet with exhibitors and listen to valuable presentations. 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.myneighborhoodbiz.com/show.htm
May 7 – Santa Clara Spring Gardens Tour The Historic Preservation Society of Santa Clara is hosting a tour of Santa Clara gardens on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour includes the beautiful gardens at the Harris-Lass Historic Museum at 1889 Market St., plus the lovely landscaped gardens of several private homes in Santa Clara. You may also take a free home tour of the Harris-Lass Museum after touring the gardens and the Museum Gift Shop will be open. For more information or garden tour tickets, call the Harris-Lass Museum message line at 249-7905. Advance ticket purchase is required.
May 10 – Loudness, Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expwy 408-241-0777
May 11 – Major League Soccer (MLS) Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
May 14 – Don Callejon School 6th Annual Spring Fling Community Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Don Callejon School. Celebrating spring with education, the arts and school community. Features live music, carnival games, silent auction, Kids zone crafts and food. Admission is free. Visit http://dcsco.org for more information.
May 14 – G. F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt In its orchestral season finale, the Santa Clara Chorale presents Israel in Egypt, G. F. Handel’s most widely acclaimed oratorio on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara. With massive double choruses, dramatic solo arias, and stunning orchestral composition, this awe-inspiring experience is an absolute must for music aficionados and novices. For ticket prices, purchasing and information, call 535-8636, visit www.scc.org/tickets, or see www.scc.org.
May 14 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
May 14 – Santana Row’s 3rd Annual Poolside soiree and benefit Summer Fashion Shows Featuring Taylor Armstrong of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Shows at Noon and 3 p.m.
Taylor Armstrong (Bravo’s”Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) Will make a special appearance at A Poolside Soiree, Santana Row’s annual showcase of The coolest looks for a hot summer.
Two runway shows—taking place poolside and across the pool at Santana Heights—will feature the newest styles from such retailers as Donald J. Pliner, Cole Haan and Ted Baker as well as Free People, one of its newes boutiques.
Guests can enjoy poolside seating, access to the onsite Style Boutique, champagne and wine, light hors d’oeuvres, post-show party in Santana Row Rental Living and a chance to win a “Weekend for Two on the Row” valued at $1,000.
Ms. Armstrong (http://www.taylorarmstrong.com) partners with Santana Row to raise money for the Family Violence Protection Fund, an organization that works to prevent violence and help those whose lives are devastated by violence.
20 percent of ticket sales will benefit the organization.
Pink Stripes Boutique will host an Aimee Romaine trunk show after each show combining vintage inspired fabrics and modern day silhouettes; this local designer of Never Gets Old finds the perfect balance of the two.
Come meet her!
Anne Fontaine, Ted Baker, BCBG and Cole Haan will also host post-parties with celebratory bubbles and nibbles.
Here’s a clip from last year’s show that’s sure to entice!
The Pool at Santana Heights, 377 Santana Row, above Sino Restaurant. Enter by elevator in the Via of Santana Heights behind Sino.
TICKETS: $45/person; 20 percent benefits the Family Violence Protection Fund. On sale now at the Santana Row Concierge Center, 408-551-4611 or online at santanarow.com.
May 20-22 – NCAA Division 1 Baseball – Santa Clara University vs. San Diego
Santa Clara University vs. San Diego in a West Coast Conference (WCC) three game series. Friday, 5/20 at 6 p.m.; Saturday, 5/21 at 1 p.m.; & Sunday, 5/22 at 1 p.m. All games at Stephen Schott Stadium. For tickets and information, call (408) 554-4660 or visit www.santaclarabroncos.com.
May 20 – Celebrate Santa Clara Good friends, great music, delicious food and beverages. That’s what’s in store on May 20, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Franklin Square for the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce & Convention-Visitors Bureau Celebrate Santa Clara street dance. This community event will open with the Ambassador Band from Buchser Middle School, and then “The Groove Kings” will play popular rock n’ roll to classic R&B into the evening. Food will be available for purchase from local restaurants and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit the Chamber website at www.santaclaraca.gov or call 244-8244.
May 21 – Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends Book Sale Each month thousands of fiction and nonfiction books are available for purchase at the Book Sales organized by the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends. Proceeds benefit the City Library. The events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cedar Room of the Central Park Library. For more information call 408-615-2987.
