Top Things To Do In Silicon Valley: July Events

San Jose Taiko at the Obon Festival
Kenneth Lu / Flickr Creative Commons

Looking for the best things to do this summer in San Jose and Silicon Valley?

Here's what's happening in July 2015:

4th of July Celebrations - July 3-5

Celebrating our nation's independence.

Where: Various locations. 

Check out this guide to 4th of July fireworks and events here in Silicon Valley.

Tahiti Fete Polynesian Dance Festival - July 10-12

What: An international Polynesian dance competition with 35 competitors from across the USA, Mexico, Japan, and Canada. Attendees can watch the performances and enjoy the Polynesian Craft booths, island food vendors, and engage in hula, dance, and music displays.

Where: SJSU Event Center, San Jose, CA

Obon Festival, July 11

What: An annual celebration of Japanese-American food, art, and culture. The highlight of the festival are the traditional Japanese dance and music performances in the heart of San Jose's Japantown neighborhood. This year will be a special celebration as Japantown celebrates it's 125th anniversary.

Where: Japantown, San Jose, CA

Hot San Jose Nights, July 11

What: A family-friendly classic car show for automotive enthusiasts.

Where: Reid-Hillview Airport, San Jose, CA


Mountain Sol Festival, July 11-12

What: A two-day music festival featuring rock, bluegrass, and world music. 

Where: Roaring Camp Meadows, Felton, CA

Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, July 11-12

What: A downtown festival showcasting the work of artists, craftpeople, and musicians. Wine tasting from local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries.

Where: Los Altos, CA

Palo Alto Clay & Glass Festival, July 11-12

What: A celebration of clay and glass art. Meet the artist: Over 150 artists will be there displaying their work.

Palo Alto, CA

Connoisseurs' Marketplace, July 18-19

What: An art and food festival in downtown Menlo Park.

Where: Menlo Park, CA


Tequila & Taco Music Festival, July 18-19

What: A food festival celebrating tequilas and tacos. Top-shelf tequila tasting and gourmet taco options.

Where: San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz, CA

Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 24-26

What: A food festival celebrating everyone's favorite (pungent) ingredient: Garlic!

Where: Gilroy, CA

Silicon Valley Beer Week, July 24-August 1

What: A celebration of the art of brewing and craft beer. Events include beer-tasting and culinary events across the Valley

Where: Various Locations.

Festival del Nopal, July 27

What: A Mexican culinary festival celebrating "nopal", an edible cactus leaf. Events include live music, traditional Mexican folklorico dance, a nopal recipe contest, and a beauty pagent.

Where: Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Clara County Fair, July 30-Aug 2

What: Santa Clara County's annual agricultural and livestock festival, featuring live music, vendors, and community events.

Where: San Jose, CA