Event Calendar: May 2014


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Featured Event: Cinco de Mayo: Mariachi Meets Baseball at a Mash-Up of Arts & Sports / May 5

Come out to San Jose’s Municipal Stadium and enjoy a great family event for Cinco de Mayo as the San Jose Giants take on Modesto. Purchase tickets from MHC and support our music education programs! When: May 5, 2014 6:00PM; Where: Municipal Stadium San Jose, CA; What: Mexican Heritage Night with the San Jose Giants. Tickets: Adults $10 Kids and Senior Citizens $5 http://vivafest.org/cinco-de-mayo-2014

Steinbeck Festival/ May 2-4

The National Steinbeck Center’s 34th Steinbeck Festival, “Onward: A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath,” will explore John Steinbeck’s roots in Monterey County. The festival will feature several talks about one of America’s greatest novel, films, and theatres. Check out tour from Steinbeck’s home in Salinas or Ed Ricketts’ Lab on Cannery Row. Other tours include a wine tour of River Road, East of Eden Ranch tour and a Salinas Valley agricultural tour. The Steinbeck Festival is always a popular event. Directions: National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, Ca. For more information on locations and special events time: http://www.steinbeck.org/pages/steinbeck-festival-2014

Meet the Artist Raul Mejia at Ay Dios Mio Shop / May 3

Join us Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 6-9pm at Ay Dios Mio Shop located at 100 Almaden, San Jose to meet contemporary artist Raul Mejia. His collection of original art and prints will be available for sale. http://conta.cc/1iPWN0K

2014 Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit / May 3

The 5th Annual, 2014 Silicon Valley Leadership Summit (SVLLS) is a premier leadership development event. This annual gathering of entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, educators, policy makers, and outstanding students is an event designed to foster change. The Leadership Summit offers powerful and insightful sessions provided by nationally recognized speakers on current and emerging leadership and business topics. The summit also provides invaluable networking opportunities.  The theme of the 2014 summit is, “Rising up to Leadership – It’s Time! (Es Tiempo)”, and the goal is to inspire our attendees to build and continue to strengthen their leadership skills. http://svlls.com/2013-summit/

San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival/ May 3

The family friendly celebration is being planned on one of the Mission District’s trendy locations, Valencia Street, in between 21st and 24th streets. The celebration will showcase the very best of Mexican and Latin American cultures with diverse foods, music, dance, and artistry. Approximately 7,000 to 10,000 attendees will enjoy the rich cultural experience. This is an alcohol-free event. The celebration will be held from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Location: Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 

Silicon Valley Gives/ May 6

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of community foundations, Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host the first-ever day of giving to benefit every non-profit organization in our region. SVCF will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform. This event will provide an opportunity for donors of all different capacities to be involved. This 24-hour online fundraising effort will give the community foundation the opportunity to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits- and make a difference to the people living in Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Benito counties. For information about SVCF or how to get involved: http://www.svgives.org/get-involved

Juan Gabriel/ May 9

Mexican singer, songwriter and performer will make a stop at the Bay Area for his Volver Tour 2014. As a Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gabriel is celebrating four decades of recording with this 40th anniversary tour. His concerts remain one of the hottest tickets in town. His concerts include a monumental two-and-a-half hour sets featuring an extravagant 30-member band backing him and an ambitious set list including songs from his whole career up to his most recent single. Concert starts at 9:00pm. Doors open at 8:00pm. Location: SAP Center 525 W Santa Clara, San Jose, CA  95113. Ticket Information: http://www.sapcenteratsanjose.com/events/detail/juan-gabriel-1

Salinas Valley Fair/ May 15-May 18

Come out to the Salinas Valley to celebrate 70 years of an annual traditional country fair with horse shows, a rodeo, bull riding, fair food and the Miss Salinas Valley Fair contest. There’s something for everyone at the fair including livestock exhibits, carnival rides, wine tasting and live music. Directions: 601-631 Division Street, King City, CA 93930. Admission Information: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors over 60, $6 for youth ages 6-17, and free for children under 6. Thursday all children 12 and under enter free. Friday all seniors 60 and over enter free. Saturday all military and dependents with ID cards enter free.

2014 Cooking for Solutions/ May 16-May 18

Ages 21 and over are invited to enjoy three delicious days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the nation. Join the Monterey Bay Aquarium community for a fabulous Friday Gala, to intimate Food & Wine Adventures and a decadent new Saturday night dessert party with Alton Brown. Have a weekend with ways to meet great chefs, savor fine food and wine, and discover ways to save the ocean one meal at a time. Directions: 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940. For more information and admission details: http://cookingforsolutions.org/event-fri.aspx

Romeo Santos: Formula Vol. 2 Tour/ May 23

For over a decade, Romeo Santos’ musical work and voice have helped provide success and phenomenon to “Aventura”. Santos’ style and talent has escalated him to become one of the most important bachata artists of this generation. After three consecutive filled shows at Madison Square Garden in New York, be the first bachatero nominated for an American Grammy award, and breaking sales for his albums around the world, “El Rey de Bachata”, Romeo Santos comes with “The King Stays King.”  Concert begins at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00pm. Directions: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland,  CA  94621 Ticket Information: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Oracle-Arena-tickets-Oakland/venue/229399

Bruno Mars: Moonshine Jungle Tour/ May 28

A major heartthrob and multi-platinum selling pop star, Bruno Mars is pure talent based on classic showmanship inspired by James Brown and Michael Jackson. Mars performs with The Hooligans, a tightly choreographed nine-piece soul band that helps Mars serve the perfect representation of his commitment to providing live entertainment. Mars is a classic song-dance man that references his pop idols in style and sound.  He has combined successfully different genres to produce hits. Concert begins at 8:00 pm. Door open at 7:00pm. Directions: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland,  CA  94621 Ticket Information: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Bruno-Mars-tickets/artist/1466801

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend/ May 30-May 31

It doesn’t matter where you come from or where you’ve been, every is special- so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and the rest of their Sesame Street friends welcome Chmaki, Grover’s friend from India to Sesame Street. Together, the gang of Sesame Street and Chamki explore the fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities from singing to dancing. Join the fun and make a memory with your friends and family. There will be a total of four showings. Check specific show times when purchasing tickets. Directions: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland,  CA  94621 Ticket Information: http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&user_input=Sesame+Street+Live,+Oracle+Arena&q=Sesame+Street+Live,+Oracle+Arena

Castroville Artichoke Festival/ May 31- June 1

The 55th Castroville Artichoke Festival is a commemoration of all things artichoke. The event has artichoke cooking demos, tours of artichoke farms, artichoke-themed art and souvenirs, an artichoke parade, artichokes (and other vegetables) for sale at the farmer’s market, a race through the artichoke fields, a classic car show, and artichokes prepared in every way imaginable. Festival opens from 10:00am to 9:00pm on Saturday and opens 10:00am to 7:00pm on Sunday. Directions: 2004 Fairgrounds Road , Monterey, CA 93940