Nearly 2,000 bands and performing artists live in and around the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World. Choose from the city’s nearly 200 live music venues, where you can hear all kinds of tunes.
Stay: Book a room at the Hotel San José on South Congress Avenue. The 1939 motor court is a bungalow-style hotel with a hipster vibe. sanjosehotel.com
Play: Stop in at The Continental Club, which opened in 1957 and bills itself as the “granddaddy of all local music venues.”