Here are the essential places to visit in San Jose, California. The selection is made using the FavRiver scoring system which takes into account the most relevant metrics and expert reviews.
Last update : Jul 08, 2019
26Plaza de César Chávez
The Plaza de César E. Chávez is an urban plaza and park in Downtown San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. The plaza's origins date to 1797 as the plaza mayor of the Spanish Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, making it the oldest public space in California. The plaza was reconsecrated after Californian civil rights activist César Chávez in 1993.
The Plaza de César Chávez is one of San Jose's primary civic spaces and the historic center of Downtown San Jose. It is bounded by numerous San Jose institutions and landmarks, including The Tech Museum of Innovation, the San Jose Museum of Art, City National Civic, and Circle of Palms Plaza. The plaza hosts numerous notable events, including the San Jose Jazz Festival and Christmas in the Park.
Plaza de César Chávez
27San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is a historic rose garden in San Jose, California, in the Rose Garden District. Founded in 1927, the garden is exclusively dedicated to roses and features more than 3,500 shrubs representing 189 rose varieties.
The AARS named the SJ Municipal Rose Garden as "America's Best Rose Garden", making it the winner in the first nationwide competition ever.
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
28History Park at Kelley Park
History Park at Kelley Park in San Jose, California, USA is designed as an indoor/outdoor museum, arranged to appear as a small US town might have in the early 1900s (decade). Since its inauguration in 1971, 32 historic buildings and other landmarks have either been moved from their original San Jose locations or are represented by replicas.
History Park at Kelley Park
29Opera San José
Opera San José is a professional, regional opera company in San Jose, California. Maintaining a resident company of principal artists, Opera San José specializes in showcasing young professional singers. In addition to mainstage performances, Opera San José maintains extensive educational programs in schools and in the community at large, and offers preview lectures and "Introduction to Opera" talks for all mainstage productions.
Opera San José was founded in 1984 by the late Irene Dalis, who was general director for 30 years, retiring in 2014. David Rohrbaugh was a founding member of Opera San José’s artistic staff. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Dr. Rohrbaugh conducted more than 70 productions and more than 600 performances for Opera San José. Larry Hancock, who has been with the organization even before it was incorporated, became general director in 2014. Hancock announced his retirement in April 2019 and introduced Khori Dastoor as incoming general director, taking over in July 2020. Joseph Marcheso has been the Music Director and Principal Conductor since 2014.
In the United States, Opera San José is unique with its resident company of principal artists. These artists, in the first years of their careers, are identified and awarded annual contracts to perform leading roles in mainstage productions and to participate in school and community-wide educational activities. These singers are groomed for international performing careers. Due to the resident nature of the company, modeled after the German regional opera company, these artists build substantial professional repertoire, are coached by resident and guest conductors and stage directors, and are prepared to meet the demands of a successful operatic career.
Opera San José maintains three performance programs: a mainstage subscription series of four operas; a varied curriculum of educational programs for youth and adults; and community-wide performances that include outdoor concerts, performances at libraries and retirement communities, performances for clubs and other organizations.
Opera San José is funded by the city of San José and has had many major corporations and foundations as donors including Applied Materials, The Packard Humanities Institute, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Getty Foundation, and many others.
On April 7, 2019 general director Larry Hancock announced Khori Dastoor as the incoming general director to take over July 1, 2020.
Opera San José
30The Tech Interactive
The Tech Interactive (previously The Tech Museum of Innovation), commonly known as The Tech is a science and technology center in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. It is located adjacent to the Plaza de César Chávez in Downtown San Jose.
The Tech Interactive
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