What to do in San Jose- Heritage Holiday 12/3/11 at SPSM

December 3, 2011

History, Heritage, and Holiday fun will all be taking place here at the San Pedro Square Market on December 3rd  from 11am-4pm. We have a variety of events for everyone to enjoy.

Santa Claus, Mr. Saint Nick himself, will be taking time off from his incredibly busy schedule and visiting us here at the Market. He will be arriving in style, on a vintage fire truck! This will be a great time to give Santa a heads up on what might be on your wish list, or take photos for holiday memories. He will only be here from 2pm-4pm, don’t miss him!


Whether you’re having lunch from one of your great restaurants or a midday libation from the Market Bar, you can sit back in our beautiful outdoor Plaza and enjoy music all afternoon. Get into the holiday mood with the Lyric Theater’s costumed carolers from 11:30am-12:30pm. Up next, from 12:30pm-2:00pm, Fiddle Road brings a colorful blend of Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun and Ol’ Timey songs expressed joyfully through guitar, fiddle, mandolin, 5 string and tenor banjos, stand up bass and ukulele. The dedicated students of Liberty Baptist School's band and choir have put in a lot of effort in keeping the passion for music alive and they want to spread that love on to you! Don’t miss them as they showcase all their hard work from 2:00pm-4:00pm.


In addition to the wide-ranging musical program, local author Jim Hummel will be on hand to sign his latest children’s book, San Jose, California: The Place Where People Help Dreams Come True. Hummel is a cartoonist who has worked for the San Jose Mercury-News and taught illustration at San Jose State University.

For all you crafty DIY enthusiasts, there we be a live demonstration from the Serendipity Spinners Guild and the Lace Museum will be holding a lace making demonstration from 11am-4pm.

Across the street, History San Jose is keeping up with tradition in hosting San Jose’s annual Heritage Holiday Tea and Tour. It will be held at the Victorian-era Fallon House.

Satori Tea Company has made a special blend of peach, plum, apricot, black tea and flower petals. Named ‘Valley of Hearts’ Delight,’ and also be available for purchase. Guglielmo Wines will provide champagne that will be served by Shady Shakespeare, a new addition to the tradition.

Spaces at the tea can be reserved here:

Here's an easy-to-follow music schedule for the day:

All events will take place on the Plaza, weather permitting.

11:30-12:30 Lyric Theater Victorian Carolers
Fully costumed Carolers will roam the Market spreading holiday cheer!

12:30- 2:00 Fiddle Road
A colorful blend of Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun and Ol’ Timey songs expressed joyfully through guitar, fiddle, mandolin, 5 string and tenor banjos, stand up bass and ukulele.

2:00-4:00 Santa Claus makes his first visit to SPSM
Santa and his elf will arrive in an old-fashioned fire truck and be available for photos with children of all ages.

2:00-4:00 Liberty Baptist School Band & Choir
Local schoolchildren get a chance to shine. The band begins at 3, the Choir begins at 4.

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Upcoming events at the San Pedro Sqaure Market

The San Pedro Square Market has started November out with a bang. Last night the Arclight Theater of San Jose, collaborating with New York’s Tectonic Theatre Company, debuted a play titled "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays". It was a smashing success. Half of the proceeds were donated to the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center to support their education and outreach efforts. There was also a great crowd at the San Pedro Square Market Bar cheering on the San Jose Sharks as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 .


Strike Two, kinzie balfour, book signings, san jose, san pedro square market Calling all ladies! Wednesday November 9th, Kinzie Balfour, the author of Strike Two, a steamy little romance novel, will be at the San Pedro Square Market for a book signing. Come down, bring your girlfriends, and “chick chat” over our custom cocktail called Romance Beckons, specially created for this event. The party starts at 7pm. Come dressed in whatever you like, but Kinzie will be going all out, so feel free to rock your highest heels and slinkiest dress. Why not? It’s ladies night!



tamale making, san jose things to do, san pedro square market, downtown san joseInterested in learning the art of Tamale making? Well, San Pedro Square Market is the place to be. We will be hosting a hands-on Tamale Making Workshop Saturday November 12th and Saturday the 19th, both from 12pm-4pm, in the Perrazo Building, located at 170 W. Saint John Street. The cover is $65, which includes chefs demo, hands-on workshop, recipe book and a delicious tamale dinner. This is perfect skill to have for the upcoming holiday season to share with family and friends. For more information call Casa Q: (408) 280-1065



peralta adobe, san jose history, history san jose, san jose eventsCome dig into San Jose’s history at the heart of the San Pedro Square Market’s Peralta Adobe. Archeology students from Stanford University will be leading a mock archaeological dig for kids. If your are an aspiring archaeologist, eager to learn about San Jose’s history or just want to get your hands dirty, come Sunday, November 13th from 12pm-4pm, admission is free!


peter yarrow, hiclbee's book store, san jose things to do, san joseWe are thrilled to have Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary, here, at the San Pedro Square Market for a mini concert and book signing. Grab a bite to eat, enjoy live music, and come meet this legendary artist on Tuesday, November 15th from 7pm-9pm. Free validated parking across the street will be available.


