August 17-22, Northern California Events and Festivals

Stockton – Wednesday August 18th, 2010 at 6:00pm – Concert in the Park

The City of Stockton Community Services Department presents the annual series in partnership with the Stockton Musician’s Association. Spend an evening in the Victory Park (Pershing & Argonne) with your favorite person, a picnic supper, and some great music as the Concert in the Park series continues for the 57th year! Every Wednesday beginning June 9 – August 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Starlight Cinemas, Free summer outdoor movies, San Jose CASan Jose – Wednesday August 18, 2010 at dusk – Starlight Cinemas; Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Creature, an amphibious, prehistoric man-monster inhabits the depths of a tropical lagoon undisturbed until scientists intrude upon his domain. Directed by Jack Arnold, the film stars Richard Carlson and Julie Adams. 3-D glasses will be available for sale. Take advantage of San Jose’s warm, summer nights and enjoy a movie under the star-studded sky with good company. Starlight Cinemas in the Historic District will feature 1930s-1950s classic films. Discover unparalleled entertainment and dining options tucked inside some of downtown’s historic buildings, plus transit services steps from the front door. Come early for pre-movie entertainment and the best seat; BYOCB(or A)- Bring Your own Chair, Blanket or Air Bed. Located at Post Street between Market and First streets.

Sunnyvale – Wednesday August 18, 2010 at 2:00pm – Steve Chaney, Ventriloquist

Free! Steve Chaney and sidekick Corny Crow have a hilarious, “side-splitting” show lined up for an audience of all ages. For twenty years, Steve and his partner Corny Crow have presented their unique show for children and adults throughout the U.S. and Canada at  fairs, festivals, schools and libraries. Steve’s warmth and humor comes through in all his performances. Located at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale, call for info at 408-730-7300 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              408-730-7300      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Jazz on the Plazz, Los Gatos CA concert seriesLos Gatos – Wednesday August 18, 2010 at 6:30 to 8:30pm – Monterey Jazz Festival County High School All Stars; Jazz on the Plazz

In advance of September’s 53rd Annual Monterey jazz Festival, you can hear this talented group of young musicians performing in Los Gatos. This free concert is part of the Jazz on the Plazz summer music series. Wine and beer is allowed in the park, but not on sidewalks or streets. There are numerous restaurants near the Plaza and some prepare specials for take-out. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

Oakdale – Thursday, August 19, 2010 – Farmer’s Market

New produce vendors this year include Windy Hill Farms of Waterford and Hickman Chicks. A number of community groups will once again have displays, and other businesses will also have booths with their goods. Another first time offering will include artists displaying their work at the market. And entertainment will be featured each week.

Lodi – Thursday, August 19, 2010 – Farmer’s Market

Downtown Lodi – School Street – Time: 5 p.m. The Downtown Certified Farmers Market is the family friendly market held every Thursday evening beginning in June throughout the end of September. Over 25 certified farmers offer an array of fresh produce, wine and flowers. 50 homemade and commercial arts and craft vendors line the streets of downtown attracting over 5,000 attendees each week. An upscale beer and wine garden which showcases local breweries and wineries is located adjacent from the entertainment stage.

Fairfield – Thursday, August 19, 2910 – Farmers Market

The Fairfield Certified Farmers Market is Here! Every Thursday, May 7th to October 1st, 2009, 4:00 – 8:00pm. Downtown Fairfield on Jefferson Street and Texas Street adjacent to the Solano County Government Center Plaza. WEEKLY FEATURES; Fresh Produce, Tree Ripened, Fruits FREE Children’s Arts & Crafts, Shaved Ice, Kettle Korn, Bar-B-Q, and Weekly Musical Entertainment

Northern California Farmers MarketDixon – Thursday, August 19, 2010 – Farmers Market

Celebrate the Bounty! The Downtown Dixon Business Association with the help of the City of Dixon brings the Pacific Coast Certified Organic Farmer’s Market to downtown every Thursday starting Thursday, May 20 through mid-September 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Women’s Improvement Club Park next to the Dixon Public Library on the corner of North First and East C Streets.