May 21 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
May 21 – Springfest 2011 w/ Stevie B and special guests Young MC, Trinere, Rodney O & DJ Joe Cooley, Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expwy 408-241-0777
May 26 – Neal Morse w/ Mike Portnoy, Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expwy 408-241-0777
May 27-29 – West Side Story, a Starting Arts Production, performed by the Dream Team, an elite group of professionally-trained young performers. The award-winning American musical is an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. Set in New York City, in the mid-1950s, the musical explores the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. The young protagonist, Tony, one of the Jets, falls in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. Witness the talented 47-member cast as they take-on the sophisticated score, extended dance numbers, and dark social themes of one of America’s greatest musicals. May 27 at 7 p.m., May 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., May 29 at 2 p.m. at Santa Clara High School, 3000 Benton Street, Santa Clara. Tickets $5/$10. For tickets and information, visit www.startingarts.com or call 408-492-9022
May 27 – Andrew Nickatina, Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expwy 408-241-0777
May 28 – Spring Celebration featuring Christian artists: Skillet, Family Force 5, Lecrae, & Anthem Lights at California’s Great America Spring Celebration featuring Christian artists: Skillet, Family Force 5, Lecrae, & Anthem Lights at California Great America’s Redwood Amphitheatre. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets available online for purchase at http://www.cagreatamerica.com/
June 4 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
June 5 – Annual Spring Concert/ Longay Conservatory
Since 1983, the Longay Conservatory of Guitar has brought quality music education to the Santa Clara Valley. LCG offers a variety of educational opportunities for children, parents and teachers through the Suzuki approach as well as individual and small group instruction for adults and teens. For information about the Spring Concert, visit http://www.longay.com/
June 10-11 – Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids
It’s princess Aurora’s 16th birthday, and Flora, Fauna, & Merryweather must use their fairy tale magic to save her from the spell of evil sorceress Maleficent! Performances on June 10 at 7 p.m. and June 11 at 2 p.m. at Mary Louise Mello Auditorium at the Community Recreation Center, 969 Kiely Blvd. Tix: $8 Adults; $5 Children. http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239
June 11 – Chop Tops, Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expwy 408-241-0777
June 12 – Santa Clara Spring Gardens Tour The tour includes the beautiful gardens at the Harris-Lass Historic Museum at 1889 Market St., plus the lovely gardens of several private homes in Santa Clara. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Harris-Lass Museum at (408) 249-7905.
June 12 – Afternoon Tea and Vintage Fashion show
Guests will be served tea, scones, finger sandwiches, fruit, and pastries and will also enjoy a vintage hat and fashion show featuring costumes and dress from the 19th and early 20th century. All guests will also receive a pass to return, at a later date, to tour the beautifully appointed Harris-Lass House. Event from 1 to 4 p.m. at Harris-Lass Historic Museum, 1889 Market St. Cost: $25 per ticket. For more information, call (408) 249-7905.
June 12 – Kala Vandana Dance Company at Santa Clara Convention Center. Visit http://kalavandana.smartpick.com/index.html for information.
June 16-19 – 44th Santa Clara International Grand Prix Swim Meet will once again welcome the world’s top swimmers. George F. Haines International Swim Center, 2625 Patricia Drive. For more information, visit the site below or call (408) 246-5055.
June 25 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
July 2 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. New York Red Bulls at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
July 5 – Reverend Horton heat, Avalon Night Club, 777 Lawrence Expwy 408-241-0777
July 9 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Philadelphia Union at 7:30 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
July 20 – Major League Soccer (MLS) San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 7 p.m. at Buck Shaw Stadium at Santa Clara University. For tickets and information, visit http://www.sjearthquakes.com/schedule
July 26-28 – “Dear Edwina Junior” – Mission City Center for Performing Arts
Follow the adventures of advice-giver extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple as she directs the kids in the neighborhood in production number after hilarious production number in her “Advic-A-Palozzza” extravaganza. All performances at 7 p.m. at Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St. Tickets: Adults: $8; Children: $5. For more information, call (408) 615-3161.
August 5 – Franklin Square Street Dance
Annual “Street Dance” at Franklin Square features live music, food and refreshment booths, and much more. Hours: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Homestead and Benton Street at Franklin Square.
September 17-18 – Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival Annual festival in the City of Santa Clara’s Central Park. Festival features hundreds of exhibit booths, food booths, live entertainment, a children’s play area, and much more.
December 3 – Santa Clara Historic Home Tour
December 10-11 – Santa Clara Ballet Nutcracker
Artistic Director Josefa Villanueva presents the full-length traditional version of this holiday classic. Guest artists will join local dancers. Santa Clara Convention Center’s Elizabeth A. Hangs Theatre. Check back for performance times, or visit http://www.santaclaraballet.com/