Gilroy Gardens: LUMINATION 2016

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


As the sun sets, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park will be transformed into a dramatic display of spectacular sights and sounds from ancient China. You will be whisked away to another time and place as you stroll through colossal light displays that illuminate over 2,000 years of Chinese history and culture.

These incredible displays—some towering as high as 6 stories into the night sky—include giant dragons, mythical Qilin, and playful pandas, as well as historic landmarks like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Terracotta Warriors.

This exciting event also includes a bustling artisan marketplace and live performances. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Date and time :
August 19 – November 27: Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (6pm – 10pm)
(408) 840-7100

*Visitors to Gilroy Gardens may purchase same-day Lumination passes for additional $15.

*Admission to Lumination is free with 2016 Gilroy Gardens Elite memberships.

Dream of the Red Chamber

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
San Francsico Opera
San Francisco  CA

San Francisco Opera,Dream of the Red Chamber, September 10-29, 2015. SF Opera presents the world premiere of Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng’s Dream of the Red Chamber, with a libretto by the composer and David Henry Hwang in six performances from September 10-29, 2015. Commissioned by SF Opera, the work is a copproduction with the Hong Kong Arts Festival and will be performed March 2017 at the Grand Theater in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre as part of its 45th annual festival. Based on one of the quintessential works of world literature, Sheng and Hwang’s opera explores the characters at the heart of Chinese author Cao Xueqin’s 18th century novel and communicates their story as a vivid musical and theatrical experience.

Noe Valley Chamber Music’s Classical Kids Concert: Friction Quartet

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Noe Valley Ministry
San Francisco 

Noe Valley Chamber Music kicks off its 2nd season of Classical Kids – a new chamber music program for children and their families – with the highly regarded ensemble Friction Quartet. Friction will play excerpts from Beethoven to Janacek, as well as exciting arrangements of pop songs by Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson designed to keep kids moving and engaged.

TICKETS are $15-$40
($15 per person, $40 family pass for up to 4 people Children 2 and under FREE.)

Weaving together familiar tunes and songs from folk, pop, classical and beyond, the Quartet will help young listeners make connections to different types of music and introduce musical concepts to audiences of all ages.

Tickets range from $15-40 ($15 per person, $40 family pass for up to 4 people, Children 2 and under FREE.).

Presented by Noe Valley Chamber Music