Campbell – Thursday August 19, 2010 at 6:20 to 8:00pm – Sage; Campbell Summer Concert Series

Beginning their musical quest in 1969, Sage has stayed true to its mission of playing great R&B, funk and soul. Over the years, the band has maintained its eight-piece member format for that big, full sound they like to deliver at live performances. Although based in San Jose, it was obvious from the start that the solid rhythm section and blasting horn section felt the funk and soul influences of the East Bay, as well. The Campbell Summer Concert Series is brought to you courtesy of the City of Campbell and generous donations from the community. It’s a free event, located at Orchard City Green, 70 N. 1st Street, Campbell. You can support the Campbell Museum Foundation by purchasing BBQ, hot dogs, polish sausages, chips, cookies, wine, beer, soda and more. Bring a lawn chair with you, if you like, but please leave your pets at home. For more information call 408-866-2105.

San Jose – Thursday August 19, 2010 at 5:20 to 9:15pm – Y & T; Music in the Park

Hailing from the East Bay, Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s own innovators of the hard rock sound. Y&T influenced and paved the way for legendary hard rock bands in the early ’70s (i.e. Metallica and Motley Crue) — many of which played as opening bands at Y&T shows. For many years they’ve also toured with some of rock’s biggest names including Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, and Aerosmith. Y&T songs grace the soundtracks of numerous movies and television shows, and their popular videos, such as Lipstick & Leather, Don’t Stop Runnin’, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and Summertime Girls, are still featured videos on VH1 today. Original members Dave Meniketti on lead guitar / lead vocals and Phil Kennemore on bass, still take stages around the world by storm, with the addition of John Nymann (Eric Martin, Greg Kihn) on guitar and Mike Vanderhule on drums. Free event located at Caesar Chavez Park, South Market Street, San Jose, CA

San Jose – Friday August 20, 2010 10:00am to 2:00pm – Downtown Farmers Market

The cozy outdoor market takes place each Friday (with only a few holiday exceptions), from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. along a charming block of San Pedro Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets.

Oakdale – Friday nights through August 27th – Concerts in the Park

Concerts in the Park” CNP are FREE to attend and promote a family and friendly environment! Great groups to see and listen to through August 27th, 2010, 630PM -8PM! They are held at Dorada Park (Play Park), behind the Chamber and Community Pool, A Street and 2nd Avenue, Oakdale, CA. The following are scheduled for 2010:

  • August 20th – JMZ (Country Classic Rock)
  • August 27th – Steadfast Heart (Contemporary Christian Rock/Praise).

Contact the Chamber for more information (209) 847-2244

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre in Saratoga CASaratoga – 8/19-8/22, 8/26/-27, 9/4-9/5 at 7:00pm– Much Ado About Nothing

Artistic Director Larry Barrott has adapted this comic masterpiece, setting it in the 1940’s, just as “our boys” are arriving home from the war. This production is rich with the music that helped define this age in American history and will feature a live band to support our heroines as they help tell Shakespeare’s great love story with moxie and song. Adapted, but true to Shakespeare’s original, this production is infused with a fresh style and vibrancy that will leave you wanting more. Organized by the Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company, located at Sanborn County Park, 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga, call for information – 408-264-3479. Ticket Information: Free $6 parking

Sunnyvale – Saturday August 21,2010 – Sunnyvale Farmers Market

Enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables and arts and crafts from from local growers and artisans.
Murphy Ave (Caltrain Station parking lot near Evelyn and South Frances Streets)

San Jose – Saturday August 21, 2010 at 12-noon to 8:00pm – 3rd Annual San Jose Salsa Festival

Get ready for another Hot! Hot! Hot! community festival in Alum Rock  Village! Alum Rock Avenue from White Road to Millar and Manning Avenues will be closed to traffic and the Village will once again take on the festive atmosphere of an Old-Time Street Fair in a quaint Town Square. For your pleasure, the Alum Rock Village Business Association will present:

  • A full day of Musical Entertainment featuring the Bay Area’s Finest Salsa Bands performing at our huge covered stage!
  • Our Fantastic Children’s Entertainment Area with its own stage and special guests!
  • Our Best-Tasting Salsa Contest!
  • Our Best Amateur Salsa-Dancing Contest!

Scores of white-topped canopies will line the street – each offering FUN, FOOD, Arts/Crafts and activities for the whole FAMILY!   Admission is FREE!

San Jose – Saturday August 21, 2010 at 3:00 to 5:00pm – Go Green 4 Earth Crafts

Go earth 4 green crafts, San Jose Library eventFree Event! Do fun crafts with recycled materials! Bring in some recycled materials (newspapers, magazines, juice cartons, etc.). and find out what fun crafts can be made out of them. At the same time, learn how recycling helps save the earth! Presented by the Girl Scout of Santa Clara County. Located at the Tully Community Branch Library, 880 Tully Rd., San Jose, CA, call for more info – 408-808-3030.