Celebrate “San Jose’s Birthday” on November 20th from 12pm-4pm hosted by History San Jose, where they will have music and cake to celebrate the founding of the Pueblo.


There will be many more exciting upcoming events, join our mailing list and let us keep you updated on everything happening at the San Pedro Square Market.


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Downtown San Jose Events -August

August is going to be a huge month for Downtown San Jose events.

San Jose Renaissance Fair

downtown san jose events, san jose renaissanace fair The fun begin this weekend as the popular, San Jose Renaissance Fair comes to Guadalupe Park in Downtown San Jose. This full scale, interactive experience is a great way for friends and families to visit the days of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I. Close to 800 costumed performers bring Shakespeare’s England back to life with parades, pageants, and fun townsfolk, offering continuous entertainment throughout the the park. Come down and enjoy musicians, jugglers, and actors drawing you ever deeper into the Renaissance.


Starlight Cinemas:

The always popular Starlight Cinemas will be here August 10th and 24th.

Pre-movie entertainment:  Enjoy a night of mass "Musical Chairs" to classic songs from this soundtrack:  Schools Out – Alice Cooper; Slow Ride – Foghat; Rock and Roll All Night – Kiss; Low Rider – War; Paranoid – Black Sabbath.  And then finish the lyric - we'll play a portion of a song and you have to finish the next line.

Pre-movie entertainment:   Enjoy a live swing band before the movie.  Show us how “money” you are - prizes for best swing outfits and dancing will make it worth sweating in the streets!


Jazz Fest

August 12-14 The San Jose Jazz Festival comes to town.                                   The Tabard Theatre and SJJF 2011, old wagon saloon, tabard theatre, downtown san jose eventsThe Old Wagon Saloon will both have stages so make sure to bring a date to the swing dance lessons inside the Tabard Theatre and rock out on Old Wagon's massive patio. San Pedro Square is going to be rocking out all weekend long.


HP Pavilion

Finally the HP Pavilion has an amazing lineup for August. Things kick off next Monday when Monday Night Raw comes to town. Then, Katie Perry and Michael Buble will bring sell out crowds to San Pedro Square as they play on the 12th and 13th.


August will be a busy month for Downtown San Jose. Be sure to check in at our great restaurants on your way to one of the many upcoming events.

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The San Pedro Square Market Sign & Nine.Ten.Eleven

The San Pedro Square Market Sign

After a much anticipated few months, the San Pedro Square Market sign finally arrived this week. The sign took close to a year to design, fabricate, and install. Needless to say we are pleased with the way it came out.

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Built by Pacific Neon Company, the sign spans 140 feet and boasts six foot tall letters and is now among San Jose's largest signs. Thank you all for the overwhelming responses on Facebook and Twitter. We have been working so hard to get the project open, its nice to see that we are nearing the finish line. Those of you who are wondering why there is a huge space in between "Pedro" and "Market", this is not a design flaw, there will be a clock installed there. The clock was bigger than the other pieces and had to be shipped on its own. Once here, the sign will be complete and we will let everyone know when the official lighting of the sign will be!

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The Nine.Ten.Eleven Event

Are you ready for your first taste of San Pedro Square Market? Well in less than sixty-days you will have your chance. Hosted by new tenant Joelle Cruz, the aptly named Nine.Ten.Eleven event will be a great day filled with classic cars, fashion shows, live music and much more.

Joelle Cruz owner of Brim, is also launching his brand new magazine Made in San Jose which highlights all things local from fashion to events. We will keep you updated as the September 10th gets coser but one thing is for sure, San Pedro Square Market is getting closer and closer to becoming Downtown San Jose's newest venue for all things local.

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Dishcrawl heads back to San Pedro Square for Round Three

The team at Dishcrawl has absolutely taken the foodie scene to another level in San Jose. Founder Tracy Lee will be heading the third visit to San Pedro Square. This time Dishcrawl will kick off their event at the beautiful Axis Condo tower, where you can find the delicious Empanadas from The Mmoon.  After Axis, crawlers will be visiting Peggy Sue’s, a family friendly 50’s style dinner, in San Pedro Square. Also, part of the crawl will be the amazing Food Truck MoBowl.

