Thursday, June 4, 2015

Toddling to the Beat: SV Toddler's Guide to Summer Concert Series (2015)

Toddler fun at Santa Clara's Concerts in the Park (2014)

Is there anything sweeter that a toddler bopping around to live music? Take advantage of the total lack of self-consciousness of toddlerhood and head out to one of these family-friendly summer concert series to enjoy your little one's most entertaining moves.

Pack a picnic, invite some friends (two toddlers dancing is even cuter than one!), grab a sweatshirt (it can get chilly quickly) and maybe some toddler instruments (Toddler X loves to bring shaker eggs or maracas), and be sure to snap some pictures or videos -- as I sorted through mine last night to find some for this post, I had tears in my eyes recalling Toddler X's moves at 18 months and 2 1/2 years. Can't wait to see what this summer has in store!

If you know of any other family-friendly concert series, please let me know!

Happy grooving!

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Concerts by Day of the Week:

Please note that each concert series has its own start date, and not all take place on a weekly basis. Read the series-by-series breakdown below for more information.

  • Santa Clara (Youth) (Central Park)
  • Los Gatos (Jazz on the Plazz) (Town Square)
  • Sunnyvale (Downtown)
  • Campbell (Downtown)
  • Cupertino (Memorial Park)
  • Los Altos (Grant and Hillview Parks)
  • San Jose (Willow Glen)
  • San Jose (Summer in St. James Park)
  • Morgan Hill (Downtown)
  • Mountain View (Civic Center Plaza)
  • Palo Alto (Magical Bridge)
  • Redwood City (Courthouse Square)
  • Santa Clara (General) (Central Park)
  • San Jose (Evergreen Village)
  • Santa Cruz (Boardwalk)
  • Los Gatos (Vasona Vibrations) (Vasona Park)
  • Los Gatos (Music in the Park) (Civic Center)

 Concerts by City

Groovin' at Campbell's Summer Concert Series (2013)

Location: Orchard City Green (next to the Campbell Library, City Hall and Ainsley House)

Dates: Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 18-August 13

Notes: You can bring individual beach towels or lawn chairs, but no large blankets or tarps. No set-up earlier than 3 p.m. No BBQs or animals other than service dogs are allowed. Snacks and drinks (including wine and beer) are available for sale.

  • June 18: Tsunami Band
  • June 25: Long Train Runnin'
  • July 2: The Joint Chiefs
  • July 9: The Houserockers
  • July 16: Cocktail Monkeys
  • July 23: The Crocodiles
  • July 30: Lyin I's
  • August 6: The Jesse Charles Band
  • August 13: Sage

Location: Memorial Park Amphitheater

Dates: Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m., June 4-July 9

  • June 4: Cupertino Symphonic Band
  • June 11: Livewire
  • June 18: Tito y Su Son de Cuba
  • June 25: Hot Rods Band
  • July 2: Fleetwood Mask
  • July 9: Stealin' Chicago
Also, Saturday, July 4 from 10:30-12:00: OTR

Los Altos Summer Concert Series

Location: Grant and Hillview Parks

Dates: Saturday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m., and most Thursdays from June 18 to August 6 at 6:30 p.m.


  • June 13: Peninsula Symphony, Hillview Park
  • June 18: The Cheeseballs, Grant Park
  • June 25: Lyin I's, Hillview
  • July 9: Phil 'N the Blanks, Grant
  • July 16: Dutch Uncle, Hillview
  • July 23: The Houserockers, Grant
  • July 20: Timewarp, Hillview
  • August 6: The Shanks, Grant

Location: Civic Center Lawn

Dates: Sundays from 5:00-7:00 p.m., June 21-August 30

Notes: Lawn chairs are permitted, but no blankets or tarps. Beer and wine are permitted with picnics, but no other alcohol. No tents, umbrellas or grills. Dogs are allowed on leash.

  • June 21: The Hitmen
  • June 28: SambaDa'
  • July 5: Sidesaddle & Co.
  • July 12: Tempest
  • July 19: Long Train Runnin'
  • July 26: Carolyn Sills
  • August 2: Mike Amaral's California Beach Boys
  • August 9: No concert -- Los Gatos Fiesta de Artes
  • August 16: Journey Revisited
  • August 23: Caravanserai-Santana
  • August 30: Sage

Dancing is more fun with friends!

Location: Los Gatos Town Plaza

Dates: Wednesdays, June 24 to August 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Notes: See Los Gatos Music in the Park, above. I'm not sure of the family-friendliness quotient of this event -- the website says that children accompanied by adults are welcome, but that they may not play near the stage.

  • June 24: International String Trio
  • July 1: Mark Masters Ensemble
  • July 8: Claudia Villela
  • July 15: Mads Tolling with Clairdee
  • July 22: Giacamo Gates
  • July 29: The Four Freshman
  • August 5: Tony Lindsay, Blue Wednesday, the Ray Charles Project
  • August 12: Bria Skonberg
  • August 19: Monterey Jazz Festival High School All Stars
  • August 26: Spencer Day

Location: Vasona Park (near the Ranger Office, just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Avenue and Pepper Tree Lane)

Dates: Saturdays in June and July, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Notes: Concerts are free, but food or monetary donations to Second Harvest Food Bank are welcomed.

  • June 6: Blue House
  • June 13: Celtic Heart
  • June 20: Calaveras
  • June 27: Andre Thierry
  • July 4: 10th Avenue Band
  • July 11: Jessica Johnson
  • July 18: The DTs
  • July 25: Bean Creek

Morgan Hill Friday Night Music

Location: Downtown Amphitheater

Dates: Fridays, June 5th - August 28th, 6:00 p.m. (young local performers), 6:30 p.m. (acoustic acts), 7:00 p.m. (headliner)

Notes: Food, wine and beer for sale. Bring a lawn chair. 


