Weekend on Tap: Kids Day to San Jose Opera

Summer in Los Altos and surrounding towns means picnic dinners and shorts for many of us. Here are some great places to start. Use this as your guide to fun for all the family.


Summer. Got to love summer, if only for the many fairs, festivals, free movie and concert nights that reign supreme until school starts. Go. Enjoy. The season's halfway over. 

We'll update throughout the weekend if we see something cool.



Where/When: State Street between 2nd and Main streets / 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Why Go: The farm-direct produce is the star, but there's a special Kids Day program in place. PLAY!, the kids play emporium has performances by children's performer Andy Z at 5:00pm and 6:00pm. AndyZ combines music, movement, storytelling and character puppets. The Pinatas make a return,as well as the Kid’s Farm Stand and Pumpkin Pitch Game.  Kids will be encouraged to taste different varieties of peaches and compare to find their favorite varieties. Also, edible kid’s crafts will teach children how to create a forest of trees using carrots, broccoli and tomatoes. Bonus: State Sen. Joe Simitian will be holding office hours to meet with us constituents. You can ask him about everything from what he thinks about high speed rail, to what he's going to do when he's our county supervisor next January.


Where /When: Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave./ 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Why Go: Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace. Foreverland is a tribute band to the King of Pop, and south Los Altos gets the thrill(er), as part of Los Altos Recreation Department's Tunes Under the Trees concert series. Grant Park enjoys a big, level lawn and lots of playground space for kids to work off the extra energy, if they can't moonwalk with the best of them.

Price: Free




Where/When: Whisman Park / Friday, July 20, 8:30 p.m.

Why Go: Puss in Boots, that 2011 Dreamworks animated movie is showing. Besides, where else can you see famiy-friendly free movies and eat popcorn, watery lemonade and leftovers from home with 300 of your closest potential friends? In the park, on your own blanket! While you're waiting for Los Altos' free outdoor movie series to begin, visit our neighbors (Cupertino has Shakespeare in the ParkMemorial Park at 7:30 p.m.). And don't feel guilty. Our neighbors will return the favor when our movie season begins.

Price: Free


Why Go: Youngsters take center stage here. Over 200 young jazz artists take the stage in this music-packed free community event. The whole family can see how much fun kids can have playing jazz. Four venues to choose from, dozens of jazz combos and vocalists playing everything from cool jazz to bebop, and from standards to original songs.

Where/When: Dinkelspiel, Campbell, others, Stanford University /
6:00 p.m.



Why Go: Legally Blue performs. Downtown Sunnyvale specializes in cool Saturday nights of free jazz on Murphy Street, the laid back downtown street with so much character. It's designed to bring customers to patronize the many little restaurants in the area, but the dancing and the listening is for free.

Where/When: Murphy Street, downtown Sunnyvale / 5:30-8:30 p.m.\

Price: Free




Where/When: Los Gatos Civic Center Lawn, 110 E. Main St./  5-7 p.m.

Why Go: San Jose Opera performs at the free summer outdoor concert series is a mainstay of Los Gatos, in a city with many of them. Don't think opera can be fun? Get rid of all the dress up and kick back on the lawn. The town has rules. According to the Town's Web site: Lawn chairs are permitted, however, no blankets are allowed on the lawn before or during the concerts. If opera is not your thing, check out the site for other acts.

Price: Free


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