SAN CARLOS RECOGNITION GALA (January or February)
As a way to honor the Citizen of the Year, the annual Recognition Gala has grown to include awards for the Business of the Year, Chamber Member of the Year and Chamber Champion of the Year, among other honors. A sit-down dinner in a hotel ballroom provides an appropriately festive setting.
WEEK OF THE FAMILY (January)
Hundreds of families take part in activities to celebrate and strengthen the values of our family-centered community. Anyone can participate in the myriad of activities planned, from hikes to theater to cooking to a science expo to a treasure hunt, and much more.
STATE OF THE CITY (February or March)
Every year, the mayor of San Carlos puts together a program in which the current state of the city is described, along with plans for the future. It is part of a reception put on by the Chamber of Commerce for local businesses and residents who have the opportunity to meet with the mayor and city council members.
CHICKEN’S BALL (April, Every Other Year)
A benefit for San Carlos schools, the Chicken’s Ball is a Gay ‘90s-themed variety show performed to sold-out audiences every other year. The all-volunteer event, featuring great performers from different generations, has been entertaining audiences for over 70 years and sees over 1,500 residents working to make it a success.
KIWANIS VARIETY SHOW (April, Every Other Year)
Both amateur and professional entertainers delight audiences at the show produced by the local Kiwanis Club. Performed every odd-numbered year, the show’s proceeds benefit youth, seniors and the needy of the community.
HOMETOWN DAYS (May)
The vision for Hometown Days is to make the annual event self-sustaining, bringing together various constituents in the community at large to promote community spirit, provide a venue for fundraising and community outreach, and provide wholesome family entertainment. The all-volunteer effort was founded over 30 years ago and continues as a three-day celebration today. Events include parades, arts and crafts, a beer garden, a pancake breakfast, games and more. Many of the activities are sponsored by local service clubs and the San Carlos Education Foundation.
SAN CARLOS FARMERS’ MARKET (Begins June 5, 2016, Year-round)
The San Carlos Farmers’ Market is presented by the Chamber of Commerce and is open every Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm, year-round. Held on a downtown block, the market attracts thousands to shop the many vendors of fresh produce and specialty foods. Live music in the downtown park keeps shoppers entertained. As a destination event, shoppers meet their family and friends to visit local retailers and enjoy drinks and/or dinner at our many fine restaurants, cafés, pizzerias, bars and coffee houses while watching the activity of the market.
Held in Burton Park on Friday evenings, the concert provide an opportunity to enjoy our balmy summer nights. Families, groups of friends, couples and out-of-towners fill the park, bringing lawn chairs, blankets and picnics, to mark the special music-filled evening. Check the City website, www.cityofsancarlos.org for schedules.
Beautiful weather, fine, juried art along five blocks, good food and wine, live entertainment on three stages, a kids’ zone, a classic car show and a charming downtown contribute to what is considered a premier faire on the Peninsula. The event was started over 20 years ago and grows annually with over 75,000 residents and visitors now attending over the weekend.
GOBLIN WALK (The Friday before Halloween)
Designed for local children up to 7 years old, the Goblin Walk is a delight for all ages. On the last Friday before Halloween, downtown businesses open their doors to all the costumed youngsters trick or treating on the blocks closed to traffic. The City and the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce sponsor the event to promote safety and to bring people downtown to become more familiar with our retailers. The event draws hundreds of children and their parents and grows bigger every year.
This holiday celebration confirms what a community-spirited city San Carlos is. Several darkened downtown blocks are closed to traffic and packed with revelers, awaiting the lighting of the street. Entertainment onstage, several art & craft stations for children, costumed carolers and more help occupy the crowd until the big moment. When the switch is pulled, it’s a magical moment to see all the trees lining the street light up at once, along with strings of lights crisscrossing several blocks. As if that’s not enough, “snow” begins to fall to thrill the crowd.