May PlanAhead: Your San Jose events calendar

Happy May, San Jose. ☀️  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about summer on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the great 408.

All month long

  • Our whole, unruly selves | Now-June 26 | Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | San Jose Museum of Art | Prices vary | Centering the work of marginalized artists, this exhibit explores depictions of the human form across multiple mediums. 🎨
  • Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun | Now-Sept. 25 | Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | San Jose Museum of Art | Prices vary | Inspired by the “Cyborg Manifesto,” this art installation tells a story about workers whose movements are transformed into artificial sunlight. ☀️
  • Origami Crane Display | Mon., May 16-Tues., May 31 | 1 p.m.-7 p.m. | West Valley Branch Library, 1243 San Tomas Aquino Rd. | Free | All teens are invited to help make paper cranes for a new library exhibit in honor of AAPI month.
  • Vineland Seed Library | Mon., May 16-Fri., June 10 | 2 p.m.-6 p.m. | Vineland Branch Library, 1450 Blossom Hill Rd. | Free | In celebration of the spring season, free flower and vegetable seeds will be available for residents to plant at home. 🌱
  • Waiting for Next | Thurs., May 19-Sun., June 19 | 8 p.m. | City Lights Theater, 529 S. 2nd St. | $27+ | Rediscover friendship, relationships, and life’s tiny joys in this coming-of-age story. 🎭
  • Toddler Music Class | Every Monday | 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Cultivate Music Studio, 1991 Park Ave., #10 | Little ones (aged 15 months-3.5 years) can sing, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments. 🎵
  • Ballroom Dance Classes (for kids 4-7 years old) | Every Monday + Wednesday | 4:30-4:45 p.m. | Prices vary | Introduce your child to the world of the waltz, tango, cha-cha, and jive.
  • Dance Church | Every Sunday | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Online + in-person at Saratoga Creek Park, 5401 Eileen Dr. | Donations of $15-25 welcome | Celebrate community, life + peace through group dancing in a safe and inclusive space. 
  • Sidewalk Shops | Every Saturday | 12:30-5 p.m. | MOMENT, 60 N. San Pedro St. | Free entry | San José Made brings new local makers, artists, and small businesses to as part of a micro-retail storefront fair. 🛍️
  • Rose Garden Farmers Market | Every Saturday | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | 577 Dana St. | Free entry | Shop from local farmers, craft vendors and food trucks at this year-round, weekly market. 🥕
  • Willow Glen Farmers’ Market | Every Saturday | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Willow Glen Elementary, 1425 Lincoln Ave. | Free entry | Shop from local farmers, craft vendors and food trucks at this year-round, weekly market. 🥕
  • Campbell Farmers Market | Every Sunday | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Along E. Campbell Ave., between Central Ave. + Third St. | Free entry | Shop from local farmers, craft vendors and food trucks at this year-round, weekly market. 🥕
  • Karaoke Nights | Every Sunday + Monday night | 9 p.m. | O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub, 25 N. San Pedro St. | Free | Sing your favorite tunes with friends at this weekly karaoke night. 🎤
  • Tiki Mondays | Every Monday | 3-9 p.m. | The Bywater, 532 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos | Enjoy special happy hours deals + tropical-inspired drinks and food. 🍹
  • 2nd Harvest Food Bank Distribution | Every Tuesday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara | Free | Volunteer to put together food baskets for local food banks. 🥫
  • Whisk{e}y Wednesday | Every Wednesday | All day | Five Points Bar, 169 W. Santa Clara St. | Free entry | Enjoy more than 20 different whiskeys from different countries at 50% off. 🥃
  • San Jose Dodgeball | Every Wednesday | 6:30 p.m. | Arena Green East, 340 W. St. John St. | Free | Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, all are welcome to play at this weekly meetup.
  • Gordon Biersch Night Market | Every Thursday | 5-9 p.m. | Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., 357 E. Taylor St. | Free entry | Spend a night out in the town enjoying food trucks, local vendors, and live entertainment. 🍺

