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Cultural festivals in San Jose this weekend-Thai, Japanese, International Dance


In spite of the chance of rain, this weekend promises an exciting line-up of cultural festivals sure to entertain and brighten things before the new week starts up again.

A quick overview of what’s to come includes Thai, Japanese, International and Dance festivities. Read on to find out more about each free event.

Festivals in San Jose this weekend:

Japanese: 37th Annual Nikkei Matsuri
There is something for the entire family at this annual event in the heart of Japantown in San Jose. The Japanese American Culture is shared through food and the arts – you can spend the whole day at this event.

Festival-goers will enjoy traditional and non-traditional Japanese cuisine with preparations done on site and served by local Japanese American non-profit organizations. There will be over sixty arts and crafts vendors, all being handmade to include clothing, ceramics, pottery and gifts. The indoor and outdoor stages will feature music, martial arts, dance, and Taiko. For visual enjoyment there will also be the ikebana, rock, bonsai and dolls on display.

When: Sunday April 27, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Japantown at 5th and Jackson Streets, San Jose, CA
Cost: Free, food and beverages can be purchased at booths

Thai: 2nd Annual Songkran Thai New Year Festval 2014
In its second year, the Thai Association of Northern California (TANC) is back with their Annual Songkran Thai New Year Festival. There will be food entertainment, booths and fun. Join the festivities in a Thai New Year water blessing ritual and splashing, Muay Thai kick-boxing exhibitions, Miss Songkran beauty pageant, Singha Beer Garden, Food trucks and vendors, Thai crafts and merchandise, traditional and contemporary entertainment and more.

The national Thai New Year is Songkran. A three-day holiday for the Thai people to return to their homes for celebrating and honoring families and elders, as well as a time for forgiveness and repentance, and includes a water blessing ceremony, music, dance and games and sports..

When: Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: East William Street at South First Street, San Jose, CA
Cost: Free with food and beverage for purchase at event

International: Festival of the Silk Road - 2014
Afsaneh Art & Culture Society/Ballet Afsaneh proudly presents the 6th annual Festival of the Silk Road – 2014. Featured will be concerts with star performers, international foods, folk dance, costumes, art and cultural dance from Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, China, India, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Balkans, the Roma & more

This event promises fun for the family in the gardens and lobby of the plaza theater. A Silk Road Bazaar offering traditional clothing, jewelry and art, dance and music workshops, and storytelling will be on hand. Performances and folk dancing all afternoon with many special guests and live music. Plan to have a picnic on the lawn under the palm trees!

When: April 27, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. and more from 3 p.m.
Where: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA
Cost: Free from 1 to 6 p.m. After 3 p.m. tickets can be purchased for more entertaining

Dance: 12th Annual sjDANCEco Festival at Santana Row
The outdoor festival features the diversity of local and regional dance artists performing quality contemporary movements in celebration of National Dance Week. Enjoy dancing by groups such as the following:
• sjDANCEco (Maria Basile, Gabriel Mata)
• Diablo Ballet
• LV Dance Collective
• STRANDEDartists
• Pointe of Departure
• Moving Sculptures
• Erin East
• Visual Rhythm
• ArtistEDGE
• Zohar Dance Company

When: April 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Park Valencia at Santana Row, San Jose, CA
Cost: Free

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