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. Check out colorful bouquets of cut flowers for your home, or plants for your patio and garden. Call 408-241-1281 for more information.
April 5-6 – Brides Against Breast Cancer Wedding Gown Sale at Santa Clara Hyatt
Designer wedding gowns and bridal accessories at up to 85 percent off retail price to benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer. Proceeds from the gown sales provide education, information, & outreach to people impacted by cancer.
Friday, April 5, 6 to 10 p.m. ($20 VIP* Unveiling of the Gowns Tax Deductible Donation per bride and $20 per each additional guest).
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($5 Tax Deductible Donation for brides and free General Admission for their guests).
Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway.
Be among the first brides in the Santa Clara area to browse through hundreds of exquisite name brand and designer wedding gowns while enjoying a signature beverage, light bites, entertainment, giveaways, and meeting the top vendors in the wedding industry! Hundreds of designer, couture, and upcycled gowns available ranging from $99 to $4,000, all styles in sizes 0-30. Layaway is available with up to 12-month payment terms.
For more information, visit www.bridesabc.org and http://bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/index.php/upcoming-events/april-5th-6th-santa-clara-ca/ or call 877-721-HOPE (4673).
April 9 – “The End of Overeating” – Dr. David Kessler
The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship presents “The End of Overeating.” On a given day, it’s a question that we ask ourselves more than any other, and how we answer affects everything from our lifespan to our mood. What should I eat? For many Americans, a growing number of health problems can be traced back to obesity and being overweight. Dr. David Kessler has long been an advocate for public health, and in The End of Overeating he uncovers the origins of the obesity epidemic and explains how we can take control of our eating. Events will be held in the Louis B. Mayer Theatre at Santa Clara University. Time: 7:30 p.m. General admission tix: $25. 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara. For more information, call (408) 554-4000 or visit http://www.scu.edu/visitors/speakerseries/2013/index.cfm
April 19 to 21 – Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Show at Santa Clara Convention Center
April 19 and 20, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m., April 21, 10 a.m – 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.griffincoin.com/page2.html
April 20 – Annual Fish Derby at Civic Center Plaza
Children ages 3-11 can try their luck at fishing at the annual Fish Derby. This FREE event is from 6:00-11:00 am at the Santa Clara Civic Center Plaza, near El Camino Real and Lincoln Avenue. The reflection pool will be transformed into a fishing pond filled with active, healthy trout for the children to catch. Rods and bait will be provided. The Santa Clara Kiwanis Club, Santa Clara Elks Club, Santa Clara Lions Club, Mission City Community Fund, and Santa Clara Parks & Recreation Department sponsor this event, with support from a variety of local community groups. For more information, call the Parks & Recreation office at (408) 615-2260.
April 20 to 21 – SCVQA 2013 Quilt Show at Santa Clara Convention Center
Hundreds of quilts made by SCVQA members will be on exhibit. Look for special exhibits including small group challenges, and a special childrens’ challenge among others. Demonstrations such as machine quilting, hand quilting, machine applique, hand applique, machine piecing, hand piecing, and easy binding application will occur at various times during the show. Admission of $10.00 is good for entry both days with an intact wrist band. http://scvqaquiltshow.org/
April 21 – Mission College Symphony
Mission College Symphony performs “The Stormy Cs” Mozart: Overture to “The Impresario” Donizetti: Sinfonia for Winds; New work for Vietnamese Zither and Orchestra (TBA) with Van-Anh Vo, soloist; Schumann: Symphony no. 2, in C Major. Time: 3:00 p.m. $15 general,$10 seniors, $5 Students, Mission College Students Free. 3000 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara. (408) 988-2200.
May 4 – Santa Clara Chorale Season Finale – “G.F. Handel’s Messiah”
Join the Chorale, soloists, and Jubilate Baroque Orchestra for this reflection on the birth, passion, and resurrection of Christ as told by G. F. Handel. Performance at 8 p.m. at Mission Santa Clara at Santa Clara University. From overture to final “Amen” chorus including the renowned “Hallelujah” Handel’s music will move and delight.
