Best Annual Events in the South Bay

Looking for something to do in the South Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated five of the annual events you can’t miss. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

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4th of July Fireworks Spectacular with San Francisco Symphony

One of Northern California’s longest-running fireworks events is at Mountain Views Shoreline Amphitheatre on July 4th, a special celebration with the San Francisco Symphony. At dusk, one of the area’s largest fireworks displays begins off with a bang, set to symphony music above the backdrop of Shoreline Amphitheatre.

More info: livenation.com

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Los Gatos Art and Wine Festival

On the second weekend of July, downtown Los Altos hosts one of  the Bay Areas largest midsummer events. The  two-day Los Gatos Art + Wine Festival showcases 300 artistshandcrafted works, attracting makers from a dozen states. Concerts on two stages, kid-zone, food and California wines poured by the glass.

More info: pacificfinearts.com

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Gilroy Garlic Festival

On the last full weekend in July, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is a major community event organized by the Garlic Capital of the World.” In keeping with more than 40 years of tradition, theres a festival queen and a python-chef cook-off, plus every kind of food imaginable. Garlic ice cream and garlic fries are fan favorites

More info: gilroygarlicfestivalassociation.com

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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

For more than 30 years, Summer Fest has been attracting jazz lovers…plus blues, R&B, Latin, New Orleans, and more. With the main stage centered at Plaza de César Chavez in downtown San Jose, all six stages for 70-plus performers are within walking distance. Arts & crafts, food Dates: Aug. 12-14, 2022. 

More info: summerfest.sanjosejazz.org

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Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival

Half Moon Bay is home of the pumpkin. On a peak harvest weekend in mid-October, this Main Street festival salutes pumpkins, carving skills, art, food, wine, and community. The heaviest of the giant gourds — typically over a ton — is crowned the winner after a weigh-off and then The Great Pumpkin Parade is on.

More info: pumpkinfest.miramarevents.com

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