Top Things to Do in Silicon Valley: September Events

Backesto Park Chalk Art Festival, San Jose
••• Cassie Kifer

Looking for the best things to do this month in San Jose, Silicon Valley, and Santa Cruz?

Here's what's happening in September 2015:

San Jose Mini Maker Faire, September 6

What:  A family-friendly celebration of creative makers, inventors, tinkerers, and artists letting them show off their creations. An offshoot of the annual global Maker Faire festival in San Mateo.

Where: History San Jose, 1650 Senter Rd., San Jose, CA 


Moveable Feast Bacon Festival of America, September 5-6

What: A festival celebrating everyone's favorite food: Bacon. The event features several food trucks selling food crafted with bacon. Tickets are available on the website.

Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose, CA


Los Altos Hills Hoedown, September 12

What: An old-fashioned country festival celebrating Silicon Valley's Wild West past. The event features farm and food exhibits, live music, wine tasting, food vendors, and traditional crafts, games, and prizes. 

Where: Westwind Community Barn, 27210 Altamont Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA


Mountain View Art and Wine Festival, September 12-13

What: A food, art and wine festival in downtown Mountain View.

Where: Castro Street (between El Camino Real and Evelyn Avenue), Mountain View, CA


Fiestas Patrias, September 13

What: A multi-cultural festival celebrating Mexico's Independence Day.

Where: Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose


Antique Auto Show, September 13

What: A celebration of antique vehicles sponsored by the Silicon Valley Model T Club. Over 200 stock antique autos, fire equipment, bicycles, and motorcycles of all makes from the late 1800s to 1945. 

Where: History Park San Jose


Bark in the Park, September 19

What: An annual festival for people and their dogs. It's the largest dog festival in America, drawing 15,000 dog lovers each year and over 3,900 dogs. The event features pet agility competitions, pet costume contests, food trucks, pet-friendly exhibitors, and animal rescue groups.

Where: William Street Park, William and South 16th Street, San Jose, CA


Luna Park Chalk Art Festival, September 19

What: An annual art festival featuring extravagent chalk art creations on the sidewalks of this San Jose city park. The event features food

Where: Backesto Park, San Jose, CA


Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast, September 19

What: A family-friendly festival celebrating local foods and open space, sponsored by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. There will be local food, musical acts, and a petting zoo (including animals from Happy Hollow Park). Admission is free.

Where: 550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA


Santa Clara Art & Wine Festival, September 19

What: An art and wine festival featuring local and regional artists with over 170 arts and crafts booths, 25 community groups serving delicious food favorites, four vintners pouring fine wines, micro-brewed beer, live entertainment, and games and events for kids.

Where: Central Park, Santa Clara, CA


Willow Glen Founders Day Parade, September 19

What: Annual neigborhood parade and celebration featuring local Willow Glen businesses and community organizations. Parade starts at 10:30am.

Where: Lincoln Avenue, Willow Glen, CA


Greek & Middle Eastern Festival, September 25-27

What: A traditional cultural marketplace, fun games for the kids, arts & craft, live entertainment, folk dancing and most importantly--food!

Where: St James Orthodox Church, Main Street, Milpitas, CA


Saratoga Russian Festival, September 26-27

What: A celebration of Russian and slavic food and culture

Where: St Nicholas Orthodox Church, 14220 Elva Ave., Saratoga