Sunday, May 1- Sunday, May 8

Sunday, May 1 

  • Viva CalleSJ | Sun., May 1 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Locations vary | Free entry | Come with your bikes, rollerblades, or walking shoes at this community active route where you can explore historic San Jose neighborhoods and participate in cultural events + activities. 🚲 
  • Disney’s Descendants: The Musical | Sun., May 1 | Times vary | Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St. | $15+ | Catch the last day of this musical comedy by CMT Rising Stars. 
  • Music in the Valley | Sun., May 1 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave. | Free entry | Enjoy a fun family-friendly day that includes performances by local students, a rock climbing wall, beer + wine garden, food trucks, and a photobooth. 🎟️
  • San Jose Giants vs. Modesto Nuts | Sun., May 1 | 1 p.m. | Excite Ballpark, 588 E. Alma Ave. | $13+ ⚾ 
  • Tumua | Sun., May 1 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $35+ | Laugh out loud with one of Hawaii’s hottest comics. 
  • West Side Story – Opera San Jose | Sun., May 1 | 2 p.m. | The California Theatre, 345 South First St. | $55+ | The final performance of this classic tale of star-crossed lovers. 
  • Bay Area Panthers vs. Naz Wranglers | Sun., May 1 | 5 p.m. | SAP Center | $15+ 🏈

Monday, May 2

  • Candidate Speed Dating | Mon., May 2 | 6-8 p.m. | School of Visual Philosophy, 1065 The Alameda | Free | Join San Jose Arts Advocates for an informal meet-and-greet with the mayoral candidates prior to the June 7 primary election. 

Tuesday, May 3

  • Star Wars Trivia Night | Tues., May 3 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy. | $10+ | Join in a “May the 4th Be With You” eve event with Star Wars-themed food + drink specials, costume contest, and prizes. 
  • Mick Foley | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $30+ | Catch the professional wrestler turned stand-up comic for his Nice Day Tour. 

Wednesday, May 4

  • May the Fourth BEer With You | Wed., May 4 | 5:30-9 p.m. | Japantown, 167 E. Taylor St. | $40+ | Grab a drink (or a couple) at a beer walk to benefit the Japantown Business Association, with stops at 7 Bamboo Lounge, Jack’s Bar & Lounge, and Jtown Pizza Co. 🍺
  • Phil Wang | Wed., May 4 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $25+ | Have a good laugh with one of UK’s up-and-coming comics, as he makes his first ever trip around the US. 
  • Water and Fire Ecoacoustics | Wed., May 4 | 7 p.m. | Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio | Free | Enjoy an evening of music from a string quartet + electronics derived from water and fire research from the science departments of SJSU and UCSD.
  • Wax Wednesday | Wed., May 4 | 6-11 p.m. | Camino Brewing Co., 718 S. First St. | Free entry | Enjoy this all-vinyl DJ night with five DJs who will share their version of the Chicano San Jose soundtrack. 🎧
  • Womanhood: Anonymous No More | Wed., May 4 | 5:30-7 p.m. | San Jose Woman’s Club, 75 S. 11th St. and virtual | Free | Learn more about the Womanhood project and how you can help shape women’s recognition through art in your community.

Thursday, May 5

  • Ladies Art Night | Thurs., May 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. | School of Visual Philosophy, 1065 The Alameda | $30 | Bring out your creativity + make new friends while creating a “Zentangle” craft. 🖌️
  • Tacos n’ Miches | Thurs., May 5 | 5-9 p.m. | Iguanas Burritozilla, 330 S. Third St. | Free entry | Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with food + drink specials, music, and games with prizes. 🌮
  • Cinco de Mayo celebration | Thurs., May 5 | 6-9 p.m. | San Jose Harley-Davidson, 1551 Parkmoor Ave. | Free entry | Enjoy a night of food from Abve the Basics, drinks from Drunky’s, and festivities from Fishtailz Magazine + DJ Benjie.
  • Cinco de Drinko, a Comedy Fiesta with Mex-E-King | Thurs., May 5 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $20-80 | This comedian + actor brings ventriloquism, magic, and his experience of being Mexican in Hollywood to the stage.