Mountain View Concerts on the Plaza

Location: Civic Center Plaza

Dates: First Friday of the month, through September, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Notes: Bring a chair or blanket. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. There will also be a pop up park for kids.

  • June 5: Hootenanny
  • July 3: He Said, She Said
  • August 7: Mark Russo and the Classy Cats
  • September 4: LyraTones

Magical Bridge Summer Concert Series (Palo Alto)

Location: Magical Bridge Playground (located at Mitchell Park)

Dates: Kick-off is Friday, June 5 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. I'll add more dates as they are posted.

Notes: Bring a picnic for these kid-friendly concerts.

  • June 5: Nancy Cassidy
  • June 12: Daffy Dave . 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. (Opening act is Pratyusha Meka at 5:00)
  • Rest of the schedule TBA

Redwood City Music on the Square

Location: Courthouse Square, Redwood City

Dates: Fridays through September 4th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.


  • July 10: Blue Collar Men (Styx Tribute)
  • July 17: Steel 'n' Chicago (Steely Dan and Chicago Tribute)
  • July 24: Jesse James Band featuring Big Bones
  • July 31: Journey Revisited (Journey Tribute)
  • August 7: Zoostation (U2 Tribute)
  • August 14: Chris Gardner Band (Country)
  • August 21: Petty Theft (Tom Petty Tribute)
  • August 28: Foreverland (Michael Jackson Tribute)
  • September 4: Pride & Joy (Rock and Soul)

Location: Central Park Pavilion

Dates: Fridays, June 26, July 10, July 24 and August 21, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • June 26: The House Rockers
  • July 10: Orquesta Latin Heat Salsa Band
  • July 24: Bsides
  • August 21: The Megatones

Location: Central Park Pavilion

Dates: Mondays, June 8-July 13, 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • June 8: PAMPA Indian Classical Dance
  • June 15: Alison Faith Levy & Big Time Tot Rock Band
  • June 22: Alphabet Rockers
  • June 29: Prairie Rose Band
  • July 6: Owen Baker-Flynn
  • July 13: Traditional Korean Dance and Music

Location: The courtyard at Willow Glen Elementary School (Minnesota at Lincoln)

Dates: Thursdays, June 18th - July 30th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Notes: Bring a lawn chair or blankets for seating. No alcohol or dogs. Food sales will benefit Willow Glen Elementary and scholarships. Please arrive by 6:25 to hear the National Anthem sung by local talent.

  • June 18: House Rockers
  • June 25: R.P.M. Band
  • July 2: Black Sunday Road Show
  • July 9: Sage
  • July 16: Whiskey Pass Band
  • July 23: The Glow
  • July 30: The Hitmen

Evergreen Village Square Summer Concerts (San Jose)

Location: Evergreen Village Square

Dates: Fridays, June 26th, July 31st, August 28th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Notes: Concerts are accompanied by wine tasting and art show, and followed by a family-friendly movie under the stars.

  • June 26: The Hum
  • July 31: The Mike Torres Band
  • August 28: The Ron E. Beck Band

Summer in St. James Park Twilight Concerts

Location: St. James Park, Downtown San Jose

Dates: Thursdays through August 13th, 6:30 p.m. except July 23rd (concert will take place Friday, July 24th, instead)

Lineup of events:

  • July 9: Pearl Alley
  • July 16: TBA
  • July 24 (Friday, not Thursday the 23rd): The Commons
  • July 30: TBA
  • August 6: TBA
  • August 13: TBA

Target Summer Pops by Symphony Silicon Valley (San Jose)

Location: Tower Lawn at San Jose State University

Dates: Various weekend dates between July 25th and August 2nd, at various times. See link for schedule.

Lineup of events:
  • July 25 (Saturday): Summer at the Symphony
  • July 26 (Sunday): First Ice Cream Social
  • July 31 (Friday): A Night of Special Guests
  • August 1 (Saturday): Jazz and Big Band
  • August 2 (Sunday): Second Ice Cream Social/Closing Night

Boardwalk Bands on the Beach (Santa Cruz)

Location: Beach Bandstand at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Dates: Fridays, June 19th - September 4th, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. shows

Notes: Small blankets and low chairs are allowed -- high-backed chairs will be moved to the back. No alcohol allowed on the beach (but presumably okay if you stay on the Boardwalk). See link for additional info.

  • June 19: Eddie Money
  • June 26: The Edgar Winter Band
  • July 3: The Sun Kings (Tribute to the Beatles)
  • July 10: Macy Gray
  • July 17: Berlin
  • July 24: Soul Asylum
  • July 31: Wang Chung
  • August 7: Y&T
  • August 14: Everclear
  • August 21: Blue Oyster Cult
  • August 28: Smash Mouth
  • September 4: Papa Doo Run Run

Location: 100 Block of South Murphy Avenue

Dates: Wednesdays, June 17th - August 26th, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • June 17: Busta-Groove!
  • June 24: Rebel Yell
  • July 1: Sage
  • July 8: Night Fever
  • July 15: Tortilla Soup
  • July 22: Smash City
  • July 29: Too Smooth
  • August 5: Ascension 
  • August 12: Two bands -- Steel Horse and OTR
  • August 19: Double Funk Crunch
  • August 26: The Hitmen

Happy toddling!!

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