Bask in music, dance, entertainment while surrounded by different cultures and food.
Here, near, and not-so-far away, this weekend is packed with events and activities that can make junk clean-up, learning to dance, wine tasting, learning new cultures and eating vegetablesâ€”fun.
Around the South and East Bay check out these weekend happenings for more summertime enjoyment.
â€¢3rd Annual Festival and Yard Sale sponsored by Church of the Valley in Santa Clara on Saturday. First things first. Got some clean-up to do at home? Get rid of the old junk that youâ€™ve been hanging on toâ€”or just come to a giant yard sale, and have fun at the same time! This community event comes with live music, a variety of professional artisans, food vendors, book sale, and bake sale. Located at 400 N. Winchester Ave., Santa Clara. Telephone: 408-248-1050.
â€¢Summer Jam in San Jose is a benefit event for the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring Hawaiian/Island entertainment including, from Hawaii, The Green & Natural Vibrations along with other Island entertainment. The entire amount, 100% of ticket sales, benefits LPCH. Located at 110 Jackson St., San Jose. Cost $20 general and $15 keiki (2-16 years) and kupuna (65+). Online tickets can be purchased here.
â€¢19th Annual Assyrian Food Festival. The Celebration Continues, in San Jose, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Experience the rich culture and heritage of the Assyrians, whose homeland was modern-day Iraq and who were among the first nations to accept Christianity. Enjoy live traditional folk music, dancing, clothing, dance performances, highlighted by a parade. The food is a delicious Mediterranean mix. You can expect to find kabobs, dolmas, hummus, taboule salad, baklava, doveh â€“ Assyrian yogurt drink, Assyrian coffee, and much more. Location: Assyrian Church of the East, 680 Minnesota Ave., San Jose. Cost of admission is free, food and drink may be purchased at event.
â€¢Gaucho Gypsy Jazz. On the Town Summer Series in Palo Alto, Saturday at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic and lawn chair, sit back, and enjoy a blend of 1930â€™s European gypsy jazz and the rhythmic drive and improvisation of New Orleans swing. Location: Oshmanâ€™s Jessica L. Saal Town Square, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Telephone: 650-223-8700. Cost: free.
â€¢Zucchini Festival in Hayward, Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This â€œvegetableâ€ must taste good at this event or they wouldnâ€™t have had a festival in its honor every year since 1983, bringing in crowds of 30,000, helping to raise money for local charities and non-profit organizations. Besides the zucchini samples in pasta, quiche, bread, sandwiches, ice cream, pizza, sausage, cakes and more, the event features live music, arts and crafts, childrenâ€™s rides and more food. Location is at Kennedy Park, 19501 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. Cost: $6 general, $3 seniors, juniors & handicapped, and free for kids under 5. $1 discounted on Saturday, for 1 can of non-perishable food for Hayward Salvation Army. Telephone: 510-278-2079.
â€¢Bollywood Dance in Saratoga on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy DJ music and high school student performances with booths for Henna, Indian jewelry, clothes, and food at the Bollywood inspired music and dancing event. Location: Bank of America parking lot, 14476 Big Basin Wy, Saratoga. Cost: Free and food can be purchased at event.
â€¢Rose & PÃ¢tÃ© Week in Menlo Park or San Jose from Monday, Aug. 15 to Sunday, Aug. 21, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. in Menlo Park and San Jose. Celebrating Rose & PÃ¢tÃ© Week by offering specially priced selections of roses and pates. Cost: $11 for a flight of three roses and from $6.50 to $8.50 for select pÃ¢tÃ©s. Left Bank is an authentic French brasserie located in Menlo Park and San Jose as well as Larkspur. Locations: 635 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park and 377 Santana Row Suite 1100, San Jose.