Friday, May 6 

  • No Stress Acrylic Painting | Fri., May 6 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | School of Visual Philosophy, 1065 The Alameda | $39+ | Learn the basics of acrylic painting in this calming class with artist Keith Piccolo. 🎨
  • Community Day Donation Drive | Fri., May 6 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Stripe Elementary School, 5000 Lyng Dr. | Free entry | Support migrant fieldworkers at this family-fun event with music, food, and local vendors.
  • Celebration of Jean Conner: Collage | Fri., May 6 | 6-9 p.m. | SJMA, 110 S. Market St. | Free entry | Celebrate the opening of a new exhibition with late-night bites and a cash bar at el cafécito, by Mezcal. 
  • Kristen Strom Quartet | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Jazz Break Room, 310 S. First St. | $10 | Listen to this local saxophonist as she performs “No School” and other material with her quartet. 
  • Circle Metaphysical | Fri., May 6 | 6-9 p.m. | Art Ark Gallery, 1035 S. Sixth St. | Free entry | Experience the new work by Nicholaus Dalton during this month’s South First Friday.
  • Annie Lederman | Fri., May 6-Sat., May 7 | Times vary | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $22+ | Catch this Comedy Central regular who has guest starred in TruTV’s “Those Who Can’t” + “Adam Ruin’s Everything.” 
  • Adventure Club | Fri., May 6 | 8-11 p.m. | San Jose Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St. | $35+ | Catch this electronic duo as they hit the Civic on their “Love Chaos” tour. 🎧 
  • Screen! | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | 3-Below Theaters, 288 S. Second St. | $10 | Watch the short film “Make Us Laugh” as part of Content Magazine’s Short Film Fridays series. 🎬
  • The Emo Night Tour | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $18+ | Enjoy classics by Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, My Chemical Romance, and more at this emo dance party. 

Saturday, May 7 

  • Mural Ride | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Monopoly in the Park, 330 W. San Carlos St. | Free | San José Walls hosts a group bike ride to tour Bay Area’s longest public art corridor, which features 17 local artists’ + the nine murals created for the Guadalupe River Park. 🚲
  • Mural Exhibition Makers Market | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Arena Green, 525 W. Santa Clara St. | Free entry | See the murals that San Jose Walls have been working on along the Guadalupe River Park while browsing local vendors. 🛍️
  • Mother’s Day Weekend Sip & Shop | Sat., May 7 + Sun., May 8 | Times vary | Momstera Lounge, 428 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell | Free entry | Enjoy island-reggae music + mimosas to celebrate the mother figures in your life. 🍾
  • Mother’s Day Pop-Up | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Academic Coffee, 499 S. Second St. | Free entry | Catch Annie’s T Cakes for their first South Bay pop-up, bringing with them the infamous smiley cookies, made popular by the new film, “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
  • Community Cleanup | Sat., May 7 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Rosemary Gardens Park, 161 Sonora Ave. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto | Sat., May 7-Sun., May 8 | Times vary | The California Theater, 345 S. First St. | $55+ | Symphony San Jose welcomes pianist Jon Nakamatsu to perform Beethoven’s PIano Concerto No. 5, believed to be Beethoven’s last. 🎹 
  • Cava Menzies | Sat., May 7 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Jazz Break Room, 310 S. First St. | $10 | Hear this Oakland vocalist and educator perform her commissioned work “The Feeling Tone” and more, with her bandmates. 
  • Quakes vs. Colorado Rapids | Sat., May 7 | 6:45 p.m. | PayPal Park | $26+ ⚽
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show w/ Barely Legal | Sat., May 7 | 11:30 p.m. | 3Below Theaters, 288 S. Second St. | $17 | Enjoy the cult-classic with a 15-minute interactive pre-show + bag of goodies with your reservation.
  • Bay Area Panthers vs. Duke City Gladiators | Sun., May 1 | 6 p.m. | SAP Center | $15+  🏈

Sunday, May 8  

  • Boundless Spontaneity: Jazz Responses to Figurative Traditions | Sun., May 8 | 2-4 p.m. | Free with museum admission | Listen to the musical performance that connects the exhibition “Our whole, unruly selves,” with the liberating potential of jazz. 🎷
  • Symphony San Jose: Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto | Sun., May 8 | 2:30 p.m. | California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St. | $55+ | Pianist Jon Nakamatsu performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 — Emperor. 🎹
  • David Lechuga | Sun., May 8 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Jazz Break Room, 310 S. First St. | $10 | Enjoy this local guitarist as he performs his work “Ruinas De Hialeah” with his bandmates.
  • Sunday in the Park | Sun., May 8 | 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Booktree Park, Flickinger Ave. + Fallingtree Dr. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Mother’s Day Royal Tea | Sun., May 8 | Times vary | Britannia Arms, 5027 Almaden Expy. | $35+ | Celebrate the mother figures in your life with a choice of two prix fixe high tea menus. 🫖

