San Jose Gay Pride is a fittingly vibrant and well-attended event for the third-largest city in California (yes, it's an even bigger city than San Francisco, albeit with a fraction of the gay population). San Jose Pride takes place in mid- to late August (the expected dates this year are August 16 and 17, 2014).
On Saturday and Sunday, San Jose Pride presents its festival at Discovery Meadow in Guadalupe River Park. It takes place throughout both days from noon until 7 pm. Entertainers (last year's headliners were Crystal Waters, Jessica Sutta, David Hernandez, Sophi, Morgan McMichaels, and Monique Abbadie) - will be performing on two stages, and the Pride Village also includes a kids' entertainment area, a health and wellness pavilion, Leather Land (with demos and information), a Matrimonial Grove (where same-sex weddings will be performed at no charge), a community area of local nonprofit organizations, a microbrew tent, an international food court, and an arts and crafts village. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 day of.
The area's gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors. Check local gay media, such as San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter, for details, and also check out the excellent GLBT visitor website of the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau.