updated 2/17/2011 10:46:54 AM ET 2011-02-17T15:46:54

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As record cold and snow are reported across much of the U.S., there's no better time to warm up with thoughts of planning spring or summer getaways to San Jose, California, where warm temperatures and sunny skies invite visitors to come out and play. To help them plan their visit, Team San Jose announces exciting spring and summer events for adults and families to enjoy. For continued updates on events visit www.sanjose.org .

FESTIVALS AND CITYWIDE EVENTS

22nd Annual AT&T San Jose Jazz Festival – August 12-14, 2011 

San Jose downtown beckons with the melodies of jazz every autumn. Over 1,000 jazz artists and 100,000 jazz music lovers meet in San Jose for a weekend of musical variety, tradition, and innovation. From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, music lovers converge on the heart of Silicon Valley to enjoy three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, electronica and many other forms of contemporary music. www.sanjosejazz.org

Dine Downtown Restaurant Week 2011 - June 22 –July 4

More than 30 of downtown's best restaurants offer imaginative three-course prix fixe menus at affordable $20, $30 and $40 prices points to new and loyal customers.  The "week" kicks off with the popular and energy-filled City Bites sampler event throughout downtown. www.sjdowntown.com

Downtown Farmers' Market 2011 - Fridays May 6 – November 18

Browse throughcolorful flowers, gourmet foods and fresh fruits and vegetables from California-certified growers each Friday at the Downtown Farmers' Market at San Pedro Square. Special fruit tastings, cooking demonstrations and live music are offered throughout the season. Takes place on San Pedro Square between Santa Clara and St. John streets from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Note: No Market on July 1. www.sjdowntown.com

San Jose Gay Pride Festival - August 20-21

The festival includes live entertainment in Discovery Meadow, with a parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. Saturday festivities are free and Sunday events are ticketed. www.sanjosepride.com

PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS

Ballet San Jose presents "Carmen" – April 1-3

Vivid story of seduction and betrayal based on the fabled temptress of Seville. www.balletsj.org

Broadway San Jose presents "Momma Mia!" – June 7-12, 2011

Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. This smash-hit musical that combines ABBA's greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. www.broadwaysanjose.com

Children's Musical Theater San Jose's "Secret Garden" – May 6-15, 2011

ThisTony Award winning classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of 'Night Mother. Montgomery Theater. www.cmtsj.org

Children's Musical Theater San Jose's "Aida" – July 29 – August 7, 2011

Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. Montgomery Theater. www.cmtsj.org

Lyric Theatre of San Jose presents "The Sorcerer" – June 18-26, 2011

One of Gilbert and Sullivan's earliest operettas, The Sorcerer is the tale of a young couple who want everyone to be happily mated, but inadvertently set off ridiculous pairings of townspeople through the misuse of John Wellington Wells' magic tea potion. Montgomery Theater. www.lyrictheatre.org  

Marquez Brothers Public Dance – June 25 and August 20 

The San Jose Convention Center rocks with the hottest Mexican bands. www.elmexicanopresenta.com

Opera San Jose presents "La Bohéme" – April 23 – May 8

For generations, this Puccini classic has been the best first opera, the best date opera, and, for many, the best opera. California Theater. www.operasj.org

South First Fridays Street Markets 2011 - June 3, August 5 and September 2

A diverse showcase of musicians and artists, the three South First Friday Street Markets take place in conjunction with the monthly First Friday art gallery crawls in the SoFA District. This do-it-yourself inspired street festival includes live music and more than 35 artisan booths. The June event – a.k.a. SubZero – expands to more than three blocks. Takes place on South First Street between San Carlos and San Salvador Streets from 6 p.m.– 11:30 p.m. www.sjdowntown.com

Symphony Silicon Valley's "Nakamatsu Plays Two"– May 12-15, 2011

Local favorite and international star Jon Nakamatsu performs two featured works on our program at the California Theater, beginning with a world premiere: a double concerto created for him and clarinetist Jon Manasse by Cuban composer D'Rivera. Nakamatsu follows with Tchaikovsky's mighty Concerto No. 1, one of the most popular works ever composed for piano. Stravinsky's witty neo-classical Pulcinella Suite, originally written for a comic ballet, opens the evening. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org

Symphony Silicon Valley's "Spices, Bandoneon& Italy"– June 4-5, 2011

Principal percussionist Galen Lemmon and Steve Hearn shine in Israeli composer Avner Dorman's spectacular double percussion concerto. www.symphonysiliconvalley.org

Unique Lives & Experiences Speaker Series 2011 – May 16, 2011 and June 18, 2011                                                                                              Fans can enjoy legendary actress Diane Keaton (May 16) and actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg  (June 18) live at the San Jose Civic. www.uniquelives.com

Yanni at the San Jose Civic – May 6, 2011

Enjoy the unique music of award-winning Greek contemporary instrumental composer and performer Yanni, who performed live in concert in more than 20 countries around the world. www.sanjosecivic.com