Monday, May 9- Sunday, May 15

Monday, May 9

  • Freedom from Past Patterns | Mon., May 9 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join hypnotherapist Namrata Kokal for a presentation on healing + releasing past hurtful patterns. 🫀

Tuesday, May 10

Wednesday, May 11

  • Candidate Speed Dating | Wed., May 11 | 6-8 p.m. | School of Visual Philosophy, 1065 The Alameda | Free | Join San Jose Arts Advocates for an informal meet-and-greet with Districts 1, 3, 5, and 7 council candidates prior to the June 7 primary election. 
  • Open Mic Night | Wed., May 11 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $5 | Bring your stand-up skills and perform alongside other local amateur comics. 
  • Wax Wednesday | Wed., May 11 | 6-11 p.m. | Camino Brewing Co., 718 S. First St. | Free entry | Enjoy this all-vinyl DJ night with an evening dedicated to all things R&B.
  • 1Culture Preview Opening | Wed., May 11 | 12-4 p.m. | 1Culture Gallery, 136 E. Santa Clara St. | Free entry | Check out a new art gallery in Downtown. 🎨
  • Flash Fiction Forum | Wed., May 11 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Works/San José, 365 S. Market St., Virtual | Free | Listen to short story authors read their works, or participate with your own micro-fiction piece. 
  • Jazz Orchestra  | Wed., May 11 | 7 p.m. | SJSU Concert Hall, 260 S. Seventh St. | $5+ | Listen to the musicians of San Jose State under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington. 🎷 
  • 2021-2022 Steinbeck Fellows Spring Reading | Wed., May 11 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual, registration required | Free | Join the Steinbeck Center in hearing stories, followed by a Q+A with fellows Ariel Chu, Tammy Heejae Lee, and Timea Sipos. 📖

Thursday, May 12

  • Santa Clara Job Fair | Thurs., May 12 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Meet local + national employers through one-on-one chat and instant + scheduled video at this virtual career fair. 💻
  • A Family Film | Thurs., May 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 938 The Alameda | $10+ | Laugh with local comedian Kyle from Work as he shoots his first comedy special with open acts from Meeko + Cynthia in Public. 
  • Rex Navarrete | Thurs., May 12 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $20+ | Enjoy a show by this Bay Area comedian who has performed alongside George Lopez and Paul Mooney. 
  • Gordon Biersch Night Market | Thurs., May 12 | 6 p.m. | Gordon Biersch Brewing Co., 357 E. Taylor St. | Free admission | Listen to the tunes of The (408) Collective at this family-friendly event with food trucks, games, brewery tours, and SJMade local vendors.
  • YETI Film Tour | Thurs., May 12 | 6 p.m. | The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd., Saratoga | $34.75+ | Watch seven YETI films, special guest appearances, and raffles for YETI gear. 
  • Latin Jazz Ensemble  | Thurs., May 12 | 7-8 p.m. | SJSU Concert Hall, 260 S. Seventh St. | $5+ | Listen to the musicians of San Jose State under the direction of Jeff Lewis. 🎷
  • Musical Theatre Showcase | Thurs., May 12 | 7 p.m.-12 a.m. | Hal Todd Studio Theatre, HGH 103, 220 E. San Fernando St. | Free | Listen to a collection of songs from students in the Musical Theatre Course choreographed by Vinh Nguyen + under the direction of Benjamin Belew.

Friday, May 13

  • Tom Papa | Fri., May 13-Sat., May 14 | Times vary | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $25+ | Catch this “Out in America with Tom Papa” radio host + “Come to Papa” podcast host. 
  • Screen! | Fri., May 13 | 7 p.m. | 3-Below Theaters, 288 S. Second St. | $10 | Watch the short film “Love, Sex, and Teddy Bears” as part of Content Magazine’s Short Film Fridays series. 🎬
  • Old School Fiesta | Fri., May 13 | 7-11:30 p.m. | San Jose Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St. | $75+ | Hear some Bay Area classics from Too $hort, Lisa Lisa, The 2 Live Crew, and more. 🎶
  • GASOLINA: Reggaeton Party | Fri., May 13 | 9 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. 1st St. | $10+ | Party with the cool beats of Reggaeton music for those ages 21 and up. 
  • La Cureandera | Fri., May 13 | 7:30 p.m. | Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio | $5+ | Watch an enchanting one-act comic opera set in present-day Tepoztlán. 
  • Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online | Fri., May 13 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free, registration required | Joining Anna E. Kijas from Tufts University + Quinn Dombrowski from Stanford University to learn the story of the grassroots organization.

