In a city where tech is king, it makes sense that artists here get influenced by edgy new techniques and sounds. Check out the results at June’s SubZERO Festival, with artists, musicians, and other artisans showing their stuff. Young techies flock to September’s C2SV (Creative Convergence Silicon Valley), a showcase for indie bands.
The region’s rich ethnic mix fuels high-energy festivals such as Viva Fest: Mexican Heritage & Mariachi Festival (events held July through October), and July’s Obon Festival in Japantown. Some events just aim to make people smile, like the seasonal favorite, Christmas in the Park, celebrated downtown at Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Wander through a winter wonderland of lights, snowmen, trains, and other holiday themes. The highlight is an enchanted forest of trees decorated by local schools, community groups, and businesses.