Friday, July 13, 2012

:: get your weekend on ::

Fountain Blues Festival at Saint James Park If you are looking for a fun event for this weekend this Blues Festival going on down the street from my house is sure to be a fun event!! Especially with this gorgeous weather that the South Bay has been experiencing this week. The Fountain Blues festival is going to be held at Saint James Park, and as I was catching the train this morning I spotted them beginning setting up. Speaking of that: if you don’t feel like dealing with traffic the VTA Light rail has a station the stops right outside the front gates to the festival. It is going to have multiple artists playing throughout the day and offer different craft and specialty booths for shopping. And if you’re headed to a blues festival, you know they’re going to be offering a terrific spread of food choices. Mmmm baby back ribs, I hope!! The festival opens it’s doors at 11:00AM, but the music runs noon to 8:00pm.

map to Saint James Park 

78th Obon Festival in Japantown This weekend will also be the annual Obon Festival, held in Japantown of San Jose. The San Jose Japantown is one of only three remaining Japantowns in the entire country, so show it a little love. The festivities get under way with traditional dance performances at the local Buddhist church and then UCLA and UC Berkeley drum lines will perform. There will be many different arts and craft style booths and of course all the local shops will be open… Biscuits, Maddie’s favorite store- which means dogs are allowed to come. This is a two day event, so it’s flexible if you already have prior commitments. Plus it opens at noon and runs till 8:00pm. I love going to this festival, mostly because of the amazing food!! They have everything from sushi to strawberry shortcake. But my favorite treat in town is the Hawaiian shaved ice from this little gem.  Have a fun weekend, with whatever you do. If you’re able to check out either of these events in downtown, leave a comment at the bottom with your thoughts, ideas or just tell me what you ate. :)

Also, this weekend in Los Altos they are having their 33rd Art and Wine festival. I really love outdoor events like this, because I live in near a ton of flourishing winerys- when they offer local vineyards it's always a treat! So if I can enjoy a glass of wine while I walk and look at cute-sey knick-knacks. I am always so amased by some of the things people create. It looks like its open untill 8:00 on Saturday and 6:00 on Sunday. They will have a few entertainers, numerous food vendors, a kidszone and of course a ton of winerys.  
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