Saturday, May 14 

  • Pancho Barraza | Sat., May 14 | 8 p.m. | SAP Center | $51 | This Mexican singer performs a range of traditional songs. 🎤
  • Momstera Lounge Pop-Up | Sat., May 14 | 12-4 p.m. | Momstera Lounge, 428 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell | Free entry | Enjoy a tea tasting with LujuneTeas while shopping for plants, crystals, and more. 🍵
  • Alum Rock Trail Crew | Sat., May 14 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Rd. | Free | Join the Parks, Neighborhood, and Recreation Department and learn more about the Alum Rock Trail + restoration work. 🌾
  • Open Studios | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Visual Philosophy Studio, 1065 The Alameda | Free entry | Swing by the art studio + grab a unique work of art from Visual Philosophy artists. 
  • Open Studios Reception | Sat., May 14 | 3-6 p.m. | Visual Philosophy Studio, 1065 The Alameda | Free entry | Join the art studio for an evening of art and live music..
  • SJFD Women’s Boot Camp | Sat., May 14 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | San Jose Fire Training Center, 255 Barack Obama Blvd. | Free | The San Jose Fire Department will host a female-staffed, judgment-free workout that includes a 90-minute circuit training, Q+A session, and demos featuring actual firefighting tools and equipment. 🚒
  • 23rd Latinx Art Auction & Exhibition | Sat., May 14 | 7-10 p.m. | MACLA, 510 S. First St. | Prices vary | Join in the reception + auction of the best in contemporary Latinx art from local artists and beyond.
  • Alum Rock Trail Crew | Sat., May 14 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Alum Rock Park, 15350 Penitencia Creek Rd. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Iris Garden Community Cleanup | Sat., May 14 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Three Creeks Trail, Willow St. + Bird Ave. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Community Day | Sat., May 14 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Commodore Park, N. Jackson Ave. + Commodore Dr. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • 2nd Saturday | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | The Alameda | Free entry | Browse art from the Visual Philosophy Studio, tune into a talk with San Jose’s Public Art Director, and enjoy live music at several local businesses.
  • Pain of Salvation | Sat., May 14 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $30 | Rock out with this Swedish progressive metal band, with special guest klone. 

Sunday, May 15

  • Dave Rubin in Conversation with Douglas Murray | Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $50+ | Listen to a discussion with the host of “The Rubin Report”, as he has honest conversations about important issues in mainstream media. 
  • Atif Aslam | Sun., May 15 | 7:45 p.m. | San Jose Civic | $39+ | This Pakistani singer + actor will perform various songs in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, and Bengali.
  • The Mother’s Day Market | Sun., May 15 | 1-5 p.m. | Watson Park, 22 N. Jackson St. | Browse local vendors and enjoy free flower pot painting at this fun craft fair. 🛍️
  • Braiding Sweetgrass: An Evening with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer | Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | California Theatre, 345 S. 1st St. | $10+ | Author + scientist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer gives a talk on her new book, discussing how native traditions and scientific disciplines provide different languages that can be used to interpret the world. 🧬
  • La Cureandera | Sun., May 15 | 2 p.m. | Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio | $5+ | Watch an enchanting one-act comic opera set in present-day Tepoztlán. 
  • Helado Negro | Sun., May 15 | 7 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $22 | Jam out to this Ecuadorian artist’s ambient pop songs with special guest, Kacy Hill. 
  • Sunday in the Park | Sun., May 15 | 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Overfelt Gardens Park, Educational Park Dr. + Schulte Dr. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳

Monday, May 16- Sunday, May 22 

Monday, May 16

  • T.S.O.L | Mon., May 16 | 7 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $20+ | Rock out with this Long Beach-originated punk band, featuring special guest The Venomous Pinks.

