There is always something happening in and around Silicon Valley, which gives you lots of reasons to mix business with pleasure. Of course, if you’re already planning a trip here to enjoy the countless summer and fall festivals and activities, then you know that the tech sector here tells only a fraction of the valley’s story. From San Jose to Palo Alto, Sunnyvale to Mountain View, the valley is abuzz with free summer activities and cultural offerings.

Here’s a sampling of what’s in store once you’ve stepped out of your meetings and powered down your laptop.

Downtown San Jose Farmer’s Market. Get back in touch with the earth at this weekly Friday market, featuring sumptuous farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from dozens of California growers, handmade crafts, and live entertainment. San Jose.

Summer Series Music + Market. Each Wednesday, downtown Sunnyvale comes alive with free concerts. A different genre every week lends a pleasing soundtrack to browsing the markets in this vibrant town. Sunnyvale.

Fremont Festival of the Arts. Head to Fremont to experience a two-day extravaganza of performances, gourmet food, arts exhibits and more. You’ll find over 700 booths here to indulge your every interest. Fremont.

Follow this link to learn more about free concerts, fairs and events in and around Silicon Valley!

Alternately, make the most of your stay by splurging on these fun activities and great shows:

California’s Great America. Ride the Gold Striker wooden roller coaster or thrill to a freefall on the Drop Tower at this 100-acre amusement park. Santa Clara.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. For something a bit tamer, visit this accredited zoo for glimpses of jaguars, meerkats, wallaby and more than 140 other animals. San Jose.

Shoreline Amphitheater. Check out top-name entertainment at the region’s premier concert venue. Upcoming shows include John Mayer (July 29), the Steve Miller Band & Peter Frampton (August 12), the Comedy Get Down Tour (August 29), Nickelback & Daughtry (September 3), and comic Jim Gaffigan (September 17). Mountain View.

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Whether you’re coming to Silicon Valley for business, pleasure, or both, we look forward to hosting you at the Sonesta Silicon Valley San Jose and letting you in on even more fun and rewarding activities. Save 20% on stays through August 8, 2017. Take 15% off our premier rooms when you stay for the weekend through the fall. Or enjoy the ease and convenience of an included breakfast with our Bed & Breakfast package year round.