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERTS AND CINEMA

Music in the Park 2011 – Thursdays, June 2 – August 25

San Jose summers come alive with Music in the Park, downtown's most anticipated concert series. Enjoy blues, reggae, rock and jazz by top musical acts in free Thursday night performances, and take in the charming atmosphere of downtown's favorite park. Takes place at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, Market and San Carlos Streets on Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. www.sjdowntown.com

Starlight Cinemas 2011 - June 8 – August 31

Take advantage of San Jose's gorgeous weather by grabbing a lawn chair or blanket and enjoying free films under the stars in three of downtown's central neighborhoods:  San Pedro Square, the Historic District/Post St. and SoFA District/South First St. Pre-screening entertainment changes with the season, starting as early as 6:30 p.m., followed by the feature film at dusk. Note: No movies June 1, July 6 or August 3.   www.sjdowntown.com

SPORTING EVENTS

2011 Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships -- July 23, 2011

Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships at theSan Jose Convention Center. www.usa-gymnastics.org

Amgen Tour of California – May 18

Enjoy the largest cycling event in America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 15-22. Stage 4 of the event will be in downtown San Jose. www.amgentourofcalifornia.com   

Northern California Volleyball Association Girl's Tournament – June 19-22, 2011

No Dinx Open Championships at the San Jose Convention Center. www.ncva.com

San Jose Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Championships and Expo – July 10, 2011

Bodybuilding championships at the San Jose Convention Center. www.paullovesproductions.com

USA Taekwondo Junior and Senior National Championships 2011 – July 2, 2011

USA Taekwondo National Championships at the San Jose Convention Center. www.usa-taekwondo.us

EXPOSITIONS

FanimeCon 2011 – May 27 - 30, 2011

One of the largest anime conventions in Northern California, FanimeCon takes place at the San Jose Convention Center, bringing together a variety of events incorporating anime and Japanese culture. www.fanime.com

Madd Gamers of America Expo – May 19, 2011

Madd Gamers Expo is a Northern America premiere video game convention for computer and video games and related products. www.maddgamers.eventbrite.com  

Super-Con – May 21, 2011

California's best two-day comic and art festival and the San Jose Convention Center. www.super-con.com

LOOKING AHEAD

Rock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon and Expo –October 2

www.san-jose.competitor.com

Home & Garden Show - October 21-23

www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/SJF.html

Marquez Brothers Public Dance – November 6

www.elmexicanopresenta.com

Downtown Ice -Daily November 18 – January 16, 2012

www.sjdowntown.com

Harvest Festival ORIGINAL Art & Craft Show – November 25-27

www.harvestfestival.com

15th Annual Bay Area Ski & Snowboard Show - November 25-27

www.skidazzle.com

Team San Jose (TSJ) This innovative partnership unifies the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience and serve as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. We manage the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic and South Hall. For more information about San Jose and Team San Jose, please visit the new www.sanjose.org .

 
SPORTING EVENTS 2011 Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships -- July 23, 2011 Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships at theSan Jose Convention Center. www.usa-gymnastics.org Amgen Tour of California – May 18 Enjoy the largest cycling event in America, the 2011 Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world's top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course from May 15-22. Stage 4 of the event will be in downtown San Jose. www.amgentourofcalifornia.com   Northern California Volleyball Association Girl's Tournament – June 19-22, 2011 No Dinx Open Championships at the San Jose Convention Center. www.ncva.com San Jose Bodybuilding Fitness and Figure Championships and Expo – July 10, 2011 Bodybuilding championships at the San Jose Convention Center. www.paullovesproductions.com USA Taekwondo Junior and Senior National Championships 2011 – July 2, 2011 USA Taekwondo National Championships at the San Jose Convention Center. www.usa-taekwondo.us EXPOSITIONSFanimeCon 2011 – May 27 - 30, 2011 One of the largest anime conventions in Northern California, FanimeCon takes place at the San Jose Convention Center, bringing together a variety of events incorporating anime and Japanese culture. www.fanime.com Madd Gamers of America Expo – May 19, 2011 Madd Gamers Expo is a Northern America premiere video game convention for computer and video games and related products. www.maddgamers.eventbrite.com   Super-Con – May 21, 2011 California's best two-day comic and art festival and the San Jose Convention Center. www.super-con.com LOOKING AHEADRock 'n' Roll 1/2 Marathon and Expo –October 2 www.san-jose.competitor.com Home & Garden Show - October 21-23 www.acshomeshow.com/HGExpo/SJF.html Marquez Brothers Public Dance – November 6 www.elmexicanopresenta.com Downtown Ice -Daily November 18 – January 16, 2012 www.sjdowntown.com Harvest Festival ORIGINAL Art & Craft Show – November 25-27 www.harvestfestival.com 15th Annual Bay Area Ski & Snowboard Show - November 25-27 www.skidazzle.com Team San Jose (TSJ) This innovative partnership unifies the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau, hotels, arts, labor and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience and serve as the gateway to San Jose as a destination. We manage the San Jose Convention Center and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, Parkside Hall, San Jose Civic and South Hall. For more information about San Jose and Team San Jose, please visit the new www.sanjose.org . # # #

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