Tuesday, May 17

  • VTA and SVBC Basic Bike Maintenance | Tues., May 17 | 5-8 p.m. | Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, 155 S. 11th St. | Free | Learn the basics of fixing your bike, including repairing flats, removing wheels and making adjustments to brakes. 🚲
  • Downton Abbey Trivia Night | Tues., May 17 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy. | $10+ | In time for the newest movie, test out your Downton Alley knowledge + enjoy themed food and drink specials.
  • Yu-Ai Kai’s La Corona Fundraiser | Tues., May 17-Thurs., May 19 | Times vary | Yu-Ai Kai Community Senior Center | $20 | Stop by for either lunch or dinner to try their favorite La Corona’s Carnitas Super Burrito with chips + salsa.
  • Thinkful Webinar: Enhancing Your Career With Mindfulness | Tues., May 17 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Take the next step in furthering your career or make additions to your current workflow with these mindfulness tips.
  • An Evening with Aamina Ahmad | Tues., May 17 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free, registration required | Join the author in a reading of “The Return of Faraz Ali,” one of New York Times’ must-reads of the season.

Wednesday, May 18

  • May Mixer | Wed., May 18 | 5-7 p.m. | Zona Rosa, 1411 The Alameda | $15 | Join the San Jose Women’s Club in celebrating and welcoming the new members who joined in the last two years. 
  • Iamesi Village Tour | Wed., May 18 | 1-3 p.m. | Iamesi Village, 201 Bassett St. | Free | Tour the new 135-unit apartment complex with First Community Housing for Affordable Housing Month. 
  • Soil Jams | Wed., May 18 | 5-8 p.m. | Momstera Lounge, 428 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell | Free entry | Enjoy R&B slow jams and wine while you shop. 🎶
  • Wax Wednesday | Wed., May 18 | 6-11 p.m. | Camino Brewing Co., 718 S. First St. | Free entry | Enjoy this all-vinyl DJ night with Cutso, the on-air host + mixer for Rebel Pop Radio on Wild 94.9 and iHeartRadio.
  • Carlos Mencia | Wed., May 18-Thurs., May 19 | Times vary | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $30+ | Laugh along with one of today’s most popular entertainers as he tapes his “C 4 Urself Tour.” 
  • Quakes vs. Portland Timbers | Wed., May 18 | 7:15 p.m. | PayPal Park | $25+ ⚽

Thursday, May 19

  • Bike to Wherever Days | Thurs., May 19-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Locations vary | Free | Register to “Pledge to Ride” and bike to an Energizer station location to get a free “Bike to Wherever Day” goodie bag. 
  • Content Pick-Up Party | Thurs., May 19 | 7-10 p.m. | Cilker School of Art & Design, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga | Free entry | Meet the three Content Emerging Artists Grant recipients and select student artists as Content Magazine debuts their issue 14.3 “Perform.”
  • A Virtual Community Conversation with Valley Water | Thurs., May 19 | 5-6 p.m. | Online | Free | Learn about and discuss our region’s drought emergency and water conservation programs. 💧
  • Frank Nguyen | Thurs., May 19 | 1 p.m. | Virtual, registration required | Free | As part of SJPL’s AAPI Heritage Month Speaker Series, you will hear from the founder and owner of Academic Coffee.

Friday, May 20

  • #Crafternoon with SJMQT and Veggielution | Fri., May 20 | 4-6 p.m. | SoFa Pocket Park, 520 S. First St. | Free | Participate in a flower-making activity that will be featured on the walls of SJQMT during a retrospective by local artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood. 
  • “Perrísimas” US Tour 2022 – Alejandra Guzmán & Paulina Rubio | Fri., May 20 | 8 p.m. | $51 | Watch these long-time rivals + music icons settle the score on the same stage. 🎤
  • Night of Murder and Mystery | Fri., May 20 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Maggiano’s Little Italy, 3055 Olin Ave., Ste. 1000 | $80 | Enjoy an interactive show involving a hilarious homicide investigation, along with a plated dinner and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks. 
  • Jay Pharoah | Fri., May 20-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $25+ | Enjoy stand-up from the Saturday Night Live comic and Showtime series “White Famous” star.
  • An Evening with C.S. Lewis | Fri., May 20-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St. | $64 | A performance that portrays C.S. Lewis and other writers enjoying an evening together.
  • Alfa Mist | Fri., May 20 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Jazz Break Room, 310 S. First St. | $25+ | Enjoy contemporary beats from this self-taught pianist + accomplished music producer. 
  • Screen! | Fri., May 20 | 7 p.m. | 3-Below Theaters, 288 S. Second St. | $10 | Watch the short film “Twists and Turns” as part of Content Magazine’s Short Film Fridays series. 🎬
  • This Charming Band | Fri., May 20 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $15 | Catch this Smiths/Morrissey tribute band featuring special guest + Cure tribute band, Bloodflowers. 
  • LUNAFEST | Fri., May 20 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | Celebrate the 11th Annual San Jose film festival that will support the San Jose Women’s Club. 🎬
  • SLAM Youth Conference | Fri., May 20-Sat., May 21 | Times vary | Virtual | Free for Santa Clara County residents aged 12-18 | Attend presentations + workshops with professionals in the sports, arts, leadership, and media industries.
  • Back to the 80’s | Fri., May 20 | 9 p.m. | The Brit, 5027 Almaden Expy. | Free entry | Rock out with Careless Whisper and enjoy late-night food + drink specials. 

