It may be better known for its tech industry but there are a variety of exciting annual cultural events in San Jose. The Bay Area's strong craft beer culture is celebrated along with music, art and, as can be expected, technology festivals and conferences. Aside from major events that take place at specific times of the year, there is always something going on in the city for locals and expats from all walks of life.
Here are some recommended yearly festivals.
Annual events in San Jose
SubZERO Festival (June)
Expats looking for something a little outside of the norm are sure to find it at this exciting festival, which prides itself on representing San Jose's various subcultures. Entertainment is provided by a host of artists, musicians and performers representing a wide variety of genres and styles.
San Jose Jazz Summerfest (August)
One of the most popular music festivals on the West Coast, the San Jose Jazz Summerfest started as a small event in 1990. It has grown into a multi-stage cross-genre extravaganza that lasts for three days. Attendees get to see a range of international stars and up-and-coming artists in a variety of music styles including jazz, salsa and Latin.
San Jose Renaissance Faire and Fantasy Fest (August)
Step back in time for a day of jousting, pageantry and of course, plenty of food and drink. Hundreds of costumed actors take part in the festival, ensuring an exciting and unique experience for attendees.
Luna Park Chalk Art Festival (September)
Over the course of a day, San Jose's artists take to the sidewalks of Backesto Park, filling them with over 250 pieces of vibrant chalk-based art. Food and drink stalls cater for hungry attendees, while the festival's main stage hosts local musicians to entertain visitors.
Beerwalk Willow Glen (October)
Lager-loving expats can get to know some of their fellow beer connoisseurs while exploring the neighbourhood as this festival sees craft beer tastings being held at local art studios, boutiques and bars.