San Jose has no time limits for the festival season, with some of the best ones holding out until autumn. September plays host to frolicking fun on multiple levels, so don’t put away your festival blankets and sunscreen just yet. Here is just a sample of the food- and music-fueled revelry still to come in 2018.
P1440 Beach Volleyball and Music Festival
September 28-30, 2018
The brainchild of four-time Olympic medalist Kerry Walsh Jennings, the p1440 organization takes its name from the 1,440 minutes in a day – which can be embraced with purpose, personal development and wellness. That’s what the P1440 Beach Volleyball and Music Festival is all about, although it plays out as just plain fun. Professional volleyball teams slam the nets while well-known bands take the stage day and night. In 2018, get ready to rock with Daya, Foster The People, Magic Giant and more.
September 9, 2018
Mexican Heritage Plaza
Put on by the ever-vibrant Arte Azul, the Viva Frida! festival pays homage to the life and paintings of Frida Kahlo. Memorialized through music, art, food, culture and tequila, the famous artist gets her dues in San Jose every autumn. This year, there’s a spectacular showing of Chicano and Mexican art as well as antojitos street food, mariachi bands, kid’s crafts and photo booths. There’s even a Frida and Diego look-a-like contest, so dig out some colorful threads and head-flowers and join the fun.
Chile, Mole, Pozole
September 16, 2018
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP
Celebrating Mexican Independence Day is a multicultural affair at the Chile, Mole, Pozole festival in East San Jose. Sharing food, narrative storytelling, generational recipes and art, local families share their lives and cultural history from stages, culinary booths and art exhibitions. The focus is on food, so come with a full appetite and leave with a sense of shared community ties.
Luna Park Chalk Art Festival
September 15, 2018
As the saying goes, “there’s no accounting for taste” when it comes to art. Fortunately, the chalk masters in San Jose elevate this temporary art form to astounding levels every September at Backesto Park. Get ready to be waylaid by the intricately detailed work in about 250 chalk-art creations ranging from 3D realism to cartoons, abstractionist pieces and Italian madonarri street art. The festival is free, and you can also enjoy live music, food-truck cuisine, dancers and street performers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.