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Montalvo Arts Center

15400 Montalvo Rd, (near Lira Dr), Saratoga, CA 95070
408-961-5800
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Saratoga
Type: Gardens, Theaters
Activities: Drinking, Hiking
Description: A Tuscan-style villa with intricate gardens and grounds, which also includes an outdoor Greek-style amphitheater for music concerts.
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Santa Clara, California
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157 reviews 157 reviews
42 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Fun experience...Beautiful location and all seats are good. Like that they shuttled up all of us to the event from the West Valley college parking lot for free! Jimmy cliff was fun, albeit...alittle old now...but it was still a fun experience.

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Stockton, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Montalvo is beautiful, intimate...a wonderous venue to enjoy top notch performers. The convenience of shuttles from the community college is an added plus.

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Los Osos, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

After being introduced to Lila Downs' music in Oaxaca, Mexico, I was thrilled to discover she was touring in the Bay Area. Saratoga and the Montalvo Arts Center are green and gorgeous--a pocket of calm in Silicon Valley. We liked the free parking and shuttle bus to the outdoor Garden Theater. Our seats were close to the stage and comfortable!... More

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San Jose, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I went for a hike with a group of people over the weekend and stayed to visti the gardens and have a picnic. It was a wonderful Sunday mid day activity. If you don't know the area, pick up a free map before you begin. The trails are well marked, but the loop around and it is easy to get... More

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Montalvo Arts is a good place for hiking with its beautiful botanical gardens; the villa is also quite nice. For a perfect summer evening we enjoy a picnic lunch on the grass followed by a concert in the outdoor theater. Every seat has a great view. At intermission there is refreshments you can buy. Although we have not been in... More

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San Jose, California
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30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is place hidden and embedded into Santa Cruz mountains and great historical buildings and great for music concerts goers to enjoy the beauty of the nature and the beauty of music.

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Saratoga, California, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Very nice setting, beautiful botanical garden and walking trails. We have attended very good Open Air concerts in the Amphitheater. The villa is also quite nice to walk around. There are indoor programs as well (for about 100 people).

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Emeryville, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The wedding parties were everywhere getting pictures so it was a little noisy and at times difficult to really enjoy the formal garden. Little early for the roses but they are probably wonderful when full in bloom

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San Jose, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The carriage house is a wonderful place to hear music. Smaller than most movie theaters, not a bad seat in the house. Great acoustics. Nice seats. Parking is sketchy. If there is a shuttle use it.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We had never heard of this place, but were taken there by our hostess. It is a magnificent site, a beautiful house and wonderful gardens and all free to the public. We are not able to go inside the house, but feel sure it would be a superb setting for concerts and receptions/parties. There are far more hiking trails than... More

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