San Jose – Saturday August 21, 2010 at 7:00pm – Introduction to Square Dancing; Street Dance Hoedown

This evening’s event features an introduction to square dancing in Downtown Willow Glen. Get a taste of this fun dance genre with caller Jim Osborne. You don’t need to know how to square dance — steps will be taught along the way. This FREE event is open to adults and teens. Square dancing attire is not required. Comfortable shoes are recommended. Located in the parking lot of Adira Dance and Costume, 1202 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA.

Sunnyvale – Saturday August 21, 2010 at 10:30am to 9:00pm – Silicon Valley Film Festival

Silicon Valley is the origin of many technologies and innovations that have changed the lifestyle of mankind in the last thirty years, and it is still proving itself every day with new start-ups with visions for tomorrow’s world. Silicon Valley is also at the root of Digital Filmmaking and Digital Media, and has always supported the world of filmmaking with continuous innovations. The Silicon Valley Film Festival celebrates such innovations and the works of filmmakers. The theme for this year’s inaugural festival is Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Cinema. Films will be screened from emerging and independent filmmakers from around the world. Located at AMD Commons Theater, 991 Stewart Dr., Sunnyvale, CA, all day pass $15.00, and for more information call 408-533-1502.

Sunnyvale – Saturday August 21, 2010 at 5:30 to 8:30pm – Tony Lindsey & Tom Politzer; Jazz and Beyond Series

Tony Lindsey, Singer
Tony Lindsey, Singer

Eleven-time Grammy winner, singer, songwriter and producer Tony Linsday is internationally known as the lead singer for guitar legend Carlos Santana. He has also lent his dynamic voice to various radio and television commercials, has released his own CDs, and also performs regularly with his own Bay Area-based band. This FREE concert is part of Sunnyvale’s Jazz and Beyond Series. Enjoy the cool grooves of great local jazz acts in the newly reopened and enhanced Murphy Avenue area. For more information call 408-516-7217

Arnold – Saturday August 21, 2010 at 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM – 5th Annual Wine and Art Festival

Calaveras Humane Society Cafe presents the 5th Annual Wine and Art Festival on Saturday, August 21st 2010 at Cedar Center in Arnold. There is no entrance charge. The event runs from 2pm till 8pm with with art on exhibit, live music and wine tasting from 2pm till 6pm. Wine tasting will be $15 including an event glass. This event, benefits Calaveras Humane Society’s new shelter project. There will be art for sale, live music, good food, raffle prizes and animals for adoption. Thank you to our sponsors: Angels Camp Vet Hospital, Big Trees Market, Calaveras Lumber, Diamond RB Ranch, LLC, Downey Cooper, Ebberts Pass Gas, Garringer Painting, Jackson Rancheria, Dr. Doug Grover-Mother Lode Vet Hospital, Oliveto Distributing Co., Pioneer Electric, SEI Solid Waste and Umpqua Bank. For more info, call (209) 736-9033.

Clovis – Friday-Saturday, August 20th-21st, 2010 – Hot August Daze Car & Bike Show

Hot August Daze is held at the Clovis Elks Lodge, 535 Woodworth Ave, Clovis, CA in Old Town Clovis. The event begins Friday night with the Clovis Cruise and Sock Hop dinner/dance. Saturday morning, Hot August Daze continues with a car and motorcycle show that features some of the most amazingly beautiful custom and stock vehicles to be seen in Central California. Proceeds from the show benefit the Elks Purple Pig Project. This is a major fund that provides equipment, therapy, etc. for disabled children in California. Friday night sock hop and dinner dance begins at 6:00p.m.; Saturday Car and Bike Show 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Free Admission for spectators. Registration required for participants (advanced registration is $30.00 and the day of the event is $35.00. Includes lunch, an event T-shirt, goodie bags, etc.) For more information contact the Elks Lodge at 559-299-9111 or .

Madera – Sunday August 22, 2010 at 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Summer Concerts in the Park

Summer Concerts in the Park series sponsored by the Madera County Arts Council in partnership with City of Madera Parks & Community Services. Concerts are FREE and designed for family enjoyment; Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Allen Harkins’ Amphitheater at Lions Town & Country Park in Madera. Bring your blanket or chair! For additional information and schedule details, contact the Madera County Arts Council, 1653 North Schnoor Avenue, Suite 113 or call (559)661-7005. Community BBQ begins at 6:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.


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