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Tracy is no stranger to San Pedro Square, the first Dishcrawl she held in Downtown San Jose brought over 85 people to The Mmoon Empanadas, a visit that owner Mike Mendez said “Was an amazing way to meet new patrons on a personal level”. Tracy’s second visit brought clients to La Piñata, Satori Tea, and a cameo by another popular food truck Tikka Bytes.

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Dishcrawl is more that just a foodie event. It’s a community builder. It takes the foodie culture and infuses it with an easy way for local businesses to meet their clientele. Many times the patrons who come on the crawls would not get to meet the owners of a neighborhood restaurant. If you have not heard of Dishcrawl yet, chances are there is already one set up in your neighborhood. We will see everybody down in San Pedro Square next Sunday May 29th, 2011.

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SJEats is back…. And with added seating…

Back because of massive popular demand, SJEatsis coming back for their second festival on May 7th, 2011. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience at the first SJEats event on April 2. We read your tweets and your Facebook posts and we have responded with more space for the trucks, better line management, more trucks and even a sneak peek of the new San Pedro Square Market.


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We know the event area was far too small on April 2, so we have upgraded our footprint from 12,000 square feet to more than 50,000 square feet. We will be closing West St. John Street between North San Pedro Street and North Almaden Avenue, and will have the food trucks neatly lined up on West St. John.  In order to help with line management, we have enrolled an army of volunteers to help guests understand where the various lines end----and we will be opening the beautiful Peralta Adobe Plaza for added seating and dining. 

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The event will take place from 11:30AM until 3:30PM and from 5:00PM until 9:00PM.  The lunch session will include Babaloo, Iz It, The Wow truck, and many others. The evening session includes Curry Up Now, Senior Sisig and many more amazing food trucks.

SJEats hopes to be the number one destination for new food trucks to be put on display. We can’t wait to see all of you here on May 7th. San Pedro Square Market Manager Steve Borkenhagen will be on site all day and he will be giving tours of the Market to potential tenants, so feel free to talk with him about all of the exciting potential here at the San Pedro Square Market.San pedro square   food trucks san jose   custom food trucks resized

Here is a partial list of food trucks serving on May 7.

LUNCH (11 am to 3 pm) Load in time is 9:30 am sharp

Rib Whip
Seoul on Wheels
Bills Beer Steamed Hot Dogs (Cart)
Butterscotch on the Go
Cabana Daves
Hapa SF
Iz It
Louisiana Territory


DINNER (5 pm to 9 pm) 
Load in time is 3:30 pm sharp
House of Siam
Kara's Cupcakes
Little Green Cyclo
Louisiana Territory
No Way Jose
Quick Dog (Cart)
Senor Sisig
Southern Sandwich
Tikka Bytes
Toasty Melts



Tags: Food and Beverage, Special Events 2011, SJ Eats

San Pedro Square Market's Search for the Next Great Food Trend

April 2, 2011 was a memorable day for Downtown San Jose in general, but in particular for San Pedro Square. I would like to thank Mike and Marie Millares of The Usuals, founders of SJ MADE, and Ryan Sebastian of Treatbot, founder of SJ Eats, for bringing over 10,000 people to San Pedro Square Square for a day of food and retail exploration centered on our hidden gem, the soon-to-be-completed San Pedro Square Market. Although the food truck lines were over an hour long, SJ EATS is working to make the necessary adjustments to make the next event an even bigger success.

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The success of the events made me think of ways we could incorporate some current food trends affecting the industry into our Market. After reading through the most recent reports of trend guru Andrew Freeman,  I centered in on three concepts: Pies, "Mom and Pop shops," and single purpose restaurants.

In the last few years, the cupcake trend was the foundation for countless small businesses, cake pops are now sold in Starbucks, and now we are seeing the emergence of a new item: pies. These are not necessarily the huge pies that can be found at Marie Callender's, but innovative takes on the pie concept. Pies of the savory and sweet varieties are getting smaller and more portable. Have a look at the video below:

With the economy slowly but surely making a come back, "Mom and Pop" businesses have been experiencing a revival. In the restaurant market, smaller seems to be better. People are making more efficient use of smaller spaces to maximize sales and minimize costs. Contemporary entrepreneurs are utilizing smaller spaces, while retaining the same standards of quality as their larger competitors. Our Market project takes this trend even further, offering spaces as small as 200 square feet.

The third emerging trend is the rise in single-purpose restaurants. One of the major factors "driving" this trend is the food truck movement. The trucks’ limited menus are drawing an educated brand of customer craving simple, unfussy street food. Food trucks aren't alone in developing this customer base. When San Pedro Square Market opens later this year, it will be full of these type of establishmens.

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