Saturday, May 21 

  • 43rd Annual Boogie Music Festival | Sat., May 21- Sun., May 22 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Downtown Campbell, E. Campbell Ave. | Free entry | Enjoy a day of music, food + drink, and local artisans at this two-day family fun fair. 🎟️
  • SJMQT Spring Community Day | Sat., May 21 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | SJMQT & SoFA Pocket Park, 520 S. 1st St. | Free | Celebrate the 45th birthday of San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles at this outdoors event with galleries from local artists. 🌸
  • Open Studios | Sat., May 121 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Visual Philosophy Studio, 1065 The Alameda | Free entry | Swing by the art studio + grab a unique work of art from Visual Philosophy artists. 
  • Community Day | Sat., May 21 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Playa Del Rey Park, 648 Glenburry Wy. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Japanese Friendship Garden Cleanup | Sat., May 21 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Japanese Friendship Garden, 1300 Senter Rd. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Community Day | Sat., May 21 | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Arcadia Ballpark, 2208 Quimby Rd. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Saturday Night @ the Brit | Sat., May 21 | 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. | The Brit, 5027 Almaden Expy. | Jam out with DJ Reason One with hip hop, club, and old school hits. 

Sunday, May 22

  • Stars on Ice | Sun., May 22 | 4 p.m. | SAP Center | $30+ | Experience performances from US Olympic Figure Skating athletes, including Nathan Chen, Alysa Liu, Vincent Zhou, and more. ⛸️ 
  • Quakes vs. Sporting Kansas City | Sun., May 22 | 4:30 p.m. | PayPal Park | $20+ ⚽
  • La Boutique Fantasque (The Enchanted Toyshop) with Paquita | Sun., May 22 | 2 p.m. | Hammer Theater Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio | $19+ | A ballet with a classical score, this performance brings to life dolls from a Parisian toyshop. 🩰 
  • Sunday in the Park | Sun., May 22 | 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | River Glen Park, 1600 Parkside Ave. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Spring Fling | Sun., May 22 | 1-4 p.m. | Posh Polish Salon & Boutique, 2059 Curtner Ave. | Free entry | Take part in raffle prizes, craft workshops, and a vendor pop-up at this sweet springtime soirée.
  • Foster Care Month | Sun., May 22 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | 299 Bassett St. | Free entry | Join Silicon Valley Pop-Up and Child Advocates of Silicon Valley for a 70+ vendor fair with music from DJ Maniakal.

Monday, May 23- Sunday, May 29 

Monday, May 23

Tuesday, May 24

  • Network After Work: Silicon Valley at Five Points | Tues., May 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Five Points, 169 W. Santa Clara St. | $15+ | Join minds with other local business owners, entrepreneurs, executives + professionals.
  • Magic Hour at Momstera | Tues., May 24 | 6-7 p.m. | Momstera Lounge, 428 E. Campbell Ave., Campbell | $5+ | Learn about meditation, chakras, and crystals during this sound bowl healing lesson with The Aura Stream.
  • Tom Cruise Three Movie Trivia Night | Tues., May 24 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy. | $10+ | Celebrate the new release of Top Gun by geeking out on Tom Cruise movie facts with a best dressed Cruise costume contest.

Wednesday, May 25

  • Eric Schwartz | Wed., May 25 | 8 p.m. | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $20+ | See this musical comic who has appearances on Showtime, The Tonight Show, and BET.
  • Wax Wednesday | Wed., May 25 | 6-11 p.m. | Camino Brewing Co., 718 S. First St. | Free entry | Enjoy this all-vinyl DJ night with an evening full of soul from the Sweater Funk crew.