May 4 to 5 – Northern California Dive & Travel Expo at Santa Clara Convention Center
The 2013 event will host 50+ free seminars on everything from underwater photography to first aid with DAN. Visitors will be able to meet guest speakers from all over the country as they present talks on honing your diving skills, great new innovations and inspiring divers and non-divers alike. For more information, visit http://divenewsnetwork.com/expo/index.php
May 17 through June 8 – “Spreading It Around” – Santa Clara Players
This light-hearted comedy finds Angela Drayton, a wealthy widow living in a retirement community in Florida. When she grows tired of footing the bills and handling out money to her unappreciative children, she and some of the other residents start the “S.I.N. (Spending It Now) Foundation”, an organization which gives to those really in need. Fearing they will lose their inheritance, her greedy son, and his shopaholic wife show up to try to have her committed for incompetence. Turning the tables, Angela shows them just how competent she is, and then shows them the door. Shows on May 17,19, 24-26, 30-31; June 1-2, & June 6-8. Sunday shows are at 2:30 pm. All other shows at 8 p.m. Shows at the Triton Museum – Hall Pavilion 1511 Warburton Avenue. For information and/or reservations, call (408) 248-7993 or visit http://www.scplayers.org/.
May 19 – The Legend of Pele Production/Hula Halau ‘O Pi’ilani at Santa Clara Convention Center
Hula is not just dancing and chanting, it is a deeper spiritual aspect, which must be learned and felt by each haumana (student). Hula started as a religious ceremony to the Hawaiian gods. Now we dance to remember the history of Hawaii and to join the Hawaiian way of celebrating life. Our philosophy of No Ke Aloha No Ka Hula means “for the love of the hula” and embodies the elements of respect, courtesy, discipline patience, determination and perseverance. For more information, visit http://www.piilani.com/
May 30 through June 2 – 46th Annual Santa Clara International Swim Meet
USA Swimming Grand Prix meet comes to Santa Clara as the 46th Santa Clara International Swim Meet. Meet features many of the world’s top swimmers. Heats begin at 9:00 a.m. with Finals each evening at 5:00 p.m. George F. Haines International Swim Center at Central Park located at Homestead and Kiely Blvd.
June 2 – Santa Clara Chorale – “Encore Concert”
The Chorale reprises its “greatest hits” of the seaon at the beautiful St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 1957 Pruneridge Avenue in Santa Clara at 2:00 p.m. The concert is FREE. For more information, visit http://www.scc.org/
June 9 – Annual Tea and Vintage Fashion Show
The lovely, shaded garden of the Harris-Lass Historic Museum at 1889 Market St. will be the setting for an “Afternoon Tea and Vintage Fashion Show”. The fashion show will feature vintage hats and dresses of the 19th and early 20th century. Tickets are $30 each. 1889 Market Street, Santa Clara. (408) 249-7905
June 14 through 16 – “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids” – Community Recreation Center
Based on the stories of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney Animated feature film. Music and Lyrics by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Time: 2:00 p.m. Mary Louise Mello Auditorium, Community Recreation Center 969 Kiely Blvd. Tix: $8 Adults, $5 Children. For more information, call (408) 615-3140 or visit http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239
June 28-29 – Second Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships
2nd Annual Silicon Valley BBQ Championships return to Santa Clara on Friday, Friday June 28 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Meat & Greet and Saturday June 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – The Main Event Championships will be held at Santa Clara’s beautiful Central Park located at 909 Kiely Boulevard (between Homestead Road and Benton Street) in Santa Clara. Open to the Public – Admission is FREE! For more information, visit http://www.svbbq.com/
July 23 through 25 – “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR” – Mission City Center for Performing Arts
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements Music by Alan Menken. Book by Doug Wright. Time: 7:00 p.m. Mission City Center for Performing Arts, 3250 Monroe St. Santa Clara. Tix: $8 Adults, $5 Children.’ For more information, call (408) 615-3140 or visit http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=239
August 22 – Japan Expo USA at Santa Clara Convention Center
Japan Expo USA comes to America for the first time. This entertainment extravaganza and cultural event takes place at the Santa Clara Convention Center. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/JapanExpoUSA