Sunshine, live music and some fried chicken and waffles combined in downtown San Jose Sunday to create a relaxed vibe for people who came out to the All City Brunch event in Plaza de César Chávez.
A few dozen people were lounging in colorful, high-backed wooden chairs in the partial shade of the trees in the plaza, listening as Mirage Trilogy performed a variety of music, including a cover of “Kiss on My List” by Hall and Oates.
Others were playing with their young kids on the grass, where organizers of the brunch had set up a variety of games like tic-tac-toe and cornhole.
Amber Cloyd and her wife Cathy, who live nearby, came with their children Avery, 3, and Ainsley, 1, to enjoy the laid back atmosphere.
“The music is really nice and mellow,” Amber Cloyd said. “And the food is good, too.” She said the games and the central location make it a great activity for people with kids.
With a small crowd, organizers Public Space Authority brought out one food truck, Waffle Amore, serving up savory and sweet waffles and fried chicken among other items, and Academic Coffee was slinging cold brew.
Mike K., of Denver, who didn’t want his last name published, was in Silicon Valley on business, but didn’t want to stay cooped up in his hotel Sunday afternoon.
After visiting The Tech Museum of Innovation, he “heard music and saw food,” and came to the plaza to hang out at a table, where he was eating chicken and waffles.
“It’s excellent, better than I expected,” he said. “The chicken is juicy, the waffle is incredible.”
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sundays, is one of three new weekly summer activities happening in the plaza. “Sunset Thursdays” and “Finally Fridays” both take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring live music, food trucks and games, as well as a beer garden.
Organizers said they hope the events like All City Brunch will make it easier for people to go out on weekends in San Jose, enjoy the company of others, and support local artists and businesses.
Myrna Farias and Merlin Ripley, of San Mateo, came with their 2-year-old Bishop to the event because they were looking for live music.
“Sunday is like our outdoor, family day,” Ripley said. “This is exactly what we were looking for.”