Thursday, May 26

  • Sprung | Thurs., May 26 | 9 p.m. | The Continental, 349 S. First St. | $10+ | Universal Grammar, Bay Beat Summit, JMP, and Smile High present The Changing Same special event with performances by Lakim, Sheki, and more. 
  • Mariachi Women Warriors 2022 | Thurs., May 26 | 7:30 p.m. | Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio | $27+ | This all-female mariachi band will perform Mexican, American, traditional + contemporary music in this lively performance. 🎻 
  • Senior Safari at Happy Hollow, presented by Kaiser Permanente | Thurs., May 26 | 9-10 a.m. | 748 Story Rd. | Free | Adults ages 50+ are invited to feel like a kid again at Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. 🦓*

Friday, May 27 

  • FanimeCon | Fri., May 27-Sun., May 30 | Times vary | San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St. | $60+ | Celebrate Japanese art and pop culture at NorCal’s largest anime convention featuring live entertainment, vendor markets, cosplays, guest stars, and all things anime.
  • Pete Lee | Fri., May 27-Sun., May 29 | TImes vary | San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St. | $20+ | Catch this TruTV’s “Greatest Ever” cast member + “Nick Toons” host for a night of laughs. 
  • Screen! | Fri., May 27 | 7 p.m. | 3-Below Theaters, 288 S. Second St. | $10 | Watch the short film “Don’t Be Afraid” as part of Content Magazine’s Short Film Fridays series. 🎬
  • Weyes Blood | Fri., May 27 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $22+ | Jam out with this psychedelic folk singer featuring special guest, Sam Burton. 

Saturday, May 28 

  • 40th Annual Black Graduation Celebration | Sat., May 28 | 3-5 p.m. | Provident Credit Union Event Center, 290 S. Seventh St. | Free | Join the Black Leadership and Opportunity Center in honoring Black undergraduates + graduates receiving their degrees. 
  • La Rola No Me Deja Sola | Sat., May 28 | 5-11 p.m. | Camino Brewing Co., 718 S. First St. | Free entry | Catch DJ Mas Dulce for her music release, as well as her signature beer release in collaboration with Camino Brewing Co. 
  • Community Cleanup | Sat., May 28 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Northwood Park, Autumnvale Dr. + Lakewood Dr. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Community Day | Sat., May 28 | 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. | Metcalf Park, Forsum Rd. + urshan Wy. | Free | Volunteer with Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood services to make a difference and help keep the city’s outdoor spaces clean. 🌳
  • Pretty on Wheels | Sat., May 28 | 12 p.m. | Roosevelt Park, 901 E. Santa Clara St. | Free entry | Join Pedal Princesses and Pretty on Wheels for a group bike ride along with food, live music, and a bike giveaway. 🚲
  • Saturday Night @ the Brit | Sat., May 28 | 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. | The Brit, 5027 Almaden Expy. | Jam out with DJ Reason One with hip hop, club, and old school hits.

Sunday, May 29  

  • Bad Bunny Tribute Day Party | Sun., May 29 | 1-7 p.m. | Rec Room, 1 E. San Fernando St., | $15+ | Come out for this epic day of reggaeton with a lineup of Cutso, BZAR, DJ Baywav + more. 
  • Sunday in the Park at William Lewis Manly Park | Sun., May 29 | 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | William Lewis Manly Park, Llano De Los Robles Ave + Jayhawkers Pl. | Free | Volunteer to help clean up the park.
  • Sunday in the Park | Sun., May 29 | 12-6 p.m. | Backesto Park, 551 N. 13th St. | Free entry | Enjoy a pop-up car show with music, food, crafts, games, and more. 🚗

Monday, May 30- Tues, May 31 

Monday, May 30

Tuesday, May 31

  •  Ana Tijoux | Tues., May 31 | 7 p.m. | The Ritz, 400 S. First St. | $27.50 | Catch this Chilean-French singer and musician as she performs for The Ritz’ “BottleRock AfterDark.” 
  • Bob’s Burger’s Trivia Night | Tues., May 31 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Britannia Arms Almaden, 5027 Almaden Expy. | $10+ | Test your Belcher’s knowledge with burger puns + a character costume contest.